What if low-income kids had the same opportunity for jobs in the tech sector as students from the best computer science departments? What could that mean for their futures, or the future of their communities?
That’s the question asked by Oakland-based Hack the Hood, whose mission is to inspire Bay Area kids to pursue careers in technology. Hack the Hood trains young people by hiring them to build websites for small businesses in their communities. After applying for the Google Impact Challenge last spring, Hack the Hood went to work with $500,000 in Google.org funding and nearly 100 Googler volunteers. In the past year they’ve expanded their programs in SF, Oakland and Richmond to reach six times as many young people.
Last year we awarded $5 million to help “hometown hero” organizations like Hack the Hood make a greater impact. Today we’re announcing the 2015 Challenge, and issuing an open call for nonprofits who are asking big “what ifs” about how they can improve their communities and put innovative solutions to work in the Bay Area.
The Bay Area region has always been defined by the people who live here: people who question the status quo to help move our communities forward. From Harvey Milk’s fight for LGBT rights to Alice Waters’ movement for sustainable food to the technological advances of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area has long been at the forefront of positive social change.
We saw this passion in the 1,000+ nonprofit proposals we received for the 2014 Impact Challenge, and we see it in the 25 finalists. We see it in C.E.O., which is training formerly incarcerated people to reenter the workforce; in Lava Mae’s commitment to bringing showers with dignity to the homeless; and in Mission Asset Fund’s providing low-income people with zero-interest loans. We see it in our neighbors who are striving for a better Bay Area for all.
As this is our home, and thousands of Googlers live and work here, we want to work together towards an even better Bay Area. The Google Impact Challenge will be accepting proposals from nonprofits through Thursday July 23, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. To learn more or to nominate a nonprofit visit g.co/bayareachallenge.
Posted by Jacquelline Fuller, Director, Google.org
Previously a popular feature in Gmail Labs, and recently added to Inbox by Gmail, today we’re adding 'Undo Send' as a formal setting in Gmail on the web. 'Undo Send' allows people using Gmail to cancel a sent mail if they have second thoughts immediately after sending. The feature is turned off by default for those not currently using the Labs version, and can be enabled from the General tab in Gmail settings. People currently using the Labs version of 'Undo Send' will have the setting turned on by default at launch. Release track: Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in two weeks For more information: Help Center Note: all launches are applicable to all Google Apps editions unless otherwise noted
Converting a file to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides allows a person to edit, collaborate on, and share the file online. When converting Microsoft® Office files, the following common image types remain readable: JPEG, PNG, EMF, and WMF. Starting today, larger images, images in less common formats (like TIFF), and images with non-RGB color profiles (like CMYK), can also be imported to and exported from the Google Docs editors on the web successfully. Check out the Help Center for more information on converting files in Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
Release track: Rapid release and Scheduled release
When you check your payments history, you might notice a difference between your estimated AdSense earnings and the final amount paid to you. The difference between these two amounts is mostly caused by invalid activity on your site, such as accidental clicks, which are deducted from finalized earnings.
We've received feedback from you that you want to know more about the differences between estimated and finalized earnings. Starting with May’s payment history, you’ll be able to see the invalid activity deductions that cause these differences. For example, if your estimated earnings were $1,100 and your finalized earnings were $1,000, you now have a better view into how your estimated earnings break down into invalid activity and finalized earnings.
We hope this will help you understand the differences between your estimated and finalized earnings and how invalid activity affects your payments. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Each user selects and creates their account (included under demos)
Account provisioning for Google Apps uses configurable patterns to generate usernames based on first name, last name and optional custom fields (e.g. second last name). For example: for someone named "Carlos Alvarez Martinez", the pattern [C1_firstname].[lastname][C1_secondlastname] will generate the username c.alvarezm. Further custom fields can be defined (e.g. [studentId]) and a list of patterns can be configured to generate multiple available usernames. In addition, this API caches existent usernames, so it's fast and prevents hitting Admin SDK API limits.
Accounts are created in bulk (included under demos)
As part of Google's ongoing commitment to advancing computing and technology, we are pleased to provide scholarships to encourage students to excel in their studies and become active role models and leaders. In partnership with EmployAbility, we are excited to announce this year’s recipients of The Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities.
Please join us in congratulating the following recipients, along with the universities they attend:
Alexandra Tzilivaki, IMBB FORTH and University of Crete, Greece
Benno Ommerborn, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Anna Kuosmanen, University in Helsinki, Finland
Daniel Hershcovich, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Tania Bailoni, University of Trento, Italy
Yael Hirshovitz-Shieber, Amsterdam University College, Netherlands
Hrayr Harutyunyan, Yerevan State University, Armenia
Rachael Botham, University of Bath, United Kingdom
Robin Thompson, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Cătălina Mărănduc, Al. I. Cuza University, Romania
Each scholar will receive 7,000 Euros to help them with their studies for the 2015/2016 academic year. All scholars have been selected based on their passion for Computer Science, academic achievement, leadership, and technical accomplishments. Posted by Maya Tudor, EMEA Diversity Scholarships Program Manager
Last week during the DoubleClick Leadership Summit (DLS), we introduced cross-device measurement across all of our DoubleClick advertiser products. Today, as the first post of our week-long DLS series, we're excited to announce that these cross-device metrics will be rolling out to all DoubleClick advertisers in the next week.
Mobile continues to reshape how consumers engage on digital: they are increasingly turning to the nearest device to act on an immediate need in the moment and then seamlessly shifting their attention from screen to screen to complete their journey. With the path to purchase becoming increasingly fragmented, it’s essential marketers understand how consumers interact with their brand across all devices. When marketers have access to cross-device insights, they will also make the best decisions about how to invest their marketing dollars.
With this launch, advertisers can access cross-device metrics in all buying tools within our platform -- DoubleClick Campaign Manager, DoubleClick Bid Manager, and DoubleClick Search.
What advertisers can measure
Cross-device measurement in DoubleClick allows advertisers to gain insight on the true performance of their campaigns across the web, even when users switch devices in their path to conversion. This means advertisers can measure conversions that begin on one device, and continue or end on another, answering questions like:
How many additional conversions is my digital investment delivering that I haven’t been able to measure?
Which sites/campaigns/ads are driving the most conversions across devices?
Let’s say a user is reading bicycle reviews on her phone, and clicks on a display ad that takes her to a bike shop’s website. Later, when she gets home, she pulls up the shop’s site on her computer to continue her research, and ultimately buys the red cruiser she’s been eyeing. This is an example of a cross-device path to conversion that you will now be able to measure with our tools. In fact, cross-device measurement enhances the most powerful use cases for our customers:
If a user clicks on a search ad on desktop, then completes a purchase on mobile, we can measure that.
If a user clicks on a display ad for a smartphone app on their desktop, and then later downloads that same game on their smartphone, we can measure that.
Principles of cross-device conversion measurement
We built cross-device measurement for DoubleClick with the following principles at the core:
User-first. We’re investing in these capabilities while prioritizing user privacy.We measure mobile behavior using industry-standard device identifiers that users can see, reset and configure to opt out from interest-based advertising. Additionally, advertisers can only access anonymous and aggregated performance reporting on their campaigns.
Accurate. The cross-device metrics are calculated using fully deterministic data sources. Performance measurements are only displayed to advertisers when there is a sufficient sample size and a strict 95% confidence interval is reached.
Comprehensive. Built to work across any type of buy (programmatic or reservations), screen, channel (search and display), and format, these tools are consistent with DoubleClick’s core value of giving advertisers a unified view of their audience.
To learn more about cross-device measurement, register for the webinar on July 9th at 12 PM ET and subscribe to our newsletter. If you have a DoubleClick login you can also read more in our Help Center.
Join us on Wednesday for our second post in our DLS series, focused on the Programmatic Guaranteed and DoubleClick Marketplace announcements.
Posted by Luke Hedrick, Product Manager, DoubleClick
We’re pulling into the last Code the Road stop on Friday, June 26 where we’ll be visiting Epcot to celebrate our ten year anniversary and to demonstrate how technology brings the guest experience at Walt Disney World Resort to life.
Epcot guests will be able to visit the bus, located in in Future World West near Innoventions between 9am and 9pm to see how our customers, like Walt Disney World Resort, are using Google Maps APIs to build engaging, location-rich applications for their users and customers.
While there, we will be hosting an invitation-only event with the Disney team for 40 girls from Tech Sassy Girlz, an Orlando-based non-profit program designed to provide girls in grades 6 through 12 exposure and access to STEM fields and careers.
While at Epcot, the girls will experience a full day of learning and adventure including engaging talks from the Disney and Google teams in the morning and educational sessions in the afternoon. The event will demonstrate how technology and engineering create engaging, memorable experiences, like navigating the Walt Disney World Resort with the My Disney Experience app.
If you’re planning to be at Epcot on Friday, stop by to see us at the bus.
Posted by Ashley Smith, Developer Marketing, Google Maps APIs
It’s hard to think of a more important source of information in the world than quality journalism. At its best, news communicates truth to power, keeps societies free and open, and leads to more informed decision-making by people and leaders. In the past decade, better technology and an open Internet have led to a revolution in how news is created, distributed, and consumed. And given Google’s mission to ensure quality information is accessible and useful everywhere, we want to help ensure that innovation in news leads to a more informed, more democratic world.
That’s why we’ve created the News Lab, a new effort at Google to empower innovation at the intersection of technology and media. Our mission is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to help build the future of media. And we’re tackling this in three ways: though ensuring our tools are made available to journalists around the world (and that newsrooms know how to use them); by getting helpful Google data sets in the hands of journalists everywhere; and through programs designed to build on some of the biggest opportunities that exist in the media industry today.
Tools for better reporting From Maps to YouTube to Fusion Tables to Earth to Search, we offer many tools that newsrooms can use in their reporting and storytelling. Now, journalists around the world can access tutorials on these products created specifically for newsrooms, at g.co/newslab. We’ll post short written and video tutorials and case studies that highlight best practices from top newsrooms around the world. As Google develops new products that help journalists, we’ll update these resources regularly. You can also get updates by following us on Twitter and Google+, and by subscribing to our YouTube channel.
Data for more insightful storytelling There’s a revolution in data journalism happening in newsrooms today, as more data sets and more tools for analysis are allowing journalists to create insights that were never before possible. To help journalists use our data to offer a unique window to the world, last week we announced an update to our Google Trends platform. The new Google Trends provides journalists with deeper, broader, and real-time data, and incorporates feedback we collected from newsrooms and data journalists around the world. We’re also helping newsrooms around the world tell stories using data, with a daily feed of curated Google Trends based on the headlines of the day, and through partnershipswithnewsrooms on specific data experiments.
Programs focused on the future of media We’re also working with partners to build a series of programs focused on imagining the future of news and information, as well as on empowering new voices in media. One of the opportunities we’re focused on is increasing the number of media startups in the marketplace. We’ve launched partnerships with Matter, a media accelerator in San Francisco, and Hacks/Hackers, a global community group for developers and journalists, to provide financial support and mentorship from Google engineers that will help these organizations expand their impact to more startups around the world. We’re also holding a series of TechRaking summits with the Center for Investigative Reporting: hackathons focused on developing new investigative tools such as drones, online databases, and more.
Another area we’ve focused our programs on is citizen reporting. Now that mobile technology allows anyone to be a reporter, we want to do our part to ensure that user-generated news content is a positive and game-changing force in media. We’re doing that with three projects—First Draft, the WITNESS Media Lab, and the YouTube Newswire—each of which aims to make YouTube and other open platforms more useful places for first-hand news content from citizen reporters around the world.
The News Lab is a global effort, with teams in the U.S., U.K., France, and Germany to start—and we’re also powering the training and research arm of Google’s Digital News Initiative in Europe.
Google has created many technologies and platforms that have engaged the media industry. As both the media landscape and technology continue to evolve, we believe we can create a more informed world if technologists and journalists work together—and we’re excited to be part of the effort.
The shooting in Charleston, S.C., was the top topic in search this week. Here’s a look at what people were searching for after the tragedy, plus a glimpse into what else was on searchers’ minds this week.
Tragedy in the south On Wednesday night, a gunman shot and killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. The suspect, Dylann Roof, was arrested Thursday morning, and charged today with nine counts of murder. As people tried to make sense of the story, many turned to the web, leading searches for “Charleston shooting” to climb to more than 5 million. Top questions in the early morning after the shooting include “What was the motive of the hate crime shooting in Charleston?” Many were also interested in the Confederate flag, which still flies above the S.C. Capitol building; interest in the flag spiked 20X in the past week in the U.S. as people asked questions like “What does the Confederate flag stand for?”
Presidential politics We’re still well more than a year away from the 2016 election but the presidential race is already crowded, and getting more so. This week two new candidates joined the fray: Jeb Bush and Donald Trump both announced they plan to run, bringing the total number of Republican candidates to a cool dozen. Though Bush was the most searched candidate in more than 25 states after his announcement, it didn’t last long. Following Trump’s announcement Tuesday, he became the most searched Republican Presidential candidate in every state in the U.S. Top questions on the newest candidates include “Is Jeb Bush related to George Bush?” (that would be a “yes”) and “What is Donald Trump’s net worth?” (he says more than $8 billion; the numbers are disputed).
Must-see TV This week was big for sports, with Google’s own hometown team Golden State Warriors beating the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their first NBA Championship title since 1975. The Warriors were at the top of the search charts on Tuesday with more than 2 million searches. Meanwhile, in hockey, the Chicago Blackhawks edged out the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons. Winning never gets old, though: interest in Blackhawks apparel spiked 8X in Chicago between June 9-16, and there were more than 20,000+ searches for the Blackhawks parade route, which took place Thursday with more than 2 million attendees.
Hockey and basketball not your game? Then perhaps you were one of the 8 million people watching the fifth-season finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” (Spoilers for the show follow.) The show was the subject of 2 million searches on Sunday night, as people watched with baited breath to find out what gruesome ends the show had in store for their favorite characters this season. One of the top questions about the show was simply “Who died on ‘Game of Thrones’?”, while others expressed their disbelief by asking “Is Jon Snow dead?” and “Is Stannis dead?” There were also more than 200K searches for Lena Headley, who plays Cersei Lannister, and another 20K later in the week for Rebecca Van Cleave, Headley’s body double for a scene where Cersei is forced to walk naked through the streets. Finally, there was a lot of interest in Arya Stark, one of few surviving Stark children, whose path on the show has also been one of the strangest.
Tip of the week This weekend marks the first official day of summer, and that means BBQ season. If you’re watching what you eat, Google can help you figure out what to choose at the picnic table. Just ask Google to “compare coleslaw and potato salad” or “compare burgers and pulled pork.”
Posted by Emily Wood, Managing Editor, who searched this week for [jurassic world showtimes]
As previously communicated, and per the release calendar, the new Google Drive UI will be fully launching to Apps customers on the Rapid release track next week. The ability to revert to the old Drive UI will be removed with this launch. The full launch to Scheduled release customers will follow on July 7. Please note that the new Drive UI does not work with older unsupported browsers prior to and including Chrome 23, Firefox 23, IE9 and Safari 6, so it’s important to upgrade to a supported browser to ensure continued access to Drive. Release track: Rapid release launch coming on June 23, with Scheduled release to follow on July 7 For more information: Help Center Note: all launches are applicable to all Google Apps editions unless otherwise noted
A few weeks back, we ran a poll on our Google+ page asking what type of content you all would be interested in seeing more of on our pages. One of the top responses was information on the interviewing and hiring process. In turn, we decided that we should write a series of posts shedding some light on how hiring works at Google. This entry will primarily cover what components our interviews are comprised of, but if you want to dive deeper into our hiring practices and many other aspects of Google, be sure to check out Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock, who heads up People Operations at Google.
As with just about everything at Google, our interviews are based on—and constantly improved upon—by data. This reliance on data is of paramount importance, because hiring has the ability to either make or break a company. Plus, research has shown that if data is left out of the hiring equation, the decision of who should be hired and who shouldn’t is often swayed by an interviewer’s unconscious biases and superficial snap judgments. Consequently, according to Laszlo Bock, “Most interviews are a waste of time because 99.4% of the time is spent trying to confirm whatever impression the interviewer formed in the first ten seconds.” Fortunately, Google interviews are not like most interviews. But, how exactly are they different?
To begin, Google interviews only include question formats that have been proven to actually predict job performance. In 1998, Frank Schmidt and John Hunter published a meta-analysis of 85 years of research on how well different types of assessments predict job performance. Overall, they identified three assessment techniques that were more effective than all others: work sample tests, tests of general cognitive ability, and structured interviews. As you may have guessed, we incorporate all three within our interview process.
Work sample tests entail giving a candidate a sample piece of work or problem to complete that is similar to what the candidate would face on the job. At Google, all our technical hires (engineering and product management) are tasked with a work sample test of sorts, where they are asked to solve engineering problems during the interview. This allows candidates to showcase their skills, while also giving us a chance to see how they go about attacking actual problems.
Next, tests of general cognitive ability involve measuring raw intelligence and the ability to problem solve, reason, and learn. However, in contrast to case interviews and brainteasers (neither of which is used by Google), these tests have defined right and wrong answers. For this measure, we want smart people who can learn and adapt to new situations. In general, Google interview questions testing general cognitive ability try to get at how candidates have solved hard problems in real life and how they learn.
Last but not least, structured interviews ask a consistent set of questions and have clear criteria for gauging the quality of responses to these questions. Structured interviews help isolate candidate performance from other variables, so that candidates are all judged equally, no matter who interviewed them. Altogether, there are two kinds of structured interviews: behavioral and situational. Behavioral interviews ask candidates to describe prior achievements (“Tell me about a time…”), while situational interviews present a job-related hypothetical situation (“What would you do if…”). Over the course of a Google interview, interviewers ask both types of questions.
So, there it is...a quick glimpse into the components that make up a Google interview. All in all, the primary objective of our interviews is to accurately predict how candidates would perform if they joined the team. By making sure that we use only those interview formats that have been proven to best predict future job performance and evaluate each candidate equally, we have been able to maintain our high hiring standards, while simultaneously making the interview process more fair and rewarding for candidates.
Posted by Steven Claunch, Online Hiring and Insights Team
We’ve heard many troubling stories of “revenge porn”: an ex-partner seeking to publicly humiliate a person by posting private images of them, or hackers stealing and distributing images from victims’ accounts. Some images even end up on “sextortion” sites that force people to pay to have their images removed.
Our philosophy has always been that Search should reflect the whole web. But revenge porn images are intensely personal and emotionally damaging, and serve only to degrade the victims—predominantly women. So going forward, we’ll honor requests from people to remove nude or sexually explicit images shared without their consent from Google Search results. This is a narrow and limited policy, similar to how we treat removal requests for other highly sensitive personal information, such as bank account numbers and signatures, that may surface in our search results.
In the coming weeks we’ll put up a web form people can use to submit these requests to us, and we’ll update this blog post with the link.
We know this won’t solve the problem of revenge porn—we aren’t able, of course, to remove these images from the websites themselves—but we hope that honoring people’s requests to remove such imagery from our search results can help.
Posted by Andrea Held, Google University Relations & Matt Cooke, Google News Lab Europe
Journalism is evolving fast in the digital age, and researchers across Europe are working on exciting projects to create innovative new tools and open source software that will support online journalism and benefit readers. As part of the wider Google Digital News Initiative (DNI), we invited academic researchers across Europe to submit proposals for the Computational Journalism Research Awards.
After careful review by Google’s News Lab and Research teams, the following projects were selected:
SCAN: Systematic Content Analysis of User Comments for Journalists Walid Maalej, Professor of Informatics, University of Hamburg Wiebke Loosen, Senior Researcher for Journalism, Hans-Bredow-Institute, Hamburg, Germany This project aims at developing a framework for the systematic, semi-automated analysis of audience feedback on journalistic content to better reflect the voice of users, mitigate the analysis efforts, and help journalists generate new content from the user comments.
Event Thread Extraction for Viewpoint Analysis Ioana Manolescu, Senior Researcher, INRIA Saclay, France Xavier Tannier, Professor of Computer Science, University Paris-Sud, France The goal of the project is to automatically build topic "event threads" that will help journalists and citizens decode claims made by public figures, in order to distinguish between personal opinion, communication tools and voluntary distortions of the reality.
Computational Support for Creative Story Development by Journalists Neil Maiden, Professor of Systems Engineering George Brock, Professor of Journalism, City University London, UK This project will develop a new software prototype to implement creative search strategies that journalists could use to strengthen investigative storytelling more efficiently than with current news content management and search tools.
We congratulate the recipients of these awards and we look forward to the results of their research. Each award includes funding of up to $60,000 in cash and $20,000 in computing credits on Google’s Cloud Platform. Stay tuned for updates on their progress.
Nestled between Messina and Catania in the North East of Sicily sits one of the most active volcanos in the world: Mount Etna. The highest volcano on the European continent—and almost constantly in a state of activity—dwarfs all around it; its fertile volcanic soil cultivates the fine vineyards, farms and orchards draped about its slopes.
On June 21, 2013, Etna was included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. Now, to celebrate the second anniversary of this event, you can now explore the beast the locals know ominously as "a muntagna" (“the mountain”) on Street View in Google Maps.
Our fearless Trekker operator climbing the mountain
On our way to the summit, we took imagery of the darkened slopes of the Crater Silvestri, about 2,000 meters above sea level (see below); and after another challenging climb—carrying our equipment above 3,000 meters—we managed to capture breathtaking views from the top of the Crater Silvani.
This stunning imagery not only enables anyone with an Internet connection to walk the beautiful trails of the mountain—it’s also a way to protect and enhance the cultural and historical heritage of the Sicilian territory and its beauty.
Precisely for this purpose, the Google Cultural Institute has partnered with Unioncamere and the Chamber of Commerce of Catania who built an exhibition where you can discover the unique history of Mount Etna and the art and culture of its surroundings—in particular, how the Etna basalt, formed by the slow solidification of the volcanic lava flows as they cool, shaped the architectural heritage of this region.
Meet Dara Castiglione, a wedding planner from New Jersey. After reading one of her tweets about Google Docs, we chatted to better understand how she uses the family of products to run her wedding planning business. We want to know how you use Google Docs, too, so share your own examples at +GoogleDocs or @googledocs with the hashtag #mygoogledocs. -Ed.
Hi Dara! Tell us a little about yourself and what you do. Hi! My name is Dara and I am the Owner of Castiglione Events, a boutique wedding and special events planning company in New Jersey. I plan around eight weddings a year in New Jersey and New York, as well as other small parties. My primary focus is to keep my clients organized and on schedule during the hectic planning process, which typically lasts about a year. I do have assistants, but the day-to-day tasks and the bulk of the major planning are done by me alone. Google Docs is a great tool that helps to keep myself and my clients organized.
How does Google Docs fit into your wedding planning business? There are many contracts, budgets, spreadsheets and timelines that are used during the planning process. They have to stay organized or you’ll go crazy trying to piece everything together. I offer full service planning, but the majority of my work is partial planning/day of coordination. With this type of service, clients are very involved in the planning process. So the use of Google Docs is imperative to ensure we’re always on the same page. I collect pertinent information from clients through shared spreadsheets which allows all of us to go in and modify in one shared, organized space. Most of my clients live far away and work full-time, so in lieu of meetings and constant phone conferences that no one today really has time for, we work together in a shared space that allows a constant stream of communication. We work on wording for menu cards, ceremony programs, and even ceremony scripts and readings through Google Docs as well. Commenting is key because it allows all parties to address a question, concern, or issue head-on as opposed to writing a whole email about it. We can work together right there in the document. It’s a definite time-saver!
What are three tips you’d give for other wedding planners about using Google Docs? Show clients how to use it if they’re unfamiliar! Don’t just settle for them not knowing how. It will seriously make your life (and theirs!) so much easier and they will thank you for it. It’s worth taking the extra time to give them a quick lesson.
Don’t forget about revision history. It allows you to view all changes and additions that have been made by you and the person you’re sharing with. Check every once in a while. You never know if something they typed in and erased out of uncertainty is actually important info or an incredible idea! Invite vendors to join in working this way. I’m always collaborating with DJ’s and caterers to establish the perfect timeline and flow for each event. I send draft timelines in Google Docs, which allows them to add in specific elements important to them, or comments in areas they need revised to fit their requirements after they see my proposed timeline.
Starting today, we are changing the way Google Apps Vault admins set up new retention rules in Google Apps Vault. This change will not impact any current retention settings—existing rules will continue to retain and delete messages according to their original configuration. Going forward, admins will be prompted to select one of the following options when setting up a new rule:
Retention rule applies to deleted messages only – If an admin selects this option, the rule will only affect messages that have been deleted by individual employees. This is the default option for new rules and is equivalent to adding label:^deleted to a custom retention rule.
Retention rule applies to deleted messages and messages in user mailboxes – If an admin selects this option, the rule will apply to all messages—except those that meet any custom rules or holds the admin specifies. If an admin opens an existing custom retention rule that uses label:^deleted, it will have this option selected. The custom rule, however, will continue to work according to its original configuration and override that option, and only deleted messages will be affected.
Remember—Vault is fully integrated with Gmail, and there is no separate archive. If an admin chooses the second option above, it means that they want the rule to apply to all messages, whether employees have marked the messages for deletion or not. This could potentially delete messages that employees expect to keep. For example, if an admin sets a default retention rule to retain messages for 365 days and selects the option to apply to all messages—and there are no custom rules or holds in place—Vault will delete every message in that admin’s domain that is older than one year.
Setting up the retention policies that your organization needs can be complicated, so we’ve put together this article to help.
The Office Compatibility Mode extension in Chrome allows people to view and edit Microsoft® Office files in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Based on feedback, we’ve added a new feature that makes it simpler to use those edited files on the web. This new download functionality provides a person with a local copy of their file instantly, making it easy to upload that file via a webform or to share it in a Microsoft Office format. This feature lives in two places: as an option in the File drop-down menu and as a button in the top right corner of the screen. Check out the Help Center for more information.
Check out the latest “What’s New in Google Apps” newsletter [pdf] for a roundup of all Apps launches from June 2015.Newsletter Archive & Translated Versions (coming soon for June issue)Note: all launches are applicable to all Google Apps editions u…
Based on customer feedback and in an effort to help Google Apps admins better digest and communicate launches to their users, starting today we’ll be adding more structured information to our launch announcements regarding the expected rollout pace, impact, and recommended actions for each launch. Moving forward, each launch announcement will include one selection from each of the categories below: Launch Details Release track:
Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release, OR
Launching to Rapid release, with Scheduled release coming in [X] weeks
Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility), OR
Gradual rollout (potentially longer than 3 days for feature visibility)
Admins only (e.g. a new report is available in the Admin console), OR
All end users (e.g. a new feature is available in Google Docs)
Admin action required (e.g. a product or feature is being deprecated and there is a window for Apps admins to export data prior to the removal), OR
Admin action suggested (e.g. a new security feature is launching default off; Apps admins may want to enable it in the Admin console), OR
Change management required (e.g. a common UI experience is changing significantly; change management assets will be provided by Google), OR
Change management suggested/FYI (e.g. a low impact feature enhancement)
*Rollout pace is the originally planned pace and is subject to change
Note: all launches are applicable to all Google Apps editions unless otherwise noted
Posted by Corinna Cortes, Head, Google Research NY
This week, Lille, France hosts the 2015 International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML 2015), a premier annual Machine Learning event supported by the International Machine Learning Society (IMLS). As a leader in Machine Learning research, Google will have a strong presence at ICML 2015, with many Googlers publishing work and hosting workshops. If you’re attending, we hope you’ll visit the Google booth and talk with the Googlers to learn more about the hard work, creativity and fun that goes into solving interesting ML problems that impacts millions of people. You can also learn more about our research being presented at ICML 2015 in the list below (Googlers highlighted in blue).
Google is an Platinum Sponsor of ICML 2015.
ICML Program Committee Area Chair – Corinna Cortes & Samy Bengio IMLS Board Member – Corinna Cortes