April 1st, 2011 | by Tim Bray | published in Google Android
When Google I/O sold out so fast, were kicking around ideas for how to get some of our ticket reserve into the hands of our favorite people: Dedicated developers. Someone floated the idea of a contest, so we had to pull one together double-quick. You…
April 1st, 2011 | by Brett Wiltshire | published in Google Blogger Buzz
Update: This was an April Fool’s post. The acquisition was in 2003 :-)–Posted by Brett Wiltshire, Blogger CEO[Cross-post from google.blogspot.com]This morning we’re beyond thrilled to announce that Blogger has signed a definitive agreement to be acq…
April 1st, 2011 | by Jay | published in Google Online Security
Posted by Ben Laurie, Google Security TeamIn the wake of the recent Comodo fraud incident, there has been a great deal of speculation about how to improve the public key infrastructure, on which the security of the Internet rests. Unfortunately, this i…
April 1st, 2011 | by Research Admin | published in Google Research
Posted by Martin Jansche and Alex Salcianu, Google Speech TeamAs you might know, Google Voice Search is available in more than two dozen languages and dialects, making it easy to perform Google searches just by speaking into your phone.Today it is our …
April 1st, 2011 | by A Googler | published in Google Voice
Ever wake up after a long night and see you called a bunch of exes but don’t remember what you said? We’re sure you haven’t, but, well, we’ve heard it happens. Quite a bit.
That’s why we’re excited to announce that today we’re launching the Voice-alyzer setting to hopefully prevent this from ever happening again.
The next time you know an eventful night is in store, head to the Calls tab in Google Voice Settings. Check the “Enable Voice-alyzer” box, and set the hour that you want the feature to go into effect.
With Voice-alyzer enabled, our IVR will prompt you to spell everyday words with your keypad, like “embarrassed”, ”dizzy” or ”Czechoslovakia”, before we connect your call.
If the Voice-alyzer determines that you are not in a fit state to be having a conversation, it will prevent the call from connecting and send you a text message with contact info for 3 local cab companies instead.
Concerned about sending poorly thought out texts? Don’t be, we’ve got you covered there as well. All text messages sent while Voice-alyzer is enabled are scanned for accuracy and held in your outbox if fat-fingered words or more than 2 exclamation points or question marks are detected.
This new feature will be rolling out gradually to all Google Voice users over the next 24 hours.
We hope that you find it to be helpful, and as always, recommend dialing responsibly.
Posted by Tina Donaldson, Anti-Embarrassment Enforcement Officer
Update (12:01 am): Happy April 1st.
April 1st, 2011 | by Patrick Copeland | published in Google Testing
For our followers on twitter, we didn’t realize our feed we broken until today! Shame, lots of good posts recently. Come check them out. @googletesting
April 1st, 2011 | by Jeffrey Posnick | published in Youtube API
Although equine-frame embedding of YouTube moving pictures was launched with great huzzabulloo a few short months ago, we regret that we can no longer recommend this horsey practice. While playback quality was smashing, bareback riding quality invariab…
April 1st, 2011 | by Sarah Nahm | published in Google Chrome