Gathering of the Mentor Minds
November 23rd, 2011 | by Stephanie Taylor | published in Google Open Source, Uncategorized
The sixth annual Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit was held Saturday and Sunday, October 22rd and 23th, 2011 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.Over 285 mentors and organization admins from over 145 Open Source organizations attended…
Street View comes to beautiful Belgium
November 23rd, 2011 | by Lat Long Blog | published in Google Earth, Google Maps
Belgium may be a small country but it’s big on culture with more than 300 castles, 40 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 200 museums, 500 types of beer and 2000 chocolate shops. Today we are opening up our beautiful sites to users all over the world as we …
November 23rd, 2011 | by Inside AdSense Team | published in Google Adsense
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S so we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your dedicated participation in the AdSense program. (artwork courtesy of Sofia Andrianakou)Wishing our U.S. publishers a happy and turkey-filled Th…
November 23rd, 2011 | by Sally Cole | published in Google DoubleClick
Our product teams have been rapidly innovating to bring more format support to DoubleClick Ad Exchange. Recent format innovations include:Mobile web inventory. According to internal data from October, mobile web inventory on DoubleClick Ad Exchange fro…
November 22nd, 2011 | by Google Apps Team | published in Google Apps, Uncategorized
The following features are now available to domains following the Scheduled Release track:Gmail:The ‘Manage this domain’ link for administrators has moved from its current location at the top right of the inbox, to the bottom right corner of the in…
November 22nd, 2011 | by dly | published in Google Mobile
Earlier this year, we introduced interactive weather information in mobile search results and now this feature is available in 33 more languages. Now when you search for ‘météo’, ‘tempo’, ‘날씨’, or ‘weather’ in your language, you
Enhanced advertiser-level controls and insights in DoubleClick Ad Exchange
November 22nd, 2011 | by Jon Nevitt | published in Google DoubleClick
Today, we’re happy to announce the roll-out of a new advertiser classification system that automatically scans and classifies each creative using sophisticated machine learning technologies to determine the associated advertiser or advertisers. This …
November 22nd, 2011 | by Sara Goetz | published in Google Wave
More than a year ago we announced that Google Wave would no longer be developed as a separate product. At the time we committed to maintaining the site at least through the end of 2010. Today we’re sharing the specific dates for ending this maintenance period and shutting down Wave. As of January 31, 2012, all waves will be read-only, and the Wave service will be turned off on April 30, 2012. You will be able to continue exporting individual waves using the existing PDF export feature until the Google Wave service is turned off. So we’d encourage you to export any important data before April 30, 2012.
If you would like to continue using Wave, there are a number of open source projects, including Apache Wave. There is also an open source project called Walkaround that includes an experimental feature to import all your Waves from Google. This feature will work until the Wave service is turned off on April 30, 2012.
For more details, please see our help center.
Posted by the Google Wave Team
DS3: Announcing Several Upload Improvements
November 22nd, 2011 | by Kit Broussard, Product Marketing Manager | published in Google DoubleClick
(cross posted from the DoubleClick Search blog. To learn more about DoubleClick Search, contact your Account Manager or request a call from a DoubleClick Search specialist.)We heard from several of you about the importance of improving the process of d…
November 22nd, 2011 | by aidanchopra | published in Google SketchUp
When you’re modeling a small room, it can be a pain to see what’s inside. The problem is that the walls and ceiling get in the way. One solution is to lop off the ceiling and work in a top view, dollhouse-style. Other folks set up scenes from the i…
November 22nd, 2011 | by Inside Google Book Search | published in Google Books
Posted by Stella Loh, Google eBookstore Product Manager
Excited about Michael Connelly’s upcoming new book The Drop? Can’t wait to get your hands on True Blue by Diana Palmer? Worried your bookstore will run out of Dean Koontz’s The Moonlit Mind before you can get your copy?
Have no fear: Pre-ordering in the Google eBookstore is here!
We are excited to announce that the our eBookstore now supports pre-orders for many titles that have not yet been released. No longer must you wait outside in long lines and in the cold, or worry that you’ll forget to call ahead with enough time to reserve a copy of that sequel you’ve been dying to read.
Simply sign into your Google Account, search for the title you want to pre-order and click on “Pre-order eBook” button.
After you’ve confirmed your pre-order, the title will appear in your purchase history. Once the title is officially released to the public, your credit card will be charged, and we’ll send you an email letting you know that your book is ready to read!
November 22nd, 2011 | by Jay Garg | published in Google Apps, Google Enterprise
Posted by Immad Akhund, Co-Founder and CEO of HeyZapEditor’s note: Today’s guest blogger is Immad Akhund, co-founder and CEO of HeyZap. HeyZap is a social network for mobile gamers and a platform for mobile and online games. See what other organiz…
November 22nd, 2011 | by Jay | published in Google Online Security
Posted by Brian Ryner, Security TeamIn May we announced that we are ending support for the Safe Browsing protocol version 1 on December 1 in order to focus our resources on the new version 2 API and the lookup service. These new APIs provide simpler an…
November 22nd, 2011 | by Custom Search Team | published in Google Custom Search
Custom Search promotions enable you to put relevant information at the top of your search results for specific queries.
Today, we’re announcing several new features to give you more flexibility on how and when to trigger them.
Regular expressions: Use regular expressions instead of verbatim query matches to make it easier to display your promotions for all relevant user queries.
Promotion URL and titles based on the user’s query: Instead of manually adding and maintaining a long list of similarly structured URLs and promotion titles, now you can use the $q variable in your promotion URL or title to replace it with the user’s query.
Enable/disable individual promotions: Manually enable or disable each promotion without affecting the others.
Promotions for Custom Search engines created in AdSense: Promotions now work for these CSEs (though they are still managed via the CSE’s control panel on the Google Custom Search site).
We hope these new features make it easier for you to use promotions on your site. For more details and instructions, please visit our help center. Let us know what you think in our discussion forum.
Posted by: Weiyu Zhu, Software Engineer
November 22nd, 2011 | by Jay | published in Google Online Security
Posted by Adam Langley, Security TeamLast year we introduced HTTPS by default for Gmail and encrypted search. We’re pleased to see that other major communications sites are following suit and deploying HTTPS in one form or another. We are now pushing…