April 4th, 2012 | by Natasha | published in Google Enterprise, Google Maps, Uncategorized
Posted by Thor Mitchell, Product Manager, Google Maps APIIn April 2010, 89 million U.S. households returned a census form in which they answered ten basic questions. Once collected, aggregated, and published, the 2010 U.S. census provided rich insights…
April 4th, 2012 | by Amanda Gangl | published in Google DoubleClick, Uncategorized
Join us for a webinar series beginning this month that will focus on offering tips and tools for everything from Creatives to Floodlight. Visit the DFA Help Center to register for any webinars as well as our classroom offerings.Classroom TrainingDFA Fu…
April 4th, 2012 | by The App Engine Team | published in Google App Engine
Almost 4 years after launch, we’ve seen fantastic growth both in Google App Engine and the apps that run on it. And although the Master/Slave Datastore was a big part of our early success, it’s time to announce the deprecation of the Master/Slave Da…
April 4th, 2012 | by Inside AdWords crew | published in Google Adwords, Uncategorized
What does creativity look like in a digital context? What does it mean for your business, your campaigns, and your customers? This issue of Google’s Think Quarterly explores these fundamental questions and more — a must read for digital marketers! A…
April 4th, 2012 | by Blog | published in Google Orkut
Hello Orkut Users!
If you use the old version of Orkut, you’ve noticed that some pages look different today. Your interface may be much cleaner and simpler. You may have noticed you have more options for personalization. You also may notice that moving around your profile may be much faster. That’s because starting today and over the next few months, we will begin rolling out the new version of the platform to all Orkut users.
You’ll remember that about 3 years ago, we announced that we were testing a new version of Orkut that would be faster and easier to use. We also gave you the option of choosing whether to stay with the version of Orkut that you were familiar with, or to move on to the adventure of the latest platform. Since then, we’ve continued to experiment and update Orkut based on your feedback so that we could offer the best experience possible. And you responded. Now most of you are using the newest version of Orkut, and over the next few months everyone will be using the new platform.
We realize that for some of you, this will take getting used to. However, we want to be able to offer everyone access to some of the exciting things we’re working on and will be bringing to Orkut in the future, at the same time. We look forward to your feedback! It will help us continue to make Orkut a place where you feel comfortable sharing with your friends and experiencing the best Google has to offer. If you have any questions or comments, find us on our Official Orkut Community! We look forward to hearing from you.
Posted by Hermes de Freitas, Bárbara Veloso, and Natália Duarte, Orkut team
April 4th, 2012 | by Stephanie Taylor | published in Google Open Source, Uncategorized
We held our fifth Google Summer of Code meetup in the Moratuwa, Sri Lanka area on March 17th. We had enormous support from the Department of Computer Science & Engineering staff at the University of Moratuwa to make it a full scale session covering…
April 4th, 2012 | by Katie Wasilenko | published in Google Adwords, Uncategorized
If you’re audience targeting (or considering it), customizing your ads for your audience can yield better performance. Here are the top tips for audience targeted creatives learned through the collective experience of hundreds of Google AdWords accou…
April 4th, 2012 | by Inside AdSense Team | published in Google Adsense
With a background in database and computer science, Internet marketing, and search engine optimization, Kooshiar Azimian is a self-described wearer of many hats. In early 2011, he channeled his diverse expertise to create Concertboom, a comprehensive c…
April 4th, 2012 | by Natasha | published in Google Enterprise, Google Maps
Posted by Daniel Schramm, Associate Product Manager Intern, Google Maps APIEvery day people rely on maps to help them make purchasing decisions. Location matters for everything from choosing a restaurant for dinner, to picking the perfect home. It’s …
April 4th, 2012 | by A Googler | published in Google Docs
Another month and another batch of improvements to Google Docs. We recently debuted a new spell checker that gets smarter and grows with the web, and we’ve also turned on a few features that let you do more with Docs.
New charting options
We’ve added a bunch of new ways to make richer charts in Google spreadsheets. You can now control the opacity of an area chart, set fonts to be bold or italic, and label sections of your charts along the axis.
These new features bring the number of charting improvements up to 30 since the beginning of the year, which is about 1 new feature every 3 days. Some of our favorite charts updates include annotations, error bars, a second Y axis, donut charts, and loads of formatting options.
OCR and spreadsheets support more languages
With Google Docs, you can upload PDFs and images of scanned text and have them automatically converted into Google documents using our Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Starting this week, this is available in four new languages: Hebrew, Hindi, Chinese Traditional, and Cherokee.
Language support got better in Google spreadsheets too. For Hebrew and Arabic speakers, sheets and cells now offer right-to-left support.
More ways to use Google Apps Script
Google Apps Script is a way for developers to customize Google Docs and other Google products. Over the past month, we’ve made some changes which developers may find helpful, including:
- Support for adding your own HTML to your script’s dialogues and pages. Let’s say you wrote a script that prompts collaborators to play a game when they open a certain spreadsheet. It’s now possible to include more sophisticated HTML, like a table in the dialog that you built.
- The option to programmatically set sheet protection in Apps Script. If you’re a teacher, you could add a script that automatically looked at all your spreadsheets and made sure that you’re the only one allowed to edit any sheet named “Grades”.
- A redesign to the Apps Script menus. Sometimes when you’re starting a new project you’ll want to use scripts that you’ve already created. The menu changes make it easier for you to reuse scripts that you’ve already built and to share your scripts with other people .
Posted by Michael Schidlowsky, Software Engineer
April 4th, 2012 | by Google Students | published in Google Student Blog
The Building Opportunities for Leadership & Development (BOLD) Diversity Immersion Program for Freshmen is designed to provide exposure into the technology industry for students who are historically under-represented in this field. Google invites c…
April 4th, 2012 | by Mark Valkenburgh | published in Google CPG
When we launched Google+ Pages last November, we aimed to provide you with a way to post updates and news about your business, have engaging conversations with customers, and send tailored messages to specific groups of people.
We’re now excited to share that Google Ads will be joining Google+ Pages to provide you, our advertising partners, with the latest Google advertising product news, training, tips and Hangouts that can help make the web work for you. We hope it will become a useful resource for growing your business, reaching customers in the moments that matter, and making smarter decisions.
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Here’s a quick peek at what you can expect from the Google Ads page on Google+:
- Stay ahead of the curve with the latest launches and updates for Google’s advertising solutions, including search, display, mobile, social, YouTube and Google Analytics
- Receive how-to information, best practices, and recommendations
- Learn about upcoming trainings and events
- Attend Hangouts with product experts
Add Google Ads to your circles here. We look forward to connecting with you on Google+.
Posted by: Christina Park and Katie Miller, Ads Product Marketing
April 4th, 2012 | by Erica Sievert | published in Google Affiliate Network
After testing Google Affiliate Network in beta throughout the UK, we’re excited to announce that we’re expanding to more UK advertisers and agencies. This means more relevant deals and promotions will be available to publishers with UK audiences. W…
April 4th, 2012 | by Tim Bray | published in Google Android
[This post is by Nadav Aharony, a product manager on the Android team — Tim Bray]We’re rolling out new developer features for the Gmail Android app: It now includes a public ContentProvider that you can use to retrieve label data. Yo…
April 4th, 2012 | by Emily Wood | published in Google Blogger Buzz
Imagine being able to share your blog with like-minded people across the web. Today we’ve made doing that easier with the introduction of two Google+ gadgets, the +1 button and Google+ Badge.
Unlike the +1 button that can appear below a post, this gadget is specific to your blog. Displaying it on your blog will allow visitors to endorse your blog and share it with their friends.
+1 button for blog
If you’re wondering what a +1 means, think of it as a public stamp of approval from your readers. As soon as someone clicks on the +1 button next to your blog, they’ll also have the option to share it with their friends, contacts, or the rest of the web.
+1s from your readers will appear to people in their circles whenever your blog shows up in Google search results. Here’s an example:
We’re also introducing the Google+ badge gadget, which allows you to connect your blog to your personal profile or your Google+ page on Google+. Adding the badge to your blog helps you connect with friends, fans, and customers. It enables your readers to add you, or your blog to their circles and follow your blog posts on Google+.
If you are happy to blog under your real name, people can follow your stream on Google+. If you prefer to blog under a nickname or an established pseudonym, you can create a Google+ Page to represent your blog. Bloggers who wish to remain anonymous should continue to blog as usual.
To add these gadgets to your blog, select “Add a Gadget” from the “Layout” tab of Blogger, and select them from the list of gadgets under “Basics”. You’ll need to copy your Google+ ID (personal or Page) to configure the brand badge gadget for your blog.
Add the +1 and Google+ brand badge gadgets to your blog today to grow and engage your audience.
Bora Toska, Product Marketing Manager