Saturday, May 8, 2010

[G] Want to be on America's Got Talent?

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YouTube Blog: Want to be on America's Got Talent?

America's Got Talent is looking for their next star on YouTube. The show known for giving Americans a platform to showcase their unique skills is doing a special YouTube edition, with a completely virtual audition process on YouTube. They’re looking for all types: musicians, dancers, animal acts, jugglers, magicians, comedians, performance artists, you name it...









Twelve acts will be chosen to perform live on a special America’s Got Talent/YouTube performance show on NBC on August 10. Eleven acts will be picked by the judges and one will be selected by your votes. There’s also a $1,000,000 prize for the victor.

You’ve got until June 23 to enter, so get out your camera, show off your skills, and upload your video today: http://www.youtube.com/agt. Voting will begin on June 28.

We can’t wait to see what happens!

Sadia Harper, HowTo & Style Manager, recently watched “Nuttin’ But Stringz on AGT.”


URL: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/youtube/PKJx/~3/YP_wN-dfeYU/want-to-be-on-americas-got-talent.html

[G] 2010 Tribeca Film Festival on YouTube

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YouTube Blog: 2010 Tribeca Film Festival on YouTube

The 9th annual Tribeca Film Festival came to a close earlier this week in lower Manhattan and we were proud to be a part of it. As a sponsor of the World Documentary Category, we supported the premieres of films from countries around the world that dealt with important issues ranging from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the black market for falcons. We also spent time talking to filmmakers about opportunities to distribute their films on YouTube, which you can learn more about on our Filmmakers Wanted channel.


Fortunately, our partnership with Tribeca goes far beyond our sponsorship of the festival and we're delighted to let you know that six films from this year's festival are now available for rent on the Tribeca Film channel, as are numerous films from previous years.


Here's a snapshot of these newest Tribeca releases: 


In the year 2024, all of Europe is united by a vast web of underground railways, populated by an army of downtrodden worker bees. When one such cog starts hearing voices and encounters a femme fatale shampoo model who seems to hold some answers, he finds himself unearthing a vast Orwellian conspiracy in this visually arresting animated noir. With the voices of Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, and Alexander Skarsgård. 


Mahmud Nasir (comedian Omid Djalili) may not be the most observant Muslim but deep down he is a true believer. His life is capsized when he not only learns he was adopted, but also, even more scandalous, that his birth mother was Jewish and his given name was Solly Shimshillewitz. As Mahmud tumbles into a full-scale identity crisis, a true comedy of religious errors unfolds. With Richard Schiff and Matt Lucas. 


Mat Whitecross (codirector of The Road to Guantanamo) paints a stylized, ripsnorting portrait of mercurial British punk rock pioneer Ian Dury (portrayed by BAFTA nominee Andy Serkis). From a troubled childhood and a battle with debilitating polio to the effects of fame on relationships and fatherhood, here are the highs and lows of a life lived sneeringly, unapologetically out loud. With Olivia Williams, Ray Winstone, and Naomie Harris. 


Like most high schoolers, Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel, Tropic Thunder) is having an identity crisis. What differentiates Leon, however, is that he believes he is the reincarnation of Soviet thinker Leon Trotksy and predestined to follow the same path as his namesake. Tackling issues from students' rights to semi-formal dances, this "revolutionary" comedy will have you united in laughter. 


Loath to take over the family hair-oil business, young Vishnu jumps at the chance to drive his uncle's beat-up Chevy truck across India to its new owner. The young runaway, wandering old entertainer and beautiful woman he picks up along the way make for a magical journey that will change Vishnu's life. With the sumptuous landscape of India as his canvas, director Dev Benegal paints a delightfully original road movie.  


Sara Pollack, Entertainment Marketing Manager, recently watched "The Sandpit."


URL: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/youtube/PKJx/~3/LiNLKxfISBQ/2010-tribeca-film-festival-on-youtube.html

Friday, May 7, 2010

[G] How big is the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?

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Google LatLong: How big is the Deepwater Horizon oil spill?


Crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion continues to leak into the Gulf Coast. Official estimates state a rate of 200,000 gallons a day, while some private estimates think it could be over a million gallons each day. The spill covers an area of over 2,500 square miles, and shows no signs of slowing down.

2,500 square miles is a large number, but how big is that, really? It's very difficult for us to imagine something that large, and it's doubly hard to grasp the true size when it sits over the vast ocean surface.

To help understand the scale of this ecological disaster, I built a page using the Google Earth Browser Plug-in that will let you see the oil spill in comparison to something everyone has a good grasp on: the size of your own home town. Also, you can compare the oil spill to some very large cities around the world -- is it bigger than San Francisco, New York, London? You'll be surprised at what 2,500 square miles really means.

And it's still growing.

See it here: http://paulrademacher.com/oilspill. If you’re interested in learning more from Google or our data providers, you may want to check out these following sites:

Posted by Paul Rademacher, Google Maps Engineering Manager

URL: http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2010/05/how-big-is-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill.html

[G] Google @ Intel ISEF 2010

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Official Google Blog: Google @ Intel ISEF 2010

On Monday, several thousand high school students will descend on San Jose for this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). A project of the Society for Science & the Public, Intel ISEF brings together more than 1,500 high school students from over 50 countries to showcase and discuss their research and compete for millions of dollars in prizes. We’re particularly excited about this event because this year Google is the Premier Sponsor and Silicon Valley Host of the event.

We’re getting ready to launch an action-packed week of events and activities that celebrate the accomplishments of the Intel ISEF finalists and the role that technology plays in the future of science. Our schedule includes:
  • Ongoing speaker series at our booth
  • Interactive booth with product demos (the Street View car will be there!)
  • Welcome Party on Tuesday evening for Intel ISEF participants
  • $10,000 prizes for the three winners of our Google Special Awards
If you’re attending the fair, check out our Science Fair Portal to keep up-to-date with any changes to our events schedule. We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted by Josh Weaver, ISEF alum and Tech Lead for Street View
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/google-intel-isef-2010.html

[G] This week in search 5/7/10

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Official Google Blog: This week in search 5/7/10

This is one of a regular series of posts on search experience updates. Look for the label This week in search and subscribe to the series. - Ed.

This week was a big one for search. We announced a number of new enhancements:

A new look for Google
By now, you've probably noticed Google has a fresh look and feel. This week, we announced a new contextually relevant left-hand panel on the search results page that brings together all of the most relevant search tools and refinements for your particular query. It makes navigation quick and easy — you can seamlessly jump to and from different types of results, from Books to Images to News, or dig deeper by narrowing down results by time or topic. The new “Something different” feature at the bottom of the left-hand panel helps you find other topics that are related to your query, broadening the possibilities for your search. In addition to this new navigation, we also slightly changed our logo, which is now brighter, simpler and overall more modern.

Ultimately, this latest evolution of Google makes it much easier to pinpoint more precisely what you’re looking for. We hope you're as excited as we are about these new changes!

Sites with images feature
Having more information upfront can be helpful in choosing the best webpages to visit, particularly when you're searching sites rich with images. So this week, we introduced a new way to view search results for sites with lots of images. Each result will now include a strip of images from the website, so you can get a better preview of what each page has to offer. To enable this new feature, simply do your image-focused query on Google, click on "more search tools" in the left-hand navigation, and then click on "sites with images." You'll notice the search results page completely transforms.

Example searches: [orchids] and [salt ponds]


Translate with Google Goggles
We launched Google Goggles in December as a new way to search by sight, with your mobile phone's camera. From identifying landmarks, books, artwork — even wine bottle labels — Goggles is an interesting tool for expressing your queries beyond just text. This week, we released a new version of Goggles with translation capabilities built in. To use it, point your phone's camera at a foreign word or phrase and use the "region of interest button" to draw a box around specific words. After Goggles detects the text, select the source and destination languages and press the "translate" button. To use this, you'll need Google Goggles v1.1 on an Android device that's running version 1.6 and higher.

We hope that you enjoy the features we launched this week, and that they make your search experience even better.

Posted by Johanna Wright, Director of Product Management, Search
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/this-week-in-search-5710.html

[G] Google Apps highlights – 5/7/2010

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Official Google Blog: Google Apps highlights – 5/7/2010

This is part of a regular series of Google Apps updates that we post every couple of weeks. Look for the label “Google Apps highlights" and subscribe to the series. - Ed.

We've been busy over the last few weeks with improvements to make Google Apps more useful, whether you use Google Apps at work, at school or at home.

Improvements to comments in Buzz
We’ve been making continuous improvements to Buzz, including a few changes to comments over recent weeks. We added new options so you can have comments delivered directly to your inbox for conversations that you’re interested in. You can also comment back by replying to the message in your inbox. Also new, when a conversation you started has run its course, “Close comments” will prevent people from adding new comments.


Copy sheets from one spreadsheet to another
We’re continuing to improve on the new documents and spreadsheets editors that we introduced a few weeks ago. On Wednesday we launched the ability to copy sheets across spreadsheets when you don’t want to duplicate an entire spreadsheet. Just click the “Copy to...” option in the sheet options menu.


More Google applications coming for Google Apps customers
Yesterday we shared the news that many more Google applications are coming later this year to businesses, schools and organizations using Google Apps. Coworkers will be able to publish their organization’s blog on Blogger, share project images with Picasa Web Albums, track industry news in Google Reader, advertise online with AdWords and much more, all without switching back and forth between multiple accounts. Read the details on the Google Enterprise Blog.


Administrative reset of end-user sign-in cookies
Google Apps customers also now have the ability to reset sign-in cookies for an end-user from the administrative control panel to help prevent unauthorized access to Google Apps. This security feature can come in handy when a user loses a laptop or mobile phone. That user’s active Google Apps browser sessions are immediately signed out, and will require new authentication with the user’s username and password.


Who’s gone Google?
Tens of thousands of businesses, schools and organizations have started using Google Apps since our last update, including Morehouse College, Kenyon College, Shenandoah University and the University of Rhode Island.

LiquidConcrete, an industrial materials firm in Seattle, also shared a great story about going Google. Not only do they use Gmail, Google Docs and Google Calendar, they also rely on Smartsheet — available from the Apps Marketplace — for project management. Now they’re able to track their inventory, manage the order-to-ship process and much more in the cloud, for a fraction of the cost of alternative solutions.

I hope you're making the most of these new features, whether you're using Google Apps with friends, family, coworkers or classmates. For more details and updates from the Apps team, head on over to the Google Apps Blog.

Posted by Jeremy Milo, Google Apps Marketing Manager
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/google-apps-highlights-572010.html

[G] Our letter to data protection commissioners on privacy

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Google Public Policy Blog: Our letter to data protection commissioners on privacy

Posted by Jane Horvath and Peter Fleischer, Global Privacy Counsel

Today, we responded to a letter that a group of data protection commissioners recently sent us about privacy at Google, relating to the launch of Buzz in particular. In our letter, we outlined the work we do every day to protect user privacy. In the spirit of transparency, we wanted to share our letter as it explains our ongoing efforts and outlines tools like the Google Dashboard that provide you with increased transparency and choice.

As we mention in the letter, we are in regular contact with all of the commissioners’ offices and look forward to continue working with them. For more information on our privacy initiatives, you can visit our Privacy Center.
URL: http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com/2010/05/our-letter-to-data-protection.html

[G] Schools are (almost) out for the summer...and in for Apps

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Official Google Enterprise Blog: Schools are (almost) out for the summer...and in for Apps

With school almost out for summer, things are hitting a frenzied end-of-year pace in classrooms; and life is similarly fast-paced for the Google’s Apps for Education team as we work with the schools adopting Google Apps in increasing numbers. Today we’ve reached another milestone — 8 million students, faculty and staff around the world have gone Google. To put this in perspective, the U.S. has about 16 million college students total. This new milestone has been keeping us especially busy since it comes less than 60 days after we announced 7 million active users.

It’s pretty cool to see adoption growing even as the school year wraps up, because it means more freshmen get to come to campus and dive into using Google Apps for email and collaboration next fall. Some of the new schools in this bunch are Morehouse, University of Rhode Island, University of Nevada Las Vegas, the Metropolitan State College of Denver and North Carolina State University. These colleges and universities join thousands of others that have gone Google, some of which you can see on this map. According to the Campus Computing survey, more than 80 percent of schools in the U.S. have moved to cloud computing or are considering it, and of those almost 60 percent choose Google Apps, so these new schools have plenty of company.

With this kind of growth, we expect a lot of quick change. Some schools choose Apps for students (UC Davis), and some migrate their faculty and staff, either with or after student deployments (like Boise State University). Some schools deploy for alumni (like Notre Dame) and some pilot Apps rollouts with their graduate schools (like Howard University). We always support pilots as they help schools check out how their productivity, or even server costs, can change with group collaboration and web-based tools and often lead to broader deployments down the line. Universities (like Googlers!) are experts at trying a lot of things and sticking with what works for them. As Apps for Edu heads toward its fourth birthday we expect we’ll see schools continue to develop personalized plans for piloting, deployment and of course, use. One cool example is from Temple University, which designated April Google Apps month and built a Google site to help students and faculty learn more about the tools and get their feedback.

Often schools will find that something that works for them, and continue to build from there. For example, after Vanderbilt University successfully deployed Google Apps for their students, they decided they wanted to improve search on their site, too — so they also rolled out Google Site Search. To hear more from Vanderbilt about how and why they did this, tune in to our webinar on Wednesday, May 12 (you can register here). Google Apps and search tools helped Vandy save $750,000 annually, and the student population is all about collaborating in the cloud: the student government takes meeting notes on Docs and also shares a campus-wide activity calendar. That’s Commodore efficiency at its best.

Even though our summer break won’t necessarily consist of exotic travel, summer school, or pool-side relaxation, we’ll keep busy working with schools as they deploy Google Apps. So, if you’ve done something neat at your school to “go Google”, we’d love to hear about it.

Posted by Miriam Schneider, Apps Edu Team
URL: http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2010/05/schools-are-almost-out-for-summerand-in.html

[G] Schools are (almost) out for summer...and in for Apps

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Official Google Blog: Schools are (almost) out for summer...and in for Apps

(Cross-posted on the Google Enterprise Blog)

With school almost out for summer, things are hitting a frenzied end-of-year pace in classrooms; and life is similarly fast-paced for the Google’s Apps for Education team as we work with the schools adopting Google Apps in increasing numbers. Today we’ve reached another milestone — 8 million students, faculty and staff around the world have gone Google. To put this in perspective, the U.S. has about 16 million college students total. This new milestone has been keeping us especially busy since it comes less than 60 days after we announced 7 million active users.

It’s pretty cool to see adoption growing even as the school year wraps up, because it means more freshmen get to come to campus and dive into using Google Apps for email and collaboration next fall. Some of the new schools in this bunch are Morehouse, University of Rhode Island, University of Nevada Las Vegas, the Metropolitan State College of Denver and North Carolina State University. These colleges and universities join thousands of others that have gone Google, some of which you can see on this map. According to the Campus Computing survey, more than 80 percent of schools in the U.S. have moved to cloud computing or are considering it, and of those almost 60 percent choose Google Apps, so these new schools have plenty of company.

With this kind of growth, we expect a lot of quick change. Some schools choose Apps for students (UC Davis), and some migrate their faculty and staff, either with or after student deployments (like Boise State University). Some schools deploy for alumni (like Notre Dame) and some pilot Apps rollouts with their graduate schools (like Howard University). We always support pilots as they help schools check out how their productivity, or even server costs, can change with group collaboration and web-based tools and often lead to broader deployments down the line. Universities (like Googlers!) are experts at trying a lot of things and sticking with what works for them. As Apps for Edu heads toward its fourth birthday we expect we’ll see schools continue to develop personalized plans for piloting, deployment and of course, use. One cool example is from Temple University, which designated April Google Apps month and built a Google site to help students and faculty learn more about the tools and get their feedback.

Often schools will find that something that works for them, and continue to build from there. For example, after Vanderbilt University successfully deployed Google Apps for their students, they decided they wanted to improve search on their site, too — so they also rolled out Google Site Search. To hear more from Vanderbilt about how and why they did this, tune in to our webinar on Wednesday, May 12 (you can register here). Google Apps and search tools helped Vandy save $750,000 annually, and the student population is all about collaborating in the cloud: the student government takes meeting notes on Docs and also shares a campus-wide activity calendar. That’s Commodore efficiency at its best.

Even though our summer break won’t necessarily consist of exotic travel, summer school, or pool-side relaxation, we’ll keep busy working with schools as they deploy Google Apps. So, if you’ve done something neat at your school to “go Google”, we’d love to hear about it.

Posted by Miriam Schneider, Apps Edu Team
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/schools-are-almost-out-for-summerand-in.html

[G] A little bit of polish

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Official Google Reader Blog: A little bit of polish

Jak wielokrotnie robiliśmy w przeszłości, ekipa Google Reader poświęciła czas pomiędzy wypuszczaniem wiekszych projektów na pracę nad małymi usprawnieniami i naprawę istniejących błędów.



Oh wait, not that kind of Polish, this kind of polish.



As we've often done in the past, the Reader team has taken the time between major releases to work on small features and bug fixes. Here's a round-up of the changes we've made over the past month:



We've added support for the HTML5 <video> and <audio> tags, so that when you come across an awesome video you can share it in such a way that your mobile device-using friends can see it too.



Not interested command
We realize that our recommended items may not always hit the spot (though who wouldn't like a water slide in their house). There is now a "Not interested" link at the bottom of recommended items, so that you can both hide that item and provide signals to our algorithms about the kinds of things you like and dislike.



New version bannerReader is the kind of application that people keep open in a tab all day. While it's flattering that our users are so dedicated, we want to make sure that they don't miss out on any new features and bug fixes that we release. We've therefore added a small banner that appears whenever we release a new version. If you're in the middle of something, you can ignore it (and it'll go away for a while), but if not, newest and shinier things are just a click away. Incidentally, today we built the 500th version of Reader; over the 5 years that we've worked on Reader, that works out to almost two builds a week.



A few improvements to Reader Play: When you hit space (or shift-space), you're now automatically moved between posts, and for posts with multiple images, cycled through each image. We've also added made Play more configurable by letting you change the URL used:


  • If you add a welcome=0 query parameter, the welcome screen is skipped, even for new and signed-out users.

  • An autoplay=1 query parameter can be used to start moving through posts automatically.

  • A #feed/<URL> fragment allows you to display a specific feed.



You can combine all these to make automatically playing slideshows of your favorite photoblogs.



Finally, we've done a few other small things, like the Home view loading faster, and the Send to functionality being less susceptible to being stymied by popup blockers when used with services such as Twitter.



The way we prioritized these tweaks and fixes was based on forum and Twitter feedback, so please keep it coming.

URL: http://googlereader.blogspot.com/2010/05/little-bit-of-polish.html

[G] Comment via email and view entire photo albums in Google Buzz

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Official Gmail Blog: Comment via email and view entire photo albums in Google Buzz

Posted by Henry Wong, Software Engineer

One of the things people like best about Google Buzz is the ability to have conversations in the comments. But until now, if you were reading a post in an email client (like the native mail app on your phone or Outlook), you couldn't easily join in on the conversation -- you could only email the original poster. Today, we rolled out a new Google Buzz feature for you to try out: comment via email. Now, you can comment on the post simply by replying to the email message.


Plus, last week we made it possible to view entire photo albums in Buzz (rather than the handful of photos from a given Flickr or Picasa album you could see before). So if you share an album with tons of photos, people can now click through all of the photos in the Buzz photo viewer.

We're chipping away at the feature requests we've been receiving, so keep them coming. And if you want to keep up with everything Google Buzz related, follow our team at buzz.google.com/googlebuzz.
URL: http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/comment-via-email-and-view-entire-photo.html

[G] Google Apps Marketplace highlights – 5/7/2010

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Official Google Enterprise Blog: Google Apps Marketplace highlights – 5/7/2010

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of posts on new apps in the Google Apps Marketplace that have caught our eye here at Google. We’ll do this every couple weeks or so. Look for the label "marketplace highlights" and subscribe to the series.

Businesses that use Google Apps not only get access to Google's applications, they also get easy access to some of the best business apps on the web through the Google Apps Marketplace. These Marketplace apps are easy to try and buy, and integrate with Google Apps "out of the box", making it even easier for businesses to run more of their systems in the cloud. You can learn more about the Marketplace and watch a short video on how it works here.


Checkfront - Online Booking
Checkfront is a powerful booking platform that allows businesses to manage their inventories online, centralize reservations, and process payments.
  • Easily integrated into popular CMS products
  • Multi-currency, multi-gateway payment processing
  • Fully managed, secure Saas solution


LucidChart - Collaborative Diagramming
LucidChart provides collaborative online diagramming without the need for Flash, Silverlight, or any other
browser plugin. Draw flow charts, org charts, wireframes, site maps,
and more.
  • Easy, slick user interface
  • Seamless, real-time collaboration
  • No Flash plugin required


GQueues - Task Management
A full-featured task manager for Google Apps with tagging,assignments, recurring tasks, reminders, calendar integration,subtasks, mobile access and real-time collaboration.



BatchBook - Social CRM
BatchBook is a lightweight but powerful CRM that allows you to easily organize contacts, monitor social networks and track leads and deals.

  • Integrates with other small business web apps
  • Tracks contacts, communications and tasks
  • Highly customizable; custom fields and reporting


VerticalResponse - Email Marketing
Create, send and track email campaigns, direct mail postcards and online surveys -- no technical expertise required! Take a 30-day test drive and send 200 emails for free.
  • Create & send marketing messages in minutes
  • Build mailing lists using your Google contacts
  • Get real-time stats & Google Analytics tracking

Posted by Chris Kelly, Google Apps Marketplace team


URL: http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2010/05/google-apps-marketplace-highlights.html

Thursday, May 6, 2010

[G] API integrations with Checkout get much faster

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Official Google Checkout Blog: API integrations with Checkout get much faster

We’re thrilled to announce a significant development in helping you get your business up and running faster with Google Checkout.

Earlier today, we released a new feature in the Checkout API that makes it easier for sellers to integrate Google Checkout into their order management systems. Please visit the new tutorial and Java and PHP libraries to learn how to integrate this new feature. The reduced number of API notifications and the elimination of the requirement of obtaining SSL Certificates make it possible to integrate Google Checkout with your existing order management system in just a few hours.

If you’re already integrated with Google Checkout, you will not experience any changes with your current integration. However as part of this change, existing Checkout merchants will see a re-designed Integration Settings page. Instead of opting into individual features that were part of the API, you will now be able to select a single API Version. Details of each version are available in the API release notes.



This will also make it easier for sellers who have already integrated with Checkout to manage the API features they wish to use in the future.

We’re excited about this release and confident that it will improve the experience of developers as they add Checkout to sites. Please do share your experiences with the new Checkout API (and anything else Checkout related!) in our forums.

Posted by Igor Ginzburg, Software Engineer and Satyajeet Salgar, Product Manager
URL: http://googlecheckout.blogspot.com/2010/05/api-integrations-with-checkout-get-much.html

[G] Indian Premiere League cricket exceeds expectations

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YouTube Blog: Indian Premiere League cricket exceeds expectations

Season three of the Indian Premier League (IPL) ended last week when the Chennai Super Kings beat the Mumbai Indians in the final match. That game brought to a close a fast-paced and fun season of cricket, which was available for the first time on the IPL channel on YouTube.

Over the course of the season, the IPL channel racked up nearly 55 million views from 200 countries and territories around the globe, blowing away our expectations. But perhaps most surprising for us was the popularity of the IPL finals in the U.S., where the sport has a relatively small cult following: views from the U.S. of the IPL channel for the semi finals and finals actually exceeded views from India, where the sport is hugely popular.

Here are some additional stats you might find interesting:
  • On the day of the final match, the IPL channel got about four million views.
  • The majority of users who viewed the final watched it in real-time.
  • The IPL channel is now the #1 most subscribed channel in India of all time.
  • U.S. was second only to India in terms of total channel views for the entire season.
Before we launched the IPL channel on YouTube, we anticipated a total of around 10 million streams for the entire season. Your views beat our goals by over 5x. Thanks to everyone for tuning in.

Amit Agrawal, Strategic Partner Development Manager, recently watched "2010 IPL Final: Awards Ceremony.”


URL: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/youtube/PKJx/~3/Vjdlnu8HuvI/indian-premiere-league-cricket-exceeds.html

[G] AdWords system maintenance, cancelled

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Inside AdWords: AdWords system maintenance, cancelled

The AdWords system maintenance, previously scheduled for May 8th, has been cancelled.  If you saw a message in your AdWords account alerting you about the scheduled maintenance, please disregard it. 

Post Posted by Daniel Friedman, Inside AdWords crew
URL: http://adwords.blogspot.com/2010/05/adwords-system-maintenance-cancelled.html

[G] Honoring those who give voice to the silenced

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Google Public Policy Blog: Honoring those who give voice to the silenced

Posted by Bob Boorstin, Director, Public Policy
(cross posted from the Official Google Blog)

It's said that change comes through the concerted efforts of small groups of people who dream of better times ahead. And then do something about it.

Today in Santiago, Chile, Google and the group Global Voices recognized three groups from around the world who are fighting for free expression online from Africa to Asia with the first "Breaking Borders" awards. These awards, supported by Thomson Reuters, are meant to honor those who are using the Internet to give voice to those once silenced, make the activities of governments more transparent, and standing up for the rights of dissidents.


The awards — given today at the Global Voices Summit where Internet activists from 60 countries have gathered — were originally announced November 3, 2009, when Google and others marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with the aim of celebrating how the Internet has become a vital ally in worldwide efforts to advance freedom and political change. This is particularly true at a time when dissidents, journalists and bloggers remain under severe pressure in the online and offline worlds.

An international jury of experts reviewed nominations from around the world and chose the awardees in three categories: advocacy, technology and policy. Each of the groups honored will receive a $10,000 grant to further their work. The winners are:

Kubatana.net (advocacy)
An online community for Zimbabwean activists, Kubatana uses the Internet, email, SMS, blogs and print materials to disseminate information to the general public. Cited for its extraordinary contributions while operating under in a tense and dangerous political atmosphere, Kubatana's contributions also include an online library of more than 16,000 human rights and civic reports together with a directory listing over 240 NGOs. Beyond its significance as a resource for information on Zimbabwe, Kubatana has also developed Freedom Fone, innovative software that marries the mobile phone to audio voice menus and SMS to give citizens new ways to communicate with one another.

BOSCO - Uganda
(technology)
BOSCO was cited for its tremendously effective and creative use of long-exisiting technology to foster social and economic development and peace building in rural communities of northern Uganda. Launched in April 2007, BOSCO began as a solar powered, long-range wireless computer network covering locations in former Internally Displaced Persons camps across the Gulu and Amuru districts. Low power PCs and VoIP phones were installed in schools, health centers and parish offices, bringing Internet, phone and Intranet connectivity to remote areas. BOSCO's long-term vision is to build collaborative, web-based networks. Today it focuses on developing and facilitating Web 2.0 training, online digital ethnography and collaborative online communication mediums between Internet sites.

The Philippines Center for Investigative Journalism
(policy)
An independent, not-for-profit media agency, the PCIJ was founded by nine Filipino journalists in 1989 — with borrowed office space, an old-DOS-based computer, a second-hand electric typewriter, and office furniture bought from a thrift shop — to promote the values of investigative reporting in fostering good governance, freedom of expression, and the people's right to know. In 20 years, the PCIJ has produced 500 investigative reports, two dozen books on journalism and governance, five full-length films and dozens of video documentaries. It has conducted a hundred training seminars for journalists in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, and won over 120 national and international awards. The PCIJ maintains a multimedia website, an institutional blog; a database site on politics and governance; and institutional accounts on Twitter and YouTube.
URL: http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com/2010/05/honoring-those-who-give-voice-to.html

[G] Honoring those who give voice to the silenced

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Official Google Blog: Honoring those who give voice to the silenced

It's said that change comes through the concerted efforts of small groups of people who dream of better times ahead. And then do something about it.

Today in Santiago, Chile, Google and the group Global Voices recognized three groups from around the world who are fighting for free expression online from Africa to Asia with the first "Breaking Borders" awards. These awards, supported by Thomson Reuters, are meant to honor those who are using the Internet to give voice to those once silenced, make the activities of governments more transparent, and standing up for the rights of dissidents.


The awards — given today at the Global Voices Summit where Internet activists from 60 countries have gathered — were originally announced November 3, 2009, when Google and others marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with the aim of celebrating how the Internet has become a vital ally in worldwide efforts to advance freedom and political change. This is particularly true at a time when dissidents, journalists and bloggers remain under severe pressure in the online and offline worlds.

An international jury of experts reviewed nominations from around the world and chose the awardees in three categories: advocacy, technology and policy. Each of the groups honored will receive a $10,000 grant to further their work. The winners are:

Kubatana.net (advocacy)
An online community for Zimbabwean activists, Kubatana uses the Internet, email, SMS, blogs and print materials to disseminate information to the general public. Cited for its extraordinary contributions while operating under in a tense and dangerous political atmosphere, Kubatana's contributions also include an online library of more than 16,000 human rights and civic reports together with a directory listing over 240 NGOs. Beyond its significance as a resource for information on Zimbabwe, Kubatana has also developed Freedom Fone, innovative software that marries the mobile phone to audio voice menus and SMS to give citizens new ways to communicate with one another.

BOSCO - Uganda
(technology)
BOSCO was cited for its tremendously effective and creative use of long-exisiting technology to foster social and economic development and peace building in rural communities of northern Uganda. Launched in April 2007, BOSCO began as a solar powered, long-range wireless computer network covering locations in former Internally Displaced Persons camps across the Gulu and Amuru districts. Low power PCs and VoIP phones were installed in schools, health centers and parish offices, bringing Internet, phone and Intranet connectivity to remote areas. BOSCO's long-term vision is to build collaborative, web-based networks. Today it focuses on developing and facilitating Web 2.0 training, online digital ethnography and collaborative online communication mediums between Internet sites.

The Philippines Center for Investigative Journalism
(policy)
An independent, not-for-profit media agency, the PCIJ was founded by nine Filipino journalists in 1989 — with borrowed office space, an old-DOS-based computer, a second-hand electric typewriter, and office furniture bought from a thrift shop — to promote the values of investigative reporting in fostering good governance, freedom of expression, and the people's right to know. In 20 years, the PCIJ has produced 500 investigative reports, two dozen books on journalism and governance, five full-length films and dozens of video documentaries. It has conducted a hundred training seminars for journalists in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, and won over 120 national and international awards. The PCIJ maintains a multimedia website, an institutional blog; a database site on politics and governance; and institutional accounts on Twitter and YouTube.

Posted by Bob Boorstin, Director, Public Policy
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/honoring-those-who-give-voice-to.html

[G] Upcoming free webinar: Uncovering opportunities with display advertising

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Inside AdWords: Upcoming free webinar: Uncovering opportunities with display advertising

Display advertising is changing rapidly with the emergence of audience data, engaging new ad formats, dynamic creatives, and new technologies. We'd like to invite you to a webinar about our recent innovations in display advertising and how marketers are incorporating it into their strategy.

Specifically, we’ll discuss:
  • Google's vision and recent innovations in display advertising
  • How to best take advantage of our offerings, from planning to optimizing your campaigns
  • How advertisers are incorporating the Google Content Network into their marketing strategy
Register here for the webinar to be held on May 20, 2010 at 11:00am PST / 1:00pm CST / 2:00pm EST.

Posted by Katrina Kurnit, Inside AdWords crew
URL: http://adwords.blogspot.com/2010/05/upcoming-free-webinar-uncovering.html

[G] New AdWords ID Data in Google Analytics API

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Google Analytics Blog: New AdWords ID Data in Google Analytics API

Google Analytics helps marketers measure the performance of their ad campaigns. By linking Google Analytics and AdWords accounts, advertisers get a detailed picture of the performance of their ad creatives and keywords. Manually optimizing campaigns works well for the top 100 or 1000 keywords, but can be a challenge for the 1000+ keywords in the long tail.

To help advertisers, we are releasing 5 new dimensions through the Google Analytics API that correlate to the AdWords API IDs.

  • ga:adwordsCustomerID
  • ga:adwordsCampaignID
  • ga:adwordsAdGroupID
  • ga:adwordsCriteriaID
  • ga:adwordsCreativeID

This allows advertisers to gain new insight by by combining data from Google Analytics and Google AdWords data sets.








Likewise, clients can increase their efficiency by automating reporting using applications. For example, a developer could write an application that ranks all the ad and keyword combinations by bounce rate for the top 50 landing pages, making it easy to identify which ad creatives could be optimized. Running such a report at night would allow an analyst to spend their day focused on optimizing ad creatives to yield real outcomes.


To help you get started quickly, we wrote an article that walks through the steps of joining data from both sources. We also provided the sample application that produces the table above. Here's a sample Java code snippet that shows exactly how to insert the IDs from Google Analytics into a Google AdWords API filter:



public AdGroupCriterionIdFilter[] getCriterionFilters(DataFeed
analyticsData) {

int numFilters = analyticsData.getEntries().size();
AdGroupCriterionIdFilter[] critFilters = new
AdGroupCriterionIdFilter[numFilters];

for (int i = 0; i < numFilters; i++) {

DataEntry entry = analyticsData.getEntries().get(i);
Long groupID =
Long.parseLong(entry.stringValueOf("ga:adwordsAdGroupID"));
Long critID =
Long.parseLong(entry.stringValueOf("ga:adwordsCriteriaID"));

AdGroupCriterionIdFilter critFilter = new AdGroupCriterionIdFilter();
critFilter.setAdGroupId(groupID);
critFilter.setCriterionId(critID);
critFilters[i] = critFilter;
}
return critFilters;
}



Please keep in mind that all applications that combine data with the AdWords API must follow the AdWords API terms of service.

We're really excited about the new possibilities this data allows. We look forward to hearing how you use it to improve your ad campaigns!

Thanks!

Posted by Alex Lucas, Google Analytics API Team
URL: http://analytics.blogspot.com/2010/05/new-adwords-id-data-in-google-analytics.html

[G] Live AdSense webinars available in six languages

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Inside AdSense: Live AdSense webinars available in six languages

The AdSense team is hosting a new series of live online webinars this summer. These webinars will focus on AdSense for Search, important technical tips, and best practices for optimizing ad placements, formats and colors on your site. Our first webinar is:
  1. AdSense Optimisation Best Practices
    Wednesday 12th May at 5pm GMT
In this webinar we'll guide you through how you can implement AdSense on your site for optimal results. We'll cover:
  • Optimizing your AdSense for Content implementation by choosing the right placements, ad formats and colour palettes
  • Tracking the results of your changes via channels
  • Improving the user experience and generating additional revenue with AdSense for Search
You can sign up for our webinars through our Help Center. These webinars are also available in German, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian. Just change the language drop-down to see what's available in your market.


Prior to the webinar, you can start asking questions related to this topic and vote on others’ questions in our Google Moderator. We'll answer as many questions as possible during the live event. If you're not familiar with Moderator, please check out our Google Moderator Help.

Posted by Caroline Halpin and Miguel Romar - AdSense Optimization Team
URL: http://adsense.blogspot.com/2010/05/live-adsense-webinars-available-in-six.html

[G] The Google design, turned up a notch

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Official Google Blog: The Google design, turned up a notch

This week we introduced our latest update to search, and I wanted to share a bit of our thinking on the design team. In short, we tried to take all the things we strive for at Google and make them better: powerful technology, snappy results, simplicity and a fun and quirky personality. Our goal was to take a design known by millions of people and make it better. As a designer, it’s hard to think of a more exciting challenge.

During our process we focused on people’s rising expectations for search. As the web has evolved over the past decade, people have been typing more sophisticated searches and seeking out specialized search tools to match. To keep pace with rapid change online, we have teams of engineers working across Google to develop new ways to present and refine search results. Our central challenge with our latest redesign was to figure out how to squeeze all these tools and technologies into a single page.

A common way to expand the flexibility of a website has been to add a left-hand panel of links, often referred to by designers as a “left-hand nav.” We’ve been creating mocks of left-hand panels since the earliest days of Google and have tested these designs with users as far back as 2006. Overall, we’ve found they can provide a great way to navigate without getting in the way of the main content, but they can also be distracting. Our users want more powerful tools, but they also want the simplicity they’ve come to expect from Google.

As a first step towards finding that balance, we introduced the Search Options panel last May, including a toggle to open and close. This way we could quickly try out new search tools, such as refinements by time and content types. Using the lessons from Search Options, designers, researchers and engineers worked side-by-side to explore a vast array of possibilities for a permanently open panel of search tools. We made hundreds of prototypes and gathered feedback from user studies, Googlers and through experiments — including one of our largest visible experiments ever. In the end, we came up with a design that provides dynamic, relevant search tools on the left, while lightening and updating the aesthetics all around. Here’s a picture of the Search Options panel (left) and our new results page (right):


We knew that adding a left-hand panel would inevitably add some weight to the results page, so we took a number of steps to lighten other aspects of the design. The overall visual redesign started with the Google logo. Here’s an image comparing the old logo (top) and the new logo (bottom):
The new logo is lighter, brighter and simpler. We took the very best qualities of our design — personality and playfulness — and distilled them. The logo was the foundation for new icons and hundreds of tiny alterations designed to accommodate and seamlessly integrate the expanded functionality of the left-hand panel. For example, we lightened up the footer at the bottom of the page by removing the blue shading and the underlines on the links, lightening the color and expanding the search box. Here’s a picture of the old footer (top) compared with the new (bottom):

While I’m very happy about our latest improvements, a designer's work is never done. We’re already testing additional refinements and we'll continue to listen to all of you as we work to continue making search better.

If you’re curious, here are some of the other design prototypes we tried (you might have to click to magnify some of these images):
  1. Blue homepage: We’ve always had a strong affinity for blue — after all, blue is usually the color of web links, so it binds the web together. It became the basis for many designs.
  2. Blue button: The big blue button made it all the way to our first external experiment, where it was promptly rejected by users. We heard you loud and clear and changed the button in the next round.
  3. Universal bars: This design emphasizes different types of results with labeled blocks in the main results pane, such as books, news and shopping.
  4. Blue results: This is one of the final blue designs we created and marks the point when we renamed the "Web" link to "Everything" — a label that gets closer to the intent of our mission to organize all the world’s information.
Posted by Jon Wiley, Senior User Experience Designer
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/google-design-turned-up-notch.html