Saturday, November 6, 2010

[G] Do you love K-POP?

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YouTube Blog: Do you love K-POP?

Well, we know Will.i.am does after he called out the Korean girl group 2NE1 on YouTube earlier this year. If you are not familiar with K-POP, check out some of the top Korean music labels like YG Entertainment, SM Entertainment and JYP Entertainemnt, then come back between November 10 and 28 for your very own chance to be the next K-POP star.

MBC, the No. 2 TV network in Korea, is partnering with YouTube to search the world for the next big talent. Top Korean music labels have found audiences all over the globe watching their music videos and now it’s your turn to do your own performance. Don’t worry if you don’t speak Korean; you can audition in any language.



Based on the video views and votes for your submission, you’ll have the opportunity to be sent to Korea for a second audition on national TV. The final winner will be awarded KRW 300 million as well as a sponsorship from MBC to be debuted as the next K-POP star. For more details, visit www.youtube.com/MBCAudition.

Lois Kim, Head of Marketing & Communications, YouTube Korea, recently watched “Wonder Girls NOBODY US Debut Single HD MV.”


URL: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/youtube/PKJx/~3/trDv_cLlh14/do-you-love-k-pop.html

[G] Regarding the boundary between Costa Rica and Nicaragua

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Google LatLong: Regarding the boundary between Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Yesterday we became aware of a dispute that referenced the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua as depicted on Google Maps. This morning, after a discussion with the data supplier for this particular border (the U.S. Department of State), we determined that there was indeed an error in the compilation of the source data, by up to 2.7 kilometers. The U.S. Department of State has provided a corrected version and we are now working to update our maps.

Current, incorrect depiction of the San Juan River boundary

Unlike the image above of our current depiction, the corrected version will follow the east bank of the San Juan River going northward, nearly to the Caribbean. It will then turn eastward and follow the southern shoreline of a large lagoon, Laguna los Portillos. This depiction follows the demarcation laid out in the First Award of Arbitration of 1897, which affirmed the Cañas-Jerez Treaty of 1858.

It is our goal to provide the most accurate, up-to-date maps possible. Maps are created using a variety of data sources, and there are inevitably going to be errors in that data. We work hard to correct any errors as soon as we discover them.

Given the complexity of the issue, I thought that I’d take this opportunity to provide some additional historical context.

The dispute in this area goes back to at least the mid-19th century, and both the International Court of Justice and the United Nations have weighed in. The dispute mainly centers around control of the mouth of the San Juan River, and was recently reignited because of dredging activity in this location.

In 1888, U.S. President Grover Cleveland was called upon by Nicaragua and Costa Rica to arbitrate the dispute. That year, the New York Times published President Cleveland’s decision. The 1888 Arbitration upheld the 1858 treaty and its terms.
The New York Times, 25 March, 1888

Then, in 1897, Cleveland sent Edward P. Alexander to do a more detailed Arbitration Award for this region. Alexander went into great detail on the San Juan river boundary and drew the map depicted below:

Map attached to the Sept. 30, 1897 Arbitration Award

Once our updates go live in Google Earth and Maps we will be depicting the border according to the most recent and definitive records available. But as we know, cartography is a complex undertaking, and borders are always changing. We remain committed to updating our maps as needed.

Posted by Charlie Hale, Geo Policy Analyst
URL: http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2010/11/regarding-boundary-between-costa-rica.html

[G] Imagery Update - Week of November 1st

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Google LatLong: Imagery Update - Week of November 1st


The Google Earth and Maps Imagery team has just released another extensive batch of aeriel and satellite images for your enjoyment! In honor of the upcoming U.S. holiday Veterans Day (November 11th), we’ll take a look at a few military-themed museums.

Let’s start with a wide-view of the naval ships on display at the Baltimore Maritime Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Historic ships that you can zoom in on and see close up in Google Earth or Maps include the last sail-only warship USS Constellation (lower left); the submarine USS Torsk (upper left) which sunk the last enemy ship in World War II; and the cutter USCGC Taney (upper right), the last ship still floating that fought during the Pearl Harbor attack.

Baltimore Maritime Museum in Baltimore, MD

Now that we’ve got our sea legs, let move sub-orbital and beyond at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Here we can see a restored Saturn V-1 “moon shot” test vehicle and the A-12 Oxcart “Blackbird” spy plane.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL

These are just a few examples of the many museums around the globe that are included in our latest imagery batch.

High Resolution Aerial Updates:
USA: Baltimore, Cedar Rapids, Huntsville, Long Island, Redding, Springfield (IL), St. Joseph (MO)
Austria: Schladming
Finland: Pori
Ireland: Athlone, Drogheda, Dundalk, Enniscorthy, Galway, Limerick, Monaghan, Tralee, Waterford,
Spain: Vasco

Countries receiving High Resolution Satellite Updates:
Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, People's Republic of the Congo, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, The Bahamas, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

These updates are currently only available in Google Earth, but they'll also be in Google Maps soon. To get a complete picture of where we updated imagery, download this KML for viewing in Google Earth.

Posted by Eric Kolb, Geo Data Strategist
URL: http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2010/11/imagery-update-week-of-november-1st.html

[G] Announcing Accepted Organizations for Google Code-in

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Google Open Source Blog: Announcing Accepted Organizations for Google Code-in


We’re pleased to announce that today we have chosen 20 open source organizations to participate as mentoring organizations in Google Code-in.

Here’s a list of our participating organizations this year:

1. The Apertium Project
2. The Battle for Wesnoth
3. Debian Project
4. Dragonfly BSD
5. Drupal
6. GNOME
7. Haiku
8. KDE
9. LimeSurvey
10. MoinMoin
11. Mono Project
12. OSUOSL
13. Parrot Foundation and The Perl Foundation
14. Plone Foundation
15. RTEMS Project
16. Sahana Software Foundation
17. Tux4Kids
18. VideoLAN
19. WordPress
20. WorldForge

These organizations will be creating tasks for the student participants in the contest to work on and submit to earn prizes. We’ll be having tasks from all 8 categories in our task tracker: code, documentation, outreach, quality assurance, research, training, translation, user interface.

We encourage you to sign up now if you would like to participate in the contest! Simply visit Melange and click on “Sign In.” Log in or create a Google account, and then click on “Create Profile” on the left. Once you’ve done that you’re ready to start claiming tasks on November 22!

By Carol Smith, Open Source Team
URL: http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2010/11/announcing-accepted-organizations-for.html

Friday, November 5, 2010

[G] Emilynoel83 wins the first “On the Rise” spotlight

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YouTube Blog: Emilynoel83 wins the first “On the Rise” spotlight

Meet Emilynoel83, a morning news anchor who's also a “makeup addict” who loves to make videos about beauty products. Today she's on our homepage. And you put her there.



Last week, we announced a new initiative to give rising channels greater visibility and hopefully also more subscribers. We selected four channels whose subscriber base flourished in the last month, and we asked you to choose which one should go on the homepage. As you can see, Emily won by a significant margin.







Here’s a few words from Emily herself:





The growth of "Beauty Broadcast" has been slow and steady since late
2007, gaining subscribers that are more loyal than I could've imagined.
My YouTube channel is my passion, and I'm thrilled to think that more
people can become part of it as a result of this poll! As many have
found, Beauty Broadcast isn't just about makeup... but also positivity,
fun, and inner beauty. Thanks to this opportunity, I hope many people
will go "On the Rise" right along with me! :)








We’ll be back soon with four new channels for you to vote on in the next edition of “On the Rise.”



Mia Quagliarello, Product Marketing Manager, recently watched "Katy Perry & Russell Brand Makeup Tutorial."


URL: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/youtube/PKJx/~3/XPYv9baY8y8/emilynoel83-wins-first-on-rise.html

[G] Announcing the new Inside AdSense Poland blog

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Inside AdSense: Announcing the new Inside AdSense Poland blog

We’re very excited to announce the launch of our newest Inside AdSense blog: Inside AdSense Polska! Like our other Inside AdSense blogs, it will provide readers with optimization tips, product announcements, and other program information to help our Polish publishers maximize their earnings and make the most out of their Google AdSense accounts.


There’s been an increase in Google AdSense interest within the rapidly developing Polish online advertising market. We’ve been supporting our Polish publishers through our Help Forum, where they can share experiences and help one another with their AdSense-related issues, and are thrilled to be taking the next step with this new information platform.

Joining English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, Turkish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese - Traditional, Chinese - Simplified, and Korean, Inside AdSense Polska is our fourteenth Inside AdSense blog worldwide. Check out the right navigation bar under the header “Related Google Blogs” for links to all of them! We hope to launch additional Inside AdSense blogs in the future so we can continue to reach even more of our global publishers.

Wherever in the world you are, we hope to see you Inside AdSense!

Posted by Marcin Lipowiecki - Inside AdSense team
URL: http://adsense.blogspot.com/2010/11/announcing-new-inside-adsense-poland.html

[G] This week in search 11/05/10

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Official Google Blog: This week in search 11/05/10

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.

As the leaves turn here in Mountain View, we’re reminded again about the importance of time. On the search team, we work every day to save you precious seconds so you can spend that time doing the things that really matter. This week, we’ve brought Google Instant to mobile, helping you more quickly find the results you’re looking for. We also brought you up-to-the-minute election results, so you could be the first to find out if your candidate got the job, and improved snippets for shopping sites, so you can quickly pick, say, the right stopwatch or alarm clock to buy. Speaking of alarm clocks, read on to the end of the post for an important tip...

Google Instant for mobile
Yesterday, we released a beta version of Google Instant for mobile, currently for Android 2.2+ and iOS4 devices in the U.S. To try it out, go to google.com in your phone’s browser and tap the Google Instant “Turn on” link beneath the search box. Like the desktop version of Instant, when you type on your mobile device you’ll see predictions of what you might be searching for, and results for the top prediction appear automatically. Here’s a demo:



Live midterm election results in search
During this week's midterm elections in the U.S., people came to Google to get up-to-the-minute results. To speed things up we flipped on a simple way to find election results when you search terms like [elections] or [midterm election results]. It includes the latest results for U.S. House and Senate races and, where appropriate, your state Governor and Senate races. You can also choose to see the results for any specific states with queries like [new york election results]. Many people were curious about the results for California—a search for [ca election results 2010] and related terms was the #2 hottest query on Tuesday.


Rich snippets for shopping sites
In time for the holiday season, we now support rich snippets for shopping sites! Rich snippets are search results that have been enhanced using structured data from webpages. When you’re looking for something to buy, you’ll start seeing a new search result format with product price, availability and reviews. Here’s an example from a search for an [office lava lamp]:


This feature is currently available in the U.S., but we’ll be rolling it out in new countries soon. For more details, read our post on the Webmaster Central blog.

This week in searches
With the end of daylight savings time (which happens this weekend in the U.S.), in many parts of the world people were thinking about time this week. Between the U.S. elections, Halloween and, of course, the World Series, there was plenty to schedule. We all know the Giants won the title, but who won the search trends battle? Watch this week’s Google Beat to find out.

Thanks for sharing a few minutes to learn more about the latest in search. Oh, and don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour this Sunday!

Posted by Ben Gomes, Distinguished Engineer
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/this-week-in-search-110510.html

[G] PDF goodness in Chrome

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Google Chrome Blog: PDF goodness in Chrome

With every Google Chrome release, we hope to bring new features and improvements that will make your life on the web speedier, simpler, and more secure. Today, we’re excited to introduce the integrated PDF viewer to the beta channel.

PDF is a popular file format that’s used for delivering documents on the web (such as the IRS W-4 tax form). To open a PDF document, you’d typically need to install additional software or a browser plug-in in order to view it in a web browser. With the integrated Chrome PDF viewer now available in Chrome’s beta, you can open a PDF document in Chrome without installing additional software. The PDF document will load as quickly and seamlessly as a normal web page in the browser.

Just like we do with web pages viewed in Chrome, we’ve built in an additional layer of security called the “sandbox” around the Chrome PDF viewer to help protect you from malware and security attacks that are targeted at PDF files. For now, the Chrome PDF viewer is available only in the beta channel, but we look forward to adding more polish and features, as well as making it widely available in the stable channel soon.

Posted by John Abd-El-Malek, Software Engineer
URL: http://chrome.blogspot.com/2010/11/pdf-goodness-in-chrome.html

[G] Great videos on a budget: how to fake a zombie attack

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YouTube Blog: Great videos on a budget: how to fake a zombie attack

Heather Menicucci, Director, Howcast Filmmakers Program, is writing weekly guest posts for the YouTube blog on filmmaking in the digital age. You can catch up on previous posts here.



Last week, we made some arguments for why quality matters in web video, and we heard from Howcast filmmaker Luke Neumann, who said that it matters “because you never know who’s watching.” Duh! Watching Luke’s videos, you can tell he’s motivated by much more than that, but as we said last week, it’s a good starting point.

Luke’s been making Howcast videos for about a year now and he’s got more than 50 under his belt. From the beginning, he impressed us with videos like “How To Yodel,” where he showed he could build a story around a simple script, work in some cool camera angles, and make us laugh. Last week we featured one of his newest spots, “How To Survive a Zombie Attack.” If we thought Yodel was pretty darn good when it came in a year ago, you can imagine "Zombie Attack" knocked our socks clean off.

Luke clearly strives for the best every time he uploads. The web offers free access to audiences like no medium ever has. As filmmakers, we’re tasked with not squandering this access. Every upload should be better than the last to keep this audience coming back for more and to refine our skills for the day when perhaps we are handed that huge check to make something.

We asked Luke to let us in on how he does it. How did he make this gorgeous zombie video on a budget that would barely cover the average wedding video? How did he create that apocalyptic feeling, complete with fiery explosion? And, how did he make his zombies look like they’re decomposing before our very eyes?

Here’s Luke’s first “Behind the Scenes” video for Howcast. This is the first part of a new series where we’ll be letting you come behind the scenes to see how our filmmakers make the most creative how-to videos on a DIY budget. Step 1: Cover yourself in plain old dirt to look like you’ve been to hell and back. The Walking Dead producers could learn something from Luke!



Want to learn more about how Luke created Zombie Attack? Visit his blog where he posted in-depth tutorials, photos and a cool trailer.

Heather Menicucci, Director, Howcast Filmmakers Program, recently watched “Howcast: Vlogger Wanted!


URL: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/youtube/PKJx/~3/22F0NccL_NE/great-videos-on-budget-how-to-fake.html

[G] Suggesting a Better Remote Control

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Official Google Research Blog: Suggesting a Better Remote Control

Posted by Ullas Gargi and Rich Gossweiler, Research Team

It seems clear that the TV is a growing source of online audio-video content that you select by searching. Entering characters of a search string one by one using a traditional remote control and onscreen keyboard is extremely tiresome. People have been working on building better ways to search on the TV, ranging from small keyboards to voice input to interesting gestures you might make to let the TV know what you want. But currently the traditional left-right-up-down clicker dominates as the family room input device. To enter the letters of a show, you click over and over until you get to the desired letter on the on-screen keyboard and then you hit enter to select it. You repeat this mind-numbingly slow process until you type in your query string or at least enough letters that the system can put up a list of suggested completions. Can we instead use a Google AutoComplete style recommendation model and novel interface to make character entry less painful?

We have developed an interaction model that reduces the distance to the predicted next letter without scrambling or moving letters on the underlying keyboard (which is annoying and increases the time it takes to find the next letter). We reuse the highlight ring around the currently selected letter and fill it with 4 possible characters that might be next, but we do not change the underlying keyboard layout. With 4 slots to suggest the next letter and a good prediction model trained on the target corpus, the next letter is often right where you are looking and just a click away.

To learn more about this combination of User Experience and Machine Learning to address a growing problem with searching on TVs, check out our WWW 2010 publication,QuickSuggest.
URL: http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/2010/11/suggesting-better-remote-control_04.html

[G] The power of Google Instant, now in your pocket

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Official Google Blog: The power of Google Instant, now in your pocket

(Cross-posted on the Mobile Blog)

Google Instant makes search faster by displaying not just predictions but actual search results as you type. This saves valuable time on a desktop browser, but wouldn’t it be great to have Google Instant on mobile devices, where each keystroke and page load is much slower and you frequently have just a moment to find the information you need?

In September we announced that we were working to bring Google Instant to mobile, and today we’re making a beta version available to most iPhone and Android devices in the U.S. To try it out, go to google.com in your phone’s browser and tap the Google Instant “Turn on” link beneath the search box (if you don’t see the “Turn on” link, try waiting a moment and then refresh the page).

Like the desktop version of Google Instant, when you type on your mobile device you’ll see predictions of what you might be searching for. If you type [anse], for example, you should see [ansel adams] along with other predictions. Results for the first prediction appear automatically, and tapping on the other predictions will display those results. Pressing the enter key or the search button skips the predictions and will display results for exactly what you’ve typed. Check out our demo video:



With Google Instant on mobile, we’re pushing the limits of mobile browsers and wireless networks. You will probably notice a big improvement in speed when you search thanks to a new AJAX and HTML5 implementation for mobile that dynamically updates the page with new results and eliminates the need to load a new page for each query.

Google Instant for mobile works best on 3G and WiFi networks, but since the quality of any wireless connection can fluctuate, we’ve made it easy to enable or disable Google Instant without ever leaving the page. Just tap the “Turn on” or “Turn off” link.

We hope you’ll enjoy using Google Instant for mobile as much as we enjoyed making it. It’s currently available for Android 2.2 (“Froyo”) devices and iPhones and iPods running iOS 4 in the U.S. in English. We’re working to support additional countries and languages and more devices in the coming months, so stay tuned.

Posted by Steve Kanefsky, Software Engineer
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/power-of-google-instant-now-in-your.html

[G] YouTube highlights – 11/4/2010

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Official Google Blog: YouTube highlights – 11/4/2010

This is the latest in our series of YouTube highlights. Every couple of weeks, we bring you regular updates on new product features, interesting programs to watch, and tips you can use to grow your audience on YouTube. Just look for the label “YouTube Highlights” and subscribe to the series. – Ed.

Below is our update from the last two weeks with news from the recent U.S. elections, product improvements, video contests for both viewers and partners and a couple milestones reached.

Debating the issues on YouTube
Leading up to the US midterm elections this past Tuesday, political campaigns, voters and interest groups came to YouTube to debate the issues. Who emerged on top of the YouTube elections heap? We took a look at all videos categorized as News & Politics on YouTube and found a mixture of official campaign videos, viewer-generated content and videos from interest groups. Here are the top 10 most-viewed videos—by the numbers.

Celebrate the natural world
If you enjoy nature or are passionate about environmental issues, a new program gives you the chance to create a video that brings your passion to life. The most innovative short film—judged by the YouTube community—will receive a National Geographic photography workshop and $1,000 gift card from The North Face. Get started at Planet Inspired.

Release notes: improvements in 3D, new languages and easier bug reporting
We’ve made several updates since our last product release in September. Try our new player for 3D videos, which is faster than the previous player. YouTube is also now available in Amharic and Swahili, and the virtual keyboard that appears on your computer or mobile screen is available in 26 languages. Finally, we’ve added a "report a bug" link at the bottom of any YouTube page.

Here's where you can turn on the virtual keyboard

On the rise
Many YouTube partners are hitting subscriber numbers in the 100,000s and even in the millions. To help more video makers get to those kind of subscriber numbers, we started a new feature on the YouTube Blog called “On the Rise,” where your vote counts on who should be featured on the YouTube hompage. So far, emilynoel83 has received the most votes—check out an example of her work below.



A billion subscribers and a half a billion Promoted Video views
In 2006, we introduced an easy way for community members to keep track of each other’s updates on YouTube: the yellow subscribe button. When you subscribe to a channel and sign in, new videos from that channel show up as “Subscriptions” on your personalized YouTube homepage. Today, the button that’s been immortalized as a throw cushion hits an important landmark: it’s been clicked more than 1 billion times.

We also announced last week that Promoted Videos has hit half a billion views. Promoted Videos allow you to promote your video ad alongside search results and related videos on YouTube. The first Promoted Video campaign was “Penny Pranks” by Office Max in November 2008.

And congratulations to Lady Gaga who has received more than 1 billion video views on her YouTube channel!

Happy Halloween
Finally, Halloween’s already over, but we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss the first-ever user-designed doodle, which was created by xperpetualmotion and spent last Sunday on our homepage.


Don’t forget to check out the latest advice on filmmaking in the digital age, and for more information on all things YouTube, please visit us at the YouTube Blog.

Posted by Serena Satyasai, Marketing Manager, YouTube Team
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/title-for-ogb-youtube-highlights.html

[G] The power of Google Instant, now in your pocket

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Official Google Mobile Blog: The power of Google Instant, now in your pocket

(Cross-posted on the Official Google Blog.)

Google Instant makes search faster by displaying not just predictions but actual search results as you type. This saves valuable time on a desktop browser, but wouldn’t it be great to have Google Instant on mobile devices, where each keystroke and page load is much slower and you frequently have just a moment to find the information you need?

In September we announced that we were working to bring Google Instant to mobile, and today we’re making a beta version available to most iPhone and Android devices in the U.S. To try it out, go to google.com in your phone’s browser and tap the Google Instant “Turn on” link beneath the search box (if you don’t see the “Turn on” link, try waiting a moment and then refresh the page).

Like the desktop version of Google Instant, when you type on your mobile device you’ll see predictions of what you might be searching for. If you type [anse], for example, you should see [ansel adams] along with other predictions. Results for the first prediction appear automatically, and tapping on the other predictions will display those results. Pressing the enter key or the search button skips the predictions and will display results for exactly what you’ve typed. Check out our demo video:



With Google Instant on mobile, we’re pushing the limits of mobile browsers and wireless networks. You will probably notice a big improvement in speed when you search thanks to a new AJAX and HTML5 implementation for mobile that dynamically updates the page with new results and eliminates the need to load a new page for each query.

Google Instant for mobile works best on 3G and WiFi networks, but since the quality of any wireless connection can fluctuate, we’ve made it easy to enable or disable Google Instant without ever leaving the page. Just tap the “Turn on” or “Turn off” link.

We hope you’ll enjoy using Google Instant for mobile as much as we enjoyed making it. It’s currently available for Android 2.2 (“Froyo”) devices and iPhones and iPods running iOS 4 in the U.S. in English. We’re working to support additional countries and languages and more devices in the coming months, so stay tuned.

Posted by Steve Kanefsky, Software Engineer
URL: http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2010/11/power-of-google-instant-now-in-your.html

Thursday, November 4, 2010

[G] AdWords Editor 8.5 for Windows and Mac

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Inside AdWords: AdWords Editor 8.5 for Windows and Mac

We’ve just released AdWords Editor 8.5 for Windows and Mac. This version adds support for several new AdWords features, making it even easier to manage your AdWords account. Among other additions, version 8.5 includes new tabs for managing Audiences, display ads created by the Display Ad Builder, and WAP mobile image ads. You can find the full list of features and updates in our release notes.


If you're already using AdWords Editor, you'll be prompted to upgrade automatically. After you install the new version, you’ll need to download your account again. To preserve your comments and unposted changes, select the 'Backup then Upgrade' option in the automatic upgrade prompt, then import the backup file after downloading the account.

If you’re not using AdWords Editor, learn how you can use it to manage your AdWords accounts and download it from our website. Visit the Help Center for additional information and answers to your AdWords Editor questions.

Posted by Jason Shafton, Inside AdWords crew
URL: http://adwords.blogspot.com/2010/11/adwords-editor-85-for-windows-and-mac.html

[G] Show Me (All) the Money! Google Finance rolls entire portfolios into one chart

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Google Finance Blog: Show Me (All) the Money! Google Finance rolls entire portfolios into one chart

Posted by Patrick Coskren, Software Engineer

Any investment advisor’s first tip to new investors is to look at their investment portfolio as a whole, rather than banking on individual stocks. So for most of us, the most important metric for our investments is how our portfolio performs, especially relative to broader markets.

To make it even easier to track your portfolios, today we launched Portfolio Charting on Google Finance. Now you can graphically track your portfolio’s historical performance either individually or versus a specific stock or market index to get an instant snapshot of how you’re doing. For the first time on Google Finance, you can see a visual representation of an entire portfolio as well as track it over time, rather than graphing each stock individually.

To get started, visit your Portfolio page and scroll down under ‘Portfolio related news’. From here you can see your portfolio’s total value over time or zoom to a specific date. Use the graph to compare your portfolio to indices like Dow, S&P 500, and NASDAQ, or enter a symbol to compare your portfolio to a particular stock.



















The graph uses the transaction data you’ve entered or uploaded for your portfolios to display the market value of each portfolio at a given time. If you haven’t entered transaction information for a portfolio, we make some assumptions to give a general overview of the stocks you’ve selected. For a full breakdown of the assumptions we make, visit the Help Center.

Try this feature out and let us know what you think or submit your suggestions for Google Finance on our Product Ideas page. Stay tuned for more as we keep building out Google Finance and catch the latest from the Google Finance team by following us on Twitter.
URL: http://googlefinanceblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/show-me-all-money-google-finance-rolls.html

[G] Show Me (All) the Money! Google Finance rolls entire portfolios into one chart

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Google Finance Blog: Show Me (All) the Money! Google Finance rolls entire portfolios into one chart

Posted by Patrick Coskren, Software Engineer

Any investment advisor’s first tip to new investors is to look at their investment portfolio as a whole, rather than banking on individual stocks. So for most of us, the most important metric for our investments is how our portfolio performs, especially relative to broader markets.

To make it even easier to track your portfolios, today we launched Portfolio Charting on Google Finance. Now you can graphically track your portfolio’s historical performance either individually or versus a specific stock or market index to get an instant snapshot of how you’re doing. For the first time on Google Finance, you can see a visual representation of an entire portfolio as well as track it over time, rather than graphing each stock individually.

To get started, visit your Portfolio page and scroll down under ‘Portfolio related news’. From here you can see your portfolio’s total value over time or zoom to a specific date. Use the graph to compare your portfolio to indices like Dow, S&P 500, and NASDAQ, or enter a symbol to compare your portfolio to a particular stock.



















The graph uses the transaction data you’ve entered or uploaded for your portfolios to display the market value of each portfolio at a given time. If you haven’t entered transaction information for a portfolio, we make some assumptions to give a general overview of the stocks you’ve selected. For a full breakdown of the assumptions we make, visit the Help Center.

Try this feature out and let us know what you think or submit your suggestions for Google Finance on our Product Ideas page. Stay tuned for more as we keep building out Google Finance and catch the latest from the Google Finance team by following us on Twitter.
URL: http://googlefinanceblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/show-me-all-money-google-finance-rolls.html

[G] GitTogether ‘10 at Google

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Google Open Source Blog: GitTogether ‘10 at Google

Last week around 30 Git developers and users gathered for GitTogether ‘10 at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA for three days of hacking, sharing ideas, and making plans for the future of Git and its supporting tool ecosystem. This was the third time we’ve hosted a GitTogether, and we were really excited about the turnout this year. Based on attendees’ $DAY_JOB employers, Git is becoming much more popular in commercial development organizations, demonstrating yet-again how open source can be an effective alternative to traditional propriety development methods.


Here at Google we use Git on our big open source projects like Android and Chromium OS, but also for smaller projects like Gerrit Code Review or the Eclipse Git plugin, as well as our continuing contributions to the Linux Kernel. During my last 2 years at Google, I ( Shawn) have been working on Gerrit Code Review (a web based code review system for Git), as well as maintaining and improving JGit (a pure Java reimplementation of Git). Junio C Hamano, one of the earliest Git contributors and the current Git maintainer, also joined Google last May and continues to contribute to Git as part of his job duties.

The schedule for the three day conference was determined in “unconference” style, with topics for discussion originally suggested on the wiki and later developed in-person through sticky notes posted on a white board. Attendees also took advantage of the #gittogether IRC channel on freenode and an Etherpad server hosted by the OSUOSL, allowing individuals who couldn’t make it in-person to at least have a virtual presence.


The session scheduling process

In addition to the technical discussions, we had a chance to get to know each other socially, enjoying lunches in Google cafés and dinners at some local restaurants. Unfortunately the group failed to develop a “patch of questionable value,” where in prior years Sverre wore a hat, diff learned --pirate, bash completion earned a splash screen, and git auto-upgraded itself.

Photo by Thomas Rast

by Shawn Pearce, Open Source Team
URL: http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2010/11/gittogether-10-at-google.html

[G] Five new themes

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Official Gmail Blog: Five new themes

Posted by Manu Cornet, Software Engineer

Manu: Hey, how would you fancy some new Gmail themes?
Jake: Sure, I would love that! How usable are they?
Manu: Huh, usable? Well, there’s a flishy-flashy theme that blinks every...
Jake: What? I don’t want things to flash, I want to read my email.
Manu: No? Well then, what about this fluorescent pink theme that will make your screen look very special when your friends are looking at...
Jake: No pink please!
Manu: Oh. Then maybe this hyper dynamic and playful theme that makes all links on the page jump away each time you try to click on...
Jake: Are you insane? Please, just give me something usable. If I want flashy game-like graphics, I can use High Score. If I want something dapper for my friends to look at, I can use Shiny. If I want cartoon characters hanging out here and there in my Gmail, I can use Zoozimps. I just want something dead simple.
Manu: What about stripping the Gmail interface to the bare bones, like these two new themes, Basic Black and Basic White?


Jake: That’s better. The dark one may be good for my eyes.
Manu: Great! Do you have an Android phone?
Jake: Yes.
Manu: Then you may like this Android theme too. How about that?


Jake: Nice! Some graphics but still subtle. Give me more.
Manu: Relaxing tree tops? This one ain’t blinking.


Jake: Not bad! What about something that would feel more handmade?
Manu: You’re in luck, sir. I have this cool Marker theme in store for you. Very unprofessional.


Jake: Nice — I’m gonna stick with this one for now.
Manu: Good choice! See you next time for some more.
URL: http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/five-new-themes.html