Thursday, January 3, 2013

[G] Make some New Year’s resolutions for your business

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Official Google Blog: Make some New Year’s resolutions for your business

When Melodie Bishop heard about our Get Your Business Online program (an initiative that makes it fast, easy and free for U.S. businesses to get online), she jumped at the opportunity to turn her hobby of creating Chicago-themed gift baskets into a full-time business. Since launching her website, Send Them Chicago, this past summer, Melodie has seen a 70 percent increase in new customers.

Melodie Bishop with one of her gift baskets

As the holidays wrap up and the New Year starts, millions of business owners just like Melodie are thinking about how they can grow in 2013. For many, this means getting found and connecting with customers on the web.

Yet often, it can be difficult to know where to start. That’s why we’re helping business owners create a list of New Year’s resolutions for 2013.

Let us know what you hope to accomplish in the New Year. Do you want to get your basic business information online? Or do you already have a website and want to reach more customers? Once you select your goals, we’ll create a customized list of resolutions with resources to help you stick to it.

In the U.S., 58 percent of small businesses don’t have a website, but 97 percent of Internet users look online for local products and services. So it’s not surprising that businesses with a web presence are expected to grow 40 percent faster than those without. Creating a list of resolutions for your business may just be one of the easiest things you can do to help your business grow.

We’ll see you on the web.

P.S. If you aren’t a small business owner, it’s not too late to give that business you know the gift of a free website.

Posted by Aditya Mahesh, Product Marketing, Get Your Business Online
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/make-some-new-years-resolutions-for.html

[G] The Federal Trade Commission closes its antitrust review

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Official Google Blog: The Federal Trade Commission closes its antitrust review

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today announced it has closed its investigation into Google after an exhaustive 19-month review that covered millions of pages of documents and involved many hours of testimony. The conclusion is clear: Google’s services are good for users and good for competition.

Larry and Sergey founded Google because they believed that building a great search experience would improve people’s lives. And in the decade-plus that’s followed, Google has worked hard to make it quicker and easier for users to find what they need. In the early days you would type in a query, we’d return 10 blue links and you’d have to click on them individually to find what you wanted. Today we can save you the hassle by providing direct answers to your questions, as well as links to other sites. So if you type in [weather san francisco], or [tom hanks movies], we now give you the answer right from the results page—because truly great search is all about turning your needs into actions in the blink of an eye.

As we made clear when the FTC started its investigation, we’ve always been open to improvements that would create a better experience. And today we’ve written (PDF) to the FTC making two voluntary product changes:

  • More choice for websites: Websites can already opt out of Google Search, and they can now remove content (for example reviews) from specialized search results pages, such as local, travel and shopping;
  • More ad campaign control: Advertisers can already export their ad campaigns from Google AdWords. They will now be able to mix and copy ad campaign data within third-party services that use our AdWords API.

In addition, we’ve agreed with the FTC (PDF) that we will seek to resolve standard-essential patent disputes through a neutral third party before seeking injunctions. This agreement establishes clear rules of the road for standards essential patents going forward.

We’ve always accepted that with success comes regulatory scrutiny. But we’re pleased that the FTC and the other authorities that have looked at Google's business practices—including the U.S. Department of Justice (in its ITA Software review), the U.S. courts (in the SearchKing and Kinderstart cases), and the Brazilian courts (in a case last year)—have concluded that we should be free to combine direct answers with web results. So we head into 2013 excited about our ability to innovate for the benefit of users everywhere.

Posted by David Drummond, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-federal-trade-commission-closes-its.html

[G] Five resolutions for better search management in 2013

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Inside AdWords: Five resolutions for better search management in 2013

We know marketers are always looking to run better search campaigns by going bigger, moving faster, and taking new opportunities across formats, devices, and channels. Our mission with DoubleClick Search is to help them do that. Over the past year, we’ve further invested in making DoubleClick Search a best-in-class platform for search management to meet the needs of agencies and advertisers. We’ve often called 2012 our year of transformation: after rebuilding DoubleClick Search from the ground up in 2011, our team focused 2012 on delivering powerful tools to make managing the world’s largest search campaigns more efficient and effective than ever before. Our goal is to make search simple -- providing easier, smarter, and faster ways to manage your campaigns -- and integrate it with your broader digital marketing efforts in the DoubleClick Digital Marketing platform.



With this vision in mind, we’re kicking off the new year with a new look to our website, and a continued focus on investing in a search management platform that will save you time, get great campaign results, and help you make better digital marketing decisions. In the spirit of self-betterment, we invite you to join us in resolving to make 2013 your best year yet. Here are a few suggested resolutions to improve your life as a search marketer:

  1. I will remember important dates. Keeping track of anniversaries, birthdays, and other special occasions can be tricky enough. While Google Calendar can help you organize your personal events, DoubleClick Search has you covered the rest of the time, giving you reliable access to your campaigns on any day of the year without the worry of extended downtime and missed opportunities. Backed by Google infrastructure, DoubleClick Search is up and running when you need it most -- during critical dates like Black Friday, Christmas day, and throughout the holiday season. We’ll keep the lights on throughout 2013, so you can worry about finding that perfect anniversary gift.

  2. I will go to bed earlier. We get it; there’s just not enough time in the day. On top of back-to-back meetings, lunch dates, squeezing in some gym time and having dinner ready by 7, the last thing you want to do is manage a campaign that needs to go live at midnight. With DoubleClick Search, we help you get your life (and your search ads) on track with a set of scheduling features, including scheduled sync, scheduled UI edits, and scheduled upload sheets to effortlessly automate campaign changes around the clock. Coupled with easy bulk operations in the interface and ID-less uploads that have lowered bulksheet errors by 50% [cite: internal Google data], save time and your sanity by cutting out repetitive tasks. Go on and catch those extra zzz’s -- we’ve got it covered.
     
  3. I will save more for a rainy day. So you really, really want that new pair of shoes -- but resisting temptation can be hard. Ease your way into fiscal responsibility with DoubleClick Search Budget pacing reports, which allow you to keep track of your monthly search budgets at a glance. Visualize week-over-week, day-over-day, or month-over-month trends to quickly identify search campaigns that are under-spending or underperforming, and adjust keywords, bids, or budgets accordingly. (Now after setting up your Budget pacing reports, go out and get those shoes -- you deserve them!)
     
  4. I will be a better listener. No smartphones out during dinner. No talking over your friends. And no more ignoring key search insights. Just as listening to your friends and colleagues can mean more opportunities to develop better personal relationships, listening to your search campaigns can help you nurture better campaign results to meet your business goals. Our Performance Bidding Suite offers a variety of transparency features into the bid optimization process, including bid rationale, preview intended bids, chart bid history, and primary constraint to help you get down to the nitty-gritty of what might or might not be working. Are your min and max bids too constrained? Is your goal too aggressive? Just lend us your ear and we’ll help you discover those insights.
     
  5. I will spend more time with family. Your family is important -- they’re your bedrock, your confidants, and your circle of trust. That unified sense of integration and understanding is important to us, too. Because we know that search is one piece of a broader digital marketing “family,” we built DoubleClick Search to natively integrate with our display ad server, demand-side platform, and our rich media and analytics platforms -- all a part of DoubleClick Digital Marketing -- to help you take advantage of more opportunities across channels. Use Display remarketing from search ads to “close the loop” on paid search efforts, showing users display ads across major ad exchanges via DoubleClick Bid Manager, or across the Google Display Network. Then, call your mom. She misses you.

Here’s to your best year yet. Happy New Year from DoubleClick Search!
URL: http://adwords.blogspot.com/2013/01/five-resolutions-for-better-search.html

[G] Sold! First Team Real Estate has gone Google

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Official Google Enterprise Blog: Sold! First Team Real Estate has gone Google

Posted by Joe Desuta, Chief Information Officer of First Team Real Estate

Editors note: Our guest blogger this week is Joe Desuta, Chief Information Officer of First Team Real Estate, the leading real estate company in Orange County, Calif. See what other organizations that have gone Google have to say.

Ask any real estate agent and they’ll tell you that communication is essential for success in the business. If agents can’t communicate with their clients, they’re out of business. For our more than 2,300 agents and staff in and around Orange County, California, email is the most important business tool they have at their disposal. They’re on it every day, helping their clients through what is one of the most important decisions of their lives. So, when we decided to make the move to Google Apps in July of last year, it was a pretty big leap for the company.

Prior to Google Apps, we hosted a legacy version of Microsoft® Exchange Server for email, as well as Microsoft Office and SharePoint for collaboration. When I joined the company I inherited an unreliable email system and a cumbersome collaboration process that often required people to email several versions of the same document to one unfortunate soul who had to piece them back together, so making a change was warranted.

As the CIO, I recognized the transformational process I was about to lead, so the decision to move away from hosted Exchange was one that I took seriously. I worked for weeks with the CEO and CFO to find the right solution for us. After looking at a few other on-premise and cloud-based options, we chose Google Apps for Business because of the reliable email system married with collaboration tools no one else offered.

In real estate there's a really quick litmus test to see if we should invest in any product: Will agents use it to list or sell more homes? Now that our agents use Google Apps, it's easier for them to provide the information our clients need. Many of our agents use Google+ Hangouts to meet with clients and review properties they've recently visited. Our business is based on relationships and personal interaction and Hangouts allows us to provide great customer service to our customers. With Google Sites, instead of sending clients a bunch of brochures or links to properties, the team now creates and shares customized sites with property listings and virtual tours. We even have branch offices that are using Google Sites and a shared Spreadsheet to update their “listing board” in real time and present it on the large flat screens throughout the office. Not only is this a great way for agents to stay current, but it is also great for our clients to see the collective power of First Team. By using Google Apps to run our business, the biggest difference is the personal touch we're able to provide to our clients and the speed at which we're able to get them information. And, of course, the email. The now-reliable email that’s the lifeblood of our business is backed by confidence we have in the Google Cloud.

The collaboration tools are also incredibly important for our internal staff - particularly our office managers and administrators. Our IT Development Manager uses Hangouts to hold meetings with his team and contractors that are spread out around the Orange County and Los Angeles area, sparing them countless hours of L.A. traffic purgatory. We also have one person that manages the office administrators in all 45 of our branch locations who is responsible for keeping rosters for every office. This used to be a painful process - collecting 45 separate spreadsheets and then merging them once every few weeks. Now, it’s the master roster list is shared on Google Sheets and can be edited and updated instantly.

We’re in an industry that isn’t always on the cutting edge of technology, but that doesn’t mean we can’t lead by example. Google Apps has helped us do just that.
URL: http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2013/01/sold-first-team-real-estate-has-gone.html

[G] Google Summer of Code Mentor Mania

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Google Open Source Blog: Google Summer of Code Mentor Mania



This is a guest post from one of this year’s Google Summer of Code Mentors (also a former student in the program).

Google Summer of Code 2012 Mentor Summit
2012 Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit Group Photo- ~275 attendees
Picture taken by Robin Smidsrød, CC-BY-SA license

Once a year, open source enthusiasts the world over converge on Silicon Valley for a unique meeting called the Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit, a gathering of mentors from the organizations that take part in the Google Summer of Code program. Attendees come in all sizes, shapes and fields – they are men, women, young, old, experts, newcomers, academics, students, engineers, managers and open source evangelists. Though diverse and unique in their own way, each of the attendees and their organizations has one thing in common – the desire to build and maintain high quality open source software second to none.

As a first time attendee, my goals coming into the summit were simple: to make connections with other open source organizations, to compare their hierarchy, management and community against that of my own organization, to gain practical hands on experience and last but not least, to try and comprehend Google’s relationship with the open source organizations they spend millions of dollars on each year.

Looking back at my experience during the summit, I marvel at the capability, resourcefulness and above all openness of the summit attendees. In the eyes of these participants, all were equal. No organization was ‘small’ or ‘crude’. No one was ‘losing’, only winning. Everything that occurred at the summit was as far away from the traditional corporate culture which I had come to loathe as it could possibly be. It was also interesting to see that my fellow attendees were far more efficient and results driven than any corporate type I had ever met. Attendees made friends easily, discussed ideas freely, and most importantly, accepted and offered criticism freely. No one was rude or overbearing – it was merely our nature to sit down and discuss what’s being done and what could be done even better in the Google Summer of Code program.

Flying into the meeting, I asked OpenMRS community manager Michael Downey which important people would be attending the summit. The answer I expected was (of course) Chris DiBona, Director of the Google Open Source Programs Office, delegates from KDE and the Apache Software Foundation, and perhaps a guest appearance by a Google executive. However, Michael’s answer was ‘Us. We’re all important’. Unfortunately, I could not comprehend the true meaning of this statement until my first few hours at the mentor summit. Indeed, at the Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit, we were all certainly important.

As opposed to ‘ordinary’ summits organized by corporate sponsors, the Google Open Source Programs team had taken every effort to ensure that the attendees themselves decided the proceedings of the sessions. Mentors were encouraged to speak out, contradict, and criticize (which many often did). They were listened to with open minds, and given the opportunity to defend their arguments. The Google Open Source Programs team listened to all proposals and offered realistic feedback. The more boisterous proposals received “no’s”, as opposed to patronizing “maybe’s”, while the more plausible ones received approval to go into the next phase of discussions. In fact, this year’s conference had been amended based on the feedback provided during last year’s summit.

My impressions of the interaction between the sponsors and the attendees were that both parties clearly understood the roles and responsibilities of their relationship, and addressed them in a responsible and mature way. Clearly, both Google Summer of Code mentors and the Google Open Source team were all awesome people.

By Suranga Nath Kasthurirathne, OpenMRS 2012 Mentor and 2011 Google Summer of Code student

URL: http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2013/01/google-summer-of-code-mentor-mania.html

[G] The Federal Trade Commission closes its antitrust review

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Google Public Policy Blog: The Federal Trade Commission closes its antitrust review

Posted by David Drummond, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today announced it has closed its investigation into Google after an exhaustive 19-month review that covered millions of pages of documents and involved many hours of testimony. The conclusion is clear: Google’s services are good for users and good for competition.

Larry and Sergey founded Google because they believed that building a great search experience would improve people’s lives. And in the decade-plus that’s followed, Google has worked hard to make it quicker and easier for users to find what they need. In the early days you would type in a query, we’d return 10 blue links and you’d have to click on them individually to find what you wanted. Today we can save you the hassle by providing direct answers to your questions, as well as links to other sites. So if you type in [weather san francisco], or [tom hanks movies], we now give you the answer right from the results page—because truly great search is all about turning your needs into actions in the blink of an eye.

As we made clear when the FTC started its investigation, we’ve always been open to improvements that would create a better experience. And today we’ve written (PDF) to the FTC making two voluntary product changes:
  • More choice for websites: Websites can already opt out of Google Search, and they can now remove content (for example reviews) from specialized search results pages, such as local, travel and shopping;
  • More ad campaign control: Advertisers can already export their ad campaigns from Google AdWords. They will now be able to mix and copy ad campaign data within third-party services that use our AdWords API.
In addition, we’ve agreed with the FTC (PDF) that we will seek to resolve standard-essential patent disputes through a neutral third party before seeking injunctions. This agreement establishes clear rules of the road for standards essential patents going forward.

We’ve always accepted that with success comes regulatory scrutiny. But we’re pleased that the FTC and the other authorities that have looked at Google's business practices—including the U.S. Department of Justice (in its ITA Software review), the U.S. courts (in the SearchKing and Kinderstart cases), and the Brazilian courts (in a case last year)—have concluded that we should be free to combine direct answers with web results. So we head into 2013 excited about our ability to innovate for the benefit of users everywhere.
URL: http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-federal-trade-commission-closes-its.html

[G] Enhancing digital certificate security

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Google Online Security Blog: Enhancing digital certificate security

Posted by Adam Langley, Software Engineer

Late on December 24, Chrome detected and blocked an unauthorized digital certificate for the "*.google.com" domain. We investigated immediately and found the certificate was issued by an intermediate certificate authority (CA) linking back to TURKTRUST, a Turkish certificate authority. Intermediate CA certificates carry the full authority of the CA, so anyone who has one can use it to create a certificate for any website they wish to impersonate.

In response, we updated Chrome’s certificate revocation metadata on December 25 to block that intermediate CA, and then alerted TURKTRUST and other browser vendors. TURKTRUST told us that based on our information, they discovered that in August 2011 they had mistakenly issued two intermediate CA certificates to organizations that should have instead received regular SSL certificates. On December 26, we pushed another Chrome metadata update to block the second mistaken CA certificate and informed the other browser vendors.

Our actions addressed the immediate problem for our users. Given the severity of the situation, we will update Chrome again in January to no longer indicate Extended Validation status for certificates issued by TURKTRUST, though connections to TURKTRUST-validated HTTPS servers may continue to be allowed.

Since our priority is the security and privacy of our users, we may also decide to take additional action after further discussion and careful consideration.
URL: http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2013/01/enhancing-digital-certificate-security.html

[G] Turning your phone and tablet into the best remote control for YouTube

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YouTube Blog: Turning your phone and tablet into the best remote control for YouTube

We bet you a billion views you can find your way around YouTube faster on your mobile device than on your TV. That’s why we launched a feature making it easy to send videos from your mobile to your TV with just one button.



This year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we’re bringing that mobile/TV pairing feature to devices from our friends including Bang & Olufsen, LG, Panasonic and Sony. In 2013, you’ll see this feature come to even more devices like those from Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, Vizio, Western Digital and others.








These new devices will also have the latest look and feel for YouTube on TV, letting you watch HD videos and channels on the big screen with everyone at home. Catch the latest videos from your subscriptions, watch playlists full of 1080p videos and find the next great video faster with search suggestions.







Whether you’re at CES or at home, you can now watch YouTube on 400 million devices: from tablets to TVs, smartphones to streaming boxes, and consoles to cable providers. When you sign in and subscribe on any of these devices, you’ll always have something great to watch next.



Francisco Varela, global director, platform partnerships, recently watched “Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome : "Episode 1".”


URL: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/youtube/PKJx/~3/4cgfW5_qWy4/yt-ces-2013.html

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

[G] Auto manufacturers take a new turn with Google Maps

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Official Google Enterprise Blog: Auto manufacturers take a new turn with Google Maps

Posted by Mickey Kataria, Senior Product Manager, Google Maps for Business

You should have access to comprehensive, accurate and useful information no matter where you are – including when you're behind the wheel. Today, Hyundai Motors Groups joins the ranks of leading auto manufacturers making Google Maps technology available to their drivers.

Using Google Send-to-Car, local search and voice search, Hyundai and Kia owners in the United States can access a variety of maps features through Hyundai’s Blue Link technology and Kia’s second generation UVO eServices telematics system. Voice search enables drivers to easily find destinations, while Google Maps and Google Places APIs – used to power additional trip planning services – give drivers even more ways to find restaurants, stores and other points of interest while on-the-go.

In addition to Hyundai Motors Group, these automakers are also creating familiar experiences based on the Google Maps drivers know and love from their computers, smartphones and tablets:
  • Audi: Audi connect™ brings Google local search, satellite and Street View imagery directly to drivers and passengers, providing real-time, real-life images of the world around you – from California’s Highway 1 to Chicago’s "Magnificent Mile." Combined with voice search, you can safely explore and discover local destinations.
  • Daimler: With Google Street View imagery, Mercedes-Benz A-Class drivers can be sure they’re going to the right destination. The Mercedes-Benz “Digital DriveStyle App” gives you access to Google local search, as well as Zagat ratings to make it easy to find anything from a Michelin-rated restaurant to your favorite fast food joint.
  • Tesla Motor Co: A 17-inch, high-resolution touch screen display brings Google Maps to life in the Tesla Model S. Drivers can see topographic satellite images with overlaid roads and real-time traffic updates from Google Maps.


Including Google local search, Google Earth and Google Street View in cars makes maps even more comprehensive, useful and accurate for automakers and their drivers.
URL: http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2013/01/auto-manufacturers-take-new-turn-with.html

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

[G] A little help from Google on your New Year’s resolutions

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Official Google Blog: A little help from Google on your New Year’s resolutions

The new year has arrived, and with it all the resolutions that we hope to tackle in 2013.

But resolutions can be hard to keep. And since eating better, taking control of personal finances, travelling more and learning something new regularly top the list of New Year’s resolutions, we've pulled together some of our best tips and tricks across Google to make 2013 the year you succeed with your goals.

Eat better
  • Counting calories? Apps such as Diet Diary can be easily accessed through Chrome or your Android device—that way it’s with you when it‘s on your mind. If spreadsheets are more your style, try one of several Google Docs templates, like this weekly meal planner.
  • Find recipes for healthy meals and how-to-cook videos with apps like BBC’s Good Food for Chrome or food channels like Show me the Curry on YouTube.
  • Rely on the Google+ community for motivation and learn from others via hangouts on how to prepare healthy meals.
  • We know how easy it is to fall off track. Check out Google Play to find apps, books and music to keep you motivated.



Get fiscally fit
  • To control your finances, you need to know exactly where money is coming in and out. This simple budget template in Google Drive already has you halfway there.
  • If you prefer a more detailed budget, try using an app like Mint to track your finances on the go, available on both Android and Chrome.
  • Keep track of your stock portfolio and related market news via Google Finance or with brokerage apps like E*TRADE from Google Play.

Travel more
  • Use Google Flight Search to quickly compare flight times and costs across airlines. Try the “tourist spotlight” feature on Google Hotel Finder to find a room near the hottest spots in the city.
  • Simply type [tourist attractions <city name>] into Google Search to see some of the top points of interest. Once you have a list of the things you want to do and see, keep it in one place and share it with your travel buddies using Google Sheets
  • Never get lost with Google Maps. Whether your plans are local or international, indoors or out, comprehensive and accurate Google Maps can help you find your way.

Learn something new
If your resolution wasn’t listed here, try checking out SELF Magazine’s Google+ page with tips from experts, live via Google+ hangouts, for 13 more resolutions starting on January 13.

Research shows that you’re more likely to achieve your resolutions if you write them down and have support. Try sharing your goals with communities around you. When you’re ready to share your new year’s ambition with the world, or if you're interested in seeing what resolutions look like around the globe, add it to the interactive resolution map on our 2012 Zeitgeist website.


No matter who you are, the web can help you do anything.

Posted by Liz Wessel, Associate Product Marketing Manager
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-little-help-from-google-on-your-new.html

[G] Marking the birth of the modern-day Internet

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Official Google Blog: Marking the birth of the modern-day Internet

Today is the 30th birthday of the modern-day Internet. Five years ago we marked the occasion with a doodle. This year we invited Vint Cerf to tell the story. Vint is widely regarded as one of the fathers of the Internet for his contributions to shaping the Internet’s architecture, including co-designing the TCP/IP protocol. Today he works with Google to promote and protect the Internet. -Ed.

A long time ago, my colleagues and I became part of a great adventure, teamed with a small band of scientists and technologists in the U.S. and elsewhere. For me, it began in 1969, when the potential of packet switching communication was operationally tested in the grand ARPANET experiment by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Other kinds of packet switched networks were also pioneered by DARPA, including mobile packet radio and packet satellite, but there was a big problem. There was no common language. Each network had its own communications protocol using different conventions and formatting standards to send and receive packets, so there was no way to transmit anything between networks.

In an attempt to solve this, Robert Kahn and I developed a new computer communication protocol designed specifically to support connection among different packet-switched networks. We called it TCP, short for “Transmission Control Protocol,” and in 1974 we published a paper about it in IEEE Transactions on Communications: “A Protocol for Packet Network Intercommunication.” Later, to better handle the transmission of real-time data, including voice, we split TCP into two parts, one of which we called “Internet Protocol,” or IP for short. The two protocols combined were nicknamed TCP/IP.

TCP/IP was tested across the three types of networks developed by DARPA, and eventually was anointed as their new standard. In 1981, Jon Postel published a transition plan to migrate the 400 hosts of the ARPANET from the older NCP protocol to TCP/IP, including a deadline of January 1, 1983, after which point all hosts not switched would be cut off.



From left to right: Vint Cerf in 1973, Robert Kahn in the 1970’s, Jon Postel

When the day came, it’s fair to say the main emotion was relief, especially amongst those system administrators racing against the clock. There were no grand celebrations—I can’t even find a photograph. The only visible mementos were the “I survived the TCP/IP switchover” pins proudly worn by those who went through the ordeal!


Yet, with hindsight, it’s obvious it was a momentous occasion. On that day, the operational Internet was born. TCP/IP went on to be embraced as an international standard, and now underpins the entire Internet.

It’s been almost 40 years since Bob and I wrote our paper, and I can assure you while we had high hopes, we did not dare to assume that the Internet would turn into the worldwide platform it’s become. I feel immensely privileged to have played a part and, like any proud parent, have delighted in watching it grow. I continue to do what I can to protect its future. I hope you’ll join me today in raising a toast to the Internet—may it continue to connect us for years to come.

Posted by Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist
URL: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/marking-birth-of-modern-day-internet.html