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New Security Section in Google Accounts Settings

The Security tab from Google's accounts settings page has a new section that lets you quickly update your security settings. Google suggests to "secure your account andget better protection for your account."You can edit your recovery phone and email, check your recent activity, disable access for less secure apps and remove account permissions. Show More Summary

Google Tests Search History Export

Google tests a feature that will let you export your Web History data. For now, the experimental feature creates a ZIP archive that splits your search history in several JSON files. Most likely, this feature will be added to Google Takeout when it's released.{ Thanks, Florian Kiersch. }

"In the News" Google Search Card

Google added a new search card for news-related searches. It's display in the right sidebar and it doesn't replace the list of Google News results. For example, when searching for [Jill Duggar], Google shows a thumbnail, a short summary...Show More Summary

Call me maybe? Introducing free voice calls from Hangouts

We know how important it is to keep in touch with friends and family, especially when they’re spread around the world. Hangouts already makes it easy to send a quick message, or start a group video chat. But sometimes it’s best to just...Show More Summary

A solar project on top of an old oil field in California’s Kern County

We recently finalized an investment that will put a 82MW solar power plant on top of an old oil and gas field in Kern County, Calif. The new deal with SunEdison will generate enough energy to power 10,000 homes.Our investment in theShow More Summary

Walk like an Egyptian with Street View in Google Maps

Candlelight flickering on a stone wall covered in hieroglyphs. A proud queen brought low by the bite of a snake. Reeds rustling along a river, waiting to be turned into papyrus, or maybe a basket. The civilization of ancient Egypt stood for thousands of years and left behind a rich legacy of architecture, art, medicine, politics, culture and more. Show More Summary

Chrome - Firefox WebRTC Interop Test - Pt 2

by Patrik Höglund This is the second in a series of articles about Chrome’s WebRTC Interop Test. See the first.In the previous blog post we managed to write an automated test which got a WebRTC call between Firefox and Chrome to run....Show More Summary

Making of Maps: Ground Truth glue

The final post in our Making of Maps series shows you how Ground Truth brings all the pieces of Google Maps together. Catch up on posts 1, 2, & 3 for more info! — Ed.Henman Hill or Murray Mound? For years, British tennis fans have argued over the proper name for this hill near Wimbledon. Show More Summary

Making of Maps: Perspective from the ground

Our third post in the Making of Maps series focuses on two individuals who have made significant contributions to their community’s information on Google Maps. Note: this interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. — Ed.Google...Show More Summary

Inline Facts Next to Google Search Results

Google now shows a list of facts next to some Wikipedia results. Knowledge Graph data extracted from Wikipedia is now placed below the snippets. For example, when searching for [duchy of Amalfi], Google shows some information about Amalfi, a town in the province of Salerno and the former capital of the Duchy of Amalfi. Show More Summary

Google Knowledge Graph Shows Forms of Government

Do you want to learn more about the forms of government from various countries? Search Google for "government of [country]" and Google will show if the country is a constitutional monarchy, constitutional republic, federal republic,Show More Summary

Google Account Settings Lite

Google's account settings page has a simplified version for old browsers. You can find it at: The page shows some links that let you edit your profile, change your password, change password recovery options, manage account information, change email addresses and manage connected accounts. Show More Summary

Gmail, Powered by Google

For some reason, Gmail shows a new message at the bottom of the page: "powered by Google". This was already used by the Google Apps version of Gmail, so it's not clear if the new attribution is placed by mistake in the standard Gmail. Show More Summary

Windows Free

Little by little, Microsoft's operating system becomes free. Android's dominance forced Microsoft to make Windows Phone free. Chromebooks' popularity forced Microsoft to remove the Windows license for low-cost computers. Windows is now...Show More Summary

Through the Google lens: search trends August 29 - September 4

This week search had three weddings, one real-life funeral, another on social media (we’ll explain later) and a 20th anniversary. Sounds like a packed week to us!Heaven is a funny place“I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action... Show More Summary

YouTube's Experiment for Related Searches

YouTube tests a new search interface that includes results for related searches. For example, when searching for [ibm ad], YouTube shows a few results for my query, then 3 lists of search results for [ibm smarter planet], [ibm ad india], [intel ad] and some other results for my query. Show More Summary

HTTPS-Only YouTube

I'm not sure if this is really new, but I remember that YouTube only redirected logged-in users to the HTTPS site. Now YouTube redirects everyone to the HTTPS site. I visited YouTube's homepage, a random YouTube channel and a video in Chrome, Firefox, Opera and YouTube quickly redirected to the corresponding SSL URL. Show More Summary

Google Removes Private Search Option

Speaking of advanced search features, here's a screenshot from April 2013 that shows Google's search filter menu. Only 4 out of the 9 features are still available: "visited pages", "not yet visited pages", "reading level" and "verbatim". Show More Summary

Android Wear, moving forward like clockwork

Earlier this year, we launched Android Wear, bringing Android to wearables. Since then, the first watches powered by Android Wear, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, have gone on sale, developers have already built thousands of apps...Show More Summary

Google Blog Search Redirects to the Google Homepage

Eventually most of the advanced search features offered by Google will disappear. Most specialized search engines, most search operators, most filters. They aren't used by many people and Google now focuses on other ways to provide answers.Google...Show More Summary

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