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Today we turn 10!

For 10 years Google Maps has made it easier to navigate and explore your world. If you hopped in your DeLorean for a trip back to before 2005, you’d remember the days when we were all dependent on paper maps, print-outs, post-its and...Show More Summary

Through the Google lens: Search trends January 30 - February 5

From a shark with two left feet to a sequel that has everyone buzzing, here’s what trended on search this week.Haven’t we been here before? This past Monday, the U.S. turned to its dirt-dwelling psychic, the groundhog, to determine if it was finally time to put our snow boots back in the closet. Show More Summary

The First Annual Testing on the Toilet Awards

By Andrew Trenk The Testing on the Toilet (TotT) series was created in 2006 as a way to spread unit-testing knowledge across Google by posting flyers in bathroom stalls. It quickly became a part of Google culture and is still going strong...Show More Summary

Google RISE Awards support girls and minorities in tech—from Australia to Mexico

(Cross-posted on the Google for EDU Blog)When Aboriginals from the Torres Strait Island need support, they turn to their daughters. No, really. In a culture whose history goes back 50,000 years, 70 young girls are using technology to give their families a new way to call for help in emergencies. Show More Summary

Shooting stars and puppy ads: How the world watched the big game

From a “super brawl” to a giant lion, yesterday’s big game was filled with many notable moments. That’s true on YouTube and Google too—people watched more game-day ads and teaser videos on YouTube than ever before, YouTube hosted its first-ever halftime show, and retro throwback “the more you know” PSA became a top trending search term. Show More Summary

Download Google Earth Pro for Free

My Maps Pro is available for free and now Google Earth Pro is also free. Google Earth's business version can be downloaded from this page and you need a free license key, which is sent by email.Google Earth Pro has a lot of advancedShow More Summary

More Related Images in Google Image Search

When you select a result in Google Image Search, you can now see more related images. Google used to display 8 related images, but now there are 7 related images and a "view more" option that shows a long list of similar images. If you spot an image you like, it's now easier to find related images. Show More Summary

Through the Google lens: Search trends January 23-29

Between a spookily resilient cat, and a new bunch of ghostbusters, there was a lot of (paranormal) activity in search this week:“It’s a great day for a ball game…”People across the country are gearing up for this weekend’s Super Bowl,...Show More Summary

Google Earth Pro is now free

Over the last 10 years, businesses, scientists and hobbyists from all over the world have been using Google Earth Pro for everything from planning hikes to placing solar panels on rooftops. Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features...Show More Summary

Google's Answers Show Date Information

Google's answers obtained from web pages now include the date when the page was last updated. Search results also include this information and it's pretty useful because a news article from 2004 would provide a different answer for "what's the most expensive car?" than an article from 2014.

YouTube's HTML5 Player, Now Default

YouTube announced that it now defaults to the HTML5 player for both and YouTube embeds. "YouTube uses HTML5 by default in Chrome, IE 11, Safari 8 and in beta versions of Firefox."Browsers now support features like Adaptive...Show More Summary

Testing on the Toilet: Change-Detector Tests Considered Harmful

by Alex Eagle This article was adapted from a Google Testing on the Toilet (TotT) episode. You can download a printer-friendly version of this TotT episode and post it in your office. You have just finished refactoring some code without modifying its behavior. Show More Summary

Google Fiber is coming to Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham

It’s been nearly five years since we offered to build a fiber-optic network in one U.S. city as an experiment — and were met with overwhelming enthusiasm. Now, Google Fiber is live in Kansas City, Provo and Austin, and we've started to see how gigabit Internet, with speeds up to 100 times faster than today’s basic broadband, can transform cities. Show More Summary

Through the Google lens: Search trends January 16-22

Here’s a side of search trends to go along with your Friday. Read on to find out what got people talking–and searching–this week.Deflate-gate and other scandalsSuper Bowl drama is already here, and it’s not even February 1. After the...Show More Summary

YouTube Music Key for Desktop: Ad-Free Music Videos

YouTube Music Key is not just for YouTube's mobile apps. One of its feature is also available if you use YouTube's desktop site: ad-free music videos. You'll notice the "ad-free" label next to the video title. Mouse over the label and...Show More Summary

YouTube Tests Rounded Channel Icons

YouTube experiments with a slightly different interface that uses rounded icons for channels and moves the title and buttons like "add to" and "share" to the right.Here's an image that shows both the experimental interface and YouTube's regular UI: YouTube's mobile apps already use rounded icons, just like Google+ and Google's navigation bar. Show More Summary

YouTube Music Key Restrictions

An important downside of YouTube Music Key is that YouTube treats music videos just like Google Play Music songs. You can't play music videos on 2 different Android/iOS mobile devices when using the YouTube app and the same Google account.Let's say I play a YouTube music video on an iPad and then try to play another music video on a Nexus 5. Show More Summary

Through the Google lens: Search trends January 9-15

This time of year may be cold and dark, but there was plenty to brighten our days—and keep us searching—this week. Top of the packEl Capitan is a stunning sight on a normal day—the sheer granite face rising above the valley in Yosemite National Park is hard to miss. Show More Summary

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through community service

This Monday, January 19, we’re celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and marking the national MLK Day of Service. It’s a holiday that’s especially meaningful this year: 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March, and it’s a time when civil rights is at the forefront of our national conversation. Show More Summary

YouTube Creators interview President Obama following the State of the Union

Every year since 2010, President Obama has turned to YouTube and Google after his State of the Union speech to answer questions that are top of mind for the American people. Asked through YouTube video submissions or live via Google+ Hangouts, these questions always bring an interesting perspective to the issues the president addresses in his speech. Show More Summary

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