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YouTube's Center-Aligned UI, Ready For Launch

YouTube continues to refine its center-aligned experimental interface, first spotted in July. The latest tweaks include a menu button placed next to the YouTube logo, a gear button placed next to the "upload" button and a sidebar that remembers the latest display state. Show More Summary

Introducing Slovenia Street View and updating Russian imagery

With the eyes of winter sports fans turning to Russia, we thought this would be a good time to add more towns, cities and picturesque sights of this sprawling country to Google Maps. From today, Street View is available in Vladivostok, Yakutsk, Irkutsk and, of course, Sochi. Show More Summary

Google Sells Motorola to Lenovo

Google's decision to sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 billion is even more surprising than Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in 2011. "Lenovo will now acquire world-renowned Motorola Mobility, including...Show More Summary

Updated Stock Card in Google Search

Google's stock card that's displayed when you search for [GOOG], [TSLA], [Microsoft stock] and other similar queries is now a lot bigger. Tabs are placed above the chart and you can get the stock price at any time by mousing over the chart or tapping it. Drag the dotted line to get the price variation. { Thanks, Jérôme. }

Lenovo to acquire Motorola Mobility

We’ve just signed an agreement to sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. As this is an important move for Android users everywhere, I wanted to explain why in detail. We acquired Motorola in 2012 to help supercharge the Android ecosystem by creating a stronger patent portfolio for Google and great smartphones for users. Show More Summary

An Important Notice From Gmail

It's the first time I see an important notice in the mobile Gmail interface. Here's the message:You may have been impacted by a recent issue in Gmail that inadvertently caused some actions (e.g. delete, report spam) taken while viewing a message to be applied to a different message. Show More Summary

Chrome + LEGO: You can build whatever you like

Think back: you’ve just dumped a bin of LEGO R bricks onto the floor with a satisfying crash, and you have the whole day ahead of you to build whatever you want. There’s something pretty amazing about being able to piece together your ideas with just a collection of colorful bricks. Show More Summary

Google Answers Complicated Questions

Google used to only answer simple questions like "who's the prime minister of Canada?" or "what's the population of China?". Thanks to the Knowledge Graph project, Google can answer more complicated questions like "who played Batman?",...Show More Summary

A Google Experiment Hides Knowledge Graph Sidebar

Google has an experiment that hides the Knowledge Graph sidebar, so it no longer shows information about famous people, companies, plants, cars, movies, books and more. To try this experiment, install a cookie manager extension likeShow More Summary

Google Hides Too Many Search Results

This is a strange bug. For many navigational queries, Google only returns about 100 search results and shows a message like this: "In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 117 already displayed. Show More Summary

Distance Card in Google Search

A few months ago, I wrote about Google's directions card. You can find the distance between two places and the driving directions directly from Google Search. Just search for [directions from START_ADDRESS to END_ADDRESS] or [distance...Show More Summary

Today’s outage for several Google services

Earlier today, most Google users who use logged-in services like Gmail, Google+, Calendar and Documents found they were unable to access those services for approximately 25 minutes. For about 10 percent of users, the problem persisted for as much as 30 minutes longer. Show More Summary

Hit the road with President Obama in the first-ever Presidential Hangout Road Trip

Next Tuesday, at 9pm EST, President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address to Congress. Later that week, you'll have the chance to connect with the President and speak about his administration’s plan in the first-ever Presidential Hangout Road Trip. Show More Summary

Google Streamlines Search Options

Google removed a few specialized search options that were usually displayed in the "more" drop-down: recipes, patents, discussions, blogs, places. The list of links to services like Maps, Images, News, Flights, Shopping is reordered based on your query. This isn't a new idea, it was implemented a long time ago by Google, but now it's used more often. { Thanks, Rubén and Max. }

Chrome Photo Wall?

There's a weird page at chrome.com/photowall/ which only shows an input box for entering a password. The title of the page is "temp login". A photo wall is a gallery of photos, so this could be a Chrome experiment that shows your photos in an interesting way, maybe using WebGL. Show More Summary

Updated Google Alerts

Google's email alerts changed their interface a few days ago. Now you can share search results using Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Google shortens URLs and they have the following format: http://goo.gl/alerts/xyz. Google added an option to edit the alert and a link to the corresponding feed. Show More Summary

Google's Info Cards for Sites

After a few months of experiments, Google's search pages now show the name of the site next to the URL. If you click the name, you'll see a small card with information from Wikipedia, including the logo, the owner, the year when it was...Show More Summary

The Google Test and Development Environment - Pt. 3: Code, Build, and Test

by Anthony Vallone This is the third in a series of articles about our work environment. See the first. I will never forget the awe I felt when running my first load test on my first project at Google. At previous companies I’ve worked, running a substantial load test took quite a bit of resource planning and preparation. Show More Summary

Chrome Doesn't Delete Old Extension Folders

There's something very annoying about Chrome. It now keeps all the old versions of your extensions and apps. I remember that Chrome used to only keep the current version and the previous version, just like it handles Chrome releases.If...Show More Summary

No More Google Notifier

Google Notifier will no longer be available. It was an app for Windows and Mac that displayed notifications for Gmail and Google Calendar in the system tray, while also allowing you to set Gmail as the default mail client for your computer. Show More Summary

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