Friday, January 22, 2010

[Gd] Android Developer Labs World Tour

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Android Developers Blog: Android Developer Labs World Tour

Late last year, we held a series of developer labs to give you a chance to ask questions and play with some new hardware. One of the most common questions we received was, "When are you going to visit my city?" It's a good question, and we're pleased to answer it today.

The Android team is embarking on a world tour, which will include cities in Europe, North America, and Asia.

At each stop, we'll be delivering an update on the state of the Android platform—including a look at the latest Android hardware. It's a great opportunity to meet like-minded Android app developers, play with the latest Android devices, test your apps, and ask Android team members any questions you might have. You can find out more on the Android Developer Lab site.

Here's the line-up of Android Developer Lab locations for February and March 2010:

North America

  • Austin, Texas – Feb 4
  • Seattle, Washington – Feb 8
  • Waterloo, Ontario, Canada – Feb 8
  • Washington, D.C. – Feb 9
  • Mountain View, California – Feb 10
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts – Feb 11
  • New York, New York – Feb 12


  • London, UK – Feb 2
  • Paris, France – Feb 8
  • Berlin, Germany – Feb 10
  • Zurich, Switzerland – Feb 13
  • Madrid, Spain – Feb 13


  • Singapore – Feb 28
  • Taipei, Taiwan – March 3
  • Hong Kong – March 4

If you'd like to attend, you'll need to request a spot by February 1st. Space is limited, so please wait for an email to confirm that you have a spot in the lab.

While we're on the road, we're also going to stop by and speak at the following local Android user groups:

  • Stockholm, Sweden – Feb 4
  • London, UK – Feb 5
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA – Feb 6

We're looking forward to meeting you in person!


[Gd] Dev Channel Update

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Google Chrome Releases: Dev Channel Update

The dev channel has been updated to 4.0.302.2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux

  • [r36632] We now only use our own FTP parsing code; please file bugs if you encounter any problems while navigating FTP sites. (Issue: 25520)

  • See All


  • [r36423] Theme the NTP with GTK+ colors when matching GTK. (Issue: 29948)
  • [r36073] Fix to way we identify the active window. (Issue: 31971)

Known Issues
  • [OS-MAC] Cookie manager crashes (Issue 32596, 32627)
  • [OS-MAC] Bookmark manager crashes (Issue 32733, 32732)
  • [OS-MAC] Sporadic flash plugin crashes (Issue 32748, 32732)

More details about additional changes are available in the svn log of all revision.

You can find out about getting on the Dev channel here:

If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug at

Anthony Laforge
Google Chrome

[Gd] Last phase of inlined gadget deprecation

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iGoogle Developer Blog: ​Last phase of inlined gadget deprecation

​The deprecation of inlined gadgets which began in November 2007 is ready to enter its final phase. Over the next 30 days, we will be disabling the remaining inlined gadgets on iGoogle, starting immediately with those that are broken or have zero users. If you’d like operation of your gadget to continue, please follow the instructions in the gadgets.* migration guide.

If you have any questions on the deprecation, please visit the iGoogle Developer Forum.

Posted by ​Dan Holevoet, Developer Programs

[Gd] Android at the 2010 Game Developers Conference

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Android Developers Blog: Android at the 2010 Game Developers Conference

2009 has been a great year for Android Market. With the support of developers like you, Android Market now has more than 20,000 applications. Of these applications, games have proven to be particularly popular with Android users. Seven of the ten most popular paid applications on Android Market are games, so there's a significant opportunity for game developers as the number of Android devices continues to grow at a rapid pace.

To better support this trend, we are increasing our support of Android game development. As a first step, we will be presenting a number of Android sessions at the Game Developers Conference on March 9th and 10th in San Francisco. The sessions will be technical and will include everything you need to know about Android game development in Java or C++. Engineers from the Android team will also be available to answer your questions. Whether you are new to the platform or already have games in development, we would love to meet you face-to-face, answer your questions, and see what you're working on. Be sure to keep checking the GDC site because we'll be adding more sessions.

But that's not all. Google and GDC will also be providing complimentary Android phones to attendees who register for All Access or Tutorials and Summits passes by the Early Bird deadline of February 4, 2010. Qualified attendees will receive either a Nexus One or a Verizon Droid by Motorola, so they can quickly apply what they learn from the various Android sessions. You can find more details about the Android phone offer on the GDC site.

Our goal is to make it as easy as possible to develop awesome games for Android, and this is a first step. Hope to see you at GDC!


[Gd] Introducing a new Rich Snippets format: Events

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Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Introducing a new Rich Snippets format: Events

Webmaster Level: All

Last year we introduced Rich Snippets, a new feature that makes it possible to surface structured data from your pages on Google's search results. So far, user reaction to Rich Snippets has been enthusiastic -- after all, Rich Snippets help people make more informed clicks and find what they need even faster.

We originally introduced Rich Snippets with two formats: reviews and people. Later in the year we added support for marking up video information which is used to improve Video Search. Today, we're excited to kick off the new year by adding support for events.

Events markup is based off of the hCalendar microformat. Here's an example of what the new events Rich Snippets will look like:

The new format shows links to specific events on the page along with dates and locations. It provides a fast and convenient way for users to determine if a page has events they may be interested in.

If you have event listings on your site, we encourage you to review the events documentation we've prepared to help you get started. Please note, however, that marking up your content is not a guarantee that Rich Snippets will show for your site. Just as we did for previous formats, we will take a gradual approach to incorporating the new event snippets to ensure a great user experience along the way.

Stay tuned for more developments in Rich Snippets throughout the year!

Written by Mike Danylchuk and Nitin Shetti

[Gd] Google SEO resources for beginners

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Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Google SEO resources for beginners

Webmaster Level: Beginner

Want to eat healthier and exercise more in 2010? That's tough! Want to learn about search engine optimization (SEO) so you can disregard the rumors and know what's important? That's easy! Here's how to gain SEO knowledge as you go about your new start to 2010:

Step 1: Absorb the basics
  • If you like to learn by reading, download our SEO Starter Guide for reading while you're on an exercise bike, training for Ironman.
  • Or, if you're more a video watcher, try listening to my "Search Friendly Development" session while you're cleaning your house. Keep in mind that some parts of the presentation are a little more technical.

  • For good measure, and because at some point you'll hear references to them, check out our webmaster guidelines for yourself.

Step 2: Explore details that pique your interest
Are you done with the basics but now you have some questions? Good for you! Try researching a particular topic in our Webmaster Help Center. For example, do you want more information about crawling and indexing or understanding what links are all about?

Step 3: Verify ownership of your site in Webmaster Tools
It takes a little bit of skill, but we have tons of help for verification. Once you verify ownership of your site (i.e., signal to Google that you're the owner), you can:

A sample message regarding the crawlability of your site

Step 4: Research before you do anything drastic
Usually the basics (e.g., good content/service and a crawlable site with indexable information) are the necessities for SEO. You may hear or read differently, but before you do anything drastic on your site such as robots.txt disallow'ing all of your directories or revamping your entire site architecture, please try:
Written by Maile Ohye, Developer Programs Tech Lead

Thursday, January 21, 2010

[Gd] Beta Channel Update

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Google Chrome Releases: Beta Channel Update

The Beta channel has been updated to for Windows.

This release contains the following changes:

  • [r36079] Updated UI translations.
  • [r36694] A crash which occurred, on Windows XP, when the translation extension was installed. (Issue: 32648)

More details about additional changes are available in the svn log of all revisions.

Anthony Laforge
Google Chrome Program Manager

[Gd] v2009 Hack Days Coming to Europe

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AdWords API Blog: v2009 Hack Days Coming to Europe

Thank you to everyone who attended our San Francisco and New York hack days. The response was very enthusiastic and we got a tremendous amount of valuable feedback.

Next up on the schedule are three events in Europe:

London: February 3rd

Paris: February 5th

Hamburg: February 9th

All events will be held in the local Google office and will follow the same format as the US events: an introduction to v2009, technical discussions of the BulkMutateJobService, LocationExtensions, and AdParameters, followed by a chance to migrate some v13 code with Google engineers on hand to help.

Note that these are engineer-only events. The presentations will be highly technical and there will be no activities for attendees who don't plan to write code.

Space is very limited, so sign up now! Get more information and register at:

- Aaron Karp, AdWords API Team


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

[Gd] State of the Index 2009

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Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: State of the Index 2009

Webmaster Level: All

At PubCon in Las Vegas in November 2009, I gave a "State of the Index" talk which covers what Google has done for users, web developers, and webmasters in the last year. I recently recreated it on video for those of you who didn't make it to the conference. You can watch it below:

And here are the slides if you'd like to follow along:

Posted by Matt Cutts, Search Quality Team

[Gd] IRC office hours update

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Android Developers Blog: IRC office hours update

You may recall that we announced IRC Office Hours for Android app developers back in December. We just want to provide a quick update that upcoming office hours will be held on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. PST, instead of twice weekly. These will be held in the #android-dev channel on as before.

Please post your questions on Stack Overflow with "from-irc" tag in addition to "android" tag one day before office hours. We will follow up on those specific questions during office hours, and will also post answers after.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

[Gd] New Parameter for Server Side API Calls

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Google AJAX APIs Blog: New Parameter for Server Side API Calls

Over the last several years, you've helped make Google's AJAX APIs incredibly successful. Not surprisingly, however, there are some people who try to take advantage of these free APIs by using them in ways that they were not designed for, abuse which is prohibited by the Terms of Use. Specifically, some servers are making countless requests - requests not made on the behalf of an end-user - in an attempt to scrape data from the APIs.

To help us discourage this behavior without affecting legitimate developers, we're adding a new parameter to the RESTful interface, userip. With this parameter, developers have the option of supplying the IP address of the end-user on whose behalf they are making the API request. Doing so will help us distinguish this legitimate server-side traffic from the more abusive scraping in which there are no end-users.

Use of this new parameter is *not* required. However, if it is not included with server-side requests, those requests are more likely to be interpreted and automatically blocked as abuse, especially in situations where a server is sending a high volume of traffic to the API. Additional safeguards you can take include setting setting a valid HTTP referer (as required by our Terms of Use) and using an API key. These additional measures will help us contact you in case there are problems with your website or application (sometimes a programming error results in massive traffic, forcing us to block your access if we are unable to contact you). In choosing to utilize this parameter, please be sure that you're in compliance with any local laws, including any laws relating to disclosure of personal information being sent.

Check the documentation for usage of the new parameter. We'd love to hear any comments, questions or problems you're having in the support forum.

[Gd] Test your webmaster know-how!

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Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: Test your webmaster know-how!

Webmaster Level: All

We thought it might be fun and educational to create a quiz for webmasters about issues we commonly see in the Webmaster Help Forum. Together with our awesome Bionic Posters, we've tried to come up with questions and answers that reflect recurring concerns in the forum and some information that may not be well known. Some things to keep in mind when taking this quiz:
  • The quiz will be available to take from today until Wednesday, January 27 at 5PM PST.
  • It doesn't cover all facets of webmaster problems that arise, and—as with any test—it is at best only a fun way to test your webmaster prowess ;). We leave discussion of specific cases to the forum.
  • We've set up the quiz using our very own Google Docs. This means you won't see results right away, but we plan to write a follow-up blog post explaining answers and listing top scorers. Be sure to save your answers or print out your completed quiz before submitting! This way you can check your answers against the correct ones when we publish them.
  • It's just for fun!

Posted by Charlene Perez, Search Quality Team

[Gd] Application Token no longer required to use AdWords API

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AdWords API Blog: Application Token no longer required to use AdWords API

Beginning today, you no longer need to provide us with an AdWords API Application Token to access the AdWords API (v13 and v2009). This change requires no action on your part. The Application Token will simply be ignored if it continues to be included with your API requests. Note that the Developer Token is still required. We hope that this makes your life a bit easier in working with the AdWords API.

As always, we are here to answer your questions, collect feedback, and assist with migration to the v2009 API.

-- Albert Cheng, AdWords API Team