The Official Google Blog - Posts from December 2017

  • $13 million dollars in 10 years: CS professional development grants are open

    Ten years ago, Jeff Walz, a manager on Google’s University Relations team, had a hunch about widening access to computer science (CS) education for students—he thought that if teachers could train other teachers, who would then train their students, together they could create a ripple effect. After attending a Carnegie Mellon University workshop for high school teachers desig ...

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  • 12 things you may have missed from Google this year

    It’s been a busy year, from our second generation of Made by Google hardware, to our efforts to create more opportunity for everyone. But before we head into the new year, we’re taking a look at a few things you may have missed in 2017. Here are 12 things that caught our attention: 1. From drawing to playing piano, and from new cookie recipes to better GIPHY search, machine ...

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  • AdWords Express helps small businesses grow online in 14 new countries

    AdWords Express was created in 2011 to make advertising on Google accessible to businesses owners without advanced online advertising skills or the resources to hire an expert. AdWords Express has since expanded and, as of this month, is available in 14 new countries and 10 new languages. This expansion follows a recent launch that allows your business to prioritize ad goals, ...

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  • ARCore Developer Preview 2

    Augmented reality is a powerful way to bring the physical and digital worlds together. AR places digital objects and useful information into the real world around us, which creates a huge opportunity to make our phones more intuitive, more helpful and a whole lot more fun. We’ve been working on augmented reality since 2014, with our earliest investments in Project Tango.

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  • Digital News Initiative: €20 million of funding for innovation in news

    In October 2015, as part of our Digital News Initiative (DNI)—a partnership between Google and news publishers in Europe to support high-quality journalism through technology and innovation—we launched the €150 million DNI Innovation Fund. Today, we’re announcing the recipients of the fourth round of funding, with 102 projects in 26 European countries being offered €20,428,09 ...

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  • Year in Search: The most fantastic fads of 2017

    Here today, gone tomorrow. Our annual Year in Search is always a fun look back at the fads that captured our fancy and then fizzled out fast. See what this year’s biggest crazes were, through the lens of Google Search: Unicorn everything The unofficial mascot of 2017 was the unicorn—the magical creature that had the internet abuzz.

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  • The Year in Search: the questions we asked in 2017

    As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time to look back on the year that was with our annual Year in Search. As we do every year, we analyzed Google Trends data to see what the world was searching for. 2017 was the year we asked “how…?” How do wildfires start? How to calm a dog during a storm? How to make a protest sign? In fact, all of the “how” searches you see in the video wer ...

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  • Announcing Google Play’s “Best of 2017”

    To close out another great year for Google Play, we’re sharing the best and most popular apps, games, music, movies, TV shows and books in 2017. No one knows how far she can go better than “Moana,” as she landed the most popular movie of the year on Google Play. Strong female characters dominated this year’s movies chart with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Wonder Woman” ...

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  • News Lab in 2017: working with news organizations to address industry challenges

    Editor’s Note: This week we’re looking at the ways the Google News Lab is working with news organizations to build the future of journalism. This is the first in a four-part series. 2017 was a critical time for both the news and technology industries. The battle against misinformation, rapidly-changing business models for news organizations and fundamental questions about th ...

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  • 3 ways employees will benefit from digital transformation in 2018

    Editor’s note: Business is no longer as usual. New technologies in the workplace, like machine learning and augmented reality, create opportunities for companies to enhance employee productivity. Alan Lepofsky, analyst at Constellation Research, Inc. discusses three key areas where technology will impact work as we know it.

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  • 5 ways to improve your hiring process in 2018

    Editor’s note: Senior Product Manager Berit Hoffmann leads Hire, a recruiting application Google launched earlier this year. In this post, she shares five ways businesses can improve their hiring process and secure great talent. With 2018 quickly approaching, businesses are evaluating their hiring needs for the new year. According to a recent survey of 2,200 hiring managers, 46 percent of U.

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  • Announcing Google Cloud Next 2018

    Google Cloud Next '18 is coming! Mark your calendars for July 24-27, 2018 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Google Cloud Next is where customers, partners, developers, influencers and the greater global cloud community get inspired and learn. Together, we’re working to make the cloud useful and accessible to everyone.

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  • Save development time with our new 3D debugging tool

    Developing 3D apps is complicated—whether you’re using a native graphics API or enlisting the help of your favorite game engine, there are thousands of graphics commands that have to come together perfectly to produce beautiful 3D visuals on your phone, desktop or VR headsets. To help developers diagnose rendering and performance issues with their Android and desktop applica ...

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  • All the data you need to cover 500 local elections

    Next year, nearly 500 local elections for Senate and House seats are taking place across the United States. As part of our mission to help journalists report on the stories that matter, we worked with ProPublica to build the Election Databot: a tool that provides data about all of those elections, from campaign spending to Google Search Trends for candidates.

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  • EDU in 90: that’s a wrap on season one

    You can do a lot in 90 seconds—make a paper airplane, brush your teeth, or put on sunscreen. And with EDU in 90, you can also get Google for Education updates. Earlier this year, we heard from countless educators, school leaders and administrators that they wanted to keep up with the latest from Google for Education.

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  • A look at Team Drives in action at the California Academy of Sciences

    Located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences is an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum all wrapped into one. Attracting visitors from all over the world, the California Academy of Sciences aims to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth. In addition to biodiversity research and conservation efforts, they offer a large varie ...

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  • Zip up your jacket for this week’s #teampixel adventures

    Wondering where #teampixel went this week? Some braved the cold temperatures in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon or at Yosemite National Park, while another got toasty with (several) warm beverages. If you have a Pixel and want to show us the world through your lens, tag your photos with #teampixel for an opportunity to be featured next. Pixel_1130_1.jpg Left: hk_man - St.

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  • Extending domain opt-out and AdWords API tools

    In 2012, Google made voluntary commitments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that are set to expire on December 27th, 2017. At that time, we agreed to remove certain clauses from our AdWords API Terms and Conditions. We also agreed to provide a mechanism for websites to opt out of the display of their crawled content on certain Google web pages linked to google.

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  • METRO AG, Viessmann and BOTfriends move onto Google Cloud

    Google Cloud Summit took place in Munich today—the biggest cloud event in the Germany-Austria-Switzerland region. There, we announced collaborations with three well-known German companies of different sizes, from different industries and each facing different challenges. With more than 150,000 employees in 25 countries and sales of more than 36 billion euros, METRO Gro ...

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  • Opening the Google AI China Center

    Since becoming a professor 12 years ago and joining Google a year ago, I’ve had the good fortune to work with many talented Chinese engineers, researchers and technologists. China is home to many of the world's top experts in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. All three winning teams of the ImageNet Challenge in the past three years have been largely composed ...

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  • Get ready for AI to help make your business more productive

    Editor’s note: Companies are evaluating how to use artificial intelligence to transform how they work. Nicholas McQuire, analyst at CCS Insight, reflects on how businesses are using machine learning and assistive technologies to help employees be more productive. He also provides tangible takeaways on how enterprises can better prepare for the future of work.

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  • Fostering a love for reading among Indonesian kids

    Siti Arofa teaches a first grade class at SD Negeri Sidorukan in Gresik, East Java. Many of her students start the school year without foundational reading skills or even an awareness of how fun books can be. But she noticed that whenever she read out loud using different expressions and voices, the kids would sit up and their faces would light up with excitement.

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  • The Google Assistant: coming to tablets and more Android phones

    From phones to speakers to watches and more, the Google Assistant is already available across a number of devices and languages—and now, it’s coming to Android tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow and phones running 5.0 Lollipop. The Google Assistant, now on Tablets With the Assistant on tablets, you can you can get help throughout your day—set reminders, ...

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  • The High Five: fighting fire, breaking silence, and other top searches this week

    This week, search trends—with data from the Google News Lab—reflect nationwide concern about the Southern California wildfires, as well as end-of-year cultural milestones like TIME’s “Person of the Year” and “Spotify Wrapped.” Southern California wildfires As wildfires ravaged Southern California this week, people searched to find out “How do brush fires start?” and “Why ar ...

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  • Brains, beauty and beats: Google Home Max is here

    Just in time for the holidays, Google Home Max is now available online from the Best Buy, Google Store, Verizon and Walmart. Max brings together the convenience of controlling your music with your voice, with premium, high quality audio. Google Home Max sounds pretty amazing right out of the box because it’s our first speaker with Smart Sound.

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  • Year in Search: To infinity and beyond

    The solar system had its shining moment this year, according to our annual Year in Search. From questions about the solar eclipse to the end of the Cassini spacecraft’s exploration of Saturn, the galaxy turned to Google Search for answers to out-of-this-world questions. Here’s a look at some of the trending searches about space in 2017: Steal my sunshine In August, a tota ...

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  • Improving Search and discovery on Google

    Search is not just about answering your questions—it’s also about discovery. We search to explore new topics of interest, to find new angles to ideas or things we think we already know, or even to uncover information that we didn’t even think to ask about. Over the years, we've developed many features to help you discover more on your journeys through the web, starting wit ...

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  • Home for the holidays: tips from Google Home and Refinery29

    Do you hear what I hear? It’s the sound of wrapping last minute-gifts and packing suitcases for those who are heading home for the holidays. There’s no place quite like home during this joyous, hectic time of year, and our friends at Refinery29 are recording daily podcasts—available exclusively via the Assistant on Google Home—until Christmas to help you through the holiday festivities at home.

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  • Go up, up and away with your Google Assistant

    With holiday travel coming up, and 2018 just around the corner, you may be already thinking about getaways for next year. Consider the Google Assistant your new travel buddy, ready at the drop of a hat—or a passport. So when you’re ready for your next big adventure, here are some things to ask your Google Assistant on your eligible Android phone, iPhone or your voice activat ...

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  • Security enhancements and more for enterprise Chrome browser customers

    When it comes to Chrome, security is one of our most important considerations—and that’s especially true when it comes to our enterprise users. We’re always looking for ways to further protect enterprises from potential dangers like ransomware, malware, and other vulnerabilities. Chrome browser has been validated by third parties as a frontrunner in enterprise browser securi ...

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  • More great stuff to watch and a holiday sale on popular Daydream apps

    With cold weather outside and the holidays fast approaching, now’s the perfect time to take a moment and kick back with Daydream. We’re launching an update to make it easier to discover great content both in and out of VR, plus loads of new VR experiences to keep you entertained. Find great VR content easily With the latest Daydream app, you can now see what’s new and trend ...

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  • Celebrating and empowering women in mobile gaming with CHANGE THE GAME

    Together, Android and Google Play bring millions of games to more than one billion people in 190 countries, making games accessible to almost everyone. As we continue to create entertainment experiences that cater to each individual person; and with more people gaming on mobile devices than ever before, there’s an opportunity to be even more inclusive—starting with women.

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  • Digital Coaches help Black and Latino businesses grow online

    Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post comes from JinJa Birkenbeuel, the CEO of Birk Creative, a creative marketing and branding agency. For the last six months, I’ve been one of eight minority small business owners around the U.S. piloting Google’s Digital Coach program, which offers free workshops for small businesses on how to use Google’s tools for digital marketing.

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  • New government removals and National Security Letter data

    Since 2010, we’ve shared regular updates in our Transparency Report about the effects of government and corporate policies on users’ data and content. Our goal has always been to make this information as accessible as possible, and to continue expanding this report with new and relevant data. Today, we’re announcing three updates to our Transparency Report.

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  • Introducing Android Oreo (Go edition) with the release of Android 8.1

    Since Android’s creation, our mission has been to bring the power of computing to everyone. As a global operating system, Android has grown to more than 2 billion active devices around the world, with more users in India than the U.S. To make sure billions more people can get access to computing, it’s important that entry-level devices are fully functioning smartphones that ...

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  • Your Search questions, answered selfie-style on Google

    Whether you watch them on TV, listen to them on a podcast, or read about them in a magazine, you spend a lot of time wondering about the people who inspire you. Personally, I’ve always wanted to know if my favorite actor Will Ferrell can really play the drums. Now in the U.S., you can find answers to questions about notable people on mobile Search, and they’re coming directly from the source.

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  • Best practices for mobile AR design

    Over the past few years, many people have experienced virtual reality with headsets like Cardboard, Daydream View, and higher-end PC units like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Now, augmented reality has the potential to reach people right on their mobile devices. AR can bring information to you, and that digital information can enhance the experience you have with their physical space.

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  • From Switch to slime, here are the trending toys this holiday season

    As we enter the holiday gift-giving season, parents are thinking about how to surprise their kids with the coolest new toys. For toy stores, December 23rd is the busiest day of the holiday season, which often means braving the cold in the final hours before closing, scouring the crowded aisles—and hopefully nabbing something before it sells out. But you can avoid that this year.

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  • How Greek businesses are going digital with Grow Greek Tourism Online

    When the recession hit Greece, Ntina Denaxa and her family faced tough times. They had to leave Athens and move to her husband’s hometown of Messaria, a small village in Santorini, using the last of their savings to renovate abandoned houses into a small hotel. Soon after, a neighbor introduced her to an adviser who was in the village showing local businesses how to promote t ...

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  • A look at one billion drawings from around the world

    Since November 2016, people all around the world have drawn one billion doodles in Quick, Draw!, a web game where a neural network tries to recognize your drawings. That includes 2.9 million cats, 2.9 million hot dogs, and 2.9 million drawings of snowflakes. Each drawing is unique. But when you step back and look at one billion of them, the differences fade away.

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  • With Tilt Brush, an artists turns his virtual word into reality

    Editor’s note: Today’s post comes from British portrait painter Jonathan Yeo. From photography to the printing press, to modern computing, art and technology have always influenced one another. And the artist’s toolkit is expanding with new mediums like virtual reality. As a portrait artist who primarily works with oil paint in two dimensions, drawing in three- dimensional s ...

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  • Igniting innovation: Connecting Thailand's startups globally

    The Google for Entrepreneurs logo at one of HUBBA's locations in Bangkok. Editor’s note: This post comes from Amarit Charoenphan, CEO and co-founder of HUBBA, Thailand’s first and largest coworking space and community. Today, they’re officially joining the Google for Entrepreneurs partner network. I started out as an entrepreneur in 2012, when Bangkok was affected by serious flooding.

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  • Searching for China’s next great Go talent

    Sundar Pichai, our CEO, with students at the Nie Weiping Go school last year. Six months ago, the Future of Go Summit was held in Wuzhen, China to test the limits of what human and artificial intelligence could achieve together. China’s best players teamed up with DeepMind’s AlphaGo to play Go in the country where it was invented and first played more than 3,000 years ago.

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  • Lights, camera … control your home with the Google Assistant

    It’s usually pretty easy to flip a light switch. But when you’re out at night and realize your dog is sitting at home in the dark, or want to set mood lighting for movie night from the comfort of the couch, it’d be nice to have some help. The Assistant on your phone or smart speaker, like Google Home, can help you control your home—whether it’s turning on the lights or turnin ...

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  • RCS messaging now available to Telia subscribers in Sweden

    Over the past year, we’ve been working to upgrade SMS text messaging to RCS, the next generation carrier messaging standard, partnering with carriers and device manufacturers around the world. So far we’ve launched RCS messaging with carriers in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, and starting today we’re partnering with Telia Company to bring RCS messaging to their millions o ...

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  • Building tools with GCP to help developers be more efficient

    Editor’s note: Today’s post comes from Tomoaki Kobayakawa and Yoshiyuki Mineo of Rocro Inc., a subsidiary of Sony Network Communications. They take us through how they used Google Cloud Platform to create three SaaS products to help developers both inside and outside of Sony. SaaS services are becoming more critical for developers working large-scale software developments.

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  • Go beyond the gridiron in VR with "NFL Immersed" season two

    Jump, Google’s platform for virtual reality video capture that combines high-quality VR cameras and automated stitching, simplifies VR video production and helps filmmakers of all backgrounds and skill levels create amazing content. For the past two years, we’ve worked with NFL Films, one of the most recognized team of filmmakers in sports and the recipient of 112 Sports Emmy ...

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  • Local businesses bring in new customers with Posts on Google

    Seven out of ten customers visit a business or make a purchase based on info they found online1. With Posts on Google, businesses can share these timely updates right where people find your business on Search and Maps. Creative posts help a new restaurant become a local hit Igor Chang founded HAO Restaurant and Bar to bring Asian dishes to his beachside neighborhood in João Pessoa, Brazil.

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  • Teaming up with SocialWorks to bring computer science to Chicago Public Schools

    Today, 5th grade students at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Academy in Chicago got a surprise. It was cool enough that they were doing a coding activity with Chicago Googlers as a part of Computer Science Education Week—but then another Chicago native joined the fun. When Chance The Rapper arrived, there were shouts of excitement and delight, and Chance even gave coding a try.

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  • Ready for your close-pup: the pets of #teampixel

    Can you say "shake"? This week we’re making the introduction to some of #teampixel’s furry friends who always make the day a little brighter. From fabulous felines to a French Bulldog in PJs, scroll through this week’s “pawsome” picks and get to know the pets of #teampixel—13/10 would portrait mode again.

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  • NCAA® teams up with Google Cloud

    Sports have the power to bring friends and family together, unite communities and inspire future generations. That’s why we’re so excited to be partnering with the NCAA to make Google Cloud its official public cloud provider. As part of its journey to the cloud, the NCAA is migrating 80+ years of historical and play-by-play data, from 90 championships and 24 sports, to Googl ...

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  • The makings of a smart cookie

    Now that the holidays are in full swing, you’ve probably already dipped your hand into the cookie jar. You may have a favorite time-tested holiday cookie recipe, but this year we decided to mix up our seasonal baking with two new ingredients: a local bakery in Pittsburgh and our Google AI technology.

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  • Say hello to our third round of Jump Start creators

    Jump is Google’s platform for professional VR video capture. It combines high-quality VR cameras and automated stitching that simplifies VR video production and helps filmmakers create amazing content. We launched the Jump Start program so that creators of all backgrounds can get access to Jump cameras and bring their ideas for VR video projects to life.

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  • Gain a deeper understanding of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder on Google

    Editor’s note: Now when you search for "Posttraumatic Stress Disorder," “PTSD” or related queries on Google on mobile, you'll see a Knowledge Panel that will give you the option to tap “check if you may have PTSD”, which will bring you to PC-PTSD-5, a clinically validated screening questionnaire to assess your likelihood of having the condition.

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  • The #MyFutureMe winner is often the only girl—but she’s going to change that

    Editor’s note: Earlier this year, Made with Code teamed up with Snap Inc. to host #MyFutureMe, a competition for teens to code their own Snapchat geofilters and write their vision for the future. 22,000 teens submitted designs and shared their visions, and Zoe Lynch—a ninth-grader from South Orange, NJ—was recently named the winner by a panel of judges, including Malala Yousa ...

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  • Talks at Google we fell for this fall

    Editor’s Note: Talks at Google is our regular speaker series that brings interesting speakers and brilliant minds from all industries and backgrounds to Google campuses. Each month, we select a few favorite talks from that month, or about a particular topic. In November, we cracked the code on classical music, went deep on economics and history, and soared high with a talk ...

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  • Holiday greetings from Project Fi

    It’s time to kick off this holiday season, And with new phones and features there’s no better reason, To gift our subscribers with holiday cheer, It’s a game on the slopes; we’ll bring all the gear. Strap on your best boots and hit the fresh snow, Looking out for snowboarders and pi ...

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  • The High Five: what people searched for this week

    Amidst allegations against prominent men in media, people were abuzz about a royal engagement and feeling generous on Giving Tuesday. Here are a few of the top search trends this week: Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor People are searching for media personalities Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor this week, following their firings due to allegations of sexual harassment and as ...

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  • Wrapping up a year of impact with holiday giving

    The holidays are a time for celebrating family and community, and it’s my favorite time at Google because Googlers give back to those who need it most. Through Google.org grants and the generosity of Googlers, we set new giving records in 2017, bringing more resources to nonprofits, and more opportunities for Googlers to volunteer their time and expertise.

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  • #teampixel lights up the holidays

    Season’s greetings! With the holidays around the corner, we’re highlighting #teampixel pics that remind us why this time of year is so magical. Join us in kicking off the celebrations with photos ranging from a frosty day in Austria to enjoying sweet treats in Pike Place, Seattle. We also can't wait to see what Team Pixel captures in the coming year.

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  • Earth to exoplanet: Hunting for planets with machine learning

    For thousands of years, people have looked up at the stars, recorded observations, and noticed patterns. Some of the first objects early astronomers identified were planets, which the Greeks called “planētai,” or “wanderers,” for their seemingly irregular movement through the night sky. Centuries of study helped people understand that the Earth and other planets in our solar ...

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  • Tips for newsrooms to tell the local story when it matters most

    During crises like Hurricane Irma or the Santa Rosa fires, local reporters are often the first on the scene and capture critical coverage. They have in-depth knowledge of the community and its landmarks, providing insights and context to these breaking news events. When Hurricane Irma was approaching Miami, the reporting team at the Miami Herald was ready to cover the storm ...

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  • More reasons to love your Pixel phone

    When you invest in a smartphone, you expect it to last a while (and not go out of date when the next product comes along). We expect that, too, so we constantly add new experiences to Pixel phones to make sure they keep getting better over time. Here are a few highlights from recent weeks: 1. Have fun and get creative with Augmented Reality Stickers Pixel 2 has the world’s ...

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