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Google Shows You Which Results Are Fresh

Google has changed the way a line in its search results acts. If you ever wanted to know when Google found a page, you now can. The search results, instead of listing the last time Google indexed the page, now list the first time it did. Since Google is so fast at crawling the internet, the “last crawled date doesn’t really matter, so you get the far more useful information about when Google figured out it existed.

August 23rd, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Search, General | no comments

Google Earth Goes Into Space


Google Earth added a really cool feature, turning the satellite camera around and looking to the stars. You’ll need to install the latest version of Google Earth, which has a button on the toolbar to activate the new feature. The button will switch you to the view of the sky above your current location, so you can see the sky above your home (though probably without the environmental and light pollution that normally gets in the way.

When looking at the sky, you can activate various layers and zoom in on them as you would if you, too, had a mega-billion dollar space telescope. Layers include constellations (which maps them out for you), “backyard astronomy”, the Hubble showcase (which overlays better images from Hubble in some areas with bubbles for more info), the moon and the planets (which has a time slider so you can actually see them orbiting over a three month period), a user’s guide to the galaxy (what, no Hitchhiker’s Guide?), and the life of a star.

This video shows it in action:

There’s so much more to Sky than what meets the eye. After you download the new Google Earth, check out our Google Earth Gallery for fascinating examples of natural phenomena, Asteroids, or just take a tour of the sky. Since people across the world all share the same sky, we’re happy to announce we’ll be making Sky available in 13 languages.

UPDATE: Here’s another video Google made, featuring Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, talking about the new feature:

August 23rd, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Google Earth, Products, General | no comments

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Blogger Gets Inline AdSense Ads

Google’s Blogger has added to its interface the ability to place ads between blog posts, known as inline ads. Using Blogger’s Dashboard, users can click a check box to “Show Ads Between Posts”, which gives them the option of spreading the ads after every one or more post (for example, selecting to show every 2 posts would show an ad after the 2nd, 4th and 6th post), up to three ads per page, and customize the size and color of those ads.

While this was always possible with complex code and sometimes some bad or genius hacks, Google is bringing this to the blog dashboard so even beginner’s can do it with ease. Features like this are extremely important if Google wants to win back many of the users it lost to Windows Live Spaces, but it’ll also need more of the MySpace/Facebook-like social networking features many younger users demand.

August 23rd, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Blogger, AdSense, Services, Advertising, General | 3 comments

Google Book Search Now In Google Earth

Google Earth has a new layer for Google Book Search. Turn on the layer and there will be placemarks all over the globe related to Book Search results for that area. Click on the placemark and you’ll see a snippet from the book and links to find out more. In Google’s example, a placemark will be found in Detroit for “The Writings of Thomas Jefferson”, linking to a part of the book where he discusses Detroit.

Things I learned today: You can type a blog post with your eyes closed while you are napping. Just make sure to spell check afterwards.

August 23rd, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Google Book, Google Earth, Products, Search, General | no comments

Google Search Privacy Explained

Google put together this YouTube video explaining many of its privacy policies. The video’s got some nice whiteboard-y goodness:

You can see how their new privacy policies erase only a portion of your IP, but all of your cookie ID. While the video claims the log contains no personal information, it does not address the fact that your search query may contain personal or embarassing information.

(via the official Google blog)

August 23rd, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Privacy, History, Search, General | no comments

Zoho Using Google Gears

Finally, another smart online application has enabled support for Google Gears, Google’s platform for offline access for online apps. This time it’s Zoho, a web-based office suite, and direct competitor to Google’s Docs platform (ironic, because Docs could really use Gears support, but it doesn’t have it yet). So far, it’s very simplistic, with a “Go offline” button triggering the download of 15 documents to your PC for read-only access, but at least it’s a start.

Here’s a video of it in action:

August 23rd, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Gears, Products, General | no comments