Monthly Archives: May 2017

Beta Channel Update for Desktop

The beta channel has been updated to 59.0.3071.82 for Windows & Mac, and 59.0.3071.83 for Linux.


A partial list of changes is available in the log. Interested in switching release channels? Find out how. If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug. The community help forum is also a great place to reach out for help or learn about common issues.


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Automating website claims using the Content API for Shopping

Starting today, you can use the Accounts.claimwebsite method to claim the configured website for Merchant Center accounts. This means that you are no longer required to manually claim the website using the Merchant Center, but you can instead automate this part of account creation as well. As before, the website that you are attempting to claim must first be verified, either manually or using the Google Site Verification API.

If the call is successful, then you will receive an empty response with HTTP status code 200. If it is not, then you will receive an error response explaining why the claim attempt failed.

Note: If another Merchant Center has already claimed the website you are attempting to claim, you cannot use the API to overwrite their claim with your own. Instead, please follow the manual process instead.

In addition, there is a new websiteClaimed field in the resource representation returned by Accountstatuses. This field contains true if the associated account has successfully claimed its website.

If you have any questions or feedback about using the Content API to claim websites or any other questions about the Content API for Shopping, please let us know on the forum.

Announcing v201705 of the AdWords API

Today we're announcing the release of AdWords API v201705. Here are the highlights:

If you're using v201607 of the AdWords API, please note that it will be sunseton June 27, 2017. We encourage you to skip v201609 and v201702 and migrate straight to v201705. If you're using v201609, be aware it's now marked deprecated and will be sunset on October 2, 2017.

As with every new version of the AdWords API, please carefully review all changes in the release notes and the v201705 migration guide. The updated client libraries and code examples will be published within the next 48 hours.

If you have any questions or need help with migration, please post on the forum or the Ads Developers Plus Page.

Empowering a new generation of localization professionals

Posted by The Google Localization Team

When her grandmother turned 80, Christina Hayek — Arabic Language Manager at Google — and her sisters wanted to give their beloved sitto a gift that would bring her closer to them. Chadia lives in Lebanon but her children and grandchildren are spread across the world. To bridge this geographical gap, Christina and her siblings gave their grandmother an Android smartphone. Much to Chadia’s surprise, she was able to use her phone in Arabic straight out of the box.

This isn’t magic—it’s the work of a dedicated localization team at Google. Spread over more than 30 countries, our team makes sure that all Google products are fun and easy to use in more than 70 languages. Localization goes beyond translation. While references to baseball and donuts work well in the US, these are not necessarily popular concepts in other cultures. Therefore we change these, for example, to football in Italy and croissant in France. Our mission is to create a diverse user experience that fits every language and every culture. We do this through a network of passionate translators and reviewers who localize Google products to make sure they sound natural to people everywhere.

With more and more people from around the world coming online every day, the localization industry keeps growing—and so does the demand for great translators, reviewers, and localization professionals. So, as part of Google’s mission to build products for everyone and make the web globally accessible, no matter where users are, we’re launching a massive open online course (MOOC) called Localization Essentials. In the words of Peter Lubbers, Google's Head of Developer Training:

"The language industry is one of the fastest growing in the world today, and as a former Internationalization Product Manager (and Dutch translator), I am absolutely thrilled that we've added Localization Essentials to our Google/Udacity training course catalog. The course is now available—free of charge—to students all over the world. This was a huge cross-functional effort; a large team of localization experts across Google came together and rallied to create this course. It was great to see how everybody poured their heart and soul into this effort and it really shows in the course quality."

Localization Essentials was developed in collaboration with Udacity, and is free to access. It covers all localization basics needed to develop global products. This is how Bert Vander Meeren, Director of Localization at Google, described the collaboration:

“Today, localization is becoming more and more important because the internet user base is growing rapidly, especially in non-English speaking countries. At the same time, education opportunities in the field are limited. This is an issue for our team and any business in need of large numbers of localization resources. So we decided to take the lead and address the issue, because who knows localization better than dedicated localization professionals with years of experience? Udacity already helped us develop and host several successful courses for Android developers, so this partnership was more than logical. This course is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to get knowledge and new skills in a still lesser-known field that’s important to develop products for a truly global audience. Whether you are a student, a professional, or an entrepreneur, you will learn a lot and expand your horizons.”

By sharing our knowledge we hope that more culturally relevant products will become available to users everywhere, to provide opportunities to them that they didn’t have before.

We’re looking forward to seeing how sharing this localization knowledge will impact users from all over the world.

Introducing page-level enforcements and a new Policy center

As a publisher you face many challenges. One of the broadest and most encompassing of these is growing your user base while making sure your content remains high-quality and policy compliant. Your feedback has helped us understand this challenge, and we’re always working to improve. A few weeks ago, we announced two new AdSense features: page-level enforcements and a new Policy center. Today, we’re excited let you know that these features are available globally for all AdSense publishers.

Page-level enforcements for more granular policy actions
To allow more precise enforcements, and provide you with feedback about policy issues as we identify them, we’re introducing page-level enforcements. A page-level enforcement affects individual pages where violations of the AdSense Program Policies are found. As a result, ad serving is restricted or disabled on those pages. Ads will continue to serve where no policy violations have been found, either at the page- or site-level.

When a new policy violation on one of your pages is identified, you’ll receive an email notification and ad serving will be restricted on that page. As this is a new feature, you may already have current page-level enforcements that were not surfaced through these email notifications. To make sure you’re not missing anything, head over to the new Policy center to review existing violations.

After you've addressed all policy violations on a page, you may request a review (previously known as an “appeal”). Reviews typically take one week but can sometimes take longer. We'll restore ad serving on the affected page or pages if a page is reviewed at your request and no policy violations are found. Alternatively, you can simply remove the AdSense ad code from that page and the page-level enforcement will disappear from the Policy center in about a week.

More transparency with the new AdSense Policy center

The AdSense Policy center is a one-stop shop for everything you need to know about policy actions that affect your sites and pages. You’ll be able to see:
  • Non-compliant page(s) or site(s)
  • Why a page or site is non-compliant
  • Steps needed to make your page or site compliant 
  • Steps to request a review of the actioned page(s) or site(s)


Follow these steps to see your current page-level enforcements, and request a review of the actioned page(s):
  1. Sign in to your AdSense account.
  2. In the left navigation panel, click Settings, then click Policy center.
  3. In the "Page-level enforcements" section, find the site or sites that have page-level violations and click Show details.
  4. In the "Page" section, click the Down arrow to learn more about the enforcement, the violation(s) on the page, and how to fix them. 
  5. Click Request review and tick the box after you’ve made sure the violations on the page are fixed.
Our beta participants provided a lot of great feedback and suggestions on how to make the AdSense Policy center as useful as possible. We’re constantly looking to improve the clarity with which we communicate our policies and policy enforcements, so let us know what you think through the ”Send feedback” link in the AdSense menu.

Learn more about these updates in the AdSense Help Center or head over to the Policy center to try it out.

Posted by: John Brown, Head of Publisher Policy Communications, 
Richard Zippel, Publisher Quality Product Manager and 
Nick Radicevic, AdSense Product Manager

Source: Inside AdSense


KISS frontman Gene Simmons on new Live Case designs and why he loves his Pixel

If you’re a KISS fan, you’ve probably spent some crazy, crazy nights rocking out in face paint. But what about when you want to bring a little KISS with you to work or Grandma’s house? You might want to leave the face paint at home, so we’ve got you (and your phone) covered. KISS joined forces with us to create 12 limited edition Live Case designs for Pixel and Nexus phones available on the Google Store. And we had the chance to ask Gene Simmons, the Demon himself, about the collaboration:

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Bette Ann: We heard you’re on #teampixel. What do you love most about your Pixel?

Gene Simmons: I love the sleek, edgy look of the Pixel. It’s technologically advanced, but still intuitive and easy to use. And I love the camera! The photos I’ve taken of my family on my Pixel are so clear, I’ll never forget those moments. This picture of my daughter and me is one of my favorites—we’re hanging out as I get ready for a show.

What made you want to create these Live Cases?

 I was pumped that Google and KISS could work together … what a power couple. I love that Live Cases are another way for fans to express themselves. Our fans have evolved a lot over the last 44 years, and merch has always been really important to them. I think of Live Cases as the new concert T-shirt.

Do you have a favorite Live Case?

The one with the close-up of my face and make-up—of course!

How do you use Google products while you’re on tour?

I’m always starving after I wrap up a show, so I use my Google Assistant to find late night food. And I tell my Google Home to play music all day long—it never gets sick of me!

How has technology changed your work as a musician/performer (in studio and on the road)?

Technology has changed everything for us, especially in the recording studio and with record sales. We used to record reel-to-reel, a-trak, and CDs. Now we record digitally and everything is streamed and bought on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play. It's a whole new world and Google helps us navigate it.

Check out Gene and his fellow band members with their Live Cases, along with photos of a few other designs you can choose from: 

KISS frontman Gene Simmons on new Live Case designs and why he loves his Pixel

If you’re a KISS fan, you’ve probably spent some crazy, crazy nights rocking out in face paint. But what about when you want to bring a little KISS with you to work or Grandma’s house? You might want to leave the face paint at home, so we’ve got you (and your phone) covered. KISS joined forces with us to create 12 limited edition Live Case designs for Pixel and Nexus phones available on the Google Store. And we had the chance to ask Gene Simmons, the Demon himself, about the collaboration:

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Bette Ann: We heard you’re on #teampixel. What do you love most about your Pixel?

Gene Simmons: I love the sleek, edgy look of the Pixel. It’s technologically advanced, but still intuitive and easy to use. And I love the camera! The photos I’ve taken of my family on my Pixel are so clear, I’ll never forget those moments. This picture of my daughter and me is one of my favorites—we’re hanging out as I get ready for a show.

What made you want to create these Live Cases?

 I was pumped that Google and KISS could work together … what a power couple. I love that Live Cases are another way for fans to express themselves. Our fans have evolved a lot over the last 44 years, and merch has always been really important to them. I think of Live Cases as the new concert T-shirt.

Do you have a favorite Live Case?

The one with the close-up of my face and make-up—of course!

How do you use Google products while you’re on tour?

I’m always starving after I wrap up a show, so I use my Google Assistant to find late night food. And I tell my Google Home to play music all day long—it never gets sick of me!

How has technology changed your work as a musician/performer (in studio and on the road)?

Technology has changed everything for us, especially in the recording studio and with record sales. We used to record reel-to-reel, a-trak, and CDs. Now we record digitally and everything is streamed and bought on iTunes, Spotify or Google Play. It's a whole new world and Google helps us navigate it.

Check out Gene and his fellow band members with their Live Cases, along with photos of a few other designs you can choose from: 

New built-in Gmail protections to combat malware in attachments


(Cross-posted from the Google Security Blog)

Posted by Sri Somanchi, Product Manager, Gmail anti-spam

Today we announced new security features for Gmail customers, including early phishing detection using machine learning, click-time warnings for malicious links, and unintended external reply warnings. In addition, we have also updated our defenses against malicious attachments.

Let’s take a deeper look at the new defenses against malicious attachments. We now correlate spam signals with attachment and sender heuristics, to predict messages containing new and unseen malware variants. These protections enable Gmail to better protect our users from zero-day threats, ransomware and polymorphic malware.

In addition, we block use of file types that carry a high potential for security risks including executable and javascript files.

Machine learning has helped Gmail achieve more than 99% accuracy in spam detection, and with these new protections, we’re able to reduce your exposure to threats by confidently rejecting hundreds of millions of additional messages every day.

Constantly improving our automatic protections

These new changes are just the latest in our ongoing work to improve our protections as we work to keep ahead of evolving threats. For many years, scammers have tried to use dodgy email attachments to sneak past our spam filters, and we’ve long blocked this potential abuse in a variety of ways, including:
  • Rejecting the message and notifying the sender if we detect a virus in an email.
  • Preventing you from sending a message with an infected attachment. 
  • Preventing you from downloading attachments if we detect a virus.
While the bad guys never rest, neither do we.

These protections were made possible due to extensive contribution from Vijay Eranti (Gmail anti-spam), Timothy Schumacher (Gmail anti-spam), Harish Gudelly (Google anti-virus), and Lucio Tudisco (G Suite anti-abuse)

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to both Rapid release and Scheduled release

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Rollout pace:
Full rollout (1-3 days for feature visibility)

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Change management suggested/FYI
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New Built-In Gmail Protections to Combat Malware in Attachments


Today we announced new security features for Gmail customers, including early phishing detection using machine learning, click-time warnings for malicious links, and unintended external reply warnings. In addition, we have also updated our defenses against malicious attachments.

Let’s take a deeper look at the new defenses against malicious attachments. We now correlate spam signals with attachment and sender heuristics, to predict messages containing new and unseen malware variants. These protections enable Gmail to better protect our users from zero-day threats, ransomware and polymorphic malware.

In addition, we block use of file types that carry a high potential for security risks including executable and javascript files.

Machine learning has helped Gmail achieve more than 99% accuracy in spam detection, and with these new protections, we’re able to reduce your exposure to threats by confidently rejecting hundreds of millions of additional messages every day.
Constantly improving our automatic protections

These new changes are just the latest in our ongoing work to improve our protections as we work to keep ahead of evolving threats. For many years, scammers have tried to use dodgy email attachments to sneak past our spam filters, and we’ve long blocked this potential abuse in a variety of ways, including:

  • Rejecting the message and notifying the sender if we detect a virus in an email.
  • Preventing you from sending a message with an infected attachment.
  • Preventing you from downloading attachments if we detect a virus.
While the bad guys never rest, neither do we.

These protections were made possible due to extensive contribution from Vijay Eranti & Timothy Schumacher (Gmail anti-spam) & Harish Gudelly (Google anti-virus) & Lucio Tudisco (G Suite anti-abuse)


Keeping your company data safe with new security updates to Gmail

Keeping company data secure is priority one, and that starts with protecting the tools that your employees use every day. We’re constantly adding security features to help businesses stay ahead of potential threats, and are excited to announce new security features for Gmail customers, including early phishing detection using machine learning, click-time warnings for malicious links, unintended external reply warnings and built-in defenses against new threats.

New machine learning models in Gmail to block phishing

Machine learning helps Gmail block sneaky spam and phishing messages from showing up in your inbox with over 99.9 percent accuracy. This is huge, given that 50-70 percent of messages that Gmail receives are spam. We’re continuing to improve spam detection accuracy with early phishing detection, a dedicated machine learning model that selectively delays messages (less than 0.05 percent of messages on average) to perform rigorous phishing analysis and further protect user data from compromise.

Our detection models integrate with Google Safe Browsing machine learning technologies for finding and flagging phishy and suspicious URLs. These new models combine a variety of techniques such as reputation and similarity analysis on URLs, allowing us to generate new URL click-time warnings for phishing and malware links. As we find new patterns, our models adapt more quickly than manual systems ever could, and get better with time.
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New warnings for employees to prevent data loss 

When employees are empowered to make the right decisions to protect data, it can improve an enterprise’s security posture. To help with this, Gmail now displays unintended external reply warnings to users to help prevent data loss. Now, if you try to respond to someone outside of your company domain, you’ll receive a quick warning to make sure you intended to send that email. And because Gmail has contextual intelligence, it knows if the recipient is an existing contact or someone you interact with regularly, to avoid displaying warnings unnecessarily.

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Protecting your business with the latest security advancements

Security threats are constantly evolving and we’re always looking for ways to help people protect their data. With new built-in defenses against ransomware and polymorphic malware, Gmail now blocks millions of additional emails that can harm users. We classify new threats by combining thousands of spam, malware and ransomware signals with attachment heuristics (emails that could be threats based on signals) and sender signatures (already marked malware).

Outside of today’s updates, here are a few other security advancements we’ve made within Gmail to make sure you stay protected:

Whirlpool, PWC and Woolworths are just a few companies that rely on Gmail to securely collaborate. Learn more.

Source: Google Cloud