Monthly Archives: April 2018

See people’s profile information in new cards in G Suite apps

Whether your users are scheduling a meeting or catching up on Google+ posts, it’s important that they can easily see who they’re interacting with. That’s why we’ve added new person information cards that appear inside your G Suite apps on the web, like Google+ and Calendar, when relevant.

These cards surface profile information when a user hovers over another user’s name or profile picture with their cursor. The information can include data points such as:


  • Job title
  • Desk location
  • Department
  • Contact information (email, phone number, etc.)
  • Call-to-action links to internal directories, social media profiles, and more


To get the full value of these cards, you, as a G Suite admin, can populate this data for users in your organization in a few locations:

You can also delegate editing rights for some profile fields to end users in the Admin console at Apps > G Suite > Directory. Users can then edit their profile at aboutme.google.com. Additionally, in the future we’ll be providing support for you to delegate editing of other fields, such as Manager and Job Title.

Other Benefits to Populating Profile Data

We recommend populating user profiles to unlock additional benefits for your users. For example, in the near future, Calendar will start using work location to intelligently suggest meeting rooms for guests.



You can see these cards now in Google Calendar and Google+ on the web. They’ll start to appear in other G Suite products over the course of the coming months.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launched in Google Calendar and Google+ to both Rapid Release and Scheduled Release

Editions:
Available to all G Suite editions

Impact:
All end users

Action:
Admin action suggested/FYI

More Information
Help Center: Update a user profile
Help Center: Set up your sync with Configuration Manager
G Suite Admin SDK: Directory API


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Making it easier to search for jobs in India

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Whether you’re a student looking for a part-time job, a mobile service engineer looking to move to the next level of opportunities, or a teacher who wants to find work closer to home, finding the right job opportunity can be challenging. With job postings spread across websites, newspapers and notice boards, it’s not always easy to find openings that fit perfectly with your unique needs and skills. As a result, many people seeking employment feel like they can’t find what they’re looking for, or end up applying to roles that aren’t exactly meant for them.  At the same time, India’s online job market is showing healthy growth -- by 2020, 63 percent of people are slated to access online job postings*. This is also reflected in Google Search trends: in Q4 of 2017, we saw a jump of more than 45 percent in jobs search queries compared to the previous year.  More than 50 percent of job-related queries are originating from mobile which is unsurprising for India where the majority of Internet users are getting online from their smartphones. And these mobile-based queries are up nearly 90 percent year on year.

That’s why today, we’re bringing job search to Indian job seekers. We first announced this new search experience at I/O in 2017, as a key component of Google for Jobs, a company-wide initiative focused on connecting job-seekers and employers, through deep collaboration with the job matching industry. Now we’re bringing job search to India.  With this new experience, we aim to connect Indians to numerous opportunities across the country. No matter who you are or what kind of job you’re looking for, it will now be easier to find job postings that match your needs and skills.
Now, when you search for “jobs near me,” “jobs for freshers,” or similar job-seeking queries, you’ll see in-depth results that allow you to explore relevant job opportunities from across the web. We’re working with a number of organizations from across the industry to bring you the most comprehensive listing of jobs — including Aasaanjobs, Freshersworld, Headhonchos, IBM Talent Management Solutions, LinkedIn, Quezx, QuikrJobs, Shine.com, T-Jobs, TimesJobs, and Wisdomjobs. This means you’ll see job postings relevant to you from multiple sites, including others from company websites as soon as they’re up (thanks to open documentation, described later.) Job search on Google currently has over a million listings across job types and industries from over ninety thousand employers in the country.
Within this search experience on Google, you can access detailed information about each job, so you can hone in on opportunities relating to your specific skills. You’ll also be able to visualise comprehensive information about the posting, including job title, location, whether it’s full-time, part-time or an internship, and more. We’ll continue to add relevant filters, and surface more pertinent job-related information in the future. This new jobs search experience will be available in English on the Search app on Android and iOS, in Google search on the desktop and mobile.


During the job search process, keeping up with new jobs that are posted real-time can be tedious. With the ability to save job listings directly in this experience, you can conveniently get back to them whenever you need. You can also enable alerts for your job searches which will trigger emails updates of related listings, helping you stay in the loop on similar opportunities that might be of interest to you.


And to ensure even more jobs are listed over time, we’ve published open documentation for all third-party job search platforms and direct employers, big or small, for making their job openings discoverable in this new search experience. With 51 million Indian SMBs creating over 110 million jobs annually, they now have the ability to surface their jobs contextually and to a large pool of relevant job seekers.


People from all walks of life, experiences and backgrounds have actively seeked employment at some point in their lives. Whether you’re a fresh graduate looking for your first job or a parent looking for a part-time opportunity, we hope this new experience on Google will help make the job search simpler and more effective.


Posted by Achint Srivastava, Software Engineering Lead, Search Engineering Team

*KPMG-Google study, 2016

More information, faster removals, more people – an update on what we’re doing to enforce YouTube’s Community Guidelines

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In December we shared how we’re expanding our work to remove content that violates our policies. Today, we’re providing an update and giving you additional insight into our work, including the release of the first YouTube Community Guidelines Enforcement Report.


Providing more information
We are taking an important first step by releasing a quarterly report on how we’re enforcing our Community Guidelines. This regular update will help show the progress we’re making in removing violative content from our platform. By the end of the year, we plan to refine our reporting systems and add additional data, including data on comments, speed of removal, and policy removal reasons.


We’re also introducing a Reporting History dashboard that each YouTube user can individually access to see the status of videos they’ve flagged to us for review against our Community Guidelines.


Machines helping to address violative content
Machines are allowing us to flag content for review at scale, helping us remove millions of violative videos before they are ever viewed. And our investment in machine learning to help speed up removals is paying off across high-risk, low-volume areas (like violent extremism) and in high-volume areas (like spam).
Highlights from the report -- reflecting data from October - December 2017 -- show:
- We removed over 8 million videos from YouTube during these months.1 The majority of these 8 million videos were mostly spam or people attempting to upload adult content - and represent a fraction of a percent of YouTube’s total views during this time period.2
- 6.7 million were first flagged for review by machines rather than humans
- Of those 6.7 million videos, 76 percent were removed before they received a single view.
For example, at the beginning of 2017, 8 percent of the videos flagged and removed for violent extremism were taken down with fewer than 10 views.3 We introduced machine learning flagging in June 2017. Now more than half of the videos we remove for violent extremism have fewer than 10 views.


The Value of People + Machines
Deploying machine learning actually means more people reviewing content, not fewer. Our systems rely on human review to assess whether content violates our policies. You can learn more about our flagging and human review process in this video:
Last year we committed to bringing the total number of people working to address violative content to 10,000 across Google by the end of 2018. At YouTube, we've staffed the majority of additional roles needed to reach our contribution to meeting that goal. We’ve also hired full-time specialists with expertise in violent extremism, counterterrorism, and human rights, and we’ve expanded regional expert teams.


We continue to invest in the network of over 150 academics, government partners, and NGOs who bring valuable expertise to our enforcement systems, like the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London, Anti-Defamation League, and Family Online Safety Institute. This includes adding more child safety focused partners from around the globe, like Childline South Africa, ECPAT Indonesia, and South Korea’s Parents’ Union on Net.


We are committed to making sure that YouTube remains a vibrant community with strong systems to remove violative content and we look forward to providing you with more information on how those systems are performing and improving over time.  


-The YouTube Team


1This number does not include videos that were removed when an entire channel was removed. Most channel-level removals are due to spam violations and we believe that the percentage of violative content for spam is even higher.
2Not only do these 8 million videos represent a fraction of a percent of YouTube's overall views, but that fraction of a percent has been steadily decreasing over the last five quarters.
3This excludes videos that were automatically matched as known violent extremist content at point of upload -which would all have zero views.

More information, faster removals, more people – an update on what we’re doing to enforce YouTube’s Community Guidelines

In December we shared how we’re expanding our work to remove content that violates our policies. Today, we’re providing an update and giving you additional insight into our work, including the release of the first YouTube Community Guidelines Enforcement Report.

Providing More Information
We are taking an important first step by releasing a quarterly report on how we’re enforcing our Community Guidelines. This regular update will help show the progress we’re making in removing violative content from our platform. By the end of the year, we plan to refine our reporting systems and add additional data, including data on comments, speed of removal, and policy removal reasons.

We’re also introducing a Reporting History dashboard that each YouTube user can individually access to see the status of videos they’ve flagged to us for review against our Community Guidelines.

Machines Helping to Address Violative Content
Machines are allowing us to flag content for review at scale, helping us remove millions of violative videos before they are ever viewed. And our investment in machine learning to help speed up removals is paying off across high-risk, low-volume areas (like violent extremism) and in high-volume areas (like spam).

Highlights from the report -- reflecting data from October - December 2017 -- show:
  • We removed over 8 million videos from YouTube during these months.1 The majority of these 8 million videos were mostly spam or people attempting to upload adult content - and represent a fraction of a percent of YouTube’s total views during this time period.2
  • 6.7 million were first flagged for review by machines rather than humans
  • Of those 6.7 million videos, 76 percent were removed before they received a single view.
For example, at the beginning of 2017, 8 percent of the videos flagged and removed for violent extremism were taken down with fewer than 10 views.3 We introduced machine learning flagging in June 2017. Now more than half of the videos we remove for violent extremism have fewer than 10 views.



The Value of People + Machines
Deploying machine learning actually means more people reviewing content, not fewer. Our systems rely on human review to assess whether content violates our policies. You can learn more about our flagging and human review process in this video:


Last year we committed to bringing the total number of people working to address violative content to 10,000 across Google by the end of 2018. At YouTube, we've staffed the majority of additional roles needed to reach our contribution to meeting that goal. We’ve also hired full-time specialists with expertise in violent extremism, counterterrorism, and human rights, and we’ve expanded regional expert teams.

We continue to invest in the network of over 150 academics, government partners, and NGOs who bring valuable expertise to our enforcement systems, like the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London, Anti-Defamation League, and Family Online Safety Institute. This includes adding more child safety focused partners from around the globe, like Childline South Africa, ECPAT Indonesia, and South Korea’s Parents’ Union on Net.

We are committed to making sure that YouTube remains a vibrant community with strong systems to remove violative content and we look forward to providing you with more information on how those systems are performing and improving over time.

-- The YouTube Team

1 This number does not include videos that were removed when an entire channel was removed. Most channel-level removals are due to spam violations and we believe that the percentage of violative content for spam is even higher.
2Not only do these 8 million videos represent a fraction of a percent of YouTube's overall views, but that fraction of a percent has been steadily decreasing over the last five quarters.
3This excludes videos that were automatically matched as known violent extremist content at point of upload - which would all have zero views.

Source: YouTube Blog


Let’s talk about Policy! Partnership with Industry Associations, and Better Ads Standards

Thanks to your feedback around wanting more discussion of AdSense policies, we have created some new content on our AdSense YouTube channel in a series called “Let’s talk about Policy!”.

This month, we're talking about the Coalition for Better Ads, Better Ads Standards.

These standards were created by the Coalition for Better Ads to improve ad experiences for users across the web. Google is a member of the Coalition alongside other stakeholders within the industry. The Better Ads Standards were created with extensive consumer research to minimize annoying ad experiences across devices. The Standards are currently in place for users within North America and Europe, but we are advising all our publishers to abide by the standards to provide a quality user experience for your visitors and minimize the need to make changes in the future.

Check out our video discussing the Standards to learn more:



Be sure to subscribe to the channel to ensure you don’t miss an episode.

Source: Inside AdSense


Shellebrating Christmas Island’s extraordinary nature with Street View and Google Earth


In December, we took the Street View trekker  to Christmas Island, a remote tropical territory of Australia just south of Indonesia. With Parks Australia, we joined the island’s red crabs as they marched in the millions from the forest to the sea for their annual migration. 

Now it’s time to shellebrate. Starting today on Google Maps Street View and Google Earth, you can explore Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands’ unique wildlife, dazzling ocean vistas and lush rainforests, including the grand finale of the red crab migration—the spawning. The red crabs wait all year for this very moment—and the precise alignment of the rains, moon and tides—to release their eggs at the coastal waters. 

Christmas Island’s remote location makes it home to a wild and diverse ecosystem—including 600 species of tropical fish, 14 species of terrestrial crabs, more than 100 bird species and four native reptile species. Exploring its wetlands and blowholes and coastline, you can see for yourself why the island is often called “Australia’s Galapagos.”

A view of Dolly Beach, home to a stunning coral reef and turtles.
A scenic walking trail in the Dales wetlands—a dense rainforest crawling with the island’s endemic blue crabs (Tip: Walk uphill on Street View and you’ll find a waterfall).
The Blowholes, where the waves blast water through eroded cliffs.
A view of Direction Island Beach, part of Cocos (Keeling) Islands which is home to diverse marine life, including coral, reef sharks and parrotfish.



Christmas Island’s nature and wildlife is so treasured and protected that the crabs have right of way. Roads are often closed during the migration, and Parks Australia have erected fences to direct the crabs to safe crossing points with under-road passes, or fly-over bridges. Now you can join the island’s 45 million red crabs as they crawl along the forest floor, climb the cliffs and finally, spawn at the water’s edge.

The red crabs starting their journey in the forest, on the way to Merrial Beach.
The crabs crawling on the Ethel Beach ramp.
Crabs climbing down the cliffs to Merrial Beach
The crabs arriving to spawn at Ethel Beach
The crabs above Ethel Beach after the spawning


Scuttle over to Street View and Google Earth to experience the wonderland of wildlife on Christmas Island, and the white sand beaches of Cocos (Keeling) Islands. And as you step into this moment in time, we welcome you to join the crabs as they lead this magnificent dance of nature.

Shellebrating Christmas Island’s extraordinary nature with Street View and Google Earth

In December, we took the Street View trekker to Christmas Island, a remote tropical territory of Australia just south of Indonesia. With Parks Australia, we joined the island’s red crabs as they marched in the millions from the forest to the sea for their annual migration.


Now it’s time to shellebrate. Starting today on Google Maps Street View and Google Earth, you can explore Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands’ unique wildlife, dazzling ocean vistas and lush rainforests, including the grand finale of the red crab migration—the spawning. The red crabs wait all year for this very moment—and the precise alignment of the rains, moon and tides—to release their eggs at the coastal waters.

Christmas Island’s remote location makes it home to a wild and diverse ecosystem—including 600 species of tropical fish, 14 species of terrestrial crabs, more than 100 bird species and four native reptile species. Exploring its wetlands and blowholes and coastline, you can see for yourself why the island is often called “Australia’s Galapagos.”

Christmas Island’s nature and wildlife is so treasured and protected that the crabs have right of way. Roads are often closed during the migration, and Parks Australia have erected fences to direct the crabs to safe crossing points with under-road passes, or fly-over bridges. Now you can join the island’s 45 million red crabs as they crawl along the forest floor, climb the cliffs and finally, spawn at the water’s edge.

Scuttle over to Street View and Google Earth to experience the wonderland of wildlife on Christmas Island and the white sand beaches of Cocos (Keeling) Islands. And as you step into this moment in time, we welcome you to join the crabs as they lead this magnificent dance of nature.

G Suite Basic and Business customers can now create Hangouts Meet meetings with dial-in phone numbers

Hangouts Meet makes it easier to connect with your team from anywhere with easy-to-join video calls. This includes when you’re away from your computer, like if you're commuting or don't have a data connection, and you need to call into your Meetings while on the go.





Now, all meetings created in Google Calendar by users with G Suite Basic and G Suite Business licenses will have a US dial-in phone number that anyone can use to join the meeting, even non-G Suite users.

Meetings created by G Suite Enterprise users will also have international dial-in phone numbers available. Phone number dial-in was previously only available for meetings set up by G Suite Enterprise users. Please note, administrators can turn off the dial-in feature in the Admin console.

For more information on ways to connect using Hangouts Meet, check out the Help Center.

Launch Details
Release track:
Launching to Rapid Release, with Scheduled Release coming in 2 weeks

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

More Information
Help Center: Dial in from a phone
Help Center: Turn Meet on or off
G Suite Updates blog: Dial into a Hangouts Meet video call with an international phone number

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It’s World Book Day: Find a new read with Google Play Books


Think about a book that has inspired you, changed your perspective, or made a positive impact on your life. For me, it was “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou—it spoke to me because she overcame trauma and hardship to become such an influential author and poet.

Today is World Book Day, and Google Play Books can help youfind the next book that’ll make an impact on your life in some way. Here are a few of the World Book Day deals you’ll find on the Play Store:

When you can’t put a new book down, you have to find the time in your day to fit it in. To help you do this, we recently rolled out new features for audiobooks that make it easier to read in short bursts. You can add reading to your routines in your Google Assistant settings—so if you want to get some reading time in before work, add it to your morning routine. When you say, “Ok Google, take me to work,” you’ll get the traffic and weather reports, and then your audiobook will automatically start playing.

15 years ago, I discovered the book that really inspired me. Maybe this World Book Day, Google Play will help you find yours.

Join the beta for the new AdWords API

Today we’re announcing the beta release of Google Ads API v0. The Google Ads API is the next generation of our current AdWords API, and it can be accessed via gRPC and JSON REST from a variety of client environments. As this API gradually rolls out, it will reach full parity with the current API.

What’s in the beta?
For the beta, you have the ability to manage search campaigns from creation all the way to reporting. By getting in early, you’ll get to:
  • Integrate newer technologies like gRPC or JSON REST into your product sooner.
  • Provide feedback when requested on the beta in order to influence the new Google Ads API.
  • Try out features such as the new Google Ads Query Language that gives more querying flexibility.
  • Start using the API to query metrics with the accompanying resources and then mutate those resources. For example, you can query all the keywords that have zero impressions and then immediately mutate those keywords to change their bids.
The functionality for Google Ads API v0 includes:
  • Creating, updating, and removing search campaigns.
  • Managing campaign budgets.
  • Managing ad groups in search campaigns.
  • Managing 5 different kinds of ads in search campaigns.
  • Setting shared and portfolio bidding strategies.
  • Setting up targeting using keywords in search campaigns.
  • Retrieving detailed advertiser information.
  • Reporting on various metrics for search campaigns.
Please see the release notes for more details.

How do I join the beta?
Anyone with an existing developer token can apply to join this beta by submitting an application. People who join the beta are expected to submit feedback in order to help us make improvements.

Once you are approved, start with the Get Started guide, and get familiar with our other guides. We’ve also created client libraries for Java, C#, and Ruby with examples to help get you started.

Where do I learn more?
To get started with the API, our team has put together resources: If you have any questions or need help, please contact us via the forum.