Monthly Archives: January 2014
YouTube’s your one stop shop for U.S. politics this week
Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address will stream live on the White House’s YouTube channel, followed by the Republican response by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Speaker Boehner’s channel. Senator Mike Lee will deliver the Tea Party response and Senator Rand Paul will offer remarks as well. Several of our news partners will also share their coverage of the event on YouTube, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Young Turks, and NowThis News.
This Friday at 2 p.m. ET, President Obama will participate in the first-ever Presidential Hangout Road Trip. He’ll “travel” the country and hop into Google+ Hangouts with people from across the nation to answer their questions and hear their thoughts about the topics he addressed in tonight’s speech.
If you’d like to join the Hangout, record a 60-second video with your name, location, a bit about yourself and the question you’d like to ask the president. Then post it on YouTube with the hashtag #AskObama2014.
Tune in all week and keep up with the latest news by subscribing to youtube.com/news.
Posted by Brandon Feldman, News Content Partnerships, recently watched "Kid President's Letter to a Person on Their First Day Here."
Source: Politics & Elections Blog
Chrome + LEGO: You can build whatever you like
Think back: you’ve just dumped a bin of LEGOR bricks onto the floor with a satisfying crash, and you have the whole day ahead of you to build whatever you want. There’s something pretty amazing about being able to piece together your ideas with just a collection of colorful bricks.
Well, we think the creative freedom of LEGO bricks shouldn’t be limited to plastic bins—which is the idea behind Build with Chrome, a collaboration between Chrome and the LEGO Group that brought these colorful bricks to the web using WebGL, a 3D graphics technology. It was originally built by a team in Australia as an experiment, and now we’re opening it up to everybody. So now you can publish your wacky creations to any plot of land in the world.
We’ve added a few new features to make it easier to build and explore this digital world of LEGO creations. To start, you can now sign in with a Google+ account to help find stuff that people in your circles have created. A new categorization system for completed Builds will help you sort and filter for specific types of structures.
To hone your engineering skills and prepare for the upcoming “THE LEGOR MOVIETM,” you can explore the Build Academy, a series of short tutorials and challenges featuring characters and structures from the film.
If it feels more natural to use your hands—rather than a mouse—you can build your creations using a touchscreen on your phone or tablet with Chrome for Android support for WebGL on devices with high-end graphics capabilities.
As big fans of LEGO, we’re excited to see what you come up with to fill this new world. Share your creations on Google+ and we’ll reshare the most inventive ones.
Source: Google Chrome
Reminder: Change to contentBid setting in “Display Network Only” campaigns
To make sure your applications and scripts work properly, you should make the following changes to your application code before February 18th, 2014:
- modify your code to set the default ad group bid instead of contentBid for “Display Only Campaigns”
- clear out the contentBid field for “Display Only Campaigns” so that AdWords will start using the default ad group bid when serving your ads
- if you store campaigns in a local data store, re-sync your data store with AdWords to pick up the updated default bid values
Source: Google Ads Developer Blog
2014 Digital Analytics Association Awards For Excellence
Source: Google Analytics Blog
Ensuring reliable performance with new filter limits for AWQL and reports
You may be affected by this change if you construct large queries that have thousands of matching values using these operators in one of these use cases:
- AdWords API
- Retrieving items using the query method
- Requesting AdWords API reports using either AdWords Query Language (AWQL) or report definitions
- AdWords scripts
NOT_INoperators. For AdWords API v201309, the error reason would be set to
SELECTOR_ERROR. In newer versions, the error reason would be set to
To make sure your applications and scripts work properly, check any code that constructs queries for reports and AWQL and add necessary limit checks before March 31, 2014.
If you have any questions about this change, you can post them on AdWords API or Scripts developer forums.
Source: Google Ads Developer Blog
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Source: DoubleClick Advertiser Blog
Life in the fast lane: Street View on the Top Gear test track
One of our brave Street View drivers has been to a remote airfield in Surrey, England — filming location of the BBC’s automotive TV show, Top Gear. He went to take on the fearless petrolhead that reigns supreme on the iconic show — The Stig. While the Stig raced around in a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black, we took a tour with our own vehicle. Take a look at the results in this behind the scenes video.
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Crossing the chequered line. The track plays host to regular Top Gear features like the Power Lap and Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
The Top Gear test track is the latest in a line of special Street View collects designed to delight motorsport fans. Previously, we’ve put online the Laguna Seca raceway in California and the Monza Formula 1 circuit, host to the Italian Grand Prix, among others. Get behind the “wheel” and enjoy!
Source: Google Europe Blog
[Scheduled release] Add names to Hangouts video calls in Google Calendar
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Source: Google Apps update alerts
Learn About Analytics From Googlers At These Upcoming Events
|Googler Daniel Waisberg presenting on The Full Customer Journey in Dublin.|
1/26: Search Marketing Expo Israel
Daniel Waisberg will be presenting on Segmenting your data to make better decisions. Learn more.
3/25: SMX Munich
Justin Cutroni will be speaking on people, process & platform: how to conceptualize your digital analytics practice. Learn more.
4/7: SearchLove in Boston
Justin Cutroni will be presenting a session on best practices for cohorts and user measurement. Learn more.