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No mountain? No problem: This Googler DIYed a rock wall

As a communications manager, Milan-based Googler Andrea Cristallini knows the importance of connecting with others through shared experiences. So when his partner Silvia suggested they start a sport together, he was excited to bond over something new. In December 2019, they went rock climbing together at a local gym for the first time and then climbed a real mountain soon after. “I fell in love with it,” Andrea says. “The movements are similar to a dance. I enjoy the concentration it requires, h...
Tags: Milan, Italy, Googlers, Andrea, Silvia, Passion Projects, Ari Marini, Andrea Cristallini


Helping protect people from financial fraud in the U.K.

Over the last few years, people in the U.K. have been targeted by increasingly sophisticated scammers on and offline. According to UK Finance, in 2020, total fraud loss was £1.26 billion. Criminal gangs are using multiple malicious methods, including phishing emails, spoof phone calls and texts, shopping scams and impersonation scams, as well as scam advertising on social media and search engines. Joining efforts to collaborate across industries Tackling the scale of this problem requires co...
Tags: Google, UK, Fca, U K, FCA Financial Conduct Authority, Ronan Harris, Stop Scams UK, Globally Google


Three steps for turning a video into a Web Story

If you run a website, YouTube channel or blog, chances are you’ve produced a video for it. And you can easily reuse that content by converting it into a Web Story, which offers a few key advantages. As a Web Story, your video can be consumed at the viewers’ own pace, page by page, and they can navigate forward and backward. This makes it ideal for content like recipes or other instructional materials. Web Stories are also more flexible than videos because they can include links, quizzes and othe...
Tags: Google, Paul Bakaus, Web Creators


News Brief: April Updates from the Google News Initiative

Last month, we heard from industry experts who are thinking through new ways to support and engage with hyperlocal news. We’re learning how we can help ensure newsrooms are more reflective of the communities they cover. And we’re thinking about how these new technologies and news formats can translate to increased revenue for publishers. Keep reading for April updates.Elevating the voices of underrepresented journalistsTo align with our goal of raising authoritative news and diverse voices on th...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, Youtube, Brazil, Latin America, Philadelphia Inquirer, Inquirer, Fairhill, Fishtown, West Kensington, Diversity and Inclusion, Aos Fatos, Maynard Institute, Google News Initiative, European Journalism Centre


When it comes to mental health, what are we searching for?

You know that exhaustion you’re feeling — the one that no amount of espresso shots or power naps can remedy? Well, it turns out you’re not alone. Last month in the U.S. we saw spikes in fatigue-related Google searches, and the question “why do I feel bad?” reached a record high. There’s a collective feeling of exhaustion, and we’re all looking for ways to cope with it. Over the past year, we’ve seen an increase in searches related to meditation, virtual therapy, walking and digital detoxes. Sinc...
Tags: Health, Google, India, Search, David, Cvs, Jessica, Deepak Chopra, Google health, Mental Health Awareness Month, David Feinberg, Alicia Cormie, Jessica DiVento


Plan a perfect weekend with new Google Assistant features

Moms everywhere can likely agree that this year (and then some) has had us working overtime. As a mom of two who's working at home, I know that's how I've felt. Maybe that's why I'm extra excited for Mother's Day this year. And just in time, there are a few new Google Assistant features my family and I will be using to schedule the perfect weekend.  First, I’ll Broadcast from my morning run We’re extending one of our most popular Assistant features, Broadcast, so you can reach your family wherev...
Tags: Google, Harry Potter, Penguin Random House, Lilian Rincon, Google Assistant, Google Family Group, Family Bell, Ida B Wells Ruth Bader Ginsburg


A simpler and safer future — without passwords

You may not realize it, but passwords are the single biggest threat to your online security – they’re easy to steal, they’re hard to remember, and managing them is tedious. Many people believe that a password should be as long and complicated as possible – but in many cases, this can actually increase the security risk. Complicated passwords tempt users into using them for more than one account; in fact, 66% of Americans admit to using the same password across multiple sites, which makes all tho...
Tags: Google, Safety & Security, Mark Risher


A hybrid approach to work

Sundar sent the following email to Google employees earlier today. Hi Googlers,We’ve spent the last year focused on supporting employees during the pandemic. I hope the extra benefits such as Carer’s Leave, the work-from-home allowance, the extra reset days, and the ability to work from wherever you need have been helpful in getting through this tough time.And we’re not through it yet. It’s heartbreaking to see COVID surging in places like  India, Brazil, and many others around the world. If you...
Tags: Google, Googlers, Sundar Pichai, India Brazil, Sundar, Real Estate and Workplace Services, Rews, A message from our CEO, Life at Google, Camp Charleston


Woolaroo: a new tool for exploring indigenous languages

“Our dictionary doesn’t have a word for shoe” my Uncle Allan Lena said, so when kids ask him what to call it in Yugambeh, he’ll say “jinung gulli” - a foot thing.Uncle Allan Lena is a frontline worker in the battle to reteach the Yugambeh Aboriginal language to the children of southeast Queensland, Australia, where it hasn’t been spoken fluently for decades and thus is – like many other languages around the world – in danger of disappearing.  For the younger generation, even general language can...
Tags: Google, Queensland Australia, Arts & Culture, Google Cloud, Google Arts Culture, Rory O Connor, Allan Lena, Yugambeh, Yugambeh Museum, Woolaroo


Blast off into Entertainment Space on your Android tablet

Tablets are the perfect device to stay entertained, whether you’re watching a movie from your bed, playing games on your daily commute or reading a book while you travel. The screen is bigger than your phone, but more portable than your TV.  In fact, over the last year, we’ve seen over 30 percent more people start using Android tablets compared to the prior year.As a versatile device with many different capabilities, whole families often share the same tablet. Last year, we introduced Kids Space...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play, Youtube, Walmart, Hulu, Lenovo, Google TV, James Bender


Why creating inclusive classrooms matters

Editor’s note: In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Google.org is working with DonorsChoose to continue their support for more inclusive classrooms through the #ISeeMe campaign. Mr. Andy Yung, a classroom teacher from New York City, shares the power of affirming identities in his classroom. I grew up in Flushing, New York — the same community in Queens where I now teach. I’m honored and grateful to teach students who remind me of my younger self and to interact with their parents who remind me...
Tags: Google, Education, New York City, US, Queens, Google.org, Flushing New York, DonorsChoose, Yung, Diversity and Inclusion, Google org Learn, Andy Yung


Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at Google

My parents fled China by boat in the 1940s during the Communist Revolution, ultimately landing in New Jersey, where I grew up. As one of three Asian kids at my school, I felt like an outsider and it seemed clear that popularity and success didn’t come easily to people who looked like me. Today, I sometimes still feel like an outsider, and as a father of two girls, I often worry about what lies ahead for them. Our community is worried about our families, as the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) co...
Tags: Google, China, New York City, America, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New Jersey, Bruce Lee, Seattle, Delaware, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, Angel Island, Pacific Islander, Shimomura, Asian Pacific Islander


Celebrating Asian Pacific American Art and Cultures

While the Asian and Pacific Islander communities have always faced forms of discrimination and xenophobia, the recent increase of hate and violence have been a troubling and heartbreaking  reminder of prejudice, especially as our elders have been targeted. In times of division and hatred, arts and culture are a great source of humanity and hope. As we raise our voices and come together, turning to arts and culture can help us find new ways of learning, understanding and healing. With Asian...
Tags: US, America, San Francisco, Atlanta, Hawaii, Queens, Bay Area, Hawai, Ellis Island, Montano, Pacific Islander, Arts & Culture, Ruth Asawa, Fu Manchu, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Google Arts Culture


From overcoming burnout to finding new opportunities

As a first-generation Vietnamese American raised by a single mother and a first-generation college graduate entering the workforce, I battled Imposter Syndrome when I was hired at Google right after graduating college. Despite an inclusive culture and welcoming peers, I worried that if I showed any signs of weakness, I would be “outed” as an imposter. I took on more and more work to constantly prove my worth. While trying to prove I  “belonged” at Google, I took on extra responsibilities and pro...
Tags: Google, Googlers, Don, Work Smarter, Life at Google, Lauren Whitt, Shawn Sieu


Championing women’s sports with the WNBA and ESPN

When I think back to all of the time I have spent watching sports, a few memorable moments rise to the top. Lisa Leslie’s famous dunk, the first in WNBA history, took the world by storm. My daughter and I were on the edge of our seats when the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team won the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the fourth time back in 2019. And seeing Simone Biles perform multiple signature gymnastics moves that have never been done before is a testament to her creativity and incredible talent. ...
Tags: Google, Abc, Espn, WNBA, Simone Biles, ESPN Films, Maya Moore, Fifa Women, Lisa Leslie, U S Women 's National Soccer Team, Lorraine Twohill, Diversity and Inclusion, Company announcements


Escucha las historias de los educadores en esta Semana de Apreciación del Profesor

Nota: En honor a la Semana de Apreciación al Profesor,  la Profesora Nacional del Año 2020 Tabatha Rosproy nos comparte su historia, así como algunas de las formas en que las que estamos apoyando a los maestros este año.  Cada año, la Semana de Apreciación al Profesor llega en un momento emotivo para muchos maestros, alrededor del final del ciclo escolar. Decir adiós a nuestros estudiantes siempre es difícil, y después de un año de educar durante una pandemia, esas emociones se vuelven más inten...
Tags: Google, Education, Google.org, Moore, Gracias, Harry Shum Jr, Diversity and Inclusion, Wong Fu Productions, Tabatha Rosproy, DonorsChoose Desde 2005 Google, Google for Education On Air


Hear educators' stories this Teacher Appreciation Week

Editor’s note: In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week,  2020 National Teacher of the Year Tabatha Rosproy is sharing her story, as well as some of the ways Google is supporting teachers this year.  Every year, Teacher Appreciation Week falls near the end of the school year, which is an emotional time for many teachers. Saying goodbye to our students is always tough, and after a year of educating during a pandemic, those emotions are more prominent than ever.As National Teacher of the Year, I’ve h...
Tags: Google, Education, Doodles, Google.org, Wong, DonorsChoose, Harry Shum Jr, Diversity and Inclusion, Tabatha Rosproy, Heritage Month APAHM Google, Katrina Moore, Conscious Kid 's YouTube, DonorsChoose Since 2005 Google, Starting Wednesday Google, DonorsChoose ISeeMe, Google org Learn


Stadia Savepoint: April updates

It’s time for another update to our Stadia Savepoint series, recapping the new games, features and updates on Stadia. In April, players took up detective work in Judgment as well as within The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark, solving everything from macabre mysteries to violent crimes. They protected countless treasures from intruders in Legend of Keepers: Career of a Dungeon Manager and breakdanced to the beat in Floor Kids. In addition to these April games available now on the S...
Tags: Ubisoft, Bob, Dana, Hotline Miami, Stadia, Playerunknown, Stadia Team, Stadia Ubisoft, Stadia Community Blog Facebook YouTube, Secret of Seasons Journey, Creed Valley, DANA PIKUNIKU Trine


A dietitian’s website and blog stir up more business

Like any savvy entrepreneur, Marisa Moore first launched a website to promote her brand and attract more business. “It was back in 2008,” recalls Marisa, an Atlanta-based registered dietitian and nutritionist. “I was making regular appearances on CNN and different media outlets. And I wanted a way for people to be able to easily find me. So, I put up marisamoore.com and started sharing nutrition tips.”Since then, Marisa’s website has grown to become a key ingredient in her recipe for success — l...
Tags: Instagram, Atlanta, Cnn, Mediterranean, Instagram Facebook, Marisa, Marisa Moore, Web Creators, Adriana Diamond, Marisa Tell


New resources on the gender gap in computer science

When it comes to computer science, we still have a lot of work to do to address gaps in education. That’s evident in our latest report with Gallup, Current Perspectives and Continuing Challenges in Computer Science Education in US K-12 Schools. This report is our most recent in a multiple-year series of Diversity in K12 CS education reports with Gallup in an effort to share new research with advocates, administrators, nonprofit partners and the tech industry to continue addressing gaps in comput...
Tags: Google, London, Education, US, Gallup, Computer Science Education, CS First Google, Code with Google, Carina Box, Sahara Jones


A Matter of Impact: April updates from Google.org

Last week we celebrated Earth Day — the second one that’s taken place during the pandemic. It’s becoming clear that these two challenges aren’t mutually exclusive. We know, for example, that climate change impacts the same determinants of health that worsen the effects of COVID-19. And, as reports have noted, we can’t afford to relax when it comes to the uneven progress we’re making toward a greener future. At Google, we’re taking stock of where we’ve been and how we can continue building a more...
Tags: Google, India, Time, Sustainability, Nonprofits, Google.org, Jacquelline Fuller, Gavi, COVID, Gavin McCormick, WattTime Gavin McCormick, Alok Talekar, Alok Talekar Alok Talekar, Climate TRACE Google


Android Enterprise security delivers for flexible work

As many companies integrate return to the office plans with existing work-from-home strategies, a key component is building a device management and security strategy centered on remote access. In this era of hybrid work,  mobility is the critical link for workers who need the ability to connect to company resources from anywhere. A recent Forrester report highlights why IT administrators should use on-device security and enterprise management features to build a powerful and adaptive security st...
Tags: Google, Android, Forrester, Android enterprise, Mike Burr, SafetyNet Attestation API


Finding the intersection of social justice and tech

Welcome to the latest installment of our series, “My Path to Google.” These are real stories from Googlers, interns, and alumni highlighting how they got to Google, what their roles are like and even some tips on how to prepare for interviews.Today’s post is all about Xiomara Contreras (pictured above with her mother), a product marketing manager in our San Francisco office. Xiomara’s passion for social impact is deeply rooted in her work, both in her core role of supporting small businesses and...
Tags: Google, San Francisco, Lucy, Googlers, Black, Janice, Google My Business, Latina, Xiomara, Diversity and Inclusion, Huyen, Google NYC, Life at Google, My Path to Google, Ivan De La Torre, Xiomara Contreras


Trash to treasure: How Google thinks about deconstruction

For Lauren Sparandara, stepping onto a construction site transports her to the scrappy dollhouses of her childhood."I would scavenge styrofoam from the household trash and use it to build these elaborate cityscapes for my dolls," she laughs. "I see a similar opportunity when I look at buildings that are about to be demolished: What could we make with those?"At Google, Lauren looks for ways to reuse materials in Google's design and construction process — like salvaging perfectly good doors and ha...
Tags: Google, California, Los Angeles, Sustainability, Chicago, Munich, Jack, Boeing, Caribbean, Bay Area, Sunnyvale California, Lauren, Mountain View California, Fulton Market, Charleston East, Google Lauren


Bringing digital skills to previously incarcerated jobseekers

When I was in federal prison, I witnessed firsthand how incarceration affects people's lives — even long after they're released. After my own release in 2015, I created The Ladies of Hope Ministries (The LOHM), which helps previously incarcerated women transition back into society through education, entrepreneurship, spiritual empowerment and advocacy. In the U.S., more than 600,000 people make the transition from prisons to the community each year. While many are ready to start working, they of...
Tags: Google, Diversity and Inclusion, Grow With Google, Topeka Sam, Google Partner Program, Google Career Readiness for Reentry


New ways to save, commute and manage money with Google Pay

Last year, we launched a reimagined Google Pay to be a safe, simple and helpful way to pay and manage your finances. The app is full of ways to pay friends and businesses, save with offers and rewards and stay on top of your money. Today, we are announcing three ways to help you save money on groceries, pay for transit fares in more cities and better understand your spending. Save at the grocery store Small expenses add up, but finding ways to save on everyday items like groceries is one way to ...
Tags: Google, Chicago, San Francisco Bay Area, Safeway, Josh Woodward, United States Starting, Google Pay


Five ways we’re making Google the safer way to search

The web is home to a lot of great things. But it is also a place where bad actors can try to take advantage of you or access your personal information. That's why we're always working to keep you safe while you search, and also to give you the tools to take control of your Search experience.  Here are five ways we're making Google the safer way to search:  1. Fighting spam 10:25 The last thing you want to worry about when you’re looking for cake recipes or ...
Tags: Google, Search, JK Kearns


When artists and machine intelligence come together

Throughout history, from photography to video to hypertext, artists have pushed the expressive limits of new technologies, and artificial intelligence is no exception. At I/O 2019, Google Research and Google Arts & Culture launched the Artists + Machine Intelligence Grants, providing a range of support and technical mentorship to six artists from around the globe following an open call for proposals. The inaugural grant program sought to expand the field of artists working with Machine Learning ...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Ai, Alex, Black, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Martine, Grenoble France, Google Research, Paola, Allison Parrish, Arts & Culture, Google Arts Culture, Dhvani, Machine Learning ML, Freya MurrayKenric McDowell


AI assists doctors in interpreting skin conditions

Globally, skin conditions affect about 2 billion people. Diagnosing and treating these skin conditions is a complex process that involves specialized training. Due to a shortage of dermatologists and long wait times to see one, most patients first seek care from non-specialists.Typically, a clinician examines the affected areas and the patient's medical history before arriving at a list of potential diagnoses, sometimes known as a “differential diagnosis”. They then use this information to decid...
Tags: Health, Google, Md, Google health, Ayush JainPeggy Bui


Google Translate: One billion installs, one billion stories

When my wife and I were flying home from a trip to France a few years ago, our seatmate had just spent a few months exploring the French countryside and staying in small inns. When he learned that I worked on Google Translate, he got excited. He told me Translate’s conversation mode helped him chat with his hosts about family, politics, culture and more. Thanks to Translate, he said, he connected more deeply with people around him while in France.The passenger I met isn't alone. Google Translate...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, France, Syria, Canada, Google Translate, Translate, Neural Machine Translation, Jeff Pitman, WordLens