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Supporting local journalism with Report for America

September 18th, 2017

I cut my teeth in journalism as a local reporter for my hometown paper, the Northfield News, and saw firsthand how local journalism impacts a community. Local reporters go to city council meetings to hold city governments accountable. They’re the first to show up when disaster strikes, getting critical information to their readers. And they…

The state of data journalism in 2017

September 18th, 2017

Data journalism has been a big focus for us at the Google News Lab over the past three years—in building tools, creating content and sharing data with the data journalism community. We wanted to see if we’re taking the right approach: how big is data journalism, what challenges do data journalists face and how is…

Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) is a W3C Recommendation

September 18th, 2017

The HTML Media Extensions Working Group published Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) as a W3C Recommendation today. Encrypted Media Extensions (EME), which extends the ‘HTMLMediaElement’ element of the HTML specification, is an Application Programming Interface (API) that allows playback of protected content in Web browsers. Combined with W3C’s Recommendation Media Source Extensions (MSE) which provides the…

The Spanish Data Protection Authority (AEPD) confirms compliance of Google Cloud commitments for international data flows

September 18th, 2017

Millions of organizations use Google Cloud services every day, relying on Google to provide world-class privacy and security protections. Data protection is central to our mission, and we’re always looking at ways to facilitate our customers’ compliance journey. Today we’re pleased to announce that the Spanish Data Protection Agency (“Agencia Española de Protección de Datos”…

Introducing Tez—a mobile payments and commerce app from Google, made for India first

September 18th, 2017

With more than 300 million smartphone users  and rapidly improving connectivity in India, the internet is becoming a daily part of life for many Indians. That includes messaging friends and family, searching the web for information, reading news, watching music videos, or playing games. But when it comes to paying for things—vegetables, bus fares, splitting…

Five ways to co-host a dinner party with your Assistant

September 15th, 2017

Now that the temperatures have dropped and fall is moving in, it’s time to bring the party inside. Let your Assistant be the perfect co-host for your next dinner party—here are a few ways your Assistant can help prepare: Take advantage of seasonal produce: “Ok Google, find a recipe for sweet potato fries.” Prepare for…

#teampixel shows its soft side

September 15th, 2017

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again—#teampixel, you continue to impress us! Each week we’re honored to share some of #teampixel’s best work, and today we’re spotlighting community member @fefefeng. Her tranquil image of a moonrise amid a soft pastel sky has us swooning. If you’re looking for a few more moments of…

Tilt Brush Artist in Residence: Meet Liz Edwards

September 15th, 2017

Editor’s note: Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Earlier this year, we launched the Artist in Residence (AiR) program to showcase what’s possible when creative artists experiment with this new medium. The resulting works of art have been amazing, and you can check some of them out on our website,…

The High Five: the red carpet, a football field and other places visited in Search this week

September 15th, 2017

Our trends this week center around a night of awards, a month of celebrations, and a lifetime of friendship. Read on for more top-searched trends, with data from the Google News Lab. The day all your binge watching pays off While Hollywood stars prepare their acceptance speeches for Sunday’s 69th annual primetime Emmy Awards, others…

Googler Susanna Kohly on “building digital bridges” in Cuba, her family’s homeland

September 15th, 2017

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re celebrating the fascinating stories and important contributions of our Hispanic Googlers. Over the course of the month, we’ll share a bit about their histories, their families, and what keeps them busy inside and outside of work. First up is Susanna Kohly, builder of “digital bridges,” San Francisco resident…