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WordPress 5.1 Beta 2

January 22nd, 2019

WordPress 5.1 Beta 2 is now available! This software is still in development, so we don’t recommend you run it on a production site. Consider setting up a test site to play with the new version. There are two ways to test the WordPress 5.1 beta: try the WordPress Beta Tester plugin (you’ll want to…

Applications are open for the Google North America Public Policy Fellowship

January 18th, 2019

Starting today, we’re accepting applications for the 2019 North America Google Policy Fellowship. Our fellowship gives undergraduate and graduate students a paid opportunity to spend 10-weeks diving head first into Internet policy at leading nonprofits, think tanks and advocacy groups. In addition to opportunities in Washington, D.C., and California, we’ve expanded our program to include…

What’s new in Scratch 3.0, a programming language designed for kids

January 17th, 2019

In 2013, the MIT Media Lab started creating a new version of Scratch, a graphical, block-based programming language used by tens of millions of kids to create and share interactive stories, games, and animations. We partnered with the Media Lab on this new version of the language—Scratch 3.0—and the Google Blockly team developed the programming…

How an IT support certificate transforms careers

January 17th, 2019

A man who never finished college from Nebraska, a U.S. Army medical specialist from Kentucky and a mother of five from California. They’re three different people who have something pretty special in common: they were able to jump-start their careers with the Google IT Support Professional Certificate. It’s a first-of-its-kind online program from Grow with…

Call for Review: Web Authentication: An API for accessing Public Key Credentials Level 1 is a W3C Proposed Recommendation

January 17th, 2019

The Web Authentication Working Group has published a Proposed Recommendation of Web Authentication: An API for accessing Public Key Credentials Level 1. This specification defines an API enabling the creation and use of strong, attested, scoped, public key-based credentials by web applications, for the purpose of strongly authenticating users. Conceptually, one or more public key…

Get more shut-eye in 2019 with help from Google

January 16th, 2019

After a long day, it should be easy to hit the hay at night. But far too often, just as you’re about to drift off, you decide to check why your phone just buzzed…and you’re back to square one. According to the National Sleep Foundation, most adults should aim to get between seven and nine…

How machine learning can drive change in traffic-packed L.A.

January 16th, 2019

There’s nothing quite like driving through Los Angeles on a perfectly sunny day. But for drivers, the beauty of Southern California’s great weather and scenery is ruined by one thing: traffic. According to a report by INRIX, my hometown is the worst city in the world for traffic, with a record of 102 hours of…

Cloud Covered: 6 things you might have missed from Google Cloud last year

January 16th, 2019

What was new with Google Cloud in 2018? Well, it depends on what particular cloud technology you’re interested in. There was plenty of news on the AI and machine learning front, along with developments on a variety of enterprise cloud components. The open cloud community continued to be a thriving place to collaborate, and Google…

Helping teens root out misinformation and get media savvy

January 16th, 2019

Katy Byron is the Editor and Program Manager of MediaWise at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. MediaWise is part of the Google News Initiative and is a Google.org funded partnership between The Poynter Institute, the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG), the Local Media Association (LMA) and the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). Mediawise…

Google AI Impact Challenge: a week to apply, plus research on why you should

January 16th, 2019

In my twelve years at Google, I’ve seen that big things happen when you don’t shy away from big ideas—especially when you pair those ideas with emerging technology. We’re trying to encourage more of that kind of thinking with the Google AI Impact Challenge, a call for organizations to use AI to help address social,…