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Our annual pay equity review

December 6th, 2019

Compensation should be based on what you do, not who you are. We design compensation to be fair and equitable from the outset—but because these are human processes, it’s important to double-check them. Each year we run a rigorous statistical analysis to make sure all new salaries, bonuses and equity awards are fair. We take…

Europe and Africa code weeks: 136,000 students learn to code

December 6th, 2019

Within the next 10 to 15 years, 90 percent of all jobs in Europe will require some level of technical education, and now is the time for the future workforce to start acquiring these skills. Computer Science (CS) programs all over the world are helping prepare students for the new global economy and helping them…

Auto Layout lands in Figma

December 5th, 2019

Here’s a fresh update to my favorite design tool that is thoroughly exciting: Auto layout! That means we can make frames that resize based on the size of the content within it. That’s particularly useful for buttons in a design system where you want to drop a button on the page and then keep its…

International Volunteer Day: a spotlight on GoVolunteer

December 5th, 2019

In 2015, more than 1 million people sought asylum in Germany. Faced with this overwhelming humanitarian crisis, many Germans wanted to help but didn’t know-how. Inspired by his fellow citizens’ willingness to lend a hand, Malte Bedürftig founded GoVolunteer, an online platform connecting people and corporations to volunteering opportunities and social initiatives. After GoVolunteer joined…

Cloud Covered: What was new in November on Google Cloud

December 5th, 2019

November was a cornucopia of Google Cloud news and tips, with new ways for companies to start using the cloud and improve the way they work. We’re thankful this season for all the ways the cloud can make everyday work easier, and for all the cool technology that just keeps evolving. Take this easy path…

The Rising Complexity of JAMstack Sites and How to Manage Them

December 5th, 2019

When you add anything with user-generated content or dynamic data to a static site, the complexity of the build process can become comparable to launching a monolithic CMS. How can we add rich content to static sites without stitching together multiple third-party services? For people in the development community, static site generators are a popular…

Firefox 71: First Out of the Gate With Subgrid

December 5th, 2019

A great release from Firefox this week! See the whole roundup post from Chris Mills. I’m personally stoked to see clip-path: path(); go live, which we’ve been tracking as it’s so clearly useful. We also get column-span: all; which is nice in case you’re one of the few taking advantages of CSS columns. But there…

W3C Recommends WebAssembly to push the limits for speed, efficiency and responsiveness

December 5th, 2019

The WebAssembly Working Group has published today the three WebAssembly specifications as W3C Recommendations, marking the arrival of a new language for the Web which allows code to run in the browser. WebAssembly Core Specification defines a low-level virtual machine which closely mimics the functionality of many microprocessors upon which it is run. Either through…

Improving real-time data for newsrooms everywhere

December 5th, 2019

Earlier this year, in close collaboration with local news publishers, we created Realtime Content Insights (RCI) to help newsrooms around the world make quick, data-driven content and distribution decisions. With this free tool, journalists can identify which articles are the most popular among their readers, as well as what broader topics are trending online in…

W3C Invites Implementations of Publication Manifest and Audiobooks

December 4th, 2019

The Publishing Working Group has just published a Candidate Recommendation for two documents, namely: Publication Manifest – This specification defines a general manifest format for expressing information about a digital publication. It uses schema.org metadata augmented to include various structural properties about publications, serialized in JSON-LD, to enable interoperability between publishing formats while accommodating variances…