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Getting ready for Europe’s new data protection rules

August 8th, 2017

Next May, Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, replacing the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive. It ushers in a new era, unifying data protection rules across Europe, strengthening the rights of EU citizens and placing new obligations on all organisations that offer goods and services online. Google is committed to complying…

Note to employees from CEO Sundar Pichai

August 8th, 2017

This note was sent to Google employees this evening. -Ed. This has been a very difficult time. I wanted to provide an update on the memo that was circulated over this past week. First, let me say that we strongly support the right of Googlers to express themselves, and much of what was in that…

Back to school doesn’t have to mean back to traffic

August 7th, 2017

In the summertime, the living’s easy and the traffic is light. We looked at historical Google Maps traffic data to confirm every summer commuter’s hypothesis—that traffic is much lighter in the summer—and this is what we found: Nationally, once students head back to school and vacationing adults head back to work, morning rush hour traffic…

Daydream Labs: Bringing 3D models to life

August 7th, 2017

Blocks is a tool that lets anyone create beautiful 3D objects in virtual reality, with no prior modeling experience required. You can use the objects or characters that you make for many applications, like VR games or augmented reality experiences. Check out the Blocks gallery for some fantastic examples of what people are creating—we’ve been…

Seeing is believing in the fight against climate change

August 4th, 2017

In 2005, more than a thousand of acres of land in my hometown in the Santa Cruz mountains were under threat from a proposed logging contract that would have severely damaged our ecosystem by tearing down ancient Redwoods, increasing potential fire danger and endangering public safety. As part of the community group Neighbors Against Irresponsible…

The High Five: A GOAT, a pig and a calf

August 4th, 2017

A GOAT, a pig and a calf walk into a barn … and you get a few of the most popular searches from this week. GOAT = greatest of all time Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady is taking a pass at writing. The cover of his first book—which explains how Brady has stayed in wicked good…

Your Back-to-School Assistant

August 4th, 2017

We’re in no to rush to get through summer, but it’s officially August and time to start thinking about going back to school! Here’s how your Assistant can help you get back into the school days groove: Brush up on history: “Ok Google, when was World War II?” Pop quiz: “Ok Google, play American Presidents…

Partnering with Italy’s leaders for safer, smarter web use

August 4th, 2017

With both the amount of time spent online and the number of connected devices in Italy increasing dramatically year after year, it’s more important than ever for the country to stay web-savvy. But not everyone’s getting it right. For example, research tells us most millennials use the same password for some—or even the majority!—of their…

#teampixel always gets the shot

August 3rd, 2017

Pixel photographers know that the best image isn’t always the most obvious one. Sometimes you get it by looking up—sometimes by looking down. It might be close up, or framed by something unexpected. But if you keep your eyes open, it’s there. Take a look at what #teampixel saw this week: Left: guigurui finds a…

Save that thought: How Instrument uses Jamboard to capture and share ideas

August 3rd, 2017

We all brainstorm differently. As Avi Couillard, a Senior Strategist at the digital agency Instrument, puts it: “Some people need to noodle on an idea, some need to converse with their team about it, and some need to visit it on their own terms.” For agencies like Instrument, inspiration can strike at any place and…