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Some changes to our service model in Europe

December 12th, 2018

Today, we started notifying our users in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland about some changes we’re making to how we provide our services. These changes will be reflected in updates to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy that you can read now, but that will come into effect on January 22, 2019….

The Year in Search 2018

December 12th, 2018

Every day, people turn to Search to explore the world of information on the web. They come looking for everything from news and helpful how-tos to song lyrics and easy dinner recipes. As each year closes, Google Trends data reflects not only these everyday queries, but also the moments, people, ideas, and questions that made…

Unwrap the season’s trending holiday gifts

December 10th, 2018

As the year wraps up, holiday shoppers are getting busy wrapping, too. And they’re looking for a wide range of gifts, according to data from Shopping Insights over the last few weeks. Here are just some of the trends we’ve seen nationwide for toy tinkerers, bookworms, makeup pros, sneakerheads, and home decorators. Tech toys cast…

ICYMI in November: here’s what happened in G Suite

December 10th, 2018

Sorry, we missed you these past two months. Next Tokyo and London were at the top of our to-dos. Check out the keynotes to catch the highlights. In case you’re curious, we improved the G Suite Developer hub this past month to make it easier for developers to track projects from one place. We also…

Expediting changes to Google+

December 10th, 2018

In October, we announced that we’d be sunsetting the consumer version of Google+ and its APIs because of the significant challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations, as well as the platform’s low usage. We’ve recently determined that some users were impacted by a software update introduced in November that contained…

This holiday season, keep calm and Google Fit on

December 10th, 2018

Earlier this year, we redesigned Google Fit around new activity goals based on American Heart Association and World Health Organization physical activity recommendations. Many of you have shared your feature requests and today—just in time for the busy holidays—we’re bringing new updates to make it easier to achieve your health goals. Quicker access to your…

The journey toward a circular economy: From Muir Beach to data centers

December 10th, 2018

Editor’s note: This article is a condensed version of Kate’s talk at TEDWomen on November 29, 2018. I grew up in Muir Beach, California and spent my childhood exploring its beautiful trails through the forest and tide pools at the beach. During my time in this coastal ecosystem, I learned something: The animals, plants, and…

The For You tab comes to iOS and over 130 countries on Android

December 10th, 2018

It’s officially the holiday season, which means lots of time spent with friends and family. But all of that together time can sometimes leave you wondering “um…what should we do now?” After all, there are only so many board games you can play before a mini family feud breaks out. Today, the For You tab…

GNI Innovation Forum: Looking towards the future of news

December 7th, 2018

Today at the first Google News Initiative Innovation Forum in London, we heard from Claire Wardle of First Draft, Lisa Gibbs of the Associated Press, Daniel Bramatti of Abraji, Marie-Louise Timcke of Funke Media Group and Dmitry Shishkin of BBC World Service about the future of news. Covering topics like how to stop the spread…

Cloud covered: What was new in Google Cloud for November

December 6th, 2018

In November here in the U.S., we felt some Thanksgiving gratitude that there’s never a dull moment in cloud technology. We’ve been keeping track of what’s new and quickly evolving, from AI and ML tools to storage and databases. Here are a few of the highlights from last month in Google Cloud. There’s a new…