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Building a map for everyone

July 6th, 2017

Many of us take for granted simple things like walking through a doorway, taking the stairs to the next floor, or always having a comfortable seat at a restaurant table. But for tens of millions of people worldwide, those very things aren’t possible unless a place has a wheelchair accessible entrance, elevator or accessible seating….

More than EUR 21 million in funding from Round 3 of the Digital News Initiative Fund

July 6th, 2017

Two years ago, we established the Digital News Initiative (DNI), a partnership between Google and news publishers in Europe to support high-quality journalism through technology and innovation. As well as investing in product development, research and training, we also launched the DNI Innovation Fund, committing €150 million to innovation projects across the European news industry….

How Virtru for G Suite lets you share sensitive business information and stay compliant

July 5th, 2017

If you work in a regulated industry like healthcare, legal or finance, you might be familiar with regulations relating to HIPAA, CJIS and CFPB, and understand how important it is to protect sensitive data. In order to help you meet your obligations, you might need specific tools. Gmail already offers world-class security protections like encryption…

Google Earth Live: Explore.org invites you to hang out with Alaskan Brown Bears

July 5th, 2017

Watch bears at Brooks Falls LIVE in Google Earth. Spring comes quickly to Alaska. The snowpack melts, rivers swell with crisp water, delicate blue forget-me-nots bloom near the water’s edge, and brown bears emerge from a six or seven  month hibernation in the Katmai National Park. On their annual migration from the ocean to their…

Measuring the impact of our digital skills training

July 5th, 2017

Because everyone deserves the benefits of the best digital technology to help them grow their business, but not everyone has the skills they need, Google launched an ambitious training programme across Europe. We’ve now reached over 3m Europeans, the EU recognised our contribution with the EU Digital Skills Award, and many of those who spent…

How Singapore’s QLIPP is taking tennis to the next level, globally

July 5th, 2017

Editor’s note: This one’s just in time for Wimbledon fans. As part of our series of interviews with entrepreneurs across Asia Pacific who use the internet to grow, we spoke with Dr. Donny Soh, co-founder and CEO of QLIPP, whose six-person startup developed a tennis sensor and mobile app to help players track and improve…

Creating maps that reflect indigenous geography

July 2nd, 2017

Brazil has one of the world’s most diverse populations, with more than 500,000 indigenous people living on 472 territories certified by the government—representing 13 percent of Brazil’s total land. Most of these territories are in the rapidly-changing Amazon region, the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world. Deforestation has had a…

Your red, white and blue Google Assistant

July 1st, 2017

Fourth of July is just a few days away. From fireworks to BBQs, here’s how your Assistant can help you get the most out of the holiday weekend: Let’s start with the facts. Ask your Assistant on Google Home “Why do we celebrate the fourth of July?” Get in the summertime spirit. Ask your Assistant…

The High Five: wave your wand and your flag

June 30th, 2017

Accio, trends! Translation for non-Harry Potter fans: we’ve summoned five of the top search trends this week, with data compiled by the Google News Lab team.  20 years of magic June 26th marked the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter series—shall we celebrate with some butterbeers? At Hogwarts, Harry and friends got their answers from…

Pride 2017: Show love, show progress, #ShowUp

June 30th, 2017

Growing up in Chandigarh, India, a small, conservative city about five hours north of New Delhi, I knew early on that something about me was different. After undergrad, I moved to Champaign, IL to get a master’s degree in engineering, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of India for a small, quiet university town in…