Google Friends Newsletter August 2008

Und wieder einmal hat der monatliche Google Friends Newsletter seinen Weg in die Inboxes seiner Abonnenten gefunden. Dieses Mal mit: Mehr Transparenz, Power Readers in Politics, olympische Spiele, Updates an Maps: Neues Design, Mautstraßen vermeiden, Druckoptionen bei Street View, Google Translate fürs iPhone und US-Wahl.

Google Friends Newsletter – August 2008

Late summer greetings to our Google friends. We hope you enjoy this
month’s update on our products and services.

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POWER TIP

New personalized search features

This month we rolled out a new web search feature that gives you more
clarity concerning how we use data to improve your search experience.
Whenever we customize your search based on geographic location,
another recent search you performed, or items from Web History, a
message will appear in the top-right corner of the search results
page, with a link to a page with more details about how and why we
personalized your search.
http://www.google.com

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NEW PRODUCTS & UPDATES

Power Readers in Politics

If you’re curious about which news sites and blogs John McCain or
Barack Obama follow, now using Google Reader you can read the same
material the candidates read. For the upcoming U.S. presidential
election, we’ve launched Power Readers in Politics, a feed of shared
articles for the presidential campaigns and leading political pundits.
You can see which headlines are catching the attention of newsmakers
and read their comments.
http://www.google.com/powerreaders

2008 Summer Games on Google

For this year’s Summer Games in Beijing, we launched a global effort
to bring some of the most important moments in sports history to more
people than ever. If you missed any of the action, you can still track
the results with Google News and explore the Olympic venues using
Google Maps.
http://www.google.com/landing/summergames2008/

Updates to Google Maps

Google Maps has a fresh new look: besides sporting a single search
box, the clean, straightforward design lets you more easily view full-
screen maps. We’ve also improved the way to print directions, added
the ability to print Street View images, and included an „Avoid tolls“
option for driving directions.
http://maps.google.com

Google Translate for iPhone

There’s a new interface for Google Translate on the Apple iPhone,
covering 23 language pairs for users around the world. If you have an
iPhone, you can get to the new interface by visiting Google.com and
choosing „Translate“ from the „More“ tab, or by visiting the Google
Translate site directly.
http://translate.google.com

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MISCELLANY

The 2008 U.S. political conventions — two weeks of party business
that began with the Democrats in Denver on August 25 and continue with
the Republicans in Minneapolis on September 1 — mark the beginning of
the general election season. This year is particularly exciting in
part because of the groundbreaking role technology is playing in
connecting candidates and voters. To help you stay informed and
engaged, we’re launching a one-stop shop for political information on
our conventions site. You can view the latest news, videos, photos and
blog posts. Use Elections Video Search to see what the candidates are
saying about the issues that concern you, and interact with a wide
variety of political mashups in the Google Maps Elections Gallery. If
you’re a teacher, use our Election Toolkit for Teachers to inform your
students about the political process. And as election day grows
closer, we’re working on ways for you to find local voter registration
sites or polling places on demand. As the momentum continues over the
next few months, bookmark the page and check back regularly.
http://www.google.com/2008election

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