Google Friends Newsletter - March 2009

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Mar 31, 2009, 6:19:58 PM3/31/09
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Google Friends Newsletter - March 2009

Spring greetings to all of our Google friends. We hope you enjoy this
month's update on our products and services.



New features for Google Mobile App for BlackBerry

Google Mobile App for BlackBerry now features search by voice, a
faster search experience on GPRS, as well as location features — like
suggesting local business listings as you type. To try this, do a
Google search for "pizza" and watch the location of the nearest pizza
place appear before you've hit the search button. You can also search
for business names, and with just one click you can call the business
or view it on a map. Note that this app does not support the
BlackBerry Storm.



Updates to Mars in Google Earth

On March 14, we featured a doodle on the Google homepage that
celebrated the birthday of Giovanni Schiaparelli, the Italian
astronomer who invented the naming scheme we use to identify features
on Mars today. We also launched some Google Earth updates including
the "Live from Mars" layer, which lets you fly along with orbiting
spacecraft and see imagery from NASA, sometimes just hours after NASA
receives it. The layer also includes guided tours from Public Radio's
Ira Flatow and Bill Nye, the Science Guy, who will show you the best
spots on the Red Planet.

Google Health's new sharing feature

Google Health, a product that lets you organize, store, and manage
your medical records securely online, just announced a new sharing
feature. Google Health users can now invite others they trust (family
members, a trusted care provider, a friend or a doctor) to view their
medical records and personal health information online. You can stop
sharing at any time, and you will always be able to see who has access
to your information. You can also print a wallet-sized version of your
health profile to share with doctors or family members who are not

More Gmail Labs innovations

Ever hit the send button a moment too soon and wish you had a few
seconds to undo it? Well, now you can with the "Undo Send" button.
Another new set of Gmail Labs features lets you preview YouTube,
Flickr, Picasa and Yelp content right in your email. Gmail
automatically detects links in emails from these sites and shows
videos, photos, and ratings directly inside your messages. Turn on
these experimental features and more from the "Labs" tab under

Search for recent earthquake activity

Now when you do a Google search in the U.S. for "earthquake," you'll
get information on some of the most recent, significant earthquakes
from around the world, right on the search results page. Type
"earthquake" into the search box followed by the city and state or
U.S. zip code. Or for recent earthquake activity in other parts of the
world, just type in "earthquake." The data is provided by the US
Geological Survey (USGS), and you can click through to the USGS
Earthquake Center for more information, or visit the epicenter of any
quake using Google Maps.



Not long ago, finding the answer to something might involve a trip to
the local library. Today, anyone can research a topic in seconds from
the comfort of their own home or even from their mobile phone. And in
the last ten years, search results have evolved from just web pages to
images, videos, books, maps and lots more. As the scale of search has
changed dramatically over the years, the presentation and quality of
Google results have also undergone many changes. In the past year
alone, we have made more than 300 improvements to the quality and
speed of our search experience. Many of these are "under the hood"
changes, but others are easy to spot, such as the recent rollout of
longer snippets, the lines of text directly below each search result,
and refinements to our related searches. If you're interested in
learning more about how we approach the challenges of ongoing search
quality, there's a series of posts on the Official Google Blog for
your reading pleasure. quality
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