Google Friends Newsletter - March 2011

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Google Friends Newsletter

Mar 31, 2011, 6:53:59 PM3/31/11
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Greetings to our Google Friends. We hope you enjoy this month’s update
on our products and services.


Hide sites to find more of what you want

If you’re signed in to Google, now you can block a specific website
from appearing in your future search results. When you click a result
and then return to the search results page, you’ll find a new link
under that result that reads “Block all results.” Once
you’ve blocked a domain, you won’t see it in your future search
results. You can always see your blocked sites and unblock sites by
visiting your Search Settings or clicking on the “Manage blocked
sites” link that appears when you block a domain.


Introducing the +1 button

+1’s are a new, quick way in Google search to say “This is something
you should check out.” Click the +1 button to publicly give something
your stamp of approval, helping your friends and contacts find the
best stuff when they search. +1's can also help you out by showing you
the right recommendations on the topics you’re interested in, right
when you want them—in your search results. +1’s are slowing rolling
out alongside search results and ads in English on, but in
the future they’ll appear in many more places (including other Google
products and sites across the web). You can try the +1 button by
opting in at:

Google Maps Navigation routes you around traffic

Google Maps Navigation (Beta) will now automatically route you around
traffic. To use it, just start Navigation like you normally would,
either from the Navigation app or from within Google Maps. Our routing
algorithms will apply our knowledge of current and historical traffic
to select the fastest possible route. That means that Navigation will
automatically guide you along the best route given the current traffic

Instant Previews for mobile

Similar to the desktop version, Instant Previews for mobile displays
search results in the form of webpage snapshots, so you can visually
compare results without having to go back and forth between websites
and search results. To use Instant Previews on your mobile device, go
to and tap on the magnifying glass next to any search
result. You can quickly scroll across previews by swiping with your
finger and when you find one you like, tap on the preview to go
straight to the page.

Discussions in Google Docs

Comments in Google Docs now facilitate rapid and seamless discussions.
Each comment has a timestamp and profile picture, so you can see who
made a comment and when. You can also resolve comments, rather than
deleting them, so you have a record of what’s been said. Plus,
comments are now integrated with email to make it even faster to
communicate—you’ll get updates from a given discussion in your inbox,
and you can reply to the email to make a comment in the doc.

College basketball resources

We created a special page for the NCAA College Basketball
Championships, which culminate this week with the Final Four. You can
watch 3D videos of the 14 arenas (including Reliant Stadium in
Houston, Texas which is hosting the finals), explore the 68 college
campuses in Street View and click through to watch the actual games on
NCAA® March Madness on Demand®. You can also read Google News articles
on the games, download basketball apps from the Chrome Web Store and
play an interactive basketball game.


YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011

Earlier in March, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011—101 musicians
from 33 countries, chosen by YouTube users—converged on Sydney for a
week-long festival of musical collaboration and participation. The
culmination of the festival, a Grand Finale concert was streamed live
on YouTube from Sydney Opera House. If you missed the livestream, you
can still watch the finale on YouTube, as well as video from the
multimedia projections on the interior Concert Hall and the exterior
sails of the iconic Sydney Opera House.
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