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Googler Sheds Some Light on GCal’s future API & Feeds

Last thursday, John Panzer at AOL and a member of the IMC (Internet Mail Consoritum) mailing list, emailed one of GCal's developers, Kyle Marvin, who's also on the IMC List the following:

"Google Calendar has launched (and there was much rejoicing). It uses Atom feeds for public calendar information. I'm wondering if these have been documented somewhere".

To which Kyle responded by saying that:

"The extensions used in the Calendar feed will definitely be documented and those docs should be available soon. The Calendar Data API support (these feeds plus the ability to programmatically create, query, edit, and delete Calendar events)
isn't officially launched yet… the release is going to be slightly staggered from the main Calendar Web UI launch that happened today.

The best place to look for API info once it is available (and to send any feedback about it) will be in the Google Calendar Data API Group that has been set up for this purpose. More announcements will be made there (soon) once the full API launch happens".

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April 18, 2006 Posted by | APIs, Googler, New Hires, Service & Product Launches | Leave a comment

PaloAlto’s Dev Team Gifted a Google AdWords Fridge

Yesterday the dev team at Palo Alto Software received a nifty yet sweet gift from their friends over at Google on reaching their millionth PPC lead through AdWords. It seems like the fridge courtesy of Google AdWordsis being looked at as more than just a fridge. In a special blog opened just for the Google Fridge (a.k.a The Cooler) by the coders at Palo Alto Software, a team member writes:

"Actually it’s quite an honor to receive this newest addition to our development team. We were so excited about our new team member, we decided to dedicate this blog to the Google Fridge, so you all can enjoy in his journey with us here on our team.

Please be advised, this will be an unedited look into the highs and lows of the Google Fridge as he joins us on our daily adventures here at Palo Alto. No holds barred… he seems pretty strong willed but should prove to be a valuable asset to the team!"

Personally I've never seen any Google branded fridges, so I think this must be a first from the guys at Mountain View! Even Google's Store doesn't have any fridges on sale, but hopefully they'll be added soon to their product range so we can order a couple and also take advantage of their special offer on free shipping via UPS 🙂

April 15, 2006 Posted by | CSR, Googler | Leave a comment

A Summer of Speaker Sessions by Googlers

Looks like we're in for a treat over the next few months & this summer is going to be filled with exciting demonstrations and talks by Google. Canada, Singapore & North Carolina are just some of the locations on the map that will be seeing the likes of Googlers' presentations.

Next month at the ChannelAdvisor Marathon 2006, Google's Michael Adelberg, a  Strategic Partner Development Manager for Google Local will be presenting a case study titled: "Search, Froogle, Base – What You Need to Know About Listing with Google". ChannelAdvisor, a provider of channel management solutions for online sales and auction sites, will host its third “Marathon” conference on May 3-4 in Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center located near Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. 

And in June, Marissa Mayer, Google's first female engineer and VP, for Search Products & User Experience will be a guest speaker at iX 2006 (Infocomm Media Business Exchange) which is Asia’s largest infocomm and media event in Singapore.

Come July and Google Earth & Google Maps will be the center of attention during GeoWeb 2006 — the first-ever conference where hundreds of GIS professionals will come together to focus exclusively on consumer-oriented, enterprise, and government technologies and the Internet in Canada this summer. The CTO of Google Earth (Gearth), co-founder of  Keyhole and Gigapxl Project team member, Michael Jones, will be one of the keynote speakers at the 4-day conference and some of the workshops that Google will be conducting revolve around Google Maps Mashups,  Google Earth & KML. 

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April 12, 2006 Posted by | Conferences, Googler | 1 Comment

Voice Interface for a Search Engine – Patent Won!

5 years ago, Google filed a patent for Voice Interface for a Search Engine and today they were granted the patent! According to the abstract at USPTO, the voice search engine is described as system which provides search results from a voice search query. The system receives a voice search query from a user, derives one or more recognition hypotheses, each being associated with a weight, from the voice search query, and constructs a weighted boolean query using the recognition hypotheses. The system then provides the weighted boolean query to a search system and provides the results of the search system to a user.

In November last year, I had put together a guide of google services at the time in blog-fashion and had listed the Google Voice Search (GVS) which was an early candidate of Google Labs. Since the patent was filed in Feb 2001, the Google Voice Search was tested in 2002 as a demo, but soon afterwards the service was discontinued for unknown reasons. Google's Research Publications, which details papers written by Googlers, lists a paper in PDF format by Alex Franz and Brian Milch (CS Department at University of Californmia, Berkley) titled: Searching the Web by Voice.

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April 12, 2006 Posted by | Googler, Patents, Service & Product Launches | 11 Comments