Google Celebrates The Web’s 25th Birthday With Plea To Keep It Free

25th Web anniversary birthday cake image " Today's Google homepage includes a small birthday cake image with a "25" candle on top to celebrate the web's 25th birthday. The image links to a post on Google's blog penned by the inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee, asking that everyone "fight to keep it free and open." Berners-Lee writes: On the 25th birthday of the web, I ask you to join in—to help us imagine and build the future standards for the web, and to press for every country to develop a digital bill of rights to advance a free and open web for everyone. Learn more and speak up for the sort of web we really want [...]

Google+ Stream Gets Fresh New Look & Automatically-Added Hashtags At Google I/O

google-plus-featured Google announced a number of Google+ upgrades during the keynote presentation at today's Google I/O, including a new responsive, multi-column layout for Google+ Stream. Now, users will see one, two, or three columns of content depending on their device's screen size and orientation. Photos and videos have been enhanced as well, fitting the entire width of the stream. According to the Google+ blog, the new media sizes make images and videos, "...easier to scan and nicer to look at." Users will also notice new animations in their stream with a bouncing sharebox, cards that "flip and fade" an [...]

Google Adds “Play” To Its Navigation Bar, Pushes New Google Play Content Area

play icon It's not your imagination. Google's navigation bar has gained a new "Play" option that, for the first time, has Google promoting its own content offerings: books, music, video and Android applications from recently rebranded Google Play site. You can see the link below, and the home page has also gained a promotional link about Google Play below the search box: Previously known as Android Market, Google Play was relaunched earlier this month as a way for Google to sell content to anyone, not just Android owners. Other than Android apps, the Google Play content can be consumed on a variet [...]

Move Over Search Box, Google’s Home Page Gets A Share Box

home page box If you still don't get how much Google is behind ensuring Google+ gets everything it needs to succeed, consider the screenshot below, showing how for the first time ever, Google's home page now lets you do something other than search. You can share. Social is now coequal with search. Search, Meet Share OK, perhaps the coequal part is up for debate. After all, the search box remains the largest part of the page. But the new share box is pretty noticeable, showing up in the top right corner of the page: Click on the Share button, and a new box opens up, allowing you to share content out to [...]

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