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Meet the Brazilian “Painter of the People,” Candido Portinari

The history of Latin America is not just found in history books—it’s found in its people, its history and its art. The best way to reflect upon the Brazilian experience is through the voices of artists like Cândido Portinari. Today, in collaboration with six Brazilian museums including Projeto Portinari and Pinacoteca, Google Arts & Culture is launching a comprehensive collection about Cândido Portinari to honor the works of one of the most important Brazilian artists. It's the first time people will be able to enjoy his collection of over 5,000 pieces of art, thousands of letters and documents from his personal archive and curated stories about Portinari’s art, life and legacy.His unique paintings gave voice to those who didn’t have one: the peasants, who with their bare hands built the future of the Latin American nations. Through his work, Portinari always sought to connect people across social, cultural or geographical divides.Ten ultra high resolution images—taken by our Art Camera—of some of his most iconic artworks,including Mestiço," exemplify his approach. “War” and “Peace,” which are in the lobby of the United Nations Headquarters, stand out due to their size and the mural technique that marked a milestone in the artist’s career. For these two, you can explore in-painting tours—an interactive experience that guides through a piece of art by zooming in and out of its details, with insightful commentary. In addition to paintings, the collection contains more than 15,000 images of historical letters, newspapers and magazines related to Portinari’s work.OMestico_small.png“Mestiço” (1934), in PinacotecaGuerraEPaz_TMRJ.png“War” and “Peace"  panel on inauguration day at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro” (2010), in Projeto PortinariOLavradorDeCafé_small.png“Lavrador de Café” (1934), in MASPCafé_small.png"Café" (1935), in Museu Nacional de Belas ArtesLetter_Palaninho.pngThe famous letter in which Portinari described a character of his hometown, Palaninho, who’s influence transformed his career.RetratoDeDFifiAssuncao_small.png“Retrato de D. Fifi Assunção” (1940)https://artsandculture.google.com/preview/asset/zAFyhjPka5dXaA, in PinacotecaAs part of the online collection, everyone can experience Portinari’s creative process. You can roam around a virtual Street view tour of his house in Brodówski, São Paulo and discover icons like the small chapelhe created for his grandmother. If you use a Google Cardboard you can even experience this tour in a 360 degree view.“Portinari: Painter of the People” is the second largest collection dedicated to a Latin American artist on Google Arts & Culture (after “Faces of Frida”). Together with our partners we celebrate the talent and recognize the legacy of artists who, through their work, have managed to write the history of Latin America, for the whole world to see.


Whale songs and AI, for everyone to explore

Back in the 1960s, scientists first discovered that humpback whales actually sing songs, which evolve over time. But there’s still so much we don’t understand. Why do humpbacks sing? What is the meaning of the patterns within their songs?Scientists sift through an ocean of sound to find answers to these questions. But what if anyone could help make discoveries?For the past year, Google AI has been partnering with NOAA’s Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center to train an artificial intelligence model on their vast collection of underwater recordings. This project is helping scientists better understand whales’ behavioral and migratory patterns, so scientists can better protect whales. The effort fits into Google’s AI for Social Good program, applying the latest in machine learning to the world’s biggest humanitarian and environmental challenges.NOAA research oceanographer Ann Allen (left) works onboard a research vessel and Google software engineer Matt Harvey (right) field tests the algorithm.Now, everyone can play a role in this project using a website called Pattern Radio: Whale Songs. It’s a new tool that visualizes audio at a vast scale and uses AI to make it easy to explore. The site hosts more than 8,000 hours of NOAA’s recordings, which means scientists aren’t the only ones who can explore this data and make discoveries. Everyone can.Zooming in on the spectrogram shows you individual sounds. On the site, you can zoom all the way in to see individual sounds on a spectrogram (in addition to humpback songs, you can see the sounds of ships, fish and all kinds of mysterious and even unknown noises). You can also zoom all the way out to see months of sound at a time. An AI heat map helps you find whale calls, and visualizations help you see repetitions and patterns of the sounds within the songs.Highlights help visualize patterns and repetitions of individual sounds within the songs.The idea is to get everyone listening—and maybe even make a totally new discovery. If you find something you think others should hear, you can share a link that goes directly to that sound. And if you need a bit more context around what you’re hearing, guided tours from whale song experts—like NOAA research oceanographer Ann Allen, bioacoustic scientist Christopher Clark, Cornell music professor Annie Lewandowski and more—point out especially interesting parts of the data.You can start exploring at g.co/patternradio. And to dive even deeper, learn more about the project at our about page and check out Ann Allen’s article on how this whole project got started on her NOAA Fisheries blog. Jump on in!


Newsmakers: Paula Miraglia gives news an academic view

Editor’s note: This year, we’re celebrating innovation in journalism through a series of interviews with changemakers from across the news industry. Through the Newsmakers series, you’ll get to know a few of the journalists, newsroom leaders, researchers and technologists who are shaping the future of news.Paula Miraglia spends much of her time working in news, as the CEO and co-founder of Nexo Jornal. But before taking that job, she didn’t have a news background at all. Much of her career was spent working in public policy, as a social scientist with a PhD in anthropology. But Paula says that her background gave her the knowledge she needs for today’s news industry.Like Miraglia, Nexo’s coverage of current events has an academic edge. Instead of covering every update around major news event, Nexo’s reporting digs deep into issues to share comprehensive coverage on complex topics. The award-winning Brazilian digital newspaper uses maps, video, illustrations, interactive elements and even music to create lasting content the outlives traditional breaking news coveragePaula shared with The Keyword how her commitment to supporting diverse voices, innovating with storytelling and focusing on readers is driving quality journalism at Nexo.With your background in social sciences, how did you first get started in journalism?During my previous career as an anthropologist, I worked on academic research and in public policy on topics related to public interest and well-being. The idea of starting Nexo and producing high-quality, balanced, accessible and evidence-based journalism, relates very much to this trajectory. Something that I share with the two other co-founders of Nexo, Renata Rizzi and Conrado Corsalette, is the idea that knowledge can change the world for the better. We believe that journalism can inform public debate, can make compelling use of evidence and data, can explain important phenomena, can illuminate issues that are relevant to the national agenda and, therefore, has the capacity of strengthening democracy.An example of recent reporting by Nexo that showed the concentration of financial assets owned by banks in Brazil when compared to banks based in other countries.What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in the past year?Nexo is a young organization; we are only three and a half years old. Although we have achieved a lot in this period and established new standards in terms of content quality, user experience and many other things, it’s clear to me that in order to keep growing and to constantly innovate it's necessary to foster a culture of daily innovation within the organization. If you don’t experiment you became obsolete and conventional very quickly.For me it’s clear now that our capacity to try new things and change fast is one of our greatest competitive advantages. But they are not givens. We need to be focusing on and stimulating them constantly.What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken recently?Nexo itself is a big risk, both from an editorial and a business perspective. We were pioneers in Brazil. Unlike traditional news organizations, we are not focused on reporting on breaking news. We are also different as subscription-based organization and that doesn’t have advertisements on our website. Although we have a number of revenue sources, subscriptions are our main one. The organization was also self funded from the start. But everyday we are reassured that it was a risk worth taking.The homepage of NexoWhat’s one thing the news industry should stop focusing on?Making readership numbers the main or exclusive measure of success. Although it's obviously relevant, sometimes writing for views can create traps and jeopardize the production of quality content. If you are only after the click, it may look good for a while, but in the long term it will make it harder to keep your business sustainable.What do you think will be key to the future of your job and the news industry?The industry has been rethinking itself in a very creative way in many senses. I believe that in terms of diversity, however, there is still a lot of room for us to improve. At Nexo we are now a 40-person newsroom with people of many different backgrounds. The more diverse our team gets, the bigger our capacity gets to tell the stories that really matter in a way that engages our audience.We have been improving our hiring processes in order to guarantee and amplify that, and we are about to launch an annual training program that will focus on black journalism students. I believe that news organizations can benefit a lot if they commit to having diversity as one of their priorities.


100 percent renewable energy, for the second year in a row

In 2017, we first reached our longstanding goal of buying enough renewable energy to match 100 percent of Google’s global annual electricity use. And we’re on a roll: during 2018, our purchases of energy from sources like solar and wind once again matched our entire annual electricity consumption.We’re the first organization of our size to achieve 100 percent renewable energy two years running, but just as important as reaching our goal is how we did it. Addressing climate change will require adding renewable energy wherever possible and, for us as a company, making decisions that have an impact beyond our walls. We’ve asked ourselves: how can we use our purchasing to do the most good in the broader energy system?Our first priority is to use as little energy as possible, operating our offices and facilities sustainably, with a strong focus on our data centers. Thanks toadvances in artificial intelligence and chip design, our data centers are seven times more energy efficient today than they were five years ago. Our latest Environmental Report shows that computing using centralized cloud services is up to 85 percent more efficient than using on-premises servers, which is good news for our users and the planet.As our energy consumption has increased, so have our purchases of renewable energy, allowing us to achieve our 100 percent renewable energy goal two years in a row.Still, keeping the internet humming is a big job, and it means finding ways to add new renewable energy to grids around the world. Our main strategy involves entering into long-term contracts, called Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), to buy electricity from wind or solar farms built near our facilities. PPAs have more impact than other purchasing methods, such as buying unbundled Renewable Energy Credits, because PPAs spur the construction of new renewable energy projects. In 2018, our energy purchasing kept pace with our demand thanks to several PPA-driven projects—including three wind farms in Scandinavia, dozens of massive wind turbines in Oklahoma, andmore than 120,000 solar panels in the Netherlands.We recently began buying electricity from this new solar project in the Netherlands, as seen on Google EarthAs much as we like PPAs, they’re complicated to arrange, which is why we’ve also begun to partner with utility companies. In four U.S. states, we’ve helped design programs that enable businesses to buy renewable energy through their power provider. We’re a customer for these programs, but we also see our work as opening pathways for other organizations. By making it simple to choose renewable energy through utilities, we can enable more companies to play a role in fighting climate change.Two final approaches can help expand renewable energy by making it more economical. In the Netherlands, we joined several companies to buy energy as a consortium. We hope our approach to cross-company energy purchasing will serve as a useful model for smaller companies interested in banding together to realize the cost savings that come with large renewable energy deals. We’ve also started using machine learning to make wind production in the central U.S. more predictable and valuable, improving the business case for deploying more of it.We source electricity from wind and solar projects on four continents, with a combined capacity of nearly 3.5 gigawattsSo what comes next?We want to make it simple for any business—be it a flower shop, retailer, or startup—to buy cheap renewable energy. Though clean energy now makes economic sense across much of the globe, it remains difficult for many companies to access. We’ve joined other major energy purchasers to launch the Renewable Energy Buyer’s Alliance, with the goal of catalyzing 60 gigawatts of new renewable purchases by 2025.Closer to home, last year we announced our intention to power our operations entirely with carbon-free energy—24x7, 365 days a year. To bridge the gap between intermittent renewable resources and the constant demands of the digital economy, we’ll have to test new business models, deploy new technologies, and advocate for new policies. Yet aiming for 24x7 carbon-free energy reflects reality—ultimately, it’s where the world must go. We’re excited to work with our partners to invent the way forward.


Working to map the air everywhere and help #BeatAirPollution

Whenever I go for a bike ride, I use Google Maps to find bike lanes and avoid busy streets. When I take my kids to the park, I check the weather forecast so I know what to expect. Imagine if we could also see maps of air quality in our neighborhoods, and route ourselves around the pollution for cleaner, healthier bike rides or park visits. What if every city in the world had “hyperlocal” air pollution information so that urban planners could pinpoint hotspots on maps and work to fix air quality problems?This goal is a good one to reflect on today for World Environment Day. This year’s theme raises awareness for air pollution, encouraging people everywhere to take action to #BeatAirPollution. Doing so will require a lot of effort from businesses, utilities, governments, scientists and everyday citizens.Project Air View is our commitment toward this goal: It’s Google’s effort to help map air pollution in every city in the world and give people and organizations accurate and reliable high-resolution maps of air quality. After our partners at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) first proposed the idea in 2012, we equipped Google Street View cars with air pollution sensors—starting with measuring greenhouse gas methane (with EDF), and expanding to measure particulate matter, ozone, nitrogen dioxide and more (with Aclima and EDF).Street View cars equipped with Aclima air quality sensorsToday scientists are starting to merge street-level air quality data with contextual data like satellite imagery, weather data, and government monitoring station data. New satellite sensors, like TROPOMI on the European Space Agency’s Sentinel 5p, are delivering daily pictures of air pollution for the entire globe. You can find this air quality satellite data in Google Earth Engine, along with weather data, atmospheric data and a lot of other Earth observation data (30 petabytes worth!).Animation showing nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in California and Nevadafor the time period August 27 to September 6, 2018.Fusing this satellite data with ground-level air quality is made easier by putting environmental data in the cloud. Air quality data collected with Street View cars is served up to researchers via Google Cloud BigQuery, where they can query the tens of millions of records in a matter of seconds. You can also find government monitoring station data published by EPA and OpenAQ in BigQuery through the Google Cloud Public Datasets program.How Project Air View can help us understand more about ground-level air qualityAir quality is an important issue and can be difficult to map on hyperlocal level, which is why we’ve taken time to make sure we get it right. We’ve made a lot of progress. After launching air quality maps for Oakland, CA with Aclima and EDF, we expanded to other regions of the state. More recently, we have worked with our research partners to add other U.S. cities like Houston and Salt Lake City, as well as Copenhagen, London, and Amsterdam in Europe.And today, we’re publishing a new batch of air quality data—the measurements we've made with Aclima between 2017 and 2018. Scientists can request access to the data via this form. This new mapping data supplements our previously released hyperlocal air quality data, which includes measurements in the San Francisco Bay Area and the northern San Joaquin Valley. The combined datasets now contain 140,000 miles and 7,000 hours of driving from 2016 through 2018. The data captures over three years of air quality moments and insights, big and small.What’s next?By the end of this year, we’ll equip 50 more Street View cars with the mobile-friendly Aclima Mobile Sensor Node, and hit the road in cities in Asia, Africa and South America. We’ll continue using tools like BigQuery and platforms like the Air Quality Data Commons to share this data with researchers whose work helps policymakers, businesses, and utilities make better decisions around air quality in their cities.In the future, we hope existing fleets of vehicles can be used in cities around the world for air quality measurement. We’re already seeing this happen. EDF and Houston’s Public Health Department worked together to equip a few vehicles in their city fleet with air sensors. EDF and the connected vehicle company, GeoTab, published a report showing how cities can determine if they can do the same. And recently, Aclima and Google Cloud have partnered to make this a reality in partnership with cities and counties across the U.S. and around the world. They’re launching in the County of San Mateo, and aim are bringing continuous hyperlocal air quality mapping to more than 100 municipalities and 10 million people in California by early next year.Research like this can spread awareness about air pollution, drive new science, and help people take action. If cities around the world join in the effort to measure air pollution, it will be one giant step toward achieving the lofty goal to #BeatAirPollution.


Catch up on the Cricket World Cup with a little help from Google

For all the fans looking to catch the action and understand the ins and outs of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Google Search, the Assistant, and YouTube have you covered.Stay in the know with Google SearchOver the next six weeks, you can explore the tournament table, stats and upcoming matches right in Google Search. Just search for “ICC Cricket World Cup” in English, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, or Urdu to get started.If you want to get in on the action before the opening toss, you can search for your favorite team—for instance “India cricket team”—to read up on the latest news, view squads, lineups, and even dive into winning probabilities, which will continuously update before and during the game.If you can’t watch a live match, Search can help you stay on top of the game. You can view short video clips highlighting exciting moments and read through live commentary in English and Hindi. If you’re following a team or all matches in the World Cup, you’ll also see game notifications appear on your home screen to make sure you don’t drop the ball.To keep track of all the matches, you can pin real-time scores on your Android phone screen from Search on mobile browsers or from the Android Google App. Find the match you’re looking for, tap and drag to pin the match anywhere on your screen.After each match, you can dive into summaries including player of the match, top performers and key moments. Within an hour after a game ends, you’ll find video recaps from select broadcasting partners featuring highlights of major match moments.On the front foot with your Google AssistantTo make sure you never miss a game, try asking your Assistant, “Hey Google, when does Australia play next?” And while you’re watching your favorite team hit another six or rip through the opposing top order, you can ask your Assistant for interesting stats about your favorite player or team -- like how many career runs a player has, or who the player of a specific match was. You can even get up-to-date stats by asking, "Hey Google, what are the current Cricket standings?" This also works in Google Search.Highlights, live audio, behind-the-scenes and more from YouTubeOn YouTube you can get highlights to every game on the official ICC channel. And top teams like England and Australia will take you behind the scenes with the players on their YouTube channels.    Now that you have everything you need to stay informed during the ICC Cricket World Cup, it’s time to pick up your bat and ball and dive into the action!


What the future of the classroom looks like

In 2019, kids around the world are getting a much different education than their parents did. In addition to traditional subjects like reading and math, today’s children are learning digital skills—and taking more control over their educational experiences. In recent years, new approaches and new tools have led to shifts in the classroom that are more significant than any other period in recent history.Google for Education partnered with a global team of researchers to understand these changes, examining hundreds of research studies and interviewing fourteen global education leaders. Today, we’re rolling out the Future of the Classroom Global Report, which examines research-based trends in classroom education. We’re highlighting eight key trends, exploring what’s driving these shifts and locating where they’re happening.Educators and guardians play pivotal roles in student success, and forging successful relationships between these groups is more top of mind than ever. In the U.S., according to our report, 76 percent of teachers and administrators say technology is important in engaging parents with their child’s school performance. Meanwhile, a majority of teachers in Spain (58 percent) report that more fluid communication with parents and students is a major benefit of using technology.  Student-led learning has developed momentum as well. Around the world, educators and guardians seek to give students more agency over their education, from what they learn to how their classroom operates. In America, 65 percent of educators say student-led learning is extremely valuable in developing 21st-century skills. And in Spain, students are pushed to be creative and think independently rather than stick to strict discipline.And with 92 percent of future jobs globally requiring digital skills, there’s a focus on helping students develop skills for careers that don’t yet exist. Last year, Sweden declared coding a core subject to be taught from the first year of primary school. And there is an appetite for these skills among students, too, with 85 percent of Brazilians from 16-23 indicating that they want to work in the technology sector.  We know that education isn’t black and white, so we’re looking beyond the research, too. Throughout the month, we’ll be hosting digital conference sessions to explore the topics live. And it’s important to consider multiple perspectives, so we’ve partnered with subject matter experts and educators around the world  to understand their views on these topics. Together, we hope to shed some light on an ever-changing classroom—and learn something new along the way, too.


Get your hands dirty this summer with these home and garden trends

Ah, the sweet smells of summer: barbecue, sunscreen, and some free time for the home projects that have been put off all year. Many people look to Google Images for ideas, useful information and help tackling projects around the house. You can quickly scan lots of images to find a style or product you like, then dive deeper on the web page to get started quickly.Lens in Google Images even lets you search inside of an image, so if you see something you like, you can select it and Google will show you similar images so you can keep exploring.We looked at some of the biggest search trends on Google over the past year to see what people are working on (or even just dreaming about) this summer.Architecture stylesIf your ambitions are of the “down to the studs” variety, reference the list of most top home style searches for some inspiration. This list has something for everyone, whether your dream home has Mediterranean vibes or takes you back to a different decade.Ranch style houseTudor styleCraftsman style houseMediterranean styleModern style homesCelebrity homesWho hasn’t wanted to live like a celebrity at some point? Trending celebrity homes this past year are a grab bag of actors, musicians and reality stars, many of whom had homes on the market recently. The percentages you’ll see for these celebs (and the trends that come later) indicate year-over-year increase in search interest.kristin cavallari new house, +5,000%beyonce and jay z house 2018, +5,000%zsa zsa gabor house, +450%julia roberts house, +250%dan bilzerian house, +200%Living roomFans of seashells and coral hues (and maybe a certain “golden” TV show) will be excited to learn that coastal inspired living rooms are on the rise.  1950s living room, +5,000%Coastal living room, +140%1970s living room, +110%Farmhouse living room ideas, +90%Victorian living room, +80%KitchenBringing the outside in (and the inside, out!): The biggest trend in kitchens over the past year isn’t even in the house.outdoor kitchen cabinets, +5,000%floating shelves in kitchen, +4,150%bohemian kitchen, +300%light grey kitchen cabinets, +140%kitchen wallpaper, +130%GardenFor the green thumbs (or those looking to acquire one), charming garden designs are on the rise, while more practically-minded gardeners are looking to grow their own food or protect it from hungry critters.Enchanted garden, +5,000%DIY raised garden bed, +5,000%Garden pathways, +5,000%Vegetable garden, +300%Garden tub, +200%DIY  Outdoor living spaces are popular with DIY-ers, along with projects ranging from simple to more involved.DIY bathroom shelves, +5,000%DIY outdoor kitchen, +550%DIY outdoor furniture, +300%DIY murphy bed, +250%DIY picture frames, +190%Paint colorsOnce again we see evidence that grey is seriously on-trend, with taupe hues following close behind.Blueprint paint color, +5,000%Nightwatch paint color, +2,750%Liquid Kitty paint color, +1,850%Metropolitan paint color, +1,000%On the rocks paint color, +400%FurnitureGo bold: liven up your living space with an orange statement sofa and a gold coffee table.orange leather sofa, +5000%emeco navy chair, +5000%live edge river table, +4,300%gold coffee table, +150%friends couch, +80%


How The Guardian grew its premium app offering

The Guardian was one of the first news organizations to embrace digital. They went from being the ninth-most read newspaper in the U.K. to a global news organization with an audience of over 155 million monthly browsers. Their journalism is watched, read and listened to around the world. They produce live blogs, podcasts and videos designed for multiple platforms and devices.They’re also committed to the sustainable provision of open and independent journalism; The Guardian is not behind a paywall. Instead, they developed a new progressive business model that focuses on deepening relationships with readers and developing new revenue streams directly from those readers. Today The Guardian generates more income from readers than advertisers, a unique business model that has begun to inspire the wider media industry.Guardian readers support their journalism through a combination of contributions, memberships and subscriptions, which includes their Premium app. They now have a significant number of subscribers to the premium tier of their app, which is steadily growing each week and has won a number of awards, including The Drum’s “App of the Year” award and the 2019 Webby award for mobile apps.In a new case study published today, The Guardian goes into detail on the development of this app, which has fundamentally changed the way in which they operate, collaborate and develop new revenue streams. Their team consulted with the Google Play and Partner Developer Relations teams on ways to promote awareness of, and upgrades to, the premium tier of their app, which was specifically designed around the habits of its audience. You can read the case study on the Google News Initiative’s website.Thanks to their reader-centric approach and growing suite of reader revenue initiatives, The Guardian’s revenues are growing, with digital revenues now at 55 percent of their total revenue—helping them achieve a digital transformation without putting up barriers to Guardian journalism.


Stonewall Forever: Honoring LGBTQ+ history through a living monument

Many people have shaped my life—my parents who brought me into the world; Miss Moran, my fifth grade teacher, who pushed me to be a better student; my late mentor Bill McCarthy who helped guide my career early in my professional life. But perhaps the most meaningful people in my life are my husband, whom I have been with for nearly 30 years, and my son, who gives me more joy (and a fair amount of frustration) than I could have ever imagined. For them, I owe thanks in large part to a valiant handful of New Yorkers whom I've never me. Their act of defiance ultimately enabled me to live, love and be who I am.It was early in the morning on Saturday, June 28, 1969, when the police raided the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street, one of the few places at the time where LGBTQ people could gather openly. New Yorkers fought back. This altercation, known as the Stonewall Riots, led to angry protests that lasted for days and sparked the modern fight for LGBTQ rights around the world.In 2016, President Obama designated Christopher Park, the small triangle of green that sits in front of the Stonewall Inn, as the first national monument dedicated to telling the story of this community’s struggle. The Stonewall National Monument serves as a reminder of the continuing fight for civil and human rights.This year marks the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. To recognize this pivotal moment in history, the LGBT Community Center of New York City (The Center) spearheaded the creation of Stonewall Forever, an interactive “living monument” to 50 years of Pride. Google provided support in the form of a $1.5 million grant from Google.org, and volunteers from Google Creative Lab helped bring the experience to life.Stonewall Forever connects diverse voices from the Stonewall era to the millions of voices in today’s LGBTQ community. The monument is made up of countless colorful pieces that contain digitized historical artifacts, oral histories capturing the early days of the movement, interviews with new voices of LGBTQ equality, and photos and messages added by people around the world.Anyone can visit Stonewall Forever on the web, and through an augmented reality app that allows you to experience the Stonewall National Monument in New York’s Christopher Park. Explore the past, present and future of Pride and then add your own piece to the ever-growing monument. You can dive deeper by watching a short documentary, directed by Ro Haber, featuring an inclusive array of activists, from across generations, each giving their own interpretation of the Stonewall legacy.Beyond our support of Stonewall Forever, we’re launching Pride Forever, a campaign honoring the past, present, and future of the LGBTQ+ community. This theme is rooted in sharing the past 50 years of global LGBTQ+ history with our users. Today’s interactive Google Doodle celebrates 50 years of Pride by taking us through its evolution over the decades, with animated illustrations by Doodler Nate Swinehart.  Google Arts & Culture is also preserving even more archives and stories from LGBTQ history, in partnership with The Center,GLBT Historical Society of San Francisco, the National Park Service’s Stonewall Monument, and Cyark. The collection includes never-before-seen photos and videos, 3D models of the Stonewall monuments, and a virtual walking tour of LGBTQ sites in the Village.Here are a few other ways we’re helping people celebrate Pride.Like past years, we’ll identify major Pride parade routes on Google Maps.Later this month, check out Google Play for apps, movies, books, and audiobooks to help the LGBTQ+ community share stories and also learn more about the history of LGBTQ+ rights.And through Google My Business, business owners can mark their businesses as “LGBTQ-friendly” and as a “Transgender Safe Space” on their Google listing to let customers know they’re always welcome. As of today, more than 190,000 businesses have enabled these attributes on their business listing.Today, Stonewall lives on in images, histories and monuments—old and new. It also lives on in the LGBTQ community and its supporters. The past paves the way for the future, and Stonewall Forever reminds us that alone we’re strong, but together we’re unstoppable. Pride is forever.


Rise and shine: new alarm clock features with the Assistant

Waking up to a blaring alarm—or accidentally forgetting to set an alarm entirely—isn’t the best way to start your day. For a more pleasant wake up, and to help manage your morning and evening routines, we teamed up with Lenovo to build the Assistant into a new alarm clock purpose built for your bedroom.Available for purchase in major U.S. retail and online stores starting today, the Lenovo Smart Clock comes with a sleek 4-inch interactive touchscreen and blends into your bedroom décor. While you’ll get many of the same Assistant features you’re already familiar with on other devices, the Smart Clock includes a few new tricks to help you get a good night's rest and start your day right.For example, the Assistant will suggest the best time to set an alarm for the next morning based on your alarm history or events in your calendar, so you won’t miss any important appointments. And with Sunrise Alarm, the brightness of the screen will gradually increase 30 minutes before your alarm goes off, evolving from dark colors to brighter lights that mimic the sunrise to help you wake up naturally. The Smart Clock also allows you to easily snooze the alarm—you can hard tap on it without having to look at the screen or just say “stop” without having to say “Hey Google” every time.This works like other Assistant-powered devices, so you can play podcasts, audiobooks and playlists, or use Routines to get multiple things done with a single command. By simply saying “Hey Google, good night,” you can turn off all the lights, activate your house alarm, decrease your smart clock volume, and play some relaxing music. While you sleep, the Smart Clock will transition to “dark mode,” so the screen doesn’t disturb you at night. Of course, it’s compatible with other smart speakers or smart displays with the Assistant so you can do multi-room audio grouping. The Smart Clock also includes a USB port to charge your phone while you sleep. We even designed clock faces you can choose from to fit your personal style and bedroom decor.The Smart Clock will be available for $79.99 at Best Buy and Walmart.com in the US, and later this week in the UK and Australia, with more countries to come later this year. Now get some rest!


Improve efficiency and collaboration with G Suite for Nonprofits

Time is important. As a nonprofit, every minute that your staff spends searching for emails or coordinating meetings is time away from making a difference for the communities or causes they serve. G Suite for Nonprofits is designed to help nonprofits work faster, smarter, and more collaboratively across different locations, at no charge. Here are a few ways G Suite for Nonprofits can help your team be more productive.Present your nonprofit professionallyWith Gmail, you can create an unlimited number of personalized email addresses for your team (like joe@yournonprofit.org). Your staff will be able to communicate with volunteers, supporters and the community with professional emails coming from your nonprofit's custom domain, resulting in brand awareness and increased trust in your communications.Make your next grant proposal popA successful grant proposal needs inspiring, structured, and concise content to stand out when competing against hundreds. Often you don’t have much time, you’re on a shoestring budget, and your co-workers are in different time zones. G Suite provides templates and suggested layouts to give your documents and slides a professional look, so that you can focus on content rather than design. Grammar suggestions in Docs make you a more confident writer, especially handy if you are working against a tight deadline. Real-time collaboration lets each member of your team contribute to the same file from anywhere.  And with all of these tools, your team will become even more productive and collaborative.Manage your volunteersThere are lots of ways G Suite can  help you engage with your volunteers more efficiently. When you create a Site, you can include a page to provide some background on your nonprofit and share volunteers success stories, add sections for onboarding and training materials, and post upcoming volunteer opportunities with an embedded Calendar. You can also embed a Form for volunteers to sign-up. The information they submit is automatically and safely stored in Sheets so you won’t misplace paper sign-up forms anymore. For reliable communications and updates, create a Group with all your volunteer emails. You can send an email to everyone in the group with one address, invite the group to an event, or share documents.Coordinate your nonprofit boardNonprofit boards are at the core of your strategy and coordinating them can be tricky, especially when members are spread across in many locations. With G Suite, you have the tools you need to coordinate with your board effectively. You can schedule board meetings on Calendar, and directly add members to the event. With Hangouts Meet, those who can’t participate in person will be able to join in a video call or dial in from their phone.Control your data securelyPrivacy and security are critical to nonprofits, especially when managing personal information that may be sensitive. G Suite is built on stringent privacy and security standards and allows you to add users easily, manage devices, and configure security and settings so that your data stays safe. This is essential, especially if your nonprofit has high turnover of staff or volunteers.G Suite for Nonprofits has helped many nonprofits to become more efficient and spend more time serving the community. Find out more about how G Suite for Nonprofits can help you.


Pick up the pace with three fitness apps, powered by Google Maps

When I began training for my first marathon 12 years ago, planning my routes was a big challenge. I’d often write directions on my wrist or carry a crumpled up paper map in my pocket. I’ve run many more marathons since then, and just last month, ran the Boston Marathon for the first time. But my training for Boston was vastly different because of my work at Google. I’m on a team that helps businesses—like those who build location-enabled fitness apps—to integrate data and insights from Google Maps into their products. So this time around I relied on a few of those apps to train, instead of my usual primitive methods (pro tip: paper maps don’t handle sweat very well).Today’s the last day of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, so I’m highlighting a few companies that are using Google Maps to keep their users (like me!) in the zone. Here are a few of my personal favorites and how they use Google Maps Platform.Overview of my route and stats from my Garmin ForerunnerFeeling a little safer while trainingNew runners don’t have to train without a location-enabled device (known in the running community as running “naked”). But if you’re like me and have been running for over a decade, you may remember the thrill of having only a vague sense of your pace and distance––and of course, getting hopelessly lost.Now I rely on my smartphone and Garmin Forerunner to help keep me on pace and on track, and suggest new trails and routes. Garmin uses our highly accurate location technology to provide metrics such as speed, distance, and elevation, as well as safety features. When running on remote trails, I can quickly and discreetly activate the assistance feature if I ever feel unsafe and share my location with pre-selected emergency contacts.Doing a Street View run in Lago di Vernago, ItalyTraining with real-world imagery and conditionsWhen I’m not running outdoors, I’m logging miles on my NordicTrack treadmillbefore my kids wake up. Although treadmillers seem impervious to that particular flavor of boredom, running indoors doesn’t mean staring at a blank wall anymore.NordicTrack, a treadmill made by ICON Health & Fitness, the world’s largest fitness equipment manufacturer, lets you trace a route anywhere in the world and run that route using Google Street View. So when temperatures hit triple digits or dip anywhere below 50 degrees (which is Texan for “freezing”), I can do a loop around my favorite neighborhood in Paris, or run up to one of Mount Everest’s base camps without leaving the house.I can also run several marathon courses right on the treadmill. Using information from Google Maps Platform, NordicTrack automatically accounts for real-world conditions. When training for the Boston Marathon this year, I was able to simulate the infamous Heartbreak Hill (worth preparing for both physically and mentally!). And when doing a coached workout, the speed automatically increases during intervals, allowing me to focus on my workout without having to make manual adjustments.My stats after a Zombies, Run! adventureFinding new ways to push my limitsSometimes you have to find new ways to motivate yourself to run farther or to get out and train when you’re not feeling up to it. As someone who suffers from kinemortophobia (that’s a fear of zombies, to save you the Google search), I was reluctant to try Zombies, Run!. But I’m so glad I did. It combines storytelling, role playing, gamification, and fitness to help people push their limits. The game weaves our location data and distance info into a riveting and surprisingly hilarious storyline where you avoid zombies and collect supplies along your journey. Zombies, Run! helps push me a little harder whenever I hear those zombies getting closer and helps me run just a little further when I’m close to the end of a mission.While zombies chase me as I train for the Tunnel Marathon in September, I’m hoping to break my personal record and qualify for the next Boston Marathon. Whether it’s discovering new running routes around the world on my treadmill or exploring new trails with my Garmin (still managing to get lost sometimes!), I’m proud to be a part of the team that brings Google Maps to fitness companies to keep us connected and moving.


Demo Day Asia 2019: the countdown to Bangkok begins

Top-notch startups from all over the region applied to be a part of our second Demo Day Asia, with ideas ranging from an imaging device for early breast cancer detection to making solar energy more accessible while improving education opportunities for kids. This year, we’re pleased to welcome eleven startups from around the region as finalists. Drumroll please…Demo Day Asia 2019 finalists include Anywhr (Singapore), Glazziq (Thailand), Kyna (Vietnam), Lily Medtech (Japan), Matelabs (India), Modoo (China), Soundbrenner (Hong Kong), Talkiplay (Australia), Tello Talk (Pakistan), Wahyoo (Indonesia), Yolk (Korea) The finalists will travel to Bangkok next month where they’ll take part in our Google for Startups Demo Day at the Techsauce Global Summit. As part of this, they’ll experience three days of mentorship, programming and networking to help them grow their businesses. This will culminate in a much anticipated pitch, where the finalists will have a chance to share their business propositions with our distinguished judges, including Jeffrey Paine from Golden Gate Ventures, Justin Nguyen from Monk's Hill Ventures, and Shannon Kalayanamitr from GOBI Partners.  As we saw at our first ever Demo Day Asia last year, there’s no shortage of ideas coming from this part of the world. We’re thrilled to give these talented entrepreneurs the opportunity to shine, to connect them with top investors, and help them realize their visions to solve big problems. Our countdown to Bangkok is on, and we can’t wait to highlight and support the next great tech champions of the region.


Update on Project Strobe: New policies for Chrome and Drive

Third-party apps and websites create services that millions of people use to get things done and customize their online experience. To make this ecosystem successful, people need to be confident their data is secure, and developers need clear rules of the road. That’s why last year we announced Project Strobe, a root-and-branch review of third-party developer access to your Google account and Android device data.As a result of our review, we implemented new policies across Gmail and Android to better protect your data. For example, with changes to SMS and Call Log permissions for Android apps, the number of apps with access to this sensitive information has decreased by more than 98 percent. These apps are still able to deliver core services to people just by switching to permissions that access less sensitive data, or by eliminating minor functionality in their apps.Today, we’re announcing additional changes as a result of Project Strobe, including new policies for Chrome extensions and the Drive API. Here’s what’s new:Trustworthy Chrome ExtensionsThere are more than 180,000 extensions in the Chrome Web Store, and nearly half of all Chrome desktop users actively use extensions to customize Chrome and their experience on the web—helping them keep track of to-dos or find shopping deals online. This ability to improve and personalize online experiences depends on a vibrant community of Chrome browser developers.Last October, we shared our intention to ensure that all Chrome extensions are trustworthy by default. Today, as part of Project Strobe, we’re continuing that effort with additional Chrome Web Store policies. Specifically:We’re requiring extensions to only request access to the appropriate data needed to implement their features. If there is more than one permission that could be used to implement a feature, developers must use the permission with access to the least amount of data. While this has always been encouraged of developers, now we’re making this a requirement for all extensions.We’re requiring more extensions to post privacy policies, including extensions that handle personal communications and user-provided content.Our policies have previously required any extension that handles personal and sensitive user data to post a privacy policy and handle that data securely. Now, we’re expanding this category to include extensions that handle user-provided content and personal communications. Of course, extensions must continue to be transparent in how they handle user data, disclosing the collection, use and sharing of that data.We’re announcing these changes in advance of the official policy rollout this summer to give developers the time needed to ensure their extensions will be in compliance. Developers can learn more about these changes in our FAQ.Tightening the Drive APILast fall we updated our user data policy to provide additional guidelines and restrictions for apps seeking to access your Gmail data. Today we’re announcing plans to extend the same policy to Google Drive, which will give you more control over what data third-party apps can access in Drive.When you connect third-party apps, Drive gives you one central place to keep all your files and helps you easily collaborate with others. With this updated policy, we’ll limit apps that use Google Drive APIs from broadly accessing content or data in Drive. This means we’ll restrict third-party access to specific files and be verifying public apps that require broader access, such as backup services.These changes will go into effect early next year. Visit the Cloud blog for more details.Our top priority is to protect user data and keep it safe, while continuing to enable developers to build features that people want and need. As we continue the work of Project Strobe, we’ll also work with our developer partners to give them appropriate time to adjust and update their apps and services.


Google Maps adds dish-covery to the menu

When you’re trying out a new restaurant, Google Maps already shows you how to get there, photos, reviews and ratings. But as you scan the menu, you’re probably wondering, “What’s good?” Now Google Maps is making it easy to “dish-cover” a restaurant’s most crowd-pleasing meals with a new popular dishes feature.Popular dishes from down the street and around the planetWhether you’re craving a tea cocktail in Brooklyn or sampling Pacific Rim cuisine in London, Google Maps now highlights a restaurant’s most popular items on the menu, so you can place your order with confidence.The popular dishes feature is powered by a machine learning algorithm that matches dish names, provided by Google Maps users, with relevant photos and reviews. This creates a handy arrangement of a restaurant’s most popular meals right at your fingertips in Google Maps.Simply pull up a restaurant on Google Maps to find its popular dishes in the overview tab. Feeling extra peckish? Dive into the menu tab to scroll through all the most-talked about meals, and tap on a popular dish to explore reviews and photos. In a country where you can’t read the language? Maps will also translate the reviews for you too.  The new popular dishes feature makes it easier to discover a restaurant’s most talked-about meals.At the end of the day, this feature is  made possible because of contributions from people around the world who want to help others using Google Maps. So if you want to pay it forward to the next diner, simply take a photo of your meal (before you’ve scarfed it down!) and add a dish name so others can know what’s good on the menu.From getting you directions to helping you find a popular dish, Google Maps is there for your dining journey. You’ve heard of “farm-to-table”—now we bring you from “door-to-dish.”It’s all part of Google Maps becoming even more helpful as you travel, dine and get things done. From a redesigned Explore tab in Google Maps that helps you find things to do, group planning features that make it easier to coordinate with friends and family, and now popular dishes, Google Maps is helping you get out and enjoy the world.Starting today, popular dishes is live on Google Maps for Android devices worldwide and will be rolled out to iOS users in the coming months.


Banks find that investing in Android pays off

Banks around the world have been turning to Android to help them with a mobile-first approach for their organizations, backed by multi-layered security and privacy protections. Many banks and financial institutions are now deploying or trialling Android Enterprise solutions, which provide choice via a range of fully-managed devices as well as enabling BYOD programs.Enhancing productivity with flexible, personal solutionsWith Android, financial teams can adopt efficient working environments, both internally and externally as they work to deliver enhanced customer experiences. Ben Groeneveld, Director of Enterprise Mobility, Chat and Collaboration at the Standard Chartered Bank, explains how Android has helped employees work more productively by securely accessing corporate information on their mobile devices: “Android has enabled us to scale our mobility strategy so that employees can use their own devices knowing their privacy is protected, thanks to the Android work profile. We're able to rely on platform-level native security that meets regulatory obligations, and our colleagues can work more flexibly, knowing that their personal apps and data have been kept separate and private.”Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) is the third largest building society (similar to a credit union) in the U.K., and has created a flexible work environment for employees with Android. YBS initially deployed Android-powered kiosk devices to the larger retail branches and customer-facing mortgage brokers, but expanded its deployment to a set of standardized handsets that extended services beyond email and calendar to intranet access and third-party corporate applications. Andrew Ellison, YBS IT Desktop End User Computing Delivery Manager, says a secure and stable digital environment was critical, with Android Enterprise providing the perfect mix of device management and delivering secure corporate applications and services to teams while giving them a personal experience: “The robust, secure, and flexible management offered by Android was a key differentiator, as it means we’ve been able to give people the tools to work more flexibly, helping us achieve efficiencies with a flexible working policy.”Delivering on industry security requirementsAndroid’s multi-layered security protections, validated by Gartner, gives banks the information they need to deploy Android across their organization. CaixaBank, the number one retail bank in Spain, has deployed over 22,000 Android devices to its employees as part of its plan to put technology at the service of employees and customers. According to Pere Nebot, Chief Information Officer at the bank, “Android helps our employees offer the best customer experience while complying with the highest security requirements established in the banking industry. The deployment is adding additional productivity capabilities and functionalities to our workforce, allowing our employees to offer a full range of services from any location.”Companies in tightly-regulated sectors like banking set an incredibly high bar for any technology solution or platform they deploy. With the Android Enterprise Recommended program, banks can select devices that meet these elevated enterprise requirements. For HSBC, the program provides a guide for its mobility strategy. John Burton, Head of Product Management for Client Services, says, “We’re only going to consider supporting Android Enterprise Recommended devices within our ecosystem. For us, that means we can set a baseline for the manageability of the device, the way it's enrolled, level of security patching it gets and the consistency of the device.”Android offers layered security defenses and a breadth of device solutions that meet the rigorous needs of financial service institutions. Employee-friendly options like the work profile and the device curation of Android Enterprise Recommended ease the burden on IT departments when it comes to management and device testing.For guidance on getting started with Android, discover how the Android Enterprise Recommended program can help your organization find the right devices and services, validated for the elevated needs of enterprise use.


New Data Studio developer tools make building connectors and viz easier

Data Studio, Google’s data visualization platform, includes a developer features that expand the flexibility and functionality of your dashboards. Using Data Studio community connectors and community visualizations, you can connect to any internet-connected data source, and create custom visualizations tailored to your data and storytelling needs.Recently, we created the Data Studio Community Component generator (dscc-gen), a command-line tool that streamlines building community connectors and community visualizations. dscc-gen provides working templates and opinionated workflows that make it quick and easy to create and deploy your projects.Community Connectors toolingTypically, developing a community connector means using the online Apps Scripts environment. The online editor is an excellent tool that can be used for all online tasks, but it doesn't support automating repetitive (and error-prone) tasks. By using a project generated from dscc-gen, updating a deployment becomes as easy as running npm run update_production and trying out your latest changes is just npm run open_latest.To create a new community connector with dscc-gen, just run this command:npx @google/dscc-gen connectorAfter the command finishes, you will have a working connector with a production deployment and best-practice deployment scripts. If you have an existing connector, you can still use dscc-gen to get the best-practice deployment scripts. See existing connectors for details.For more information on commands that are available, see the local development developer documentation.  Community Visualization toolingTypically, developing a community visualization means editing local files, re-uploading the changes, and reloading a Data Studio report. This template provides a local development cycle and scripts that make bundling and deploying your code a breeze. By using a project generated by dscc-gen, deploying a visualization with caching enabled becomes as easy as running npm run build:prod && npm run push:prod.To create a new community visualization with dscc-gen, just run this command:npx @google/dscc-gen vizAfter the command finishes, you will have a working visualization with a lightning-fast local workflow and best-practice build/deployment scripts.For a rundown of how to best use this tool, visit the local development developer documentation.Templates and use casesOur tooling supports the most common use-cases for connectors and visualizations. We’ve open sourced the library and code on GitHub, where you can make and request improvements.Looking forwardWe’re continually adding features to our developer platform. Community visualizations just added support for filter interactions, and connectors added many improvements throughout 2018. Sign up for updates on our the Data Studio developer ecosystem.


Google Marketing Platform Partners now available globally

Last year we announced Google Marketing Platform Partners, a new program designed to ensure you have access to the resources you need to do more effective marketing and grow your business with Google Marketing Platform. Whether you want to build out in-house skills or engage a service provider, we’ve developed a robust partner program that allows you to confidently find the expertise you need.Starting today, Google Marketing Platform Partners is accepting applications globally. We have nearly 600 partners, and are accepting applications for new partners in most major markets around the world. If you’re a prospective partner, you can review the process and policies for product certifications and submit an application.Trusted sourcesFrom single projects to long-term partnerships, Google Marketing Platform Partners helps you find the right people with the right expertise to meet your business needs. Leading interactive agencies, system integrators, and top technology, data and media companies are available to support multiple areas of your business. And each partner is rigorously vetted by Google with a comprehensive certification process.The partner program includes:Certified Individuals who make up a broad global talent pool of advanced Google Marketing Platform practitioners who have successfully demonstrated expertise through successful completion of product exams.Certified Companies that provide consulting, training, implementation, operations and technical support services for Google Marketing Platform. These companies not only have individuals certified in one or more products, but they have a high level of knowledge, practical and industry experience, as well as stellar customer references.Sales Partners that are Google Marketing Platform experts in addition to being Certified Companies. They partner closely with Google to provide consulting and support services, in addition to selling the technology on our behalf.Google Marketing Platform Partner certifications assess practitioner and corporate competency with regard to campaign setup, strategy, measurement, optimization, and troubleshooting for the following products: Display & Video 360, Search Ads 360, Google Analytics, Campaign Manager, and Google Web Designer. Additionally, certifications for Data Studio, Tag Manager, and Optimize are offered to companies that have become certified on at least one of the core product certifications listed above.Teaming upThink of Google Marketing Platform Partners as a way to develop your extended marketing team, backed by Google. To get started, search for partners in your area that match your business needs.


Introducing Data Studio Community Visualizations as Chart Interaction Filters

Community Visualizations as Chart FiltersAt the beginning of 2019, we introduced richer interactivity in Data Studio, enabling charts to  act as filters, facilitating more interactive data explorations and faster time to insight. If you’ve been following the community visualizations developer preview, you may have noticed that community visualizations haven’t yet supported chart interaction filters.Now, we’ve added the capability for developers to add filter interaction functionality to community visualizations. When interacting with a community visualization that supports filter interactions, your interactions with the community visualization can filter the rest of your dashboard.For example: below is a community visualization heatmap that acts as a chart interaction filter.Temperature heatmap community visualization. Each cell is selectable and can filter the table underneath. See the report live.Community visualizations acting as chart filters make even more custom, interactive charts possible in your reports. You can create calendar heatmaps where you can click-and-drag to select a date range, or a timeseries chart where you filter dragging a rolling window along your chart. You could even create a dendrogram of organizational chart data, and select different nodes to filter the dashboard by the individuals represented at each node.Report editors can enable filter interactions for each visualization, and use them to filter other components on the dashboard, just like the Data Studio built-in charts.We’re continuing to add features to make community visualizations more powerful and easier to use. Learn how to add filter interactions to your community visualization by reviewing our developer documentation, and sign up to keep up with the latest in Data Studio developer features.