YouTube and Adweek to spotlight Super Bowl XLVII ads and voting gallery on Ad Blitz channel (Video)

Super Bowl XLVII is Sunday, in case you already didn’t know, and Google—being the Internet advertising giant that it is— is doing everything it can to capitalize on the big day.

The YouTube Ad Blitz channel currently offers pre-game content like predictions, party recipes, and playoff coverage, but it will also let viewers watch their favorite game ads soon as they air on TV. Channel viewers can further vote for the best ad at the end of the game on Sunday.

Google also collaborated with Adweek to feature the Ad Blitz voting gallery, according to the YouTube Global blog:

To make this year bigger than ever, we’ve partnered with ADWEEK to feature the Ad Blitz voting gallery onAdweek.com as well as on YouTube, and ADWEEK’s executive editor James Cooper and senior editor Tim Nudd will break down the night’s highlights via a post-game Google+ hangout. We also added a slew of new social and gaming components to make the Ad Blitz YouTube channel the perfect big game companion whether you’re on your laptop, smartphone, or tablet.

New highlights to the channel specifically enable viewers to create and share a touchdown dance GIF, log into social networks to share team spirit or see real-time insight of the game, test accuracy with an ‘ole finger-flick Paper Football game, get instant advertising advice from an ad coach, and learn fun facts about game advertising via Adweek.

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FCC filings uncloak Google Glass

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The Federal Communications Commission just published official filings for Google Glass.

The documents give the first in-depth look at Google’s wearable headset, and, according to the filings, the Google Glass Explorer Edition —that Google cofounder Sergey Brin promised to developers at I/O last year— boasts a 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi radio module by Broadcom and low-energy Bluetooth 4.0.

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One filing further described the headset as having a USB charger—likely microUSB—for a charging method, but, as The Verge even noted, another document suggested a “barrel” connector instead.

One of the more interesting aspects described in the documents is an “integral vibrating element that provides audio to the user via contact with the user’s head.” Engadget assumed this technology relates to a bone conduction patent that surfaced in early January and depicts a wearable computing device with an indirect bone-conduction speaker.

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Google Chrome and Disney unveil 3D web browser experience for ‘Oz: The Great And Powerful’

Google apparently invited the press recently to witness its latest collaboration with Disney: an interactive 3D world that lets folks literally find their way to the land of Oz with just the Chrome web browser.

Babble.com’s Ana Flores attended the event yesterday at Google’s Los Angeles offices, where the Internet Giant unveiled the Google Chrome experiment FindYourWaytoOz.com. It’s not live yet, though, as it officially launches Feb. 5.

“This being the first time ever that Google partners with a major studio, what they have jointly created combines superior web technology and master storytelling,” Flores explained. “Google took the worlds of ‘Oz: The Great and the Powerful’ and brought it to life in a full interactive, 3-D browser experience that we can each make our own through pictures, videos and audio, without the need of messing with additional plugins or apps.”

Deadline.com’s Jen Yamato further described the Google tie-in as a “plugin-free, in-browser web experience linking the next advance in Google Chrome technology with the world of ‘Oz: The Great And Powerful’.” She specifically said it utilizes WebFL to showcase the experience without needing Flash or Quicktime plugins. Also, as part of the experience and journey to OZ, users can have fun at a circus, play games, and customize their photos and tunes.

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New Chrome-like Android statue appears on Google’s Mountain View campus (Updated)

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Google has a new Android statue on its Mountain View campus.

Android Community Manager Paul Wilcox posted a photo on Google+ of the chrome-coated statue this morning that looks as though it is waiving to folks from Building 45’s entryway.

Google typically installs statues opposite of the lawn, as The Verge also noted, when a new version of Android debuts. The color of the statue, however, seems to suggest an upcoming blend of both Google’s Android and Chrome operating systems. Wilcox dashed any hopes of a new version of Android in his Google+ post, though.

“To be clear, this post is a little tongue-in-cheek and is not meant to be a sneaky announcement of a new version of Android,” he said. “It is, however, an announcement of a new statue.”

UPDATE: Google Android Support Partner Adam Wilson posted a new photo (below) on Friday of the statue all lit up:

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LG Optimus L7 II Dual renders leak in Russia, with 4.3-inch display, dual SIM, and possible MWC launch

LG launched the Optimus L3, L5, and L7 at last year’s Mobile World Congress, and new leaked renders suggest the South Korean manufacturer plans to introduce a successor to the lineup.

Russian website Hi-Tech posted both black and white renders of a smartphone— allegedly called “LG Optimus L7 II Dual”—and claimed it will launch in Russia next month.

The device supposedly boasts dual-SIM capabilities, a 4.3-inch IPS display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camera, and a 2460mAh battery. Oh, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will come onboard with LG’s QuickMemo, QuickTranslator, and QSlide.

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Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd pitch ideas for Samsung’s ‘Next Big Thing’ Super Bowl ad [Video]

Samsung already confirmed that Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd would be teaming up to star in a two-minute long Super Bowl ad for the company, and today we get a taste of what to expect with a short video showing the two actors pitching ideas for the upcoming ad. The full Super Bowl ad, titled “The Big Pitch,” apparently “shows Rogen and Rudd on a quest to become the Next Big Thing” and was directed by Jon Favreau.  Read more

Google launches third-annual 2013 Science Fair for ‘next generation of scientists and engineers’ (Video)

Google launched its third annual Google Science Fair today to find the next generation of scientists and engineers between the ages of 13 and 18.

Google explained on the official Google blog that students can enter the Science Fair in 13 languages, but deadline for submissions is April 30 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Google will select 90 regional finalists in June, and the public can meet the 15 finalists in a series of Google+ Hangouts on Air in August and even vote for the Inspired Idea Award. Judges will then choose 15 finalists, who will then go to Google headquarters for the last event on Sep. 23.

Lastly, at the finals, a panel of distinguished international judges will pick winners in each age group, along with one Grand Prize winner. The Science Fair is in partnership with CERN, the LEGO Group, National Geographic, and Scientific American, and Google said prizes include a $50,000 scholarship, a trip to the Galapagos with National Geographic Expeditions, as well as “experiences at CERN, Google or the LEGO Group and digital access to the Scientific American archives for the winner’s school for a year.”

Google will also give a $10,000 cash grant and offer a Google+ Hangout with CERN to the Grand Prize winner’s school. Meanwhile, the Scientific American will specifically give a $50,000 Science in Action prize to one project that “makes a practical difference by addressing a social, environmental or health issue.”

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Google Forms refreshed with real-time collaboration, auto-save, and more new features

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We have been used to real-time collaboration with Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets for quite some time, but today Google announced on the Google Drive blog that it is refreshing its Forms app with new features, including the ability to collaborate in real-time.

If you need to work with two colleagues on a survey, all three of you can work on the same form simultaneously and even have a group chat on the side, without leaving the form.

Google also said it’s making the entire Forms experience within Google Drive faster and cleaner including auto-saves and the ability to undo and redo edits. You can also now paste bullet lists and multiple spreadsheet rows to automatically insert answers, as well as access new keyboard shortcuts:

Improved copy-and-paste will let you copy a list of bullets from the web or multiple rows of text from a spreadsheet; then, when you paste into a form, each line will be appear as an individual answer. And you can use keyboard shortcuts to get things done more quickly.

The updated Forms app will roll out to Google Drive and Sheets users over the next few days. You’ll also be able to access the new Forms experience from the Chrome web app. A video of the new copy/paste enhancements below: Read more

Samsung advertises its Work/Life balance Galaxy line to those searching for Blackberry10 info

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The company formerly known as RIM, Blackberry, just unveiled BlackBerry10 and two new devices, and it looks as though Samsung decided to not waist time and run competing ads for its Note II.

The above “Work. Life. Balance.” advertisement surfaces on Google when Web surfers try to search for more information about BlackBerry 10. But, that’s not all: Samsung also apparently bought promoted spots on Twitter, as evident by the tweet below.

At Blackberry’s event, musician Alicia Keys said, “I want to further enhance this concept of having your work life and your personal life in one device.” She was promoting BlackBerry 10′s marketing strategy of business and consumer functionality. Samsung clearly knew this would be the company’s target, because its promoted ad instead suggested the Note II as the perfect balance between work and life.

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Photo of white Nexus 4 leaks (Updated)

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PhoneArena claims to have the first photo of a white Nexus 4. The picture shows just the back of the device, and it is the only proof we have a unicorn version of the phone existing. A white Nexus 4 wouldn’t be a huge surprise, though, as both the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus launched in black and later in white. It’s unclear at the moment if, like the previous Nexus, the body will be white with a black bezel or if it will follow the footsteps of the iPhone and Galaxy S line and be entirely white. PhoneArena has no rumored launch date for the device, as it could just be quietly added to the Play Store or formally launched at I/O in May.

UPDATE: Vietnamese website Tinhte posted a huge gallery of the white Nexus 4. It looks as though the white covers the back and sides of the phone, but the front bezel is black. Check out just a few of the images below.

Google Earth ‘Tour Guide’ feature adds 100K new tours & 1M user-generated photos

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Google announced today on the Google Earth Google+ page that it is launching a major update to the iOS, Android, and desktop Google Earth apps. Google is updating the tour guide and 3D imagery features it launched in October with Google Earth 7, and it announced the addition of 100,000 new tours of “popular sites, cities and places across 200 countries.” It is also adding as over 1 million user-generated Panoramio photos:

The new, richer tours combine 3D flyovers, Wikipedia snippets and – for the first time – place highlight and more than 1 million user-generated Panoramio photos in order to create an immersive and educational exploration of your favorite places. Each tour ends with a selection of photo thumbnails which were selected from Panoramio as the best representation of a given place. Clicking on one of the thumbnails enables a full screen photo experience. Read more

Google praises immigration reform, says foreign-born individuals ‘play a vital role at Google’

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Google wants the world to know that many of its products and businesses are spearheaded by highly skilled immigrants.

Immigrants are also prevalent in the tech sector, Google said, as they have founded over 40 percent of tech companies, such as Yahoo, eBay, and Intel. Moreover, according to a recent Kauffman Foundation study, roughly one-quarter of all companies started between 2006 and 2012 had a foreign-born founder. These same companies generated $63 billion in sales and employed over 560,000 workers in 2012.

So, why is Google showing so much appreciation for foreigners born outside of the United States? Aside from the fact that co-founder Sergey Brin is Russian-born, Senior Vice President of People Operations Laszlo Bock explained the reasoning on Google’s official Public Policy blog:

This is why we strongly support the bipartisan efforts being made to reform our high skilled immigration laws. We look forward to working with Congress and the Obama Administration to ensure that talented individuals will continue to innovate in the U.S. – a critical part of getting the economy back on track and making it stronger for the long-run.

Google is specifically referring to a bipartisan group of four senators that unveiled a bill this morning that could boost Silicon Valley and help immigrants. The Immigration Innovation Act of 2013, among other things, would increase the H-1B visa cap for skilled foreign workers, according to The Hill.

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