Google Friends Newsletter - June 2007


Browse the Google Earth Gallery

There is so much wonderful content that our users have created for Google Earth that we could never highlight it all in this newsletter. So now, we're showcasing these KML files in the new Google Earth Gallery. To see the 6 new user-created KML files highlighted each week, you can either go to the website or add the gallery's Google Gadget to your iGoogle page.
Google Earth Gallery:
Google Earth Gadget:


Express yourself on Google Maps

You can now use Google Maps to write reviews for businesses. To get started, click on the 'Write a review' link at the top of the business details window. Whether you've discovered the best deli in your neighborhood or had fantastic service at a restaurant last weekend, share your reviews with everyone on Google Maps.

Discover content on Google Calendar

Use the new Google Calendar gallery to browse events and calendars that are available to everyone. You can find cool content from Netflix, the NBA, and Disney, to name a few. Some other new features you'll find in Google Calendar: send an email update for an upcoming event with the "Email Guests" link on the top right of the event details, and select "Show current time" from the "Settings" page to view a red line over the current time on your calendar.

It's a small world

Something we've learned from YouTube is that interesting and compelling video content can come from all kinds of people, from professionals to students to parents and families. And because great videos also come in all languages, YouTube is now available in 9 countries: Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Users visiting the YouTube site from these regions will experience a fully translated and localized site, including videos in their own languages, video ratings, sharing, and content flagging. Any content posted to YouTube will be accessible from all the localized country sites, and switching from one YouTube language site to another is simple -- just click the "Country" link at the top of the page.

Google Developer Day

On May 31st, we held the first Google Developer Day around the world. More than 5,000 software developers gathered in San Jose, London, Paris, Madrid, Hamburg, Moscow, Beijing, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, and Sydney. These software pros use Google products to build websites and programs for consumers and businesses -- such as software applications that sync Google Calendar and other calendar programs, or real estate sites that display listings on top of Google Maps. In addition to free food, these software engineers spent the day leading technical sessions on how to build great products using Google services.


+Is green the new black?+

It seems you can hardly turn around lately without getting some news about climate change, sustainability, and environmentalism in general. If you want to get involved, there are countless programs, products and efforts you can undertake as an individual, from recycling or biking to work to buying a hybrid car or low-flow toilet. And there are plenty of things businesses can do too. As a global employer, Google is engaged with several initiatives. These include:

- solar power: we recently completed what may currently be the largest corporate solar installation in the U.S. at our Mountain View, California campus. With this in place, we hope to offset about 30% of our peak-hour output.

- corporate commuting: we manage a fleet of shuttle buses that carry some 1,500 Googlers to and from work all around the San Francisco Bay area, with additional benefits and credits for those who carpool, take the train, bike, or have a hybrid vehicle.

- plug-in hybrids: we're supporting research for this promising vehicle technology that may double the mileage of today's hybrid cars.

- carbon neutrality: we've pledged to become carbon neutral as a company - around the world - by the end of 2007. You can read more about all of these programs and more on our new "green" site.

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Top 10 Swedish Metal Bands

Top 10 Swedish Metal Bands:
The country of Sweden has always been a hotbed of heavy metal, launching the careers of some of the most successful metal bands. There were so many amazing bands to choose from that great groups such as Bathory, Dissection, Hammerfall and many others didn't make the list. Here are the top 10 metal bands that hail from Sweden, as selected by the About Guide To Heavy Metal, Chad Bowar.

1. Opeth
Not only are they the best band in Sweden, Opeth ranks right up there in the entire metal genre. They are an extremely diverse group, mixing death metal with many other styles, and even using acoustic instruments in some of their songs. The vocals are also diverse, and the lyrics are exceptional.

Recommended album: Ghost Reveries (2005)

2. In Flames
Even with multiple lineup changes In Flames continues to be at the top of the death metal genre. Mixing death metal growls with clean singing, they have a wide appeal that grows with each release.

Recommended album: The Jester Race (1996)

3. Dark Tranquillity
Dark Tranquillity, formed in 1989, were another band at the beginning of the melodic death metal movement. And unlike some groups whose time in the sun has come and gone, Dark Tranquility continues to progress and release great albums.

Recommended album: The Gallery (1995)

4. Evergrey
In a country where melodic death metal reigns supreme, it may seem like an unusual choice to rank a progressive metal group like Evergrey so highly. But when you factor in their extraordinary musical ability and great songwriting, it's an easy choice. Tom S. Englund has one of the best voices in metal, and Evergrey are the complete package.

Recommended album: Recreation Day (2003)

5. Soilwork
It may seem strange, but Soilwork has been accused of being "too commercial." Their style of melodic death metal is very palatable compared to some bands in the genre, but I doubt you'll be hearing any of their music on your local pop station anytime soon. They write really good songs and have a great mix of the brutal and the melodic.

Recommended album: The Chainheart Machine (2000)

6. At The Gates
At The Gates were at the forefront of melodic death metal in the early '90s. Before disbanding in 1996 they recorded several influential and respected albums. Some of their members went on to form The Haunted.

Recommended album: Slaughter Of The Soul (1995)

7. Meshuggah
Meshuggah plays a really diverse form of metal that utilizes unusual time signatures and tempo changes combined with thrash and death metal elements and a lot of experimentation. They tend to be hit and miss, but when they're on, they are really good.

Recommended album: Destroy Erase Improve (1995)

8. Amon Amarth
Originally called Scum, the death metal band Amon Amarth incorporates Viking imagery into their lyrics and a lot of melodic elements into their music.

Recommended album: Fate Of Norns (2004)

9. Candlemass
Candlemass are one of the pioneers of doom metal. They've been doing it for 20 years, and original vocalist Messiah Marcolin has once again left the band.

Recommended album: Nightfall (1987)

10. Arch Enemy
Arch Enemy is unique in that they are a death metal band with a female vocalist. Angela Gossow screams with just as much fury as anyone else and after several years with the band has proven to be no novelty act.

Recommended album: Anthems Of Rebellion (2003)
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Google update Google Docs & Spreadsheets layout

p/s: ada sapa2 yg aktif pakai service nih?

Visit Google Docs & Spreadsheets here.

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Inmates cover hole with pancake batter

Inmates cover hole with pancake batter:
SCOTT CITY, Missouri - Police said inmates used pancake batter and toothpaste to cover a hole they made to allow a female inmate to slide into the next cell and join a male inmate. Now steel plates are being added to the Missouri jail's interior walls.

The hole at the Scott City Jail was discovered this weekend, said police Chief Don Cobb. He said inmates removed a block from the wall, after making a digging tool with a nail, a wire from a light fixture and a toothbrush.

The mixture of pancake batter and toothpaste looked like mortar, he said.

Prisoners will stay in a county jail until a security check is completed at the city building.

The city jail's exterior walls already are reinforced with steel to prevent inmates from escaping, Cobb said.

"Unless they can smuggle in an arc welder, they aren't getting through that," he said.

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Baby Given 25 Middle Names - All Boxers

A mother has given her new baby daughter 25 middle names - all famous boxers. Her full name is: Autumn Sullivan Corbett Fitzsimmons Jeffries Hart Burns Johnson Willard Dempsey Tunney Schmeling Sharkey Carnera Baer Braddock Louis Charles Walcott Marciano Patterson Johansson Liston Clay Frazier Foreman Brown.

The child's mother said she gave them all those names because her parents "are obsessed with boxing and have a bit of a daft sense of humour". Link

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Hotdog eating champion gets jaw arthritis

A Japanese man who set a world record by wolfing down 53 hot dogs in 12 minutes has suffered a severe jaw injury due to his rigorous training, making his next title uncertain.

Takeru 'Tsunami' said he can only open his mouth to make a gap the size of a fingertip after being diagnosed with jaw arthritis.

The injury occurred only a week after the slender 29-year-old started training to win his sixth straight title at the annual July 4 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating contest on New York's Coney Island. Link

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Bon Jovi - Lost Highway - 2007 (mp3 full album download)

1. Lost Highway
2. Summertime
3. Make a Memory
4. Whole Lot Of Leaving
5. We Got It Going On
6. Any Other Day
7. Seat Next To You
8. Everybody's Broken
9. Stranger (feat. Leann Rimes)
10. The Last Night
11. One Step Closer
12. I Love This Town
13.(You Want To) Make A Memory (Live at the Cannery Ballrom)
14.Lost Highway (Live at the Cannery Ballrom)

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Rare turtle hatches in Tennessee

Rare turtle hatches in Tennessee:
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The newest addition to the Tennessee Aquarium is a recently hatched rare turtle of an endangered species displayed in only a few places in North America.

A rare Beal's four-eyed turtle, named for two white spots on the back of its head that look like another pair of eyes, hatched from a clutch of three eggs, aquarium officials announced Friday.

"This little turtle in Chattanooga may represent the first successful reproduction of Sacalia bealei in a North American institution," aquarium herpetologist Enrico Walder said.

The baby turtle weighed only 6 grams and was 38 millimeters long when it hatched June 9.

There are only 18 known Beal's four-eyed turtles in the United States and Europe. The Dallas Zoo and the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero, Calif., are the other two places in the U.S. with the turtles, aquarium officials said.

The turtles were once common in southern China, butd researchers believe their numbers will not grow large again because of their low reproductive rates.

"As with many Asian species the Beal's four-eyed turtle has been over collected for use in the Chinese food and traditional medicine trade," Walder said.

A male Beal's four-eyed turtle is currently on display at the aquarium, but the baby will not be exhibited until it is older.
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Bon Jovi - (You Want To) Make a Memory (mp3 + lyrics)

Hello again, it's you and me
Kinda always like it used to be
Sippin' wine, killing time
Trying to solve life's mysteries

How's your life, it's been a while
God it's good to see you smile
I see you reaching for your keys
Looking for a reason not to leave

If you don't know if you should stay
If you don't say what's on your mind
Baby just breathe
There's nowhere else tonight we should be

You wanna make a memory?

I dug up this old photograph
Look at all that hair we had.
It's bittersweet to hear you laugh
Your phone is ringing I don't wanna ask

If you go now, I'll understand
If you stay, hey, I've got a plan
We're gonna make a memory
You wanna steal a piece of time
You can sing the melody to me
And I can write a couple of lines

You wanna make a memory?

If you don't know if you should stay
And you don't say what's on your mind
Baby just breathe
There's nowhere else tonight we should be
We Should be

You wanna make a memory
You wanna steal a piece of time
You can sing the melody to me
And I can write a couple of lines

You wanna make a memory? (x2)

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19th Century Bomb Found In Whale

Part of a 19th century bomb has been found inside a whale.

The fragment is part of a time delay bomb that was introduced in 1879 and manufactured until 1885, reports the BBC.

It suggests the bowhead whale may have swum its first strokes not long after the American Civil War.

Scientists say it is rare to find a whale over 100 years old but believe some may reach 200.

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Man 'Shot Wife's PC'

p/s: kalau dah kawen tu jgn nak menggatal he he ...

A US man allegedly shot his wife's computer after he caught her chatting to other men on MySpace.

Jason Griffith, 23, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, was arrested on charges including reckless endangerment, terrorist threats and harassment.

Police allege he fired a single .40-calibre bullet into his wife's computer tower after a 2am argument in their bedroom, reports the Times Tribune.

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'Net Addict' Kills Mum For Cybercafe Cash

A 16-year-old Chinese "Internet addict" stabbed his mother to death and then seriously injured his father after he was refused money to go to a cybercafe, state media reported Thursday.

The boy, identified only by his surname Wang, asked his mother for the money on Tuesday afternoon in their apartment in the southern city of Guangzhou, The Beijing News reported.

After she refused, he grabbed a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her to death, it said. The mother's name was not given.

The boy's father Wang Jianjun then rushed into the home and was stabbed three times in the head by his son.

He was later rushed to hospital and reported to be in stable condition.

The boy fled the scene but was found early Wednesday morning by local police.

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Safari offer browser for Windows

Safari offer browser for Windows (currently in Beta stage).
Feel Mac inside windows, download here.

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