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It’s time for a privacy and security check up
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Privacy Awareness Week
National Consumer Fraud Week
fall within the same seven day period. We think this makes a lot of sense because in many ways, privacy and security are two sides of the same coin - if your data is not secure, it’s not private.
This is why we’ve made it easy for you to take control over your privacy and security online. If you have a Google account, visit
, where you can find and review all of your privacy and security settings in one place.
We encourage you to take a look.
Privacy means different things to different people, in different situations. For example, I may share photos and videos I upload only with my family — others may feel comfortable posting them on the web. You can make these choices by selecting different YouTube or Google+ privacy settings. If you need a helping hand in guiding you through these choices, why not review your privacy settings and adjust them to your preferences by taking the
In the last four years, we’ve been able to
the number of Google accounts that are compromised. But there are also some simple steps that you can take to help protect your account from intruders. By adding account recovery information, like a phone number, we can still get in touch with you in case you get locked out of your account. We also offer two-step verification (or two-factor authentication), which adds an extra layer of security to your account. You sign in with something you know (your password) and something you have (a code sent to your phone). This makes it much harder for unsavoury fellows to get access to your account.
Take a moment this #FraudWeekAU and #2016PAW to take a
to add account recovery information, review the devices that you use to access your Google account, and to learn more about two-factor authentication.
In the end, privacy and security are closely tied to our sense of personal identity: it’s not ‘one size fits all’. That’s why people want to be in control of the information they share and have real choices about the services they use. And that’s what we focus on at Google.
Posted by Samantha Yorke, Public Policy and Government Affairs Manager, Google Australia
Sydney Fashion Week: a peek behind the curtains at THE ICONIC
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Brands from around the world landed in Australia this week to showcase their latest designs and see what’s hot on the runway at
Sydney Fashion Week
. Backstage, some Australian fashion icons are turning to Google products to help keep up the pace.
Brands like leading Australian online retailer
to enable collaboration on product designs, mock-ups and quality guidelines, which allows them to better meet the needs of their customers.
THE ICONIC delivers the latest in Australian fashion and sportswear, along with international brands and coveted designers. With the option of 3 hour delivery to customers in Sydney and same day delivery to other Australian capital cities, speed and efficiency are central to all that they do.
Things at THE ICONIC move pretty quickly and the team needs to be in constant communication with each other.
As their Co-founder and Managing Director Adam Jacobs says, they are always trying new things and the agility of Google Docs makes it easy to collaborate and fit in with whatever they are working on.
THE ICONIC team use Google Apps to share ideas, brainstorm and interact in real time. From using
to track orders, to connecting across offices using
, they're able keep up with the constant flow of orders and the 200-plus new products launched on the site each day.
Technology allows THE ICONIC to provide a shopping experience their customers enjoy almost as much as they enjoy their new designer playsuit.
And now other global fashion brands like All Saints and OVS are also using Google Apps - yet again the team at THE ICONIC are right on trend!
Posted by Renee Gamble, Country Manager, Google for Work, Australia and New Zealand
Australia: Meet YouTube Red and YouTube Music
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Whether you want to
make a Skittles rainbow cake
, perfect your
, have a
, or learn to
— YouTube has you covered. With more than 400 hours of video uploaded every minute, we want to make it easier for you to find your favourite videos and give you more choice about how you watch them.
So today in Australia, we’re launching
, a paid membership that provides the ultimate YouTube experience across your phone, laptop and every gadget with a screen in between. We are also launching the YouTube Music app, designed to make discovering, watching, and listening to music easier than ever.
YouTube Red — Ad-free & Offline Video, Premium Music, and Original Shows all for $9.99* a month
A YouTube Red membership lets you enjoy ad-free videos across all of YouTube and a premium music experience with the world’s largest catalogue. You can save videos to watch offline and play videos in the background on your phone or tablet.
Your membership works anywhere you sign into YouTube, including the new YouTube Music app and the recently launched Gaming app. YouTube Red also gives members exclusive access to
new original series and movies
starring some of your favourite YouTube creators, such as
As a special introductory offer, if you sign up before June 6 you get all of these new features, a premium music service, and access to YouTube Red Originals for $9.99* a month. After June 6, the standard price will be $11.99* a month. By signing up to YouTube Red you’ll also be supporting your favourite YouTube creators as the majority of the membership fee goes to them, just like with YouTube advertising revenue.
As a special bonus, YouTube Red comes with premium access to Google Play Music, so subscribe to one and automatically get access to the other for free. If you're already a Play Music subscriber, don't worry, you'll also get this new low price, and you don't need to sign up again to benefit from YouTube Red.
Unlock a premium music experience with the YouTube Music app
The new YouTube Music app gives you access to one of the richest music catalogues on earth and makes discovering new music easier than ever.
You’ll be able to quickly re-discover your favourite music videos, tracks, artists and albums, and you’ll also see all the
that YouTube has to offer. You’ll see your personal station with recommendations based on your tastes, and trending lists with the most popular music on YouTube each day.
The YouTube Music app gets even better when you’re a YouTube Red member. You’ll have the ability to listen to music seamlessly without ads, play videos offline, and easily switch between video or audio-only. You’ll get background playing, meaning you’ll be able to continue playing the video, even when you’re in another app or have your screen turned off. The YouTube Music app will also automatically create an offline mixtape for you, so you’re never left without something to listen to. Download it today from the
Google Play store
Try YouTube Red free for 30 days
And just to give you a feel for the uninterrupted YouTube experience YouTube Red can bring, if you’ve never had a Google Play Music subscription, we're offering new users of YouTube Red in Australia a free 30-day trial. Don’t forget, if you sign up before June 6, you can access the $9.99 introductory offer too. Learn more at
And don’t worry—the free, ad-supported version of YouTube we all know and love isn’t going anywhere. You’ll still be able to enjoy YouTube, along with the YouTube Kids, YouTube Gaming, and YouTube Music apps, free of charge. We’re just giving you more choice about how you watch YouTube. Soon, we hope you’ll be watching what you want, when you want, on any device you want, uninterrupted.
*The prices are higher when signing up through the YouTube iOS app.
After June 6th, the standard price on Android and through your browser will be $11.99.
Matthew Leske, Group Product Manager, YouTube Red
T Jay Fowler, Product Management Director, Music, YouTube
Gautam Anand, Director of YouTube Content and Operations, Asia Pacific
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St Kilda Mums helps mothers in need, powered by Google Apps for Work
Friday, May 6, 2016
For all the amazing things mums do, they deserve much more than just one day to recognise their greatness. As Sunday approaches, Google Australia is celebrating an organisation that makes Mother’s Day an everyday affair.
St Kilda Mums
provides new and pre-loved baby goods to mothers in need. What began as a living room operation seven years ago has grown to four warehouses and more than 1,000 volunteers accepting and distributing baby gear to thousands of families.
So what’s their secret superpower for supporting thousands of mums across Melbourne? Technology. Products like
on mobile devices and desktops allows St Kilda Mums to organise incoming donations and better coordinate logistics across the network of staff, social workers and volunteers. The requests are received instantly in the warehouse, matched with the donated stock and dispatched to the family in need.
We are proud to play a small role in enabling St Kilda Mums through
Google Apps for Work
. We applaud the staff at St Kilda Mums, volunteers and all the mothers out there who keep the world turning with their love and power.
And to all working mums, you’re my heroes! Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Google Australia.
Posted by Mary Gourley, Public Sector - Google for Work (and proud mum of three)
Improving Content ID for creators
Friday, April 29, 2016
[Cross-posted from the
YouTube Creator blog
At YouTube, one of our core values is a belief in the freedom of opportunity. We believe anyone should have the opportunity to earn money from the videos they create and turn their channels into successful businesses. That’s why we opened up the YouTube Partner Program nine years ago and why we remain the only platform where anyone with an idea and a camera can turn their videos into full time jobs.
We understand just how important revenue is to our creator community, and we’ve been
closely to concerns about the loss of monetization during the Content ID dispute process. Currently videos that are claimed and disputed don’t earn revenue for anyone, which is an especially frustrating experience for creators if that claim ends up being incorrect while a video racks up views in its first few days.
Today, we’re announcing a major step to help fix that frustrating experience. We’re developing a new solution that will allow videos to earn revenue while a Content ID claim is being disputed. Here’s how it will work: when both a creator and someone making a claim choose to monetize a video, we will continue to run ads on that video and hold the resulting revenue separately. Once the Content ID claim or dispute is resolved, we’ll pay out that revenue to the appropriate party.
We’re working on this new system now and hope to roll it out to all YouTube partners in the coming months. Here’s a closer look at how it’ll work once it’s live:
We strongly believe in fair use and believe that this improvement to Content ID will make a real difference. In addition to our work on the Content ID dispute process, we’re also paying close attention to creators’ concerns about copyright claims on videos they believe may be fair use. We want to help both the YouTube community and copyright owners alike better understand what fair use looks like online, which is why we launched our
fair use protection program
last year and recently introduced
new Help Center pages
on this topic.
Even though Content ID claims are disputed less than 1% of the time, we agree that this process could be better. Making sure our Content ID tools are being used properly is deeply important to us, so we’ve built a dedicated team to monitor this. Using a combination of algorithms and manual review, this team has resolved millions of invalid claims in the last year alone, and acted on millions more before they impacted creators. The team also restricts feature access and even terminates a partner’s access to Content ID tools if we find they are repeatedly abusing these tools.
We will continue to invest in both people and technology to make sure that Content ID keeps working for creators and rightsholders. We want to thank everyone who’s shared their concerns about unintended effects from Content ID claims. It’s allowed us to create a better system for everyone and we hope to share more updates soon.
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A new digital stage for The Sydney Opera House
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
[Cross-posted from the
Official Google Blog
Just say the word Australia, and people immediately think of the elegant sails of the Sydney Opera House, jutting out into the water of Circular Quay. An Australian icon, this architectural wonder transcends its location. And starting today it’s easier for anyone, anywhere in the world to experience the many sights and sounds of this masterpiece, with the opening of the
Sydney Opera House on the Google Cultural Institute
The Google Cultural Institute provides a new digital home for the Sydney Opera House, bringing together more than 1,000 artefacts and 60 years of history in a single online platform. From architect
early designs, to the inner workings of the
world’s biggest mechanical organ
spectacular late night shows
, these 50 online exhibits capture the Sydney Opera House from every angle.
The Story Begins Here
” exhibit explores the history of the building, the performances and events that have taken place on Bennelong Point.
This new collection
showcases the variety of culture on offer at one of the world’s busiest performing arts centres, and brings many treasures out of the archives and into the spotlight for people to appreciate. Some of the rare content includes
photographs of the opening
with Queen Elizabeth II in 1973,
roof design sketches
from master builder and lead engineer
Utzon's personal collection of photographs
from the project, spanning nearly a decade.
The sculptural elegance of the Opera House has made it one of the most recognisable buildings of the 20th century. In addition to exhibits which tell the stories of the
history and development
of this architectural masterpiece, today’s launch includes a
brand new 360° experience
offering insights into the between-the-acts magic of the House. Starting at dawn beneath the sails, you can continue on to enjoy incidental performances by
Soprano Nicole Car
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
, and then journey to many seldom seen areas of the House.
See the Opera House as never before—from dusk till dawn in an immersive 360° experience
Street View imagery
, you can virtually wander in and around the Opera House at your own pace, taking in stunning views from all angles.
Gaze at the white sails
overlooking Sydney’s picturesque harbour, feel what it’s like to stand on the
Joan Sutherland Theatre stage
and look up at the
of the Sydney Opera House
The new collection opens today at
on the Google Cultural Institute website and is available for anyone on mobile phones, tablets and desktop computers. You can also view it via the new Google Arts & Culture mobile app from your
device. We hope you enjoy experiencing the past, present and future of this World Heritage masterpiece.
Posted by Kate Lauterbach, Program Manager, Google Cultural Institute
Talking small business innovation in Bondi
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
It’s not every day you get to show the Prime Minister inside your business without taking a step, but Double Bay bridal store
had the opportunity to do just that at an event in Bondi on Friday.
Google Indoor street view
for business photography, owner Mandy Daddia from Savvy Brides was able to take the PM on a
virtual tour through her store
small business roadshow
event at the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club, hosted by Google, the
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
NSW Business Chamber
, was part of a series of events happening around Australia to help small businesses to use the internet to prosper and grow.
More than 150 local businesses came to hear how technology can help their business and to try out online tools.
They also had the bonus of speaking to the Prime Minister, and local Member for Wentworth, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP.
The Prime Minister spoke about the importance of small business as drivers of growth in the Australian economy and outlined the opportunities new technologies present for businesses across Australia.
He met local juice business
; custom stationery gurus
; and food delivery service
, and heard how each of them used the internet to supercharge their business growth.
Google’s Karim Temsamani highlighted the largely untapped potential of the internet for small business.
shows that small businesses could unlock almost $50 billion over the next 10 years by making better use of the internet and digital technologies.
Savvy Brides is a great example of this - about 80 per cent of their business now comes through online advertising. As a result, Mandy has been able to open her shop an extra day each week and employed two more staff!
We know it can be daunting taking the first step to get your business online, which is why we offered training and advice from Google experts and small business digital champions.
If you'd like to learn more about boosting your business
, check out the free training at hundreds of locations across Australia - you can
find an event near you
and reserve your seat today.
Who knows, maybe the PM will be checking out the inside of your business sometime soon!
Posted by Richard Flanagan, Head of Small Business Marketing, Google Australia
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