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Weekly Update - November 11, 2017: Google Docs & Slides, AdSense, Chrome & Ads

This week Google Top Contributors from North and South America (and a few other places) met in Mountain View, California to learn, shmooze, and have some fun. It was a great time, and it was awesome to see everyone in person. In the past few weeks, there were also meetups in Dublin, Ireland and Singapore for Top Contributors around the world.

Check out the photos of all three TC Summits on Google+, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • As a result, the Weekly Update will be a bit shorter than usual this week. Here are my top updates:
  • The image insertion process for Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings has been redesigned. Now you can more easily add one of your own photos or a photo from the web to your document or presentation.
  • Google Docs and Slides now has fonts to support 62 languages, including non-Latin scripts like Cyrillic and Devanagari
  • The AdSense ad balance tool is back - it lets you reduce the number of ads you show to visitors to your website without significantly decreasing your income (hopefully).
  • Starting in Chrome 64, redirects from 3rd party content (like ads) will just show an infobar, rather than loading the new page.
Plus there are tips and updates for YouTubers, webmasters, Plussers, and more.

Image: Google Top Contributor Meetup in Mountain View (by me)


YouTube and Video Creation

  • Recent YouTube updates and bugs in the latest news flash from Creator Insider​. (Creator Insider)

Go Live


  • Share your best pet photos, videos and stories on Google+! (Google+)

Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

  • Google Photos photo books are now available in Canada (Google Canada blog)
  • Google Photos will create a HDR image from exposure-bracketed frames (SrÄ‘an Stevanović​)

Google for businesses

  • Google to show restaurant estimated wait time on Search and Maps (Google Blog)

Bloggers and Webmasters

  • Google Webmaster Central Office Hours (November 9) (Google Webmasters)

AdSense and advertising

Hangouts and Messaging

Made by Google, Android, Project Fi


Privacy and Security

More around the web

  • Waymo’s fully self-driving cars are here (Waymo)
  • Project Loon Has Provided Internet to 100,000 People in Puerto Rico (Gizmodo)
  • Designing emoji is harder than it looks: gender, cheeseburgers, poo and more 
Updated March 2019 to remove links to Google+