Google+ Events Feature on its Way; At D10 Sundar Pichai Said Chrome 'Mostly' Beating IE; Data Journalism Awards Announced

Last November, Google announced support for the first international Data Journalism Awards organised by the Global Editors Network and the European Journalism Centre. At the News World Summit in Paris this week, winners were announced. All the winners will each receive a prize of EUR7,500.Google+ events, one major feature that Google's social networking project is […]

Last November, Google announced support for the first international Data Journalism Awards organised by the Global Editors Network and the European Journalism Centre.

At the News World Summit in Paris this week, winners were announced. All the winners will each receive a prize of EUR7,500.

Google+ events, one major feature that Google's social networking project is missing since its launch for scheduling, sending invitations for and sharing media from events (an inherently social activity, of course) is now 'spotted' and is expected coming soon.

According to reports some users are seeing the 'Google+ Events' dialog box when they visit Google Calendar. The feature primarily appearing for international users of the Google+, as the majority of screenshots around the Internet of the feature are non-English languages, such as German. As you can tell from the screenshots below, it shows up in different languages. Although the 'learn more' link goes to a 404 page at the time of writing

The feature said to be working similar to Facebook's events feature. "Events will sync with Google Calendar and other Google services, according to the screenshots. Google+ members will be able to add photos and videos to the event's "collection," where they'll also be able to discuss the event and schedule Google+ Hangout sessions.

google+ events

google+ events in german

Here's the text (bold parts ours):

Now you can use Google+ to create events with your circles. Your Google+ Events will show up on your calendar.

- Add photos and videos to the event collection

- Schedule hangouts ahead of time

- Discuss the event: make plans or swap stories

Additionally, the new Google+ app for Android appears to have a blank button under the "Local" button that doesn't yet work. This would likely indicate that the new feature will be launching sometime soon.

google+ android app shows blank button under local

Also, on stage at the AllThingsD conference, Google SVP of Advertising Susan Wojcicki, answering to Walt Mossberg's question about the sad state of ad relevancy, said, that "Google calls its machine learning smart ad targeting technology "Smart Ass" internally."

Wojcicki goes to say, that a "huge amount" of Google engineers were working on improving "Smart Ass," "There are all kinds of amazing things on the Web. Advertising is not one of them," she said. "Display ads are very crude, there is a really high CPM price for the value being extracted."

"I'm not against advertising, I just don't understand why it's not good." Mossberg replied. "How come I'm not seeing the things that I might like to spend money on as I'm traveling around the web?"

Wojcicki agreed with him, hoping that one day Mossberg ideally would be served ads about new tech products and not a trip to Iraq when reading a news article about the Iraq War for example. "We're getting better, we're evolving from a user standpoint," she said.

Also, recently a StatCounter report revealed that Google Chrome passing Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the browser market share? And, today, at D10, Chrome SVP Sundar Pichai confirming the report, said that Chrome is "#1 in most countries" and even noting that Chrome's market share is over 50% in some regions.

One-third of people are using Chrome, said Pichai. Though, he didn't reveal specific details of Google's own internal data on web browser metrics, but said,

Chrome grew roughly 300 percent last year -- we have hundreds of millions of active users. We have many ways of looking at it. You can argue about the data, but in general I think we have gained substantial mindshare since we've launched the product. I think it's fair to say that we are number one or number two in all countries in the world. It's fair to say that roughly a third of people are using Chrome; I think it's much more than a third in the consumer space.

Emerging markets are especially fond of the browser because of its speed, Pichai added. And more Windows users than Mac users are also on Chrome, mainly because that's where Chrome first launched.

The StatCounter report, compiled the data for the week of May 14th through May 20th, showing that Chrome had a market share of 32.76%, compared with IE's 31.94% -- i.e. Chrome overtaken Internet Explorer for a period of time in May 2012.

statcounter may 2012 browser stats: chrome overtaken internet explorer