Larger Google+ Hangouts & Premium Features for Apps Customers; Scholar Metric Grouped by Research Area

Google+ Hangouts that make it easy to hold face-to-face meetings with others from any device with a camera and an internet connection -- "now let Google Apps for domain users invite up to 15 people to a hangout, compared to the previous 10-person limit," informs Google. In additiony, "more schools will be able to use […]

Google+ Hangouts that make it easy to hold face-to-face meetings with others from any device with a camera and an internet connection -- "now let Google Apps for domain users invite up to 15 people to a hangout, compared to the previous 10-person limit," informs Google.

In additiony, "more schools will be able to use Google+, as until now, Google+ has only been available to verified higher education institutions." Now, "any school using Google Apps for Education can enable Google+ and access the same features that businesses and government can," Google blogged.

Here're some new premium features for Google+ available to Google Apps for Business, Education and Government, including:

  • "Google+for Education Edition: G+ can now be enabled as a service for all Education Edition Domains.
  • Larger Hangouts: The size of Hangouts for G+ Premium feature domains has been increased from 10 to 15 participants (including host).
  • Admin Age Verification: G+ premium feature domain administrators can now verify ownership and take responsibility of end user accounts in the domain to correct age entries directly from the admin control panel," Google said.

invite 15 people for google+ hangout in google apps for education, government and business

Google Scholar Metrics which provides an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications -- starting today, now "grouped by research area."

To get started, "you can browse publications in broad areas, and will see the top 20 publications in the area ordered by their five-year h-index and h-median metrics. To see which articles in a publication were cited the most and who cited them, click on its h-index number," informs Google.

To explore more specific research areas, "select one of the broad areas, click on the "Subcategories" link and then choose one of the options."

"Browsing by research area is, as yet, available only for English publications. As previously, you can browse the top 100 publications in several languages. You can, of course, also search for specific publications by words in their titles," google said.

Scholar Metrics currently covers articles published between 2007 and 2011. "The metrics are based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of November 15, 2012," google added.

For more details, see the Google Scholar Metrics help page.

Google now restricting the limit to extensions permissions that legacy packaged apps can request in order to make the capabilities of legacy packaged apps more closely align with user expectations.

Beginning this week, "you won't be able to publish legacy packaged apps in the Chrome Web Store that request any of the following permissions:

  • any host permissions, including "< all urls >"
  • the top-level "content_scripts" key
  • the "debugger", "devtools", "pageCapture", "plugin", "proxy", "tabs'", "history", "webNavigation" permissions
  • the top-level "npapi" key," informs Google.

"Existing legacy packaged apps in the Chrome Web Store will not be affected, and those existing apps can continue to be updated without being subject to these new restrictions," google added.

Finally, Google made an equity investment of $75 million in a 50MW wind farm in Rippey, a small town in Greene County, about an hour outside of Des Moines.

"The Rippey project, developed by RPM Access, is expected to produce enough energy to power over 15,000 Iowa homes. The project, which is now in operation, uses turbines produced by Nordex USA at their Jonesboro, Ark. facility," google blogged.