Geocoding API V2 Deprecation Extends to Sep 8; End of Python 2.5 Runtime Support

Geocoding API V2 support extended until September 8, limit on V2 reduced to 2500 requests per day. Google Wikilinks Corpus of 40m mentions and 3m entities and Python 2.5 runtime deprecation announced.

Google extends the deprecation timeline for Geocoding API V2 by six months--with this extension V2 will continue to work until September 8, 2013, and "will shut the API off on that date."

Additionally, Google has also reduced the limit on Geocoding API V2 from 15,000 requests per day to 2,500 requests per day, "which is equivalent to the daily limit on the Geocoding API V3."

Those who are affected by this limit reduction and require more geocoding quota, can contact sales team.

In addition, Google is deprecating the Python 2.5 runtime, and encourage all developers to migrate as soon as possible to the extremely popular Python 2.7 runtime.

Google notes, that just over a year after launch, "more than 78% of active Python applications on App Engine are using the new runtime," and more are being added every minute.

Further, Google says that future versions of the App Engine Python Development SDK will display warnings to developers deploying updates to a deprecated runtime. And, that starting January 2014, they'll no longer allow new applications to be created using the v2.5 runtime.

The deprecation of v2.5 period will follow the guidelines set in the terms of service, google said.

Here are some useful resources to help migrate to v2.7:

  • summary of new features introduced in Python 2.7 including additional standard libraries and third-party libraries that are supported.
  • handy migration guide explaining the steps to move a Python 2.5 app to Python 2.7
  • In the video below App Engine engineers give an in-depth discussion during Google I/O on the many improvements in Python 2.7, and how to quickly take advantage of them.

Google has also shared insightful ways specifically for nonprofits to use Google products and walked through different uses of tools like Google Calendar, Gmail and Docs. Below are five tips and a full video to help you take advantage of Google Apps:

  1. Use labels and filters to organize your Gmail. If you have a specific event or team you're working with, you can create custom labels and filters and assign them to groups of emails. When you need to access information, you can simply sort by labels and filters and find all the related emails.
  2. Connect with your team instantly through Gmail. Need to collaborate with someone immediately? You can use Gmail to chat, video chat or make a phone call directly to a colleague - allowing immediate interaction without ever leaving your inbox.
  3. Schedule meetings easily using shared calendars. Using shared calendars in Google Calendar, you can view coworkers' calendars and see when each team member is available. You can quickly find times that work for everyone and eliminate the back and forth that often comes with scheduling.
  4. Keep everyone on the same page in meetings by attaching files Google Calendar allows you to attach documents from your computer and your Drive directly to the meeting invitation. Make sure all your meeting invitees are looking at the same information by sharing an agenda and background resources in your meeting invite.
  5. Organize your documents and access them anywhere. With Google Drive, you can upload, create and share documents in the cloud - allowing you to access them anytime, anywhere. Help your nonprofit take it a step further by organizing materials into shared folders. These automatically updated folders can be accessed both online and offline by anyone who is granted access.

Chrome for Android Stable Channel has been updated to 25.0.1364.169 and improves font clarity and includes other stability fixes.

Google is experimenting a new search results page interface on its Search app for Android that uses soft colors: light blue and orange. Right now, the regular interface uses the same colors like the web search interface: blue (#1122CC) for links and green (#009933) for web addresses.

Here's the current vs. new interface:

Google Search app for AndroidGoogle Search Android app with new soft colors on search results pages (SERPs)

Update: Google Research has launched "Wikilinks Corpus," a massive new data set for developers and researchers that could make it easier to add smart disambiguation and cross-referencing to their applications.

In total, the Wikilinks Corpus features 40 million total disambiguated mentions within over 10 million web pages. This, Google notes, makes it "over 100 times bigger than the next largest corpus," of about 100,000 documents.

The data could, for example, make it easier to find out if two web sites are talking about the same person or concept, Google says.

See this table for mention and entity counts, which are are found by looking for links to Wikipedia pages where the anchor text of the link closely matches the title of the target Wikipedia page, Google says "If we think of each page on Wikipedia as an entity, then the anchor text can be thought of as a mention of the corresponding entity."

Google Wikilinks Corpus of 40 million entities in context