Google rolling out a new "news reading" experience on tablet (Nexus 7, Nexus 10 or iPad) for Google News in the US over the next few days. "Starting today, Google News feels even more natural and fluid on tablet devices," google stated.
The new experience include "more breathing room between articles, making it easier to spot the stories you really care about."
In addition, you can find new articles, news sources, and even topics of interest with intuitive gestures.
"Swipe horizontally between sections - from Business to Entertainment, for example - or tap "Explore in depth" to see multiple articles and other info related to a particular story," google added.
To give it a try, just visit news.google.com on your tablet.
YouTube Next How-to Guru, a new talent hunt launched today to find the coolest, cleverest, canniest and most creative makers out there.
"The program is open today (and entries close on December 28, 2012) to creators in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand.
"All you have to do is submit your channel which focuses on how-to videos, as long as it's educational and family-friendly. The top 16 YouTube Next How-To Gurus will be chosen, and will be awarded a special, private Google+ workshop series from industry experts and YouTube staff, $4,000 worth of production equipment, and promotion on YouTube to help bring new eyeballs to your videos," google wrote.
Google also announced that users who log in via the YouTube.com web interface, or who go through the AuthSub, OAuth 1, or OAuth 2 web authorization flows "will soon be required to use their Google Account email address instead of their YouTube username as well."
"This web-based transition will take place well before we deprecate YouTube usernames for ClientLogin, and it should be transparent to developers since Google controls the user interface for these flows," google stated.
For more information, see this help center article.
Google now allow segment Google Analytics data by demographics with UserReport, "an on-site survey tool that integrates with Google Analytics and tackles this problem head-on."
It provide the ability to use demographic information and traditional research data to optimize acquisition, content and conversions when working with websites.
"UserReport helps its users collect information about their website's visitors with a free online survey tool that measures usability and key demographics of the site's users. The product integrates harmoniously with Google Analytics to turn the survey data they collect into actionable insights by merging it with the behavioral data already stored in Google Analytics," explains google.
UserReport is free to use and takes minutes to set up.
Watch this video demonstrating UserReport in action:
Lastly, Google's Android Developer Relations team is running a new 2012 Android Developer Survey to understand the challenges developers face when planning, designing, writing, and distributing Android apps, and to help create better tools and resources.
The brief survey (10-15min) closes this Sunday (December 17th) at 12pm Pacific Time.