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App Engine 1.7.6 Adds New Billing for Paid Apps; Integrate Voice and SMS with Twilio

Google App Engine 1.7.6 brings a number of new features and fixes including: New App Engine billing system for paid applications “will happen automatically for billing-enabled applications, with no action required on your part,” informs Google.

With the new system you can now “take advantage of monthly billing cycles; make a payment at any time during the month; specify direct debit as a form of payment; and assign a primary and backup credit card.”

Google App Engine 1..6 adds new billing system

Other features include:

  • “Full Text Search API stats are now available in the admin console. “You can start viewing these stats in advance of being able to pay for additional search resources in an upcoming release.”
  • New asynchronous methods, in Preview, added to the Task Queue API and improves utilization by allowing your app to add, lease and delete multiple tasks in parallel.
  • Python dev_appserver goes a major overhaul, and is now a multi-threaded, “meaning development is faster, and provides a more accurate simulation of the production environment.”
  • Admin console dashboard charts and current load/errors reports are moving to a new, more reliable backend over the next few weeks.
  • Improved support for Python libraries, with Django 1.4.2 and webob 1.2.3 now Generally Available,” Google explains.

Check out the release notes for more information.

Update 04/02: Google and Twilio in its bid to make the most ubiquitous voice and messaging API available to developers announces of integrating with Google App Engine.

Google notes that the partnership will enable some 250,000 active developers active the ability to integrate voice and messaging services into their web and mobile apps by way of a few lines of code.

Adding the company notes that its App Engine platform has “250,000 active developers, and that 1 million apps generate some 7.5 billion page hits per day, 50 million Cloud SQL queries per day, and as 2 trillion datastore operations per month” — with half of all Internet IP addresses touching App Engine servers each week.

Twilio said that it’s offering new sign-ups upgrading to the Google App Engine a $20 credit, good for 2,000 texts or the equivalent value in inbound voice minutes.

Pricing for the Twilio APIs will be the same as they are for others using them: they are priced on a pay-per-use scale. For example, “with voice services, they start at 2 cents per minute to make calls, and $1 per phone number plus 1 cent per minute to receive calls.”

Finally, Google announced that the Public DNS now supports DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) validation.

With this new security feature, “we can better protect people from DNS-based attacks and make DNS more secure overall by identifying and rejecting invalid responses from DNSSEC-protected domains. By validating data origin and data integrity, DNSSEC complements other Internet security mechanisms, such as SSL,” Google wrote.

Further, Google notes that its Public DNS is currently serving over 130 billion DNS queries on average (peaking at 150 billion) from more than 70 million unique IP addresses each day.

However, “only 7% of queries from the client side are DNSSEC-enabled (about 3% requesting validation and 4% requesting DNSSEC data but no validation) and about 1% of DNS responses from the name server side are signed,” Google added.

google public dns now support dnssec validation

For more information about Google Public DNS, check out this page.

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