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Chromebooks Hangout On Air; Google for Entrepreneurs Nashville; Goes Arbor Neutral; Talks Freedom of Speech at Belgodyssee; Winners of ‘Zeitgeist Young Minds’ Announced

After been carbon neutral since 2007, Google this Arbor Day, gone “arbor neutral” — what does that mean? In short, “every tree that is cut down for Google’s printing needs, Gogole will replant it…twice.”

In a Google Green blog, Jaclyn Held, Operations Manager, said, “Google will be making a donation on a rolling basis to the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees in our nation’s forests.”

“For the launch of this effort, our donations have already planted 2,390 trees in Pike National Forest in Colorado, which was devastated by a fire in 2002.”

Arbor Day

“Arbor Day (from the Latin arbor, meaning tree) is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. It originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska, United States by J. Sterling Morton. The first Arbor Day was held on April 10, 1872, and an estimated one million trees were planted that day.

Many countries now observe a similar holiday. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.” [Wikiepedia]

Google for Entrepreneurs, Nashville

Google on Arpil 19 at Nashville, held “Google for Entrepreneurs” program exploring topics from how to use Google+ and Youtube to publicize your content, to ads and analytics tools for businesses to various platforms for developers.

“A group of eight Googlers led conversations on getting your business on the global map, in front of a crowd of 430 attendees ranged from tech startups. We closed the day by discussing how music and tech can work together to make the Internet awesome,” posted Bridgette Sexton, Global Entrepreneurship Manager.

Belgium Prince Philippe: Belgodyssee - Belgain Odyssey

Recenlty, Google was invited to address Belgium’s Prince Philippe. Each year, the Prince’s foundation invites 16 aspiring young journalists between the age of 20 and 25 to compete in a journalism contest called Belgodyssee – Belgian Odyssey.

Google talked about freedom of speech alongside Belgium’s top-notch journalists Alain Gerlache of French-speaking RTBF and Luc Rademakers, the editor in chief of Flemish national television VRT.

In addition to this year’s contestants, more than 100 participants in previous years attended the event at the Residence Palace in Brussels.

Google announced the ten winners of ‘Zeitgeist Young Minds’ online competition. “All are aged between 18 and 24, will attend Google’s annual Zeitgeist event near London on May 21 and 22, alongside some of today’s greatest minds and innovators,” posted Elizabeth Dupuy, Event Manager, External Relations.

While in London, they will participate in masterclasses and have their voices heard.

Google Hangouts On Air: Introducing Chromebooks

Finally, in the latest Help Desk Hangout On Air, Google introduced Chromebooks — during the hour-long Hangout, Google product specialists Adam Naor and Will Paulus walk us through the basics, and Chromebook user Eric Hunter shares his firsthand experience using it at his business.

Here are some questions and their answers — from Google’s blog post:

How does a Chromebook work with Google Drive?
Google Drive is going to be a core part of the Chromebook experience. We’re building it to work seamlessly with your file manager and it will be coming very soon.

Would you recommend ChromeBooks as a software development platform??
Definitely as they have a terminal shell built in.

I’m a big Word/Office suite user. How do I make the switch to a Chromebook? Can a Chromebook work with these files?
They can be viewed in Google Docs, or even converted to the Docs native format. Or, if you’d like to run Office on a Chromebook, you can do so through our Citrix Receiver App (and a Citrix server), or try on of the Chrome webstore Apps like InstallFree Nexus.

What happens with a Chromebook when internet access is limited, slow, or spotty?
The moments when you’re offline are increasingly rare. But with Chromebooks, we wanted to ensure that you’re constantly connected with WiFi or 3G. Chrome also supports HTML5 offline functionality that allows applications or websites that support these features to run offline. Hundreds of apps in the Chrome Web Store today work offline like Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, NY Times, Kindle, NPR, Angry Birds and more.

You can watch the whole thing below:

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