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Google Launches ‘Student Veterans of America Scholarship; Hashtags in Orkut’; Google Begin Laying Out Fiber in Kansas City; Tests New UI for Related Image Searches

Kansas City Fibre-ReadyGoogle Fibre team just announced that the Kansas City is now fiber-ready! Kevin Lo, GM, Google Access informed “starting today, we’re ready to lay fiber. As we build out Google Fiber, we’ll be taking thousands of miles of cables and stretching them across Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Each cable contains many thin glass fibers, each about the width of a human hair.”

Adding, Lo wirtes, “we’ll be taking these cables and weaving them into a fiber backbone–a completely new high speed infrastructure that will ultimately be carrying Kansas Citians’ data at speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today.”

“At first, we’ll focus on building this solid fiber backbone. Then, as soon as we have an infrastructure that is up and running, we’ll be able to connect Google Fiber into homes across Kansas City!,” Lo added.

In other Google new today, Google’s Image Search is testing a new user interface for related searches. Now, instead of displaying a list of queries, Google along with shows small thumbnails. Just mouse over a query and you’ll see 3 image results in a preview box. (thanks, Alex, Pntus)

Here is the screenshot of the new Image Search results UI:

Google Image Search Tests New UI for Relates Searches

Orkut, Google’s first social networking project today added support for “hashtags.” For now, new hashtags take around one day to show up in search results.

“From now on, whenever you’re reading a topic, all hashtags will be automatically highlighted and will link to our improved search page, where other posts with the same tag will show up,” informed Marco Wisniewski orkut blog.

To create a hashtag, just type # before the hashtag (no spaces allowed), for instance if you post a new topic or a reply and write #hashtagsonorkut, this hashtag will be automatically highlighted.

Orkut now Hashtags Ready

Google scholarships today added “Google Student Veterans of America (SVA) Scholarship” to its family with partnering the nonprofit Student Veterans of America (SVA) to provide veterans with the resources, support and advocacy they need to succeed in higher education and throughout their careers, infomred Google Students blog.

Google Student Veterans of America (SVA) Scholarship Launches

Google SVA Scholarship is available to student veterans who are pursuing degrees in computer science and related fields in the U.S. for the 2012-2013 academic year.

In addition to the financial award, recipients will be invited to attend the annual all-expenses-paid scholars’ retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif. in the summer of 2012.

Google+ Developers Page LaunchesGoogle+ Developers page launched today will help you stay connected to all the latest Google+ platform news, events, community, and more.

The +Platform team will share Google+ developer events, conferences, hackathons, as well as photos and videos of the events. In addition, announcements, discussion, +Platform launches will also take place on the page, informed Chris Chabot, lead of the Google+ developer relations team in a February 6 blog post said.

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