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Iframe CSEs Transitioning to Element; 2012 Google Model Your Town Competition Announced; DFP Small Business; Hack4Transparency in EU Parliament

GoogleGoogle announced that they have begin transitioning all Google-hosted iframe Custom Search Engines (CSEs) to the Custom Search Element. “No work is required from CSE owners. Moving from the iframe option to the Element enables those CSEs to take advantage of our latest features, like automatic thumbnails,” stated Liang Ch’ng, Software Engineer.

“If you had an iframe CSE, you may visit Control Panel to find new tools for customized presentation and results.”

In other Google news:

Google announced a partnership with “Startup Weekend,” that will help Startup Weekend expand to dozens of additional cities around the world and launch new vertical competitions focused on specific themes such as education, health or gaming.

“In more than 200 cities and across six continents, Startup Weekend holds 54-hour startup creation events, bringing together entrepreneurs from engineering, product, design, marketing and business backgrounds. Participants gather on Friday, and by Sunday afternoon, they launch a product,” reveals Mary Himinkool, Head of Global Entrepreneurship Outreach.

Mary said, “In addition, we’ll be working to bring in Google’s developer community in the form of Google Technology User Groups as an additional resource to Startup Weekend participants.”

Visit here to learn more.

Startup Weekend

Google SketchUpGoogle kick off the 2012 Google Model Your Town Competition. “Model Your Town is about geo-modeling – making photo-textured models of real-life buildings that appear in Google Earth,” reveals Allyson McDuffie, Google Geo team.

“The Model Your Town Competition is also a chance to celebrate your town by adding it to the 3D map, and is open to just about everyone, just about everywhere in the world. Form a team, model buildings (using SketchUp or Building Maker) and upload them by the end of February 2012,” said Allyson.

Of course, the USD$25,000 for a local school/district is a nice incentive too.

Here’s some inspiration by way of the 2010 winner, Jorge De Albertis, from Lima, Peru (just to get your creative juices flowing):

DPF Small BusinessDoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) Small Business ad server helps users deliver ads to their web site/blog(s) pages, allowing them to manage ads from AdSense, or other multiple ad networks, and directly sold ads.

If you’ve started using multiple ad networks or have started receiving requests from advertisers to place their ads on your site directly, DFP Small Business is a great solution.

For those who have not yet used DFP watch the introductory video below to learn more:

You can sign up for a free account here, visit Help Center to learn more.

EU Hack4Transparency HackathonA EU Hack4Transparency Hackathon was launched at the European Parliament – inviting over 54 hackers representing 17 nationalities with the goal increasing transparency on the Internet.

“Christian Democrat MEP Petru Luhan wished participants well and European Commission Vice President and Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes offered support with a taped message,” reveals Marco Pancini, Senior Policy Counsel, Brussels.

After 23 hours of intense (and for some teams – all-night) coding during which Google’s Chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf joined the fun through a Google+ Hangout.

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