Google publishes short story written by three authors using Docs


In honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Google brought together three authors to write a short story. The twist is that they collaborated across the country using Docs. Edan Lepucki, Mike Curato, and Tope Folarin simultaenously wrote the short story featuring 1600 words and three illustrations in one hour. The opening line, which the authors had to work the story around, was submitted by Lauren Lopez of Malaysia. Google is celebrating the power and creativity of collaboration while showcasing what is possible with its productivity suite.

You can click here to read the short story and hit the break for a recap of how it came together.

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Google continues on its quest to expand its Play Store gift cards worldwide availibility


Google took to its support page earlier today to notify consumers that its Play Store gift cards are now available in an additional six countries in Europe. Denominations of the gift cards vary depending on the country; Norway, Denmark, and Sweden will offer 150, 250, and 500 Krona cards, whilst the standard 15, 25, and 50 Euro cards are being sold in Belgium, Ireland, and Finland.

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Google partners with French space agency on Project Loon


Google and Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, have announced a new collaboration to work on technologies to bring Project Loon to France. Although details have not been revealed, Google is looking for expertise from CNES in balloon technology, something the agency has been studying for several decades. Google’s contribution will include some long-duration campaigns to help CNES studies of the stratosphere and ozone.
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