Friday, 25 May 2012

Missing Children's Day

Missing Children Europe and its member organisations do vital work finding missing or sexually exploited children - and supporting their families in time of crisis with emotional, social and legal help via the European telephone hotline. 

Google has been working with the group for a while and we’re pleased to report that the first part of our collaboration with them is now live, in time for International Missing Children’s Day, today.  Thanks to Google technology embedded in their website, it’s now possible to search for publicly available information across all MCE member websites.

The European Commission is hosting a conference next week in Brussels to raise awareness about the vital work of the European 116000 Missing Children hotline. If children go missing, relatives can call the hotline and speak with specialists.  Today, Missing Children Europe launched a promotional film short called “Futures”, which will run on TV, in cinemas and on YouTube:

These are great examples of how technology can help to make both the online and offline worlds a better place for children, in line with our commitments we made when we signed up to the Commission's Better Internet for Kids coalition.  We’ll continue working with Missing Children Europe and its members in coming months to help them share information and work together more effectively using our technology.   

Marco Pancini, Senior Policy Counsel, Google, recently watched: "Missing Children Europe -- Train".

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Rock In Rio. Live From Lisbon. On YouTube.

Have you ever been to Portugal or Spain? More importantly, have you ever rocked in Portugal or Spain? If you haven’t or if you have and miss it, you’ll have a chance to watch a great line-up of bands during this year’s 2012 Rock in Rio music festivals in  Lisbon (May 25, 26 and June 1, 2, 3) and Madrid (June 29, 30 and July 6,7), live online exclusively on the official Rock In Rio YouTube channel.

Taking their titles from the great rock festival that began in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro, this year’s concerts are happening over several days of an awesome summer, especially if you’ve got your eyes on the European concert scene. Just a mouse-click away, you’ll have more than enough chance to catch rockers like Metallica, Evanescence, Mastodon, Sepultura, Linkin Park, Smashing Pumpkins, The Offspring, Limp Bizkit, Lenny Kravitz, Maroon 5, Ivete Sangalo, Expensive Soul, Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, Joss Stone, The Gift, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Kaiser Chiefs in Lisbon. Expect to see many of the headliners’ concerts from Madrid on YouTube as well (stay tuned for updates). We’ll also be posting on-demand video from some of the coolest things happening at the events in case you miss them.  You can also check out Rock In Rio Lisboa+ and Rock In Rio Madrid+ on Google+ to stay up to date with the latest and greatest concert news.

This is going to be a great summer - we’re looking forward to playing air-guitar with you on YouTube.

Federico Goldenberg, Manager of Content Partnerships, recently watched "Written In The Stars -- Tinie Tempah cover, by Karmin Music".