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17 August 2011

Google Logo... Did you notice??



Since 1998 Google creates special logos, called doodles to celebrate holidays, birthdays and special events. They mission is to bring all these great logos together, including logos from YouTube, Orkut and Gmail.

The first Google Doodle was in honor of the Burning Man Festival of 1998. The doodle was designed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed. Subsequent Google Doodles were designed by an outside contractor, until Larry and Sergey asked then-intern Dennis Hwang to design a logo for Bastille Day in 2000. Hwang has been designing the Google Doodles ever since.Clicking on a Google Doodle links to a string of Google search results about the topic, which can drive a lot of traffic to unsuspecting sites.

Google has had several logos since its renaming from BackRub. The current official Google logo was designed by Ruth Kedar, and is a wordmark based on the Catull typeface.The company also includes various modifications and/or humorous features, such as cartoon modifications of their logo for use on holidays, birthdays of famous people, and major events, such as the Olympics.These special logos, some designed by Dennis Hwang, have become known as Google Doodles. As of 14 February 2011, Google's own gallery features 1002 logos.[3]


In 1998 Sergey Brin created a computerized version of the Google letters using the free graphics program GIMP. The exclamation mark was added, mimicking the Yahoo! logo."There were a lot of different color iterations", says Ruth Kedar, the graphic designer who developed the now-famous logo. "We ended up with the primary colors, but instead of having the pattern go in order, we put a secondary color on the L, which brought back the idea that Google doesn't follow the rules."

                                              Lunar Eclipse 2011

In 2010, the Google logo received its first major and permanent overhaul since 1999. The new logo was first tested in November 2009, and was officially launched on May 6, 2010. It utilises an identical typeface to the previous logo, but features a distinctly orange-colored "o" in place of the previous yellowish "o", as well as more subtle shadow rendered in a different shading style.
The Google logo font is Catull BQ, and it was created for Berthold in 1982 by German designer Gustav Jaeger. Catull has a calligraphic feel with contrasting stroke weights and distinctive serifs.

Pac Man Logo

Google's interactive Pac-Man logo
On Friday, May 21, 2010, the 30th anniversary of the arcade game Pac-Man, Google unveiled worldwide their first interactive logo, created in association with Namco. Anyone who visited Google could play Pac-Man on the logo, which featured the letters of the word 'Google' on the Pac-Man maze. The logo also mimicked the sounds the original arcade game made. The "I'm Feeling Lucky" button was replaced with an "Insert Coin" button. Pressing this once enabled you to play the Pac-Man logo. Pressing it once more added a second player, Ms. Pac-Man, enabling 2 players to play at once, controlled using the W,A,S,D keys, instead of the arrows as used by Player 1. Pressing it for a third time performed an "I'm Feeling Lucky" search. It was then removed on Sunday, May 23, 2010, initially replacing Pac-Man with the normal logo. Later on that day, Google released a permanent Google Pac-Man site, due to the popular user demand for the playable logo.

And now you know how did this happen and where it came from. If you want to know more, just google the word "Google Doodle". Like my post? Don't forget to be my follower.

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London police probe riots amid spreading tensions


London police probe riots amid spreading tensions
London police probe riots amid spreading tensions
London police launched a "major investigation" into the city's worst rioting in years as violence sparked by the death of a local man in a police shooting raged on early Monday.
Thousands looted a giant electrical retail store in the southern area of Brixton in Monday's early hours and gangs of youths pelted police with missiles, AFP correspondents reported.
Scotland Yard said "copycat" looting had spread to a number of boroughs in the capital's north, east and south, while a mob of around 50 youths damaged property in Oxford Circus, at the heart of the city's tourist area.
Several arrests were made after youths vandalised a police car and smashed windows in Enfield, a north London suburb three miles from Tottenham, the area at the heart of the previous night's mayhem.
Additional police resources were deployed in the volatile neighbourhoods with three officers requiring hospital treatment after being hit by a car.
Commander Christine Jones said: "This is a challenging situation with small pockets of violence, looting and disorder breaking out on a number of boroughs."
In the first night of violence, homes were torched, two police cars and a double-decker bus torched and shops looted late Saturday in Tottenham, conjuring memories of 1985 riots in the same area and dampening the mood in a city hosting the Olympic Games in a year.
Police said 26 of its officers were hurt, while three members of the public also needed treatment following the surprise violence. By Sunday, all the injured police officers had been discharged from hospital.
A total 55 arrests were made after Saturday's riots. Prime Minister David Cameron's office described the violence as "utterly unacceptable."
Metropolitan police announced that officers working on the Operation Withern probe would interview witnesses and review hours of CCTV footage to locate the Tottenham rioters.
The violence followed a protest over the death of a 29-year-old man last Thursday during an apparent exchange of gunfire with police.
The killing of Mark Duggan, a father-of-four, was "absolutely regrettable," police commander Adrian Hanstock said in a statement, adding that an investigation into the shooting was underway.
According to the Guardian newspaper, initial ballistics tests on a bullet which was found lodged in a police officer's radio when Duggan was shot revealed it was a police issue bullet, raising doubts over the early explanation of events.
Duggan's brother Shaun Hall called for peace.
"I know people are frustrated, they're angry out there at the moment, but I would say please try and hold it down. Please don't make this about my brother's life, he was a good man," he told Sky News television.
Staff at the looted Curry's electrical store in Tottenham told AFP that the thieves had immediately headed to the security rooms and deactivated the cameras, suggesting professional gangs had flocked to the area.
London has seen student and trade union protests turn ugly in the last 12 months but this outbreak of rioting was the worst seen for years away from the capital's centre.
One witness said Saturday's scene resembled the Blitz, or when parts of London burned following German bombing in World War II.
Scene: London riot turns district into war zone
"So many people have lost everything. It's just crazy. It looks like it's the Second World War. It looks like the Blitz where we were living," Tottenham resident Stuart Radose told Sky News television.
Duggan was killed when specialist firearms officers stopped a minicab in which he was travelling to carry out a pre-planned arrest.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission, which investigates all police shootings, said they were accompanied by officers from Trident, the unit focused on tackling gun crime in the black community.
The march against Duggan's death began at Broadwater Farm, a 1960s public housing estate in Tottenham that is notorious across Britain.
In 1985, police constable Keith Blakelock was hacked to death on the estate in some of the worst urban rioting in Britain during the past 30 years.
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