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Google celebrates Father’s Day by paying tribute to fathers “of all shapes, sizes, and species”

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

As Father’s Day is being celebrated worldwide, search engine Google has decided to mark the occasion in a unique manner. It has paid tribute to all the fathers with an animated doodle.

On the homepage of Google, visitors are greeted with a doodle with fathers, not only belonging to the human world, but from animal kingdom as well, taking care of their respective little ones.

The third alphabet of the word “Google” has been animated. It has a play button on it, which upon pressing changes to depict different fathers, including a male penguin with its egg, a male fox, cat with its little ones, and finally a man with his son.

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The theme of this doodle is similar to the one generated on Mother’s Day.

“Today’s Doodle represents the universality of familial love.  I had a few separate concepts, some with animals, some with people, and looking at them all, I thought it would be fun to try to tie them together,” Olivia Huynh the creator of the doodle was reported as saying by media outlets.

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Google Planning to Develop a New Publishing Platform For Local News Publishers

According to Google, in Asia-Pacific, journalists and publishers are increasingly grappling with questions over how quality journalism can thrive in the digital age

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Google creating publishing platform for local news publishers. Pixabay

To help small newsrooms overcome challenges in their strive to go digital, Google is creating a new publishing platform for local news publishers.

Google News Initiative has partnered with web development company, Automattic and WordPress.com — home to 30 per cent of the world’s websites — and has invested $1.2 million in its effort to create “Newspack”.

“Newspack” is a fast, secure, low-cost publishing system tailor-made to the needs of small newsrooms, Google said in a statement on Monday.

The new publishing tool will be made available to publishers globally later in the year.

“Newspapers with long histories have had to cut back on staff and reduce coverage and reporters who try to start new digital publications face an interminable struggle with technical and business problems,” said Jim Albrecht, Product Management Director, Google Search.

“Journalists should be writing stories and covering their communities, not worrying about designing websites, configuring CMSs, or building commerce systems.”

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The Google name is displayed outside the company’s office in London, Britain. VOA

While “Newspack” publishers will have access to all the plugins created by the WordPress developer community, the core product is not trying to be all things to all publishers.

“It is trying to help small publishers succeed by building best practices into the product while removing distractions that may divert scarce resources. We like to call it aan opinionated CMS — it knows the right thing to do, even when you don’t,” explained Albrecht.

Google said it will also advise on the “Newspack” feature set, based on feedback from its extensive contact with local publishers, and provide technical support on the integration of Google products.

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Google News in November launched a new innovation challenge to help scribes and publishers in the Asia-Pacific region produce quality journalism in the digital age.

According to Google, in Asia-Pacific, journalists and publishers are increasingly grappling with questions over how quality journalism can thrive in the digital age. (IANS)