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Google Earth For Linux Update Brings Fixes For Panoramio Pictures And Various Linux Crashes

Google has updated Google Earth recently, fixing some of the issues that were occurring on Linux, such as Panoramio pictures not working, as well as various crashes.
Google Earth Ubuntu 16.04

Google Earth had quite a few issues on recent Linux distributions. Back when Ubuntu 16.04 was released, Google Earth wasn’t installable at all, and this was later fixed, but the app would still crash after a few seconds of usage, for many users. Furthermore, Panoramio pictures weren’t working.
These issues should be fixed with the latest Google Earth 7.1.7.2600 for Linux. Furthermore, the update also brings support for the OAuth2, as well as updated Google and Google Earth logos.

Google Earth 7.1.7.2600 changes:

  • removed menu items for Google Maps Engine and the Google Earth Community.
  • new Google and Google Earth logos;
  • fixed crashes from rearranging items in My Places;
  • Earth Pro: Removed registration dialog as Pro no longer requires a license;
  • Linux: fixed font dialog and other crashes;
  • Linux: fixed cache data inconsistency between 32 and 64-bit builds;
  • Linux: fixed RPM installer problems with permissions in directory /usr/bin;
  • Mac & Linux: updated driver support for 3Dconnexion controller devices.

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Thanks to Martin B. for the tip!

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Fix `Failed To Fetch` Google Chrome Repository After Google Dropped Support For Its Browser On Linux 32bit

As announced back in December, Google stopped supporting Google Chrome on 32-bit Linux starting this month. Users running a 32bit Linux distribution are advised to stop using Google Chrome because, while it will continue to work, it will no longer receive any updates (including no security fixes).
The 32-bit build configurations for Chromium continues to be supported, so you can still use Chromium browser on 32-bit Linux distributions.

Because the official Google Chrome repository no longer provides 32-bit packages, 64-bit Ubuntu/Debian users will notice an error when updating the software sources, which looks as follows:

Failed to fetch http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/dists/stable/Release 
Unable to find expected entry 'main/binary-i386/Packages' in Release file (Wrong sources.list entry or malformed file)
Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

To fix this error on Ubuntu/Debian 64-bit, the repository must be specifically set for 64-bit only – this can be done by adding “[arch=amd64]” after “deb” in the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list file. To do this automatically, you can use the following command:

sudo sed -i -e 's/deb http/deb [arch=amd64] http/' "/etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list"

On 32-bit, you should remove the repository and stop using Google Chrome since it won’t receive any security updates:
sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list
sudo apt-get remove google-chrome
thanks to darkfur93 @ reddit for the info (and to Bruce Ingalls for the tip)

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Google Capital coming to invest in India

By Vasudev Ram

Google Capital is coming to India to set up base from which invest in Indian startups, says the Economic Times.

Excerpts:

[ is setting up its growth capital arm in India to double down on startup investing as it turns bullish on fast-growing local emerging companies that have drawn attention from big investors across the world.

will hire a team and invest in growth-stage companies in India, a market in which investors ranging from Japanese communications group SoftBank to Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba have recently made big bets. “It made a lot of sense to focus a lot of attention here now,” David Lawee, partner at Google Capital

A serial entrepreneur, Lawee counts the move to set up office in India as “the most important” decision Google Capital has made in recent months

“I want to invest up to the limit of what’s reasonable,” said Lawee, who was the head of corporate development at Google until 2012.

While Google Capital, founded in 2013, has invested nearly $500 million in 11 companies globally, India will be its first destination where it has an office outside the US.

The California-based company also invests in early-stage companies through Google Ventures. “The companies that I’m seeing here have much more upside than most companies I’m seeing in the US,” said Lawee. ]

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from pattern.web import Google; google.search()

By Vasudev Ram

Spacweb

$ pip install pattern
# test_pattern_google_search.py
from pattern.web import Google, plaintext

google = Google(language='en')
for result in google.search('"python"', cached=False):
try:
print unicode(plaintext(result.text))
except UnicodeEncodeError:
print "UnicodeEncodeError, skipping this tweet"
except Exception:
print "Exceptions happen"
$ python test_pattern_google_search.py >t
$ less t # more coffee
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