I am very, very, very happy to tell you that last week Google gave me a fellowship, their Fellowship in Social Computing. They will fund me for the next two years, the rest of my PhD. It also comes with a bunch of goodies, including a new phone, which I need desperately. (I try not to show my phone at conferences.)
I pitched three new projects in my proposal to them, projects I hope to get out soon. Google only accepted nominations from universities. I was quite skeptical that our traditional CS department would nominate me, but they pleasantly surprised me. Thank you, Google!