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ReadWriteWeb
   Google+ Announces Drug War Debate via Hangout

Google announced a new Hangout video show called Versus today on the YouTube blog. It's a partnership with Intelligence², a worldwide forum based in the U.K. that has hosted debates for radio and television since 2002. Well-known participants debate a proposed motion, and the audience can vote in real time ...

Web2Review 01 Mar 12
 
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   [Interview] Changing Engines Mid-Flight: Q&A with Google Fellow Ben Gomes

Last week, I talked to Google Search lead designer Jon Wiley about the process of designing Google's iconic interface. What goes on behind that white box? For the second part of my interview series with the people who make Google Search, I talked to Google Fellow Ben Gomes. He's one ...

Web2Review 29 Feb 12
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   RWW Hangout - The Future of Search

Each week (more or less), Jon, Robyn and other ReadWriteWeb team members hold a Hangout On Air on our Google+ page to take a break from the grind of reading and writing and talk face to face about the tech stories of the moment. We post prompts for what we ...

Web2Review 29 Feb 12
 
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   [Interview] Don't Break Search: Q&A with Google Lead Designer Jon Wiley

The design of the search page on Google.com is one of the most iconic in the Web's history, but it's in the midst of major changes. Google has redefined itself with Google+. Its notion of Web search as an index of pages has grown to include people, places and things. ...

Web2Review 20 Feb 12
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   Google+ Launches Developers Page, So How About That API?

Google just launched a page for Google+ developers. It will post news updates and info about events, conferences and hackathons. host weekly video hangouts to share updates, tips and tricks about the platform. Office hours are on Wednesdays between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Pacific. Hopefully, this is a ...

Web2Review 06 Feb 12
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   Obama's Google+ Hangout Didn't Change the Game, It Just Changed the Channel

The President of the United States held a Google+ Hangout today. He fielded questions selected from over 130,000 submissions as well as from five lucky Americans selected to hang out with him live. For the rest of us, it was a streaming video experience. It began with a swooping, dramatic ...

Web2Review 30 Jan 12
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   [Updated] Google Fires Kenya Lead Over Mocality

Google has reportedly fired its Kenya country manager, Olga Arara-Kimani, over a fraudulent use of Mocality' s data. Nairobitech reported: Update after the jump. Nelson Mattos, who had earlier made a statement expressing the company's mortification over the situation, released a bland, generic statement yesterday. A Google global PR representative, ...

Web2Review 30 Jan 12
 
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Mashable
   Google Music Offers One Click Download of Your Music Library

Google Music, Google’s cloud music service, has finally introduced a feature that lets users download their music to a computer with just a click of a button. It’s been nearly a year since Google Music made it easy for users to add their music to the cloud services for easy ...

Web2Review 27 Jan 12
 
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TechCrunch
   Google+ Allows Pseudonyms, But Only If They’re “Established”

Google’s Bradley Horowitz just announced that as part of a more “inclusive” naming policy, Google+ will now be allow people to employ pseudonyms as their user names. The company’s previous insistence on real names has been the subject of much discussion  — and Google itself said  earlier that it’s trying ...

Web2Review 23 Jan 12
 
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Mashable
   Rogue Google Contractors Steal from Kenyan Startup, Google Apologizes

Google has apologized — via Google+ and by phone — to the CEO of an African startup whose databases were compromised by a Kenya-based team working for Google. Nelson Mattos, Google’s vice president for product and engineering for Europe and emerging markets, stated on his Google+ account: “We were ...

Web2Review 18 Jan 12
 
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Mashable
   Why Google's Social Search Is Too Much, Too Soon

Google’s recent change to its search engine is losing in the public opinion arena. Analysts have suggested the new feature, Google Search, plus Your World, “ Pushes Google+ over Relevancy,” and “ just made Bing the best search engine.” Twitter called it “bad for people.” Meanwhile, about 2,000 ...

Web2Review 13 Jan 12
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   The Good News About Google's New Search Plus Your World

Google launched a major new feature this week called Google Search Plus Your World and many people are incredibly upset about it. The feature presents search results from your contacts on Google's social network, Google+, and the things they've shared. It's clutter, critics say, it's unfair, it's a ...

Web2Review 13 Jan 12
 
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Mashable
   Google Fires Back at Twitter: You Took Yourself Out of Search

The war of words between Google and Twitter escalated Wednesday, as Google responded to Twitter’s accusation that plans to further integrate Google+ into its regular search results is “ bad for people.” “We are a bit surprised by Twitter’s comments, because they chose not to renew their agreement with us ...

Web2Review 11 Jan 12
 
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ProgrammableWeb
   Google Maps Pricing Sends Real Estate Site to Open Source

In October Google announced pricing for its popular Google Maps API. Though most sites won’t hit the free limits, those with a lot of traffic may be scrambling for a solution. That was the case for a New York real estate service, which discovered their bill would be $200,000 – ...

Web2Review 11 Jan 12
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   Suddenly, Google Is Winning the Online Identity Race

Google shipped some major changes to search today. The announcement was called " Search, plus Your World." It was the inevitable launch of the integration between Google's core product, Web search, and its new identity service, Google+. There are now two modes of search on Google, personal and global. ...

Web2Review 10 Jan 12
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   You Can Now Create a Google Account From a Feature Phone

Google+ just announced that feature phone users can now create a Google account. Googler Mohamed Fouad describes this as an effort to enable the hundreds of millions of people with feature phones but no computer access to create an account. By visiting plus.google.com from a feature phone browser, users can ...

Web2Review 20 Dec 11
 
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Mashable
   Google Makes Young Girl Cry by Shutting Down Her Account [Updated]

Rich Warren, a software engineer from Houston, Texas, never imagined his daughter would be brought to tears by Google. Sadly, that’s exactly what Warren claims happened — via a post on Google+ — when Google shut down his daughter’s account Sunday morning, because according to the company’s policy she is ...

Web2Review 12 Dec 11
 
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Mashable
   Google Launches Schemer, an Activity Recommendation Engine

Using Google+? Add Mashable to your circles. You’ll get the latest about new Google+ features and tips and tricks for using the platform as well as top social media and technology news. Google has launched an activity recommendation engine called Schemer into invite-only private beta. In a post ...

Web2Review 08 Dec 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   Google+ Promises Its Facial Recognition Tool Isn't Like Facebook's

Today Google+'s photo app launched a new feature called Find My Face, which purports to make tagging photos of you and your friends much easier. Thankfully, this isn't a super creepy facial recognition tool. Not only is it completely opt-in, which means that Google asks for your permission before turning ...

Web2Review 08 Dec 11
 
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Mashable
   Britney Spears Is Google+'s Most-Followed User

Ahead of her early 30th birthday this week, Britney Spears has recently dethroned Google CEO Larry Page as Google+’s most-followed person. Roughly 775,000 people follow the pop star’s Google+ account. In comparison, 15.4 million fans “Like” her Facebook page and 11.4 million followers monitor her Twitter activity. Google+ was once ...

Web2Review 28 Nov 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   Google Reschedules I/O 2012, Hints At Code Competition for Tickets

Google has rescheduled the 2012 Google I/O developers' conference for June 27-29. It was initially announced for April 24-25. The event was immensely popular this year, and the new date allows it to be extended for three days instead of two. It will still take place at Moscone Center West ...

Web2Review 28 Nov 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   How Barack Obama Can Go Beyond A Brand Using Google+

The President of the United States has just joined Google+. Well, sort of. This new page is actually a Google+ brand page for the Obama For America 2012 campaign. Republican presidential nominees Herman Cain, Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul had already joined Google+, and while none ...

Web2Review 23 Nov 11
 
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Mashable
   Google Has the Most-Followed Brand Page on Google+ [STUDY]

The brand with the biggest following on Google+ appears to be … Google. The finding came out of a study from BrightEdge, which discovered that 61 of the top 100 global brands had a Google+ page the week after Google let companies create a presence on the social network. The ...

Web2Review 17 Nov 11
 
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Mashable
   Fox News Invites Audience to Speak With GOP Candidates on Google+ Hangouts

Fox News’s Special Report with Bret Baier will be hosting a series of Google+ Hangouts with GOP presidential candidates leading up to the election, the program announced via Google+ this week. The first will be held with Governor Mitt Romney on Nov. 15. The show is also inviting three members ...

Web2Review 09 Nov 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   Social SEO: Google Adds +1 Button To Image Search

Google continues the inevitable wallpapering of the Web with the +1 button, adding it to image search today. This makes Google image search into a social affair, highlighting images and displaying annotated recommendations from your +friends. Images will now appear in the +1 tab of Google+ profiles. This extends the ...

Web2Review 09 Nov 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   How Google Calendar Could Be Smarter

Google Calendar announced a new feature today called Suggested Times; it allows users to co-ordinate their available times to have a meeting together. I haven't got it turned on in my account yet, but there's a screenshot below. It looks ok. The description of how it works ...

Web2Review 03 Nov 11
 
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Mashable
   Google Reader Backlash: 10,000 Users Sign Petition to Save Old Version

Now that Google has officially switched to its new version of Google Reader, complete with Google+ integration, the company is facing the righteous fury of a social network it barely seemed to recognize: the Sharebros. This small but maniacally dedicated community of Google Reader users was able to share ...

Web2Review 31 Oct 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   Alternatives to Google Reader? Don't Bother, You're Not Going Anywhere...

Today Google Reader became the latest Google product to have Plus added to it. Now Google Reader users can +1 or share items to Google Plus, from within Reader. Google has made very clear over the past month that Plus will be integrated into all of Google's products ...

Web2Review 31 Oct 11
 
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TechCrunch
   And Here It Is: The New Google Reader Revealed

Today, Google is rolling out its update to Google Reader which features the promised user interface overhaul, and, more importantly, the new Google+ integration. Now, Google Reader users can “+1″ items directly from Google Reader to share it with their friends on Google+. This feature now replaces the “Share” and ...

Web2Review 31 Oct 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   Google Plus Finds Sweet Spot Between Facebook & Twitter

Google Plus got a few more fun features today in addition to workplace ones. There's a new feature called What's Hot that surfaces popular posts (don't call them "trending"), and a very cool visualization tool called Ripples that lets you watch Plus conversations flow out across the network. These are ...

Web2Review 27 Oct 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   Developers: Your Google Maps API Free Riding Days Are Over

Months after warning developers it would happen, the Google Developer team announced tonight that the era of unlimited Google Maps usage for free is officially over. Developers whose apps load more than 25,000 basic maps or 2500 stylized maps per day will have to cough up some cash. ...

Web2Review 26 Oct 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   Engage! Why Google Is Talking Up Google Plus Engagement, But Not Other Metrics

Specifically, I asked Gundotra how many of the over 40 million users reportedly on Google Plus are active, daily users? "It's a number we're very happy with," was the best answer that I got. Rather than focus on hard user metrics, Gundotra instead steered the conversation to the engagement ...

Web2Review 24 Oct 11
 
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Mashable
   Google Engineer Apologizes for "Great-Granddaddy of Reply-All Screwups"

Google engineer Steve Yegge apologized in a recent blog post for his rant about Google+ and Amazon that he accidentally published to approximately 2,000 of his followers. “Last week I accidentally posted an internal rant about service platforms to my public Google+ account (i.e. this one),” Yegge writes. “Bagging on ...

Web2Review 21 Oct 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   World's Youngest Leading Social Network Eats World's Last Major RSS Reader: Google Reader Gets Plussed

Why did Google Plus gain more users in a few weeks than Google Reader has in years? That's a question for the ages - but it's clear that Google's strategy of infusing Google Plus functionality into all things will sometimes come at a cost. Google announced today that ...

Web2Review 20 Oct 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   You Can Now Connect Your YouTube & Google Plus Accounts

Google is rolling out the ability to link YouTube accounts with Google Plus. The link will add videos shared with you on Google Plus to your YouTube homepage. In a public Plus post, Nirav Mehta says that the process takes some time to complete initially. To link your accounts, go ...

Web2Review 13 Oct 11
 
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Mashable
   Google Engineer Accidentally Posts Rant About Google+

More bad news for Google+: First, we discovered that Google’s top management apparently aren’t big users of the company’s social network, then traffic fell and now it appears that at least one of the rank-and-file is pretty critical of the platform as well. Steve Yegge, a Google engineer, intended ...

Web2Review 12 Oct 11
 
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TechCrunch
   Eric Schmidt Finally Appears On Google+

For a company that is supposed to eat its own dog food, Google has been criticized for how few of its senior executives are visible on Google+. You can find +Larry and +Sergey there, and now so too is executive chairman +Eric Schmidt. Of course, Schmidt might ...

Web2Review 12 Oct 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   You Should Grab This New Google Plus Sharing Bookmarklet, It is Oh So Easy

Pinoy-Canadian web developer AJ Batac put together a drop dead simple javascript bookmarklet today that makes it easy to share any webpage you're visiting in Google Plus, along with a comment. The way it works is that your account publicly +1's the page, then gives you the option to ...

Web2Review 11 Oct 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   Why Twitter Users Aren't Using Google Plus

Google Plus has been, by some accounts, the fastest growing social network in history. New numbers indicate, though, that traffic to the site is dropping fast after initial interest. Personally, I find myself more drawn to it every day, because I get so many responses when I post things ...

Web2Review 10 Oct 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   The Women Who Made Google Plus: 22 Developers Behind the World's Fastest Growing Social Network

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the world's first computer programmer and to share inspiring stories about women working in science, technology and math. Surely some of the most significant technical work done by women since this day last year includes the creation of what ...

Web2Review 07 Oct 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   Google Plus Now Lets You Control Who Can Notify You

Google Plus is currently rolling out a feature to let users control who sends them notifications. There will be a new option in settings called 'Who can notify you.' "We'll be rolling this out slowly," says Google engineer Kathleen Ko, "so if it's not available for you yet check back ...

Web2Review 07 Oct 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   Dalai Lama To Host Google Plus Hangout Tomorrow

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader in exile, has joined Google Plus, and he's hosting a live Hangout tomorrow with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The conversation is part of the inaugural Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture in Cape Town, South Africa. It's an On Air Hangout, so there's no limit to the ...

Web2Review 07 Oct 11
 
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Mashable
   Google Founders: Steve Jobs Was an Inspiration

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have each posted their condolences over the passing of Steve Jobs. Both Page and Brin posted their reactions to Google+, the company’s new social network. In his statement, Brin said that Jobs’s “passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched ...

Web2Review 05 Oct 11
 
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Mashable
   If Google's Management Doesn't Use Google+, Then Why Should You?

One of the most important rules in software is to eat your own dog food. The concept is simple: if you have confidence in your product, you should be using it. Perhaps somebody should tell that to Google’s senior management, because they are failing to eat their own dog food ...

Web2Review 04 Oct 11
 
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TechCrunch
   YouTube’s Rick Klau Joins Google Ventures To Head Startup University

Everybody seems to be bulking up on VCs today (!); Google Ventures is also adding to its roster, bring YouTube Product Manager Rick Klau to the team as Partner, Startup University. Startup University is Google Ventures’ efforts to transfer as much knowledge and as much background information as possible to ...

Web2Review 03 Oct 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   Hacker Finds Quora-like Q&A Features in Google Plus Code

A curious hacker named Matt Mastracci was diving into the Google Plus code yesterday, trying to turn on access to the new Circle-sharing feature, when he uncovered several new features apparently in the works. One, referred to in the source as "Google Experts," appears to be a Quora -like question ...

Web2Review 27 Sep 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   Google Plus Users 2-3 Times More Likely to Post Privately

Today at the Strata Summit on Big Data, Google's Bradley Horowitz noted an intriguing statistic about Google Plus usage: users of Google Plus are two to three times as likely to post content to private circles than they are to post it publicly. As our own Marshall Kirkpatrick commented, these ...

Web2Review 21 Sep 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   Google Plus & the Data Scientist Who's Navigating It to Hell

"Our ambition is to up-level the model of social networking. We want to support asymmetric relationships with brands and celebrities - but we also wanted to support intimate communication with real life friends and family. Could we do both of those things? Being all things to all people is the ...

Web2Review 21 Sep 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   5 Things Google Plus Can Do to Outbox Facebook

It's been a fascinating year in the social networking space, as heavyweight champion Facebook fends off some solid blows from muscley contender Google Plus. However over the past week, it's been nearly all Facebook - with the release of the Subscriber button and vastly improved lists (akin to Google Plus ...

Web2Review 18 Sep 11
 
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Mashable
   Google Propeller Social News Sharing App to Compete Against Flipboard [REPORT]

Google is creating a social news sharing app for iPad and Android that will compete directly with Flipboard, named 2010 iPad App of the Year by Apple. The first word of Google’s rumored app that turns social media and news content into magazine-like articles was from Robert Scoble, commenting late ...

Web2Review 15 Sep 11
 
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Mashable
   Google Launches First Google+ APIs

Google has unveiled the first developer application programming interfaces for Google+, the company’s new social network. The launch is the first step toward developers creating Google+ apps and integrating the social network into existing apps. “I’m super excited about how the Google+ project brings the richness and nuance of real-life ...

Web2Review 15 Sep 11
 
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ReadWriteWeb
   UK Leader Who Discussed Blocking Social Networks Joins Google Plus

David Cameron, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, who made comments in the wake of last month's nation-wide riots about the possibility of blocking participants in civil unrest from using social media, has joined Google's new social network, Plus. Joining him this morning were +Ed Miliband and +Nick ...

Web2Review 14 Sep 11
 
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ProgrammableWeb
   Google App Engine Adjusts Price Changes After Developer Outcry

It has been two weeks since Google’s unpopular pricing changes on its Google App Engine platform. The pricing left many developers upset since it pushed up their charges by 3x-5x in many cases. Google was pushed to the back foot in the face of the uproar and realized it needed ...

Web2Review 13 Sep 11
 
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Mashable
   Google +1 Buttons Arrive on the Mobile Web

Google +1 buttons are becoming more ubiquitous thanks to an update that carries them over to the mobile web. The mobile-optimized +1 button made its debut on select Android and iPhone browsers Thursday. “The button will automatically be visible to anyone on Android 2.1+ and iOS 4.0+ browsers,” Punit Soni, ...

Web2Review 02 Sep 11
 
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