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gaul shippuden0This is a good circle. all of account on this circle is OnNow you can ADD People From this CircleBefor you ADD This people to your Circle, You must Vote g+ on my Blog please.> vote g+ on this link : https://plusone.google.com/u/0/_/+1/fastbutton?count=true&url=http://blog-kangramzi.blogspot.com/> After that. You can add this people to your CircleThank you#vote #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles   #shared   #circle #voteg+?2014-04-17 10:16:50501556CC G+
Ventureboon0Add this member to your circle #socialmedia #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircles  2014-04-15 12:10:29500959CC G+
gaul shippuden336This is a good circle. all of account on this circle is OnNow you can ADD People From this CircleBefor you ADD This people to your Circle, You must Vote g+ on my Blog please.> vote g+ on this link : https://plusone.google.com/u/0/_/+1/fastbutton?count=true&url=http://blog-kangramzi.blogspot.com/> After that. You can add this people to your site.Thank you #vote #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles   #shared   #circle #voteg+2014-04-14 05:52:07500425CC G+
Çerçeve Paylaş - Circle Cool1,6242014-04-12 16:25:325006810CC G+
Correa Mirti0This is a group of individuals that has personally shared four of my best circle sharing circles in the last month (or so).  They also include a mix of new circle sharers and some that are just trying to learn it for the first time. :) :) :0)They are individuals, to a large degree, that are very interested in not just circle sharing (which is great), but also engaging with you in a meaningful way (which is awesome)!!!Guidelines for Core Multipliers- Share the circle to stay in the circle- Have some fun!- If you are new and want in the circle, share the circle.This is a great group.  Enjoy this circle and have an awesome Thursday!*if you were somehow missed/ not included in the circle, please let me know and it will be corrected on the next share. My apologies ahead of time! :)**For those coming from multiplying circle, we are not inviting new folks here, you can privately message them or ping them when you share the circle on your public feed. Thanks!#corecircle #multiplyingcircle #coremultipliers #sharedcircles #circleshare #bestsharedcircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #CircleQueen   #CircleMaster   #GPlusList   #Circle   #Circleshare   #Circlesharing   #PublicSharedCircles2014-04-12 10:21:48501104CC G+
John Nuntiatio32,554#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health2014-04-05 08:38:28437686CC G+
Andrea Orselli5,541Welcome to  this new circle which has members of the Share Your Circle Community.  This is a great place to Find and Add Circles#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2014-04-03 22:45:30107425CC G+
Torben Colding19,984ADD AND RESHARE THE 20K CIRCLEThis is your chance to add 100 people who have each more than 20,000 followers.They're all spread across different nationalities and topics, but with one thing in common -  great content.If you're new on Google+, this is your chance to get a head start by adding this circle to your stream.If you want to be included in the circle you must:1. Have more than 20,000 followers2. Plus the circle3. Comment the circle4. Reshare the circle #SharedCircle   #CircleSharing  2014-03-30 01:13:2310010612CC G+
ibrahim aslan02014-02-25 12:24:46501001CC G+
Jimmy James6,807Futurists#circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #hyperballmaster #hyperballcircle2014-01-08 18:02:321560214CC G+
Jack Humphrey12,866Here's 500 of my top engagers #sharedcircles #circles2013-12-21 08:27:05500104CC G+
Fabian Weiland651#circleshare #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #journalism  2013-11-19 08:28:27198111CC G+
David Dickens6,451It seems the young folks on Google plus are sharing their circles these days. I've got one great circle to share: 99 verified profiles of active Google plus folks drawn from my circles and my followers.Now some of the names you'll recognize, in such a list you'll always catch a few celebrities. But there are some other folks in this list that might surprise you and a few secret gems. Feel free to share this circle.Want to join my circle of verified profiles? Just 1) be active, 2) get your profile verified, and 3) comment below or send me a note. #sharedcircles   #verified  2013-10-22 16:04:5799201CC G+
Andrea Orselli2,284This is one of my favourite personal circle :)Hope you like itPlease plus, comment and reshare the original post.#sharedcircles #publicsharedcircle #circleshare #sharedpubliccircle #circlesharing  #circle #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek #rustyferguson #rustywheel #corecircle #therustywheel #circleoftheday2013-10-20 13:04:4510710711CC G+
Daniel Cesar2,634WEDNESDAY circle distribution of very important people.Add and share if you want to be included next time.I appreciate newbies and their reshares.2013-09-25 12:29:49486101417CC G+
Giulia Fiore0The most active People I know on G+A wonderful #sharedcircle  to become more popular than ever.To belong to this Circle, share it and comment this post !Kisses Giulia2013-09-05 05:59:42501223CC G+
Andrea Orselli2,176One of my best circle. Journalist, bloggers, newsers and others interesting people#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-08-29 11:18:2444101CC G+
Technology Roundup0BMN Tech Journalist And Blogger List #1.The ones with last names that start from A-M. These are people who are thought leaders, reporters, journalists, bloggers in the tech industry.As with all our circles we try to remove people who aren't active (if you see any here, please let us know. And, if you know of folks who should be on these circles, please let us know,We willl add them.2013-06-21 03:33:49338135CC G+
Technology Roundup0BMN's Tech Journalist And  Blogger List. IWe Have hand picked the best tech journalists on Google+. Most of these people are active. If you find anyone here who isn't active, let me know and I'll remove them.This feed will rock and roll for the hard core geeks out there.2013-06-21 01:34:13494123CC G+
Andrea Orselli0A small circle of newser and journalists#Circle #Circles #PublicCircle #CircleShare #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle #QSC #querosercirculado #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles #publiccirclesproject #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare   #addmetoyourcircles #awesomepeople #awesomecircle #awesomepeople   #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleday #shared #circleday2013-06-07 11:14:2244002CC G+
Jesse Moreno411My first circle share.  I'm mainly doing this for +Deb J Canales who I can see is becoming more active on +Google+ .  Good on ya, friend!This is a circle of people and groups who share my passion for all things technology.  If you're not in it and feel you should be, go ahead and comment here and I will gladly add you.Happy interacting!2013-02-03 07:47:52472628CC G+
Vago Damitio8,732Creative Circle #5 of 11 or was it #4 Crap.Creative Circle 1 of 11I am so impressed and enthused looking at the MicroVictoryArmy Stream  that I'm going to do something radical. I"m going to share my other circles, invite the members to join MVA, and then I'm going to delete all those circles so I can give more attention here.  I will keep  one circle of people like the +Dalai Lama  and +Richard Branson  who I would love to have join MVA but I don't want to lose track of if they don't. And that's it.  The Micro Victory Army is Victorious in my Circles and if you join - so are you. https://plus.google.com/communities/100245247140773385767  #microvictory  for figuring out how to enjoy G+ and manage my circles better! I'm about to delete you (unless you are in MVA - it's not personal - I still love you)2013-01-12 23:35:21143000CC G+
Michael Scribner0Shared circle.. Random collection of shares.  add you name and share with a friend..2013-01-06 20:31:24477000CC G+
Lubna Imran02013-01-02 15:07:57500103CC G+
Peg Fitzpatrick8,940Looking for some fantastic people to circle?This is the Pluserati circle and includes +P E Sharpe +Jaana Nyström +Guy Kawasaki +Rodney Pike +Jessica Northey +Geoff Livingston and many more. Here's the Pluserati page on Alltop http://pluserati.alltop.com/Hope you enjoy and share! #Pluserati #CircleShare #circlesharing   #CircleoftheDay2012-12-27 17:10:0111011213CC G+
Ivonne García0This is my Geeks CirclePeople who share great content that only matters to us, technology geeks and people interested in the latest advances. :D Enjoy! #sharedcircle   #circles   #tech   #technology   #geeks   #geekcircle   #sharedcircleoftheday  2012-12-01 17:28:23332315CC G+
Peg Fitzpatrick6,982Happy #CircleShareSunday I'd like to share the #Pluserati circle. You can find them on Alltop here: http://pluserati.alltop.com/ Some people on the list: +Jaana Nyström +Mike Elgan +Amanda Blain +Guy Kawasaki +Thomas Hawk a great circle to follow for great content all the time on Google+.2012-11-04 14:56:52106738CC G+
AJ Durling0This is a bonus circle, and is actually pretty much where I started when I was creating my first circles - Top 500 PlussersIt is the people with the highest number of users - and is actually now only 308 people. When I first collected the Top 500 Plussers on Google+, I spend a lot of time weeding out the people whose posts in which I didn't particularly have an interest (e.g. almost all of the photographers - nothing against people who post photos to G+, it's just me: this is Google+, not Flickr; people who only ever promote themselves - so quite a lot of the pop musicians). The list that is left are people who, I think, actually contribute to the stream. You may find some surprising choices (Dolly Parton?! Actually, yes!). But I hope you enjoy it.I've kept the name Top 500 even though it is a lot fewer than 500. I like the irony... #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #celebrity   #topcircles  2012-10-19 15:06:56307302CC G+
Don Sturgill0This Writer's Circle probably needs to be edited, but it's a start. Do you have a list of favorite writers on Google+ to share? Please do.2012-08-27 20:46:3870000CC G+
Rodney Mesriani0I would like to share my friends from the Legal Circle. My friends are top-notch attorneys and individuals who are related to the field of law from across the globe.2012-08-14 17:57:2150041324CC G+
Peg Fitzpatrick4,772I would love to share my favorite circle with you: the Pluserati! Please circle, share & enjoy!This group can also be followed on Alltop ~~>> http://pluserati.alltop.com/ #PluseratiThis is a group of active, fantastic Google+kins who provide value to the Google+ community everyday.New to the list:+Amanda Blain +Jessica Northey +Terri Nakamura +Reg Saddler +Catherine Faas +Connie Reece In the words of +Guy Kawasaki, if you ask to be on the list, you aren't worthy to be on the list.  #EvanG+2012-08-08 23:53:34106835CC G+
Tim Moore22,583My +Best Shared Circle of the week.These are my top quality +Google+ sharers.  I hope you find them as rewarding as I do.2012-08-08 15:57:01445451844CC G+
David Hartley0These are news organizations or people that are new, or just deserving of more attention. It includes all media forms. Check them out, there are any number of fascinating new people to engage with.#sharedcircles 2012-08-01 17:20:05435101CC G+
Alexander Becker10,021As part of a pattern-analyzing experiment, and to examine the origins of "relevance," I am sharing my Top 99 circleSome observations —Robert Scoble is in my top 99, for no apparent reasons other than I circled him. "Relevance" does seem to come for people or pages I never interacted with apart from leaving the occasional +1. Also, mentioning someone repeatedly seems to increase relevance, for me, e.g. +Project Glass . Interestingly, mentioning without even having visited the Project Glass page is enough to make it relevant for me. While this makes sense, since I've written about it repeatedly, I can see a strong vector to game relevance this way.+Moritz Tolxdorff  and +Amanda Blain  deserve the credit for this endeavour —Want to create your own?► Click circles on the tab on the right► Make sure relevance is selected (default)► Select the top 99 users. (Drag a box around them)► Drag the whole group to "drop here to create new circle"► The new circle will open up. Make sure its 99 and adjust it if needed► Share it and use the hashtag #top99  and #sharedcircles   #top99   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  +Shared Circles on G+    +Nothing but Circles   +Public Circles   +CircleCount  +Full Circle If you got notified you are one of the 99 :-)2012-07-26 08:30:569934029CC G+
Harshit Gupta0Hey all, try this long ago +Robert Scoble shared circle of techies....it's what can get you started here on g+2012-07-11 14:48:57243112CC G+
Tim Moore19,665Hi friends,Here is my #sharedcircleoftheday  I wanted to share this circle with you of Top Google+ Sharers - They may not all be E-lebrities, but they have embraced our +Google+ community and consistently contribute great content and do engage with one another.This is a quality circle that I know could have more folks added to it , so please 1) Save this circle. 2) Add some of your favorite G+Sharers, 3) If you'd like to include yourself, check the box at the very bottom of the Share circle dialog box 'Include yourself in shared circle', *4) Share with the world.Have a wonderful Friday my friends!  #GooglePlus   #sharedcircle   #PayItForward  2012-07-06 17:13:42247221129CC G+
Jeff Cline0Here is my circle, could you share yours with me? 2012-07-05 23:33:31500002CC G+
Anouar OUALI ALAMI1,064I would like to share with you this circle: i name it : e-great people :)2012-06-27 08:47:47298301CC G+
Peg Fitzpatrick4,078Happy #CircleShareSunday! Please circle and share this fantastic list of the Pluserati! Includes such fabsters as +Lynette Young +Marcy Massura +Mike Elgan +Liz Strauss and +Guy Kawasaki. 2012-06-24 19:39:491056311CC G+
Jon Cilley3,078SHARED CIRCLE: Interesting People/Pages with Great Things to SayFeatured people you should pay more attention to...+Amanda Rosenberg - Internet... Explorer+Denis Labelle - Google+ Your Business+Chanchal Bhatia - Bizarre, Extreme and Cool Content+Shamil Weerakoon - New Google+ Update Machine+Sarah Hill - The Hangout Broadcaster 2012-06-19 19:50:38169523CC G+
Karl Hughes7,360Geeks, Designers, and Interesting PeopleThis is my most watched circle, so I figured I would share.  These people tend to post the stuff that I read and respond to most often, so if you like technology, you should add them.Enjoy!2012-06-13 14:22:22446124CC G+
Arvid Bux25,492Curated circle with English profilesFor my upcoming eBook release, I have curated several circles. This one contains 219 profiles of people who post mostly in English. These people will spice up your stream with all kinds of content, being it news, photos, links, videos, you name it! Apologies when you are not in this circle. Curation is done manually and thus I can make mistakes! Feel free to leave a comment so I can add you and people might see it and add you!#sharedcircle2012-06-11 18:29:4521927911CC G+
Alister Macintyre7,115Here is a circle of people I believe to be professional, and semi-pro, journalists on G+.  If you occasionally have something you think newsworthy, you might want to have a circle like this handy, so you can share your update links.2012-06-09 23:43:2267000CC G+
Alister Macintyre7,115Some people appear to be well informed on many topics, and like to share what they have figured out.  Here is a circle of prolific writers about tech topics.  You might want to put some of them in separate circles, to avoid being washed away in combination streams into a roaring torrent of information.2012-06-09 23:29:01244010CC G+
Shaun Duke1,539Google+ Shaun:This is my Writers, Geeks, and Friends circle.  A lot of you are already in said circle.  If you believe you should be in there, let me know in the comments.Why do I use this magic circle of doom?  It lets me partition my stream into my specific interests.  I also have a politics circle.  You only go in a circle if the bulk of what you post fits the theme.  Hope that makes sense.So:  who wants in?2012-06-09 01:31:19440412CC G+
Tim Moore19,058Here's my shared circle of the week(Thanks to +Tom Rolfson for the reminder to point out awesome folks to add to your stream.) These people really add a lot to our +Google+ community! Add yourself and pass it on. #awesome   #engagers   #thinkers   #realpeople   #NOTtrolls  2012-06-07 18:04:0238016420CC G+
Michael Kendle (doeiqts)0Here's a circle of tech people. The circle is bigger but only lets me share 500. If you're interested in tech, this is a good place to start.2012-06-07 13:57:05501115CC G+
Peter Edenist0This is my main friends circle (listed by relevance).... Includes a lot of my scifi, browncoats and Hard Scifi circles. Resharing for Friday. Please reshare if you find this circle of value. Will seperately share #Browncoats and #hardscifi circles over the next few days! #engagers #sharedcircles #scifi #awesomesaucepeople2012-04-13 12:43:18500209CC G+
Scott Ayres6,421Saw +Robert Scoble share this circle earlier. Full of bloggers, tech oriented people and etc. All are great Gplusers and will add a ton of value to your stream.2012-04-11 20:35:35500011CC G+
Robert Scoble1,146,151Here are 500 of my favorite Tech Journalists, bloggers, and pundits. I'm sharing this since I am seeing lots of new people coming over and I'm sure they are looking for some great people to circle here. Unfortunately I can't share everyone that I have in this circle (I have 575 in this circle on my screen, but Google+ only lets me share 500 with you). Lots of interesting tech bloggers and journalists here. Hope you enjoy. This is the circle that starts my morning every day.Speaking of Tech News, I'm off to +VMware. They are announcing new Cloud Foundry stuff this morning. So, you'll probably see some tech news from the folks in this circle.2012-04-11 16:01:035005737106CC G+

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2014-03-24 19:10:36 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 20 +1s)

When researching IN THE PLEX, I learned that Kim Malone Scott had written an as yet unpublished novel inspired by her experiences at Google. She graciously let me read it, and it informed my reporting. It was also charming. Now it is available in paper as well as e-book. Congrats, +Kim Malone Scott!


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2014-02-05 15:15:01 (2 comments, 13 reshares, 82 +1s)

15 years ago (on Feb 1st, 1999) I first set foot in a Google datacenter. Well, not really -- in the Google cage in the Exodus datacenter in Santa Clara.  Larry had led me there for a tour (I wasn't an employee yet) and it was my first time in any datacenter.  And you couldn't really "set foot" in the first Google cage because it was tiny (7'x4', 2.5 sqm) and filled with about 30 PCs on shelves.  a1 through a24 were the main servers to build and serve the index and c1 through c4 were the crawl machines.

By that time we already had a second cage, immediately adjacent, that was about 3x larger and contained our first four racks, each containing 21 machines named d1-42 and f1-42 (don't ask me what happened to the b and e racks, I don't know).  I don't recall who manufactured d and f but they were trays with a single large motherboard and a Pentium II CPU. (L... more »

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2014-02-05 15:14:39 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)

15 years ago (on Feb 1st, 1999) I first set foot in a Google datacenter. Well, not really -- in the Google cage in the Exodus datacenter in Santa Clara.  Larry had led me there for a tour (I wasn't an employee yet) and it was my first time in any datacenter.  And you couldn't really "set foot" in the first Google cage because it was tiny (7'x4', 2.5 sqm) and filled with about 30 PCs on shelves.  a1 through a24 were the main servers to build and serve the index and c1 through c4 were the crawl machines.

By that time we already had a second cage, immediately adjacent, that was about 3x larger and contained our first four racks, each containing 21 machines named d1-42 and f1-42 (don't ask me what happened to the b and e racks, I don't know).  I don't recall who manufactured d and f but they were trays with a single large motherboard and a Pentium II CPU. (L... more »

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2014-01-24 23:24:57 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 32 +1s)

Brian Eno & Danny Hillis & Surrender

This week, for the 10th anniversary of Long Now’s Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT), Brian Eno and Danny Hillis conversed on stage about conversation itself, about living with long term thinking, and about the role of surrender.  I summarized so:

Take the next legal U-turn (Brian Eno & Danny Hillis talk)

“Bitching Betty,” they call the robotic voice of the car’s GPS guidance system.  Eno and Hillis, on their road trips, always become so engrossed in conversation that they get lost—one time, driving to Monterey they wound up in Sacramento, 200 miles wrong.  So they turn on GPS, and Betty joins the conversation with helpful advice about U-turns.

Hillis observed, “The GPS is very good at giving you instructions to get someplace.  But Brian and I have no idea where we’re going; wejust want some ti... more »

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2014-01-24 17:49:40 (9 comments, 12 reshares, 61 +1s)

For 30 years I've been sitting on an amazing transcript of my interview with Steve Jobs in November 1983.  I was working on a story about the Mac launch for Rolling Stone, and I went to dinner with Steve.  It was the first time we talked.   In many ways, he was the Steve Jobs we all have come to know -- the one who bowled us over with his grasp of product and his ability to seize the technological moment of history.  In other ways, he was still finding his way to project to the public, and he shows some raw vulnerability, especially since we had just met.  Also, I got to tell him about the book I had just finished, Hackers.  

So for the Mac's 30th anniversary, I decided to append the whole thing to my history of Macintosh, Insanely Great.  It felt right to put the source material with the book.   You can read it all there, but please take time to read the book itself andappreci... more »

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2014-01-17 22:13:24 (16 comments, 15 reshares, 53 +1s)

What did Obama give Silicon Valley in his NSA announcement?  Not as much as they hoped for.   And what really will rankle FB, Google, MS, and the rest is that under the guise of NSA reform, he's also going to looking more closely at the tech industry's privacy practices. 


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2013-11-12 16:05:51 (8 comments, 11 reshares, 52 +1s)

The conversation I had with Bill Gates and Bill Clinton is now online.    I don't need to convince you that these two guys are very very smart.  We had a great session.   I also made sure that I asked them both about the recent NSA flap.   During the 90s Crypto Wars, Gates, as head of Microsoft, was pushing the Clinton Administration to loosen export regulations on encryption.   The Clinton-ites tried to sell us the Clipper Chip.   It's interesting to see what theysay today--Gates sounds more like a hardliner than the former President. 


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2013-11-08 15:53:24 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 30 +1s)

I engaged in a bit of double Billing recently.    Here's a clip about former president Clinton and former MS CEO (and current super-philanthropist)  Gates responding to my question about connecting the other 5 billion.  Note that this time Gates did not take a swipe at Project Loon.

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2013-10-29 12:11:10 (4 comments, 32 reshares, 109 +1s)

When I was documenting how Google was transforming Motorola Mobility last summer I was the first journalist to see "Windy Day," an amazing short animated film that you watch as if you're seeing street theatre.  I was struck not only by the technology but the quality--my first thought was "Pixar"!  Indeed, some of Pixar's best veterans--and award winning artists and illustrators as well--worked on this extravagant product, supposedly the first in a series that will introduce a new medium.    Here's my inside story. 


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2013-10-24 02:13:21 (5 comments, 16 reshares, 64 +1s)

When Smithsonian Mag was putting together their "101 Objects that Made America," they assigned me to write about the ENIAC computer.  Little did they know that the ENIAC's inventor was at one time my landlord.   Every month I wrote a check to "J. Presper Eckert" and had no idea of his key role in the realm of computers  Only years later did I get it.  Here's the tale. 


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2013-10-20 19:11:28 (17 comments, 8 reshares, 69 +1s)

I can understand the author who said that 90% of his text was better than none.  But personally, I chose not to publish In the Plex in China when I was told it would have to be censored.   Since I was dealing critically with Google's behavior in submitting to Chinese censorship, my decision struck me as kind of a no-brainer..  But what do you folks think?

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2013-10-17 21:24:38 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 28 +1s)

When I researched In the Plex I learned about an unpublished novel written by Kim Malone Scott, a leader of the AdSense team.   "VIrtual Love" was a great window into Google culture.   When I recently read "The Circle" I found a lot of coincidental similarities.  (I assume Dave Eggers never heard of it-- no accusations here!)   I contacted Kim and she told me she was planning to finally publish it herself.  And now it's up!   Here's the story behind it.   


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2013-10-08 13:12:43 (10 comments, 18 reshares, 75 +1s)

It was early spring when Nest's Tony Fadell clued me in to his followup to the Learning Thermostat-- a smart, connected, speaking, night-lighting, pre-warming, and of course great-looking smoke alarm.  I knew instantly that it was the right step in Nest's overall plan to build the conscious home.   Here's the story of its development and what it means.


2013-09-07 13:46:46 (4 comments, 16 reshares, 69 +1s)

I spent much of the 90s covering the Crypto Wars, beginning with a Wired article on Cypherpunks (cover story of the mag's second issue), through the Clipper Chip battle, and until its provisional conclusion.  I published my book "Crypto" in 2001.   But as we all know, this war wasn't over.  The same issues are being aired out, the talking points similar.  And the stakes even higher.  

 I was happy to see that my 1994 article for the Sunday NYT Mag was the link for the anchor text "Clipper Chip"  in the NYT/Guardia/Pro Publica piece about the NSA's success in circumventing encryption.   This was written in the middle of that battle; the book reveals what happened next.   Until this round, at least.

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2013-09-05 21:03:36 (7 comments, 20 reshares, 60 +1s)

Readers of "Crypto" (published 2001)  won't be surprised.  Towards the end, explaining the NSA's turnaround on allowing commercial encryption, I wrote, "Perhaps those shiny 'uncrackable'  programs created by the private sector really weren't so uncrackable after all, and the NSA was satisfied at its ability to get plaintext when it needed to."

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2013-08-26 18:00:32 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 29 +1s)

Google's Project Loon is one way to help get the "other five billion" connected.  Last week Facebook announced it was forming a coalition of companies to do it through lowering costs and offering low-data services.   There were lots of questions and I got to sat down with Mark Zuckerberg to ask some of them.  

2013-08-22 04:34:31 (11 comments, 7 reshares, 60 +1s)

Saw "Jobs." Lots to say but one thing astounds: the character who plays +Andy Hertzfeld  (I think) is wearing a first Hackers Conference T-shirt! (brilliant design by Scott Kim) Where did they get that shirt?  It's 30 years old!  I would give kudos but unfortunately the scene in which it appears occurs over a year before the conference, when the shirts were printed.

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2013-08-13 15:37:16 (6 comments, 13 reshares, 47 +1s)

The mystery is solved-- it was Project Loon!


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2013-08-02 13:42:16 (13 comments, 17 reshares, 96 +1s)

I got to visit Motorola Mobility in advance of their launch of the Moto X.   I saw some familiar faces (I first met +Lior Ron who is  top product guy, in Israel in 2007; met Regina Dugan when we both spoke at EG a couple of years ago)  and talked to some unfamiliar people, a few of whom were old Motorola hands who can't believe their good fortune that Google is now bankrolling their formerly troubled company.  Oh, and I figured out what Google had in mind besides patents when it paid $12.5 billion for Motorola. 


2013-07-31 14:53:09 (14 comments, 19 reshares, 72 +1s)

Re the Abelson Report on MIT's behavior in Swartz case. Interesting to see some headlines to the effect that "MIT Cleared in Report of Suicide of Activist" (NY Times.)   I don't think that's the bald outcome.  But what Abelson has done is kind of clever.  He has stuck to the facts, which show no smoking gun pointed at Aaron.  But there is plenty of evidence that MIT did not do what it should.  Abelson basically airs out MIT's lame justifications for its actions or non-actions, and lets the institution hang itself by its own rope.  Thus while the report seemingly displays the maddening "neutrality" that was such a bane for Aaron, it really provides plenty of grist to damn the behavior of an institution that has failed its mission and its community. 

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2013-07-11 18:29:09 (35 comments, 22 reshares, 133 +1s)

If Apple had come out with something like Nokia's remarkable PureView imaging tech, there would have been dancing in the streets, at least those streets not filled with people lining up to buy new iPhones.  But what will it do for Nokia? CEO  Stephen Elop thinks, a lot. 

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2013-07-09 14:03:26 (8 comments, 26 reshares, 96 +1s)

FB is now putting its Graph Search into wide circulation. so I thought I'd reshare my original behind-the-scenes story that ran on announcement day.  In any case, it will be fascinating to see what happens.    I did manage to hit the notes that are most discussed now, particularly the key decision that people must implicitly make: whether to participate more and make this feature more valuable for all (including you), or pull back because of privacy worries. 


2013-07-03 20:10:14 (11 comments, 46 reshares, 225 +1s)

I met Doug in 1983 in Cupertino. He had already created the elements of modern interface--mouse, windows.  He had envisioned the massive augmentation that computers would bring.  Down the street from where he worked, the Mac was being designed.  He was pleased that his ideas had spread--but disappointed that people were only getting part of the vision.  In "Insanely Great" I wrote about him, and named his famous 1968 presentation "The mother of all demos."   I saw him a number of times in recent years.  He was a very sweet man, with a smille for you.  Rest in peace, Doug.

Here's John Markoff's fine obit.


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2013-06-15 03:13:22 (20 comments, 326 reshares, 197 +1s)

For the past few days, I’ve been in New Zealand, watching the folks at Google [x] as they test out their scheme for Internet connection via thousands of high-pressure, solar powered balloons circling the globe in the stratosphere.   The initiative is called Project Loon, partly because it’s crazy.   But Google is serious about making this happen.   Read my dispatch from Kiwi-land here. 

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2013-06-02 18:40:00 (7 comments, 18 reshares, 92 +1s)

Saw "The Internship" last night only steps from the Googleplex, with friends very familiar with the subject.  You can quibble with the movie, but you can't deny that it is a triumph for the company it supposedly depicts.


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2013-05-13 16:57:13 (8 comments, 8 reshares, 57 +1s)

Enjoyed my Q&A with Steven Levy, looking forward to Google IO +Steven Levy +Android +Google Chrome 

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2013-05-08 15:00:42 (13 comments, 16 reshares, 96 +1s)

Had the pleasure yesterday at the Wired Business Conference of interviewing +Marissa Mayer who shared her vision for Yahoo and provided great insight into her first nine months there.  If you are at all interested in Yahoo--and also want to see me wearing a tie--check out the video.


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2013-04-26 22:12:02 (2 comments, 19 reshares, 64 +1s)

Happy to have interviewed +Eric Schmidt  and +Jared Cohen  on their sweeping survey of the tech future in terms of global and personal power.  I ask about whether the whole world will really be connected, what they thought of Julian Assange and why they didn't bring Dennis Rodman with them to North Korea. Seriously, we had kind of an epic conversation about the issues they tackle in "The New Digital Age." 


2013-04-25 19:47:59 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 54 +1s)

Wired is 20 years old this month.  I just came across this paragraph in an article I once wrote for Newsweek, marking some anniversary of the browser:

Just about the only place you could get something to eat at 4 in the morning in Champaign, Ill., in early 1993 was a convenience store called the White Hen Pantry. "It's kind of a Midwest 7-Eleven," says Marc Andreessen, who would often stumble out of his workspace at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at ungodly hours in search of sustenance. Andreessen, 21 years old at the time, and fellow NCSA worker Eric Bina were working on a program they called Mosaic. One night at the White Hen, Andreessen scanned the newsstand and saw the first issue of a magazine called Wired. "I thought, 'Wow, this is pretty interesting stuff'," he recalls of the magazine that promised to treat technology as a cultural... more »

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2013-04-25 13:49:02 (15 comments, 67 reshares, 156 +1s)

I've been kind of obsessed with the question of how brains generate...us.  Especially in the case of extraordinary people -- what's the biological basis of their amazingness? Halfway through this already mind-stretching conversation with Ray Kurzweill, the AI guru and Singularity sensation, I begin pounding him on this issue.  His answers are surprising.  


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2013-04-22 20:45:27 (2 comments, 11 reshares, 54 +1s)

I've been tracking Nest, led by iPod creator Tony Fadell, since the smart-thermostat company launched in 2011.   Today on Earth Day, they're announcing plans for the second stage of their business: services only possible with an intelligent, connected, sensor-loaded gadget.

Specifically, they are luring their customers into saving money and saving the asses of utility companies by getting people to cut back on energy in the hot Texas heat.


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2013-04-17 15:21:43 (3 comments, 16 reshares, 109 +1s)

I've been interviewing Bill Gates since...well, let's just say a long time.  Some exchanges have been contentious, others less so, but not once have I failed to be blown away by his intelligence and focus.  In recent years, he has been an even better interviewee, as he feels more comfortable to publicly unleash a very sharp -- often hilarious -- sense of humor.  

This relatively short session for Wired's 20th anniversary issue shows what I mean . He makes serious points, but is clearly having a lot of fun.

As for the last question, I always try to toss in one he hasn't heard before.  When I saw he mentioned Catcher in the Rye on his blog -- one of two novels out of maybe fifty books he notes there -- I had to ask the Billster whether he identified with Holden Caufield. Not only was his answer pure gold, but he obviously remembered the book in detail and took tohea... more »

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2013-04-05 17:34:06 (22 comments, 7 reshares, 77 +1s)

Lunch today at Google Chicago: Cheeseburger served on Krispy Kreme donut.


2013-04-02 15:20:37 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)

The brilliant "father of rock criticism" Paul Williams just passed.  When I was in high school I read the early issues of Crawdaddy and was blown away.   I have them buried somewhere, but found lots of the articles in this e-book, which also has more recent commentary on them from PW himself.


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2013-03-30 01:01:36 (17 comments, 9 reshares, 65 +1s)

PBS web series called Off Book wonders whether hackers can be heroes and happily asks people inclined to say, well, duh, yes. Including me. Nice closeup of the eponymous book.

So I wonder:  do all of you share my view that the word "hacker" is being (somewhat) restored to something closer to its original, glorious definition?  And that the mindset of hacking is bleeding into the general gestalt? (Again, in my mind a wonderful development.)

Can Hackers Be Heroes? | Off Book | PBS

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2013-03-19 21:21:24 (9 comments, 21 reshares, 60 +1s)

What do you do when you're a young magazine writer and your editor tells you to find Einstein's brain, which has dropped out of sight for 23 years, since the autopsy?   You go out and find it.  Here's my story, and what came of my search.

My Search for Einstein's Brain: Steven Levy at TEDxBeaconStreet

2013-03-12 17:43:42 (17 comments, 2 reshares, 39 +1s)

Sometimes you get a phishing request that's so realistic you have to think twice before deleting.  Other times, as in this supposed notice from Chase Card Services, you have to scratch your head.  Note that this was sent today, March 12, 2013.   The following is verbatim.

"On August 11th, 2013, our secure server receive a multiple online attempt on your account.  We hereby advise your to follow these simple activation process to avoid account termination."

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2013-03-08 17:24:50 (13 comments, 11 reshares, 77 +1s)

"Hackers" is finally published in France.   Looks like they doubled down on the theory aspect of it.  (Wait until the French get a hold of Gosper, Greenblatt, Felsenstein, Stallman, Woz, Crunch, and Sierra On-Line.

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2013-03-03 19:02:04 (13 comments, 6 reshares, 25 +1s)

Here is the "correction" given to the Sheryl Sandberg story in the NYT.  It deals with the most damaging quote in the story, one that also became the backbone of an attack by Maureen Dowd.  

"An article on Friday about efforts by Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, to start a national discussion and movement to help women excel in the workplace quoted incompletely from an interview she gave for “Makers,” a new documentary on feminist history. In a video excerpt, which accompanied the article online, she said: “I always thought I would run a social movement, which meant basically work at a nonprofit. I never thought I’d work in the corporate sector.” She did not merely say, “I always thought I would run a social movement.” Maureen Dowd’s column on Sunday, about Ms. Sandberg’s plans, repeated the incomplete quotation from the newsarticle."
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2013-02-21 20:55:41 (14 comments, 11 reshares, 56 +1s)

 "The body of the Pixel is made from an anodized aluminum alloy to create a smooth and durable surface; vents are hidden, screws are invisible and the stereo speakers are seamlessly tucked away beneath the backlit keyboard. The touchpad is made from etched glass, analyzed and honed using a laser microscope to ensure precise navigation...."

This is +Linus Upson apparently in touch with his inner Jonny Ive.  Google hardware has come a long way. 


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2013-02-21 20:23:15 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)

I was at the PlayStation 4 launch last night, though the PlayStation 4 wasn't.  But Sony gave us an idea of what it's about. The post-Kutaragi PlayStation isn't a reinvention of gaming (as the previous ones tried to be) but a doubling down of the gaming status quo.  Will that hold for the next seven years? 


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2013-02-14 17:40:58 (15 comments, 5 reshares, 50 +1s)

Great pissing match between Elon Musk and NY Times.   By using this data, Musk makes a credible case that the reviewer intentionally courted a fatal battery drain.   On the other hand, it's clear that at this early point in the supercharging infrastructure, you really don't want to be taking detours when you're zooming up the east coast.  When Musk says the reviewer went off the turnpike and went into Manhattan to "give his brother a ride" it sounds like a criminal act.  But most of us are kind of used to the freedom to go a few miles out of the way to give a close relative a lift.    

I had a chance to drive a friend's Tesla for a very brief spin and it is an awesome car.  I hope (and on a good day, I expect) that at some point charging services will be ubiquitous.  But I think Tesla should have waited before inviting test-drives of long-distance jaunts. Ultima... more »

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2013-02-02 18:45:23 (7 comments, 18 reshares, 77 +1s)

Interesting stuff from Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen's book.  I think they would have been happier, though, if this hadn't been reported until the book was on sale.   In any case, chalk it up to appetite-whetting.   I'll certainly read it!

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2013-01-21 20:40:17 (33 comments, 6 reshares, 55 +1s)

I always liked Phil Mickelson, as do many people, even some who may not be big golf enthusiasts.  His likeability, in fact, is a big factor why he makes over $40 million a year in endorsements.    When his wife was sick, many thousands extended their best wishes to him, and it seemed a situation where their open hearts were welcomed by his wonderful family.  He seemed that rare golfer who had a deep connection to the public. 

So I was kind of stunned to see this.  Apparently because his taxes are now a little higher in California and the US, he's considering "drastic changes" and believes that he was been (presumably unjustly) "targeted."  He says of the "political situation" (which he talks about like the rabble is at his door with pitchforks), "it doesn't work for me right now."

Hey, Phil, no problem if you voted for the guy wholost--... more »

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2013-01-19 16:44:07 (13 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)

There are still lingering questions about this Manti Te'o situation, involving both aspects of the digital life and the behavior of a national institution in promoting a storyline when (a) it smells fake and then (b) when it knows the story is a lie.     

It's true that one can become emotionally involved with someone solely by online contact, but even so one wonders about Te'o when he says that "it never occured to him" to visit his soulmate in the hospital when she was supposedly dying.  In any case, he has admitted to lying to his father by saying that he actually met the person.   And he certainly promoted something of a lie by constantly referring to her as his girlfriend when he could clearly see that the story was understood by almost everyone as his relations with a real person he actually spent time with as opposed to a deep online relationship. 
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2013-01-17 15:28:02 (22 comments, 59 reshares, 201 +1s)

I had a great talk with +Larry Page  recently about big ideas, why competition is overrated, and whether Google might grow to a million employees.  (Especially since he no longer personally approves every hire!)


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2013-01-15 20:15:00 (9 comments, 31 reshares, 69 +1s)

I had an opportunity to spend time with Facebook's Graph Search team (led by two ex-Googlers!) , as well as Mark Zuckerberg, in the ramp up to the launch today.   Here's what I came up with. 

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2013-01-08 04:12:06 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 38 +1s)

More years ago than I'll admit, I was at a press conference for the Philadelphia city government during the Frank Rizzo regime (look it up, kiddies). A disheveled reporter from the Inquirer asked such tough questions that it almost shut down the show.  He identified himself as Richard Ben Cramer.  It turned out that this guy was back from a stint of Middle East reporting that would soon win him a Pulitzer and while he was in town, he was doing some local work and doing what he did best -- raising hell.

 Those days were only the beginning of a remarkable career where his huge talent and unyielding insistence on doing things right (read: thoroughly and fairly, damn the accountants and the second-guessers) made him a giant.  His book What It Takes is recognized as the standard for political writing.  His DiMaggio book is a classic.   Just read the article I linked to for a sense of who heis.more »

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2012-12-21 21:24:25 (8 comments, 33 reshares, 98 +1s)

I always learn something from +Tim O'Reilly so I jumped at the chance to interview him for the Wired "icon" series.   He didn't disappoint.  Among other things, he explained his theory of creating more value than you capture,  why Apple is on the wrong path, how the bubble in Silicon Valley is not valuation but myopia, and what Bible character he identifies himself with.  

2012-12-20 03:08:16 (19 comments, 43 reshares, 134 +1s)

"By putting your hands on the table and spreading them, you zoom into a region, a city, a neighborhood." That was my description, in a 2005 Newsweek story, of a Danny Hillis interactive table top map.   If it sounds like the gesture-based technology in the iPhone -- technology that Apple patented and then sued Samsung and others for implementing -- that's because the Apple gestures weren't exactly original.  That's the belated judgment of the USTPO, after finally figuring out that the Hillis patent on his gestures, and others predating Apple's work, proved that its "discoveries" weren't really novel at all, and by implication the patent office itself failed to recognize this. Two other patents were cited in striking down other interface claims.

Hillis's work wasn't exactly a secret, as my Newsweek article showed.  

Don't get mewr... more »


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