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Circle Google153DIAMOND TEAM ELITE ENGAGER CIRCLE 11.11.14This is my Diamond Team Elite Circle. Along with my Elite Inner Circle, these are the people who have helped me grow to where I am today. They have my gratitude, and to help them, and to help you grow your followers I am sharing them here. There is no automatic criteria to get into this circle. These are people who I have chosen and personally hand curated.To get to the next level and have a chance to become a Team Elite Engager, there are five simple steps:1. Make sure you have added me!2. +1 this post3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. DO NOT DELETE THIS SHARE OR YOU WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM NEXT WEEK'S  OR POSSIBLY BLACKLISTED FROM  FOR GOOD4. Optionally, comment to let me know what you have done! (this is optional, because my circles often reach the maximum 500 comments).5. So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Jason Levy originally shared" above here. If you do see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.6. Optionally, add everyone from this circle - your Google Plus engagement is likely to skyrocket, as many people in the circle will add you back and plus, share and comment on your posts!~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~The ReSound Enzo includes two firsts: It is the first Super Power Made For iPhone hearing aid, and it is also the first MFi hearing aid that includes a telecoil, allowing wearers to take advantage of hands free calling with their iPhone, as well as wireless streaming of music, Facetime and YouTube from their iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and iPod Touch - as well as listening through public loop induction systems in theatres, banks, post offices and places of worship.Unless you have used this kind of technology before you're probably thinking it's no big deal - after all, you've been able to get Bluetooth headsets for years, but until now you used to need an intermediate wireless device worn as a necklace or lapel clip to translate between Bluetooth and each manufacturer's own proprietary wireless protocol. As well as extra bulk, these would be one more gadget you'd have to remember to charge. The Made For iPhone protocol and hardware does away with all that as it's already built in to the hearing aids. Pretty neat, huh?http://www.londonhearingaids.co.uk/ReSound/resound-enzo-9-hearing-aid-uk-price-lowest-guaranteed-1675-including-lifetime-aftercare-call-0203-397-9787.html#enzo   #resoundenzo   #resound   #mfi   #MadeForiPhone   #superpower2014-11-11 01:24:17467000
Circle Google153DIAMOND TEAM ELITE ENGAGER CIRCLE 10.11.14This is my Diamond Team Elite Circle. Along with my Elite Inner Circle, these are the people who have helped me grow to where I am today. They have my gratitude, and to help them, and to help you grow your followers I am sharing them here. There is no automatic criteria to get into this circle. These are people who I have chosen and personally hand curated.To get to the next level and have a chance to become a Team Elite Engager, there are five simple steps:1. Make sure you have added me!2. +1 this post3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. DO NOT DELETE THIS SHARE OR YOU WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM NEXT WEEK'S  OR POSSIBLY BLACKLISTED FROM  FOR GOOD4. Optionally, comment to let me know what you have done! (this is optional, because my circles often reach the maximum 500 comments).5. So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Jason Levy originally shared" above here. If you do see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.6. Optionally, add everyone from this circle - your Google Plus engagement is likely to skyrocket, as many people in the circle will add you back and plus, share and comment on your posts!~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~The ReSound Enzo includes two firsts: It is the first Super Power Made For iPhone hearing aid, and it is also the first MFi hearing aid that includes a telecoil, allowing wearers to take advantage of hands free calling with their iPhone, as well as wireless streaming of music, Facetime and YouTube from their iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and iPod Touch - as well as listening through public loop induction systems in theatres, banks, post offices and places of worship.Unless you have used this kind of technology before you're probably thinking it's no big deal - after all, you've been able to get Bluetooth headsets for years, but until now you used to need an intermediate wireless device worn as a necklace or lapel clip to translate between Bluetooth and each manufacturer's own proprietary wireless protocol. As well as extra bulk, these would be one more gadget you'd have to remember to charge. The Made For iPhone protocol and hardware does away with all that as it's already built in to the hearing aids. Pretty neat, huh?http://www.londonhearingaids.co.uk/ReSound/resound-enzo-9-hearing-aid-uk-price-lowest-guaranteed-1675-including-lifetime-aftercare-call-0203-397-9787.html#enzo   #resoundenzo   #resound   #mfi  #MadeForiPhone   #superpower   2014-11-10 16:19:32467303
Circle Google153• #CR7Underwear this weekend! #vangaal   #moyes  #manchesterunited   #manutd   #premierleague  #football  #vangaal   #management  #manchesterunited   #football   #footballnews  #soccernews   #manutd   #premierleague   #ihavenoideawhatimdoing   #funny  #football   #lol  #HalaMadrid  #andreapirlo   #pirlo  #juventus   #juve  #manchester   #manchesterunited   #manchestercity  #andreapirlo   #pirlo   #juventus   #football #ronaldo   #ronaldinho   #ronaldo7  #vangaal  #moyes   #manchesterunited   #manutd  #premierleague   2014-11-10 01:32:01468001
Colin Wilson7,975Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circle 2014-11-07 07:05:27456716798
Robert Connor17,408Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!All those  *#sharing  publicly THIS circle* will also be included in my other major circle sharingIf you received the notice you are in this circleIf you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.Thank you to all those who participated#fabwomenonG+ #womenongplus #womenonline #womenongoogleplus #women #activeusers #activedirectory #activeengagers #fabfems #googleplusengagers #femalesongoogleplus #female #fabulouswomenongoogleplus #slhc #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles2014-09-11 11:06:23494432767
John Nuntiatio39,637You are in this circle.#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-06-29 12:31:24193745
Maria Morisot33,677Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle20 June, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-06-20 10:37:363009493123
Ramón Sansone López436Awsome #sharedcircle #bestengagersComment, Do +1 and share it, you'll belong to one of my best #sharedcircles 2013-09-05 06:26:23501003
Kabita Singhania0Join and Share .... #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  2013-07-18 18:42:30494001
matthew rappaport147,898499 +Google+ ers that are RELEVANT to me according to the PLUSarithmThis MEGA +Shared Circles on G+ is literally the 1st 499 names that are listed when RELEVANCE is selected and 'Your Circles' is clicked under https://plus.google.com/circles (very close to it!)There are 15 that I didn't include in the circle but made the cut that are celebs or pages that I will list below as I wanted to share more users overall in this #sharedcircle  which is almost entirely full of WIN.It is interesting that the first couple of rows are a mix of people I spent more time with in the beginning and with people I spend more time with now (which has interlap!) and of course how does one define 'spent time with' when talking about a social network place but the stream, hangouts, gtalk, +H.I.R.L., etc. The algorithm is not there yet to take note of all the data let alone measuring offline interaction but I tend to +mention people (a page in the Top 499, left out of this circle) a few people now and again, it seems the more you do that with a person or page, the more relevant they are to you in this list. I wonder if that data showing how many times you tagged someone and them you will be available in the future and if so, everyone can expect that number to be high for most from me!I do find it curious that +G+ Interviews which is a page started by +Peter G McDermott that I was helping with takes up my number 3 spot when I haven't tagged it in so long or done much with it in a bit nor felt I ever interacted with it to any level compared with those surrounding it. It's not a perfect system for sure and we all might have ones that slip through the crack that make us go, "Why is this person more relevant or WHO is this person?!"I am the +1 in this circle but everyone else is the +1000 zombies that +byron rempel will turn UNDEAD  +1000 that rocks the PLUS. I can vouchfor almost all the content being interesting, all the people though, that might be another ... WOAH :)~+Having said that, I will produce the next 500 Relevance Ci2013-01-04 19:14:28499403744
Christina Trapolino54,573#CircleSunday  November 18, 2012It's been several months since I last shared this Circle with you guys, but I'm really glad to be starting it up again.  I have been taking your suggestions into consideration, but this week I'm sharing three people with you who have been on my radar for some time:---+Isabelle Fortin is someone I found through a neat hashtag event called #MovieMashupTuesday .  The idea...well, you can find it by clicking on the hashtag.  Some of the images they come up with make me laugh out loud... IRL.  ;)  Isabelle's stream is also just plain interesting -- she is a self-confessed foodie (and so am I), and one of the few people whose Instagram posts don't annoy me.  I'm certain she'll add some quirky fun to your streams.I've been following +Ralph Roberts for quite some time -- he worked with NASA on the Apollo program (*dreamy sigh*), so you can take posts with titles such as "Does chocolate make you clever?" very seriously in his stream.  Furthermore, ever since I got an iPad, I've found Ralph's posts to consistently liven up my feeds with beautiful images.  If you're from Austin and you know who John Aielli is, you might understand why I freakin' love Ralph Roberts.Last but not least is +Chris Hoeller, who has been in my Circles for a very long time.  His posts are sometimes a lot like reading a Twitter feed -- short and funny -- but he also makes incredibly thought-provoking posts about technology and social media.  I suspect that if you enjoy my posts on the subject of communication, you'll like Chris a lot.---That's it for this week! Please feel free to recommend yourself or others for a #CircleSunday   feature by using the "Send an email" button on my profile or sending a tweet to @cmtrapolino-- make sure you include a link to the profile you're recommending, as some names are not unique.Happy Plussing, everyone!2012-11-19 03:11:2212014227
Cynthia Yildirim23,029New Google+ users might not have this circle yet of Google Employees on G+, I'm  not an employee, but going to include myself in the circle anyway. :D  #sharedcircles   #Google  2012-11-09 01:27:54213201
Andrea Memenas5,995There are so many awesome women in my "Smart Chicks" circle that it exceeds G+'s 500-people-shared-at-once limit...You really need to follow these ladies. It will immediately make your G+ experience better.2012-10-23 20:00:075009010
AJ Durling2944) The fourth of today's circle shares - Google+ EmployeesA moment ago a shared a circle of people who work for Google. Out of those, these are the people who a special to Google+If you like it, share it; if you don't, ignore it. #Google   #googleemployees   #googleplus   #googleplusemployees   #circleshare   #sharedcircles  2012-10-19 15:03:1487000
AJ Durling03) Third out of the circles I thought I might share today - Google EmployeesThis is a small list of people who work for Google (at least, I think they do... please correct me if I'm wrong!) and post interesting stuff. It includes (and is, in fact, predominantly) a selection of Google+ employees - I will be sharing just those employees in their own, special circle in just a minute.If you like this, share it; if you don't, ignore it. #Google   #googleemployees   #googleplus   #googleplusemployees   #circleshare   #sharedcircles  2012-10-19 15:02:39117000
Tim Moore23,086My Shared Circle of the weekGooglers who are just #awesome . _Don't stalk, just talk, they won't bite_  #sharedcircles   #Google  2012-08-29 20:23:364492010
Michael B.1,582This circle was just shared to me by +Christina Trapolino .Thank you for sharing :-)2012-07-30 15:01:50118203
Andreas Schou3,113It's been a while since I shared this circle. But this is the circle I have turned up to full-blast. In any case, if you're just joining us: my feed is generally more esoteric than the circle which probably sent you here. While I'm interested in politics, I normally don't have a lot to say about the horse race. Most of what you'll get here will be policy, plus economics, law, history, neuroscience, medicine, and large block quotes from late 18th-century documents. I'm also read by a lot of people who disagree with me. I'd describe my general political outlook as 'pragmatic left-libertarian.' But if you encounter someone you disagree with, or disagree with me, then (a) don't feed the trolls, and (b) practice bad-faith good-faith. Pretend you're responding to the most reasonable interpretation of the post you just read. I'll do the same for you, and will expect everyone else in the crowd to do the same.In any case, hi. Who are you and what brought you here?2012-07-17 15:58:5559501
Christina Trapolino48,549July 15, 2012 #CircleSunday  It has been storming for almost a whole week in Austin!  Those of us who remember the wicked drought from last year (I wasn't a resident then, but a visitor several times) are grateful beyond words for the lower temperatures and the higher water levels in the lakes.  I am especially grateful for the storms because I can actually get more than 4 hours of sleep when it's raining.Stormy Sundays are probably the best thing ever (apart from brunch), and I've spent most of today browsing G+ and adding new folks to my 'potential Circle Sunday' list.  Here are the pleeps I've chosen for this week:---+Lil Peck has a slight obsession with horses.  I don't share that obsession (although I do like horses, and spent many summers as a little girl learning to ride them), but Lil Peck's Stream is just so dang interesting that I read it obsessively, anyway.  My favorite content of hers is tech-related -- especially when it's Google+ related.  Her latest post is an example of this (it's about how to make sure your Stream is drama-free): http://bit.ly/NvrXZV+Rachelle Doorley is an arts educator.  She also publishes something called Tinkerlab, which is actually pretty fascinating even if you're not a DIYer.  Speaking of DIY, my favorite part of Rachelle's profile is her suggestion of which Circles to add her to.  She lists DIY twice!  Whether it's intentional or not, I got a chuckle out of it because that's actually a fair analysis of her content: it's a lot of DIY/crafts stuff.  That said, I keep her in my "awesome A-list" Circle because her posts are fresh and unique.  Check out her latest post here: http://bit.ly/NJMquE+Jonathan Abbey is a testament to the power of the Nearby Stream.  By that, I mean that I found him through the first version of the mobile app for G+ -- he was posting from near my location, and I added him on a whim.  Several months later, and he's still on my read list!  He posts a lot of political stuff (fair warning if you like Romney -- Johnathan's Stream is unforgiving), but he's not preachy.  Talk about a rare find.  Check out his latest post here: http://bit.ly/NqjhFk---That's it for this week! Please feel free to recommend yourself or others for a #CircleSunday   feature by using the "Send an email" button on my profile or sending a tweet to @cmtrapolino-- make sure you include a link to the profile you're recommending, as some names are not unique.Happy Plussing, everyone!2012-07-16 01:21:3911718125
Christina Trapolino47,824July 1, 2012 #CircleSunday In a few days, it'll be my one year anniversary on Google+, but the platform itself celebrated its birthday this past week.  As a result, lots of people posted fantastic stories about their time here (check the #MyFirstPost  hashtag to peruse the Stream of posts), and I made a lot of new friends.  All three of my Circle Sunday recommendations below are a direct result of that.  I hope they bring something fresh to your Streams, as they have mine.  :)---+Mark Bruce is a regular #ScienceSunday  contributor who came to me via a shared Circle this past week.  If you're looking to beef up your science Circles, you can file Mark under awesome.  He hails from Adelaide in South Australia, which is where I went to some university a few years back.  It's a great, albeit quiet little town full of smart folks like Mark, IIRC.  Extra cool points awarded due to his self-proclaimed enthusiasm for transhumanism.  Check out his latest post here: http://bit.ly/LJ9YLLI have never recommended a Page in my Circle Sundays, but that's changing this week.  I stumbled across a Googler's new yoga page -- +Quantum Yoga -- during my Stream surfing this week and fell in love.  I want to get into yoga, but I've had some trouble making time for it.  +Brandon Seils' Page is helping me to increase my interest in the practice by highlighting its geeky side.  Maybe my next step will be to find a good yoga Hangout!  Check out the Page's latest post here: http://bit.ly/MNqKNf+Ivan Yudhi is more proof that commenting thoughtfully will get you noticed and Circled by people with common interests.  I found Ivan while hopping around several I/O conversations.  He posts a lot about sports as well as different smartphones and their creators (and other tech, in general).  His profile indicates he's into photography, and while I don't see a lot of his photos in his Stream, I'm hoping he'll take some pictures soon and share them!  Check out Ivan's latest post here: http://bit.ly/LYLBek---That's it for this week! Please feel free to recommend yourself or others for a #CircleSunday   feature by using the "Send an email" button on my profile or sending a tweet to @cmtrapolino-- make sure you include a link to the profile you're recommending, as some names are not unique.Happy Plussing, everyone!2012-07-02 03:50:5211318530
Jari Huomo7,914Christina Trapolino Circle Sunday CircleHere is an excellent selection of Google+ users manually selected by lovely +Christina Trapolino (https://plus.google.com/102615863344410467759/about)If you do not want to add all at once, you can see all the people in this circle here: http://www.googleplussuomi.com/christinatrapolino/ with links to their best posts & photo posts. 2012-06-21 10:26:491118219
Christina Trapolino47,287June 17, 2012 #CircleSunday Hello again, Google+!This month has been tremendous for me -- as I continue to search for cultural clues that prove my hypothesis that society is evolving its use of social media, I've learned a great deal about the relationship between brands and bloggers (or, as I like to call them, citizen journalists).  More on this later in the week, when I share my takeaways from the Blog Her Food '12 conference in Seattle.For today, I'm very pleased to share these fine folks with y'all for Circle Sunday!---First up is +John Maguire, who is a clinical researcher at the University of Kansas. John livens up my Stream with fantastic posts about all sorts of topics (seriously, they range from sports to outer space), but my favorite thing about him comes from his profile: "Being green is [sic] doesn't have to reflect one's political status, rather learning how [to] better our way of living and sustaining a better place to live for future generations." Hear, hear! Check out his latest post here: http://bit.ly/MzMHzrI have well over 500 photographers in my Circles, and they are all super talented.  They certainly remind me that my Instagram account is strictly amateur.  Many of them have enormous followings, but some have been less exposed than others.  Case in point?  +Rainer Steinke is a street photographer whose taste and style are, in my opinion, spectacular. This is my favorite of his recent posts: http://bit.ly/MXbUkM+Kyle Sullivan is an exobiology major (bonus nerd points) whose posts are endlessly interesting.  I like Kyle's Stream so much because he mixes NASA information with a quirky sense of humor (he initially caught my attention when I saw some re-shares of his #AwayTeamPorn posts -- y'all know how I feel about Star Trek).  Check out his latest post here: http://bit.ly/M5sdws---That's it for this week! Please feel free to recommend yourself or others for a #CircleSunday   feature by using the "Send an email" button on my profile or sending a tweet to @cmtrapolino-- make sure you include a link to the profile you're recommending, as some names are not unique.Happy Plussing, everyone!2012-06-17 22:53:4711120424
Jaana Nyström50,117Google 8 by Jaana -circleHere is circle 8 / 8 of Google employees on Google+, for now...The first circle with explanation: https://plus.google.com/u/0/107742059751171695340/posts/5TMQbd48fPVYou are notified because you are in this circle.The circle in circlecount.comhttp://www.circlecount.com/sharedcircle/?id=z13vcntrcq3vxzypd04cd1ea5yric3njxj0#Google #circleshare #Jaanatip  There's more to come some other day...  I'm receiving more Googlers circles from nice Plussers!Thank you my dears, you know who you are... :-)2012-06-08 20:05:4084629
Elaine Lindsay16,454Third time the charm.. If I have missed anyone please forgive me..  I will share the correct circle this time.. Duh.. its friday  This is a circle of some of my favs.. Engagers all.. 2012-06-08 14:37:4125311414
Michael Kendle299Here'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 13:57:05501115
Christina Trapolino46,899June 3, 2012 #CircleSunday  Hello again, Google+!  I've been a very busy girl for the past couple of weeks, but I've still been surfing my Streams and looking out for great people to feature for Circle Sunday.  Today, I'd like to share the latest three additions to my #CircleSunday  Circle:---+David Garcia has been in my Circles for a long time, and I've been meaning to feature him for much of that time.  His posts are uplifting and his message is something we can all relate to from time to time.  David has a blog called, "Keep it up, David!" and it's about his battle with losing weight.  He's doing a great job, which is nice to see, but what makes his approach really special is that he doesn't focus on weight all the time.  Rather, he chooses to highlight great things to eat for their taste and nutritional value, which makes his content engaging for anyone -- trying to lose weight or not.  Check out his latest post here: http://bit.ly/LrbDGU+Gunther Cox only has about 1,100 followers and I have no idea why he doesn't have way more than that, so I'm hoping this feature will help spread his content to a larger audience.  Gunther posts about what is probably the coolest thing ever -- robots.  He makes them and posts about them!  Check out his latest post here: http://bit.ly/Le1mBLI'd like to let +Jonathan Chalker's profile speak for itself (boy, I love when people really take the time to fill that sucker out): "I am a proud first generation G+ user. In G+ I write articles about science, technology, music, design (web and product), philosophy, media, and customer service in the digital world. I also follow quite a few people, read most of their posts, and actively comment (yay, me)."  He really is an interesting guy to follow! Check out his latest post here: http://bit.ly/KZtWV6---That's it for this week! Please feel free to recommend yourself or others for a #CircleSunday   feature by using the "Send an email" button on my profile or sending a tweet to @cmtrapolino-- make sure you include a link to the profile you're recommending, as some names are not unique.Happy Plussing, everyone!2012-06-04 00:43:5110912025
Jaana Nyström49,593I've been hoarding these peeps...My Googlers CircleGoogle employeesEveryone in this circle works for Google, been collecting the guys since July last year.Well, worked at the time of me adding them, anyway...Here it is in +CircleCount:http://www.circlecount.com/sharedcircle/?id=z13uvt3okqj2cxxvc22celljpvm0wvzfsVery international...  If you have some more to add that I've missed, please comment! #circleshare   #CircleSunday  2012-06-03 13:44:1447836829
Andreas Schou2,568Apparently thanks to my inclusion in +Mike Shaw's shared circle, my follower count seems to have increased precipitously today. When that happens, it seems like the thing to do is an introductions thread. Let me start by explaining precisely what you've added: My feed is fairly wide-ranging. While I'm interested in horserace politics, I normally don't have a lot to say about it. You're likely to hear more about policy, which is the majority of what you'll get, plus some science, some economics, some law, some history, and some large block quotes from late 18th-century documents. Ideologically, I'm a pragmatic left-libertarian. If that's sort of the stuff you'd like, this post contains a second circle with more of the same.I'm also read by a lot of people who disagree with me, some of whom I've included in this small but active circle. Some I disagree with a little bit, and some vituperatively. don't have anyone in my comments whom I'd consider a troll. Two tips: (a) if I do end up with a troll, don't feed him, and (b) if you think someone's not writing something in good faith, practice bad-faith good-faith. When you post, pretend you're responding to the most reasonable interpretation of the post you just read. If you're up for that, great. Glad to have you. Hi. So, who are you?2012-04-17 15:20:4882204
Louis Gray115,286Shared Circle: Engaging Women On Google+Last night +Daria Musk highlighted the top 50 women on Google+ who bring great content to her stream. As you can imagine, all users of Google+ bring unique value, but what I've found from having a circle dedicated to some of the great women on Google+, even as that circle has grown to hundreds, is incredible diversity and discovery of new interests.That's not to say men are boring... but... I digress. Here is my updated circle of great ladies on Google+. Add as many or as few as you like, and be prepared for some fantastic content and smart people.2012-04-13 17:44:35382272152
Christina Trapolino44,279April 8, 2012 #CircleSunday First of all, happy Easter (or Zombie Jesus Day, depending on your preference), everybody! Yesterday was my birthday, so I drove to Dallas to see some friends and am currently in recovery mode after having a large amount of celebratory champagne (shhh, please pass the Advil). Regardless, I'm happy to share three of my newest Circle Sunday recommendations with you all!---+Bud Gibson is a business professor who specializes in technology and online marketing. His Stream, however, is mostly filled with rather pretty photographs and interesting notes about social platforms. Check out one of his latest photographs here: http://bit.ly/Hq1v3J.+Melissa Bryan is a self-labeled "geeky gamer girl," and as a former gamer myself, I find her Stream to often feel like a kindred's. She's got a great sense of humor and her posts will add a nice dash of comedy to your Stream. Check out her latest, Easter-themed post here: http://bit.ly/Hq3iWt (it makes me giggle).I've been paying more attention to my Photography Circles lately, and +Jacob Dix has been posting some of the more unique photos I've seen in the past couple of weeks. He often posts photos with a #MobileOnly tag, which is not something I was previously familiar with. The effects, however, are really more interesting than I would have thought (obviously, I know nothing about photography!). Here is my favorite recent photo of his: http://bit.ly/IcQPRU.---That's it for this week! Please feel free to recommend yourself or others for a #CircleSunday feature by using the "Send an email" button on my profile or sending a tweet to @cmtrapolino-- make sure you include a link to the profile you're recommending, as some names are not unique.Happy Plussing, everyone!2012-04-08 23:13:209134120
Christina Trapolino43,425March 25 - #CircleSunday I hope y'all had wonderful weekends. I spent mine with the Italian side of my family. We celebrated a very early Easter and ate plenty of Italian food, so I'm pretty worn out. Luckily, I've had most of today to rest. And it being Sunday means that it's time for me to share my picks for you to add to your Circles this week!---+Jason Salas is someone I've been following since my first week on Google+. He's a very sharp guy who posts at the most ridiculous times possible (well, for me -- but I live in Texas and he lives in Guam!) but always has something funny, fascinating, or insightful to say. The content he curates is usually of interest to me, but I think my favorite thing about him is that he's a Bob's Burgers fan. It takes a special kind of humor to like Bob's Burgers, and Mr. Salas shares it with me. Maybe you're into quirky comedy, too? You'll like Jason, then. Check out one of his latest posts here: http://bit.ly/GRgLGF.+Lizzy Miles caught my attention by making clever comments on some interesting discussions and I added her to my Probation Circle (if you don't know what that is, jog your memory here: http://bit.ly/uJNTzm). She's got a very interesting Stream full of well-curated content and a really robust profile, although I especially agree with this part: "Lizzy Miles changes her mind frequently about her career identity, but has always held true to her enthusiasm for written and oral storytelling." For a sample of what Lizzy has to offer, check out one of her latest posts here: http://bit.ly/H2YO75.+Jadey A-S Wilson has been in my Circles for a long time, and her posts have always been a welcome part of my Stream, even though she clearly refuses to fill out her profile (or make it public, I'm not sure which is the issue). ;) Her thoughts and commentary are usually a departure from the norm, which is what makes her a permanent resident in my "Recommended" Circle, which is publicly visible on my profile. Check out her latest post here: http://bit.ly/GRO4Ul.---That's it for this week! Please feel free to recommend yourself or others for a #CircleSunday feature by using the "Send an email" button on my profile or sending a tweet to @cmtrapolino-- make sure you include a link to the profile you're recommending, as some names are not unique.Happy Plussing, everyone!2012-03-26 04:34:24858118
Jimmy James1,980Ok... Here is what I consider to be a valuable circle indeed. My first shared circle, so why not start with the Best ....Ladies . If you know the G+ Men to Women ratio.... you know there are too few ladies out here so far. Add this circle to balance your stream a bit. There are some very interesting people in here. I left it at 400 to start in case I miss any ladies who want to be added. If I missed you and you would like to be in this circle... let me know. ....this circle includes 1 really cool guy.... the guy all these fantastic Ladies have in common2012-03-16 18:31:504001457
Andrea Memenas4,752It stinks that I can't share this entire circle (it's up to 605 and G+ only allows you to share up to 500) with you, but 500 smart chicks is better than none. Happy International Women's Day! Please circle these kick-ass females!2012-03-08 23:09:13500405
Louis Gray104,456International Women's Day: A Circle of Top Women on G+Today is International Women's Day http://www.internationalwomensday.com/.In honor of the day, here's a list of some of the most active G+'ers and tech savvy women I interact with on the network. I called this the "Women in Tech" circle when I first created it a few months back, and visiting this circle is a regular stop for me to see diverse updates and interests. I recommend adding this as its own circle and setting the volume slider to what makes sense for you. Over time, I bet a bunch of these people will be some of your favorites in your circles.2012-03-08 22:22:39229251835
Liz Krane8,299In honor of International Women's Day, I'm sharing my circle of sciencey/techy/geeky women who are also active G+ users. :) Some are scientists, programmers, engineers, science writers, math lovers, lovable geeks and nerds... and all of them will contribute some great posts to your stream.I first shared this circle to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day, and it has grown a bit, but I know it's missing a lot of people! So please shout out who else I should add!2012-03-08 17:22:41138171130
Andreas Schou1,715Apparently thanks to my inclusion in +Mike Shaw's shared circle, my follower count seems to have increased precipitously. When that happens, it seems like the thing to do is an introductions thread. Let me start by explaining precisely what you've added: My feed is fairly wide-ranging. While I'm interested in horserace politics, I normally don't have a lot to say about it. You're likely to hear more about policy, which is the majority of what you'll get, plus some science, some economics, some law, some history, and some large block quotes from late 18th-century documents. If that's sort of the stuff you'd like, this post contains a second circle with more of the same.I'm also read by a lot of people who disagree with me, some of whom I've included in this small but active circle. Some I disagree with a little bit, and some vituperatively. However, at present, I don't have anyone in my comments whom I'd consider a troll. Two tips: (a) if I do end up with a troll, don't feed him, and (b) if you think someone's not writing something in good faith, practice bad-faith good-faith. Pretend you're responding to the most reasonable interpretation of the post you just read, then post. If you're up for that, great. Glad to have you. Hi. So, who are you?2012-02-23 16:07:2772704
Jaana Nyström27,889#circlesharing #circlesunday My Google employees CircleHave you noticed that there is another circle sharing possibility: When you look at a certain circle's stream, there is a green button on the right saying Share this circle.That's what I'm testing right now. Works like a charm.I've been collecting this circle for a long time. Googlers from all over the globe.Enjoy! :-)#G+Tip #googleplustip #Jaanatip PING +The Best Circles on Google+ +Shared Circles on G+PS: Here's a Googler circle from +Natalie Villalobos with +58 peeps different from my circle. You might like to add this, too:https://plus.google.com/u/0/109895887909967698705/posts/VrfWQrgcVmUCombining the two circles is a good idea, that's what I did. Now it's a MEGA Googlers circle, have to share that later! :-)2012-02-05 10:04:22335221021
Chris Hoyt1,112Circle Back to GoogleLooking for people who work at Google? Here's a great circle that's a strong addition to any search you've already performed on Google Plus and that I'd include with any other search for Googlers that you've already conducted.What's interesting to me (and that I'm getting around to pointing out) is that whether you're just looking to expand your network as a member of Google+ or actively #recruiting and #sourcing online, I believe that you'll find infinite value from the proper care and feeding of Google Plus circles. In fact, if done correctly (and maintained) it's a fantastic way to filter your Google Plus stream and check the pulse of any company, organization or interest group.In the event you missed it, I did an article back in August that mentioned my interest in Circles and how I'd be exploring the management of them. (http://www.recruiterguy.net/recruiting-management-circles) So far, I've not been disappointed in the ability to really hone in on an area of interest by filtering my streams based on these circles and simply watching the conversation flow. Of course, being able to quickly see all of the updates from a particular company or interest group is just the start. The more proficient we get with our filtering, the easier it is to get the latest from fun entrepreneurs, CEO's, diversity interest groups, active and passive jobseekers and more - these are just a few of my own circles, mind you. You have the ability to filter by profession, seniority, geography, language, etc.The possibilities are endless!I'd love to hear how you, or others, are using circles to manage the information stream you've found in G+ so far.2012-01-04 20:07:36348211
Christina Trapolino32,823And now...the first #CircleSunday of 2012I'm thrilled that my first post of 2012 is a shared Circle filled with wonderfully talented and interesting people -- it seems in line with one of my resolutions for this year, which is to promote the good work of others in any way I can. Other resolutions and reflections will come later, but for now...I'm really happy to present the following three people for your Circling consideration.---+Mitch Wagner always has an interesting article to share, but it's his personal opinions and musings that I really watch out for and pay attention to. He's been a really fun and often thought provoking addition to my Circles and I'm sure he will be for you, also. Read his post about how he read before the Internet here: http://bit.ly/vu4G8w.+Richard Stephenson is someone I've followed for many weeks on Google+. He always has something interesting to post, and there is a wide variety of topics and forms of media in his Stream. You'll find everything from personal stories to shares about cars that recognize the shape of your backside (yeah, I was a little weirded out by that, too). Check out his share of Woody Guthrie's New Years Resolutions here: http://bit.ly/uwxGIm+Kristen Marhaver is a postdoctoral researcher and a coral biologist. I have had her in my Circles for a long time, and I'm always eager to see what she has to share. Unfortunately, she doesn't share as often as others...but her work is so interesting that I'm hoping this gentle nudge will persuade her to share more of her stunning photography and fascinating tidbits with us on Google+. Check out her latest post here: http://bit.ly/vCnSaX---That's it for this week! Please feel free to recommend yourself or others for a #CircleSunday feature by using the "Send an email" button on my profile or sending a tweet to @cmtrapolino(make sure you include a link to the profile you're recommending, as some names are not unique).Happy New Year, Plussers! <32012-01-02 03:17:46668213
Peter Volke262Circle of DevelopersOriginally shared by +Jason CalacanisPlease re-share if you like this circle.2011-12-18 20:57:02298031
Vincent Stoessel93Jason Calacanis' Dev Circle!If you want more insightful, geeky, funny posts. This is a great circle to add. They helped make g+ a lot more interesting for me when I added them a few months back2011-12-10 19:41:19298172
Louis Gray71,017It's been a little while since I shared with you my Googlers circle. This circle includes a massive number of people working on the Google+ project, company execs, and a lot of sharp people working on many of the services you use every day, including +Blogger +Android +YouTube, etc. Now that we can share 500 at a time, have at it. But this circle isn't for everyone, so if you do add them, expect geekiness ahead.2011-11-22 19:13:55500623470
Raghd Hamzeh5,495#google #PublicCirclesI think it's about time I shared this circle of Googlers.. Over 680 people in it! (only 500 can be shared at the same time)Some of them are obvious, some of them you've met, some of them post on blogs, and some you have to hunt down!You will find an interesting insight on the people who power this juggernaut :)2011-11-20 21:15:53500101
Christina Trapolino25,955#CircleSunday is here!I think this is the first Sunday I've been at home to post a Circle Sunday in over a month, and nothing is slowing down. Soon, I'll be moving to #Austin, TX, where I'll be starting a new job and a new chapter in life. There are only 24 hours in a day, but lately I find myself wishing there were more hours, or that sleep was less necessary. It isn't, by the way. Sleep as much as you can.Still, #CircleSunday is an excuse for me to drown out the noise all around me, to slow down and really appreciate the things that go on in my Streams. This week, I want to introduce you to three people who have been particularly interesting for me. I hope they will inspire you, too.---How do you feel about fine art? If you're like me, you wish you knew more about it and that you had time to be exposed to more of it. If that sounds right, you'll really like +Portrait Artist Enzie Shahmiri. She shares fine art from all over, and she even labels her posts so that you know who the artist is and how it was painted. She's also an artist herself, of course, and her own art is often very impressive, although I suspect it would be more impressive in person. Enzie really makes my Stream feel a little more classy, by the way. See if she doesn't add a bit of the finer side to yours! Check out her latest share here: http://bit.ly/vUi5Kk+Timothy Lake describes himself as a "common sense existentialist with authority issues," which is enough to entice on its own, but his posts really follow through. He often shares things that I wouldn't have likely seen otherwise, like this awesome #TEDTalk on how to spot liars (http://bit.ly/t6qgzi), but his own content is always very interesting, too. Timothy likes to examine the world around him and when he writes, it's obvious that his feelings are sincere and his observations are completely authentic, which makes the text engaging. He also has a really quirky sense of humor. See for yourself!+Mikael sh is Swedish, devilishly handsome, and has a reasonable following already (over 7,000!) -- but his posts are just so interesting that I think anyone who hasn't stumbled across him yet should have a look. The post I'm linking is tagged as #SentimentalSunday (http://bit.ly/tsmSrk), but Mikael openly admits that his share isn't even personally sentimental to him. I like that he participates honestly. He's a mixed bag -- you'll find posts about everything from science to martial arts in his Stream, so he's tough to categorize. But like others who fit that bill, I think it's a plus!---That's it for this week! Please feel free to suggest folks for a #CircleSunday feature. Please note, however, that the "Send a message" link in my profile is not the best way to go about doing so. I know at least three people sent me recommendations that way this past week and I just couldn't find the posts again after seeing them once, so please use the "Send an email" link or tweet at me if that strikes your fancy (@cmtrapolino). That way I won't have to dig for the recommendation later!H2011-11-14 00:08:064929620
Meri Walker1,052Feeling like telling our G+ hosts what you love best about all that they keep laying on the table here? Or telling them what you'd like to see work differently?This circle is full of people at Google who care about our experience here. I'd like be able to share this circle inside my Biz Page at http://gplus.to/beingsocial. But I can't see that I can export the circle so I can share it there.Anyone got that figured out yet? G+ team? Who's listening?2011-11-11 19:49:0569300
Rick McKnight0A Circle of Web Developers focusing mainly on technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Perl, Python, Ruby, PHP, Java, ASP, .NET, etc.2011-11-03 23:13:24417402
Rafael Minuesa0A Circle of Web Developers focusing mainly on technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Perl, Python, Ruby, PHP, Java, ASP, .NET, etc.If you want to be included here please send a link to your latest work. Thanks.Rafael Minuesa shared a circle with you.2011-10-25 04:13:50418313
Christina Trapolino22,130October 23: #CircleSundayEvery Sunday, I like to share three new Plussers with you all who make my Streams more fun to read. This is my favorite thing to do on Google+ because it's an exercise in discovery. I have a lot of people in my "potential Circle Sunday" Stream, and it's always difficult to choose just three per week. This week was no exception, but I managed to narrow it down.Enjoy!---+Terrence Lui is one of the most interesting people I've added to my Circles recently. He writes about a whole variety of topics, from marathon running to tech business analysis. His posts are always carefully thought out and his level of interaction on them is impressive. His latest post is titled "Strange Running Injuries" -- and it made me cringe while laughing. A good combination, I think! Check it out here: http://bit.ly/p0Wm0S+Anthony Fox writes a serial fantasy/comedy on Google+ called Quest for the Hobo King. It's pretty funny, and a really neat idea. I like that with every installment comes a cute book cover -- complete with Google+ reviews! Anthony also regularly shares Circles of different MBTI personality types. I haven't tried adding the Circles yet, myself, but I wonder if you'd notice different types of posts in each one. I look forward to Anthony's analysis when he's completed all 16 Circles. For the latest installment of Quest for the Hobo King, click here: http://bit.ly/pMzPZM+Craig Newman has been in my Circles almost since the very beginning of my time on Google+. A writer for the Chicago Sun-Times as well as a journalism professor, Craig was part of that first wave of journalists who came to Google+ while invitations were still necessary, and he always has an interesting article or story to share. He's also very engaged with the community on Google+. I've run into Craig's comments on lots of different posts, and they're always well structured and insightful. If you're looking for a great conversation, posts he's commenting on are a great place to start. For those of you who have been with me since the first few Circle Sundays, you'll know that sometimes I share people whose content I wish was shared more on Google+ itself. Craig has been here a long time, but I want to see more of his thoughts and I think the boost in engagement will help with that.---That's it for this Sunday! As always, please feel free to send me your recommendations for #CircleSunday via the "Send an email" link on my profile. I love hearing from y'all.Happy Plussing!Christina Trapolino shared a circle with you.2011-10-24 00:33:234020733
Marius Voila183+Chris Porter Yes, you're right sorry about that...I'm correcting that right nowMarius Voilă shared a circle with you.2011-10-20 12:13:24500630
Kol Tregaskes14,987Google+ Team Shared CircleAgain, I've shared this before but again I had missed a few. So this is an updated circle of all the people working on Google+. Let me know if I've still missed anyone?#tech #technology #googleplus #googleplusteamKol Tregaskes shared a circle with you.2011-10-19 20:24:0463623

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2014-09-09 14:38:14 (36 comments, 6 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

If Alice wants to send email to Bob without anyone else, not an eavesdropper like the NSA, not an email provider like Google, no one else seeing that email, she needs to use end-to-end crypto. She'll use a particular key that Bob has to encrypt her email, so that no one else can decrypt it. This is way, way harder than it sounds.

First off, how does Alice actually get Bob's key? She could just hand it to him for later use, WWII-crypto-style, but actually going places is so passe (not to mention wildly inconvenient) and doesn't scale.

The way the internet as a whole solves this is to trust a bunch of companies called Certificate Authorities to sign certificates saying things like cryptographic key GARBAGEMUMBLE belongs to www.bob.com. This is how browsers know to show the little lock icon when you're using SSL -- they check the key against the domain... more »

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2014-10-21 17:56:06 (32 comments, 61 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Two reasons you want the two-factor security key:
1. It can be a giant, expensive pain when someone takes over your account. The internet is a dangerous place. Google has a bunch of people trying to keep your account from being hijacked, but it's tricky. People often choose guessable passwords (hijackers use the guessed password to log in as you), share passwords between sites (hijackers break into one site and get into your accounts in other places for free), and type their passwords where malware is watching (internet cafe or other public computer, or after spyware infests your machine). Once someone takes over your account they can use it for many nefarious things, all of which are going to take you a huge amount of time (and often money) to clean up.

2. Force account hijackers to do something more productive with their lives. Security keys are easy and secure. Just... more »

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2014-10-04 00:01:59 (21 comments, 2 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

I was not the droid they were looking for.

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2014-12-20 14:42:58 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

It's too early in the morning for my brain to wrap itself around this level of failing to think things, through, but here's there upshot: they started a whole program to let you call up and volunteer to be searched for guns. No, this was not a very special police Easter Egg Hunt.

It's too early in the morning for my brain to wrap itself around this level of failing to think things, through, but here's there upshot: they started a whole program to let you call up and volunteer to be searched for guns. No, this was not a very special police Easter Egg Hunt.___

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2014-12-18 14:30:28 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I'm all about festivities of light in the dark of winter. All this one is missing is tasty food, but it does have a gripping conflict.

There are two lessons here. One is that festive traditions are pretty mutable. The Gävle authorities think the tradition is erecting the giant Yule Goat. Everyone else thinks the tradition is trying to set fire to it. Both these traditions have co-existed happily, sort of, for nearly half a century.

The other lesson is that people really like setting fire to goats.___I'm all about festivities of light in the dark of winter. All this one is missing is tasty food, but it does have a gripping conflict.

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2014-12-17 06:19:52 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The new Monument Valley levels are lovely, but I think my brain may have turned into a Klein bottle. An, well, that may come in handy someday.

#monumentvalleygame http://us2.co/mvgm

The new Monument Valley levels are lovely, but I think my brain may have turned into a Klein bottle. An, well, that may come in handy someday.

#monumentvalleygame http://us2.co/mvgm___

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2014-12-16 15:28:47 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Most interesting tidbit is about cashing out via the travel industry, but the most amusing is that "hackers" are likely being bitten harder than just about anyone else by the price fall in bitcoins, since it is such an important money exfiltration point.
The only real defense against ransomware such as Cryptolocker is to ensure that data is backed up. Otherwise, it could cost around $500 per computer, payable in bitcoin, to get the decryption key from hackers.

Most interesting tidbit is about cashing out via the travel industry, but the most amusing is that "hackers" are likely being bitten harder than just about anyone else by the price fall in bitcoins, since it is such an important money exfiltration point.
The only real defense against ransomware such as Cryptolocker is to ensure that data is backed up. Otherwise, it could cost around $500 per computer, payable in bitcoin, to get the decryption key from hackers.___

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2014-12-15 19:46:36 (30 comments, 43 reshares, 109 +1s)Open 

Why is vanilla so expensive? Bees.

Specifically, it's all about the Melipona bee. The vanilla orchids have developed a membrane between their female (ovary) and male (pollen) gametes. It's a good move for the plant, because self-fertilization results in sterile seeds which cannot grow up to be new little baby vanilla orchids. The Melipona bee can crawl right up in there to pierce the membrane and deliver fertile pollen.

Small problem about this small bee: it only lives in Mexico. If you want to cultivate vanilla somewhere else with appropriate climate, like Madagascar, you have to replace this bee with another animal. We replace the bee with a human. A person takes a little toothpick and pokes pollen through the membrane of every single flower. To make this even harder, the flower is only fertile for the 8-12 hours after it blooms.

Frankly,i... more »

Why is vanilla so expensive? Bees.

Specifically, it's all about the Melipona bee. The vanilla orchids have developed a membrane between their female (ovary) and male (pollen) gametes. It's a good move for the plant, because self-fertilization results in sterile seeds which cannot grow up to be new little baby vanilla orchids. The Melipona bee can crawl right up in there to pierce the membrane and deliver fertile pollen.

Small problem about this small bee: it only lives in Mexico. If you want to cultivate vanilla somewhere else with appropriate climate, like Madagascar, you have to replace this bee with another animal. We replace the bee with a human. A person takes a little toothpick and pokes pollen through the membrane of every single flower. To make this even harder, the flower is only fertile for the 8-12 hours after it blooms.

Frankly, it's shocking that vanilla isn't more expensive.___

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2014-12-10 14:56:46 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Tasty new Hangouts features (and some rather nice improvements under the hood).

Hangouts: now smarter, faster, and a lot more fun

If you’re like me, you want to stay connected with friends and family without technology getting in the way. Hangouts lets you focus on the people you love talking to, so your conversations feel as in-the-moment and natural as they do in real life.

Today we’re updating the Hangouts app for Android to make it easier to express yourself, and have more fun along the way:
    - Like the saying goes, a sticker is worth a thousand words. From penguins to pirates, koalas to cats, 16 new sticker packs (and more to come!) have tons of ways to say what’s on your mind.
    - Give your video calls some extra flair with video filters including sepia, vignette, black & white, and more. Just swipe during a video call to try these new styles. 

We’re also making it easier to start conversations with friends and family:
    - Confirm your phone number so your friends who already have your digits can more easily find and message you in Hangouts.
    - Know when your friends are ready to chat right now with “last seen” timestamps, so you never have to type, “You there?”

Hangouts is also introducing the start of something new -- smart suggestions right in your conversations:
    - When you’re trying to meet up with friends in real life and someone asks, “Where are you?”, Hangouts can now understand what you need and offer to help.  You’ll see a one-tap option to share your location right in the conversation, without you needing to hunt around in a map, drop a pin and send your position. 

Try all the new features by updating the Hangouts app on your Android device  (http://goo.gl/v7FTL - rolling out to the Play Store over the next few hours). Note that “last seen” timestamps will roll out in waves over the next few weeks, so you may not see this feature for all your contacts right away. Today’s updates will also be available on the Hangouts iOS app soon. 

P.S. We’ve added a few other surprises to this Hangouts update, but we’ll let you find them on your own. Woot!___Tasty new Hangouts features (and some rather nice improvements under the hood).

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2014-12-09 22:56:11 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Gender is complicated, but software shouldn't make it more so. Many thanks to +Rachael Bennett and everyone else who worked on this.

For many people, gender identity is more complex than just "male" or "female."  Starting today, I'm proud to announce that Google+ will support an infinite number of ways to express gender identity, by giving you the option to customize the way your gender is represented on your profile. 

Previously, we provided options for “Male,” “Female,” and “Other,” to encompass both those who don't fit into the traditional gender labels and those who don't want to declare their gender to the world at large. Now, the gender field on your profile will contain four entries, “Male,” “Female,” “Decline to state,” and “Custom.”  When “Custom” is selected, a freeform text field and a pronoun field will appear. You can still limit who can see your gender, just like you can now. We’ll be rolling this feature out for all users over the next few days.

Many thanks to the people and groups who gave us advice on the best ways to do this. Your input has been really valuable to us, and we hope you like the result!___Gender is complicated, but software shouldn't make it more so. Many thanks to +Rachael Bennett and everyone else who worked on this.

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2014-12-09 18:48:20 (7 comments, 7 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

It's nice to see the creepiness of the music coming up to the impressive level demanded by the lyrics.

Hat tip to +Andrew Oplinger and +Dave Besbris, with a special nod to +Chris Colohan and his penchant for doing this to every song under the sun.

It's nice to see the creepiness of the music coming up to the impressive level demanded by the lyrics.

Hat tip to +Andrew Oplinger and +Dave Besbris, with a special nod to +Chris Colohan and his penchant for doing this to every song under the sun.___

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2014-12-08 14:51:31 (20 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Health provider confidentiality is a pragmatic strategy in a world with personal bodily autonomy, not simply an abstraction.

“Let's say a researcher is doing a genetic study ... and they discover that their participant has a variant of the BRCA gene, associated with higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer,” says Susan M. Wolf, the McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota. “They go to that person and say, ‘We think it's important for you to know this, but we're also concerned about your sister, or your brother, and other members of your family.’"

Patients, even in such cases, can refuse to pass the information on. "[We] know those family members are out there essentially in danger, because they don't know about their genomic variant that puts them at risk," Green says. "This isa problem at t... more »

Health provider confidentiality is a pragmatic strategy in a world with personal bodily autonomy, not simply an abstraction.

“Let's say a researcher is doing a genetic study ... and they discover that their participant has a variant of the BRCA gene, associated with higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer,” says Susan M. Wolf, the McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota. “They go to that person and say, ‘We think it's important for you to know this, but we're also concerned about your sister, or your brother, and other members of your family.’"

Patients, even in such cases, can refuse to pass the information on. "[We] know those family members are out there essentially in danger, because they don't know about their genomic variant that puts them at risk," Green says. "This is a problem at the clinical level, and it's a problem at the research level.”

Patients can also refuse to be tested in the first place! Without that expectation of confidentiality, would you even have a patient before you? In the case of many diseases, likely not. Think HIV. Or think Huntington's Disease and listen to the first part of
http://m.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/509/it-says-so-right-here___

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2014-12-02 04:43:25 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This is as bad as the diet books I'm going to write and become rich, rich, rich!
1. Burn your tongue, burn your fat: eat far less through the magic of excessive hot sauce
2. Pretend to have a disease: why not migraines? You basically skip all processed food and randomly find yourself without available food because someone added something tasty to a meal.
3. Have a small child. Better yet, have several! Whatever you do manage to jam in your mouth will be cold, but you can burn calories warming it back up!

Have any other "great" dieting suggestions?

This is as bad as the diet books I'm going to write and become rich, rich, rich!
1. Burn your tongue, burn your fat: eat far less through the magic of excessive hot sauce
2. Pretend to have a disease: why not migraines? You basically skip all processed food and randomly find yourself without available food because someone added something tasty to a meal.
3. Have a small child. Better yet, have several! Whatever you do manage to jam in your mouth will be cold, but you can burn calories warming it back up!

Have any other "great" dieting suggestions?___

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2014-11-21 14:42:06 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

+Eric Schmidt​ is right: diversity is important. It's especially important if you work in privacy, because everybody worries about something different. If you're not careful, you can easily be blind to that.

Shameless plug: we're hiring security and privacy people for all kinds of interesting jobs.

I’m pleased to share that we’re donating all profits from How Google Works to organizations focused on improving access to computer science education for girls and young minorities, including +Black Girls CODE  , +Girls Who Code  , and +CODE2040  .

The best thing any company can do for itself is hire smart people. But it’s also important to think about the composition of your company as a whole. Hiring too homogeneous a group can leave you open to blind spots, with important issues overlooked and valuable opportunities left unidentified. The best defense against this? Hire people from diverse backgrounds and make sure their voices are heard.

We work hard to do this at Google, but know that we aren’t where we want to be, particularly when it comes to women and minorities. It’s a problem you see throughout the working world, and one that’s particularly acute in the tech industry. There’s no shortage of smart, creative people of all different backgrounds out there with big ideas and the ability to become great technologists, and we’d like to help them on their path.

More thoughts on hiring at: www.HowGoogleWorks.net

#HowGoogleWorks #google #hiring #diversity___+Eric Schmidt​ is right: diversity is important. It's especially important if you work in privacy, because everybody worries about something different. If you're not careful, you can easily be blind to that.

Shameless plug: we're hiring security and privacy people for all kinds of interesting jobs.

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2014-11-21 05:07:06 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

This time, however, everything was different: Although Wunsiedel's inhabitants had observed the march from a distance over the past years, this Nov. 15, some of them welcomed the neo-Nazi protesters effusively with rainbow confetti and even cheered for them. What had happened?

What happened was the funniest thing related to neo-Nazis ever. Low bar, but watch the video for bananas and tell me it's not priceless.

This time, however, everything was different: Although Wunsiedel's inhabitants had observed the march from a distance over the past years, this Nov. 15, some of them welcomed the neo-Nazi protesters effusively with rainbow confetti and even cheered for them. What had happened?

What happened was the funniest thing related to neo-Nazis ever. Low bar, but watch the video for bananas and tell me it's not priceless.___

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2014-11-19 14:47:14 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Security research: using everything it can get its hands on to solve people's problems. This is why I sometimes refer to crypto as "applied non-applied mathematics". (If that makes sense to you, congrats, you are a math geek, too. ;-) )

NB: If you know something about quantum physics, you may want to skip about halfway down.

Sorry to whoever posted this, I've lost the OP. But this article is fascinating, because it sounds like security is going to be driving some really interesting physics research.

"""In practice, it turns out that photon qubits cannot reliably be sent through long stretches of optical fibre. So researchers are developing an audacious new plan for a secure global data network: they intend to transmit qubits between ground stations and space satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) at altitudes up to 2,000 km."""___Security research: using everything it can get its hands on to solve people's problems. This is why I sometimes refer to crypto as "applied non-applied mathematics". (If that makes sense to you, congrats, you are a math geek, too. ;-) )

NB: If you know something about quantum physics, you may want to skip about halfway down.

2014-11-17 15:30:04 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Partially interesting for the NSA's snark. Very interesting for the attitude towards academic cryptography and complexity theory.

If you find this direction interesting, I suggest http://anotherlook.ca for some interesting ranting/papers or even the paper I wrote with +David Molnar​ wherein we suggest a (hard to prove, relatively simple to apply) method to make cryptographically provable protocols fast enough to actually use. One 1024-bit modular exponentiation per committed bit? Ain't nobody got time for that. https://eprint.iacr.org/2006/004

(Hat tip to +Brighten Godfrey​​, who passed the declassified NSA report to the author.)

Partially interesting for the NSA's snark. Very interesting for the attitude towards academic cryptography and complexity theory.

If you find this direction interesting, I suggest http://anotherlook.ca for some interesting ranting/papers or even the paper I wrote with +David Molnar​ wherein we suggest a (hard to prove, relatively simple to apply) method to make cryptographically provable protocols fast enough to actually use. One 1024-bit modular exponentiation per committed bit? Ain't nobody got time for that. https://eprint.iacr.org/2006/004

(Hat tip to +Brighten Godfrey​​, who passed the declassified NSA report to the author.)___

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2014-11-17 15:27:56 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Dy. Ing. Ah, the glamour of low-budget musical theater. Back in high school, I was in the pit orchestra for this and learned the joy of prop-heavy productions. Those props have to go somewhere, right. Into the pit they go again...

"But mother, NO! She's the best cow!"

For anyone who's ever been involved in theater. ___Dy. Ing. Ah, the glamour of low-budget musical theater. Back in high school, I was in the pit orchestra for this and learned the joy of prop-heavy productions. Those props have to go somewhere, right. Into the pit they go again...

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2014-11-16 15:20:59 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

Ruh roh! Watch out for those pesky kids; the Mystery Machine has come to town!

Ruh roh! Watch out for those pesky kids; the Mystery Machine has come to town!___

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2014-11-14 14:29:13 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Ten years of spaceflight. Hitched a ride on a planet four times. Landed on a freaking comet 310 million miles away. It works. Next time, we might even do it right side up. ;-)

Animated XKCD detail of the landing (with bonus whales) http://www.tanyaharrisonofmars.com/philae.gif (h/t to +Cindy Brown​)

Yesterday, the Philae lander successfully landed on a comet. (You can follow its landing as live-cartooned by +Randall Munroe at xkcd1446.org) It's a little bit hard to understand just how insane a task that was, so let me try to give you a bit of context.

First, there's the  problem of simply getting there. Comet 67P is about 4km across on its long side, and the Rosetta mission had to travel about 6.4 billion kilometers in order to reach it. For a sense of scale, this is sort of like being able to throw a rock to the other end of a football field and correctly hit the leftmost edge of a particular red blood cell. Not the center, mind you, but a particular dot on its surface.

But a flight like this isn't a simple throw, and the animation below shows you why. To efficiently get out to distant parts of the solar system requires a manoeuver called a "gravitational assist," or a "slingshot." It turns out that if you fly close by an object that's pulling you in with gravity, and you fire your engines hard and forward just as you're at the closest point, you get a much bigger speed boost than you would if you fired your engines at any other time. So interplanetary flight paths will often do things like boost into an orbit around the Sun, swing back around some other convenient planet -- sometimes the Earth, sometimes Venus, sometimes Mars -- and use it to speed up. More complicated flight paths might do more than one swing. Rosetta did four gravitational assists, flew close enough to two asteroids to take pictures, and then pulled into orbit around a comet. This had to basically be planned out from the beginning, and re-planned hastily when the original launch window slipped: it turns out that a many planet-route that you plan on one day isn't much use on a different day.

Once it encountered the comet, Rosetta put itself into orbit around it, and dropped the Philae lander. Landing was an even more interesting challenge, because comets lack the one thing that we most often use to land, namely gravity. On Earth or Mars or the Moon, if a lander drops, it will generally go "thud," and your biggest problem is not going "thud" very quickly and being smashed to bits. On a comet, if a lander drops, it will generally bounce off and then fly back into space. Worse, you can't assume that you can just hit hard and embed yourself in the surface of the comet: we had no idea what surface we would be landing on, whether it be nearly-impenetrable rock, gravel, ice, dust, level, sloped, cratered, or something completely different. 

So Philae's landing plan had a few steps. It would fly up to the comet, then fire harpoons into the surface, while firing a thruster engine to stabilize itself. It would then reel itself in, and fire that thruster to push itself hard towards the surface, and then screw itself down to the rock. The idea was that hopefully one of these would work.

In practice, the one turned out to be the screws, because both the thruster and the harpoons failed to work, for reasons still unknown. But somehow it appears to have landed anyway.

And what do we get for all of this? Our first chance to study a comet from really up close. Comets are made from the matter at the farthest reaches of our Solar System, and carry in them a snapshot of what our solar system was made of in its earliest days. 

You can see more about the mission planning here: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/The_long_trek  and at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosetta_(spacecraft) .
More about Comet 67P at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/67P/Churyumov%E2%80%93Gerasimenko .___Ten years of spaceflight. Hitched a ride on a planet four times. Landed on a freaking comet 310 million miles away. It works. Next time, we might even do it right side up. ;-)

Animated XKCD detail of the landing (with bonus whales) http://www.tanyaharrisonofmars.com/philae.gif (h/t to +Cindy Brown​)

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2014-11-13 15:42:44 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Disappointingly, they use insertion sort, not quicksort.

Searching and sorting in nature.___Disappointingly, they use insertion sort, not quicksort.

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2014-11-13 14:56:07 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

A special post-Halloween shout-out to Crocs for having actually manufactured the goofy sandals worn by the BFG:
On his bare feet he was wearing a pair of ridiculous sandals that for some reason had holes cut along each side, with a large hole at the end where his toes stuck out.

If you haven't read The BFG, grab a child and have a read. Prepare for wizpoppers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_BFG

A special post-Halloween shout-out to Crocs for having actually manufactured the goofy sandals worn by the BFG:
On his bare feet he was wearing a pair of ridiculous sandals that for some reason had holes cut along each side, with a large hole at the end where his toes stuck out.

If you haven't read The BFG, grab a child and have a read. Prepare for wizpoppers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_BFG___

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2014-11-06 18:19:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Androidify has me down.

Androidify has me down.___

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2014-10-29 17:27:00 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Figure out a way to pneumatically drive the cats like pigs[1] and you're really in business!

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigging

Figure out a way to pneumatically drive the cats like pigs[1] and you're really in business!

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigging___

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2014-10-28 13:47:55 (19 comments, 25 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Verizon is setting a cookie for you. It's the same cookie. It's on every site on the internet. While they say they're not creating a profile of you they're letting every site at the internet create a profile (and join together to create an increasingly detailed one) while removing the controls you normally have over cookies. Clear cookies? Still tracked. Reject cookies entirely? Still tracked.

I suppose we should be happy that at least they're not injecting malware or ads, like certain other companies have done[1]. Their stated goal: injecting the information you give Verizon, as well as your visits to every site on the web, into targeting your ads[2].

Want to avoid this? Use SSL.

+Verizon Wireless, I am deeply unimpressed.

[1] http://www.pcworld.com/article/144682/article.html
[2]ht... more »

Verizon is setting a cookie for you. It's the same cookie. It's on every site on the internet. While they say they're not creating a profile of you they're letting every site at the internet create a profile (and join together to create an increasingly detailed one) while removing the controls you normally have over cookies. Clear cookies? Still tracked. Reject cookies entirely? Still tracked.

I suppose we should be happy that at least they're not injecting malware or ads, like certain other companies have done[1]. Their stated goal: injecting the information you give Verizon, as well as your visits to every site on the web, into targeting your ads[2].

Want to avoid this? Use SSL.

+Verizon Wireless, I am deeply unimpressed.

[1] http://www.pcworld.com/article/144682/article.html
[2] http://www.verizonwireless.com/support/faqs/AccountManagement/mobile_ads.html ___

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2014-10-27 18:33:30 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

If you're interested in journalistic ethics, check out the Trust Project.

#gamergate  

Building trust in news. Great to see +Jeff Jarvis  continue the Trust Project conversation and add to it. Let's move it forward.___If you're interested in journalistic ethics, check out the Trust Project.

#gamergate  

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2014-10-22 23:48:21 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

It's always "nice" to have a new example of why we don't trust the libraries that parse complicated formats.

It's always "nice" to have a new example of why we don't trust the libraries that parse complicated formats.___

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2014-10-22 23:02:24 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

At the point where you have an affectionate nickname for serious air pollution, let alone call it "the smell of progress", it says something rather interesting about your society. It also says something rather interesting that no one seems to be a fan of the latter-day version of this, "Asian brown cloud".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_brown_cloud

At the point where you have an affectionate nickname for serious air pollution, let alone call it "the smell of progress", it says something rather interesting about your society. It also says something rather interesting that no one seems to be a fan of the latter-day version of this, "Asian brown cloud".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_brown_cloud___

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2014-10-21 17:56:06 (32 comments, 61 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Two reasons you want the two-factor security key:
1. It can be a giant, expensive pain when someone takes over your account. The internet is a dangerous place. Google has a bunch of people trying to keep your account from being hijacked, but it's tricky. People often choose guessable passwords (hijackers use the guessed password to log in as you), share passwords between sites (hijackers break into one site and get into your accounts in other places for free), and type their passwords where malware is watching (internet cafe or other public computer, or after spyware infests your machine). Once someone takes over your account they can use it for many nefarious things, all of which are going to take you a huge amount of time (and often money) to clean up.

2. Force account hijackers to do something more productive with their lives. Security keys are easy and secure. Just... more »

Two reasons you want the two-factor security key:
1. It can be a giant, expensive pain when someone takes over your account. The internet is a dangerous place. Google has a bunch of people trying to keep your account from being hijacked, but it's tricky. People often choose guessable passwords (hijackers use the guessed password to log in as you), share passwords between sites (hijackers break into one site and get into your accounts in other places for free), and type their passwords where malware is watching (internet cafe or other public computer, or after spyware infests your machine). Once someone takes over your account they can use it for many nefarious things, all of which are going to take you a huge amount of time (and often money) to clean up.

2. Force account hijackers to do something more productive with their lives. Security keys are easy and secure. Just plug it into your USB port, give it a little touch, and it will tell Google you have your key. It can't be stolen by internet hijackers, so it'll keep them out of your account. If we keep the hijackers out of our accounts, they'll have to go find something else to do. Maybe it will even be productive.

So join me on our effort to forcibly disemploy account hijackers. I have zero sympathy for them.___

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2014-10-17 22:29:42 (31 comments, 2 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Clothing designers need to catch up with technology design, one way or another. A large proportion of women's clothing forces you to choose between carrying a bag (even between meetings!) or juggle a phone, laptop, and whatever other delicate electronic tethers you need.

Technology designers, in the meantime, need to keep in mind that phones simply aren't attached at the hip (literally) to women in the way they can be to many men. My area of expertise is in security and I can promise you that there are serious considerations in play here. Think about how a phone is picked up and put down and touched. What experience do you want for those people? 

Clothing designers need to catch up with technology design, one way or another. A large proportion of women's clothing forces you to choose between carrying a bag (even between meetings!) or juggle a phone, laptop, and whatever other delicate electronic tethers you need.

Technology designers, in the meantime, need to keep in mind that phones simply aren't attached at the hip (literally) to women in the way they can be to many men. My area of expertise is in security and I can promise you that there are serious considerations in play here. Think about how a phone is picked up and put down and touched. What experience do you want for those people? ___

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2014-10-14 23:45:25 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

The word "attack" in the downgrade attack they are (supposed to be) running is a serious clue to whether this is a reasonable thing to do to your users.

Hint: no.

If it's true that an ISP is purposely tampering with SMTP responses to try disable STARTTLS, it's utterly horrendous and unacceptable.___The word "attack" in the downgrade attack they are (supposed to be) running is a serious clue to whether this is a reasonable thing to do to your users.

Hint: no.

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2014-10-14 13:46:20 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

This +Kinder Surprise Surprise Eggs came with a huge surprise: a label claiming it's "for boys". I don't know what about chocolate or an adorable little dino toy is so specific, but I certainly will not buy gender-segregated candy.

This +Kinder Surprise Surprise Eggs came with a huge surprise: a label claiming it's "for boys". I don't know what about chocolate or an adorable little dino toy is so specific, but I certainly will not buy gender-segregated candy.___

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2014-10-11 03:47:18 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Most extortionate Kickstarter ever: $175 I don't put glitter in the bags

Hat tip to +Ben Gerber

Most extortionate Kickstarter ever: $175 I don't put glitter in the bags

Hat tip to +Ben Gerber___

2014-10-10 18:20:37 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Witness my hackery! Which looks sillier: taping a sock to my helmet or helmet sideburns?

Back story: wind noise was really bugging me on my commute, so I tried blocking the noise with a sock and painter's tape (in the best tradition of wildly misappropriating loose socks). Turns out that Cat Ears makes something that is both much more comfortable and works better.

Witness my hackery! Which looks sillier: taping a sock to my helmet or helmet sideburns?

Back story: wind noise was really bugging me on my commute, so I tried blocking the noise with a sock and painter's tape (in the best tradition of wildly misappropriating loose socks). Turns out that Cat Ears makes something that is both much more comfortable and works better.___

2014-10-09 19:07:49 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Option #3. All the way.

The Bacon Poll

Which is better?___Option #3. All the way.

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2014-10-07 14:35:23 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

As +Dave Besbris said, "Our users love ... that Google+ has privacy built in as a feature from the very beginning."

We work hard to keep our users protected.

New Google+ Head David Besbris: We're Here for the Long Haul (Q&A) http://ow.ly/2OI4OF___As +Dave Besbris said, "Our users love ... that Google+ has privacy built in as a feature from the very beginning."

We work hard to keep our users protected.

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2014-10-04 00:01:59 (21 comments, 2 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

I was not the droid they were looking for.

I was not the droid they were looking for.___

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2014-10-03 21:26:52 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

I'm going to make so much money on this one.

___I'm going to make so much money on this one.

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2014-10-02 14:51:58 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

This study, in which apartments with lead paint were preferentially rented to families with toddlers and given known-insufficient cleanup passed an ethics review. Review board fail.

Even more so, the lack of lead cleanup, a cleanup that would pay itself off twice, is an ethical fail. Researcher desperation doesn't excuse the board here, but it really doesn't excuse any of us.

This study, in which apartments with lead paint were preferentially rented to families with toddlers and given known-insufficient cleanup passed an ethics review. Review board fail.

Even more so, the lack of lead cleanup, a cleanup that would pay itself off twice, is an ethical fail. Researcher desperation doesn't excuse the board here, but it really doesn't excuse any of us.___

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2014-09-29 14:31:10 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

The police don't give this kind of invitation every day!

The police don't give this kind of invitation every day!___

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2014-09-28 21:31:49 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Don't do it, Sakai! Don't put that cod roe in the ice cream machine!

Don't do it, Sakai! Don't put that cod roe in the ice cream machine!___

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2014-09-24 13:43:00 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 


We all live in a connected world, a degree of closeness that has been growing for centuries as transportation and communication technology improves. There are some people who think deeply about the nominal case, about how things should work (and sometimes do). To make things work, though, you need people who look at the edges and liminal spaces.

A good "edges" engineer looks at things to see how they come apart and break. To be effective, they must be smart, trustworthy[1], pragmatic, collaborative... and backed up by people with an understanding of what they do and why they're important.

Wrong answer:
Several former Home Depot employees said they were not surprised the company had been hacked. They said that over the years, when they sought new software and training, managers came back with the same response: “We sell hammers.”
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We all live in a connected world, a degree of closeness that has been growing for centuries as transportation and communication technology improves. There are some people who think deeply about the nominal case, about how things should work (and sometimes do). To make things work, though, you need people who look at the edges and liminal spaces.

A good "edges" engineer looks at things to see how they come apart and break. To be effective, they must be smart, trustworthy[1], pragmatic, collaborative... and backed up by people with an understanding of what they do and why they're important.

Wrong answer:
Several former Home Depot employees said they were not surprised the company had been hacked. They said that over the years, when they sought new software and training, managers came back with the same response: “We sell hammers.”

[1] http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2014/09/23/home_depot_security_breach_ricky_joe_mitchell_sabotaged_his_former_employer.html (h/t to +Andreas Schou )___

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2014-09-23 17:50:39 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

"Oh, really?  My little guy never fusses at mealtime. Have you tried feeding him on a white couch?"

"Oh, really?  My little guy never fusses at mealtime. Have you tried feeding him on a white couch?"___

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2014-09-19 05:17:00 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

That's just unfair (but tasty)!

That's just unfair (but tasty)!___

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2014-09-19 05:16:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

That's just unfair (but tasty)!

That's just unfair (but tasty)!___

2014-09-18 20:07:00 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

An actual work conversation involved both the word "gynocracy" and the singing of a song from Hair. My job is awesome.

An actual work conversation involved both the word "gynocracy" and the singing of a song from Hair. My job is awesome.___

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2014-09-17 13:59:47 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

This piqued my interest. I would not have expected this lawsuit (nor the response) several years ago.

I am not commenting on behalf of my employer, as always, nor will I comment in detail.

This piqued my interest. I would not have expected this lawsuit (nor the response) several years ago.

I am not commenting on behalf of my employer, as always, nor will I comment in detail.___

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2014-09-15 14:40:49 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

In the tech field, products are often designed to fit ourselves. We see needs where we cast our eyes, which is most often near home. Lost opportunities are all around. Choose wisely.

___In the tech field, products are often designed to fit ourselves. We see needs where we cast our eyes, which is most often near home. Lost opportunities are all around. Choose wisely.

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2014-09-15 14:19:29 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Farewell, poor shoes! I've nearly worn off the walking bits of the sole, the lining is in shreds, and I've had them so long they redesigned the buckles. Despite the price, they were a great deal, not even counting how my last pair saved me a broken foot from a tree.

Farewell, poor shoes! I've nearly worn off the walking bits of the sole, the lining is in shreds, and I've had them so long they redesigned the buckles. Despite the price, they were a great deal, not even counting how my last pair saved me a broken foot from a tree.___

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2014-09-12 05:09:00 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Rob Ford is running for mayor of Toronto. Rob Ford is in second place. Rob Ford has, in the dry recitation of Wikipedia, "been the subject of a number of personal and work-related controversies and legal proceedings, including a conflict of interest trial that nearly resulted in his being removed from office. In 2013, he became embroiled in a substance abuse scandal, which was widely reported in the national and international media. Ford initially denied the allegations, but after a 2013 Toronto Police Service gang investigation led to police discovering videos of Ford, he admitted to all of the incidents, including public drunkenness, drinking and driving, and illegal drug use. Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine 'probably in one of my drunken stupors'".

I'm not sure what he offers as mayor, but I'm starting to suspect it may involve sharing his stash ratherwidely... more »

Rob Ford is running for mayor of Toronto. Rob Ford is in second place. Rob Ford has, in the dry recitation of Wikipedia, "been the subject of a number of personal and work-related controversies and legal proceedings, including a conflict of interest trial that nearly resulted in his being removed from office. In 2013, he became embroiled in a substance abuse scandal, which was widely reported in the national and international media. Ford initially denied the allegations, but after a 2013 Toronto Police Service gang investigation led to police discovering videos of Ford, he admitted to all of the incidents, including public drunkenness, drinking and driving, and illegal drug use. Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine 'probably in one of my drunken stupors'".

I'm not sure what he offers as mayor, but I'm starting to suspect it may involve sharing his stash rather widely.___

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2014-09-11 03:20:55 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I salute Olive Garden's inadvertent bid to run soup kitchens. $1/meal (or less) for unlimited quantity (if not quality) is quite reasonable.

(Sadly, sold out now.)

I salute Olive Garden's inadvertent bid to run soup kitchens. $1/meal (or less) for unlimited quantity (if not quality) is quite reasonable.

(Sadly, sold out now.)___

2014-09-09 14:38:14 (36 comments, 6 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

If Alice wants to send email to Bob without anyone else, not an eavesdropper like the NSA, not an email provider like Google, no one else seeing that email, she needs to use end-to-end crypto. She'll use a particular key that Bob has to encrypt her email, so that no one else can decrypt it. This is way, way harder than it sounds.

First off, how does Alice actually get Bob's key? She could just hand it to him for later use, WWII-crypto-style, but actually going places is so passe (not to mention wildly inconvenient) and doesn't scale.

The way the internet as a whole solves this is to trust a bunch of companies called Certificate Authorities to sign certificates saying things like cryptographic key GARBAGEMUMBLE belongs to www.bob.com. This is how browsers know to show the little lock icon when you're using SSL -- they check the key against the domain... more »

If Alice wants to send email to Bob without anyone else, not an eavesdropper like the NSA, not an email provider like Google, no one else seeing that email, she needs to use end-to-end crypto. She'll use a particular key that Bob has to encrypt her email, so that no one else can decrypt it. This is way, way harder than it sounds.

First off, how does Alice actually get Bob's key? She could just hand it to him for later use, WWII-crypto-style, but actually going places is so passe (not to mention wildly inconvenient) and doesn't scale.

The way the internet as a whole solves this is to trust a bunch of companies called Certificate Authorities to sign certificates saying things like cryptographic key GARBAGEMUMBLE belongs to www.bob.com. This is how browsers know to show the little lock icon when you're using SSL -- they check the key against the domain name in the URL. This works exactly as well as you'd expect for a global system that underlies a huge amount of commerce: quite well most of the time, but every so often a security hole or someone making a terrible mistake (often at the behest of a government like Iran) lets someone subvert the system.[1]

Some people avoid this by signing each others' keys in a complicated dance called a web of trust. It's also vulnerable to subversion, but mostly it's complicated, which makes it extremely hard to secure in practice[2]. Seriously, read the directions[3]. It's the best alternative we (currently) have, though. (Gmail even supports it, which makes it a lot easier to use.[4])

There's another problem. What if Alice is a spammer? Mike Hern wrote a fascinating history of the Spam Wars and speculates how it would be different in a world of end-to-end crypto.

Personal stance: I find end-to-end crypto to be really interesting but extremely difficult to make work in the real world. My PhD thesis is even on a corner of this problem. Hard problems are the best problems. ;)

[1] One example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DigiNotar
[2] http://utcc.utoronto.ca/~cks/space/blog/tech/WebOfTrustFailure
[3] http://cryptnet.net/fdp/crypto/keysigning_party/en/keysigning_party.html
[4] http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com/2014/06/making-end-to-end-encryption-easier-to.html___

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2014-09-04 22:33:53 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

It's that time of year again! What costume do you have in mind? Last year I dressed up as Totoro[1] but I haven't even vaguely planned something for this year.

[1] https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=totoro+kigurumi&tbm=shop

Neat! Found via http://www.rejectedprincesses.com/___It's that time of year again! What costume do you have in mind? Last year I dressed up as Totoro[1] but I haven't even vaguely planned something for this year.

[1] https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=totoro+kigurumi&tbm=shop

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