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The White House3,000,630Join President Obama as he "travels" across the country in a virtual whistle-stop tour. The President will join Google+ Hangouts with people across the United States and talk with Americans about the issues laid out in his speech. RSVP now to watch the live Hangout on Friday, January 31. Watch the full video of the State of the Union and learn more about all the ways you can engage with us at http://WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU. #POTUSRoadTripA Virtual Road Trip with President Obama2014-01-31 20:00:0013489  
The White House3,000,630Update: Watch the full Hangout here and stay tune for upcoming We the Geeks events: http://youtu.be/7MdtV2TRtC8 The White House is kicking off #WeTheGeeks , a new series of Google+ Hangouts to highlight the future of science, technology, and innovation here in the U.S. Our first hangout includes an extraordinary panel of innovators from around the country who will discuss the elements of an "all hands on deck" effort to pursue Grand Challenges. Tune in today at 2pm ET: http://at.wh.gov/l4lUD #hangouts   #hangoutsonair  We the Geeks: Grand Challenges2013-05-16 20:00:00498  

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2015-08-11 21:10:24 (12 comments, 7 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Fascinating. The FDA "recalled" a tweet & Instagram post by Kim Kardashian:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/08/11/kim-kardashians-tweet-about-a-morning-sickness-drug-has-landed-the-company-in-trouble/ No risks provided for a drug she described -- and she was, apparently, a paid sponsor for the pharmaceutical company in question.

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2015-08-11 21:10:24 (12 comments, 7 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Fascinating. The FDA "recalled" a tweet & Instagram post by Kim Kardashian:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/08/11/kim-kardashians-tweet-about-a-morning-sickness-drug-has-landed-the-company-in-trouble/ No risks provided for a drug she described -- and she was, apparently, a paid sponsor for the pharmaceutical company in question.

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2015-08-11 21:10:24 (12 comments, 7 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Fascinating. The FDA "recalled" a tweet & Instagram post by Kim Kardashian:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/08/11/kim-kardashians-tweet-about-a-morning-sickness-drug-has-landed-the-company-in-trouble/ No risks provided for a drug she described -- and she was, apparently, a paid sponsor for the pharmaceutical company in question.

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2015-08-28 14:30:49 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Extending the impact of open data about health care facilities

People have been using Yelp​ to find hotels and restaurants for years. Now, they can make more informed decisions about hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis centers, too. As part of a new consumer protection initiative, government health data has become integrated into the Yelp review pages for all of these facilities. 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/yelp-propublica-hospital-reviews_55df4880e4b0e7117ba923fe

To pull this off, Yelp is collaborating with the award-winning nonprofit news organization ProPublica​ to show you which health care facilities are safe, fast and well-run. 

Yelp already had user reviews on all of these facilities, as well as huge amounts of data on which bike stores and bookshops and car-battery suppliers its users prefer. Now, ProPublica is providing Yelp withclean... more »

Extending the impact of open data about health care facilities

People have been using Yelp​ to find hotels and restaurants for years. Now, they can make more informed decisions about hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis centers, too. As part of a new consumer protection initiative, government health data has become integrated into the Yelp review pages for all of these facilities. 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/yelp-propublica-hospital-reviews_55df4880e4b0e7117ba923fe

To pull this off, Yelp is collaborating with the award-winning nonprofit news organization ProPublica​ to show you which health care facilities are safe, fast and well-run. 

Yelp already had user reviews on all of these facilities, as well as huge amounts of data on which bike stores and bookshops and car-battery suppliers its users prefer. Now, ProPublica is providing Yelp with cleaned-up data originally released by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The data in question was already available as part of ProPublica's news apps, including its dialysis tracker, its nursing home inspector and its emergency room wait watcher. But this partnership will expose the data to a much bigger audience. According to Yelp itself, 83 million unique visitors per month use Yelp through their mobile devices.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/yelp-propublica-hospital-reviews_55df4880e4b0e7117ba923fe___

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2015-08-27 17:30:19 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

POLL: When Is It OK To Use Your Cellphone In Public? Please weigh in: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/when-is-it-ok-to-use-your-cellphone-in-public_55df39f1e4b08dc09486af24 

POLL: When Is It OK To Use Your Cellphone In Public? Please weigh in: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/when-is-it-ok-to-use-your-cellphone-in-public_55df39f1e4b08dc09486af24 ___

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2015-08-25 03:22:26 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Google rolled out bikes in India to teach people to google: https://www.techinasia.com/google-rolls-internet-bikes-teach-rural-indian-women-web/ Video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iYVx15KEEEs

Google rolled out bikes in India to teach people to google: https://www.techinasia.com/google-rolls-internet-bikes-teach-rural-indian-women-web/ Video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iYVx15KEEEs___

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2015-08-23 20:19:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The Eastern Market area was awesome before we left. Now, on the wake of construction removing a big parking lot. DC has opened up a huge swath of sky to the south, along set up 2 full blocks of 7th street, between Independence and Penn pedestrian-only during the weekend. Great move. The long, open air bazaar is a fine complement to the farmers' market.

The Eastern Market area was awesome before we left. Now, on the wake of construction removing a big parking lot. DC has opened up a huge swath of sky to the south, along set up 2 full blocks of 7th street, between Independence and Penn pedestrian-only during the weekend. Great move. The long, open air bazaar is a fine complement to the farmers' market.___

2015-08-16 18:01:30 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Passed a car with an HTML license plate on the drive south. Too bad the state of Vermont doesn't allow markup: could have had <HTML> in front & </HTML> on the back. :)

Passed a car with an HTML license plate on the drive south. Too bad the state of Vermont doesn't allow markup: could have had <HTML> in front & </HTML> on the back. :)___

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2015-08-15 00:38:58 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Last night with the loons of Maine. This weekend, we return to the loons along the Potomac.

Last night with the loons of Maine. This weekend, we return to the loons along the Potomac.___

2015-08-14 20:29:53 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

[NEW] Our Relationship Status With Tinder And Dating Apps: It's Complicated http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/55ccf3e9e4b064d5910ae171

[NEW] Our Relationship Status With Tinder And Dating Apps: It's Complicated http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/55ccf3e9e4b064d5910ae171___

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2015-08-14 02:05:14 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Loons calling. Grilling by the lake in Maine is so unlike points further south. One more night left to savor the difference.

Loons calling. Grilling by the lake in Maine is so unlike points further south. One more night left to savor the difference.___

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2015-08-12 13:56:25 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Elite social networks have existed for millennia. Online, for many years now. New: Facebook, Twitter and Apple adding "velvet ropes." http://www.computerworld.com/article/2960469/social-media/how-facebook-apple-and-twitter-are-ending-online-equality.html And yes, I feel fortunate to be "verified" on several of them, although I don't use the filters in question to shut out the "hoi polloi."

Elite social networks have existed for millennia. Online, for many years now. New: Facebook, Twitter and Apple adding "velvet ropes." http://www.computerworld.com/article/2960469/social-media/how-facebook-apple-and-twitter-are-ending-online-equality.html And yes, I feel fortunate to be "verified" on several of them, although I don't use the filters in question to shut out the "hoi polloi."___

2015-08-12 00:36:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Hillary Clinton will give her email server to the Justice Department: http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/11/politics/hillary-clinton-email-server-justice-department/index.html

Should have done so in March? http://techpresident.com/news/25478/inbox-zero-why-hillary-clintons-email-mess-isnt-over

Hillary Clinton will give her email server to the Justice Department: http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/11/politics/hillary-clinton-email-server-justice-department/index.html

Should have done so in March? http://techpresident.com/news/25478/inbox-zero-why-hillary-clintons-email-mess-isnt-over___

2015-08-12 00:22:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Billboards in England will tailor ads to train travelers based on age & gender: http://www.wsj.com/articles/england-to-roll-out-tailored-billboards-1439250509 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bXJ_obaiYQ

Billboards in England will tailor ads to train travelers based on age & gender: http://www.wsj.com/articles/england-to-roll-out-tailored-billboards-1439250509 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bXJ_obaiYQ___

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2015-08-11 21:10:24 (12 comments, 7 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Fascinating. The FDA "recalled" a tweet & Instagram post by Kim Kardashian:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/08/11/kim-kardashians-tweet-about-a-morning-sickness-drug-has-landed-the-company-in-trouble/ No risks provided for a drug she described -- and she was, apparently, a paid sponsor for the pharmaceutical company in question.

Fascinating. The FDA "recalled" a tweet & Instagram post by Kim Kardashian:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/08/11/kim-kardashians-tweet-about-a-morning-sickness-drug-has-landed-the-company-in-trouble/ No risks provided for a drug she described -- and she was, apparently, a paid sponsor for the pharmaceutical company in question.___

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2015-08-11 20:06:20 (9 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

In which my editor allows me to publish a very, very bad pun in a story about Alphabet and +Google. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/g-no-evil-google-searches-for-focus-and-prosperity-with-alphabet_55c9190de4b0f73b20ba6ae4

In which my editor allows me to publish a very, very bad pun in a story about Alphabet and +Google. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/g-no-evil-google-searches-for-focus-and-prosperity-with-alphabet_55c9190de4b0f73b20ba6ae4___

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2015-08-10 23:27:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

G is for Google .... What do you all make of this?

Really excited about our big news, announcement of Alphabet!___G is for Google .... What do you all make of this?

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2015-08-10 21:36:23 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

[NEW from me] It's Possible To Stay Connected And Still Enjoy Vacation -- Just Ignore Work http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/alexander-the-wonderful-unwired-low-tech-very-good-vacation_55c8fd3be4b0f73b20ba40cd?z4cxr

[NEW from me] It's Possible To Stay Connected And Still Enjoy Vacation -- Just Ignore Work http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/alexander-the-wonderful-unwired-low-tech-very-good-vacation_55c8fd3be4b0f73b20ba40cd?z4cxr___

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2015-08-10 21:07:26 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

SO.... Google is now a subsidiary of Alphabet, which will be an umbrella company for all of Google's ventures. Sergey Brin and Larry Page will be the CEO and President. Sundar Pichai will be the CEO of Google.
https://abc.xyz/

SO.... Google is now a subsidiary of Alphabet, which will be an umbrella company for all of Google's ventures. Sergey Brin and Larry Page will be the CEO and President. Sundar Pichai will be the CEO of Google.
https://abc.xyz/___

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2015-08-10 12:40:34 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Good morning! I’m back at work, triaging email. 2 questions: What are you working on? What was the most important story you read (or wrote) last week?

Good morning! I’m back at work, triaging email. 2 questions: What are you working on? What was the most important story you read (or wrote) last week?___

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2015-08-03 15:41:52 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

New Englanders have historically been skeptical of the veracity of the promises of politicians. :)

New Englanders have historically been skeptical of the veracity of the promises of politicians. :)___

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2015-08-01 23:55:00 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

In which a (double) rainbow welcomed us to Maine, as we set our compass heading to Acadia.

In which a (double) rainbow welcomed us to Maine, as we set our compass heading to Acadia.___

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2015-08-01 17:48:07 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Goodbye, Cambridge. You were good to us. (Aside from that historic winter thing, but all is forgiven.)

Goodbye, Cambridge. You were good to us. (Aside from that historic winter thing, but all is forgiven.)___

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2015-07-31 23:55:03 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

One more for the weekend: a new startup in India is trying to get people online by addressing the mismatch between incomes and the cost of data. How will Gigato do it? Well, you'll need to read the story and ask Raina Kumra Gardiner​: 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gigato-app-data-rebates_55bbb899e4b0d4f33a02b5ed

One more for the weekend: a new startup in India is trying to get people online by addressing the mismatch between incomes and the cost of data. How will Gigato do it? Well, you'll need to read the story and ask Raina Kumra Gardiner​: 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gigato-app-data-rebates_55bbb899e4b0d4f33a02b5ed___

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2015-07-31 20:25:29 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

[NEW] Parenting Experts Explain Why We Should Focus On Our Babies, Not Our Screens: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/parenting-screen-time-babies_55ba7dcce4b0b23e3ce1fd33?g8i1kyb9 

[NEW] Parenting Experts Explain Why We Should Focus On Our Babies, Not Our Screens: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/parenting-screen-time-babies_55ba7dcce4b0b23e3ce1fd33?g8i1kyb9 ___

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2015-07-31 18:47:03 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I'm about to go on vacation. Should I: 
A) Set up an "out of office" auto-responder and triage my email every night
B) Set up a tool to hide it but archive it all to go through on return
C) Set up a tool to delete it all and start afresh
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/huffpost-email-deletion-tool-vacation_55ba97a8e4b0b23e3ce21f5f

What do you do?

I'm about to go on vacation. Should I: 
A) Set up an "out of office" auto-responder and triage my email every night
B) Set up a tool to hide it but archive it all to go through on return
C) Set up a tool to delete it all and start afresh
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/huffpost-email-deletion-tool-vacation_55ba97a8e4b0b23e3ce21f5f

What do you do?___

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2015-07-31 18:40:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

In other news, Facebook's solar-powered drone is ready for testing. 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/facebooks-drone-ready-to-fly-use-lasers-to-beam-internet-to-earth_55bb9998e4b06363d5a1e19a

In other news, Facebook's solar-powered drone is ready for testing. 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/facebooks-drone-ready-to-fly-use-lasers-to-beam-internet-to-earth_55bb9998e4b06363d5a1e19a___

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2015-07-30 22:43:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

As we prepare to leave the Bay State, it's great to see Massachusetts move forward with new rules on public records requests under Governor Baker: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/07/30/baker-announces-new-rules-for-handling-massachusetts-public-records-requests/vh6Nqh8HQNQ5jvphyioCwM/story.html Rules here: http://www.mass.gov/governor/press-office/press-releases/fy2016/new-procedures-for-public-records-requests-introduced.html 

Next up: whether the legislature passes reforms to some of the nation's weakest public records laws.

As we prepare to leave the Bay State, it's great to see Massachusetts move forward with new rules on public records requests under Governor Baker: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/07/30/baker-announces-new-rules-for-handling-massachusetts-public-records-requests/vh6Nqh8HQNQ5jvphyioCwM/story.html Rules here: http://www.mass.gov/governor/press-office/press-releases/fy2016/new-procedures-for-public-records-requests-introduced.html 

Next up: whether the legislature passes reforms to some of the nation's weakest public records laws.___

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2015-07-29 19:47:09 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

OK, Google: What's the best time & route to cycle home today?

Over the next year, more +Google  Street View cars will collect sensor data about the levels of methane, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, nitric oxide, ozone, black carbon, particulates and volatile organic compounds around the Bay Area.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pollution-data-from-street-view-cars-adds-layer-of-accountability_55b8e2c1e4b0a13f9d1ae7d7

The data will add another layer to Google's maps of the world. If this data is released to governments and the public at large, it will provide more insight beyond the air quality measurements that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state departments of public health and the environment currently gather through stationary monitoring stations. 

OK, Google: What's the best time & route to cycle home today?

Over the next year, more +Google  Street View cars will collect sensor data about the levels of methane, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, nitric oxide, ozone, black carbon, particulates and volatile organic compounds around the Bay Area.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pollution-data-from-street-view-cars-adds-layer-of-accountability_55b8e2c1e4b0a13f9d1ae7d7

The data will add another layer to Google's maps of the world. If this data is released to governments and the public at large, it will provide more insight beyond the air quality measurements that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state departments of public health and the environment currently gather through stationary monitoring stations. ___

2015-07-29 14:16:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

“The fundamentals of shooting don’t change even if the gun is hacked.” http://www.wired.com/2015/07/hackers-can-disable-sniper-rifleor-change-target/ Adding wifi to rifles may have downsides, though.

“The fundamentals of shooting don’t change even if the gun is hacked.” http://www.wired.com/2015/07/hackers-can-disable-sniper-rifleor-change-target/ Adding wifi to rifles may have downsides, though.___

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2015-07-28 16:36:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Joining HuffPost Live to talk about screen sense, parents & kids:  http://live.huffingtonpost.com/ 

Context: www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/17-tips-for-parenting-when-screens-are-everywhere_559ab04de4b0c706985a4491

Joining HuffPost Live to talk about screen sense, parents & kids:  http://live.huffingtonpost.com/ 

Context: www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/17-tips-for-parenting-when-screens-are-everywhere_559ab04de4b0c706985a4491___

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2015-07-28 15:05:30 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The White House​ cleared its backlog of online petitions today and committed to responding more quickly and directly to future epetitions that cross the 100,000 signature threshold for responses. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/white-house-clears-the-backlog-of-we-the-people-epetitions_55b788dde4b0074ba5a6165a

The White House​ cleared its backlog of online petitions today and committed to responding more quickly and directly to future epetitions that cross the 100,000 signature threshold for responses. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/white-house-clears-the-backlog-of-we-the-people-epetitions_55b788dde4b0074ba5a6165a___

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2015-07-28 00:04:40 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Danny is always a must-read

No, Google+ isn't dead. While Google+ is being disconnected from various Google properties, Google+ itself will continue as a standalone service aimed at helping people connect.___Danny is always a must-read

2015-07-27 23:36:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Yes, Software And Robots Eat Jobs. Now What?
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/55b648b9e4b0224d8832c332

Yes, Software And Robots Eat Jobs. Now What?
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/55b648b9e4b0224d8832c332___

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2015-07-27 22:37:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

On Friday, DHS quietly updated its mobile FOIA app. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/559c1854e4b05d7587e2426a Fixed text entry issue and removed CoreLocation - the exact issues that were raised in my article. Still no word from their privacy office on demonstrated demand for mobile requests prior to development.

On Friday, DHS quietly updated its mobile FOIA app. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/559c1854e4b05d7587e2426a Fixed text entry issue and removed CoreLocation - the exact issues that were raised in my article. Still no word from their privacy office on demonstrated demand for mobile requests prior to development.___

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2015-07-27 20:13:57 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

An interesting view on what ailed Google+ and what it may become. 

Google+ is Google No More

When Google+ launched over 4-years ago, the idea was to both promote a new social network, and create a unified account system and social spine for all things Google.

As this latest blog post from +Bradley Horowitz admits, they didn't get it all right.  Google+ the identity layer was forced on people who had no desire to use the network; integrations with the network became nearly ubiquitous across properties; the 'social spine' became a privacy nightmare for some people; and the effort became at times so obnoxiously in-your-face it soured people on both the social network and the larger ecosystem.

In short, Google+ was the branding equivalent of New Coke.  Much like the Coca Cola Corporation, Google is recognizing this, as recent deintegrations (removals of Google+ features from other Google properties) have shown.

Now the final, major step will be made: instead of Google+ accounts, Google will now simply use Google accounts, which by themselves aren't tied into social anything, private and unsearchable.

So is Google+ dead?  No, fortunately not.  While the Google brand reverts to Google Classic, Google+ will finally receive the type of focus many of us suggested it always needed: no longer a would-be "Facebook killer", the network can now presumably focus on what its most passionate users agree it is good for: discovering great content and accounts to follow (i.e. Twitter without the obnoxious limitations and fewer bots).

Google+ (the social layer) is Dead.  Long live Google+ (the network)!___An interesting view on what ailed Google+ and what it may become. 

2015-07-27 20:08:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

WSJ: there's little evidence of a ‘gig economy’: http://www.wsj.com/articles/proof-of-a-gig-economy-revolution-is-hard-to-find-1437932539 

I think it depends how we define it.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/online-talent-platforms_55a03545e4b0b8145f72ccf6

WSJ: there's little evidence of a ‘gig economy’: http://www.wsj.com/articles/proof-of-a-gig-economy-revolution-is-hard-to-find-1437932539 

I think it depends how we define it.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/online-talent-platforms_55a03545e4b0b8145f72ccf6___

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2015-07-27 17:33:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Big news for Plus and +Google users at large.

Everything in Its Right Place

It’s been a little more than a quarter since I took on leadership of a newly formed team, which we’ve christened SPS: Streams, Photos, and Sharing.

In that short time, I’ve had some time to reflect on the products we’ve built over the last few years, and also the opportunity to oversee the launch of our new Google Photos product. I’ve concluded that it’s time for a “pivot”... or more precisely time to talk more openly about a pivot that’s been underway for some time (and in fact is reflected in the name of the new team). We're going to continue focusing Google+ on helping users connect around the interest they love, and retire it as the mechanism by which people share and engage within other Google products.

Four years ago when we conceived of the “Google+ Project”, we made it clear that our goals were always two-fold: Google+ aspired to be both a “platform layer that unified Google’s sharing models”, and a product / stream / app in its own right.

This was a well-intentioned goal, but as realized it led to some product experiences that users sometimes found confusing. For instance, and perhaps most controversially, integration with YouTube implied that leaving a comment on YouTube (something users had obviously been doing successfully for years) suddenly and unexpectedly required “joining Google+.”

We decided it’s time to fix this, not only in YouTube, but across a user’s entire experience at Google. We want to formally retire the notion that a Google+ membership is required for anything at Google… other than using Google+ itself.  

Some of the consequences of this shift in thinking have already been deployed. Others we’re rolling out as fast as possible (e.g. the changes to YouTube we referenced today). And many more will roll out over the rest of the year.

What does this mean for Google+ the product? Relieved of the notion of integrating with every other product at Google, Google+ can now focus on doing what it’s already doing quite well: helping millions of users around the world connect around the interest they love. Aspects of the product that don’t serve this agenda have been, or will be, retired. But you’ll also see a slew of improvements that make this use case shine (like the recent launch of Collections - https://plus.google.com/collections/featured).

It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how this strategy has played out as realized in the recent Google Photos launch, a product which in many ways embodies and telegraphs the changes discussed above. Google Photos not only doesn’t require a Google+ account, but as much of the functionality as possible doesn’t even require an account at all. It was important to me that when we launched Google Photos, we stressed the product implements sharing by any means a user prefers… without compromise or agenda. This is the right thing for users and the feedback and usage has been extremely validating.

I’m excited to share this strategy with the world, excited about what it means for Google+, and most of all for all of Google’s users.___Big news for Plus and +Google users at large.

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2015-07-27 15:41:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

STUDY: 69% of people chose to leave this site when a +Google+  interstitial ad interrupted them on their smartphones. On the other hand, I suspect marketers will tell us a 9% clickthrough rate is excellent. ¯\(°_°)/¯  
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/google-study-online-ads_55b62f61e4b0a13f9d18ff15?67lm1jor

STUDY: 69% of people chose to leave this site when a +Google+  interstitial ad interrupted them on their smartphones. On the other hand, I suspect marketers will tell us a 9% clickthrough rate is excellent. ¯\(°_°)/¯  
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/google-study-online-ads_55b62f61e4b0a13f9d18ff15?67lm1jor___

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2015-07-27 13:41:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The Outlaw Ocean http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/27/world/outlaw-ocean-thailand-fishing-sea-slaves-pets.html Ian Urbina on crime, murder & slavery on the high seas.

The Outlaw Ocean http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/27/world/outlaw-ocean-thailand-fishing-sea-slaves-pets.html Ian Urbina on crime, murder & slavery on the high seas.___

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2015-07-27 00:53:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life"-Henry David Thoreau

[I enjoyed a good swim on a muggy summer Sunday in the cool waters of Walden.]

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life"-Henry David Thoreau

[I enjoyed a good swim on a muggy summer Sunday in the cool waters of Walden.]___

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2015-07-27 00:53:23 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I visited the Boston Museum of Fine Arts with my mom & daughter today. http://mfa.org We left inspired & thoughtful. 

I visited the Boston Museum of Fine Arts with my mom & daughter today. http://mfa.org We left inspired & thoughtful. ___

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2015-07-27 00:45:04 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

4000+ years after this sarcophagus in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts was made, humans use pictures to communicate. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7116706

4000+ years after this sarcophagus in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts was made, humans use pictures to communicate. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7116706___

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2015-07-26 17:50:38 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

STUDY: Walking in natural environments is good for you: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204615000286

NYT: http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/2015/07/22/how-nature-changes-the-brain/

I'm doing it right now.

STUDY: Walking in natural environments is good for you: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169204615000286

NYT: http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/well/2015/07/22/how-nature-changes-the-brain/

I'm doing it right now.___

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2015-07-26 00:43:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

We explored Cape Ann today: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Ann Halibut Point, Rockport, Good Harbor, Gloucester. I ❤️New England

We explored Cape Ann today: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Ann Halibut Point, Rockport, Good Harbor, Gloucester. I ❤️New England___

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2015-07-24 21:47:20 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

One for the weekend: my interview(s) with MIT professor Andrew McAfee​ on Uber, on-demand startups, automation and much more: 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/andrew-mcafee-on-demand-economy_55b276aae4b0a13f9d1864f5?8lbrcnmi

"We are not going to legislate full employment in good, old-fashioned industrial-age jobs. Many people are trying, but it is not going to work. You can't get back there by any kind of fiat. The question is what the smart thing is to do if we're worried about opportunities for classic, middle-class Americans. 

These new companies have come along and are offering, at scale, new ways for middle-class families to earn a living. Should we demonize or celebrate them?

I don't mean to cheer on Uber, pat them on the back, or give them pass on their obligations, but these companies are producing labor opportunities. They are the waveof ... more »

One for the weekend: my interview(s) with MIT professor Andrew McAfee​ on Uber, on-demand startups, automation and much more: 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/andrew-mcafee-on-demand-economy_55b276aae4b0a13f9d1864f5?8lbrcnmi

"We are not going to legislate full employment in good, old-fashioned industrial-age jobs. Many people are trying, but it is not going to work. You can't get back there by any kind of fiat. The question is what the smart thing is to do if we're worried about opportunities for classic, middle-class Americans. 

These new companies have come along and are offering, at scale, new ways for middle-class families to earn a living. Should we demonize or celebrate them?

I don't mean to cheer on Uber, pat them on the back, or give them pass on their obligations, but these companies are producing labor opportunities. They are the wave of the future. 

A big part of it is to decouple the social safety net from your employment status. When you're employed in a classic industrial job, it's kind of when you need it the least. For more and more people, labor is more contingent, more flexible and more precarious. Let's not bemoan; let's find a way to help."___

2015-07-24 13:23:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Federal judge: accidental phone calls do not have an expectation of #privacy http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/butt-dial-privacy_55b1f997e4b0074ba5a42390?2hqnz5mi [Beware the "butt dial."]

Federal judge: accidental phone calls do not have an expectation of #privacy http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/butt-dial-privacy_55b1f997e4b0074ba5a42390?2hqnz5mi [Beware the "butt dial."]___

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2015-07-24 02:22:58 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

I made a mistake today, in a story about the Department of Education and FAFSA.com. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cfpb-fafsa-website_55b13629e4b0a9b948540419 The domain transfer was voluntary & unrelated to the CFPB. I regret the error.

I made a mistake today, in a story about the Department of Education and FAFSA.com. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cfpb-fafsa-website_55b13629e4b0a9b948540419 The domain transfer was voluntary & unrelated to the CFPB. I regret the error.___

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2015-07-23 21:05:22 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Earth 2.0? It's a lonnnng way away, but it's the closest thing we've found so far. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kepler-telescope-finds-earth-20_55b11569e4b07af29d57b19b?rqhyqfr

Earth 2.0? It's a lonnnng way away, but it's the closest thing we've found so far. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kepler-telescope-finds-earth-20_55b11569e4b07af29d57b19b?rqhyqfr___

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2015-07-23 19:14:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Following up on a previous post, the federal government has a new ombudsman for the Freedom of Information Act. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/foia-ombudsman-james-holzer_55b1058ae4b07af29d57a52c I found some things to be concerned about with the choice.

Following up on a previous post, the federal government has a new ombudsman for the Freedom of Information Act. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/foia-ombudsman-james-holzer_55b1058ae4b07af29d57a52c I found some things to be concerned about with the choice.___

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2015-07-23 14:05:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I hope I'm wrong.

The United States of America has a new ombudsman for the Freedom of Information Act. James Holzer will be the new Director of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the US National Archives​, beginning  on August 9: http://foia.blogs.archives.gov/2015/07/23/archivist-appoints-new-ogis-director/

Holzer is currently the senior director of FOIA operations at the Department of Homeland Security​, which receives the most FOIA requests in the federal government. The agency rolled out the federal government's first mobile FOIA app earlier this summer, to generally negative reviews:` http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/government-foia-app_559c1854e4b05d7587e2426a

It's hard for me to interpret the appointment of a FOIA officer from DHS into this role positively. FOIA requesters will need a strong advocate to arbitrate disputes and push for their requests to be addressed. 

Someone from the nonprofit, academic or media worlds would be much more likely to do that than a DHS staffer; the agency's record on FOIA compliance and transparency over the past four years is not distinguished, no matter how many times government officials say that it is.___I hope I'm wrong.

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2015-07-23 14:04:36 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The United States of America has a new ombudsman for the Freedom of Information Act. James Holzer will be the new Director of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the US National Archives​, beginning  on August 9: http://foia.blogs.archives.gov/2015/07/23/archivist-appoints-new-ogis-director/

Holzer is currently the senior director of FOIA operations at the Department of Homeland Security​, which receives the most FOIA requests in the federal government. The agency rolled out the federal government's first mobile FOIA app earlier this summer, to generally negative reviews:` http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/government-foia-app_559c1854e4b05d7587e2426a

It's hard for me to interpret the appointment of a FOIA officer from DHS into this role positively. FOIA requesters will need a strong advocate to arbitrate disputes and push for their requests to beaddr... more »

The United States of America has a new ombudsman for the Freedom of Information Act. James Holzer will be the new Director of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the US National Archives​, beginning  on August 9: http://foia.blogs.archives.gov/2015/07/23/archivist-appoints-new-ogis-director/

Holzer is currently the senior director of FOIA operations at the Department of Homeland Security​, which receives the most FOIA requests in the federal government. The agency rolled out the federal government's first mobile FOIA app earlier this summer, to generally negative reviews:` http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/government-foia-app_559c1854e4b05d7587e2426a

It's hard for me to interpret the appointment of a FOIA officer from DHS into this role positively. FOIA requesters will need a strong advocate to arbitrate disputes and push for their requests to be addressed. 

Someone from the nonprofit, academic or media worlds would be much more likely to do that than a DHS staffer; the agency's record on FOIA compliance and transparency over the past four years is not distinguished, no matter how many times government officials say that it is.___

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2015-07-23 00:11:39 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

You know, this looks, sounds and feels more than a little like an old school James Bond film, with ultramodern production values, pacing and editing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTDaET-JweU 

You know, this looks, sounds and feels more than a little like an old school James Bond film, with ultramodern production values, pacing and editing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTDaET-JweU ___

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