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2015-01-13 18:33:36 (60 comments, 146 reshares, 421 +1s)Open 

You can now sign up and use Google Domains in the US with no invite! The service is clean and has several neat features like support for dynamic DNS. I've also been impressed with how the team listens to feedback and responds. Check out the service!

And if you're outside the US, you can sign up for when Google Domains is available in more countries.

Most reshares: 146

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2015-01-13 18:33:36 (60 comments, 146 reshares, 421 +1s)Open 

You can now sign up and use Google Domains in the US with no invite! The service is clean and has several neat features like support for dynamic DNS. I've also been impressed with how the team listens to feedback and responds. Check out the service!

And if you're outside the US, you can sign up for when Google Domains is available in more countries.

Most plusones: 493

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2014-12-17 16:13:23 (31 comments, 72 reshares, 493 +1s)Open 

We’ve been listening to your feedback, and we’re happy to say that we now offer support for importing all three major ODF (Open) file formats: .odt files for documents, .ods for spreadsheets, and .odp for presentations. http://goo.gl/P8T2Oz

Not only that, but we’re wrapping up the year with a few more Office-friendly improvements: we support more complex SmartArt from older Powerpoint presentations, and last week’s updates are also now import/export friendly, with support for merged cells in Word and slide numbers in Powerpoint.

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2015-08-30 14:30:08 (31 comments, 52 reshares, 214 +1s)Open 

The full piece is worth reading, but this was a tough paragraph to read: "What Hurricane Katrina, the floodwall and levee collapses, and the aftermath taught me is that America, and its institutions, simply don’t work — and that people like it that way. Perhaps this is a boilerplate observation, so obvious in light of what happened there, and all our other disasters and chronic problems — the Iraq war, political gridlock, gun violence, and a thousand other things. But I believe this is an under-appreciated point. America is an optimistic nation. It has a short memory. Our political system and media don’t really learn very obvious lessons that unspool right in front of everyone’s faces. And so we end up repeating our errors — at least, some of them — to great sorrow. And I expect the sorrow is going to get a lot greater in the coming decades."

Myrecollection is that someone ... more »

The full piece is worth reading, but this was a tough paragraph to read: "What Hurricane Katrina, the floodwall and levee collapses, and the aftermath taught me is that America, and its institutions, simply don’t work — and that people like it that way. Perhaps this is a boilerplate observation, so obvious in light of what happened there, and all our other disasters and chronic problems — the Iraq war, political gridlock, gun violence, and a thousand other things. But I believe this is an under-appreciated point. America is an optimistic nation. It has a short memory. Our political system and media don’t really learn very obvious lessons that unspool right in front of everyone’s faces. And so we end up repeating our errors — at least, some of them — to great sorrow. And I expect the sorrow is going to get a lot greater in the coming decades."

My recollection is that someone shared a photoset on Flickr, and that was the eye opener for me about how bad things were post-Katrina. It was also an eye opener about the power of what would eventually be called social media: people sharing information, photos, and opinions with each other directly.___

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2015-08-17 18:58:51 (23 comments, 77 reshares, 333 +1s)Open 

Project Sunroof is awesome!

I love this new 20% project from Google. They take a bunch of high-resolution Google Earth data and figure out how much sunlight individual houses get. Currently, this is live for the Bay Area and Fresno in California, plus the Boston area. So you can get a pretty good estimate of whether solar panels would save money on your house. Hint: solar makes sense for a lot more people than you'd think!

You can even connect directly with several different solar panel providers if you'd like to start saving money now. I hope that Google expands this even more widely at some point.

Edit: By the way, here's one more reason why this kicks butt. The price of solar is dropping so much that the cost of solar panel modules isn't the primary factor as much anymore. Instead, the overall cost of solar installation, including cost for... more »

Project Sunroof is awesome!

I love this new 20% project from Google. They take a bunch of high-resolution Google Earth data and figure out how much sunlight individual houses get. Currently, this is live for the Bay Area and Fresno in California, plus the Boston area. So you can get a pretty good estimate of whether solar panels would save money on your house. Hint: solar makes sense for a lot more people than you'd think!

You can even connect directly with several different solar panel providers if you'd like to start saving money now. I hope that Google expands this even more widely at some point.

Edit: By the way, here's one more reason why this kicks butt. The price of solar is dropping so much that the cost of solar panel modules isn't the primary factor as much anymore. Instead, the overall cost of solar installation, including cost for solar installers to find customers, is one of the larger factors now. If Project Sunroof can help solar customers and solar installers find each other more easily, that just pushes solar to be even cheaper and more widely accessible. If you're interested, see http://rameznaam.com/2015/08/10/how-cheap-can-solar-get-very-cheap-indeed/ for a little more about this.___

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2015-07-29 23:59:06 (16 comments, 28 reshares, 201 +1s)Open 

New Moto Hint? Sounds pretty cool.

So apparently +Motorola Mobility​​ quietly released the second generation of their already awesome somewhat flawed Bluetooth the moto hint. At first glance it looks the same but some welcome additions have been made!!

1. It fits even better which is an area that was already excellent to begin with.
2. 70% more battery life!! Used to be up to 10 hours now it's 17
3. Crystal talk noise and wind-cancelling technology
4. Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR technology
5. It is now only $129.99 as opposed to $149.99

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/motorola-moto-hint-bluetooth-headset-multi/7495021.p?id=1219679622708&skuId=7495021___New Moto Hint? Sounds pretty cool.

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2015-07-27 21:35:02 (20 comments, 9 reshares, 133 +1s)Open 

Cool.

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.___Cool.

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2015-07-22 02:03:56 (10 comments, 13 reshares, 95 +1s)Open 

A fascinating article which includes this wonderful quote: "Political movements are viral, but conspiracies are bacterial. They thrive in dark recesses, fed by self-reinforcement, shielded from the disinfecting light of contrary opinion."

A fascinating article which includes this wonderful quote: "Political movements are viral, but conspiracies are bacterial. They thrive in dark recesses, fed by self-reinforcement, shielded from the disinfecting light of contrary opinion."___

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2015-07-14 13:57:26 (7 comments, 38 reshares, 185 +1s)Open 

Cool.

Cool.___

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2015-07-08 23:43:08 (7 comments, 25 reshares, 133 +1s)Open 

This looks cool. Found via +Andrew Davison , who you may want to follow if you enjoy hearing about the future before other people.

We are releasing a complete implementation of our latest high-fidelity scene reconstruction pipeline. Code, executables, data, and detailed tutorials can be found here:

http://redwood-data.org/indoor/

The code and executables are released under the permissive MIT license. You can use the system for any purpose, including commercial applications. Have fun!

(with +Sungjoon Choi and +Qianyi Zhou )___This looks cool. Found via +Andrew Davison , who you may want to follow if you enjoy hearing about the future before other people.

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2015-07-02 12:03:48 (7 comments, 59 reshares, 318 +1s)Open 

Pictures of a new transpacific fiber optic cable that just landed.

Last week the FASTER cable, a new transpacific network link with a theoretical peak capacity of 60 Tbps (that's 60 million megabits), landed in Japan.  FASTER is a joint project between Google and several ISPs to provide, well, faster Internet speeds between the two regions.  The album (with pictures courtesy of http://gigazine.net/news/20150615-kddi-faster/) give you a quick overview of how such a cable is installed.

PS: see how this was done in 1956 for TAT-1, the first modern transatlantic telephone cable (with capacity for 36 phone calls, or about 0.2 megabits): http://atlantic-cable.com/Cables/1956TAT-1/index.htm.___Pictures of a new transpacific fiber optic cable that just landed.

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2015-06-18 00:50:39 (19 comments, 20 reshares, 144 +1s)Open 

A really good piece by +Cade Metz . From the article: "Today, according to Vahdat, one of [Google]’s “Jupiter” cluster switches provides about 40 terabits of bandwidth per second—or the equivalent of 40 million home Internet connections."

A really good piece by +Cade Metz . From the article: "Today, according to Vahdat, one of [Google]’s “Jupiter” cluster switches provides about 40 terabits of bandwidth per second—or the equivalent of 40 million home Internet connections."___

2015-06-17 13:12:55 (21 comments, 7 reshares, 232 +1s)Open 

I had a few magical moments with Google Photos yesterday. My nephew is four, and I told him that he had visited us in California before. He's four, so of course he didn't remember. So I searched for my nephew's name in Google Photos and a picture of him visiting us popped up.

At that point, I could click for more info on that photo and see when the nephew visited: August of 2013. So I pinched out to the new month/year view and scrolled quickly to August, 2013. Then I pinched in, and boom there's all the photos I took of the nephew's visit, even though it was from my last phone, not this one.

And since I had a Moto X for the 2013 visit, at the time I would take several snapshots in a row by tapping and holding the screen. Google Photos turned these photos into animated GIFs automatically.

"How did you do that?" my nephew asked, looking at... more »

I had a few magical moments with Google Photos yesterday. My nephew is four, and I told him that he had visited us in California before. He's four, so of course he didn't remember. So I searched for my nephew's name in Google Photos and a picture of him visiting us popped up.

At that point, I could click for more info on that photo and see when the nephew visited: August of 2013. So I pinched out to the new month/year view and scrolled quickly to August, 2013. Then I pinched in, and boom there's all the photos I took of the nephew's visit, even though it was from my last phone, not this one.

And since I had a Moto X for the 2013 visit, at the time I would take several snapshots in a row by tapping and holding the screen. Google Photos turned these photos into animated GIFs automatically.

"How did you do that?" my nephew asked, looking at me like I'm a wizard. I looked up and the adults had a similar look. We spent most of lunch sharing and laughing at pictures from the last visit.___

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2015-06-15 21:47:02 (7 comments, 15 reshares, 84 +1s)Open 

From the article: "What I think this does," says Megan Smith, the current U.S. chief technology officer, who spent much of her career at Google, "is really provide a third option. In addition to joining a friend’s startup or a big company, there’s now Washington."

From the article: "What I think this does," says Megan Smith, the current U.S. chief technology officer, who spent much of her career at Google, "is really provide a third option. In addition to joining a friend’s startup or a big company, there’s now Washington."___

2015-06-13 11:53:16 (11 comments, 10 reshares, 118 +1s)Open 

Nice to see the Chrome team working on better battery usage, with good results.

One of the big complaints about Chrome currently is that it's a battery hog, especially on Mac where Safari seems to do better.

The team has been working on addressing this; here are some cases that have recently been improved on trunk:

http://crbug.com/460102

Before: Renderers for background tabs had the same priority as for foreground tabs.
Now: Renderers for background tabs get a lower priority, reducing idle wakeups on various perf test, in some cases by significant amounts (e.g. 50% on one test).

http://crbug.com/485371

Before: On a Google search results page, using Safari's user agent to get the same content that Safari would, Chrome incurs ~390 wakes over 30s and 0.3% CPU usage vs. Safari’s 120 wakes over 30s and 0.1% CPU usage.
Now: 66% reduction in both timer firings and CPU use. Chrome is now incurring ~120 wakes over 30s and 0.1% CPU use, on par with Safari.

http://crbug.com/489936

Before: On capitalone.com, Chromium incurs ~1010 wakeups over 30s vs. Safari's ~490 wakes.
Now: ~30% reduction in timer firings. Chrome is now incurring ~721 wakeups over 30s.

http://crbug.com/493350

Before: On amazon.com, Chromium incurs 768 wakups over 30s and consumes ~0.7% CPU vs. Safari's 312 wakes over 30s and ~0.1% CPU.
Now: ~59% reduction in timer firings and ~70% reduction in CPU use. Chrome is now incurring ~316 wakeups over 30s, and 0.2% CPU use, on par with Safari at 312 wakes, and 0.1% CPU use.

The Chrome team has no intention of sitting idly by (pun intended) when our users are suffering.  You should expect us to continually improve in this area.___Nice to see the Chrome team working on better battery usage, with good results.

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2015-05-31 23:13:36 (25 comments, 16 reshares, 189 +1s)Open 

Sunday flowers.

Sunday flowers.___

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2015-05-27 14:43:00 (19 comments, 23 reshares, 119 +1s)Open 

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2015-05-24 19:21:51 (26 comments, 14 reshares, 223 +1s)Open 

Sunday flowers

Sunday flowers___

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2015-05-17 23:06:38 (42 comments, 68 reshares, 329 +1s)Open 

Much of the recent "self-driving cars get in accidents" coverage felt off to me. This piece does a good job of explaining why. I've ridden in a self-driving car and I pass them all the time in my own car. I can't wait for them. I've seen way too many bad drivers, so I'm looking forward to the better safety and technology that will come with self-driving cars.

Much of the recent "self-driving cars get in accidents" coverage felt off to me. This piece does a good job of explaining why. I've ridden in a self-driving car and I pass them all the time in my own car. I can't wait for them. I've seen way too many bad drivers, so I'm looking forward to the better safety and technology that will come with self-driving cars.___

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2015-05-17 19:12:42 (12 comments, 11 reshares, 157 +1s)Open 

Sunday flowers.

Sunday flowers.___

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2015-04-29 05:12:29 (28 comments, 14 reshares, 255 +1s)Open 

Emmy looks at me.

Emmy looks at me.___

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2015-04-27 23:52:14 (20 comments, 14 reshares, 185 +1s)Open 

A few years ago my wife and I got a rosebush that I considered to be a "Yahoo" rosebush. It was some sort of hybrid that had yellow and purple flowers, which are the Yahoo colors. The purple blooms have faded away, but the yellow flowers are flourishing. I'm happy to see Yahoo flourishing in several ways too, from redoing their search contract with Microsoft to sponsoring the show Community. I'm all for more competition in the Internet space, and I think Marissa Mayer is doing a great job at Yahoo to foster that competition.

A few years ago my wife and I got a rosebush that I considered to be a "Yahoo" rosebush. It was some sort of hybrid that had yellow and purple flowers, which are the Yahoo colors. The purple blooms have faded away, but the yellow flowers are flourishing. I'm happy to see Yahoo flourishing in several ways too, from redoing their search contract with Microsoft to sponsoring the show Community. I'm all for more competition in the Internet space, and I think Marissa Mayer is doing a great job at Yahoo to foster that competition.___

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2015-04-19 20:00:47 (19 comments, 22 reshares, 327 +1s)Open 

Sunday flowers.

Sunday flowers.___

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2015-04-14 03:54:18 (44 comments, 9 reshares, 404 +1s)Open 

Monday night burritos!

Monday night burritos!___

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2015-02-09 18:40:01 (19 comments, 32 reshares, 183 +1s)Open 

I recorded a podcast episode with +Kevin Kelly and +Mark Frauenfelder about some tools that I really like. You can see other episodes of the Cool Tools podcast at http://kk.org/cooltools/archives/category/podcast-2 , and Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools site is just great in general: http://kk.org/cooltools/ . Check it out!

I recorded a podcast episode with +Kevin Kelly and +Mark Frauenfelder about some tools that I really like. You can see other episodes of the Cool Tools podcast at http://kk.org/cooltools/archives/category/podcast-2 , and Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools site is just great in general: http://kk.org/cooltools/ . Check it out!___

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2015-01-23 20:56:26 (42 comments, 66 reshares, 310 +1s)Open 

My talk about some lessons from the early days of Google is now live. You can watch the slides at https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/lessons-from-early-days-of-google/ Thanks to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for hosting me, and especially to everyone in the computer science department that I got to see again!

My talk about some lessons from the early days of Google is now live. You can watch the slides at https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/lessons-from-early-days-of-google/ Thanks to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for hosting me, and especially to everyone in the computer science department that I got to see again!___

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2015-01-18 20:50:47 (29 comments, 27 reshares, 295 +1s)Open 

#sundayflowers

#sundayflowers___

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2015-01-17 20:16:06 (25 comments, 11 reshares, 257 +1s)Open 

Saturday flowers.

Saturday flowers.___

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2015-01-13 18:33:36 (60 comments, 146 reshares, 421 +1s)Open 

You can now sign up and use Google Domains in the US with no invite! The service is clean and has several neat features like support for dynamic DNS. I've also been impressed with how the team listens to feedback and responds. Check out the service!

And if you're outside the US, you can sign up for when Google Domains is available in more countries.

You can now sign up and use Google Domains in the US with no invite! The service is clean and has several neat features like support for dynamic DNS. I've also been impressed with how the team listens to feedback and responds. Check out the service!

And if you're outside the US, you can sign up for when Google Domains is available in more countries.___

2015-01-08 14:08:39 (18 comments, 9 reshares, 126 +1s)Open 

This is your last chance to register for my (free) talk about the early days of Google--it's today at 5pm! I'll be speaking in Chapel Hill in case you're in the area and want to stop by. It'll be more stories about the early days instead of arcane stuff about SEO, so it should be pretty accessible for a general audience.

This is your last chance to register for my (free) talk about the early days of Google--it's today at 5pm! I'll be speaking in Chapel Hill in case you're in the area and want to stop by. It'll be more stories about the early days instead of arcane stuff about SEO, so it should be pretty accessible for a general audience.___

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2015-01-06 20:42:57 (22 comments, 16 reshares, 159 +1s)Open 

Come hear me talk this Thursday in North Carolina!

Do you live near Chapel HIll or Raleigh-Durham? I'm doing a free talk at UNC-Chapel Hill this Thursday. I'll tell some stories from the early days of Google, and we should have time for general questions at the end. Register at the link below! Please share with anyone that might be interested--even Duke folks. :)

Come hear me talk this Thursday in North Carolina!

Do you live near Chapel HIll or Raleigh-Durham? I'm doing a free talk at UNC-Chapel Hill this Thursday. I'll tell some stories from the early days of Google, and we should have time for general questions at the end. Register at the link below! Please share with anyone that might be interested--even Duke folks. :)___

2014-12-29 23:51:31 (4 comments, 10 reshares, 75 +1s)Open 

Cool beans.

I made a thing! Find your Twitter contacts' personal RSS feeds. Import them into your favorite feed reader.___Cool beans.

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2014-12-17 16:13:23 (31 comments, 72 reshares, 493 +1s)Open 

Woohoo! Google Drive now supports open document formats!

We’ve been listening to your feedback, and we’re happy to say that we now offer support for importing all three major ODF (Open) file formats: .odt files for documents, .ods for spreadsheets, and .odp for presentations. http://goo.gl/P8T2Oz

Not only that, but we’re wrapping up the year with a few more Office-friendly improvements: we support more complex SmartArt from older Powerpoint presentations, and last week’s updates are also now import/export friendly, with support for merged cells in Word and slide numbers in Powerpoint.___Woohoo! Google Drive now supports open document formats!

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2014-12-14 23:56:29 (21 comments, 10 reshares, 222 +1s)Open 

I was looking for an excuse to try Go, so I wrote a short image filter to do a mosaic effect.

I was looking for an excuse to try Go, so I wrote a short image filter to do a mosaic effect.___

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2014-12-12 19:35:09 (36 comments, 57 reshares, 322 +1s)Open 

Reading this article on The Verge.

Reading this article on The Verge.___

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2014-12-10 23:31:50 (7 comments, 28 reshares, 184 +1s)Open 

Donate to the EFF and I'll help match the donation!

The EFF recently started their year-end "Power Up" fundraising campaign. If you donate now, I'll help match the donation. I'd be delighted if you made me give more money to the EFF. :)

The EFF does phenomenal work to protect the net. Why not join me in doing a small (or medium, or large) donation to say thanks and to help protect the net in the future?

P.S. Please reshare so other people hear about the EFF Power Up campaign!

Donate to the EFF and I'll help match the donation!

The EFF recently started their year-end "Power Up" fundraising campaign. If you donate now, I'll help match the donation. I'd be delighted if you made me give more money to the EFF. :)

The EFF does phenomenal work to protect the net. Why not join me in doing a small (or medium, or large) donation to say thanks and to help protect the net in the future?

P.S. Please reshare so other people hear about the EFF Power Up campaign!___

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2014-12-01 04:12:39 (18 comments, 35 reshares, 220 +1s)Open 

I did a 30 day blogging challenge for November: https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/30-day-challenge-wrap-up-writing/ It's the perfect time to start a 30 day challenge. Is there something that you've always wanted to try? Why not give it a shot?

I did a 30 day blogging challenge for November: https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/30-day-challenge-wrap-up-writing/ It's the perfect time to start a 30 day challenge. Is there something that you've always wanted to try? Why not give it a shot?___

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2014-11-22 04:57:36 (24 comments, 63 reshares, 209 +1s)Open 

I wrote up some tips for tech-savvy folks to protect their online accounts.

I wrote up some tips for tech-savvy folks to protect their online accounts.___

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2014-11-21 00:29:15 (8 comments, 49 reshares, 181 +1s)Open 

This is very cool. Any US student in grades K-12 can get full access to all O'Reilly books and videos via a free subscription.

If  told you that any K-12 student in the US can get full access to all O'Reilly books and videos via a free Safari subscription, you'd be looking for the catch.  There isn't one (except that it's only open to US students - sorry. If anyone has ideas about how we can validate young people in other countries, we can explore adding them.

 +Andrew Savikas explains how this came about. Congratulations to the Safari team, especially +Keith Fahlgren, who took the bit in his teeth and figured out how to make this happen.  I particularly like how the Safari team figured out how to make this an internet self-service play rather than something we had to work through bureaucratic channels.

And thanks to the folks at the White House, who used their convening power to get a whole lot of donations to help kickstart better STEM education in America.___This is very cool. Any US student in grades K-12 can get full access to all O'Reilly books and videos via a free subscription.

2014-11-19 07:26:09 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 88 +1s)Open 

I like this, from the court case below:
Statements of opinion, "[h]owever pernicious," are immunized by the First Amendment in order to insure that their "correction [depends] not on the conscience of judges and juries but on the competition of other ideas."

I like this, from the court case below:
Statements of opinion, "[h]owever pernicious," are immunized by the First Amendment in order to insure that their "correction [depends] not on the conscience of judges and juries but on the competition of other ideas."___

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2014-11-14 06:34:48 (15 comments, 17 reshares, 105 +1s)Open 

Oh man. These paid, fake testimonials are really bad. From the article:
" “I’m an actor; actors lie for a living,” says Chuck Hall, another paid performer who did a testimonial for Secure. In his endorsement, Hall, 64, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, didn’t give any name. He told viewers he easily withdrew money from Secure.

“Had no problem at all doing that,” he says in the video. “I’m thinking now about investing in forex again. I think they’re pretty dependable.” Hall now says Secure’s intermediary paid him $4 and gave him a script. “I don’t even know what forex is,” he says."

Oh man. These paid, fake testimonials are really bad. From the article:
" “I’m an actor; actors lie for a living,” says Chuck Hall, another paid performer who did a testimonial for Secure. In his endorsement, Hall, 64, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, didn’t give any name. He told viewers he easily withdrew money from Secure.

“Had no problem at all doing that,” he says in the video. “I’m thinking now about investing in forex again. I think they’re pretty dependable.” Hall now says Secure’s intermediary paid him $4 and gave him a script. “I don’t even know what forex is,” he says."___

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2014-11-11 21:34:38 (37 comments, 55 reshares, 226 +1s)Open 

Great news about the spread of SSL, which makes it harder for your local cafe, ISP, or government to snoop on you.

According to the HTTP Archive, HTTPS adoption for the top 300K sites has grown by 300%+ over the last two years [1], from 4% to 13%. However, it's important to keep in mind that HTTP Archive is counting unique origins, which does not account for the popularity of any particular site - e.g. a single origin, like google.com or facebook.com may be responsible for many more user navigations as compared to a site that you may visit infrequently. 

Looking at the number of actual navigations shows that, in Chrome, the number of HTTPS navigations [2] has grown from ~27% to ~58% within the same period of last two years - i.e. more than half of user navigations are over HTTPS!

The goal is, of course, to get to 100% - aka, HTTPS everywhere - and we still have a lot of work to do as an industry to make this a reality, but we’re making good progress! 

[1] http://httparchive.org/trends.php#perHttps - 2012-2014 stats.

[2] HTTPS navigation: any navigation (link clicks, omnibox navigations, back/forward, fragment changes, pushState) where the destination scheme of the main frame is “https”.___Great news about the spread of SSL, which makes it harder for your local cafe, ISP, or government to snoop on you.

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2014-11-10 06:31:30 (24 comments, 11 reshares, 213 +1s)Open 

Sunday flowers.

Sunday flowers.___

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2014-11-08 05:02:07 (14 comments, 41 reshares, 180 +1s)Open 

This is a short, simple blog post I've been meaning to write for years. 9 simple tips to get your finances to great shape, from Scott Adams.

This is a short, simple blog post I've been meaning to write for years. 9 simple tips to get your finances to great shape, from Scott Adams.___

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2014-11-04 21:51:44 (19 comments, 62 reshares, 176 +1s)Open 

This is quite cool. You can now sign up to add Google Consumer Surveys for your own sites and earn money. And if you're a website owner, you can ask your own questions for free and get back Consumer Survey reports.

I enjoy Google Consumer Surveys because it's much friendlier than a paywall--instead of registering for an account or other hassle, you can take a few seconds to answer 1-2 questions. And if you want to get questions answered quickly and easily, Google Consumer Surveys is one of the better places to do it: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/10/which-polls-fared-best-and-worst-in-the-2012-presidential-race/?_r=0

Self Sign Up Now Open for US Publishers

Are you a website owner looking to earn extra revenue for your content? Today we are happy to announce self sign up for our Google Consumer Surveys publisher network. 

In exchange for access to your content, your visitors answer a few short surveys, earning you money for each question answered. 

As a publisher, Google Consumer Surveys (goo.gl/ADQNpn) is easy to implement and control - you choose where and how often survey prompts appear as well as how much content to make available.

All Google Consumer Surveys publishers must have an AdSense account (goo.gl/O3MJJ8) in good standing, an audience that is ages 18+, and must adhere to our Publisher Program Policies (goo.gl/49ZHYv).  We'll start accepting publishers in the US today, followed quickly by the UK and Canada. More countries to come in the months ahead! 

Join the hundreds of sites that are currently using Google Consumer Surveys as a new way to successfully monetize their content. Enroll your site today! 

To learn more and enroll go to https://www.google.com/insights/consumersurveys/publishers ___This is quite cool. You can now sign up to add Google Consumer Surveys for your own sites and earn money. And if you're a website owner, you can ask your own questions for free and get back Consumer Survey reports.

I enjoy Google Consumer Surveys because it's much friendlier than a paywall--instead of registering for an account or other hassle, you can take a few seconds to answer 1-2 questions. And if you want to get questions answered quickly and easily, Google Consumer Surveys is one of the better places to do it: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/10/which-polls-fared-best-and-worst-in-the-2012-presidential-race/?_r=0

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2014-11-03 04:51:05 (23 comments, 8 reshares, 163 +1s)Open 

Another Halloween costume I played around with: The Shining. Click through to see more pictures.

Another Halloween costume I played around with: The Shining. Click through to see more pictures.___

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2014-10-31 15:11:24 (30 comments, 7 reshares, 297 +1s)Open 

One of my Halloween costume ideas: Rene Magritte's Son of Man painting. A few more details are at https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/halloween-costume-rene-magritte/ with more Halloween costumes in the coming days.

One of my Halloween costume ideas: Rene Magritte's Son of Man painting. A few more details are at https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/halloween-costume-rene-magritte/ with more Halloween costumes in the coming days.___

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2014-10-26 18:48:51 (22 comments, 21 reshares, 235 +1s)Open 

Sunday flowers in fall colors.

Sunday flowers in fall colors.___

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2014-10-21 19:53:27 (32 comments, 92 reshares, 277 +1s)Open 

A new security key protects your accounts from hijacking

Lots of people protect their Google accounts with two-factor authentication. If you use two-factor authentication, you might be interested in a new security key that works with Google. It makes it harder for bad guys to phish your account.

In addition, the security key uses an open protocol, so it can authenticate your logins for other websites too. Note that other websites need to add support for the Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) protocol by the Fido Alliance: https://fidoalliance.org/ .

If you don't use two-factor authentication yet, this isn't as good a match for you, although there are many reasons to consider enabling two-factor authentication. Read more about that here: https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/google-two-step-authentication/ .

If you're a high-profile individual, or... more »

A new security key protects your accounts from hijacking

Lots of people protect their Google accounts with two-factor authentication. If you use two-factor authentication, you might be interested in a new security key that works with Google. It makes it harder for bad guys to phish your account.

In addition, the security key uses an open protocol, so it can authenticate your logins for other websites too. Note that other websites need to add support for the Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) protocol by the Fido Alliance: https://fidoalliance.org/ .

If you don't use two-factor authentication yet, this isn't as good a match for you, although there are many reasons to consider enabling two-factor authentication. Read more about that here: https://www.mattcutts.com/blog/google-two-step-authentication/ .

If you're a high-profile individual, or someone whose account has been hacked before, or someone at high risk of being hacked (like a journalist or a dissident), consider getting one of these security keys. Personally, I'd recommend this for anyone tech-savvy or security-conscious enough that they already use two-factor authentication.___

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2014-10-19 19:27:38 (20 comments, 8 reshares, 209 +1s)Open 

Sunday flowers. I think they're called Red Rovers?

Sunday flowers. I think they're called Red Rovers?___

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2014-10-12 19:24:40 (16 comments, 9 reshares, 215 +1s)Open 

Sunday flowers.

Sunday flowers.___

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2014-10-09 04:22:52 (18 comments, 22 reshares, 136 +1s)Open 

Candy Box 2 is a really fun game that you play in your web browser. It's addictive though: http://candybox2.net/

Candy Box 2 is a really fun game that you play in your web browser. It's addictive though: http://candybox2.net/___

2014-10-07 06:28:36 (11 comments, 8 reshares, 135 +1s)Open 

Google Voice is getting better at MMS--yay!

Expanding carrier support for Google Voice MMS

When your sister texts you a picture of your newborn niece, it’s really important that you get it. For too long, however, Google Voice users would miss these messages for lack of MMS support.

We’ve been working with nearly 100 different North American carriers to enable this feature — including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Bell Canada, Rogers, Telus, and many more — and starting today all these integrations are live. So enjoy those incoming pics, say goodbye to fomo (fear of missing out), and stay tuned for more Google Voice messaging improvements!

p.s. If you’re a carrier, and you want to enable MMS support for Google Voice, please let us know. We’re big fans of text messaging interoperability.___Google Voice is getting better at MMS--yay!

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