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Google turns to 4chan founder moot for social reboot

Google turns to 4chan founder moot for social reboot

The founder of controversial messageboard 4chan, a place often described as part of the internet's dark underbelly, might not be the obvious candidate to join "Do No Evil" Google. Still, that's just what's happened, with Chris Poole - aka moot - announcing this week that he's climbing into bed with the search giant.

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Google is killing Picasa to focus on Google Photos

Google is killing Picasa to focus on Google Photos

Remember Picasa? Google finally has too, but it's decided to call time on the photo software. Picasa is getting the axe, the company has confirmed today, in favor of the newer Google Photos service that was itself spun out from Google+.

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Here’s why Google+ is suddenly so much faster

Here’s why Google+ is suddenly so much faster

Today Google began unfurling their latest completely redesigned Google+ design, and with it, a major boost in performance. This newest design includes a much lighter load on your web browser and your mobile device's processor - not to mention your data plan. In a study published by Google Developers this afternoon, they suggest that they've succeeded in their goal with the social network, never downloading more than 60k of HTML, 60k of JavaScript, and 60k of CSS at any one time.

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Google just completely revamped Google+

Google just completely revamped Google+

Google has just given their social network Google+ a major update, one they're calling "the new G+". This version of the social network is drastically simplified in both look and functionality, with new navigation centered on Collections and Communities. Playing to the social networks' strengths in this case means showcasing the communities that already exist and grow with speed - those that are bustling with activity and have visitors posting and commenting all day long. The home stream is redesigned as well.

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Google AboutMe is your info placard for the public

Google AboutMe is your info placard for the public

Google appears to have torn another feature from Google+ with "Google AboutMe," a public place for your "About" information. Here you'll place your personal contact info, work contact info, Education and Work History, Places you live and have lived, Gender, Birthday, Occupation, and a list of sites where you contribute content or participate in social networks. At this time, it would appear that this system is not entirely separate from Google+ (it still has the Google Plus-centric "Circles"), but as with Google Photos, it certainly could be.

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Google Hangouts now has its own hangout on the Web

Google Hangouts now has its own hangout on the Web

Google has been steadily simplifying the Google+ brand, primarily by separating the rather amorphous service from more stable and more independent products. The latest to get that treatment is Google's all-embracing Hangouts messaging platform. To emphasize the point that it is a distinct product separate from Google+, the tech giant has given it not only a facelift on mobile, but now also a home on the World Wide Web. Yes, Hangouts now has a website of its own and you can use it on a browser, no plugin required.

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Google+ cuts ties with YouTube with one important warning

Google+ cuts ties with YouTube with one important warning

Google announces cutting software ties between YouTube and their social network Google+. No longer will YouTube require a Google+ profile for new users looking to upload, comment, or create a channel. No longer will comments posted on a YouTube video also be posted on a user's Google+ profile. Freedom from one or the other is upon us. No longer will Google be pushing Google+ directly in to the comments section of YouTube, and both parties will be the better for it.

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Some Google+ Local pages are getting the ax next week

Some Google+ Local pages are getting the ax next week

Starting July 28, Google plans to shut down abandoned Google+ Local pages. Such information comes from a statement that was published by a user on the Local Search Forum. Businesses that worry they may be on the chopping block needn't panic, however -- all it takes to keep your page is verification, so if you've been putting that off, now is the time to get busy. With this, it seems Google is keen on separating its Google Plus and local worlds.

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Google Hangouts updated for iOS with Material Design

Google Hangouts updated for iOS with Material Design

Google's design ethos does not end at Android. Releasing their newest version of Google Hangouts for iOS this week, the company's "Material Design" specifications have taken over. This version of the app is not a bordered affair. No longer will you be drowning in non-Material-friendly bits and pieces. This version of the app is made for the future. It's also made to allow you the ability to send multiple photos in one, singular Hangouts message from you to your best buddy.

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Google+ isn’t dead, but blood has been shed

Google+ isn’t dead, but blood has been shed

Remember Google+? Google’s social network has long been the butt of jokes, positioned first as the Facebook killer for the whole family but failing to hammer the killer nail into Zuckerberg’s empire. Turns out, though, that Google+ isn’t going away, though the broadly-misunderstood network is certainly going to change according to VP of Product Bradley Horowitz speaking at Google I/O today.

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First images of Android M’s new photos app surface

First images of Android M’s new photos app surface

There have been rumblings for some time now of Google spinning off the photos features of Google+ into a separate app, and now, with the company's I/O 2015 event only days away, some of the first images of the Android version have been leaked. The timing can't be a coincidence. Google is expected to announce Android M, the code name for the latest version of the mobile OS, and a new photos app could play a big part in the new software offerings.

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Google+ Photos spinoff tipped to be ready for I/O 2015

Google+ Photos spinoff tipped to be ready for I/O 2015

No matter how you look at it, no matter how Google wants to spin it, things aren't looking good for Google+. The tech giant's attempt to take a bite out of Facebook is slowly but surely getting dismantled, with the Photos part now said to be ready to break out on its own as early as late May, in time for Google's annual developers conference. Officially, it's a way for the social platform to slim down and focus on what it does best. Unofficially, it is also a sign of a lack of vision, direction, and confidence.

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