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Google buys polling startup for Google+ integration

Google buys polling startup for Google+ integration

Today, Google is announcing they’ve made another acquisition, this time in a startup named Polar. If you’re unfamiliar, don’t worry — the company focusses on online polls, not an app you’re missing out on. It’s being reported that Polar will be cobbled into Google+, suggesting that Google is, at least in some respect, forging ahead with its social layer.

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Keeping your photos – explicit or not – safe from the cloud

Keeping your photos – explicit or not – safe from the cloud

This week a leak of explicit celebrity photos has summoned the need for additional security measures. Not just the kind of security measures you take by purchasing "keep me private" apps and the like, but the kind that includes common sense and the flipping of a few key switches in your phone. As it turns out - you CAN take whatever photos you like without having them leaked to the public.

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Cirqle: social networking super-simplified

Cirqle: social networking super-simplified

The launch of the app Cirqle symbolizes our wish to move away from the complicated mess present in social networks of the past. In Cirqle, made for iOS first, we’re seeing the likes of Instagram, Twitter, and Google+ turned into one extremely simple app. It’s photo sharing made just about as tiny as it can be.

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Now you can upload your Google+ videos to YouTube

Now you can upload your Google+ videos to YouTube

Google+ and YouTube are both Google entities, and have a pretty close relationship already. That melding is about to get stronger, too. Today, Google is announcing you can port your Google+ videos right over to your YouTube channel. Not only useful for distributing videos to the world, it’s also a great way to backup your videos.

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Android Photo Gallery to re-separate from Google+

Android Photo Gallery to re-separate from Google+

Over the past year Google began bundling the Android photo and video gallery into an app called Photos - and today, we’re to understand, that’s all coming to an end. The app you know as "Gallery" might not return, but word has it that Google plans on separating its photo services from Google+ in one key way: sign-ins. No longer will you need to have a Google+ social networking account to have the photo services that come along with it.

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Google shuts down Orkut social network

Google shuts down Orkut social network

Do you know what Orkut is? Back in 2004, Orkut was created by Google as a social network before "social networking" was a prevalent term. In it, users were able to connect with others, converse, and play games. Ten years later, Google has decided that in light of their other, more popular social networks taking off, Orkut will be cut.

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Google rumored to offer “Nearby” service in future update

Google rumored to offer “Nearby” service in future update

Social apps like Swarm want to be more contextual, attempting to know where you’re at and who you might know nearby. By tracking your location, the aim is to get you communicating with friends, even hanging out if you can. A new report suggests Google is doing the same, building it straight into Android in an upcoming Play Services release. Dubbed “Nearby”, the goal is to let devices communicate without you having to do a thing.

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