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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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Google+ Auto-awesome goes manual mode for DIY gif-makers

Google+ Auto-awesome goes manual mode for DIY gif-makers

If there was ever a key reason to want to use the Google-standard Android app "Photos" from Google+, today the group has given it. Here we’re seeing Google+ Photos bring on a set of abilities only otherwise given to the Auto-Awesome phantoms that run Google+. It’s almost as if Google initiated this program backward, letting everything be awesome automatically first, then giving the tools for manual workload second.

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Google+ patent could be Android Silver plan for carrier control

Google+ patent could be Android Silver plan for carrier control

Remember those family calling circles, where you had to put a few of your closest pals (and parents) in a special circle, and calls to them wouldn’t count against your plan allotment? It was a pretty terrible scheme, but it may be coming back. A patent has been found, detailing how Vic Gundotra and the Google+ team imagine their circles feature would work with carriers. It’s a bit complicated, but has some interesting potential.

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Vic Gundotra leaving Google

Vic Gundotra leaving Google

The head of Google+ and Google Senior VP Vivek "Vic" Vic Gundotra has announced today that he’ll be leaving the company. Having been a part of Google for nearly 8 years, Gundotra also worked earlier with Microsoft as a Platform Evangelist. Gundotra was also instrumental in starting Google’s yearly developer conference Google I/O.

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