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Google live election hub streams DNC and RNC action

Google live election hub streams DNC and RNC action

If you're ready for 2012 Election Day here in the United States, you're more than likely fooling yourself - that's why Google has prepared a lovely online voter guide for us all. This guide takes us back to the original presidential nomination convention in 1832 and brings the original sense of democracy back to the common online citizen with a history lesson that eventually leads to your understanding of how to get in on the fun. Google is also providing both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention with live video streams and social networking so you can stay involved from start to finish.

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Google+ Vanity URLs roll out today

Google+ Vanity URLs roll out today

Thousands "more" well-known brands and verified individuals on Google+ will be given the ability to work with a vanity URL today per an update from the top brass. Users lucky enough to be part of the roll out will see a notification above your homepage that noted "your page is preapproved for the custom URL: google.com/CUSTOM followed by a Claim URL button that you'll certainly want to push. This URL rollout does not appear to allow you to pick your own URL, here only showing examples of pre-selected names made by Google.

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Google rolls out limited Google+ vanity URLs

Google rolls out limited Google+ vanity URLs

One of the biggest problems with Google+ is the inability to easily type in a URL to get to a specific person’s profile page. Profiles right now are accessed via string of random numbers, so either you’ll need to have someone in your feed or you’ll have to search for via Google before stumbling across their profile page and feed. The search company has made moves to correct the problem, according to TechCrunch, with the introduction of new vanity URLs.

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Google+ won’t screw developers (unlike Facebook) claims Google VP

Google+ won’t screw developers (unlike Facebook) claims Google VP

Google+ lead Vic Gundotra has defended his decision to postpone an API for the social network, sneaking in a quick slap at Facebook by saying Google is "actually respectful of developers who build on our platform." The delay in releasing a full Google+ API for third-party coders has prompted anger from some - Gundotra says that he was booed by the audience at SXSW when he said it was not ready - but the Senior VP argues that delivering one half-baked and "then later changing the rules of the game" isn't in anybody's best interests, citing recent criticisms of Facebook.

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Google Glass Explorers hangouts create chaos

Google Glass Explorers hangouts create chaos

This week the folks in charge of social media surrounding the Google Project Glass hardware on order right this second have created a set of Hangouts for the betterment of the project - but it didn't turn out all that great this afternoon. The first set of Google Glass Explorers hangouts ended in mass confusion and hopeful users ending up finding out little, if anything, about Google Glass that they didn't already know. Google Glass product manager Steve Lee and community manager Sarah Price hoped to hear feedback and ideas throughout the day.

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Gmail gets Hangouts integration for super simple video chat

Gmail gets Hangouts integration for super simple video chat

Google continues to integrate their system in an ever-tightening web of connectivity with video chat for Gmail. This video chat comes in the form of Hangouts, the same system that's currently working in their social network Google+. You'll be able to use this chat system without signing up for a Google+ account, but Google is encouraging you to do so anyway, of course, for "even more" special features than you'd get without such an account.

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Google Glass Explorers brings VIP flavor to the AR tech

Google Glass Explorers brings VIP flavor to the AR tech

This afternoon no less than Google's Sergey Brin send out an update on Project Glass in the form of a special invite-only program in which Google+ will be a place for a limited set of future users of the hardware will be able to get special updates. The first of these updates includes Brin speaking about how he used Project Glass and a brand new app with the hardware to take photos of a trip he was on ever 10 seconds automatically. The one shot he shared was a fabulous in-car photo that might never have existed had he not been using the AR glasses in real life.

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YouTube coaxes out real names to combat comment cruelty

YouTube coaxes out real names to combat comment cruelty

YouTube may be looking to encourage users to use their real identities and names when posting comments on videos in the future. According to Wired, whenever you upload a new video or post a comment, YouTube will ask if it can use your real identity that has been associated with your Google+ account. Users can opt out of using their real names, although YouTube will then ask why they declined.

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Facebook reaches new satisfaction low while stock dips

Facebook reaches new satisfaction low while stock dips

This week is not a fabulous one for Facebook as its stock price dipped to nearly the lowest price its been since the company's IPO and a customer satisfaction analysis placed it amongst the 5 lowest major social networks on the web. As the ACSI notes, this year's study collected information from users of Internet Social Media outlets such as Wikipedia, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook showed the recently public web-based network to be at the bottom of the list for customer satisfaction. Satisfaction was recorded at 61 percent for Facebook, this 2 points below the next lowest score, 63 percent for LinkedIn.

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