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Google+ live streaming functionality will feature Republican National Convention

Google+ live streaming functionality will feature Republican National Convention

Google's social network is still working on gaining ground and differentiating itself in the marketplace. But perhaps it may have just found the thing that could really bring in droves of new fans - it will offer live streaming coverage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida later this year. Yes, so if you wanted to be sure that you don't miss a million endless speeches about conservatism in America, Google+ will be the place to go.

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Whitespace Remover fixes new Google+ layout

Whitespace Remover fixes new Google+ layout

Google rolled out a refreshed user interface for Google+ on Wednesday, and predictably opinion seems to be split on the change. While we personally think it looks better, one thing that irks us (among other widescreen monitor users) is the large amount of wasted white space. Luckily, there’s a Chrome and Firefox extension that will remove the unnecessary void and tighten things up.

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Google may replace .com in the near future

Google may replace .com in the near future

Though of course .com and other Top Level Domains will continue to exist for a very long time, Google has noted today that they've applied for several TLDs ahead of ICANN's April 20 deadline for purchasing such rights. Google's domain name choices will likely be revealed once they've got them locked down with ICANN, until then we can only guess at such obvious hits as .GOOGLE, .YOUTUBE, and .GPLUS. Would you like your Google+ domain to be ChrisBurns.GPLUS?

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Google+ refresh triggers social fury

Google+ refresh triggers social fury

As Google continues their push to keep the Google+ social network in the spotlight, they've updated the look, feel, and functionality of the entire network in a move that's got some a bit frazzled. As it is with each time a site brings a relatively radical upgrade to their user interface, there are complaints galore across Google+ itself, Twitter, and of course the opposing force: Facebook. Will this newest move have Google jumping in the popularity poles as they did when the service was first shown off, or will this be the first Google+ Update Hate day as Facebook users are all too familiar with already?

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Google+ major refresh revealed

Google+ major refresh revealed

Google's Facebook rival, Google+, is getting a makeover, with a more customizable interface, boosting circle sharing tools and a more polished Hangouts video calling system. The redesigned social network is "simpler, more beautiful" than before, Google's Vic Gundotra says, with the ability to drag apps up and down the new "dynamic ribbon" down the left of the screen, as well as accessing common actions from a hover-over toolbar and the ability to hide little-used apps under a catch-all "more" section.

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Facebook’s Instagram buy is a $1bn mobile landgrab

Facebook’s Instagram buy is a $1bn mobile landgrab

One billion dollars either gets you a huge amount or very little these days. Facebook has either bought itself 27m registered users, or a few retro-style filters in a slickly designed app for iPhone and Android. Of course, in reality they're one and the same thing: in acquiring Instagram, Facebook has opened the door to a new bubble of membership - albeit an expensive one, at around $37 a user - and added another string to its content sharing portfolio. It's also gained a further footprint on smart devices, arguably the most important aspect of the deal.

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Google+ is growing with 27% gain in March

Google+ is growing with 27% gain in March

When it comes to social networks, Facebook is certainly the king. Google has had its own social network for a while now called Google+ and many people think that social network is a virtual ghost town. Admittedly, compared to Facebook it is. However, Google+ is growing at an impressive rate. The latest numbers are in from Experian Hitwise showing impressive growth in March compared to February.

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Google+ comments system tipped to rival Facebook

Google+ comments system tipped to rival Facebook

Google is reportedly working on evolving Google+ into a Facebook comments rival, with plans to position the social network as an alternative to Facebook and Disqus for third-party sites with the lure of potentially better Google search indexing to sweeten the deal. The move, tipped at G-Saudi Arabia Tech-WD reports, would also have the side benefit of driving more users to Google+, as well as bringing users' comments together as an extension of existing "+1" summaries.

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