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Google+ visitors spend average of three minutes per month

Google+ visitors spend average of three minutes per month

Among everyone who visited Google's nascent social network over the last few months, the average amount of time they spent there during the entire month was three minutes. Yeah, you read that right - three minutes out of the entire month. By comparison, those who visited Facebook spent an average of 405 minutes per month, or nearly seven hours.

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Control your web browser privacy in five easy steps

Control your web browser privacy in five easy steps

There's an abnormally large amount of attention being payed to so-called privacy here at the start of 2012, and Google's "Do Not Track" button has fired up the stove for further fanning of flames here in late February. There's a lot of ways to "protect" yourself in the connected, mobile, and communicative world of today, but none is better than this: just keep away from the keyboard. What I'm saying is that should a person want to have total and complete severance from tracking on the web, there's only one way: stop using it. For everyone else in the world that wants to be realistic, here's five steps that will lead you to glory.

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Google Voice adds Google+ Circles

Google Voice adds Google+ Circles

Google continues to expand the reach of its social network and announced today that it is integrating Google+ Circles into Google Voice, its free VoIP PBX-type of voice calling and voice message management service. The integration allows you to assign different answering rules for each of your Circles.

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SlashGear’s WIMM Spring Developers Project Update!

SlashGear’s WIMM Spring Developers Project Update!

This week and next we're running our Spring Developers Project with none other than WIMM and their WIMM One developer preview kits. This is the same kit we reviewed in full a few weeks ago, now here ready to distribute to you! All need in exchange is your awesome ideas for mini-apps for the future of this watchface-sized Android device! We've chosen several winners already and the project is set to continue through until right before the start of Mobile World Congress 2012 - check below to see our first winners and their awesome contributions!

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Google+ iPhone app gets Instant Uploads

Google+ iPhone app gets Instant Uploads

Up until now, the social network known as Google+ has had two separate application fronts - one for Android, the other for iOS. The only real difference between the two was in one of the biggest draws for the platform as a whole: Android's ability to access your Photo Gallery and instantly upload every bit of media you own. Chin up, Apple users, the iPhone version of the Google+ app has just been updated, and the Instant Upload feature is in full effect.

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H&M becomes Google+’s most followed brand page

H&M becomes Google+’s most followed brand page

Forget Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Nike, Disney, or even Google. The one company that people have flocked to more than anyone else in the search giant's increasingly massive social network is discount clothes retailer H&M. Sure, that Super Bowl ad featuring David Beckham in his underwear must have built a lot of brand excitement among at least part of the online population, but what is the real driving factor behind H&M catapulting ahead of so many other iconic companies?

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 8, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 8, 2012

Zdravstvuj everyone! Especially our Russian friends. Yes, that weird word at the beginning of this post is "hello" in Russian, and is the perfect segue into our first story on today's evening wrap-up: Siri may get Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Russian language support in March. As we all know, Siri won't rest until she's taken over the entire world. That's something to worry about, but luckily the privacy issues people had with the iPhone's Path won't be. A Path update went live today to try to resolve the problem.

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Google+ Hangouts presents bold threat to Skype

Google+ Hangouts presents bold threat to Skype

The social network known as Google+ has once again shown another tiny improvement set to make big waves, and it's got us all thinking that Skype may be on its way out alongside all over enterprise conferencing systems. Google+ Hangouts (the On Air version) now has a Full Screen button, this allowing you to turn your entire monitor into your conferencing station. While Skype and other conferencing systems have had similar functionality to this for a while now, Hangouts ability to use virtual whiteboards and screen sharing have the potential to put the competition out of business.

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Facebook borrows Google+ style for UI tweak

Facebook borrows Google+ style for UI tweak

Facebook may be looking at a $100m floatation, but it apparently only spent a few cents on photocopying the image gallery UI from Google+ and using it itself. The new Facebook layout floats a comments/Likes box over the right hand side of a black lightbox, Faceblog spotted, with the tweaked interface being rolled out to certain users already; Julien Girard snapped a shot of Mark Zuckerberg's desk, shown below, for instance. It's a layout that's mighty similar to what Google+ already offers, and the latest example of the two social sites seemingly "borrowing" design cues from each other.

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Google+ Hangout with Obama spurs SOPA discussion

Google+ Hangout with Obama spurs SOPA discussion

President Obama appeared before the world tonight in a virtual town hall that took place on Google+. As could easily be expected, there were some controversial issues to discuss, one of which was the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Obama responded to a question about the piece of legislation by saying there could be other workarounds, though he did not firmly voice opposition to the measure.

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