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Google TOS update details plan to sell users’ endorsements

Google TOS update details plan to sell users’ endorsements

Google has recently announced an update to its terms of service and in short, it looks like they will soon be taking advantage of user ratings and reviews. The details of the terms of service update have been posted on the Google Policies & Principles page and will be going into effect on November 11, 2013. And in addition to simply updating the page and leaving everyone to hunt for the changes, Google has offered a summary for those "allergic to legalese."

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Google+ won’t take “no iOS sharing” for an answer

Google+ won’t take “no iOS sharing” for an answer

Apple may not want iPhone and iPad users sharing with Google+, but Google isn't going to take that lying down: the search giant has cooked up a new sharing system for its iOS SDK which effectively works around Apple's restrictive options. The new Google+ iOS SDK v1.4.0 now has an in-app share box, which third-party developers can use to hook shared content directly into the social network, with both photo and video attachments supported.

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Google+ gains improved RAW to JPEG conversion

Google+ gains improved RAW to JPEG conversion

Google allows for full-sized photo backups -- including the newly launched functionality from desktop -- on its social network, something it says results in a lot of Google+ users storing RAW photo files. When RAW photographs are viewed, a RAW-to-JPEG conversion takes place so that file size is kept low and the speed of the service is faster. Today the company has announced an improvement to this, boosting quality.

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YouTube comments team up with Google+ for greater one-ness

YouTube comments team up with Google+ for greater one-ness

If you'd hoped to stay out of the Google+ party whilst remaining a commenting member of YouTube this season, you may be out of luck. The folks at YouTube have made clear this week that they're not about to let their commenting system go stagnant - as a result, they'll be integrating Google+ commenting and log-ins to make certain the nature of YouTube videos is more in tune with the comments they receive. The newest videos aren't always the most relevant - that's what they say, and that's what this update is going to be all about.

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Google Hangouts go HD with VP8 switch [UPDATE]

Google Hangouts go HD with VP8 switch [UPDATE]

Starting this month, users will be experience an increased bit of quality in their Google+ Hangouts video chat as result of the company switching over to a new form of video codec. The video codec itself isn't new, it having been released all the way back in 2010, but it's new to this Google system, and just as video chat begins to hit the likes of smartphones and tablets with Hangouts, Google has let it be known that they'll be bringing a higher definition to the web as well. Speaking with Janko Roettgers of GigaOM, Google's Vice President of Engineering Chee Chew let it be known that Google is switching from H.264 to the codec known as VP8.

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Google+ Photos app expanded to include all Chromebooks

Google+ Photos app expanded to include all Chromebooks

The Google+ Photos app has been the exclusive domain of the Pixel for a while now, with that changing today as Google expands the app to all Chromebooks. With the Google+ Photos app, Chromebook users can take advantage of the convenience of the Google+ photo features, as well as the Google+ Photos app's specific functionality, among them being offline viewing and photo backups from SD cards.

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