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Google+ event taking place online tomorrow morning

Google+ event taking place online tomorrow morning

This week the folks at Google responsible for hyping up announcements have done a fine job of it - not least of all because they've got a few devices waiting in the wings. Here this afternoon we've seen Vic Gundotra also announce the appearance of a new set of Google+ social networking features to be formally revealed at a morning event held online. This broadcast will be done through Google+ itself

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Buffer spam-and-hack attack resolved, new security layers instituted

Buffer spam-and-hack attack resolved, new security layers instituted

Buffer, an app that lets users schedule and post Facebook, Twitter and Google+ updates, is now back up and running after a two-day hack-and-spam ordeal. Buffer was hacked yesterday, sending out third-party spam to thousands of Buffer users' Facebook pages. The company has cleaned up the mess for the most part and instituted new security measures to prevent future blowouts.

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Google+ Snapseed photo editing now enabled on ARM-based Chrome OS machines

Google+ Snapseed photo editing now enabled on ARM-based Chrome OS machines

Google has fixed an oversight that prevented some Chrome OS users from accessing the new photo editing tools in the Web version of Google+. Previously, ARM-based Chrome OS machines could not use the Snapseed-powered tools, which provide advanced image editing functions above and beyond the basic editing tools. The Snapseed functions can now be accessed in any Chrome Web browser, including those running on Google's own branded operating systems.

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Here’s how to opt out of Google’s personal endorsements

Here’s how to opt out of Google’s personal endorsements

This morning Google unleashed an initiative that would have user names and faces attached to advertisements across the Google search universe. These faces and names are generated by users' personal endorsements, in turn connected with additional reviews as well as Google+ profile pages. This system is not compulsory for Google accounts, nor is it even necessary for you - the user - to show up in results anywhere at all: opting out is easy.

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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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