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Twitter turnaround on block backlash highlights social shortcomings

Twitter turnaround on block backlash highlights social shortcomings

Twitter's decision to make an abrupt about-face on blocking policy after user outcry has highlighted little-understood shortcomings in how social services handle privacy and bullying, sending the 140-character message service back to the drawing board to refine its procedure. Twitter had thought it was improving the relatively blunt blocking process users were offered when it quietly changed the system on Thursday morning; by the evening, however, the company had been forced to restore the old approach, following criticisms that the amended tools in fact victimized those affected by bullying, rather than the bullies themselves. Meanwhile, the turnaround raises questions around the blocking and privacy tools other popular social networks offer their users.

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Google+ for Android turns your phone into a snowglobe

Google+ for Android turns your phone into a snowglobe

Google is adding a feature to the Android version of Google+ this month in their newest update that'll turn your device into a snowglobe. What you'll be able to do is open Google+, open a photo inside Google+, and shake to see snow. This is an addition to the Auto Awesome snowing feature shown off earlier this month in photos Google+ saw fit to have such fanciful flakes. These images appear as .GIF files and can be shared as such.

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Play Store app update rolling out with activity page, more social recommendations

Play Store app update rolling out with activity page, more social recommendations

The world is a social place, and the digital variety is no exception. Keeping pace with this, Google has announced a new update to the Play Store app that brings with it a couple different social elements achieved with Google Plus integration. The update is rolling out now, but will continue to do so for the next couple days, so those who aren't seeing it yet might have to wait a bit longer.

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Glass quietly adds personalized photo search

Glass quietly adds personalized photo search

Google's XE11 update for Glass may have added calendar and custom location support, but that's not the only personalized search that the wearable now offers. Glass can now search through Google photos with a custom speech search command, so for instance it's now possible to ask "OK Glass, Google my pictures for cats" and see all of the shots you've uploaded that have felines in them. The system also supports tagged people.

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YouTube makes Google+ commenting system live

YouTube makes Google+ commenting system live

Back in September, YouTube revealed that Google+ commenting would be integrated into the video service, something that would revamp the system to provide better conversations and incentive to converse. It has been a bit over a month, and the change has finally gone live, bringing with it not only more relevant comments, but the ability to better moderate conversations that take place on your own videos.

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Google+ image search grows: 1000 words added to non-tagged photos

Google+ image search grows: 1000 words added to non-tagged photos

If you've not tried to search through your images on Google+ with what Google calls Computer Vision, you really should take a peek. What Google had done today is to add a new wave of terms to what you've already been able to do since earlier this year: search through your photos with search terms (words), even if you've not tagged your photos previously. Search for the color red in your photos and you'll find a collection of red photos - search for the word Vespa, and you'll find all the photos you've taken of a Vespa.

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