Google Voice adds Hangouts for Web Calls

This is a great addition, simplifying calling from, by adding hangouts.  Sweet.


Reshared post from +Alex Wiesen

When I'm travelling I like to call my family from the Google Voice website on my laptop, but without a phone handy, it's a little hard to use. To make things easier, we've just added Hangouts as an option when making calls from the web. It works even if you aren't using Hangouts in Gmail, and doesn't require a Google+ account. Try it the next time you place a call from the Google Voice website — I think it's a much easier way to keep in touch with people.

The Father of The Internet Explains

Leave it to +vint cerf to clear up any confusion on how this this is managed.

#takeaction #netneutrality

Vint Cerf explains… Who manages the Internet’s address book?
Ever wonder who manages the Internet’s address book? Like who assigns IP addresses, and what happens after you enter a URL? Vint Cerf, a father of the Internet, is here to explain.

So, What's Your Name, Tag, Handle, Pseudonym, etc?

Real Name Policy Rescinded

We'll be glad to call you anything you like.  As for me, the same applies, just don't call me late for dinner.

#google+ #nymwars   #realnames  

Reshared post from +Google+

When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names. 

Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use. 

We know you've been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For this we apologize, and we hope that today's change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be. Thank you for expressing your opinions so passionately, and thanks for continuing to make Google+ the thoughtful community that it is.

My Smartphone Pleads The Fifth

A welcome ruling, in my humble opinion. The Rule of Law only works when it applies to everyone, including the police. These aren't telephone, these are cloud connected computers that are more powerful than the mainframes that put is on the moon.


Supreme Court says police cannot search cellphones
Cellphones and smartphones cannot be searched by police during arrests without a warrant, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.