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Real Name Policy Rescinded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  

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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.

People Don't Get Malaria In Palo Alto

So I probably shouldn't admit that I'm already up to Chapter 3 of the  bingeworthy new Americanized version of House of Cards that is streaming on +Netflix, but when they got to the scene where this conversation takes place, I wanted to share:

Claire: You had Malaria?
Gillian: In Zimbabwe. That took me out for a month.
Claire: You make a lot of sacrifices.
Gillian: I don't see it as a sacrifice.
Claire: You turned down a six figure salary at Google to start your own non-profit. People don't get Malaria in Palo Alto.
Gillian: (Laughs, coughs.) You do your research.
Claire: When it's someone I care about.
Gillian: Claire, I turned down that job because I would have hated myself. It was a lot of money, but for what? So they could fill their diversity quota with an Asian girl pedaling a Stanford degree?
Claire: Not just any Asian girl. A valedictorian. Let me offer you what Google couldn't. I know what it is to be capable and beautiful and ambitious  and be on people like Larry and Sergey's checklist of things that look good to have on a shelf. I'm not trying to acquisition you. What I see in you is a woman I admire, which doesn't happen often. I want to enable you.  I want to clear the way for you so that you can achieve what you want to achieve. On your own terms. Thanks for the tea.

Ouch. Cynical. Funny.  And, for the record, Claire is  trying to 'acquisition' Gillian, so add manipulative.  And nobody sits on a shelf at Google, at least in my experience. Nobody. ;)

#netflix #houseofcards #google 

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31 Ways To Leverage Google

31 Ways To Leverage Google

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New G+ Users: Explore 31 Google products/services on Google+
Help/Support, Forums, YouTube channels, Websites

1. Google+ Your Business:
2. Google+:
3. Google Drive:
4. Google Calendar:
5. Google Enterprise:
6. YouTube:
7. YouTube Creators:
8. Google Ads:
9. Google Engage for Agencies:
10. Think with Google:
11. Google Earth:
12. Google Places:
13. Google AdSense:
14. Google Consumer Surveys:
15. Google Offers:
16. Google Maps:
17. Google TV:
18. Google Play:
19. Google Wallet:
20. Google Voice:
21. Google Chrome:
22. Gmail:
23. Google Drive:
24. Google for Nonprofits:
25. Google Ventures:
26. Google AdMob:
27. Google Analytics:
28. Google Glass:
29. Google Nexus:
30. Google Online Courses:
31. Google for Entrepreneurs:

#newusers    #google  #googleplus

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Politics & Policy

Why does everything have to be so complicated?

The Senate Armed Services Committee oversees the U.S. military, including the Department of Defense and the NSA, which is part of the DoD. With Senate bill 3254 — National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 — the committee lays out the U.S. military budget for the coming year, and at one point, the 600-page bill targets Accumulo by name.

The bill bars the DoD from using the database unless the department can show that the software is sufficiently different from other databases that mimic BigTable. But at the same time, the bill orders the director of the NSA to work with outside organizations to merge the Accumulo security tools with alternative databases, specifically naming HBase and Cassandra.

No wonder the guys in this picture looks so grumpy.

#nsa   #wired #bigtable #google  

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