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The new Google Photos is super-awesome!

And I can say this with little bias; though I work for Google (as most of you know), I'm not on the Photos team.  I just love taking and sharing photos.  I've been dogfooding this app for a while and am excited that it's finally public!

The auto-classification alone of the new Photos is just stunning.

It uses vision recognition to (privately!) cluster faces (friends, family), things (animals, castles, beaches, whatever), and places (Manhattan, London), and makes it easy to share with anyone, anywhere without hassles (yes, including Facebook, Twitter, etc.).  No tagging required.

Read more here:
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/picture-this-fresh-approach-to-photos.html
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Unfortunately, I'm not sure about storage stuff now :\.

Re the lack of photo sphere and chromecast support... I hope those'll be added back in!  Definitely file feedback to help encourage the team ;)
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This will have you dancing in the aisles of wherever you are

...even if you've already seen it (not sure how I originally missed it!).
Also... +Virgin America, you are awesome and I should fly you more!

Hope you make an updated version of this, and if you do, please include some #acappella  (the talented and fun +Pitch Perfect folks and +Deke Sharon might be able to help :D)

#Travel   #fun   #music  
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Heh, yes indeed, the "making of" video was really neat and I liked that actual flight attendants were part of the show, too!
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A big thumbs up to NYC, the surprisingly strong camera (and camera app) of the Nexus 6, and Google+ Stories, which autogenerated this storybook :-)
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Of course!  And I think you'll get to see a lot in 3 days; it's a pretty compact city, very walkable, with reasonably decent public transit.  Let me know how it goes!
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Your mobile phone plan:  cheaper, better. (U.S. only for now)
[https://fi.google.com/  Limited availability. Invites rolling out slowly.]

I have heard great things about this service from my colleagues who've been testing it for a while (though I haven't gotten to try it myself yet).

Seems like a great idea to me, though -- as a Googler -- obviously I'm biased.  So request an invite now, read up, and decide later whether it's for you based on the numbers and reviews and so on :).

Ah, and here's a blog post with a video and much more info:
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/04/project-fi.html

EDITED TO ADD:  Important caveat -- it seems that this supports only the Nexus 6 phone during the initial preview stage, requiring customers to either have or purchase that phone to use the service.  With that said, Google is offering the N6 with monthly installment payments, which may help some cash-flow-wise.
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I am still in shock :).  Do you also have 7 laptops?!
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Crime and Punishment for Evil People

There are crimes where generally good people might think, well, there but for the grace of God go I.  Speeding.  Fudging on tax returns.  These aren't victimless crimes, but the connection between self-enrichment and societal harm is indirect and diffuse.  

Then there are crimes like the ones Kevin Bollaert has been convicted of.  In essence, he -- personally, fairly directly, and severely -- whittled away the privacy and safety of hundreds (thousands?) of women in the interest of financial gain.

So, okay, he's not evil to the dictator-gassing-millions degree.  But it'd be hard to argue that he's not:
- Evil
- A threat to society
- The sort of fellow that definitely deserves harsh punishment.

And, indeed, harsh punishment is exactly what he's getting:  18 years in jail.

My initial reaction? <grumpy cat>Good.</grumpy cat>

But then I pondered this a bit more and was less happy.

Does this sentence serve as a deterrent for future jerks?
Maybe.  But my guess is that most of those folks'd see this as a one-off; a likely large financial gain with little chance of getting caught.

Will this sentence rehabilitate Kevin?
I doubt it.  From my understanding, time in the pokey basically gives people lots of free time to study crime techniques intensively and network with even less-savory people.

Does Kevin's sentence help victims?
Nope.  Not the women he victimized, nor is it likely to help other women.

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So what should have been done?  IMHO, the judge should have made the punishment fit the crime... or, more specifically, accomplish GOOD from multiple perspectives.

How about sentencing Kevin to...
- pay a monthly stipend to be disbursed to all his victims to help them pay for counseling or identity theft protection, etc.  AND
- be under house arrest except when commuting to/from work, on necessary errands, or when volunteering  AND
- volunteer weekly in battered women shelters, with crisis centers that help counsel rape victims, and so on?

In this case, his victims would be at least partially recompensed, the state would save an enormous amount by not having to house and feed him, various social service orgs would get unpaid assistance, AND it's possible that -- interacting with victims firsthand -- Kevin might have a bit of an awakening and change of heart.

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But instead, he'll be locked up, not learning anything, and costing us (taxpayers) a lot of money.  And where's the justice in that?

We can do better.   Now it's a question of how we can best reform our criminal justice system.
Kevin Bollaert who ran a site allowing people to anonymously post nude photos of others and then charged the victims to have them removed, was convicted of identity theft and extortion.
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The sites are for webmasters, not visitors, as usual help is offered to the offenders not the victims
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Google Flights - Ask Us Anything on April 16, 3-6pm Eastern Time

UPDATE:  This event has been postponed.  I'll repost when we have a firm new date!

I'm excited to be hosting a Reddit AMA along with some teammates from Google Flights (http://www.google.com/flights). I'm "ThatAdamGuy" on Reddit, by the way :).

What's an AMA?  http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/wiki/index

We'll tackle questions about how we handle the crazy complexity of flight searches, when you should book a flight (the answer may surprise you), and much more :).

Per Reddit tradition, we don't yet have a url to point you to, but will open up one about 30 minutes before the start time, and you'll be able to find it here:
http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA

So... please don't ask Flights questions in this thread.  But if you have questions about our upcoming AMA itself, those are fair game :-)

Looking forward to chatting with lots of you on the AMA soon!
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Okay, I've now created an actual event for this, so you can easily add it to your calendar, share with your friends, and so on! :)

https://plus.google.com/events/cdtmcc8usgq5n5v2pvsoe443dho
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I've been dogfooding this for a while, and it's really a pleasure seeing beautiful art in Chrome; highly-recommended extension!
 
Starting today, discover a new way of browsing with the new Google Art Project extension that treats you to a beautiful work of art each time you open a new browser tab in +Google Chrome. See masterpieces by Van Gogh, Monet, Degas and other iconic artists from museums around the world throughout your day: g.co/artprojectextension
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Aw, thank you!  And glad you're enjoying Flights!  Enjoy London... such a great city!
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The astounding complexity of airfare pricing and searching... demystified by a Google Flights engineer

Check out these two fascinating videos by my teammate Srikanth, who recently did a Hangout on Air with India college students.  

Video 1:  Overview of airline pricing and routing
...or, why do you sometimes pay less to travel much further?

Video 2:  And now for the hardcore math/engineering geeks
Srikanth covers two important aspects of the problem: (1) the NP-hardness of even the simplistic versions of the problem, and (2) the QPX algorithm itself, which Google uses to perform the airfare search.

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And yeah, I love working with super-smart people who are just as passionate about travel as I am... and I'm grateful that Srikanth -- a backend engineer on Flights -- so enthusiastically took on this Hangouts on Air presentation :).
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Very nice and technical talk. I wish we did more of those.
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This is really a delightful, relaxing, and fun game... and it's on sale for $1USD.  Grab it if you haven't already bought it!
In Monument Valley you will manipulate impossible architecture and guide a ...
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nice
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As usual, +Ivan Yudhi offers thoughtful and friendly advice re Google stuff!

You can find my many collections here:
https://plus.google.com/+AdamLasnik/collections

...and may specially enjoy this one:
"Smiles for you:  Humor, Good Vibes, and More"
https://plus.google.com/collection/M8nXW
 
Collections for Google+

Collections for +Google+ is officially launched! Despite what some people might have said, Collections is NOT Pinterest for Google+. I'd like to share my take on it:

So what is it?
To put it simply, it's basically a way to do content control for your posts. With Collections you'll be able to separate your posts into different categories, and your followers will be able to follow only posts that interest them. You control what you want to see!

Why is it needed?
Google+ has been known to be a place for engage other people with similar interests. But let's face it, people have multiple interests and you might agree with some, but not the others. 

For example, you might follow a person because he likes technology, but don't care too much about his food posts. Before Collections, you'll see posts related to both categories. With this feature you can simply follow the person's Collection about technology, and unfollow the person's Collection about food. It's a way to customize what you see on your stream.

Things to keep in mind
Collections is a very powerful tool,  but you need to use it carefully. Depending on how you use it, it will grow your users engagement, or it can destroy it. It works if people play along with the rules.  When your followers follow your Collections, they trust you that you'll provide contents related to the topic. 

If you abuse it, with one single (unfollow) button click your followers won't see your Collection posts again on their stream (they'll still be able to see it from your Profile). The good side is that if you curate your Collections properly, you'll generate more views from people that are following the Collections even though they're not following your profile. 

Some limitations
Right now there are no ways to pin a post, or share a post to more than one Collection. There's also no way to put a brief description your Collection other than the title. You also can't move a post directly from one Collection to another (you have to remove the post from the Collection, then add it to another). 

So what do you guys think? Are you excited with Collections? Have you thought any good use cases? Feel free voice your opinions in the comments!

P.S. I've made a few Public Collections:

Adventures with Pegman 
My little project of taking photos with the +Google Local Guides Pegman pins in interesting places
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/4vYCX

Android Collectibles
My obsession related to Android mini figurines
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/I4LuR

Travel Talk
Photos from my trips around the world
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/I3tpR

Adventure Through Glass
It documents my experience experimenting and playing around with +Google Glass
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/4AppR

Tech with Google
Posts related to anything related to Google technology (gadgets, culture, program, events, etc)
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/giOpR

Everything Delicious
Yes, I take photos of my food :)
https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/4GMpR
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Thanks for the share +Adam Lasnik :)
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Wow!  This guy really made a thoughtful and informative video highlighting how Google Flights smartly helps you plan your travel!

As many of you know, I work on Google Flights, and so it really makes me happy (and impressed) when people like +***** are passionate enough about the service to make a helpful video like this.  It's people like him that motivate us to keep making #GoogleFlights   better!

(email address added so the vlogger gets pinged, automatically obscured to protect his privacy :-)

P.S. -- Thanks to my colleague +Tom Mulders for the heads-up!
 
Cool video on Google Flight Search!
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Heh, got it, and no worries :-)
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What's up with those 3 letter airport codes, like "FAT"?
With this cool site I just heard about, you can discover the (sometimes weird, sometimes banal) reason behind each code.
http://airportcod.es/

Oh, and FAT = "Fresno Airport Terminal," in case you were wondering.  Yeah, I was hoping for something more interesting, too. :)


Making sure you're searching with the right airports
Nowadays, of course, most flight search engines let you do searches by city names, but that has its own challenges.  How do you know you're selecting the airport -- or airports -- with the best flight options?

With Google Flights (http://www.google.com/flights), start by typing in a city name, and then optionally click the little + icon next it (see image).  You'll then instantly learn about nearby airports and how far they are from the city center... and can add one or more to your search.

I'm a Program Manager working on Google Flights and am always curious to hear your thoughts and questions about the service. :-)

Happy traveling!

[ Hat tip:  My colleague Demian:  http://google.com/+DemianCaponi ]
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XNA is indeed Northwest Arkansas Regional! I learned that one well traveling to UofA for track in college, and it is memorably weird (and tiny) :] I'm glad to know I also have a namesake airport, but I can't imagine ever visiting that one...
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Bigger than a breadbox. Often smiling. Into the arts, traveling, food, and other good stuff.

BORING BUT USEFUL DISCLAIMER:
I work on Google Flights.  However... my posts on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, and in Google forums (except those posted with an official "G" icon next to them) are my own personal blatherings -- mine mine mine! -- and don't necessarily reflect those of my employer, my mom, my invisible friend Harvey, etc.

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I have perfect pitch. I can put my feet behind my head, albeit just one at a time. I have visited 30 countries. I am one of the world's most talented cheek percussionists.
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    Political Science and Communications, 1989 - 1993
  • Indiana University
    MBA and JD, 1993 - 1997
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    Teen angst, 1984 - 1986
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