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This really excites me!  Of course, as a Googler, I cannot wait to be a part of this sort of thing.  But more importantly, I'm intrigued for what this may mean for office space in the future.

How will it better incorporate nature?
How will people arrive at it via bike, walking, public transit, car?
What will be the mix of company, commerce, play, and private spaces?

Europe and Asia are, IMHO, already way ahead of the U.S. on much of this... but I believe there's room for learning and growth worldwide.

I cannot wait to see how the workplace and cities are potentially re-imagined, with this effort below just the first step.
 
Today we're submitting a proposal to redevelop part of our campus in North Bayshore. With our proposed plan, our campus could be more adaptable to a changing company, bring new life to the environment, save energy, and create a sense of community with bike paths and space for local businesses. Ultimately, we hope to create a space for people, nature and ideas to thrive. Learn more: http://g.co/go/y6pnk
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Just looked up the video, Google is building up a Simcity! 
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Google Flight Search launches in India

http://googleindia.blogspot.com/2015/01/google-makes-it-faster-and-easier-to.html

I've had the pleasure of visiting India a couple of times [1] and hope to explore more of the country in the coming years.  I'm hardly unbiased [2], but I'm delighted that it'll now be easier to find and book great flights in India [3]

Google Flight Search is now launched in many countries around the world; if you haven't tried it yet, please consider using it for your next trip [4].  If you have used it, feel free to offer feedback or throw questions at me in this thread :-).


[1] Here's an album with a selection of photos I took in India: https://plus.google.com/photos/107590607834908463472/albums/5334008140362765729.  If you're curious to see more, visit http://photos.lasnik.net and scroll to see additional India albums.

[2] I'm a Program Manager at Google, working on Google Flight Search :)

[3] http://googleindia.blogspot.com/2015/01/google-makes-it-faster-and-easier-to.html

[4] Visit http://google.com/flights.  In supported countries, you can even search Google directly for stuff like "Flights to London" or "sfo-jfk feb 10-20" and get a super-quick box filled with recommended flights and prices.
If you love to travel and shop around for great deals, Flight Search can offer inspiration and help you find the best flights available. Now, you can search directly for flights within Google or access google.co.in/flights to...
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Congrats on the launch! 
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Anyone have recommendations on a sleep tracker?

The Basis Peak has lots of sensors, but is apparently very unreliable (and I was super-disappointed with the way the company failed to make the data usable when I had their earlier B1 watch)

I've been trying the Resmed S+ device, which sounded promising, but has turned out to be disappointingly buggy.

A while back, I tried a Fitbit Ultra, but that was relying just on a movement sensor, which doesn't seem all that comprehensive for sleep tracking.

Ideas?
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Cool, make sure you recharge on time, my up24 broke this way
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Dear Santa:  This would make for an eggcelent gift.
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ingeneous . must acquire. 
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On humility, balance, learning, and YouTube

Let me share a personal story of stupidity and a New York Times story about balance, humility, and uncertainty.

Some years back, here's a conversation I had with my Mom.

On a Friday:
Mom:  Adam, wow, I heard you guys [Google] are going to buy YouTube... for a billion dollars or something like that!
Me:  Geez, Mom, come on.  Do you believe everything you read?  YouTube has stupid cat videos and amateur crap and you think we'd pay a billion for that?

On Monday:
WSJ:  Google buys YouTube for $1.65 billion.
Me:  Holy [bleep]
Me:  Mom, I'm so sorry... I had no idea...

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And yet, I still thought it was the stupidest purchase ever.  Back then, yeah, Google had a lot of money, but still, 1.65b wasn't chump change.  And YouTube just seemed like, well, a huge pile of meh+trouble.

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Luckily, +Susan Wojcicki and at least a few other Googlers are quite a bit smarter than I am ;-).  And also, I now find YouTube to be pretty damn awesome and inspiring... empowering so many people to share amazing talents, thoughtful insights, and passionate beliefs (along with, yes, dumb yet admittedly funny cat videos :D).

You know what else is inspiring?  Execs at my company (like Susan) who not only support a smart and humane work-life balance, but also policies that provide this for others more broadly.  See, for instance, Susan's forward-looking take on maternity leave:
https://plus.google.com/102923147893327767382/posts/ZNxN6cd5z1G

Because of inspiration from her and other leaders at Google, I've improved my own work/life balance... turning off work email notifications on my phone, minimizing the amount of work I do in the evenings and weekends, and so on.

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But back to YouTube :).  If you're interested in reading some behind-the-scenes thoughts on the service and its future, check out this interesting NY Times interview with Susan:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/21/business/youtubes-chief-hitting-a-new-play-button.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=1
The site is a huge cultural force, but an unfulfilled economic one. Susan Wojcicki’s mission is to change that.
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Yes!
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Booking flights for the holidays and beyond?

Check out the "magic" of Google Flight Search that made Julian (from +Frequent Miler)  cry:
http://j.mp/gfsmagic

And yes, as a recent new member of the Google Flight Search team, I'm clearly biased here, so it's unsurprising that I love hearing when people are delighted by this service :).

Give it a try yourself!  Go to http://google.com/flights or even just type a quick query into the main Google Search like...
- JFK to FRA Jan 5 to 10
- Flights to Asia
and so on, and let me know what you think :-)

Note that Google Flight Search isn't yet launched everywhere, but we're working hard to bring it to more places!
Two powerful features make Google Flights one of the more useful airline search engines. From the "Bet You Didn't Know" series.
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Hi sir checking the history box service is not working on youtube I tried to send feedbacks but it didn't work too
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"...lots of other groups will just hang around in silence posting on Instagram..."
The anecdata in the article below really worries and saddens me.  On one hand, I know online 'journalism' enough to realize that cherry-picking shocking examples converts to clicks.

On the other hand, I see this all the time.  When on trains in Europe in the 90s, it was pretty common for me and others to strike up friendly conversations, to look at the gorgeous scenery passing by.  Now, though, everyone is glued to their phones, earphones in, deaf and blind to the world around them.  

Where's the serendipitous engagement?  What happened to our ability to be present, to give attention to and appreciate the people and environment around us?

I realize that I'm becoming like the old guy who yells at the cloud (http://i.imgur.com/91sn32Q.jpg).  And a bit hypocritically at that; obviously, I'm taking some moments from a gorgeous Sunday afternoon to type to you rather than meet with friends or appreciate the greenery in my garden.  And there's no doubt that I greatly value the internet, my smartphone, and the ability to keep in touch online with friends from all over the world.

Still, though, everything in moderation.  I just worry that that over time we'll completely devalue and lose the ability to be physically present, to be disconnected from the cloud and connected face to face with each other.
<b></b><b></b><b></b>THINK you know the kind of people who spend most of their free time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other apps?
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Smartphones seem like the most brilliant but horrible invention. 
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I'm pretty excited about Jet - http://j.mp/AboutJet. Why?

1) It's ecommerce based on the Costco model: Offer good value at low prices, and treat your employees with respect; profit by charging members an annual fee.

2) The CEO is encouraging people to be mindful of resources; order more things at a time to save shipping, packaging, energy costs.

3) And lastly, the Jet CEO has emphasized the importance of a respectful, transparent corporate culture, and -- appreciating such an environment myself at my workplace -- I'm delighted to support other companies that prioritize their employees' well-being.

Disclaimer: It's possible (but IMHO extremely unlikely) that I'll get a free 5 year membership if enough people follow my link and sign up on Jet to be notified of their launch.

P.S. -- Here's how I originally learned about Jet:
www.businessweek.com/articles/2015-01-07/amazon-vs-dot-jet-dot-com-marc-lore-aims-to-beat-bezos
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Ah, good to know.  I still really wish companies (ahem, including one we're well acquainted with) would error on the side of sending fewer non-transactional emails.  But I'm glad at least Jet honored your unsubscribe request.
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"Frozen" soundtrack: Free today (at least in the U.S.)

For your kids or, er, someone else :D. http://j.mp/frzfree

The album is free to download in non-DRM'd MP3 format from Google Play.  You'll need to have a credit card in your Google Wallet (or Play store credit), but you won't be charged anything for the download.

Hat tip: +Slickdeals (quite a useful site!)
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Er, blackberries can play music?!  I had no idea...
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New York:  Live there or planning to visit?

You need to see Minh's awesome compilation of NY #subway info!

#transit   #nyc  +Minh T. Nguyen 
 
I've decided to turn the entire content of my book The Absolute Beginner's Guide to the New York Subway into a free website. Yup, the entire content including all pictures and directions from the airport! Feel free to share: www.nycsubwayguide.com

#freebies   #newyorkcity   #subway   #nycsubway  
Let's face it --the most convenient, cost-effective way to travel in New York City is by subway. For many first-time visitors, tourists, and even locals, however, the complexity of the system can be very intimidating and confusing. Time and time again, I see tourists step on the wrong train, ...
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It does!
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w00t!  Procrastinators unite! :D
 
Looking for some place fun to watch the ball drop? There’s still time to find a great flight deal! Take a few tips from our experts and use Flight Search to plan your New Year’s Eve getaway.  #GoogleFlightsNYE 
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YouTube MusicKey official announcement is now live
Request invite for offline listening, no ads, background listening...

Give it a try :) http://j.mp/TryMusicKey

UPDATE:  So sorry... I'm a dodobrain!  I saw the blog post and assumed this was open to all, but it appears that it's invite-only at this point... and, alas, I don't have any invites to give.  

I'd considered deleting this post, but I'll just keep it up with an apology; at least you can get an official sense from the Music Key page what this service is looking like.

And yes, if you're already a Google Play Music paid subscriber, you'll get free access to YouTube Music Key when it's launched more broadly :).

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Disclaimer:  I'm a Googler, but I work on Google Flight Search (http://www.google.com/flights) and can't take any credit for YouTube Music Key.
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In Chrome on Win7, it loads a mostly-blank page with a Youtube search bar on the top. In Chrome on Android it thanks me for me interest and asks me for my e-mail address. (I'm signed into my Google account on both devices; haven't tried the link without being signed in.)
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Bigger than a breadbox. Often smiling. Into the arts, traveling, food, and other good stuff.

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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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