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There's already a lot of Facebook that isn't exactly Facebook, although the company owns them and may integrate data or actions from them into the big blue app. Instagram, Whatsapp, and Paper come to mind. There's much more of that coming.

Will there be non-Google Googly services, too? Or a big Googly ocean, all washing together?
The company’s strategy includes unbundling its mammoth social network into discrete and nimble components.
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App install ads turn out to be a lucrative revenue source. Does anyone think Google+ will have them someday?
The social network will begin offering “app install ads,” which prompt smartphone users to try new games and other apps. The category has been a lucrative franchise for Facebook.
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Worst part of the day so far: Shadow Inoe falling down a dozen times.

Best part: folks on Capitol Hill offering us rides as I carried him home. The old hound is still heavy, but I made it.

He's no worse for wear, thankfully, but his inability to get back up is hard to watch.
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And he thanks you for your artistic thinking :D
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New Google Group on Open Government from and +The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

So far, it's primarily DC-based open government advocates. That should change, although the lack of promotion by the White House on its primary social media channels, like @OpenGov and @WhiteHouseOSTP, press releases or other vectors suggests that a quieter exchange of views between the administration and advocates is the goal. I'd be happy to be wrong.
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I wish they were using Google+ not Google Groups.
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"“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Rest in peace:

Marquez led quite a life. He made an enduring contribution to humanity's literature, introducing me and and countless others to "magical realism," as well as the virtue of solitude and love.

His voice will be missed.
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Rest in peace 9😢
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This is almost certainly applicable to circling brands on Google+.
The food company General Mills added language to its website to alert customers that they cannot take legal action against the company if they download coupons, enter a contest or connect with it in other ways.
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While writing about digital identity, I got an email from the DMV about DC moving to REAL ID:

Coincidences are weird.
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Hmmm. Looks like my state is already compliant. I had no idea this was a thing. 
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New study by Princeton professors Gilen and Page: "The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government  policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence." 

"Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s 
claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened. "
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Yes but the NRA as a lobby pales in comparison to General Electric, or a big pharmaceutical firm, In fact I don't think the NRA is even in the top ten as far as monetary influence is concerned. Most of the NRA's influence is in the courts. +Nadia Korths
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Interesting analysis and set of recommendations for Craigslist from  Fabrice Grinda:

"Craigslist is facing a great unbundling. Startups are attacking Craigslist category by category by offering a better user experience in a safer environment. They are successfully taking share from Craigslist despite the fact that they charge and that Craigslist is free. Moreover, by not addressing a few fundamental issues, Craigslist is failing in its stated mission of providing a free public service to the community.

All that said Craigslist has tremendous strengths. The site still has extraordinary liquidity and strong network effects. Despite being out of date, the site has three great things going for it from a product perspective: it’s simple, super-fast and mostly free."
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I'm a writer and editor, focused upon how shifts in technology are changing journalism, government and society. I am a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, where I collaborate on research and the past, present and future of data-driven journalism. I also contribute a weekly column to TechRepublic. I attended Colby College, graduating with a degree in biology.

In 2013, I was also a fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Innovation and Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School. From 2010 to 2013, I was the Washington Correspondent at O'Reilly Media, where I covered the voices, technologies and issues that are changing government, technology and society. 

Along with my correspondence for the O'Reilly Radar, I have contributed to the National Journal, Forbes, Slate, the Huffington Post, Govfresh, ReadWriteWeb, Mashable, CBS News' What's Trending, Govloop, Governing People, the Association for Computer Manufacturing and the Atlantic, amongst others. I have appeared multiple times as an on-air analyst for Al Jazeera English and a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi show.

I've been a speaker and moderator at conferences in Washington and beyond, including Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, Alfred University, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), NIST, Club de Madrid, Cato Institute, the New America Foundation, the World Bank, the Social Security Agency, the U.S. National Archives, the Web 2.0 Summit and Expo, Gov 2.0 Summit and Expo, Social Media Week, DC Week, SXSWi, Strata, GOSCON, AMP Summit, Tech@State, CAR/IRE, and the State of the Net, the Open Government Partnership Annual Conference, In 2011, I was visiting faculty at the Poynter Institute.

Prior to joining O’Reilly, I was the associate editor of and at TechTarget, where I wrote about how the laws and regulations that affect information technology are changing, spanning the issues of online identity, data protection, risk management, electronic privacy and cybersecurity. 

I'm a native of upstate New York, where I was born on a farm in a county that had more deer than humans. At age 8, I moved to Philadelphia and spent a decade growing up in one of America's great cities, attending Germantown Friends School until 1994. I graduated from Colby College four years later, with a bachelor of arts degree in biology (and a minor in sociology), and then enjoyed living in New England for another decade in Boston, Somerville and Cambridge. 

I'd describe myself as a geeky outdoorsman, cyclist, angler and photographer. I'm an unabashed fan of great science fiction and fantasy books, movies and games. I currently live in Capitol Hill in the District of Columbia with my wife, daughter and a growing number of pots, pans and houseplants. When I'm not working or parenting, I enjoy exploring the great outdoors, ambitious cooking and good books. 

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