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My dad collects space patches.  You have no idea how happy this creative made him.  Excellent work, keep up the awesome.
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And Then

Last month, my wife's uncle died in a tragic accident in LA when the bicycle he was using to get lunch was hit by a truck. At the memorial service his daughter relayed a very touching story. 

She said her dad (who was her best friend) called every day to talk. But instead of opening the call with the customary "How are you" or "What's going on", her dad always opened the conversation with "And then?" Her father viewed each conversation as a continuation of the last, and what pained her the most was that there were to be no more "and thens". I cried. 

Since then I've thought a lot about how similar this is to our life's endeavors. We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish. But even the challenges we work on today will one day become "and thens" as we move on to the next. 

Today I'm announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years.

I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don't believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I'm overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of +Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry's encouragement and support.

I'm also forever in debt to the Google+ team. This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many. The growth of active users is staggering, and speaks to the work of this team. But it doesn't tell you what kind of people they are. They are invincible dreamers. I love them. And I will miss them dearly.

Finally, thank you to all those who I've met on Google+. The community here has been so supportive that I don't even know how to say thank you. You all make Google+. Without you, this social network wouldn't exist. Your support for Google+, and for me personally is something I will never forget. 

But, now is the time for a new journey. A continuation. An "and then". I am excited about what's next. But this isn't the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come.

And then....
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The packet capture shown in these new NSA slides shows internal database replication traffic for the anti-hacking system I worked on for over two years. Specifically, it shows a database recording a user login as part of this system:

http://googleblog.blogspot.ch/2013/02/an-update-on-our-war-against-account.html

Recently +Brandon Downey, a colleague of mine on the Google security team, said (after the usual disclaimers about being personal opinions and not speaking for the firm which I repeat here) - "fuck these guys":

https://plus.google.com/108799184931623330498/posts/SfYy8xbDWGG

I now join him in issuing a giant Fuck You to the people who made these slides. I am not American, I am a Brit, but it's no different - GCHQ turns out to be even worse than the NSA.

We designed this system to keep criminals out. There's no ambiguity here. The warrant system with skeptical judges, paths for appeal, and rules of evidence was built from centuries of hard won experience. When it works, it represents as good a balance as we've got between the need to restrain the state and the need to keep crime in check. Bypassing that system is illegal for a good reason.

Unfortunately we live in a world where all too often, laws are for the little people. Nobody at GCHQ or the NSA will ever stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process. In the absence of working law enforcement,  we therefore do what internet engineers have always done - build more secure software. The traffic shown in the slides below is now all encrypted and the work the NSA/GCHQ staff did on understanding it, ruined.

Thank you Edward Snowden. For me personally, this is the most interesting revelation all summer.
New documents reveal exactly how the Post was able to determine that the NSA was peeking inside the Google and Yahoo's cloud network.
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Fantastic thread.  You will read every main entry.
This questions stems from the idea that some Dyson vacuums are so expensive. Are they really that awesome?
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My Google Glasses arrived today.  It wasn't the ones I was hoping for...
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This is such a great interpretation.  Any chance you've done a high quality audio version of this?  I would gladly pay for a download.  Great job and thanks for taking the risk to create somethign and put it on the internet.
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Thank you for this.  This was the first song my wife and I danced to at our wedding.  It was very special listening to your creation with her.  Thank you.
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Thank you Ben. I'm so happy I could be part of such an intimate moment between you and your love!
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My interview with +Stephen Waddington on the impact of Google Glass.
 1- Content strategy
 2- Google Now
 3- Wikipedia resurgence
 4- First person storytelling

http://blog.ketchum.com/four-lessons-from-hanging-out-with-google-glass/
I caught up with Ketchum’s Ben Foster via a Google Hangout earlier this week. He’s a senior member of our US digital team and a teacher at DePaul University, Chicago. Foster has been trialling Goog...
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Link to New Nexus 7 is now active on Play Store!  Go Go Go!
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An audience member took visual notes of my Keynote Speech for KetchumPleon in Berlin.  
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SVP Digital Ketchum and Adjunct Faculty DePaul University
Employment
  • Ketchum
    SVP Digital Strategist, 2010 - present
  • DePaul University
    Adjunct Professor, 2011 - 2013
  • Allstate
    Strategist - Social Media, 2008 - 2010
  • General Electric
    Six Sigma Black Belt, 2000 - 2006
  • Kuczmarski and Associates
    Management Consultant, 2006 - 2008
  • Heinz Pet Food
    Marketing Intern, 1998 - 2000
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Cincinnati - Oxford, OH - Atlanta - Munich
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  • SVP Digital at Ketchum
  • Adjunct Faculty at DePaul
  • Created Allstate's Social Media program
  • MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business 
  • GE Six Sigma Black Belt
  • I also was a management consultant
  • Undergrad - Miami University in Marketing and MIS

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I've caught 3 foul balls at MLB games
Education
  • University of Chicago - Booth School of Business
    MBA Economics, 2004 - 2006
  • Miami University
    BS - Marketing and MIS, 1996 - 2000
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