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Blair Goldberg
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Ok, this is definitely an awesome use of the hangout feature. Brilliant work.

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Well said.
Dear Tim Cook: I'm sorry

I gave you a tough time today. I thought you didn't come up to some imaginary bar I held in my head. I didn't get why you didn't come out with bigger news. I didn't get why everyone in my network was telling me about the big things that were planned that didn't come out.

Now we know.

Today a guy I know at Facebook told me that Apple just "went dark" this weekend and stopped answering emails and phone calls (they had amazing new iPhone and iPad apps and a new developer platform all ready for announcing). Folks inside Facebook thought they had done something massively wrong. No, they hadn't. Truth is you had something deeper to deal with.

The fact that you, and your team, went on stage, knowing that Steve Jobs was close to death, is a testament to your professionalism. I felt that you had called it in a bit, but now I know the truth. You weren't calling it in at all. You were doing an amazing job while knowing what was coming.

Today I feel guilty because I gave you a tough time about your first press conference. Now that I know what was going on behind the scenes I owe you an apology. I'm sorry, I owe you and your team one.

My heart is with you during this tough time.

Do you want to know why else no one is using Google+? Because apparently it just decided to empty out all of my circles. That's helpful.

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It's often the smallest innovations that lead to the greatest changes.

A hurricane caused by the flap of a butterfly's wing's.
Think of how many cumulative man-hours this simple idea could have saved.

A bookmark that marks the last line you've read - or the next line you want to read.

And now it'll be obsolete with digital books - wait, not really, I even wish my digital books had a single line bookmark, as opposed to ONLY remembering the page I'm on. Do any of the book readers do this, or does mine already do this and I don't even know it?

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It's like a union of incredibly brilliant people on a topic I care about.. +Tom Anderson +Jeremiah Owyang and +danah boyd #intellectualswoon.
Lots of people have been writing about real names/fake names and identity on Google+. I've been ignoring these discussions for the most part. Honestly, I didn't care too much. +Jeremiah Owyang conducted a poll on his G+ page that showed about 70% of G+ users either don't care, or are fine with real names only.

Maybe you're in that 70%? If so, I'd suggest you take the time to read this post: http://bit.ly/oCx1ih by +danah boyd

Danah makes a compelling case for why we should care, and why those of us who favored real names might be wrong.

Real names were one of the reasons Facebook won out over MySpace. Not only did real names make it easier to find your friends, but it also made Facebook feel more "grownup" when the world was still getting used to the idea that social networking wasn't just for nerds, nuts, bloggers, musicians, filmmakers, artists, creative weirdos of other sorts & types and teenagers.

If Google decides to allow the psuedonymity that people are asking for, they'll need to keep in mind that allowing users to change names (as I did at MySpace), creates all kinds of problems. Users loved the flexibility and fun of changing their name to express their moods, but not being able to find your friends by typing in a name created all kinds of horrible UI issues (especially on phones!).

Real names also help to diminish online hostility, as +Danny Sullivan argued in response to +danah boyd yesterday http://bit.ly/q01h9F, and encourages people to act with a little more civility than they sometimes do online. Or as +Anil Dash points out a few weeks ago, you need persistent identity to cut down on cough jerks: http://bit.ly/pk0XAw +danah boyd wrote another post this morning where she talks about how to design for the behavior you want: http://bit.ly/mQw4Hg

I met Danah when MySpace was first taking off and she showed up sniffing for info, but I actually knew of her long before when I sat in on several of her lectures as an undergrad at UC Berkeley (she was a grad student then). She's kinda an expert on a lot things, including the way people use social networks. I suggest you circle her.

Besides being fun to talk to, sharp as a tack, and dedicated enough to do actual research before she spouts opinions, +danah boyd has always impressed me most for one reason: she's passionate about the plight of others, and the political import of her (and our) actions. I wish I had that same sense of empathy.

Like Princess Leia who fought to free others from an oppressive environment, Danah is one of my heroes.

Of course it would take someone like danah to wake me up to this issue on G+ that I thought I already understood. And of course I expect Danah to tell me my reading of Princess Leia is misguided and she is not a heroic figure. :-)
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The fact that I can share with a pop up window while still letting the video play, that's slick.

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Plenty of updates in the mobile app. Making Android even more tempting..
Hi Guys...we have a new update for the Google+ Android app (v.1.0.5). Check out the video overview below, and grab the update when it’s available in Android Market for you. This can take a few hours, so please be patient :)

[video link: Google+ Update: Android App version 1.0.5]

You can see more details about the update in our release notes: http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1379465&topic=1248781

We’ll keep tracking our biggest requests for future updates, so don’t fret if your fave feature didn’t make this release: http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/static.py?page=known_issues.cs

Thanks for all of the great feedback! We’ll continue to make the Google+ for mobile experience awesome no matter what device you’re on, so be on the lookout for the next set of updates soon. Very soon ;)

+Bill Gross I know you got a Jawbone jambox a few months ago, and I was wondering what you thought of it. I was thinking of getting one.

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Seriously looking forward to this!
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