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Christopher Johnson
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She sank on her maiden voyage in 1628, the Swedish warship Vasa. Very well preserved in the mud of the Baltic Sea, she was brought back up in the 60s, preserved with some sort of chemical to prevent rotting, and placed in this museum. The Vasa is the only ship from this era to survive to today.

Why doesn't Sony just release the #theinterview  online, for free or at most $.99?  If the terrorists didn't want the film screened, Sony is just doing exactly what they wanted all along and sending the wrong message. They are painting a target on every film and television organization that says 'if you disagree with our content, just hack us to have it suppressed.'

But once the film goes out, it will be viewed by many more people in a far shorter time. #releaseitnow  

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Another great addition to Hangouts On Air!
Introducing Applause in Hangouts On Air

Like what you see? With Applause, you can now give real-time feedback while you’re watching Hangouts On Air. Just give a thumbs up (or down) during the live broadcast, and we’ll chart the cheers and jeers as they happen.

With Q&A (, Showcase ( and now Applause, we’re excited to give viewers and creators more ways to interact live. So give Applause a try in your next Hangout On Air, and let us know what you think!

#hangouts #googleplusupdate 

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I'm a designer, and I can directly trace my design career back to a bootlegged copy of Macromedia Studio 4, and shortly thereafter to Macromedia Studio MX that I received in 2002.  At that point in time, I was more interested in Dreamweaver but I soon realized that I needed an image editor to make cool web graphics and buttons.  And so, I started down the path toward design.

I've posted about my love of Fireworks as a tool that I rely on every day to get my job done. It is better than Photoshop for design for so many reasons and I even teach a class at Google to Eng/PM about using it in their workflow (because it is so easy to learn).

But Adobe screwed up.  They never really understood Fireworks and have continued to sit on their hands (from an improvements perspective) until last year then they announced the death of Fireworks. It seems like they were worried that any other tool that had a bitmap editor in it would cannibalize on sales of Photoshop. So sad, but I continue to use it because I haven't found anything better...until today.

Sketch v3 is out today, and I think that with this version, it might be time to switch. This would also mean dumping Windows in favor of a fully Mac based design workflow (which I have resisted).

It is so nice to have a company that a)actually cares about and understands their users and their workflow, b) releases updates at a rapid pace, and c) doesn't charge a million dollars for it.

Keep up the good work, guys!

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Huge update. If you use iOS, this is a must have release! Let us know what you think.
Hangouts 2.0 for iOS: more reliable, more fun!

Today we’re launching the newest version of Hangouts for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, ready to download now on iTunes ( The app has a brand new look and feel, is super easy to navigate, and includes a bunch of performance improvements. You can still make free voice and video calls, of course. Or send a quick photo. But we’re adding a few more features we think you’ll love:

- Stickers: express your mood with fun animated stickers. Think of them as emoji, but even more awesome.

- Video Messages: record and send short videos to everyone in the conversation. Now you can really say what you need to say.

- Location sharing: send a map of your current location with a few simple taps. Great for coordinating the whole gang when you’re ready to hangout IRL.

- Optimized for the iPad: enjoy big, beautiful video calls, and a two-pane conversation view. Perfect for the iPad’s larger screen.

We hope you enjoy the new Hangouts for iOS. As always, your feedback is an important part of making the app better, so give the new version a spin ( and let us know what you think! 
#hangouts   #googleplusupdate  
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Very excited that this is finally out! It's been a long time and I am happy to have been a part of it!

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Maybe I should do this....

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Great photo!
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