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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....
+Vic Gundotra 



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Has anyone else tried My.com new email service‽ Yes, it's owned by Mail.ru but they have potential.
Russia's Internet services giant Mail.ru may currently be wrangling back home over what will happen next at the popular social network Vkontakte, of which..
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Russia is on a path towards war in Ukraine. If that wasn't clear before, it certainly is now!
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The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are officially dead. Not that I was surprised truth be told… 
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Out: Slaves, Sex Slaves & Concubines. In: Foreign contract workers‽ Seriously‽
Victims of forced labour and human trafficking describe 100-hour weeks, as well as physical and sexual abuse from employers
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Its not exploitation is you're paid ten cents a month.
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Farewell Vic! There are not many Googlers like you! Thanks for creating Google+ (in spite of the odds).
The high-profile and powerful exec at the search giant will leave immediately, but has no plans to land elsewhere as yet.
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The New Net Neutrality: Pay ISP's for faster traffic to your website/service.

Glad the FCC green lighted America's ability to legally bribe our ISP overlords to ensure that our websites do not suffer from lag…
The new net-neutrality rules will allow Internet providers to charge websites for better service.
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Brazil has just passed the so-called Internet Bill of Rights. Net neutrality, freedom of speech and privacy are guaranteed in the legislation. I just don´t know how they will enforce neutrality when content comes from abroad.
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iDrive offering 100 GB of space for $1 USD‽ How are they making money‽ 
After offering Android users 100GB of combined backup and sync cloud storage for just $0.99 per year, iDrive on Wednesday announced that it’s bringing the same offer to iOS device users. The compan...
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Machines milking cows. Now that's a future I can embrace! :-) #RobotsAreFriends
 
Holy hell--the milkbots! And the cows like 'em!

“One day we came in and they had started milking themselves.”

The machines also never complain about getting up early, working late or being kicked.
Farms in upstate New York and elsewhere are using automatic milkers that scan and map the underbellies of cows, extract the milk, and monitor its quality, without the use of human hands.
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NSA confesses to what we already know, still claims innocence.

It's like they assume people are dumb when it comes to constitutional issues of privacy.
The NSA released an unclassified document explaining how the Internet surveillance program PRISM works, confirming theories that came out last year.
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