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Georg Rooss
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Hahaha, oh man. There's viral videos going around on Facebook of people pulling some circuitry off their Samsung phone batteries that are supposedly recording all your photos and videos and sending them to The Man. Several of the people in my Facebook friends list have commented about finding this on their phones and removing it.

Spoiler: it's the NFC antenna thing on the battery
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Many of you are reading this post while living in a city. And you can probably think of a ton of ways you’d like your city to be better—more affordable housing, better public transport, less pollution, more parks and green spaces, safer biking paths, a shorter commute... the list goes on!

Many cities around the world have already made a lot of progress in some of these areas—for instance, developing dashboards to measure and visualize traffic patterns, and building tools that let residents instantly evaluate and provide feedback on city services. But a lot of urban challenges are interrelated—for example, availability of transportation affects where people choose to live, which affects housing prices, which affects quality of life. So it helps to start from first principles and get a big-picture view of the many factors that affect city life. Then, you can develop the technologies and partnerships you need to make a difference.

So I’m very excited about +Sidewalk Labs​, a new company we’ve announced today. (The press release is at www.sidewalkinc.com if you want to read more).  Sidewalk will focus on improving city life for everyone by developing and incubating urban technologies to address issues like cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage. The company will be led by Dan Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York. Every time I talk with Dan I feel an amazing sense of opportunity because of all the ways technology can help transform cities to be more livable, flexible and vibrant.  I want to thank +Adrian who helped to bring Dan on board.

While this is a relatively modest investment and very different from Google's core business, it’s an area where I hope we can really improve people’s lives, similar to Google[x] and Calico. Making long-term, 10X bets like this is hard for most companies to do, but Sergey and I have always believed that it’s important. And as more and more people around the world live, work and settle in cities, the opportunities for improving our urban environments are endless. Now it’s time to hit the streets and get to work!
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DOES A TIDAL WAVE LIFT ALL SHIPS? 🌊🎶
My indie-artist-investigation of Jay Z's new music streaming service +TIDAL and what it means for new musicians has been published!

"Many people thought the superstars standing on stage at the Tidal announcement seemed out-of-touch. I really felt like they were out-of-reach."

Read it now to discover what I learned — so far — when I asked, “Does a Tidal wave lift all ships?”

 Also read it because I managed to compare the superstars of  #Tidal   to the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus. 🗻🙌

XO, Daria

Ps. Let me know if you like hearing thoughts like this from me! I had a blast writing it and would love to do more like it!
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Vertraue dem Menschen, der drei Dinge an dir bemerkt: Den Kummer hinter deinem Lächeln, die Liebe hinter deinem Zorn und den Grund deines Schweigens.

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Introducing Project Wing from Google[x], a new approach to delivery using self-flying vehicles. 
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Well, this is a good way to lose a drone, but worth the risk: flying it into fireworks as they explode. Wowy. 
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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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This chart shows how social dominates search engine ranking.

"Before it was important, now its critical."

Here's the whole story: https://medium.com/p/8b884d71aae5
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