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Hugh Wimberly
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When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names. 

Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use. 

We know you've been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For this we apologize, and we hope that today's change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be. Thank you for expressing your opinions so passionately, and thanks for continuing to make Google+ the thoughtful community that it is.

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This is such a cool investigation. Who turns static in the audio of a YouTube video into a GPS trace of a helicopter? Only Oona!
Mystery signal from a helicopter
Last night, YouTube suggested a video for me. It was a raw clip from a news helicopter filming a police chase in Kansas City, Missouri. I quickly noticed a weird interference in the audio, especially the left channel, and thought it must be caused by the ch...

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It offends me that we might need to sign a petition to get the president to seriously consider not violating the civil liberties of ~every American citizen. But, maybe that's the world we live in. It's still something we need to show our support for, so sign this if you care about digital privacy.
Doesn’t the stuff you keep online deserve the same protection as the stuff you keep offline? Under a law called ECPA, government agencies in the U.S. can see what you’ve written and stored online without a warrant. Sign this petition to the White House and tell the government to get a warrant!
http://goo.gl/ecAjrS 
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We just updated our Transparency Report, showing how many requests Google gets for information about its users. But we're not allowed to give the full story because the U.S. government says that requests under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) must be kept secret. We can tell you this: Requests have more than doubled around the world since 2009, and more than tripled in the U.S.: http://g.co/u5sp

Share this if you believe you have a right to know what our governments are up to. 
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I don't have a problem with heights. I like rock climbing, cliff diving, and working on scaffolding and catwalks. But this is a little frightening. Free climbing 1700 feet up: because ropes would just slow you down.

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I don't usually come into the office before dawn, but when I do my first coffee break coincides with my favorite part of morning.
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OP is so much grittier, earthier than RP. I'd love to see one of these---I've heard that sometimes videos of OP Globe performances are shown at movie theaters.
Friend of mine posted this over on Facebook from the Open University. Ignore the weirds cuts and it's actually an interesting watch over coffee this morning.

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If you haven't seen the original, you'll probably want to go watch it first, but I won't link to it here. This parody/commentary was exceptionally well done. Thanks, Auckland law students!

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