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7 Things To Love About the New Google Photos App

I’m super excited about today’s Google Photos launch! The team has been working hard to deliver a wonderful experience across Android, iOS, and web. I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite features for those of you who might not have had a chance to play with the app yet. So without further ado; 7 things to love about the new Google Photos app.

Never lose a photo again. Auto Backup is one of my very favorite features. Google Photos can upload every photo you take and store it securely in the cloud so that you can view it across devices, and keep your memories safe in the event that you lose or break your phone. You can even install our desktop uploader (https://photos.google.com/apps) and get quick access to your entire photo library in the palm of your hand.

Store all your photos and videos online. Forever. For free. We’ll store all your photos and videos in high quality (16mp and 1080p respectively). at 16 megapixels, that’s big enough to print at 24x16! Oh yeah, and it’s completely free :)

Search your photo library like a magician. Looking for that photo of your dog playing in the snow from 5 years ago? No problem! Google Photos’ new search feature will help you find it instantly. Search your photo library just as easily as you search the web. Seriously… it’s amazing.

Never run out of space on your phone again. I don’t know about you, but I get really tired of having to delete photos and videos from my phone every time I run low on space. The new Photos app can detect when you’re running low on storage, and will offer to help clean up old photos from your device that have been safely backed up to the cloud.

Share photos anywhere. Want to share on Facebook? Instagram? Twitter? No problem! You no longer need a Google+ account to get all the Google Photos goodness.

Easily make gorgeous movies with your photos and videos. Google Photos comes with a beautiful movie creation and editing platform. Just pick the photos and videos you want to include, choose music and visual effects, and you’re done! Google Photos will make a beautiful, professional-looking movie in seconds that would take minutes or hours in traditional movie making apps.

Your very own personal assistant. Everyone who installs the new Photos app will also get a personal assistant. Your assistant works around the clock to make cool things from your photo library like stories, movies, animations, collages, and more. These creations show up automatically in your Assistant view and you can choose whether you want to keep them or not. All you have to do is use your phone and let your assistant do the hard work!

So those are some of my favorite things about the new Google Photos app. There’s still a ton of other cool stuff to discover. What are your favorite features?
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The privileges you get when flying these days. Nice United.
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The Onion, how right you are :)
 
Breaking followup: experts warn to avoid USB at all costs after Black Hat conference. (Creepy commercial preroll, but worth it)
A civilian casualty is flattered to have been mistaken for a Hamas leader, the entirety of a man’s personal data is protected by a reference to the third season of ‘The West Wing’, and an asexually reproduced sea sponge is worried she...
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Americans still demand their dancing pigs.
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Hiring for Security

At Snapchat, we are hiring talented security engineers. If you are interested, contact me at jad@snapchat.com or apply directly online:
http://boards.greenhouse.io/snapchat/jobs/12839#.U3ZmvuhX-uY

The job posting is for Information Security Engineers. We are also looking for candidates with corporate / systems security experience.
Snapchat is looking for a talented and well-reasoned security engineer to help strengthen all facets of our security program. The ideal candidate will ensure all of our software and infrastructure is designed and implemented with top security practices in mind. You will work side by side with ...
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I was moved by +Vic Gundotra's announcement today that he was leaving Google. He was an important reason why I had joined Google+ when the project was just starting at Google almost four years ago. While I was just beginning to know Vic then, I already knew that he was a very charismatic people person with strong leadership skills and that he stood the best chances to make a social product at Google succeed. I was very excited to work in his organization and that excitement remained throughout. Good luck to you Vic in your next endeavor or in the well deserved break you may take in between. Also good-luck to you +Dave Besbris - my former boss! -, I look forward to seeing how Google+ will continue to evolve under your leadership.

I had my own #AndThen  moment just over three weeks ago when I left Google and joined Snapchat. I too unsurprisingly can attest to what a great company Google is. After all, there is a reason - or a hundred - why I worked at Google for over nine years or more than my previous four employments combined. There is a reason I referred over sixty of my friends to Google in the last few years and there is a reason why every day hundreds if not thousands of visitors come to see the Google campus, some flying in from countries far away just to get a glimpse of what it is like to work at Google.

And then Snapchat came along and the prospect for working with a fast-paced driven ambitious smart young start-up was too appealing to turn down. So I joined Snapchat to lead their information security efforts (and some related areas) and I couldn't be more excited about this new endeavor, growing with the company, learning about new technologies and making interesting contributions. I am also leaving the Bay Area - another emotional change - and relocating to L.A. this week-end.

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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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Snapchat is hiring for Security, Spam & Abuse and others

As Snapchat is growing rapidly, we have many challenging high-impact projects in security and spam & abuse.

If you have good experience with any of the following, email me at jad@snapchat.com or apply to our job site at https://www.snapchat.com/jobs:
 - Mobile security: development and audit
 - Web security: development and audit
- Implementation of large-scale spam & abuse pipelines and clever defenses
- Systems security hardening
- IT Security hardening

Additionally, we are also hiring strong software developers for web, mobile, developer tools, among other open positions.
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security lemma

Any sentence that begins with "I created this survey..." ends badly for security.
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I create surveys to see what people are doing. It takes strange things I don't know about and turns them into strange things I do know about :-)
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Expanding the Security Team at Snapchat

We are looking for experienced security folks to join our growing security team at Snapchat and have a strong impact on our security efforts. Please see the job site for the following roles:
1. Information Security Engineer
2. Systems Security Engineer
3. Security Program Manager

If you know anyone, please send them my way - jad@snapchat.com - or ask them to apply directly to the corresponding job postings.

Separately we are also looking for seasoned Spam & Abuse Engineers, contact me for more on that.

http://boards.greenhouse.io/snapchat#.U-LXqaJX-uZ
Current Job Openings at Snapchat. Corporate. Content Designer Venice. IT Desktop Operations Specialist Venice. Product Analyst Venice, CA. Quantitative Researcher Venice, CA. Design. iOS Rapid UI Prototype Developer Venice, CA. Engineering. Front End Software Engineer Venice, CA ...
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"Just down the road from Google’s main campus here, engineers for the company are accelerating what has become the newest arms race in modern technology: They are making it far more difficult — and far more expensive — for the National Security Agency and the intelligence arms of other governments around the world to pierce their systems."
Internet companies like Google and Facebook are working to keep governments and especially their spy agencies out of their servers after revelations from Edward J. Snowden that they had been invaded.
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On the bright side, the laundry shop is replacing my broken shirt buttons for free. On the other hand, the laundry shop is the one breaking them in the first place.
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+Lea Kissner - It is more funny than anything else. For the last few months, not a week went by where I didn'tget a note from laundry that they fixed a button. Many on shirts worn and laundered for the first time :)
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Interesting article on housing - and rental price - growth in San Francisco. Interesting for the historical context and for suggestions not limited to building skyscrapers. 

https://medium.com/p/ccb31944dce1

(h/t to Eisar)
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+Lea Kissner - I am sure that better inter-city transit would be a great thing to have but it won't change the fact that cities around SF are not building anymore than SF is (and in fact much less so).
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  • Snapchat inc.
    Director of Information Security, 2014 - present
  • Google
    Software Engineer in Security, 2004 - 2014
  • Oracle Corporation
    Software Engineer
  • Yodlee Inc.
    Software Engineer
  • Novell Inc.
    Software Engineer
  • Ericsson Research Canada
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San Francisco, CA - Montreal, Canada - Beirut, Lebanon
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I am the only Jad in San Francisco that I know of, whatever that means :) I miss many happy hours for Karate and yep, I like it. I am very enthusiastic about photography yet I rarely take my camera out, I guess I am lazy. I very much enjoy hiking, skiing and playing tennis. I come from a very social and friendly country where the nightlife is awesome, I miss that a bit. I think SF is a beautiful city and I enjoy it more each year. That's me.
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  • Stanford University
    Computer Science
  • McGill University
    Computer Engineering
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