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The intro to 'Full House' re-made in Grand Theft Auto.

... for some reason.
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Proof you can buy anything online: How about a personal flame-thrower?

Apparently this is legal:
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Is Facebook and Google face recognition a danger to privacy?

(Read my column: )

Both Facebook and Google have been working hard at using computers and algorithms to identify people in photos. They've gotten really good at it.

Is facial recognition a threat on Facebook and Google?

We still don't know what they'll do with that technology. To a large degree, it's up to us. But first, we have to understand what's possible.

Here are some of the incredible things Facebook and Google can do with their facial-recognition technology:

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Really? $153?
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Hey, I'm hosting This Week in Gooooooooooogle!

Here's TWiG:

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New product adds two screens to your laptop!

Who wants this?
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I Am Chris Farley: Here comes the trailer!

The Chris Farley documentary opens in theaters on July 31.
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I loved his Antics and natural Comedy. His Love of Life and people . He was so talented . A Natural. HE is very missed . Gone way to soon . :(
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Great post on G+'s B-day!
Happy 4 Years Google+!
It's been a great ride so far-- here's to many more!

Today marks the 4 year anniversary of +Google+. I can't imagine why this hasn't been talked about much today, but for me it's a cause for real celebration. 

Today isn't just the celebration of the birth of a network, this is a celebration of the birth of countless relationships that have been more valuable than anything else. 

Without the inception of Google+ I wouldn't have had any of the incredible opportunities I have today. This has been a network where I've gotten the chance to connect with so many incredible and inspiring people. I couldn't possibly name them all. 

I will try to name a few though...

Without Google+ I would never have been introduced to the likes of +Vic Gundotra who has been an incredible source of inspiration to me these 4 years even after leaving the helm of Google+.

I would have never have had the chance to connect with awesome Googlers such as +Moritz Tolxdorff +Justine Rivero +Natalie Villalobos +Leo Deegan +Cindy Chen or +Yonatan Zunger.

I may never have been introduced to +Mike Elgan who pushes me to dig deeper, explore more and strive to be a better, more prolific writer. 

I would have never been intellectually pushed beyond my limits by the likes of +David Amerland +Mark Traphagen +Eric Enge and +Gideon Rosenblatt.

I would have never found such friendships with fellow +Google enthusiasts like myself such as +Jaana Nyström +DeAno Jackson +George Cohn +Peggy K +Yifat Cohen or +Lori Friedrich.

I would never have found such great camaraderie with the likes of +Mike Allton +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales +Andrew Joseph +Thomas E. Hanna | +Bernd Rubel +Chris Wilson +Christine DeGraff +David Foster +Eli Fennell +Peter G McDermott +Gary Matthews +Jeremy Smith +Tomasz Kucharski +Sean Cowen +Keith Bloemendaal +troy mc laughlin or  +Chef Dennis Littley.

I would have never have connected with the amazing +Peg Fitzpatrick who inspires me to be better at #AllTheThings  and who then allowed me to meet +Guy Kawasaki who's work I've looked up to for a long, long time. And I most certainly wouldn't have gotten to sit and the "big kids" table with +Jay Baer +Michael Stelzner +Mari Smith +Ann Handley or the other superstars at dinner a few months back.

I wouldn't have learned how to selflessly serve, support and inspire others the way that +Denis Labelle +Yuko Nakamura and +Neila Rey do on a daily basis. 

I would have missed out on many laughs provided by +matthew rappaport.

I wouldn't have been sharpened by peers in the social media and digital space such as +kara wood +Ana Hoffman +Brian Jensen +Robert Ryan +Ray Hiltz +Danny Brown or +Rob Russo.

I would have never seen the awesome story that is +Daria Musk and the amazing community she's created. 

I would have probably never been criticized, critiqued, and pushed as hard to be better by the likes of +David Kutcher +Ammon Johns and +Vincent Messina

I would have never gotten to hang out with such cool people at Social Media Marketing World such as +Ryan Hanley +Joey Giangola +Kimberly Reynolds +Rebekah Radice +Mia Voss +Denise Wakeman  +martin shervington and +Jeff Sieh.

I would have missed countless interactions with amazing people such as +Carrie-Anne Foster +Nazim Beltran +Kristin Drysdale +Mark Tillison or +Mark-John Clifford.

I would have probably not had the chance to meet +Ben Fisher +Stephan Hovnanian who have both given me such inspiration and wisdom over the years. 

I would have never met +Kristoffer Howes or +Wade Harman and  would never have been given the opportunity to be the current Chief Marketing Officer of the kick-butt team we call +Weal Media.

I also would never have met +Jason T. Wiser or +Nicholas Cardot and therefore would never have been able to co-create the best social sharing plugin, +Social Warfare

Without all this, wouldn't be nearly where it's at today. wouldn't have my name as a part of it. And wouldn't exist. These things I pour into, get fired up about and have an undying passion for would not be anything without people

Each of the people mentioned above are not just names but human beings whom I've been touched by in some way because of this network. There are probably plenty of people I'm forgetting to mention (and if you're one of them that just means we haven't talked in a while and we need to fix that). There's not enough time to quantify and record the number of people I've had the opportunity to meet here on Google+. 

And that's what I celebrate today. 

So join with me in wishing both +Google+ and the many relationships created because of it a very Happy Birthday!

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Cats on the Greek island of Samos.

Am I too late for #Caturday?
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Never forget!

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The world's only lovable technology journalist.
Who the $#@! is Mike Elgan? 

I write and talk and interview on the subjects technology and innovation. I anchor TWiT's daily Tech News Today netcast ( 

My opinion columns appear all over the place, most frequently Computerworld, PC World, InfoWorld, MacWorld, CIO Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, eWeek, Baseline and elsewhere. 

I don't do "access journalism." I am not in the industry, I'm not an investor or entrepreneur, but instead an independent, disinterested observer with strong opinions. (I have nothing against access journalism, it's just not what I do.)

My Thoughts on Google+:

After 10 years of blogging with conventional blogging sites and services, I abandoned that approach a year ago and started blogging on Google+. Why? Because Google+ is by far the best blogging platform. As Tim O'Reily said, it's like Tumblr 2.0, but more social. 

I also cancelled my account with a leading photo-sharing and management site, and now use Google+ for that exclusively. 

I've replaced more than half my email communication with Google+ communication.

I use Google+ to write first drafts of my stories, to crowdsource, to take polls, to get feedback and to drive traffic to the articles I write. It has dramatically improved my work as a writer. 

I even use Google+ for social networking!

Although I'm most active on Google+, you can also follow me here: 

And you can download my top 200 most popular posts as an eBook by clicking here.

I'm ranked #1 on the Google Plus Score list, which is based on user engagement.

I'm the #7 Most Recommended Person to Follow on Google+ (as voted by users). 

I'm one of Mashable's top nine Google+ Power Users.

I'm also a "Curator" on the Google Currents app!! (Please install the free app and "Add" me!)

I've also created and moderate these Google+ communities.

Here's how I do Google+: 

In the meantime, please CIRCLE ME! I'd love to interact with you here on Google+. 
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Luma Fitness cost us $232 per class. Here's why. My wife and I signed up for a year at Luma fitness at the beginning of last year. Luma Fitness limits the number of students per class. You have to sign up. If the class is full, you can't take that class. And the classes are usually full. You can see this for yourself. For example, when I wrote this review on Saturday morning, you can see from my screenshot that every Sunday class that takes place at the gym is already full. (The only available classes are a trail running class -- we already trail run every day and don't need to pay a gym for that -- and a second class that's way above our fitness level.) We work during the day, and want to work out after work. Those classes are the most unavailable, especially the ones at our fitness level. We're very busy, and often had a hard time making time for the gym. But when we did find the time, we found that Luma Fitness classes were already full. Because of that, we were able to attend only 10 classes for the year. We paid them $2,148 and used their gym 10 times. The nightmare continued. Our membership ended at the end of January. You have to give 30 days notice in writing to terminate the membership, which we did on January 6. Yet they're charging us for the full month of February. We called and argued with them about it, but they were horrible and nasty and insisted that we pay the full month, rather than honor their own contract of 30 days notice. They KNOW we won't be using their gym for the month of February. They KNOW we paid them thousands of dollars without using their service much. But they are just taking our $179 for the month anyway. I guess the $2,148 we paid for 10 classes wasn't enough, so they took more. So now our grand total is $2,327 for 10 classes. Instead of going to Luma Fitness, just flush $20 bills down the toilet twice a week. You'll save money, and you'll get more exercise.
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Shirley rules!
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Everything we tried at this restaurant was incredible. What a gem.
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Awesome location and great coffee completely ruined by freezing room temperature and mind-bogglingly slow Internet connect (it took me three minutes to load this page before I could write a review).
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This is a really good restaurant. The food is very flavorful without being fatty and heavy. Great service.
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Awesome. Simply awesome.
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OK, I'm going to say something VERY controversial here. But it's my opinion that Pizzateca has the world's best pizza. As the author of the book _American Pie_ says, the world's best pizza is usually the one you grew up with. However, I have eaten at Bianco's Pizzeria in Phoenix, all the highest rated pizza places in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere, and this is the best I've had. Most of the best places in America nail the toppings but fail on crust. They tend to use yeast-based leavening, which can only get you so far. Pizzateca, on the other hand, is doing something magical with the crust that involves 3 days of fermentation, according to the owner. Specifically, Pizzateca's muchroom and garlic pizza is truly mind-blowing. Please, do NOT fail to eat at this tiny joint if you're anywhere near Madrid, Spain.
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