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your realize, of course, that this is putting perople out of work?
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This Googler lampoons Google in cartoons

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Mexican squirrel

This iguana is about three feet long, and I spotted him running around on what is essentially a traffic circle.

We see a lot of them in the park across the street from our house.

#iguana #mexico
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taste like chicken..
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Everyday Mexican mural art is insane

Spotted this gem yesterday at Mercado 23 in Cancun. WTF?

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Pretty sure you can find the picture that inspired this one in one of HR Giger's awesome books
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Why can't Google+ tell what language I speak?

We're always told that companies, especially Google, are constantly harvesting our personal data and actions in the form of "signals" that enable them to custom tailor content and advertising for us.

This is the payoff for us allowing all our data to be harvested.

Why doesn't it work?

I understand that Google+ is a very international social network, and I like that about Google+.

I appreciate the built-in translation feature that enables us to interact with people who speak other languages.

But what action have I ever taken that would inspire Google's algorithms to notify -- NOTIFY -- me of posts like this in language I don't speak -- in this case, in the Nepali language.

Google is supposed to know all about me. Yet they can't even detect what language I speak.

Also: 99% of the posts in my notifications feed that are not my own posts are selfies or cheesy memes or other completely irrelevant stuff from people I don't follow and with whom I have never once interacted.

I just don't get it.

Can anyone explain this?

#Google   #algorithms  
२५६० औ बुद्धजयन्तीको अवसरमा बुद्ध जन्मस्थल लुम्बिनीमा आयोजित विशेष कार्यक्रमलाई सम्बोधन गर्दै भण्डारीले २५६० औ वर्षअघि प्रतिपादन गरेको कुरा सान्दर्भिक हुनु नेपालका लागि खुसी कुरा रहेको बताइन् । लुम्बिनीमा बुद्धको सम्झनामा ...
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Do you have a screenshot of the notification? (perhaps from the bell's "previously read" section)
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Temporarily free Google storage -- the reckoning

Over time I've gotten free Google storage space either by purchasing a Chromebook Pixel or whatever. But that free storage apparently had an expiration date.

And now that date has come.


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Kind of the same thing Microsoft did with one drive. Give away the farm then take it all back.
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Facebook's frat-boy culture strikes again: bans picture of overweight model for being "extremely undesirable"

Add this to the spectacularly long list of Facebook apologies ( ), where the company does something horrible, gets caught and escapes bad press by apologizing.

Facebook apologized for banning a picture of plus-size model Tess Holliday in an ad posted by an Australian feminist group, Cherchez la Femme.

Facebook initially told the group the photo violated Facebook's ad guidelines, which say: "Ads may not depict a state of health or body weight as being perfect or extremely undesirable."


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This is why you need Google Spaces

(Read my column: )

Google last week announced a lot of products last week. Nearly all of them are "catch-up" products -- Google's versions of products that other companies have already shipped. And all of them are coming out later in the year.

But one Google announcement alone is both unique and currently available: Google Spaces.

Spaces is not a social network. Nobody can follow you as a person, and you can't follow other people. You have to invite people from outside Spaces.

This absence of social following highlights one of the benefits of Spaces: You don't "post" something and hope the members of a social network find it or mark it as “liked.” You're not in some ego-driven competition for followers. It's not about creating viral content, because there's no place for your content to go.

Also: There are no celebrities, trolling, shaming, uninvited participants or any of the other annoying features of major social sites, including and especially Twitter.

Here's why you should use Spaces, along with my pro tips on how to use it well:

#Google #Spaces #GoogleSpaces
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This Mexican supermarket has a great cigar selection

They have humidors like this all over the booze section of the Chedraui supermarket in Plaza Americas.

#cigars #mexico
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They sell hibiscus flowers by the bin in Mexican supermarkets

Hibiscus is available only in some health food stores in the US, and is expensive -- you'll find it in tiny packs or small jars or bins.

Here in Mexico, people drink cold tea made from hibiscus called agua de jamaica (it tastes like cranberry juice), and also sometimes eat the stuff and use it as a garnish.

The price here is $4.85 for a kilo. (So we got some.)

#hibiscus #mexico

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I really love the Jamaica water and it's also great for the kidneys, it helps to keep the healthy.
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The Chinese government posts about 488 million propaganda messages on social media each year

That's about the same number of total messages posted on Twitter by all users combined.

Three scholars ran the first systematic study of China’s 50-cent-army (online propaganda workers), which posts tirelessly to paint a positive image of the Chinese government and Chinese Communist Party.

The big shocker in this report is that instead of using mostly freelance propagandists, as previously believed, the Chinese government has got workers at Chinese government agencies posting many of the messages.

They also found a lot of coordination and control of the posts, representing government information campaigns.

About one of every 178 social media posts on China’s microblogs is government propaganda presented as an ordinary citizen's opinion.

#China #Propaganda #50centarmy

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Googlers must LOVE doing Google I/O at the Shoreline Amphitheater

This is how close it is.

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sooo clear, Technology at its best
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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.

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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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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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This is a really good restaurant. The food is very flavorful without being fatty and heavy. Great service.
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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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Best place for breakfast in the State of California. I'm not kidding. This place rocks. It's mostly a French cafe, but with Moroccan and Mexican influences. The food is as good as food gets, and the owner is an awesome guy, too. Do NOT leave L.A. without eating here. You're welcome.
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