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You can't relax on the Game of Thrones toilet (because some usurper is always trying to take it from you)!

(Pic props to +liz ohanesianhttp://goo.gl/QeTkpF )
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Hey +Mike Elgan have you seen Forbe's Google+ hit piece? I would like your views on this!
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Do you agree or disagree?

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Why I think the EU is right to go after Google

I readily admit that I am typically a Google/Android fanboy (proof at the end), but I think the antitrust case against Google in the EU will result in nothing but good. Google is a huge company, and getting bigger every day. I think no matter how much they try to "not be evil", a company that big poses a threat to competition and risks creating a homogeneous ecosystem for customers. If you love Google and everything they do, that might seem fine, but everyone is not like that. This is why regulatory bodies exist: to check companies who are getting too big and correct dangerous behavior. I don't know if there is behavior to correct yet, but the whole point of the case to find that out. It will put Google in the spotlight to either confirm or correct their business practices to the advantage of competition and consumers. Nothing but good can come from this.

Evidence that I'm not a Google-hater: I use Google+ as my primary social network; my phone and my tablet are Nexii; I wear an LG G Watch which I bought on launch day; I use Google services almost exclusively... 
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+Jake Hennett They have though. Read the FTC leaks.
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Here comes Tech News Today: http://live.twit.tv
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Reminds me of "SuperUnknown" from Soundgarden!
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Here comes Tech News Today!

Watch now: http://goo.gl/fOUAoH
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My talented and adorable niece is in a music video!

My niece Bailey (a.k.a. "Bai") is in a music video called "Angel." (She plays the role of the angel, of course, and also sings.) 

It's shot in my hometown of Santa Barbara, California. 

Here comes the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGZ7g-ZBB-M

#angel   #bai
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Hey you are so cuit.... And hoping to see you in Ghana...thanks!!!
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What, are you nuts? Don't even THINK about not watching today's TNT!

Watch now: http://goo.gl/t5OAac

+Christina Warren and I grill interview guests +Amar Toor, Susan Decker and +Dan Graziano!

#FuckThisIsAnAwesomeShow
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I have been meaning to post that I thought you rely on videos and photos in TNT too much. I am certain that I am in the majority who download the podcast rather than watch live or on my computer or other device. Specifically, the HowIWatchTNT segment always bothered me, as it is specifically visual. That was until the April 10 episode (that I just caught up on today), where you picked my brother, Steve Overton as the Fan of the Day and called him a unicorn. Now, I can put up with Leo calling him a Wilford Brimley lookalike (iPad Today about a year ago), but a UNICORN? Come on. My 4 brothers and I have a saying, "You pick on one, you pick on 'em all". We're not so old that we can't still wrestle you to the ground. (OK, maybe we are...) Still, I await your apology.
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Oh, yeah!! Sopa de res!!

+Amira Elgan is making this right now!! :)
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Why Europe's war on Silicon Valley will backfire.

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/taVbgI )

European regulators and other government bodies have become obsessed in recent months with using every legal tool at their disposal to harm American technology companies like Facebook, Apple and, above all, Google.

It goes beyond protectionism and beyond anti-Americanism. Ultimately it's a war against the Internet itself. And it's hurting Europe.

One strange element of Europe's relentless attacks on Google is that in fact Europe doesn't oppose Google—only European politicians and regulators do. In fact, Europe is one of the most pro-Google regions in the world.

For example, while Google's search market share is about 67 percent in the United States, it's north of 93 percent in Europe. And in the countries where action against Google is most aggressive, it's even higher than that—for example, about 95 percent in France and about 96 percent in Spain.

European critics of Google will tell you that this "dominance" is the problem, but it bears a reminder that Google's search market share isn't about Google "taking" share. It's about the people exercising their choice and preference.

Let's take a look at European elites' war on Silicon Valley, then understand why it's hurting Europe. 

http://www.eweek.com/cloud/why-europes-regulatory-war-against-silicon-valley-will-backfire.html

#Europe  #Google #Apple #Facebook #Amazon 
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Europe is in every way designed to be a protected/regulated zone. Too bad this article hardly deals with Facebook, compared to Google they are much more interesting as a political enemy.
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I'm hosting Security Now!

Watch now: http://goo.gl/hF2uh6
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Nice show :)
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Ant Man: Here comes the trailer!

This movie looks surprisingly fun!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=135&v=pWdKf3MneyI
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Why floors, walls and ceilings are the next interface.

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/3Dglcv )

It's a cliché to say that in the past few decades "everything has become computerized" and that the power and quality of our computers has increased massively.

What hasn't changed much is the size of the interface. Sure, some of us have large monitors, or many monitors (you know who you are). But the vast majority of us interact with our computers and the Internet through a small rectangle (on a laptop, tablet or phone) that we place in front of our faces.

We take for granted that to interact with computers is to block out the world around us (and the people around us) as we focus on these glowing screens.

But after all these years of "computerization," something wonderful is about to happen: Our interface to the world of computers will leap off of the screen and onto the walls, floors, ceilings, tabletops, windows and other surfaces in our homes and offices, and in public spaces.

Here's what's happening: http://goo.gl/3Dglcv

#Lumo  #HoloLens #IllumiRoom #MagicLeap 
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I write and talk and interview on the subjects technology and innovation. I anchor TWiT's daily Tech News Today netcast (http://twit.tv/show/tech-news-today). 


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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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