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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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The carpooling service by Google's Waze just went live. It's called RideWith. 
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סעו ביחד לעבודה עם הכוח של Waze. Waze היא קהילת הנהגים הגדולה בעולם ומליוני אנשים נעזרים בה להגיע לעבודה בדרך הכי מהירה. אז למה לא לקחת על הדרך נוסע שמוכן להשתתף בהוצאות הנסיעה? זה הרעיון של RideWith. RideWith היא דרך נוחה לנהגים ונוסעים: לעזור אחד לשני. להפחית בעלויות הנסיעה היומיות לעבודה ...
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+Dru Morgan I think URLs with double letters never really get anywhere cause people are confused easily. Blame it on that ;-)
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Is that Captain Picard on the cover with you, Mike?
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An interesting trend in wine labels.

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Facebook wants to compete with Apple in the music business and with YouTube in the video business!

Plus, it looks like the Apple Watch isn't selling very well. 

And we'll tell you about the 50 billion dollar mega-merger that has already been approved. 

With +Mike Elgan, +Kashmir Hill, +Kurt Wagner and +Jennifer Booton!
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The intro to 'Full House' re-made in Grand Theft Auto.

... for some reason.
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The surprising genius of Apple's Beats 1 radio.

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When Apple announced it was creating an Internet radio station called Beats 1 to go along with its Apple Music service, I was dismissive.

It didn't make sense. There are already thousands of Internet radio stations broadcasting worldwide that have been around for years. The DJs Apple poached from the BBC and elsewhere have been streaming music on the Internet for years -- and Apple's fans barely noticed.

Apple's recent music rollout came in three parts: Apple Music, which is a streaming music service; Connect, which is a kind of promotional social network for artists; and Beats 1, which is an Internet radio station.

Of these three components, the least innovative, least unique and least technology-oriented is the Beats 1 radio station.

It's also by far the most brilliant. Here's why:

#AppleMusic #Beats1
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For me personally, Apple Music is a no go.
There is nothing there that I would be interested in.

I have been doing music streaming for decades from all over the World.
None of this is new to me, there are so many places to access music
from around the World it's ridiculous.

MySpace has album uploads, there are websites that have album uploads from people all over the World. These are not bit torrent sites.
They are easy enough to search for on the Net using any search engine.

There are literally thousands of online music stores on every Continent all over the World that sell music and will ship it to you. There are many online music stores around the World that sell downloads online around the World.

Apple is a little late to the Party..LOL

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Reddit mods nearly shut down Reddit in a massive protest!

Plus, Google Glass returns!!

And we'll tell you about two industry CEOs and their profanity-laden public shoutfest on Twitter. 

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How do YOU "watch" TNT? : )
Mike, I don't just "watch" Tech News Today, I WATCH it...

Haha, get it?!?

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Forget algorithms. People rule!

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For more than a decade now, we've been witnessing a Google-led process by which things that used to be done by people were instead done by computers, databases, applications and algorithms.

This technology-centric approach provided the immediate benefit of lowering the cost of processing content -- but at a cost. The machines never quite "got it," and they often produced results that were a little weird, incomplete, tone deaf and ultimately less-than-compelling to users.

Never mind, we were told. The algorithms are getting better all the time. They'll match and overtake human curators any day now. Just wait.

However, in the past month, it's become clear that Silicon Valley has realized that nothing beats the human touch. The tech industry has gotten impatient and has stopped waiting for the algorithms to surpass human curation—or, more accurately, they can't afford to wait.

Here's what you need to know about the new imperative to replace algorithms with humans:

#algorithms   #humancuration  
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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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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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