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Really excited to announce our partnership with +NASCAR for a new racing division based on our self driving cars! This is a big deal and we even have it linked from our home page!

Video of +Sergey Brin in the car: http://www.nascar.com/video/none/none/120331/cup-mar-google/
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/bringing-self-driving-cars-to-nascar.html
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+CNNMoney talks to +Alma Whitten, our director of privacy for products and engineering, about how she's built up Google's "culture of privacy."
Google instituted a culture of privacy over the past year that has helped it move past the Google Buzz fiasco.
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Great words from Tom Anderson
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Recently I saw this article that claimed Google+ has 150 million active users. (http://bit.ly/u9Mh3r) That's a bit silly. I can tell you from experience with large scale audiences (over @ MySpace) that it's nowhere near that number in terms of "activity" defined by any normal definition of "active" (sometimes companies try to say an "active" user is one that logged in once within a month, sometimes once a day, etc). Whatever the actual number is, it doesn't really matter because Google has a history of "winning" and here's how they do it: speed, or, you might want to call it efficiency.

Google won search not because its results were just "better," but because Google was "faster" (note: that's just a specific way of saying better). I don't mean Google search just returns results faster (though it does) and that the type-ahead is faster (it is): what I mean is that Google gets you what you want faster.

Google is gradually winning mail because Gmail loads faster than nasty Hotmail and so-so Yahoo. The clunky Web 2.0 or 2.5 interfaces those two dinosaurs have created in the last few years have only made them slower.. wow, bad move Yahoo/Microsoft!. Gmail also has better search, which helps you find what you want more quickly. There's a lot of confusing things in Gmail and it succeeds despite its nerdy features because it's faster.

Chrome is gradually surpassing IE and Firefox. Why? ... duh. It's faster. Once you use Chrome for a day and get over the fact that you don't know where to click, you simply can't return to IE or even Firefox. Why? Because they're slower and you value your time, because it's really it's your most limited resource.

Android is going to "win" phones because it's getting faster with every update. It loads faster on more powerful phones and the interface gets you to what you want more quickly (note: Android has as already surpassed iPhone for total installs, but it'll win the "App" / "paying App user" market as well). Speed is the main reason I use Android over iPhone (and the fact that the menu, back, home and search are always in the same place -- those App developers on iPhone with their own place for every menu button will drive you crazy). (Note to Google: removing "hard" buttons on Galaxy is a mistake!)

I could go on, but you get the point... G+ is going to continue to grow and grow as long as Google does what they always do: make things faster. If it's quicker to follow someone, create circles, distribute and consume info on G+ then you'll do it on G+. Facebook's new timeline is not faster. It's confusing, and thus slows you down. Some will love it (like people liked crazy MySpace pages), but efficiency will win in the long run. G+ is like the little engine that could. It'll keep tugging along as every product & aspect of Google is attached to the engine (http://bit.ly/mUzjb4) and G+ will keep moving forward . Since it's Google, the cars being pulled by the train won't slow it down -- it'll get faster & faster until it's the fastest way to do just about everything online. (You can start to see some of these efficiencies in the integration between Android, Gmail, Youtube and G+.) All this is a game changer for Google as company. Very exciting to watch :-)
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"Amazon, Wikipedia, and Facebook all see about 20 percent of their traffic from mobile-only users, according to comScore."
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Keep up to date with the #googlechat  outage here: http://goo.gl/l9Ayf
Google Apps Status Dashboard enables users and businesses to monitor the status of individual Google Apps services. Users of Google Apps can now view the status of individual services such as Gmail/Go...
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How Google Earth helped reunite a family after 25 years
An Indian boy who was separated from his family 25 years ago, has found his home village again using satellite images.
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Paul Allen is a great person to follow, below are some helpful getting started tips he recently shared.
 
Welcome new Google+ users!

Experienced +ers, please share this to help out the newbies!

■ A wonderful Startup Guide to Google+ by +Saidur Hossain that has already been translated into 31 languages. This consists of 49 photos/slides that describe how to use the service. It has been shared more than 10,000 times on Google+. *http://bit.ly/oi7mFu*

Google Plus 101: How to Get Started (good blog post for beginngers by Rana Shahbaz): *http://bit.ly/q8awN0*

The Google+ Guide created collaboratively by users in Google Docs: *http://bit.ly/oTyxaq*

Millions of new users will be joining Google+ in the coming days. The doors are finally open. Google's home page invites everyone (over age 18) to try this service out. But for a new user, whether you have a "best thing since sliced bread" experience or a "ghost town" experience, depends on learning a few simple things and applying them.

Early Google+ users remember how fun it was to discover new features, shortcuts, and tips, and share them with each other. At one point, 120 users collaborated and compiled a Google doc that contained the best tips. There is a link to it below.

Here are some additional resources that about getting started on Google+. Some of them may be slightly out of date because Google+ is evolving and improving so quickly, but I've just reviewed them all to make sure they are still valuable - and they are. Hope they are helpful to you and all your new friends here.

■ The Complete Google+ Cheat Sheet: http://bit.ly/nKZABx

■ Smaller Cheatsheet for navigation and editing: http://on.mash.to/ppEyi5

■ Mashable's Complete Guide to Google+ (July 16): http://on.mash.to/omVWlV

+Craig Kanalley's 15 Tips for Newbies (July 13): http://huff.to/qorPyx

+Keith Barrett 10 Tips for Public Hangouts (Sept. 3): http://bit.ly/nu1Uv8

And finally, here is a run-down by Geek.com of the major updates that Google+ made to its hangouts yesterday: http://bit.ly/pKvP6H

More links to additional resources are provided by +Johnathan Chung at http://bit.ly/reF3GP.

Finally, if you try Google+ and feel skeptical at first, please follow +Tom Anderson who has the best posts nearly every day here on Google+, and also read this excellent article that he wrote for TheNextWeb entitled "How Google+ will succeed and why you'll use it whether you want to or not." http://tnw.co/nn7Uwn (Tom founded MySpace and as guru +Robert Scoble says, "he gets social at a level even I can't approach.")

Google+ is here to stay. It will be a permanent social layer on top of Google's other web properties which are already used by one billion people each month.

By investing a little time and effort to set up and organize your circles and to install Google+ apps on your smart phone, you will soon find that Google+ empowers you to personalize your stream and your sharing like never before.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Please add a comment below if I'm missing a very helpful resource for beginners.
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We've launched Google+ Pages with Direct Connect this morning.

This should make it easier for you to connect with the businesses, brands and causes you care about.

Read all about it here:
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/google-pages-connect-with-all-things.html
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