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"This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names."

Finally (are they over now).. but what a load of horse shit "this helped create a community made up of real people" .. you would have had that with a better name policy.

You do not have the data or facts to claim that THIS policy is what helped you create a community of "REAL" people. This is just your belief.

Such a sad statement for a company that claims to be data driven.

This does not forgive you in my mind for the idiocy you held on to tightly and forced throughout your system.
When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names. 

Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use. 

We know you've been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For this we apologize, and we hope that today's change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be. Thank you for expressing your opinions so passionately, and thanks for continuing to make Google+ the thoughtful community that it is.

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Yes, Tesla - this is how you do patents:

"Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.

Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology."

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those pesky nymwars.. they are over now right? HAHANO.

"Now that Google PR has emailed me (Saturday evening) telling me to 'tone down' my "unfair" headline, go read it:"

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So yeah, google, how is that real names policy working for you now to keep everything nice and happy between people online?

ass hats.

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So.. are we staggering yet?

"But I’m willing to stake my reputation on the following statement: If Google Plus doesn’t have a staggering number of active users by the end of 2013, you can all come over to my office and pie me in the face."

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So the new Facebook Paper app will require a Facebook login, but will not require that you reveal your identity. Wonder when Google will start to grow up.

'"Former Facebook employees say identity and anonymity have always been topics of heated debate in the company. Now Zuckerberg seems eager to relax his old orthodoxies. “I don’t know if the balance has swung too far, but I definitely think we’re at the point where we don’t need to keep on only doing real identity things,” he says. “If you’re always under the pressure of real identity, I think that is somewhat of a burden.” Paper will still require a Facebook login, but Zuckerberg says the new apps might be like Instagram, which doesn’t require users to log in with Facebook credentials or share pictures with friends on the social network. “It’s definitely, I think, a little bit more balanced now 10 years later,” he says. “I think that’s good.”'

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Yeah.. lot of cat pictures in 2013.. 

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okay - this is pretty cool.. requires WebGL, works best in Chrome - - real time face substitution - in JavaScript (using your camera and substituting alterations on your face in the video feed in real time)

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