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Wow. Gotta love data. You personally despise those "get the app!" screens as a user, but as a developer you can't argue with the CTR, so you live with it.

Well, what if it turned out that for every one user who does install the app at the interstitial, seven more users leave your site entirely at that page?

Let users use your website! Don't slam the door in their faces!
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I wanted to clarify a couple of points regarding yesterday’s announcement (https://goo.gl/TL0l6j) and provide some additional context:

1. The great photo and video sharing service that’s part of Google+ is unaffected. You can continue to post photos and videos, and your followers will be able to comment and +1 as before. No change.

2. All of the photos, videos, and albums you have already shared on Google+, including their posts, comments, and +1s are also unaffected. An easy way to find these is to visit the Photos tab of your Profile page.

3. The private photo management component of Google+, which includes backup, editing, creations, private album management (album management for shared content is still available on Google+), and sharing to other apps, is being replaced by Google Photos.

I sincerely appreciate for many of you #3 is still a hard pill to swallow. And I promise we don’t take decisions like this one lightly. The reality is that maintaining both Google+ Photos (the private photo management component of Google+) and Google Photos poses several challenges. Most notably, it is confusing to users why we have two offerings that virtually do the same thing, and it means our team needs to divide its focus rather than working on building a single, great user experience. 

We are working very hard to bring all the best features of Google+ Photos to Google Photos, and this focus will allow us to deliver even more features at a much faster pace.
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What's Up with Google+ Photos moving to Google Photos? What does it mean?

I've gotten SO MANY questions today that I decided to make a video! There's also a little tutorial in there on how I am now using Google Photos to upload photos, create albums, share to communities, etc etc.  I just posted this over on the blog at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com but thought I would post here too.

I'll kind of summarize here too:

- Effectively, nothing really changes because you can still upload photos and share them on Google+ publicly or in communities.

- The new Google Photos is just an improved interface which I like way better because I can upload once and share anywhere.

- People can still comment on photos that are posted to G+ or Communities... hashtags, tagging, and all that stuff still works...

- You can still access all your old photos and videos on Google+ from the photos tab of your profile page.

- None of your old comments and +1's will go away (where did people get that from?)

- And, as you can see in my video below, you can still edit your photos using the robust tools, all of which I think will get merged together at some point.

Any questions?  (not sure I can answer the harder ones, or I can just make up an answer.)
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It's awfully fashionable to hate on PHP as being among the worst-designed (or should I say "designed") programming languages in use today, but I think CMake has got to be in that conversation as well. 

Consider a simple string search-and-replace (no regexp involved); in JavaScript, this is basically

  newString = oldString.replace("pattern", "replacement")

in CMake, this is... uh... 

   string(REPLACE "pattern" "replacement" newString oldString)

Can I get a WAT?
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Of course, bazel >> cmake, but cmake replaced a whole bunch of things that were way worse. 
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Apparently the Washington Post has lost their minds, and is advocating for this nonsense. 
 
Certainly, it is a great blow to law enforcement that some encryption cannot be broken for them, just like it is a great blow to law enforcement that we don’t have the telescreens from 1984 installed in our bedrooms. There are some things law enforcement do not get to see and do not get to have, even with a warrant. That is how things have always been, and our society has yet to fall apart because of it.

h/t +Amber Yust 
A backdoor to encryption, even if euphemistically rebranded as a “front door” or a “golden key,” is by definition a vulnerability.
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An update to Snapseed 2.0.3 has been released!  

• Brush allows working with a finer tip size and deeper zoom
• Quick access to online resources: links to Snapseed’s YouTube channel and Google+ page in the Help & feedback menu
• Many new languages supported: Català, Dansk, Ελληνικά, English (British), Español (Latinoamérica), Suomi, हिन्दी, Hrvatski, Magyar, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk (Bokmål), Português (Portugal), Română, Slovenčina, Українська, Tiếng Việt
• Fixed several crashes and other bugs 

The update will be rolling out today on Android devices through the Play Store and on iOS devices through the App Store.
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The responses to this tweet should earn it a place in the Trolling Hall Of Fame
“Patriots! This is not a drill. #JadeHelm15 is happening right now! This picture just taken in Downtown San Antonio”
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We're at the +2015 NSS Convention  all through next week -- be sure to come by our booth to check out (and try on) our caving coveralls, knee pads, and new elbow pads!
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Startling? Hardly.
 
Since 2009, Colorado has had the single most effective anti-abortion program in the country. In its first four years (for which we now have full data), it reduced abortions by 42%, and teen pregnancies by 40%. And there is nothing particularly startling about the success, because it was done by the most obvious means possible: give contraception to women who want it but can't get access to it, namely teenagers and people who can't afford it. 

"Startlingly," this turns out to work quite well, quite inexpensively, and make basically everyone happy. ("Startlingly" is in quotes because I suspect that if I asked someone who knew nothing about American politics, "what would you do to decrease the rate of unwanted pregnancies?," they would probably guess pretty much exactly what Colorado did, and be not at all startled that it worked) 

(This is not actually a horribly new story, there are just some more numbers out. We've known that this has been working well for quite some time.)
A program to offer long-acting birth control, like free IUDs and implants, has helped reduce teenage pregnancies by 40 percent and abortions by 42 percent.
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My sister-in-law learned to fight authority at an early age, apparently 
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