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Theodore Book
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Come on Google folks - why is performance on your #appengine APIs so consistently slow? Even with dedicated memcache, I often see 100ms to retrieve a small blob. Datastore operations aren't any better.
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Waiting for Google fiber....
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More evidence that #GoogleIsEvil.  Today I got a notice from @AdSense that they wouldn't serve ads to a web site with public domain books because they are "protected by copyright law".  Of course, they shut down serving before contacting me, and allow me a 100 character response for an appeal.  Make your legal argument in half a tweet!

Google bows to bullies: Our e-books app, #Gutebooks, provides access to some books hosted by Archive.org that are out of copyright in the US, but still covered by copyright elsewhere. On Monday of this week, Google notified us that #HarperCollins had sent them a DMCA notice about our app and that they would suspend it from the Play Store immediately. The #InternetArchive and ourselves are registered with the government under the DMCA, and could have been contacted directly.

It is a shame that #Google allows bullies to prevent individuals from accessing legal content. It is also a shame that Google did not allow us to respond before suspending our app. So far, Google has not responded to our requests for redress.

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Photospheres from Austria and Germany
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Austria / Germany Photospheres
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Just had an app yanked from #GooglePlay for an alleged content policy violation.  It appears to be an error, as the app complies with the policy that was cited.  The app has been on #Google Play for 2 and 1/2 years, and I was given no prior notice.  #DontBeEvil

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Here are some photo spheres from Spain!
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Spain Photo Spheres
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Wow...

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I just released a new e-book app.  Try it out and let me know what you think!

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Security advice from Google: Just obfuscate it a little bit - they won't figure it out:

Security Recommendation: It is highly recommended that you do not hard-code the exact public license key string value as provided by Google Play. Instead, you can construct the whole public license key string at runtime from substrings...
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