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A study on scale: WhatsApp & Google Drive… the story of our integration

WhatsApp is one of the most popular mobile apps in the world, with over a billion users sending and receiving over 42 billion messages, photos, and videos every day. But what would happen if people lost or upgraded their phones? All these messages and memories would be gone. So we worked with WhatsApp to give their users the ability to back up their data to Google Drive and restore it when they setup WhatsApp on a new phone.

One of the challenges of this integration is scaling for so many users. How did we do it and not fall over? How did we make the integration as simple as WhatsApp itself? Check out our blogpost for some insight on the technical challenges and things we did to make it happen: http://goo.gl/pPIvkg

#io16 #WhatsApp #GoogleDrive #DriveAPI #GoogleApps
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Google+ is super popular - report.

The Globalwebindex issued a report saying that about one quarter of all Internet users in the world use Google+.

The US tech press has completely ignored this story and falsely believes the ignorant echo chamber BS because 1) journalists love Twitter and hate any social network that competes with Twitter; and 2) North America has the lowest usage in the world, according to this report.

If US tech journalists know anything it's that if US journalists don't use something then nobody does.

Here's Globalwebindex blog post on the news:

http://www.globalwebindex.net/blog/google-plus-is-more-popular-than-you-think

#Google+

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Interesting read. Seem like the US is stuck in the past (Facebook world) also know as embarrassing people I did stupid things with and the rest of the world seeking new friends with shared interests. 

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You’ve no doubt heard a lot about Google’s brand new photo service and you might have even played around with it for a few minutes—but have you explored it properly?
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Hi +Mark Zuckerberg,

I can see you now have 658,472 followers on here, which is awesome, but your profile seems a little on the quiet side. 

To help you out, here are a few tips to get your started on Google+…

Engagement:
This seems to be very low right now, but that is ok, I’m sure as soon as you start posting people will be plussing like crazy. 

Profile picture:
I noticed your photo is tagged with your name, which is excellent, but you may like to consider a slightly ‘clearer head shot’, as this is best for purposes of Google Authorship (see below).

Cover photo:
You still have the default image - this is a little bit boring, so why not check out some of the ones in the free library?

Verified name/profile:
It is great you have a verified Profile, and shield! How did you get that? Do you know someone at Google or something!? 

Formatting:
Just so you know...
an _ each side of the word/phrase makes it italics
a * either side will make it bold
a - will make it a strikethrough
And you can use them all in combination.

This helps posts look even better.

Linking to your website?
I see in your ‘About Section’ that you ‘make things’. Do you blog? Well, if you link it to your Profile, you may even find your image appearing alongside your content in Google Search (an aspect of something called ‘Google Authorship’, which people seem to love.)

Brand Pages:
Also you may like to set up a Brand Page which you can usually link to a website (using a rel=publisher markup).

Other social networks:
Just to say, I know people are often already heavily invested in other social platforms, such as Twitter and LinkedIn, and the good news is that you can use Friendsplus.me to distribute your Google+ content straight to other social networks too. This is really handy.

YouTube:
I had a quick look and I couldn't find your channel.
You are really missing out as Google+ and YouTube work hand-in-hand. 

And finally…
The people are awesome on Google+; it is a real community.
And know it is ok Mark, even though you may not know anyone to start with, you’ll make new friends in no time.

p.s. Great to see you’ve been on ‘Google’ since Buzz. 

#PlusTheZuck  
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AllCast Beta 4

Heads up. Google's latest Chromecast update intentionally breaks AllCast. They disabled 'video_playback' support from the ChromeCast application.

Given that this is the second time they've purposefully removed/disabled[1] the ability to play media from external sources, it confirms some of my suspicions that I have had about the Chromecast developer program:
The policy seems to be a heavy handed approach, where only approved content will be played through the device. The Chromecast will probably not be indie developer friendly. The Google TV team will likely only whitelist media companies.

I'd strongly suggest holding off on buying a Chromecast until we can see how Google chooses to move forward on third party applications. There are also other (open) platforms and stacks that one could buy/support as well. (LeapCast, NodeCast, etc)

Here's the apk, but please note it probably won't work.
http://download.clockworkmod.com/test/Cast.apk

[1] There used to be a sample app that provided similar functionality.
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Police were called after Star Wars fans clashed with Doctor Who fans at a science fiction convention in Norwich. The two rival groups were advised to "keep out of each other's way": http://bbc.in/13xpBSY
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Gmail users can now Undo Send emails up to 30 seconds after one is sent.
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They've done what now? Sony releases QX100 and QX10 camera modules for smartphones - we've organized all of our related content right here:
Digital Photography Review: All the latest digital camera reviews and digital imaging news. Lively discussion forums. Vast samples galleries and the largest database of digital camera specifications.
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Yet another example why the Android security is flawed and should be fixed soon. Now it is not a shady app from an unknown company that abuses our privacy...
Users should have control about basic permissions after an app is installed (similar to what was added to iOS not long ago). This way we could install the FB app and then block it from having any access to our contacts list.

#android   #facebook   #privacy   #permissions  
 
Facebook's Android app has been found to automatically send user phone numbers back to the company's servers. Facebook says it has deleted the numbers from its servers.
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