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Best to boycott this for now, folks. 75% take home of your hard work by third parties shouldn't sit well with many.
 
All that modding time is no longer worthless (you can get 25 percent!)
Functionality debuts in Skyrim, offers static or "pay what you want" price options.
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Great stuff for administrators.
 
We've announced two changes to the post install experience for Google Apps Marketplace, geared towards improving end user awareness and active usage of your apps. More details on the Google Apps Developer blog.
Posted by Chris Han, Product Manager, Google Apps Marketplace team. Today we're announcing two changes to the post install experience for Google Apps Marketplace. Both changes are geared towards improving end user awareness and active usage of your apps. First, after installing a Marketplace app ...
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So, it sounds like Google is launching their own wireless network, with a pricing model and everything.

"As you go about your day, Project Fi automatically connects you to more than a million free, open Wi-Fi hotspots we've verified as fast and reliable. Once you're connected, we help secure your data through encryption. When you're not on Wi-Fi, we move you between whichever of our partner networks is delivering the fastest speed, so you get 4G LTE in more places"

They've even got a coverage map available, and it looks pretty good. https://fi.google.com/coverage
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Coming up on 200,000 signatures against bill C-51.
This is nuts. Tell the government to #StopC51 and rein in this reckless, dangerous, and ineffective legislation today.
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This is so massively funny. A bunch of older (yes, I mean this in a derogatory way) Germans protest the "publication of their house on the Internet" (aka Street View) by ... getting a photo of their house taken and put on the Internet. #dumdumdumdumdumb   #notinmyname   #germantechnophear  
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Gegen die Veröffentlichung von Häusern und Straßenzügen bei Street View, die Google für dieses Jahr plant, kann Widerspruch eingereicht werden. Hunderte von Bürgern haben sich schon die entsprechenden Formulare besorgt.
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Good walk on the dyke in Maple Ridge today. Been a few years since the last visit. Nice to see wildlife still hanging about. 
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Gorgeous shot +David Metcalfe !
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Amazing performance by Def Leppard tonight in Vancouver. Come back soon, guys!
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The Patriot Act is set to expire?! Well, legislators are suddenly moving
Patriot Act expires June 1 as bill to extend surveillance heads to Senate floor.
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"The vast majority of the agents that it had sent to court to testify about a specific forensic analysis had submitted erroneous statements to the court. In its preliminary review of relevant cases, at least 90 percent of them were problematic."

So many lives wasted in prison over shoddy science.
It was a long road to an admission that agents systematically overstated evidence.
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“Thirty-five of these cases resulted in the death penalty, and errors have been identified in 33 of those cases; nine of the convicted have already been executed.”
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Chrome Live is starting now. Tune in to our keynotes and custom sessions and join the conversation on Twitter and Google+ using #chromelive15http://goo.gl/62PMw4
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Obligatory post for all the 420 turds. Please remain downwind of me. Preferably forever.
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+Eric James Soltys Woah, easy there, slugger. I never said what kind of drink! I'll keep to sippin' my genmaicha, thank'ya very much!
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Worth sharing around to expose the hack journalists and research jobs being toted as reliable fact. Shame on +Forbes.
 
A Truly Awful Google+ Hatchet Job on Forbes Exposed

As some of you know, I've made it my policy for some time now not to waste time responding to the "Google+ is dead" articles that sprout up from time to time like weeds on a spring lawn. 

But the recent rash have been so bad, so poorly researched and argued, that I had to end my silence.

My next +Marketing Land column (which should publish next week, I think) deals with the main arguments in recent articles by +Larry Kim and +Travis Wright.

But in this post I'm commenting on a new Forbes post by Steve Denning titled "Five Reasons Why Google+ Died." In a response today +Mike Elgan dealt very well with a number of Denning's reasons, including a very bad misunderstanding of a quote by Elgan that Denning doesn't even correctly attribute. You can read Elgan's post at http://goo.gl/FH6DJ5.

I want to address a statistic quoted in the introduction of Denning's article. He quotes +Scott Galloway as stating that Google+ had a "97% decline in engagement rate, year over year." (The actual figure is 98%, as you'll see later, but that's the most inconsequential of Denning's errors.)

That's a pretty stunning claim. I wanted to see the actual study, where its data came from and its methodology. No context was given around the number.

In response to my comment on the Forbes article asking for that information, Denning referred me to a previous article of his, which linked to another article. That article had an embedded video of a talk by Galloway, in which he states the 98% drop in engagement as evidence that Google+ has failed, showing for a few seconds a bar chart with that stat.

But still no link to or citation of, in the article or video, whatever study this data came from. 

It took me almost an hour to track down the original study from which the "98% drop in engagement" comes, but eventually I found it.

It's at https://www.l2inc.com/research/social-platforms-2014. Turns out that L2 is Scott Galloway's own research company. 

The full report is for "members only." I entered my email address to get the download of the non-members version. It turns out to be only an excerpt, and does not contain the methodology or any details on how the data was obtained.

As far as I can discern, L2 looked at the social profiles of about 300 brands. So first off, this is only a study of brand profiles on social media.The study does not look at regular users at all. Which means to use it as a source to proclaim overall engagement is fallacious. 

When I dig down further in the excerpt, I saw that there was a lot more to the story.

Yes, of the 300 some brands they surveyed, Facebook is killing it. But if you look at the rest of the story, Google+ is doing at least as well as, and sometimes better than., the other secondary social networks. 

The ballyhooed "98% drop in engagement rate" (engagements per follower) occurred, according to the study, from July 2013 to July 2014. While that drop is  the worst among the networks surveyed, all of the networks had drops including Facebook, which dropped 13%. 

If you look at the other stats, you get a broader story. 

In the time period studied (again, July 2013 to July 2014), the surveyed brands increased followers on Google+ by 41% (compared to an increase for Facebook of 38%). Moreover, the absolute number of followers for Google+ was the highest of any network (960K, compared to FB's 781K).

Also, brand engagement per post went up 67% on Google+, while only 26% on Facebook. 

So you see, you can prove whatever you want, it just depends on which stat you choose.

And in this case, those numbers only apply to a very small sample of brand pages, not to all users of the networks, as the Forbes writer assumed.

These days I always want to add to these posts that I come neither to praise Google+ nor to bury it (sorry, Shakespeare!). I'm not going after this as a G+ fanboy, but simply because I hate misinformation.
Google needs to rethink its mission statement and delight its customers
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    Trainer, 2011 - present
    Responsible for educating customers in Apple Mac Os X, Google Apps, Microsoft Office, iOS, Android, and a variety of hardware. Exercises use of non-technical language, broad knowledge, research, and problem solving.
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Very enjoyable, sizable burgers and fries. The peanuts are a bizarre addition for a burger shack, with the shells being freely tossed on the floor. Overall, the venue embraces being messy, so do away with the fine dining food snob when visiting this place.
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Sushi rolls with fish in them are far warmer than they should be for properly handled meat. The overall layout is decent, and there's a clear effort being made to present a certain style. The waitress we got had incredibly poor knowledge of the menus and what the restaurant could serve. The gomae wasn't properly done, the rolls were a mix for quality, and certainly not worth the price they charge for. Worst of all: Anyone with an attention to detail will find their menus maddening to read. There are so many spelling mistakes, it's almost as if there was a concerted effort to see how many errors they could fit on a page. Very distracting and unprofessional.
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reviewed 3 weeks ago
Certainly better than the likes of Denny's or IHOP, but nothing amazing. Place is usually packed and noisy, and wait times can be an issue. Plan accordingly if you intend to go here.
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If you're spoiled by the quality and variety of dining experiences in Vancouver, BC, this is definitely a top pick for places to visit in Regina. Great layout, cheerful staff, and a solid menu. They're apparently a newer joint, so I allow for the somewhat limited menu size (barely reaching a full page), but they delivered on the taste and portion size. Worth a visit.
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Echoing several other reviews, noise is a clear issue at this location. Other Earls tend to be suited to the nightlife and are understandably a bit more energetic, but this location in particular has clear issues with music choice and balancing the audio with conversation levels. You feel like you're trying to eat and talk during a concert—a really bad concert.
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Of all the hotels I've stayed in any city or country, this was by far the worst. Either standards of excellence are just that low in the Regina area, or this place is just the token incompetent hotelier for the city and I had bad luck. Either way, avoid this place at any cost. Between the excessive noise from the area and the guests, this was not a place one could expect a good night's sleep. Noise travels easily through walls and floors, staff are unwilling to get guests to reduce noise after hours if the guests refuse to cooperate, and there is no onsite repairman, so while we were moved rooms when a leak in the suite was found, guests may not be so lucky when the hotel is busier. Again: Avoid this place.
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reviewed 3 weeks ago
Good food for the price, and better hours. I usually go to this place if Mui Ngo Gai is closed. Strong parallels between the two with the food, though the decor throws off some, and rightly so. From the outside, this place could pass as a cheap convenience store more than a restaurant, and the constantly flashing lights can be disruptive to the overall experience.
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