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Jared Naude
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A brief history of Flash
The war continues...

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What cable management is supposed to look like.

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My prediction for tomorrow's Apple event and the "new' mobile payments that could be coming to the iPhone.

FYI: Tap to Pay and Google wallet was launched in May of 2011, let that sink in.
#nfc   #googlewallet   #apple   #google  

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Amazon, not YouTube is reportedly buying Twitch for over $1 billion after talks with Google went cold. If the Amazon-Twitch deal goes ahead, it will be a big deal as it will be Amazon's coming out as a media company. This move is particularly interesting when you consider that Amazon is also planning to launch an advertising service to compete with Google's $50 Billion a year advertising revenue. It will be interesting to see what happens next...

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Google to use HTTPS as a ranking signal

Google has announced that it will start using HTTPS as a ranking signal for websites in its search results:

This is a much needed step after the NSA revelations showed how the NSA is collecting massive amounts of information about ordinary citizens around the world as well as actively undermining the security protocols we use to secure our communications.

This is an excellent decision as HTTPS will encrypt internet traffic which will thwart the dragnet surveillance of the NSA. Webmasters will for the first time have an incentive to secure their websites even if they are just "information" websites. HTTPS will enhance the security of everyone on the internet, it will make cyber attacks more difficult as intercepting or interfering with encrypted communications is extremely complex.

It will also make internet tracking more difficult and it will also thwart ISPs from snooping on their users. Lastly, companies who endorse HTTPS on their sites will see their brand strengthen as it builds confidence and trustworthiness from consumers.

Google has acknowledged that adding HTTPS to websites will take some time, so the HTTPS signal is only been weighed in slightly but Google plains to increase of the weight of HTTPS in search rankings later on.

In addition, CloudFlare has also announced that by mid-October it will be offering free SSL to all of its customers, this is will effectively double the number of websites that have HTTPS.

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This is what Microsoft's website looked like in 1994

You can see the original website here:

We have come a long way since then!


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Google Fans at #io14  
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First Hugo Barra, now Vic Gundotra.

Google has lost some really good people.  I wish Vic all the best for the future.
And Then

Last month, my wife's uncle died in a tragic accident in LA when the bicycle he was using to get lunch was hit by a truck. At the memorial service his daughter relayed a very touching story. 

She said her dad (who was her best friend) called every day to talk. But instead of opening the call with the customary "How are you" or "What's going on", her dad always opened the conversation with "And then?" Her father viewed each conversation as a continuation of the last, and what pained her the most was that there were to be no more "and thens". I cried. 

Since then I've thought a lot about how similar this is to our life's endeavors. We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish. But even the challenges we work on today will one day become "and thens" as we move on to the next. 

Today I'm announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years.

I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don't believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I'm overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of +Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry's encouragement and support.

I'm also forever in debt to the Google+ team. This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many. The growth of active users is staggering, and speaks to the work of this team. But it doesn't tell you what kind of people they are. They are invincible dreamers. I love them. And I will miss them dearly.

Finally, thank you to all those who I've met on Google+. The community here has been so supportive that I don't even know how to say thank you. You all make Google+. Without you, this social network wouldn't exist. Your support for Google+, and for me personally is something I will never forget. 

But, now is the time for a new journey. A continuation. An "and then". I am excited about what's next. But this isn't the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come.

And then....
+Vic Gundotra 


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The SpaceX dragon capsule was launched into space by SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. The dragon capsule will dock with the International Space Station in the coming days.
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