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ilya brook
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Is there a way to turn off this horrid new G+ interface? Every time I move the mouse across the screen something moves, flips, embiggens or otherwise distracts me.
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Yep. There is. 
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The Eye of Sauron is coming!

http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/05/google-eye/
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All discussion about Google snapping up Motorola Mobility this morning keeps talking about the $12.5B price tag. But MMI has zero LT debt and 3B in cash. So really, its a $9.5B deal.
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Silly story of the day. Early adopters of Google+ are.... early adopters.
http://www.businessinsider.com/google-plus-users-2011-8
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Hmmm. G+ iphone app seems kind of unresponsive even on wifi. Also, do I really have to log in with username and password each time even after clicking "remember me"???
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Forbes columnist argues that Google+ is "doomed to fail" because it does a bad job of enabling the formation of groups (as opposed to individuals). The language is obviously linkbait-y but his comments about "shared circles" is interesting.

Are Sparks (which seem pretty lame right now) going to evolve into this?
http://blogs.forbes.com/chunkamui/2011/07/15/why-google-is-poised-to-fail/
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New Pew report on the demographics of US smartphone users
http://www.pewinternet.org/~/media//Files/Reports/2011/PIP_Smartphones.pdf

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Smartphone adoption is highest among the affluent and well-educated, the (relatively) young, and non-whites

Several groups have higher than average levels of smartphone adoption, including:
 The financially well-off and well-educated – 59% of adults living in a household earning income of $75,000 or more are smartphone owners; 48% of those with a college degree own smartphones.
 Those under the age of 45 – 58% of Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 now own a smartphone as do 49% of those ages 18-24 and 44% of those ages 35-44. Even among those with a household income of $30,000 or less, smartphone ownership rates for those ages 18-29 are equal to the national average.
 African-Americans and Latinos – 44% of blacks and Latinos are smartphone users. Urban and suburban residents are roughly twice as likely to own a smartphone as those living in rural areas, and employment status is also strongly correlated with smartphone ownership.
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Why all the excitement about Airtime? Its just Chatroulette resurrected from the dead. Not only that but it spies on you (to protect the children, of course).
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great set from yesterday's walk, +ilya brook
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The difference between us and Greece is scale.

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Death — rather than poor performance, misconduct or layoffs — is the primary threat to job security at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office of Management and Budget and a dozen other federal operations.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2011-07-18-fderal-job-security_n.htm
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Well this is disappointing.

http://anyasq.com/79-im-a-technical-lead-on-the-google+-team
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"Will users be able to create hierarchies of circles (circles made from multiple circles)


There are definitely good use cases for this, but we worry about the complexity it would introduce. This might be a great "power-user" feature to build using our APIs (once they're ready, heh)."
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I understand the need to minimize complexity but the fact is making the most out of circles is inherently complex. Maybe what G+ needs are a (default) Simple Mode for the masses and an Advanced Mode for those of us who would even bother searching the settings for such an animal.
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As far as I can tell if there is no set logic and the ability to autopopulate a circle (say with grad students - my students) this thing is not that useful to me.
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  • USC Marshall School of Business
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Stuyvesant High School
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