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Google is now doing unmarked promotions/adverts for other than Google's own products & services.

+Tadeusz Szewczyk : I suppose the search [hotel New York] is still worse, producing a worse SERP (but only because I have to scroll down a bit to find the first organic result when doing [hotel New York]), 

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Microsoft now offering unlimited storage on OneDrive w. Office 365.
Ref. 27.Oct.2014: .
Well, What does Google have:
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Compared to Microsoft, who haven't yet updated their pages to reflect the news of unlimited storage
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Right, I (as an individual) am faced w. paying & getting either A or B:
A. Microsoft $8.25/month: ("Office 365 Business")
- the full MS Office,
- unlimited storage space.
B. Google $10/month:("Google Apps for Business and more")
- GDocs suite (i.e. crappy freeware, compared to MS Office)
- 1TB storage.
The Bigger Picture (or Quick Recap):
This February (i.e. Feb.2014), Steve Ballmer, the last dinosaur heir to the PC era, stepped down as CEO of Microft.
The elected successor, Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft), was & is a Cloud guy.
In April, Office 365 users got 1TB storage there in OneDrive (formerly called SkyDrive, before Feb.2014).
Later Microsoft cut prices, while Google (Oct.2014) renamed "Google Apps" to Google Apps for Work, and also partnered w. Rackspace.
(See e.g.: )
And so now (very soon), there'll be no storage limit on OneDrive (for Office 365 users).
Indeed, The Cloud War is raging!

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Hmmm: I do so hope that the HR folks responsible for hiring Google CMs (Community Managers) participated in the workshop.
: Google CMs are in fact the least diverse group I have ever seen (~95% are female, around 23-27 years old, and with 2-4 years of real life experince from marketing ... which is not a perfect fit for being the gateway in the technical support reporting pipeline.)

>>Using the same standards to evaluate all options can reduce bias. This is why we use structured interviews in hiring, applying the same selection and evaluation methods for all.<<
What standards will do, is to ensure that elements in the data sets' are comparable.
But if using one specific standard (e.g. specific interview templates & checklists for specific job descriptions'), then highly metric focused standards is a potential pitfall - a potential path for eliminating diversity, rather than cultivating it.
Eliminating diversity by unknow/opaque/unexposed built in correlations, is a pitfall. E.g. If you're looking for an open-minded go-getter type, then you can certainly find one when doing interviews. But such a type does unfortunately also bear correlation with being young, naive, gullible, unrealistic, ignorant, ...

>>As we shared back in May, we’re not where we should be when it comes to diversity.<<
Planet Earth got a population of 7G (G: Giga/billion), but only 318M (Mega/million) are in the USA (i.e. about 4.5%).
If you think gender & ethnicity is amongst Google major diversity problems, then: No!
E.g. We (some of Google's Top Contributors) have for years (me personally for more than 5 years) been trying to tell Google to always write dates as dd.Mmm.YYYY (e.g. 26.Sep.2014). Yet, we've not really been having major success. (Here, a real "facepalm"-example was with Google's Locale London Meetup, where 100% of the invited audience was of non-US origin. The Agenda for the Meetup: Yup, it was using the US-dateformat ... Well: 9/8 is NOT 8.Sep, but rather 9.Aug, unless you're an ignorant American)

Not to mention non-working dysfunctional keyboard shortcuts in e.g. GDocs (Hint: Only standard US keyboard layout miss a <Alt Gr> key, and ... ; A GDocs problem which was introduced in April 2010, promised to get fix in July 2010, but then silently ignored and still not fixed here 26.Sep.2014; Ref.: ; Note: Jeff Harris was a Googler with GDocs in July 2010)

+Laszlo Bock 

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 Finally Google came to do the sensible thing:
No more G+ Name Policies.
Now, Anything goes!
Finally, Google has ended their fake name policy: No more need for creating a real-like-sounding name. You can now create a real handle, thus avoiding to unintentionally trick anyone into thinking that a real-sounding name is real.
Only thing left, is to get rid of the "verified name" situation (yeah, some do have a "verified name" while using a fake name or handle. And virtually nobody have any idea about what "verified" actually implies anyway.).
When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names. 

Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use. 

We know you've been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For this we apologize, and we hope that today's change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be. Thank you for expressing your opinions so passionately, and thanks for continuing to make Google+ the thoughtful community that it is.

PBS Documentary (May 2014)
The NSA spying story, of this millennium
* "United States Of Secrets", part 1 (1h54')
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* "United States Of Secrets", part 2 (0h53')
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If you're here reading this, then you're in the soup, making it a must see Documentary (1h19' long, from 2013.)

If having troubles w. country/IP-blocking, then a global accessible version is at: (hopefully)
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