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Get ready. It's coming. Go to your My Activity link and check out what you want them to use for advertising. The focus will be mobile ads, you can count on it.
The internet search giant has a lot of data on you (and every other user), but it's been hesitant to use it in sending you ads. Until now.
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Instagram goes algorithmic for all users.
Well, looks like I am never getting Instagram now. I sure am glad I deleted it off my phone.
In March, we announced a new way of ordering posts in feed so you’ll see the moments you care about first. On average, people miss 70 percent of their feeds. It’s become harder to keep up with all the photos and videos people share as Instagram has grown. Over the past few months, we brought this new way of ordering posts to a portion of the community, and we found that people are liking photos more, commenting more and generally engaging wit...
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I will think about it Ben. I am trying to narrow down all these communities I joined.
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I told you that Google Photo's autogenerated albums were trouble.
We are not lazy and don't need your "suggestions" or "help" with our photos.
The pictures and videos I captured during my first trip to Palestine in October 2010 came at a cost that included several hours of detention and interrog...
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Google Photos is not as great as it seems

For someone who only posts images to Google+ (meaning no camera rolls), Google's latest application to manage photos is not really very good. It's certainly better than the neutered product that Google+ Photos had been, especially after they decided that only highlights would be displayed. The new Photos has the same selective memory sometimes choosing to show me only one out 2 to 4 images posted.

And then I discovered their little dirty secret: albums. Both Photos and G+ photos only care about images if you put them in albums. In fact, Photos will go so far as to create albums for you by various limited topics. 

This is where the app sucks.

It organizes by two filters, things and places. You can easily remove images from the things categories. It's the places that doesn't work right. I discovered a photo being put under "California" and could not figure out why because it did not have a location. When I was looking at the photo info, I found the reason. My text had quoted The Hollywood Reporter about a film and that is why it got mistakenly put in there.

No setting to fix it seemed to be hiding so I looked for help. Help took me to a Google Forum (they still have those?!) where someone asked for the same setting. There isn't one. No fix. Their question was posted back in September '15. Google had nothing then and they have nothing now.

So, location info or not, Google decides where that photo goes, wrong or right, and you get no say about it. Good luck if they screw up your vacation or wedding or other important event.
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I finally got a smartphone. First thing I did was uninstall Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp apps, the nosiest apps in the world.
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Patty Duke explains how she created the personalities for cousins Patty Lane and Cathy Lane.
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The idea no one asked for except for retailers, banks and credit cards who only want to control ever more data and fees.
Mastercard is just the latest financial behemoth to jump into the mobile wallet game, but it's not clear if anyone is winning in this space.
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Beth Howland, best known as Vera on TV's "Alice", was already a Broadway veteran when she sang "Getting Married Today" by Stephen Sondheim for "Company". This is from a film of the cast recording the album for "Original Broadway Cast", a failed pilot for a series about recording cast albums that was shown as a special.
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"Different!"
I just love poking (Poke! - haha!) fun at Facebook, a site that is really rather mediocre underneath all of the flash and glitter they throw at users and the media. It's just a collection of mostly mismatched services that truly don't interest the majority of users (Notes anyone? How 'bout Rooms?).
14 seems kind of high after reading the story because I would consider some of the "times" to be overlaps or even hair-splitting but, eh, I'm just sharing not the author.
Facebook may not have been able to buy Snapchat, but that hasn’t stopped the social network from co-opting many of the messaging app’s features.
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i.e. Chrome's Failed "Stars" Bookmark's Are Back
Chrome has taken their crappy bookmark experiment and turned it into an extension. This follows in the footsteps of adding Collections to G+ (bookmarking for posts) and the "Save(/Star)" button (bookmarking for images).

Maybe changing the display size of the page will help overcome the gigantic boxes that make using this format for any serious kind of bookmarking completely unwieldy. I mean, I have multiple ways of showing my downloaded files in Windows so couldn't Google give users a choice?

Oh, yeah. I do have a choice. I already have bookmarks built right into Chrome and very easy to organize, even by drag and drop. I'm not a Material (design) boy.
The Big G has a new way to keep track of things you want to read later.
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Patty Duke tackles the role of Annie Sullivan (for which she won an Emmy) to Melissa Gilbert's Helen Keller in the 1979 television film of "The Miracle Worker".
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