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Quintessential Test Cricket

Amazing morning session of cricket: great swing bowling from Anderson, intelligent spin from Swann, Aussies trailing by 100 with wickets falling in a heap and one to go, a close stumping call, super batting by Agar at 11, Aus finish the session leading by 14. #ashes #cricket

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Can't recommend this more strongly. If you have a Google account (including Gmail etc.) and a cell phone, strongly recommend turning 2-step verification on.
In 2010, our security team started seeing a trend of spammers hijacking legitimate accounts to send their messages (since if a message comes from someone you know, it's more likely to make it through spam filters). To help protect your account against this kind of attack, our team came up with a system that uses 120+ signals to try and detect whether a log-in is legitimate, beyond just a password. The result is that we've reduced the number of compromised accounts by 99.7 percent since the peak of these hijacking attempts in 2011.

Read more about this effort on our blog, where you can also find out more about things you can do to help strengthen your account security, such as using a strong password, setting up 2-step verification and having recovery options on your account: 

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An apposite quote for the day.
Chapter 2 of my book, Mediactive, begins this way:

“What I like about April Fool’s Day: One day a year we’re asking whether news stories are true. It should be all 365.”

The above quote is a Twitter “tweet” by Prentiss Riddle (@pzriddle) of Austin, Texas, posted on April 1, 2008. It’s a line we should all live by.

Via @ggreenwald, another article on the largely ignored but staring-in-your-face visible hypocrisy of US college sports:

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Loved this piece.
Senator Franken has some issues with internet privacy. His heart is in the right place. I just hope he acts on these issues with more education than it sounds like he has.

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Basic Etiquette & Some Tips for Google+ users

How to Interact Well on Google+ I'm 'old enough' on Google+ to know what to do, but I can still remember being 'New Here' and my concerns about doing it 'right'.

Here are my basic suggestions for getting good at using Google+, mainly in how you interact with others. There are plenty of other posts on how to set things up for yourself... this one is about How to Interact Well on Google+.

The Dos - what is Good to do on Google+
1) When you like something, i.e. a comment someone made: +1 it.
Hitting the +1 on someone's comment is a good way of saying, "I Agree", "Got It", or "Good Job", etc. (BTW, it is OK to +1 your own stuff)

2) After you +1'ed something, if you want to engage more, then add a comment. This is how the conversation with others gets started... you may find a friend, and then you can add them to your circles.

3) Share Other People's Posts
When you share someone's post you are telling them that what they posted was good stuff. We all like to know that others like our work... so share (it's one of those early lessons you likely learned in life).

Think of how what you are about to share impacted you and make a short comment to personalize it while you share it - realize your comment during sharing will be removed if someone else shares your share of it. I like to +1 the post I'm about to share, maybe make a comment thanking them and Then I Share it.

4) When Someone Shares Your Stuff - Thank Them
When you find that your post has been shared by someone (you'll get an alert), it's a good idea to thank them for sharing it. +1 their share of it, make a comment on the share ("thanks for sharing"), etc.

5) Post to 'Public' (when you can)
Circles are a way to group people. Sending posts to people that are just in your Circle is fine when the conversation is limited to just them, but if you send your posts to the 'Public' more people will see the content and then you may end up getting some new friends.

If you post to the 'public', the people in your Circles will still see the posts. When you post 'public' others can join in the conversation (see #1 & #2 above).

6) Mention People by name in your posts: +them
This helps us when we are busy, know that we were 'mentioned' - we get an 'alert'. This is a Social Place, people like to know that they are being referenced, so doing that is a good social practice. It is done by simply typing a + just before you type their name.

7) Bold and Italicize with care
You Bold text by adding the * character just before and after the words. You make text italic by doing the same with the _ character. Please don't overdo either!

8) Edit your post when needed
You are given the possibility of making edits to you posts (or comments) after you have posted them... use that great feature to clean up those typos! If someone shares your post right away, they may be sharing the un-edited version, so try to clean up quickly.

9) Add Hash Tags (#googleplustips)
Adding a hash tag will help people find more of your stuff if you use them consistently. It also helps people search out a topic more easily as they can simply click that hashtag and get similar posts listed. Make them by typing the # symbol followed immediately by a word or words (no spaces allowed).

The Don'ts - what is not good to do on Google+
1) Don't SPAM people... you'll get Blocked by them and others won't like you either.

2) Don't Alert or Notify people on All your postings
When you send a Notification for each of your posts, people will get tired of your activity. Save the Notifications for the most important postings you do. You Notify or alert people when you + their name (mentions) or when you hover over the 'non-public' circle name you are sending to and then check the box that reads 'Notify about this post'.

These are just some of my thoughts about Interacting on Google+. Please share yours here and feel free to 'Share' the post!

Fascinating read on a programmer named "_why" and his strange and sudden disappearance from the Net. Interesting back story on Ruby, its associated community and culture, on hacking and learning to program.

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Definitely worth watching: nice window into how "just doing the math" will clarify bunkum :-)
This TED talk is not to be missed, and now you don't have to. You'll find a link to the video in our post.

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More perspective. (Parallels to Indian philosophy buried somewhere in there?)
The Most Astounding Fact about the Universe - Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, "What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?" This is his answer.
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