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Thank you to everyone who applied for an #io17 ticket. We never cease to be humbled by how much interest we receive from developers all over the world, year after year!

Results have been emailed to all applicants by now...
-- To the lucky winners: We’ll see you in Mountain View in 77 days. Until then, share your (ecstatic? speechless? keeping it cool?) reaction to the news with us via #io17winner.
-- To those who unfortunately didn’t get a ticket this year: We wish we could have assigned you a ticket as well. We really do! But not all is lost. You can still join in on the fun remotely via I/O Extended ( and our livestream.

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In this first edition of Design Snippets, we explore how an email app called Notion successfully onboards users through user education, casual and friendly language, and sensitivity to user context. 

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The #io17 ticket application window is now open on But no rush, you can apply until Feb 27, 5PM PST!

Applicants will be selected at random once the drawing has closed, and results will be announced by email on February 28th - so keep an eye on your inbox!

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During our first pilot test in 2013, launching dozens of balloons from New Zealand to see if they’d circumnavigate the globe, we knew we had a lot to learn about how to use algorithms to move our balloons up and down and guide their paths through the sky. We thought we’d need a continuous stream of balloons around the world such that, as one balloon drifted away, another would be ready to take its place. We figured our main task would be to manage the balloons’ paths during their round the world journeys just enough to get them to drift over our Internet test locations in roughly equal intervals — so as one balloon moved out of range, another would move into place.

However, the more we flew, the more we realized that our algorithms were able to help the balloons do more than simply fly past our test sites on the ground. Our altitude control system was gradually getting better, so we were able to choose from a greater variety of winds and move ourselves north, south, east, or west. We wondered, what if instead of circling the world, we could ride these winds in small enough loops to cluster balloons over a single area? Forget a ring around the world - just hang out!

In mid 2016, we started sending balloons from our launch site in Puerto Rico to hang out in Peruvian airspace — and they did, some for as long as three months. We kept repeating the experiments and saw the same results: rather than send streams of balloons around the world, we had figured out how to cluster balloons in teams over a particular region.

Now that we can send small teams of balloons directly to areas that need connectivity, and get those balloons to spend more of their time in those areas, we believe we're years closer to our goal of bringing Internet connectivity to unserved areas.

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Mobile developers, gain insight on how to use a few Firebase tools with GCP at these #googlenext17 sessions. 

Follow +Google Developers 

For the latest news about developing for Google+, please follow +Google Developers. We’ll post all new announcements about the Google+ API, buttons and developer tools to that page. As always, you can find documention for the Google+ platform and getting started guides at Thanks and happy coding. 

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You can now easily add the "Start a Hangout" button to your apps! Learn more:
Introducing a #Hangout start button that can be embedded in any app or website. Meet face-to-face anytime, anywhere, and work more effectively together with just one click. Learn more:

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+Virgin  presents +Richard Branson , Tony Fadell, +Megan Smith, +Guy Kawasaki and Dave Evans in a Hangout On Air debate on the state of innovation in 2014 and the great challenges facing entrepreneurs and startups.

Featuring a panel of the industry’s most disruptive minds including Richard Branson, submit your #virgindisruptors  questions now! 

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Making it easier to share to Google+ from your mobile site

As a mobile developer, you can incorporate the Google+ sharebox in one of three ways: our iOS and Android SDKs, and the mobile web. We recently improved the sharebox for native Android and iOS apps (, and today we’re bringing these same improvements to the mobile web. So now, the mobile web sharebox:

- Lets users share to their Gmail contacts, or anyone with a Google+ profile
- Suggests frequent and/or recent contacts

Together, these improvements make it easier for users to share your content with just the right people.  If you’re already using the mobile web sharebox on your site, you’ll get the update automatically.


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Did you do your #marchmadness  bracket? There's still a few minutes left to sign in with Google and quickly get yours in before the first game starts. Make sure to share it with everyone on Google+ too!
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