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Russia the world's second largest arms exporter.
Just 6 countries supply a whopping 74% of the world's weapons! Tell the US, the world's biggest arms exporter, to stop sending weapons to human rights abusers -->
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Fascinating insight into the Google analytics data of Sublime Oblivion, a blog about (among other things) Russia.
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Only in Russia - video of cutting open a working iPad with a saw, to see what happens. Best turn off the smoke alarm first...
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I'm rather enjoying watching how everyone is jumping on the Anna Chapman Honeypot Spy (TM) bandwagon again. First the breathless reports that she (almost!) seduced a US cabinet official. Then the slightly shamefaced revelation that nothing of the sort happened.
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Apparently Google has added live scores to searches for the UEFA Champions league and the Russian KHL. If I type 'Champions League' into Google I get the latest results, but if I type 'KHL' - nothing. Can anyone else see the KHL results, or is it just me?
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I like this approach of adopting a universally available app, rather than making people download yet another app that only has one (rarely used) purpose. Well done Sheremeytevo!
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Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow has launched a new service for passengers which allows them to check-in for their flight using a Skype app on their mobile phone.
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Great start for Russia in their bid to join the Rugby 7s elite - the core group of 15 nations who will compete in every IRB sevens tournament in the 2012-2013 season. Qualification for the core group, if they make it, will provide great experience ahead of the 2013 World Sevens Championship, which will be held for the first time in Russia.
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That's a lot of extensions. I guess it's time to give Chrome a spin...

Ok, so this is the updated top of most popular chrome extensions for Google+. These are the most used extensions and apps dedicated to g+ that I found until now in the chrome web store. Did I miss an extension or made a mistake? Then leave me a comment on the original post. Please share this to help the g+ community.

1. Hover Zoom (215,030 users) -
Enlarge thumbnails on mouse over. Works on many sites (Facebook, Twitter, Google, Flickr, Reddit, Amazon, etc).

2. Google +1 Button (166,957 users) -
+1 and share a web page, anywhere you go on the web.

3. Google+ Notifications (95,554 users) -
View notifications of Google+ activity when signed in, anywhere you go on the web.

4. Extended Share (75,854 users) -
Extends Google+ to share to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and many more.

5. SGPlus (64,781 users) -
Complete social network integration: post to Facebook and Twitter, see your feeds inside Google Plus, and much more

6. +Photo Zoom (63,099 users) -
Easily zoom photos and profile pics from your Google Plus Stream.

7. Google Translate for G+ (61,938 users) -
Translate your Google+ stream using integrated, inline, Google Translate support.

8. Publish sync for google+ & facebook (56,821 users) -
Provides two-way syncs Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Plurk. It supports article, video, pictures and more

9. Replies and more for G+ (39,455 users) -
Adds reply and reply-to-author buttons to Google+ comments and a number of other enhancements.

10. G+me (35,289 users) -
Collapses the Google+ stream while keeping live updates: collapses posts, hides comments, etc.

11. Surplus (32,103 users) -
Google Plus Integration for Chrome

12. Usability Boost for G+ (24,320 users) -
Greatly improves readability on Google Plus, ability to star posts to read later and some other useful features

13. 1-Up for Google+ (18,368 users) -
Changes your +1 icon on Google+ into a 1-up mushroom from Mario Brothers. Complete with sound!

14. Google Plus Directory (15,601 users) -
Find your G+ is a Google Plus person directory, where you can meet new people, start making new friend circles and more for Google+

15. Google+ Ultimate (15,422 users) -
This extension for Google Plus adds functionatility and themeing for the site.

16. -1 Minus One for G+ (12,306 users) -
Minus one (-1) button in Google+ (Post & Comment), Notifications.

17. Plus Minus (12,087 users) -
Lets you select which Circles show up in your Google+ Stream, allows you to easily mark individual or all posts as read, offers a wide-screen view so you can see more content without scrolling, and loads more posts automatically as you scroll down.

18. More for Google Plus (9,837 users) -
Loads more content as you reach the bottom of the Google+ page.

19. Google Plus News, Blogs, Tips & Updates (7,956 users) -
This is a third party site created to cover latest news, blogs, tips & tricks, howto's, updates and progress of the upcoming Google+ social network.

20. RSS Share for Google Plus (7,575 users) -
Google+ and Google Reader Integration. 'Share on Google+' button on Google Reader. Google Reader in Google Plus.

21. Google+ Tweaks (7,398 users) -
Tweaks to the layout and features of Google+ (Google "Plus") Full width, thumbnails only, etc.

22. DownloadSupport for Google+ (7,208 users) -
Download pictures and videos on the stream of Google +.

23. Uncircle Inactives+ (6,627 users) -
Google+: Find and Remove Inactive People in Selected/All Circles. Inactivity = No Public/Private Posts At All or Since a Chosen Date

24. Helper for Google+ (6,570 users) -
Add extra functions the Google+. Get desktop notifications on new posts. Share Posts via twitter. Translate posts with Google Translate. Bookmark posts faster for reading later (also to Linked #hashtags. Search in posts and profiles directly from your omnibox.

25. Notification Count for G+ (6,179 users) -
Extension for displaying unread notification count for Google Plus

26. +1 Button (5,560 users) -
Plus one every page you like with only one click, directly from omnibox, without any annoying popup

27. Facebook for Google+ (5,428 users) -
Add your Facebook Stream to your Google+™ Profile

28. Tweets +1 (5,015 users) -
Adds a +1 button to tweets on

29. G+ Count in Title (4,961 users) -
Adds notification count to the document title in the page tab.

30. Layouts for Google Plus (4,560 users) -
Change your Google Plus background to any image you want. Click the 'Edit Background' button in the lower right corner to change…

31. G+ Tweet (4,378 users) -
A full featured twitter client for Google+. View your timeline, url shortening, photo sharing and more...

32. Auto-Colorizer for G+ (4,105 users) -
Colorizes Google+ and Facebook based on the user's photo.

33. Slinky G+ (3,539 users) -
Smart ,Simple and Beautiful Google +

34. Circle+ (3,487 users) -
Add people to your circles on Google+ from any webpage.

35. G+ Manager (3,445 users) -
Manage your Google plus. Keyboard shortcuts, notify icon, collapse, translate posts and more...

36. GTools+ (3,286 users) -
Adds many useful features for Google+ services. You can : stick the google bar, translate posts, customize notification…

37. Beautify G+ (3,280 users) -
Makes Google+ a little bit nicer to look at.

38. G+ Extended (2,961 users) -
Additional shortcuts for G+. Including +1 (+), share (s) and expand comments (e).

39. Plus One (+1) Button (2,943 users) -
Google +1 button for all websites. Especially those who doesn't have one installed.

40. Plus One Anything (2,719 users) -
With this extension you are given the ability to +1 almost any webpage.

41. G+ Stream Pause (2,691 users) - Allow's you to pause your Google+ stream so you can take your time reading or watching videos posted

42. Share+ Social Buttons (2,687 users) -
Share+ will add a context-link icon below your Google+ post in order to share your post to some well-known social platforms.

43. Google +1 (2,483 users) -
Share the current site with google +1

44. Midnight Theme for Google+ (2,461 users) -
Tired of all that white? The Midnight Theme extension applies a clean, dark theme to Google+. Even your girlfriend will like it.

45. Reader to Plus (2,292 users) -
Provides an way to share your Google Reader's items to Google Plus easily.

46. G+ Count Favicon (2,154 users) -
Replaces the favicon on with one that shows the current notification count.

47. Stream Filter BETA (1,971 users) -
Gives you the option to filter your stream and track it.

48. G+ Game Companion (1,801 users) -
G+ Game Companion (formerly G+ Notify Circles) is a Google Chrome extension designed to help you with Google Plus games

49. My Hangouts for Google Plus (1,562 users) -
Quick view of all the active hangouts in your stream.

50. Uncircle Uncirclers+ (1,556 users) -
Find & Remove People in your Circles who've not Added you Back to their Circles. Unfollow Unfollowers, Uncircle Uncirclers.

51. Color Plus (1,543 users) -
A simple extension that replaces any Google Plus bar with a more colorful alternative.

52. Google Plus Button (1,541 users) -
The extension installs a small icon in your navigation bar to access google plus fast and easy with a single click. The icon opens your google plus page in a new or current tab.

53. Quick Hangouts (1,499 users) -
Adds a link underneath the 'Start a Hangout' button to join any active hangouts

54. View original size image (1,443 users) -
View original size image for Picasa. Please use with Google+

55. Gooce+ | Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter (1,385 users) -
Complete social network integration: read and post to Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, search for people and posts inside Google Plus.

56. Search Extension for Google Plus (1,372 users) -
Search Google Plus (Google+) public contents and profiles online.

57. Golden View for Google+ (1,368 users) -
Google Plus enhancements: (optional) modules: User Mute, Default Circle, Hide Images, Hide comments, & Search w/ Google.

58. Circle Management BETA (1,321 users) -
Have better control managing your circles. Do you have more circles than you can manage? Circle management in Google+ has yet to change. So, I am going to make your circle management easier.

Currently, this extension will add a search box on top of your circle list (the one that pops up when adding a user to your circles), and allows you to quickly locate a specific circle.

59. G+Twitter (1,286 users) -
Realtime Twitter client for Google+

60. Extended Embed BETA (1,284 users) -
Automatically embed a rich content in Google+ such as flickr, soundcloud, hulu, slideshare, smugmug, and revision3.

61. Share on Google Plus (1,283 users) -
Share any webpage on Google Plus by a single click. You DON'T need to publicly +1 the page to Share it on Google Plus.
(though it says 'You publicly +1'd this as xxxx', it is not the case. )

62. Hangout Pad for Google+ ALPHA (1,240 users) -
Working prototype for collaborative coding on Google plus Hangouts. This is ALPHA

63. Google Plus Mania (1,175 users) -
Google Plus Mania is a Web App which feed you with all the latest Google Plus Updates and everything with Google Plus.

64. G++ (1,175 users) -
Make Google+ Awesome by Adding Facebook and Twitter Feeds

65. LiveOn+ (1,055 users) -
Announces live-stream events happening on Google+ via the events feed.

66. Fav+ (1,036 users) -
Easily bookmark your favorite G+ posts.

67. Circlestar for Google+ (1,019 users) -
Star posts in Google+ for later reference, just like you star emails in Gmail. Does not sync across computers.

68. Gif Stopper (1,014 users) -
Stop animated gif images with the escape key. Works with Google+

69. +OneFB: Plus One Button for Facebook (983 users) -
Adds +1 button below each FB post. All articles recommended by +1 button will be appeared on Google Plus profile.

70. Google+ Refined (906 users) -
A selection of CSS changes and features for a more refined Google Plus experience.

71. Google+ Hangout Check (812 users) -
This extension will check for available hangouts in Google

72. Hangout Auto Try Again for G+ (801 users) -
Tired of clicking the try again button for Hangouts? Then install this.

73. G-Minus (783 users) -
Alerts you when you've been removed from a user's Google+ Circles

74. Styling for Google Plus (721 users) -
Uses CSS to customize Google+

75. Skins & Share for Google+ & Facebook (716 users) -
Change the front page’s color of Google + and Facebook. Share content to several websites…

76. Share Widget (663 users) -
Share your thoughts on Google+. Adds a button that opens a popup where you can make a Google+ post.

77. Hide Google+ Notification (631 users) -
Simple extension to hide the little red Google Plus notification from the global google header toolbar.

78. Share Widget for Google Plus (614 users) -
Share your thoughts on Google+

79. Google Plus Colors (564 users) -
Change the colors, the background of your google bar with 11 predefined themes. (

80. PinIt for Google Plus (443 users) -
Put a pin in your favourite post and add it to the sidebar in Google+

81. Everything Went Black (397 users) -
This extension modifies page functionality and certain design elements on your Google+ account.

82. Hangouts Finder (385 users) -
Easily find and share public google plus hangouts.

83. Enlightenment for Google Plus (346 users) -
Enlightenment for Google plus adds a search bar for Google Plus. You can use it to search on Google, Twitter, and the G+ social network.

84. Tweetify for Google Plus (313 users) -
Make your Google+ streams Twitter-like. Heavily experimental. Compresses posts in your stream to 140 visible characters. Pages of individual posts or profiles are not affected. An experiment in reducing information overload in Google Plus in a very familiar way.

85. AutoSave for Google+ (288 users) -
Automatically save the text, restore it.

86. Favorite G+ Stream (280 users) -
Allow any G+ user to set a Favorite Stream as default.

87. Trendisimo (257 users) -
Trending topics for Google+

88. KloutPlus (248 users) -
View your friends' Klout scores on their Google+ profiles. Monitor your own as well.

89. G+ Images Hover Zoom (231 users) -
This extension will enlarge the images shown in Google+ stream when mouser cursor is pointing the image.

90. PlusNotifier (217 users) -
Displays unread notifications count in Google Plus

91. Mute Plus (214 users) - Semi-block people from your main stream using this Chrome extension.

92. Google +1[Plus One] & LIKE in 1 (211 users) -
Recommend any webpage via +1 or LIKE in just 2 clicks using I rec [I recommend]. Simple, Fast and Light weight.

93. Ziplbar Plus (185 users) -
Take your Google+ bar everywhere you go. Never miss another notification. Also, jump to friends using their names.

94. GCview for Chrome (165 users) -
This changes the style of Google +

95. G+? Why not A+? (150 users) -
Favourite G+ extensions combined into one

96. Search+ for Google Chrome (149 users) -
Instantly search Google+ from Google Chrome's URL bar

97. Google+ Troll Remover (148 users) -
Will help you to avoid trolls on Google+.

98. Star Bookmarks for Google+ (147 users) -
Add the Star functionality to Google+ using Google Bookmarks

99. Stay cool (109 users) -
Remove the Google Plus What's hot feature. You can open it by clicking the snow flake.

100. Goodbye for G+ Games (55 users) -
A simple script by Jonathan Android to hide the Games button for Google+.

101. Productivity++ (53 users) -

Allows users to hide and show Google+ notifications with one click. It also allows toggling two G+ chat modes.
102. Nonplus (52 users) -
Automute Google Plus stream entries by hashtag.

103. G+ Stats (17 users) -
Easy way to show G+ users most popular posts and photos

See also:

1. Google+ for Android -
Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler.

2. Google+ for iPhone - Real-life sharing rethought for the web, wherever you are. Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler.

3. Google+ search for Android -
Search Google Plus public contents and profiles online, show the hot trends from Google Plus.

4. Google Plus Photo Importer for iPhone -
Google Plus Photo Importer is a new iPhone app that allows you to import photos from Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, and Photobucket directly into your Google+ profile.

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Good to see Russia starting off the rugby season with a win. And Georgia lose, which means the Bears have a shot at the title!
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