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Not sure who's still on G+ these days but here's the announcement of the latest release of the "new G+". 

Before looking at it, what would you expect the gender ratio in the comments to be, not counting +Danielle Buckley (who is valiantly doing her best to keep up with the questions and feedback)?

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Bringing the new Google+ to more people

Last November, ( we introduced a preview on web of a fully redesigned Google+ to make it easier for people to discover and connect around unique and interesting things. From a Japanese astronaut sharing his experience in the International Space Station ( to food lovers sharing their passion for breadmaking (, people are using Google+ to explore their interests more than ever.

Since introducing the new version, twice as many Collections are followed per day and there are 1.6 million daily new Community joins. Many of you have also shared feedback and requests, and we’ve been listening (

Today, we’re announcing three new updates for Google+.

First, some new features. You can now have richer conversations by adding links and photos to your comments. We’re also offering Community owners and moderators more control over who posts what with approved posting. Finally, we're launching a new notifications center on the web where you can see and manage your recent activity on Google+. These features will be available across the web, Android and iOS in the coming weeks.

Second, if you haven’t yet previewed the new Google+, over the next few days we’ll upgrade you to the experience when you sign in on the web. You’ll still be able to toggle back to classic Google+ for the time being.

Finally, businesses have told us that they’ve found Google+ to be a valuable way to help employees share ideas and expertise via Collections and Communities, and we’re looking forward to making it available to more organizations. Today, Google Apps users already using Google+ ( will also see the new experience ( when they sign in and in the next few weeks, Google+ will become a core Google for Work service.

From the interesting (, to the surprising (, and the delightful (, we hope Google+ continues to help you discover amazing things from passionate people.
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they still haven't fixed the muted image problem that was an immediate return to the old style the first time - in 'old' G+ (which I am currently using) when you mute an image it goes away - not in the 'new' G+ - I was following someone who was posting a lot about Israel and Gaza and they posted an image of a child victim that was ... well ... graphic doesn't really cover it - so I hit mute and all that changed was a little 'muted' in red font appeared in the corner of the post while I still got stare horrifically at the picture of a dead child ... I have given them some quite vivid feedback several times on this stupidity and they still haven't fixed it ;-/
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Kathy Sierra leaves Twitter.

This month is the 10-year anniversary of my first online threat. I thought it was a one-off, then. Just one angry guy. And it wasn’t really THAT bad. But looking back, it was the canary in the coal mine… the first hint that if I kept on this path, it would not end well. And what was that path? We’ll get to that in a minute.

Later I learned that the first threat had nothing to do with what I actually made or said in my books, blog posts, articles, and conference presentations. The real problem — as my first harasser described — was that others were beginning to pay attention to me. He wrote as if mere exposure to my work was harming his world.


I now believe the most dangerous time for a woman with online visibility is the point at which others are seen to be listening, “following”, “liking”, “favoriting”, retweeting. In other words, the point at which her readers have (in the troll’s mind) “drunk the Koolaid”. Apparently, that just can’t be allowed. ❞
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Facebook apologized to "the affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbors, and members of the LGBT community", clarified that their policy is "authentic names" (and that Sister Roma and Lil Miss Hot Mess are indeed "authentic")  and said that they're working on improving the process.   (via +Wizzy Gynoid )

EFF points out that dropping any policy would be better -- but, if Facebook's determined to keep it, has some suggestions.

Don't fuck with drag queens. #nymwars #mynameis
Sister Roma and the gang are headed back to Menlo Park this morning, and according to sources reached by Valleywag, Facebook is planning to apologize.
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Everything old is new again. 
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Three years after killing G+'s momentum and driving many of their early supporters away ...
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.
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Yes, it is about time. Felt really bad after helping to beta test G+ to get thrown out and banned because of my pseudonym/stage name/ radio show name.

I outlined a lot of the crap I went through  on my CNI Radio blog on blogger (while I was trying to do all they wanted, still getting banned, finally being let back in, and then banned again, and no recourse, and finally giving up). At least they didn't take my blogger blog away during that time. But I did lose access to every other Google property including my pictures in Picasa. Not that I kept many on Picasa, but that's not really the point.

Started here:

And ended here:

I am glad they finally changed their mind .... after 3 yrs. 
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VP of Engineering David Besbris will replace him. 
The high-profile and powerful exec at the search giant will leave immediately, but has no plans to land elsewhere as yet.
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One interesting thing is that Google's treating people with "thousands of followers" differently by setting their defaults to getting email only from their circles (as opposed to the hoi polloi who by default get mail from everybody).  Wow, it's almost like they know that this will expose people to a bunch of mail they don't want and so made special provisions for the "influentials" don't get bothered!
Got both Gmail and Google+? Soon, anyone who also has both will be able to send you a message through Gmail, or you can send to others. How it all works. Yes, there are some safeguards.
Google has announced that soon, anyone with both a Gmail account and a Google+ account will be able to message anyone else with a Gmail account and Google+ account, even if they don’t know their email address. Spam city! Potentially, but Google has some safeguards built it that it hopes will keep this as a […]
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+Yonatan Zunger takes "let me Google that for you!" to the next level ...
Shaun King asks a fair question about Donald Trump's plan to deport eleven million people over a two-year period. Answering it feels a bit like doing a sociopathic sort of "What If?," but sometimes it's good to see what's actually involved in a policy proposal.

If you want to deport all of these people, you'll have to do a few things:

(1) Figure out who you want to deport.
(2) Round them up.
(3) Transport them to wherever you're deporting them to.
(4) Dump them there and get them to stay.

The biggest things that probably aren't blindingly obvious are:

- Identifying people is harder than it sounds, since it's not like everyone has proof of citizenship tattooed on their arms. You'll have to put people in the field, and they'll have to have a lot of leeway to deal with ambiguous cases. Which is another way of saying they need the power to decree someone an outsider and deport them.

- Rounding people up is easier than it sounds, Ben Carson to the contrary. The police have more guns, and if you're already at the point where the local field commander is willing to say "this entire neighborhood is probably deportable," it turns out that rounding people up and/or shooting resisters isn't very challenging at all. Most people will stop shooting when you threaten to kill their families, and the ones that don't, well, you just kill them and their families.

- Transporting people is much harder than it sounds. 450,000 people per month is a lot; even with serious packing, you can only fit about 80 people into a standard boxcar or truck; a typical modern train might have 140 boxcars or so, which means it can only transport about 11,000 people, and loading them takes time. Unfortunately, people are somewhat scattered out, so if you want this to work, you'll need to use trucks and so on to deliver people to staging areas, where you can store them for a while until a train is ready. Fortunately, there's a lot of prior art on how to concentrate people in a small space while they're getting ready to be loaded on trains.

- Mass-deporting people to an area you don't control is harder than it seems, because the people who control that area are likely to object. You'd probably have to conquer and subjugate Mexico as a first step, and then set up receiving camps on the other end. Unloading areas would have to be fairly heavily armed and guarded, of course, to keep people from attacking you; the logistics are somewhat similar to the staging camps on the sending side, only you have to worry less about killing people.

- Running this is going to be really expensive, so you might consider finding ways for the project to help pay for itself. So long as you have people concentrated in one place, maybe have them do labor as well? They can pay for their own deportation!

So I suppose the good news is that we can answer Shaun's question fairly straightforwardly, because this has been done before and we do know what it looks like. We don't quite have the right expertise in the US, because none of our past mass-deportation efforts were quite at this scale per month; the transatlantic slave trade moved roughly this many people over three centuries, the Trail of Tears moved only about 16,500 people, and the internment of Japanese civilians during WWII only about 110,000. But outside the US, there's much more experience with it; probably the world's top expert on it was Adolf Eichmann (1906-1962), who ran a program very much like this which managed to move people at about this rate. 

Trump's team may be interested in checking him out; there's a tremendous amount written about his system, I'm sure it would be very helpful. And as I noted in a comment below, the design of this program really wasn't easy; they had to iterate through quite a lot of trial solutions before they could come up with a final one. You should always save work by studying prior art when you can.
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Interesting research on several counts.  Wikipedia fares well in terms of the proportion of articles that are about women.  But ...

- articles about women are much more likely to link to articles about men than vice versa.  Guys still don't link!  (cc +Shelley Powers )

- articles about women tend to emphasize the fact that they are about women by overusing words like “woman,” “female,” or “lady” while articles about men tend not to contain words like “man,” “masculine,” or “gentleman.” Words like “married,” “divorced,” “children,” or “family” are also much more frequently used in articles about women, they say.
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Hee. Some folks have long memories ;-)
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La plus ca change ...
New article: Facebook is re-enacting the Google Plus #Nymwars  and appears to be going after LGBT performers first. I think it shows just how clueless about user safety Facebook really is. Some people are looking at Plus as a safer option....
Facebook is enforcing its "real names" policy, insidiously outing a disproportionate number of gay, trans and adult performers -- placing them at risk for attacks, stalking, privacy violations and more.
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Skud's take on what google+'s announcement SHOULD have been (also via +Peter da Silva  +Edward Morbius).
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Hear hear. It looks like the most important message still hasn't quite got through.
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Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker said that Eich’s ability to lead the company that makes the Firefox Web browser had been badly damaged by the continued scrutiny over the hot-button issue, which had actually been known since 2012 inside the Mozilla community.

“It’s clear that Brendan cannot lead Mozilla in this setting,” said Baker, who added that she would not and could not speak for Eich. “The ability to lead — particularly for the CEO — is fundamental to the role and that is not possible here.”
And the inevitable conclusion surrounding the controversy over his donation to an anti-gay initiative.
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It was previously known outside the Mozilla company, too, for some of us anyway.  I guess the board figured it was old news (and perhaps they expected Eich to handle the matter better if it came up again).  They don't seem to have expected a boycott by a popular app developer, public calls for resignations by employees, or OK Cupid's die-in-a-fire response.  Well, I don't know that anyone expected that last response, especially its strong closing: "OkCupid is for creating love. Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure."  
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Happy New Year, all -- wishing everybody a great 2014!
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