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A big AI breakthrough in Google's +Project Loon Internet balloon network may allow effective coverage over land with about 1 percent of the original airborne balloons. Instead of having huge armies of balloons wafting around all over the world, the AI tuning allows them to cluster intelligently in specific places.

This has been in the works for a while, so perhaps this is as much a progress report announcement to counter others who are eyeing aerial Internet services.

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With the first Android Wear 2.0 watches being launched via LG, a quick review of major improvements is worth viewing. More usability/readability, Google Play Store integration, and more phoneless capabilities top the list.

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Why Events was killed in the first place is beyond me. Why Hangouts has been left on the back burner is semi-beyond me (OK, I get that mobile performance and security is paramount these days, but still). Welcome back, Events!
Events in New Google+ Web
By popular demand, we're rolling out Events on the new Google+ Web experience today. This is the existing Events experience from Google+ Classic, now available in the new Google+ Web app.

As always, please send us your ideas/issues using our Send Feedback menu item as that's the best way to ensure we'll see them. Thanks~ 
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Andromeda, schmandromeda - from now on "Chrome OS" means "with Android apps. Great.move.

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Some media folks are spinning this as "Google can't make enough Pixel Phones, underestimated demand." But at a million units since its launch, the Pixel phones seem to be a huge hit, and have easily outstripped most people's expectations of sales.

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Yes, dealing with municipalities is difficult for many things, including trying to roll out a gigabit fiber network. But it seems that Google continues to have problems mounting "local" services in general. I repeat: local is not just a small instance of global. It's where the messiness of life occurs, and Google is not well adaped to messiness.

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I haven't seen the new Uber and parking space integration for +Google Maps yet, but it was cool to see notifications pop up this morning for the new travel journal feature. It creates a log of your major destinations, when you got there, and maps them, along with photos you took at various locations and links to descriptions of locations where available. While I am sure privacy freaks will opt out of this, I think that I will find it to be very useful for recalling where I was on specific days for record keeping. Very well designed. 
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Two Android Wear 2.0 watches will make their debut in a few weeks, courtesy of LG...and branded as LG products.

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Thank you, +Denis Labelle​, for your kind recognition of All Things Google! I feel like ATG just got Michelin's third star...
Collection Of The Day: All Things Google
Can't get enough of the Goog? A good place to take care of the itch.
by +John Blossom

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I wonder if Google's self-driving fleet of ride sharing cars will know how not to drop you off in New York City in the middle of a slush puddle...
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