Google+ coming soon for your business

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There’s been a lot of confusion on Google+ about when businesses will be allowed to have pages, and why certain companies and news outlets were allowed to violate the initial prohibition. There was a lot of bellyaching (see above) the other day and then heads started to roll. On Thursday, Google purged the unauthorized accounts of companies such as CBS News, NBC News, the Seattle Times, and Mashable News, which now is founder Pete Cashmore’s page. (see above.) No need to despair, capitalists! In “the next few months” Google will roll out “business profiles.” Until then, as TheNextWeb reported:

It seems however that Google is encouraging businesses, for the time being, to pick a real person from its organization as a mouthpiece who can share links on the network.

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Google+ app for iPhone, and William Shatner!

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Finally there is an iPhone app for Google+. I complained on Twitter this weekend that I was tempted to get an Android phone. Almost! The Google phones already had a G+ app and I was envious. Of course I won’t give up my iPhone 4 until a phone comes along that kicks the shit out of it. That probably will come this fall with the iPhone 5. 😀 Okay, the G+ app is nifty. You don’t get full functionality. No group video chat with hangouts, but who needs that on their phone? Group chat, yes. So my Google+ plus journey continues and the universe expands. There was a hiccup at the beginning when the iTunes App Store released a test version rather than the true release. I downloaded the test version and it was glitchy and the tech heads started to immediately bellyache. Within an hour or two, the correct version was released. Works fine so far.

Tonight I found out William Shatner is on Plus, and he calls us Plusers. And he was complaining that you can only put 5,000 total people in your circles. I hope Google listens to him, because I plan on putting the entire world into Google+.

Trapped by barricaded killer in New Jersey, woman posts online updates

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Photo credit: Stephanie Savas

On Thursday, a man in a Ewing Township, New Jersey, shot and killed another man reportedly over a parking space. Wayne Voorhees fired multiple shots from his second-floor unit at the Versailles Apartments in a nearly eight-hour stand-off with police. Stephanie Savas was in an apartment alone in a neighboring building inside the complex and, she said, unaware that others had been evacuated. She shared her situation with friends on Facebook. Then she decided to write about her situation on Reddit, the popular online community, and the post took off, garnering hundreds of replies, and sparking a controversy about whether she was faking it. A moderator in the forum flagged the post as a suspected fake. The red flag was lifted, but the post has yet to be confirmed as true. I decided to investigate. More

My Google+ is cannibalizing My Twitter

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In my last post, I said Google+ is what you make of it. So far, I’ve created an expanded Twitter. The people I know at some level and the people I follow are drawn almost exclusively from Twitter. A few are also friends on Facebook. My universe of Facebook friends is a hodgepodge collection of real-life friends and co-workers, old classmates, people I friended to interview for stories, people I met on MySpace who switched to Facebook (use your imagination), people I met from other online groups (such as Wonkette commenters), etc. My Google+ crowd is on Twitter, is tech-savvy, and smart. The quality of posting and commenting is very high. These folks also talk a lot about Google+, which I don’t mind, though some are feeling free to post animated cat GIFS and otherwise diversify their voice. I called My Version of Google+ an expanded Twitter because the people I know on Twitter are now being revealed to me beyond the 140-character limit. Especially for people I’m following, such as high-profile entrepreneurs and tech journalists, I am getting access to their thinking that was only available if they had some other outlet and linked to it on Twitter. With all that said, this means that these people are spending less time on Twitter. So my version of Google+ plus is cannibalizing Twitter. Every minute I spend on Google+ is a minute I would have spent scrolling through my fast-paced Twitter stream. I love Twitter and don’t want to hurt it. Xeni Jardin, an editor at Boing Boing, wasn’t so sentimental when she declared: “It’s official. I like G+ more than Twitter now.
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Google+ I’m in, baby

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I finally got access to Google+. After Facebook announced and launched Skype videochat, Google unlocked Google+ overnight, to presumably steal a little bit of the spotlight back. Once I got in, my first major task was to contend with Circles, the feature that groups people by categories. Who goes where? I decided to get rid of the “acquaintances” circle and start off with friends, family, and people I follow. I uploaded a few photos just so people can have something to see and that was about it. I’ve ordered a headset so I can use the group videochat function called Hangouts, which means I haven’t tried it yet. People seem to like it. Anyway, I did a lot of reading and one idea stood out: Google+ is where you can restart your social network. More

Still waiting to try Google+

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I’m already angry at Google+ and I haven’t even tried it yet. I’ve had people send me invites, but Google+ hasn’t been activated for me. I keep getting the message: “We’ve temporarily exceeded our capacity.” It’s not like everyone has it and I don’t. Only a small fraction of Google accounts have it as part of a “limited field trial.” So I’ll get in, eventually. Oh yeah, I forgot to explain what it is: More

LulzSec is now AntiSec

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The King is dead. Long live the King. LulzSec, the hackers who delighted and infuriated and apparently drew too much heat from other hackers and the Law, announced on June 25 that they were closing up shop. One kid, who may or may not have been part of LulzSec, had been arrested in the England. A woman, who may or may not have been part of LulzSec, was  paid a visit by the FBI at her home in Iowa. LulzSec (conveniently?) claimed that they only intended to be in existence for 50 days. Oh, and by the way, follow @AnonymousIRC on Twitter for more of the same, LulzSec tweeted. On Tuesday, #AntiSec (the transition uses the Twitter hashtag), dumped a bunch of hacked data from the governments of Zimbabwe, Brazil, Australia, and Anguilla, as well as some internal corporate data from some media companies. Wait, Anguilla? Down with Anguilla! LulzSec is now basically acknowledged to have been an offshoot of Anonymous and whoever were the driving forces behind LulzSec have now blended back into the hacktivist collective. The day LulzSec announced they were done with their mission of LULZ, some hacker group calling themselves the A-Team, released a boatload of info on suspected LulzSec participants. As I mentioned above, the woman in Iowa was in this “dox,” or release of identifying personal data. She claims not to have done anything illegal. She just happened to be hanging out (My friend asked me to hold this weed!). Is it just a matter of time before Sabu, Kayla, and the rest of the gang get tracked down by G-Men? Or were they clever enough to establish bogus identities to get doxed leading to dead ends? As with any criminal enterprise, authorities start with the small fish, scare them into cooperating, and move their way in. But can they bust these data Robin Hoods?

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