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Google+ is finally being killed off and its organs are being donated to other projects. So far, Photos and Streams have been spun off into a separate product, while Hangouts is expected to follow soon
Google has completely (and unexpectedly) removed all authorship functionality and Google+ integration from its search results and webmaster tools, saying that it was 'distracting' for the users.
Former Microsoft executive Vic Gundotra, who left the company eight years ago to join Google, has announced he is departing the company after helping to lead development of Google+.
Google has rolled out an update to Gmail allowing users to send emails to Google+ users without knowing their email address, while at the same time keeping their own address hidden from the recipient.
Behold: the parody video Microsoft probably wishes it could release as part of its 'Scroogled' campaign, introducing Google BlackMail: "Either sign up for Google+ or we release all your private info!"
No stranger to controversy, Google chairman Eric Schmidt has struck again, saying that high-end Android phones "have better screens, are faster, and have a much more intuitive interface" than iPhones.
YouTube is responding to requests to improve the comments sections of videos by further integrating with Google+, bringing features like private conversations with users in your Circles.
Microsoft will hold a press conference in Cologne, Germany as part of its presences at the Gamescom convention on August 20th, where the company will likely reveal more about their Xbox One plans.
Google made quite a few announcements today during its Google I/O keynote, but rumors that the company would reveal details about Android 4.3 during the event didn't materialize.
Google have unified the free storage that they give users for Google Drive, Google+ photos and Gmail into one, allowing everyone 15GB of shared space. Google Apps for enterprise now have 30GB.
Google is retiring its Meebo Bar on June 6 after acquiring the service last year to focus more on its Google+ Sign-In development and to grow its social network.
Google is set to unveil "Babble" which will integrate all of their chat services into one place. Babble will compete with iMessage and BBM, and highlights Google's new focus on simplicity.
In a new interview, Microsoft vice president Frank Shaw took some time to poke some fun at Google+, saying, "... a party with my Google+ friends, I could probably have in a rowboat."
Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page has made a bold statement against Facebook in an interview, saying they do a "really bad job on their products" without elaborating much further
Google+, the often-mocked social media platform, may by "crazy like a fox" as features from the tool merge into other Google offerings. Do you find yourself using Google+ more as time goes on?
Google announced that its Google+ social networking service has 135 million users "active in just the stream" along with 235 million that are active across Google and 500 million that have upgraded.
Bradley Horowitz has openly stated that he feels Facebook is "pissing off users" by spamming advertizements on people's personal feeds. He insists that Google is handling advertizements a lot better.
Google has implemented its Google Plus social network into the Google Play store in hopes of allowing application reviews on the store to become more reliable and accurate.
Google's social network has reached 100 million active monthly users according to Google, with a total user number of over 400 million users since its launch in June 2011.
Google's product team remains committed to adding new features to the service, including custom URLs to help denote an official or famous account as necessary.
After Apple managed to gain an injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, Android fans took to Google's social network to make their voices heard.
Google announced today that it now has over 250 million accounts signed up for its Google+ service and 150 million of them are active, with about 50 percent signing in every day.
Flipboard, the popular iOS news-reader app, has finally been officially released for the Android operating system. This includes versions for the Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble Nook tablets as well.
Unlike Twitter and Facebook, Google+ currently lacks much of an incentive to generate use. So what is Google doing to solve its problem? So far, nothing.
Google+ is finally getting ready to add an events feature, according to recent information and screenshots. The feature has oddly been missing since the social network launched last year.
Google has announced the launch of Google+ Local, which replaces its Google Places service and offers users a way to rate local restaurants, shops and other places while also using Zagat's reviews.
The Google development team have released another redesign for the not-as-popular-as-they'd-like-it-to-be social network's Android application, bringing in some more Holo influences.
BioWare and EA have announced that Dragon Age Legends, their spin-off of the fantasy RPG for social networking sites like Facebook and Google+, will shut down on June 18th.
Facebook IPO led to a lot of debate on technology sites about the true value of the company. Whatever you think about Facebook, however, is irrelevant. It's not going anywhere anytime soon.
A new update for users of Gmail adds a way to see the contact info of the people who have emailed you, along with more integration with the circle features in Google+.
Google has released a new version of its Google+ app for iOS devices like the iPhone that has a revamped user interface. A new Google+ app version for Android devices is in the works.
Google has announced that its further integrated Google+ and Gmail, allowing users to interact with their Google+ account e-mails directly from their Gmail account.
Google reported its first quarter 2012 financial results today. Its earnings of $2.89 billion beat previous expectations. The company recorded revenues of $10.65 billion.
In an attempt to keep Google+ relevant, the search giant has taken the wraps off a massive overhaul to the Google+ interface today, with a focus on customization.
Google CEO Larry Page has written and posted a lengthy update on the state of the company, with status reports on projects like Android, Chrome, YouTube, Google+, Google's ad products and more.
Google has added a new feature to the Hangouts section of Google+', letting users make phone calls to any cell phone or landline via the PC Hangout feature. Calls to the US or Canada are free.
A German PR rep for Google has confirmed that an official Windows Phone app for the company's Google+ social networking service is in the works but would not give a release date.
James Whittaker, who left Microsoft in 2009 to become Google's Test Director, has now rejoined Microsoft and written a blog post slamming Google, claiming the company has changed for the worst.
New data from comScore claims that even though Google may have signed up over 90 million people for Google+, its users are not sticking around much on the social networking service.
Facebook has chosen to replicate the design of the UI for Google+ photo viewing, in a move intended to promote more interaction between users.
A new third party report claims that Google's social networking service Google+ has now reached and exceeded the 100 million user mark, giving the company a bigger piece of the social networking pie.
Google's social networking service, Google+, is now allowing teenagers to sign up for accounts to use the service but with some added security and sharing restrictions.
A large number of users of the photo editing web site Picnik are blasting Google's decision to shut down the web site in mid-April, saying they don't want to use Google+ to access Picnik's features.
Google has announced that it will finally allow users to have Google+ accounts with "alternate names" (nicknames, pseudonyms and other) that will be listed alongside a user's given name.
Google reported revenues of $10.58 billion for the fourth quarter of 2011 which were 25 percent higher compared to a year ago. Google+ now has 90 million members, according to the company.
In an unusual move, Twitter has released a statement slamming Google for its newly announced search features that include using information generated by Google's own Google+ social network.
Google announced a major revamp of its Google Search service, adding new features that Google has put under the umbrella term Search plus Your World.
Google+ celebrated December as its biggest ever month for users, despite previous claims that its growth was slowing down, the last month of 2011 in fact shows the exact opposite.
A new study from unofficial Google+ statistics reporter Paul Allen claims that Google's social networking service had a surge of new sign ups in December and it now has over 62 million members.