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Computing

Download your archive and get ready to bid farewell to Google+ on April 2

Get ready to say goodbye to Google+. Starting April 2nd, all data, photos, and comments on the social media platform and all Google+ pages will be removed, but you still have time to back up your data.
Computing

Google+ continues to sink with a second massive data breach. Abandon ship now

Google+ was scheduled to shut its doors in August 2019, but the second security breach in only a few months has caused the company to move its plan forward a few months. It might be a good idea to delete your account sooner than later.
Digital Trends Live

Facebook’s Zuckerberg sets up big meeting over news feed flap

Facebook says that CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be meeting this week with about a dozen conservative figures to talk about the news feed content situation. Plus, Starbreeze VR system gets boost from Acer pact, Google wants you in their social…
Social Media

Google determined to save Google+, gives it another makeover

Any reports of Google+'s death have clearly been greatly exaggerated, as the Web giant has just rolled out a revamped version of its social network that focuses on two of its more popular features.
Social Media

New study suggests Google Plus’ active usage may be much lower

Google won't come out and say it, but its Google Plus social site is not doing too well. A new study reveals that not even 1 percent of all Google users is actually using Google Plus.
Social Media

Is Google+ being slowly sunsetted? Mandatory Gmail integration gets removed

Definitely a shift away from promoting Google+ usage, the search company has removed the mandatory requirement of setting up a new Google+ account when signing up for a Gmail account.
Social Media

New research breaks down how the social Web is changing news

A new survey provides insight about how Americans use the social web to consume news - these are the breakout bit and pieces you'll want to know.
Opinion

YouTube’s commenter uproar proves Google’s crystal ball is broken

Google's integration of Google+ with YouTube comments has users grabbing their pitchforks. Give its wealth of data, how did Google get this so wrong? And since it did – should we be worried?
Social Media

Even YouTube’s co-founder hates the new Google+ commenting integration

Like many other people, YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim is not too happy about the new Google+ comment integration feature. The feature was initially announced by Google, which owns YouTube, back in September.
Social Media

The 13 most typical YouTube comments responding to the new YouTube comments

It doesn't get much more meta than this: YouTube wants to clean up its comment section, and these were some of the comments it got in return. They are exactly what you'd expect them to be.
Social Media

Report: Google+ user numbers tell an incomplete story

Google+ released an update and positive news about user activity, but Google may be overstating the service's popularity.
Opinion

Sorry, ‘expectations of privacy’ are lower online, and you should know this by now

What do Google Plus user outrage over Shared Endorsement ads and Reddit's Silk Road community have in common? A misunderstanding of just how public the Web really is – and has been for years.
Mobile

Google Hangouts app review: A step forward for video chat… with some drawbacks

Google Hangouts once lived in Google+, but it's broken out into its own stand alone app. It has tons of potential as a go-to choice for all forms of communication, but at the moment it doesn't live up to what it could eventually be.
Mobile

Google+ app review: The social network you’re not using gets better

Google+ got a huge update on the Web earlier this week, and now the Android app is getting its own revamping. New photography and location features lead the way on this update to Google's social networking tool.
Opinion

Turns out Google+ isn’t for us, it’s for researching us

For all the beautiful, innovative updates Google+ keeps pushing, it can't get me to use the service. After nearly two years, we're just now starting to figure out why the social network (or layer) or sorts isn't able to compel the user.
Social Media

Gnip hits the social media data jackpot with API access to Instagram, Bitly, and Reddit

Social media data gathering has been made even better for companies as Gnip gains access to six new public APIs, enriching their social reporting even more.
Social Media

Google+ may have ultimately killed Google Reader

The Reader will exist no more by July 1, but what's the real reason why Google is killing a product that's never made money in the first place? According to a former Google Reader manager, it might be because of Google+.
Social Media

Google+ rolls out local ‘Reviews,’ huge cover photos, and a prettier ‘About’ section

Google+ has new updates to talk about including a local 'Reviews' tab, cover photos that fill up a screen, and an About section that's easier on the eyes.