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October 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Users of the Google+ social network will now be able to easily make movies out of photos and videos they took while on vacation or at an event. The new feature, called Auto Awesome Movie, is essentially a highlight reel of users' videos and images shot during a single outing. The feature automatically adds music, filters and enhances each shot to create a video clip that users can share with their friends on Google+. Auto Awesome Movie was among more than a dozen new Google+ features that Google announced Tuesday as a way to boost usage of its online social networking service.
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October 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Users of the Google+ social network will now be able to easily make movies out of photos and videos they took while on vacation or at an event. The new feature, called Auto Awesome Movie, is essentially a highlight reel of users' videos and images shot during a single outing. The feature automatically adds music, filters and enhances each shot to create a video clip that users can share with their friends on Google+. Auto Awesome Movie was among more than a dozen new Google+ features that Google announced Tuesday as a way to boost usage of its online social networking service.
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October 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Google is hosting an event Tuesday morning for its Google+ social network, and users can tune in live to watch the announcement. The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. PDT, and users can head to the event page on Google+ to say they'll be attending. The link can also be used to watch the live stream. Vic Gundotra, the head of the Google+ team, has been busy teasing the event all week, posting "Rehearsing for our Google+ update in the morning. I hope you can all join us and watch the live video stream!
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October 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Google is hosting an event Tuesday morning for its Google+ social network, and users can tune in live to watch the announcement. The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. PDT, and users can head to the event page on Google+ to say they'll be attending. The link can also be used to watch the live stream. Vic Gundotra, the head of the Google+ team, has been busy teasing the event all week, posting "Rehearsing for our Google+ update in the morning. I hope you can all join us and watch the live video stream!
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July 1, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Google+ users were quietly given the ability to invite friends into the new social network Wednesday night, but that option lasted only a few hours because of overwhelming demand. Vic Gundotra, who is overseeing Google's social networking efforts, said in a Google+ post: "We've shut down invite mechanism for the night. Insane demand. We need to do this carefully, and in a controlled way. Thank you all for your interest!" Google didn't formally announce that it was providing the invite feature; instead, a small red envelope with Google's "G+" logo and the words "invite people to join Google+" popped up, and it seems it didn't take long before users found it and started bringing people in. Gundotra didn't say when invites might return, but it is Google's style to go with invites before fully opening new products to the public, as has been the practice with the hugely popular Gmail service and the search giant's recently launched Google Music Beta.
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July 14, 2011 | Bloomberg News
Google Inc., owner of the world's largest Internet search engine, reported sales and profit that topped analysts' estimates, a sign the company is benefiting from an effort to expand into mobile and display advertising. Second-quarter sales rose to $6.92 billion, Mountain View, Calif.- based Google said Thursday. That topped $6.57 billion, the average estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Net income climbed 36 percent to $2.51 billion, or $7.68 a share, from $1.84 billion, or $5.71, a year earlier.
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September 21, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Google+, the Internet search giant's rival to Facebook, is now available to the public. Google Inc. announced the move Tuesday but said the social networking service was not yet a fully finished product. Technically, it's still in the beta stage. Nine new features are being added this week and more are planned. "For the past 12 weeks we've been in field trial, and during that time we've listened and learned a great deal," Vic Gundotra, the Google senior vice president in charge of Google+, said in a statement.
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August 28, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Google Inc. is stockpiling technology and talent for what many believe will be a full-on assault against Silicon Valley rival Facebook Inc. As part of its campaign to build a social networking service to counter the explosive growth of Facebook, Google confirmed Friday that it had bought up Internet company Angstro and hired its co-founder Rohit Khare. Khare, a respected Internet researcher, is one of several new faces at Google charged with helping the Internet search giant compete for the eyeballs and dollars increasingly flowing to social networking.
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April 9, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
The Larry Page era has officially begun — with a management shake-up. Just days after returning as Google Inc.'s chief executive, Page swiftly set the tone for how he would run the Internet search giant with a major reorganization of his management team. Page is trying to restore the sense of urgency and innovation that drove Google's prior successes, analysts said. The reorganization also puts him firmly in charge of the world's largest Internet company in much the same way Steve Jobs runs Apple Inc. "Larry's coming out of the gate blazing," said BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis.
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March 29, 2012 | By Mike Swift
SAN JOSE - Andy Hertzfeld was ready to retire in 2009, following a momentous 30-year-plus career in which he worked side by side with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to design the revolutionary user interface of Apple's Macintosh computers, before launching several start-ups and going on to Google. But Google co-founder Sergey Brin had other ideas. Brin wanted to graft Hertzfeld's Apple-bred sense of aesthetics and function into the new social network that Google's leadership was just starting to think about, a top-secret project that a year and a half later would become Google+.
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April 10, 2012 | By Mike Swift
SAN JOSE — Christine Egy Rose realized she was on to something powerful. Instead of the awkward monosyllabic two-minute exchange her 2-year-old son, Jackson, typically had over a video chat link with relatives, he spent a full 50 minutes happily working on a shared drawing with his grandmother in Florida, using the video chat's embedded drawing feature that Egy Rose was developing. Egy Rose's mother-in-law, feeling so much closer to the little boy in California, was almost in tears by the end of the chat.
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March 29, 2012 | By Mike Swift
SAN JOSE - Andy Hertzfeld was ready to retire in 2009, following a momentous 30-year-plus career in which he worked side by side with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to design the revolutionary user interface of Apple's Macintosh computers, before launching several start-ups and going on to Google. But Google co-founder Sergey Brin had other ideas. Brin wanted to graft Hertzfeld's Apple-bred sense of aesthetics and function into the new social network that Google's leadership was just starting to think about, a top-secret project that a year and a half later would become Google+.
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September 21, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Google+, the Internet search giant's rival to Facebook, is now available to the public. Google Inc. announced the move Tuesday but said the social networking service was not yet a fully finished product. Technically, it's still in the beta stage. Nine new features are being added this week and more are planned. "For the past 12 weeks we've been in field trial, and during that time we've listened and learned a great deal," Vic Gundotra, the Google senior vice president in charge of Google+, said in a statement.
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July 14, 2011 | Bloomberg News
Google Inc., owner of the world's largest Internet search engine, reported sales and profit that topped analysts' estimates, a sign the company is benefiting from an effort to expand into mobile and display advertising. Second-quarter sales rose to $6.92 billion, Mountain View, Calif.- based Google said Thursday. That topped $6.57 billion, the average estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Net income climbed 36 percent to $2.51 billion, or $7.68 a share, from $1.84 billion, or $5.71, a year earlier.
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July 1, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Google+ users were quietly given the ability to invite friends into the new social network Wednesday night, but that option lasted only a few hours because of overwhelming demand. Vic Gundotra, who is overseeing Google's social networking efforts, said in a Google+ post: "We've shut down invite mechanism for the night. Insane demand. We need to do this carefully, and in a controlled way. Thank you all for your interest!" Google didn't formally announce that it was providing the invite feature; instead, a small red envelope with Google's "G+" logo and the words "invite people to join Google+" popped up, and it seems it didn't take long before users found it and started bringing people in. Gundotra didn't say when invites might return, but it is Google's style to go with invites before fully opening new products to the public, as has been the practice with the hugely popular Gmail service and the search giant's recently launched Google Music Beta.
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April 9, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
The Larry Page era has officially begun — with a management shake-up. Just days after returning as Google Inc.'s chief executive, Page swiftly set the tone for how he would run the Internet search giant with a major reorganization of his management team. Page is trying to restore the sense of urgency and innovation that drove Google's prior successes, analysts said. The reorganization also puts him firmly in charge of the world's largest Internet company in much the same way Steve Jobs runs Apple Inc. "Larry's coming out of the gate blazing," said BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis.
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April 10, 2012 | By Mike Swift
SAN JOSE — Christine Egy Rose realized she was on to something powerful. Instead of the awkward monosyllabic two-minute exchange her 2-year-old son, Jackson, typically had over a video chat link with relatives, he spent a full 50 minutes happily working on a shared drawing with his grandmother in Florida, using the video chat's embedded drawing feature that Egy Rose was developing. Egy Rose's mother-in-law, feeling so much closer to the little boy in California, was almost in tears by the end of the chat.
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April 11, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO --Google has redesigned its Google+ social network. The Internet search giant says the face-lift will make Google+ easier to use. And it says more than 170 million people have registered for Google+ accounts. Google is looking to catch up to social networking behemoth Facebook, which said it had 845 million monthly active users as of December and is expected to cross the threshold to 1 billion users this year. Facebook is also on the verge of an initial public stock offering that is expected to value the company at $100 billion or more.
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August 28, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
Google Inc. is stockpiling technology and talent for what many believe will be a full-on assault against Silicon Valley rival Facebook Inc. As part of its campaign to build a social networking service to counter the explosive growth of Facebook, Google confirmed Friday that it had bought up Internet company Angstro and hired its co-founder Rohit Khare. Khare, a respected Internet researcher, is one of several new faces at Google charged with helping the Internet search giant compete for the eyeballs and dollars increasingly flowing to social networking.
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