Only used SMS support in Hangouts briefly, before realizing that I don't actually use SMS anymore ;) So not a big deal for me. You mileage may vary, though.

Hangouts on Android will remove SMS support on May 22

Once upon a time, I was able to get most of my communication done through Hangouts. Between its support for standard SMS, Google Voice, and normal Hangouts... by Corbin Davenport in Applications, Google, News

Trump Tells G.O.P. to Fall in Line, Demanding House Vote on Health Overhaul

Trump Tells G.O.P. It’s Now or Never, Demanding House Vote on Health Bill

President Trump told his party to fall in line behind a health insurance overhaul, and demanded a Friday vote on a bill that appeared to lack a majority to pass.

Watch this! DO IT!

WATCH: Tim Minchin plays Trump in Matilda parody | Daily Review: Film, stage and music reviews, interviews and more.

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google+Tim Minchin has previously suggested that Donald Trump’s presidency might be beyond parody, but the composer and comedian seems to have changed his mind. On Monday night’s episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden, Minchin appeared in Donald: The Musical, a rewritten version of his Matilda hit song When I Grow Up. Minchin played Trump

Early data out of Washington state shows legalization isn't leading to increased teen use of marijuana.

Marijuana legalization opponents warned teen pot use would go up. So far, it hasn’t.

At least, that’s the news coming out of Washington state.

In case you haven't seen it, the Distill Journal (, created and edited by Google Brain team members +Christopher Olah and +Shan Carter, launched earlier this week. It's a totally new kind of journal and presentation style for machine learning research: online, interactive, and encouraging of lucid and clear presentations of research that go beyond using a Gutenberg-era presentation medium for ML topics. I'm really excited about this, and Chris and Shan have put a ton of work into this. The reactions so far have been quite amazing and positive

"Yes. Yes. Yes. A million times yes. I can't count how many times I've invested meaningful time and effort to grok the key ideas and intuition of a new AI/DL/ML paper, only to feel that those ideas and intuitions could have been explained much better, less formally, with a couple of napkin diagrams.... I LOVE what Olah, Carter et al are trying to do here." (Hacker News)

"I really love this effort. Research papers are low bandwidth way to get information into our brains..." (Hacker News)

"finally, someone gets it!! we need to COMMUNICATE research CLEARLY" (Twitter)

"My gosh, interactive dataviz is now the core of an academic journal. Thank you @shancarter & @ch402 & @distillpub!" (Twitter)

"This new machine learning journal is seriously exciting; an emphasis on clear explanation & interactive illustration" (Twitter)

"'Research Debt' - I am curious where @distillpub will go but I really like this essay by @ch402 & @shancarter" (Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon, Twitter)

Blog posts announcing Distill:

Google Research:


Y Combinator:


Chris Olah's blog:

The Republican Party is dying in Hawaii

The Republican Party is dying in Hawaii

Beth Fukumoto was a leader in the GOP. Now because of Trump, she’s becoming a Democrat.

Secret colours of the Commodore 64

In 1991 I was fourteen years old. It would be fair to say I was obsessed with computers. I proudly owned a brown 'breadbox' Commodore 64 with an exotic upgrade - an Oceanic 5.25

Why don't airlines provide tablets or laptops as an in-flight service?

Would you send your kid to the US now?

Toronto school board ends all new US trips for students - BBC News

School officials say the "difficult" decision was made over uncertainty surrounding the travel ban.

"With today’s vote, Senate Republicans have just made it easier for American’s sensitive information about their health, finances and families to be used, shared, and sold to the highest bidder without their permission."

Senate Republicans voted today to kill federal privacy rules

The vote paves the way for a big win for the country’s telecom giants.

Hangouts on Android will remove SMS support on May 22

Once upon a time, I was able to get most of my communication done through Hangouts. Between its support for standard SMS, Google Voice, and normal Hangouts... by Corbin Davenport in Applications, Google, News

"It does not require many words to speak the truth"
- Hinmaton-Yalaktit (Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt) (1840 – September 21, 1904) was Leader of the Nez Perce; most commonly known as Chief Joseph, his Indian name means "Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain"

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

"She thinks that anxiety may have less to do with the economic impact of trade than about the crush of new technologies, adding that Silicon Valley has a responsibility to try to ameliorate those qualms. In her new job, she'll have a say in federal regulation of some of those new developments, among them the advent of self-driving cars and the expanding use of drones." Yeah, politics has nothing to do with business...

Elaine Chao understands 'being on the outside.' Why that helps her connect with Trump

The first interview with the most experienced member of Trump's Cabinet and half of Washington's top power couple.

Those in the know call Tillerson's snub of NATO (and agreement to meet with Putin) "an unmitigated disaster."

Why experts think Rex Tillerson skipping a NATO summit is "an unmitigated disaster"

"Showing up is 85 percent of the job. And he’s not showing up."


Picard Tips on Twitter

“Picard management tip: Tolerate failure, not incompetence. Learn the difference.”

CBO analysis of House Republicans’ revised health-care bill shows just as many uninsured, less deficit reduction

CBO: Latest House GOP health-care bill would mean as many uninsured by 2026

Analysis says the newest plan would reduce savings in federal spending by half as much as the original legislation.

Well, there's a new wallpaper, lol.

Weekly rotation of weapons and....

2. A new quest will be available to get Necrochasm into your hands.

Democrats Plan to Filibuster to Thwart Gorsuch Nomination

Democrats Plan to Filibuster to Thwart Gorsuch Nomination

Judge Neil M. Gorsuch appears to be short, at least for now, of the eight Senate votes he must earn from the Democratic caucus to reach the 60-vote threshold.

Get a look at Pakustan.

Gallery: The many faces of life in Pakistan

Photographer Danial Shah wants to show the world a view of his country that is rarely shared in news stories: its diverse cultures, crafts and landscapes.

Delay the swamp.

In Major Blow To Trump, GOP Health Care Bill Vote Delayed

The bill faced opposition from the center and right within the party. And Trump, for all his efforts at deal-making, hasn't been able yet to secure the votes.

The Google Fi service is a pain
I've had the same number since 2006 as a Grandcentral user. After it was acquired by Google, some core features​ for me were stripped, however, I still found utility in the GVoice service.

I recently transferred to Google Fiber, accepted warnings that more features I would be lost. I have since been rewarded by being inundated with spam/fraud calls, daily.
Burned twice, for those counting. It's unbearable.

After years of delight with automated Gmail-Spam-Filter-like controls on inbound calls and screening, Google Fi provides native flagging of spam/fraud phonecalls. This means where spam calls wouldn't reach the ringer, Fi delivers the calls requiring the user to flag it as spam.

Not happy. I don't say this lightly, please heed this warning if you are considering Fi.

Looks decent...I just hope the rest of the show can do the anime justice.

Death Note | Teaser [HD] | Netflix

What if you had the power to decide who lives and who dies? We suggest you obey the rules. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Tak...

Hands-on with Android O—A million new settings and an awesome snooze feature

A tour of Android's latest: snoozing notifications, settings revamp, lots of customization.

Trump's Team Said It Didn't Ask For Military Vehicles At Inauguration. Emails Show It Did.

Trump's Team Said It Didn't Ask For Military Vehicles At Inauguration. Emails Show It Did.

"Such support would be out of guidelines," one Pentagon official wrote.

Videos of the winning dances from last year's Dance Your Ph.D. contest

Updated: Some 100 groups have now endorsed the March for Science

Science's contest garners the top winner with $1000 and a trip to Boston


MASSIVE DESTINY 2 LEAK BREAKDOWN!!!! Release Date, Beta Access! Huge! Tons of Info. MASSIVE HYPE!!

Help us take over the world!! Subscribe, Like, and Share NOW! ▼ FOR MORE VIDEO DETAILS, HIT SHOW MORE ▼ BREAKING NEWS!!! Even though we've already known for ...

Destiny: Rise of Iron - Age of Triumph Launch Trailer

Enter Destiny’s Age of Triumph and Celebrate your Legend on March 28. Return to iconic Raids and earn classic gear reforged at Max Light Level. Earn emblems ...

5 Tips for launching successfully on Google Play:

Get started: 

We recently held a developer panel focusing on how to launch successfully on Google Play, where developers shared their best practices to help both app and game businesses. Check out 5 tips for developers, both large and small, as shared by our gaming partners at Electronic Arts (EA), Hutch Games, Nix Hydra and Space Ape Games.

Best Practices for Launching Successfully on Google Play

From Early Access to Beta Testing to Pre-Registration, Play provides the best go-to-market programs for launching mobile games. This panel will cover how the...

Can’t make it to Mountain View for #io17? Don’t worry, you can join the global I/O Extended program and bring the I/O experience to your local community.

We’re thrilled to kick off another season of the popular I/O Extended program which brings the I/O experience to communities across the globe via local events. These events are usually organized by Google Developer Groups (GDGs), student groups, and local developers and often include unique developer-focused activities such as hackathons, codelabs, and demos. The highlight, however, tends to be watching the keynote and sessions together in real time through the livestream (in some cases, even if that means staying awake at crazy hours of the night!).

Last year, we had +500 Extended events in over 90 countries around the world (! If you’re interested in organizing your own #io17extended event, here is how to get started:
-- Read through the 2017 I/O Extended Organizer Guide (
-- Register your event on the I/O website ( Note: If you are a GDG, you should also register your I/O Extended event on
-- Join the I/O Extended 2017 Organizer Community on Google+ (
-- Be a part of the social conversation with #io17extended.

We hope you can join us for yet another exciting year!

No more 'status meetings' - Please.

You Don’t Need Status Meetings

The most valuable and scarce resource is time. As a young startup you must do your best to use it as efficient as possible because you have limited time to show traction and become a profitable bus…

Lot's of Wearables need today: Misfit’s Vapor fitness smartwatch will run Android Wear 2.0.

Misfit’s Vapor fitness smartwatch will run Android Wear 2.0

Misfit is announcing today that its fitness-focused Vapor smartwatch will run Android Wear 2.0 when it launches later this year. The Vapor was first announced at CES earlier this year and features...

o_o; I don't normally share on a leak, but that's one hell of a poster.

Leaked Destiny 2 poster reveals September release date, pre-launch beta

We may have our first look at promo art for Destiny 2. Leaked Destiny 2 posters and artwork have popped up online, revealing a September 8 release date. The poster said to have leaked from GameStop Italy, was posted on NeoGAF. It mentions the release date…

#Collections101 is next week!

Collections are a central piece of what makes Google+ special. If you want to learn more about them and receive tips & tricks on how to make your Collections awesome, then be sure to attend the #Collections101 event on March 28th!

Visit the Collections Community to learn more:

FIVE days to #Collections101!
Save the date: 3/28, 9.30am PDT (UTC-7)

What is Collections 101?
Want to learn how to create high quality Collections and increase your exposure on Google+? Collections 101 will not only bring you tips on how to create Collections that stand out, but you’ll also hear insider strategies for creating great content from our expert panelists, +Peter Quinton & +Randy Resnick!

When is it? How do I join?
The event is March 28th, at 9.30am Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7). Anybody can join, just use this link to access the YouTube livestream on the day!

Got questions for our Panelists? Leave a comment below.
See you there! 

Apparently that link is a 1 time use?

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Want to be friends in Super Mario Run?

Just open this link with the latest version of Super Mario Run installed on your device!
(The link can be used only once and is valid for 14 days.)

Super Mario Run

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The latest health care cut Republicans are weighing, explained

The latest health care cut Republicans are weighing, explained

It would eliminate requirements that individual plans cover birth control, addiction, and mental health.

How the Rich Gain and the Poor Lose Under the Republican Health Care Plan - The New York Times

To all my developer-ish, techy, IT friends out there, if you're looking for something in the Rockville area, we're hiring. I just stated a couple months ago and I'm really enjoying it. The people are great, the workflow is smooth, and it feels like everyone plays an important part.

I recently took over the DC Web Components ( and Polymer DC ( meetup groups and will be hosting the first event at the DealerOn office in about 3 weeks (still working out the exact date/time. I'll be making an update to those groups with details soon). You're welcome to come to the event, check the place out a bit, and talk to me or one of my coworkers after the presentation.

DealerOn, Inc. - Job Board

You can submit your resume by visiting this link. If you know anyone who would be a great fit for this position, please pass the link along. Thanks!

US Officials: Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians -

US officials: Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with Russians

The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign, US officials told CNN.

Entertaining video on Kubernetes & Container Builder in @googlecloud #googlenext17 #gcpnext17 by +Kelsey Hightower

Container management and deployment: from development to production (Google Cloud Next '17)

There are common questions around container management and deployment. What does a development and deployment workflow look like in a containerized world? Wh...

What a release! Snapseed 2.17 starts rolling out today and it brings you three new awesome tools: Double Exposure allows you to blend two photos and choose from blending modes that are inspired by analog film techniques as well as digital image processing. Face Pose lets you correct the pose of portraits based on three dimensional models. Expand allows you to increase the size of your canvas and fill up the new space in smart ways with content from your image.

In addition, local looks and QR looks now support the Brush tool and Stacks Brushing.

Photo by +Sven Tiffe

I never got why Google moved Location Sharing to Google+, so great to see it back in Google Maps. And it looks to be a lot more useful, too.

Google Maps' location-sharing feature is one you might actually use

Now you can let your friends know where you are when you're running late.

Android O is going to shame apps that use too much battery. Good, but let's see if that actually works. Lots of misbehaving apps successfully mask their behavior behind other app / services (mostly Google Play Services).

The newest Android 7.1.2 beta brought a new battery usage alerts list to show any misbehaving apps

In light of all of the Android O news and highlights, let's take a step back and look at something new in the latest 7.1.2 beta build that landed a few day... by Jordan Palmer in Google, News, Nougat 7.0/7.1

Tag der offenen Tür in der Robinson Schule

Willkommen in der Robinson Schule

Unser Konzept. An der Robinson Schule sollen die Kinder an Aufgaben wachsen können, in der Gemeinschaft aufgehoben sein und mit Freude und Begeisterung lernen können. Dadurch sollen sie sich so entwickeln, dass sie in der Vielfalt unserer Welt handlungs- und entscheidungsfähig, ...


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