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Week in Review - March 19, 2016: Spring edition!

This week there were a couple nice updates for Google Apps customers: you can now host Hangout video calls with up to 25 participants and you can provide temporary access to a document through Google Drive or Docs by setting an expiration date.

And for us non-Apps users: Google+ web preview added the option to search within a Community and improved the search for Communities. The Picasa desktop app was officially retired. You can now allow ads in your AdSense Matched Content units. Plus tips and updates for YouTube, Blogger, AdMob, Small Businesses, Google Photos, Google Maps and more.

Image Four-leaf shamrock, the legendary Clover. By 廖翊娟 on WIkimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.


  • Update Google+ Web Preview update: search in Communities, drag images to reorder (Luke Wroblewski)
  • Update Google+ update: improved search for Communities (Luke Wroblewski)

Other social media

YouTube and Video Creators

Live Streaming

Google Photos

  • Tip Last chance to download Picasa3 desktop software (as of 3/18 PM the download is still available)
  • Update Google Photos Android app adds FF and RWD buttons to video player (Android Police)
  • Tip Change the date of an image in Google Photos on your desktop computer or mobile device (Scott Peachey)
  • Tip Easily shoot and view 360-degree images for your business with your smartphone (Huffington Post)

Local Businesses


  • Tip How to get Facebook to show a feature image for your Blogger blog's homepage (Luke Bjerring)

AdSense and AdMob

  • New! AdWords Trial Run ads and AdMob Mediation offer new options to promote and monetize games (Inside AdWords blog)
  • New! AdSense Publishers: Allow ads with your Matched Content (Inside AdSense blog)

Hangouts and chat


Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links


  1. Great update, really glad you can post to Vimeo from Google Drive. Would be awesome if the ability to post from Google Drive to YouTube was made possible!


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