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Weekly Update - October 29, 2016: Halloween tricks and treats

Many tech companies announced their third quarter earnings this week - and (not coincidentally) announced new hardware, software, and sadly some retirements.

This week's top updates:

  • Apple and Microsoft held special events, announcing new hardware and software
  • Twitter announced that Vine will be shut down
  • Just in time for Halloween: Facebook and Prisma demoed real time "masks" and artistic filters for live streams 
  • Google Allo got a bunch of updates, including Stranger Things stickers 
  • Google+ launched the new “Vanguard” program for Community Owners and opened a new Google+ Collections Community for India
Plus there are updates and tips for YouTube, Google+, webmasters, photographers, business owners, AdSense publishers, and much much more.

Image: my photo of Halloween Androids, all rights reserved


  • 26 October Free webinar about Google Photos with Top Contributor Russ Buchmann (note: postponed)
  • 26 October Google Small Business partners with the Small Business Administration to host a livestream training
  • 31 October Post your #Googleween13 post on Google+ through the 31st, and the official Google+ Page may reshare it.
  • 31 October YouTube Data API v2 shutting down, will no longer be able to upload videos (make sure all your third party apps that upload to YouTube are up to date!)
  • 1 November Webmaster Central Office Hours Hangout
  • 4 November Webmaster Central Office Hours Hangout
  • 4 November Panoramio closing 
  • 7 November Google+ #DiscoveryChallenge deadline: Submit eligible Wanderlust-related Collections 

Alphabet, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, and more

YouTube and Video Creation (and video consumption!)

Go Live

Google+ and Spaces

  • Google+ Community Owners: the new Vanguards program is for you! (Google+)
  • Google+ #DiscoveryChallenge: Submit eligible Wanderlust-related Collections by November 7th (Faith Tan) 
  • Do you coach users on Google+? Share your #CreateBuddy experience in the official Google+ Collections Community (Faith Tan)
  • Indian creators: Join the Google+ Collections - India Community (Sooraj Wadhwa)
  • How to create a high quality Google+ Collection (Sophie Bonnet)

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

Google for businesses

  • Get your business ready for the holidays: @GoogleSmallBiz live stream and Twitter chat 

Bloggers and Webmasters

  • Introducing #MaterialDesign's new home for tools, open source, and guidelines—all in one place (Google Design)

AdSense and advertising

Hangouts and Messaging

Nexus, Android, Project Fi


  • Google announces Jamboard: interactive touch display cloud-first whiteboard (Mike Elgan)
  • New badge shows which Google Docs, Sheets & Slides need attention (Google Docs)
  • Google Docs update: new ways to save time: create and open @googledocs without leaving your conversations in +Slack (Google Docs)
  • Google Cast is now Google Home (Google Blog)

Privacy and Security

More around the web

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links