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Weekly Update - December 17, 2016: Google+, YouTube, Project Fi Fun

As the end of the year draws near, the last updates of 2016 are being released. My top updates:
  • Google+ improves search, recommended and trending posts, lets you find more content in your Home stream and released the last iOS app update of the year
  • YouTube’s Custom URL system is now independent of Google+, plus you can learn about what’s happening with subscriptions
  • Project Fi spreads the holiday cheer, with $20 off if you join via a referral link and free goodies for subscribers traveling through the Mineta San Jose International Airport
  • AI is transforming Google
  • Microsoft introduces a personal universal translator for real-time group conversations
Holiday cheer:
  • Sharing the Project Fi love: Get $20 when you join!
  • Project Fi subscribers: if you are flying through San Jose, CA stop by the #FlyWithFi Travel Trolly
  • Project Fi has holiday treats for subscribers! A World of Thanks (Google blog)
  • Bing offers holiday treats and celebrates the spirit of giving (Bing blog)
  • Santa's Village is now open! (Google Blog)
More of 2016: the best and most popular
(see last week’s roundup for more)
Image: Gumpid mangjæ (After the wolfs) by John Savio (1902-1938) (Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons)


  • 16 December Google Webmaster Office Hours: Search Console
  • 20 December Google Webmaster Office Hours: Mobile, AMP 
  • 22 December #AskAdSense every Thursday 9:30 AM PST on Google+ and Twitter

YouTube and Video Creation

Go Live

Google+ and Spaces

  • Google+ iOS "N" (6.3.0): community moderation, photo & video posting (Michael Wattendorf)
  • Improved Google+ search for Collections and Communities (Luke Wroblewski)
  • Control how much Trending and Recommended content you see in your Google+ Home Stream (Luke Wroblewski)
  • Find more content: scroll through Community and Collections recommendations in your home stream on the new Google+ Web experience (Luke Wroblewski)
  • Best practices for Google+ Community Owners: the guide (Google+)

Other social media

Fighting Fake News

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

  • Snapseed 2.14 update: Perspective tool, Text centering, and more (Snapseed)

Google for businesses

Bloggers and Webmasters

Watch Google Webmasters Office Hours archives:

AdSense and advertising

Hangouts and Messaging

Nexus, Pixel, Android, Project Fi


Privacy and Security

More around the web

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links