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Weekly Update - March 11, 2017: Google+, Hangouts, Google Cloud

This week was Google Cloud Next ‘17, with presentations and announcements for both Google Cloud Platform and G Suite. While the focus is on updates for businesses, many of the updates will apply to us regular consumers as well.

Check out 100 Announcements from Google Cloud Next ‘17 and Powering enterprise productivity and secure collaboration with major updates to G suite.

My top updates this week:
And a bonus for college basketball fans:
Plus updates and tips for YouTube, Google+, GBoard, Google Photos, Webmasters and more.

Image: March Hares: Rabbits on a Log by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1897) (Public Domain)


YouTube and Video Creation

  • YouTube Community Contributions lets viewers help translate your video titles and descriptions (YouTube)
  • Improved YouTube subscriber count display on Channel and Watch pages (YouTube)
  • Google can now recognize objects in videos using machine learning (Google Cloud Platform blog)
  • Vimeo launches 360 video: easy upload, offline viewing, option to sell and more (Vimeo Blog)
  • Introducing Facebook 360 for Gear VR (Facebook Newsroom)

Go Live

Google+ and Spaces

  • New Google notifications rolled out on Google+, without Mr. Jingles (Mike Blumenthal, Robert Wallis)
  • Transforming company culture with Google+ for G Suite (Danielle Buckley)
  • Google+ iOS update: Native Community Moderation (Michael Wattendorf)
  • How to block a person or page on Google+ (video)
  • Happy Birthday Create! (Google+)
  • My year in Google+ Create (Nina Trankova)
  • Happy Birthday Create! (Carter Gibson)

Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

  • How to block someone in Google Photos (video
  • Snapseed 2.16 update: Sharable Looks; Structure in Selective Adjust; and more (Snapseed)
  • Introducing Similarity Search (Flickr Blog)

Google for businesses

Bloggers and Webmasters

AdSense and advertising

Hangouts and Messaging

Nexus, Android, Project Fi

  • Gboard for Android update with new features (Google Blog)
  • Project Fi update: Android N + March Security update rolling out to Nexus 6 (Project Fi forum)


Privacy and Security

More around the web

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links