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Weekly Update - April 29, 2017 - Google+ Topics, AdSense Policy, Maps and Translate

This week Google helps you expand your horizons with updates to Google+, Maps, Translate and more. My top updates:
  • Google+ launches Topics. There are currently at least 162 topics for you to browse and discover people, Collections, and Communities that share your interests, in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
  • AdSense expands policy prohibiting placing ads on pages with dangerous or derogatory content
  • Getting around is getting easier. Google Maps now lets you save your parking location, get local business reviews in your own language, and has a new home screen for users in India. Plus Google Trips, the travel planning app, now lets you better manage reservations.
  • Making the internet more inclusive in India: Google introduced improved translation of nine Indian languages in Google Translate and Chrome, 22 Indic languages were added to GBoard for Android, and (along with Oxford University Press) is bringing the Rajpal & Sons Hindi dictionary online. 
  • Now anyone  can create a class using Google Classroom 
  • The Project Fi Travel Trolley is in more places! Share your experience on Twitter and you could win a Pixel 
  • Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Microsoft and Twitter announced their first quarter earnings, and the news was pretty rosy all around. 
Plus tips and updates for YouTubers, webmasters, photographers, business owners, Google Plussers, and users of Maps, Chrome, Translate and much more!

Image: A Quay in the Crimea, by Konstantin Korovin (1913), public domain


Quarterly Reports

YouTube and Video Creation

Go Live


  • Follow your passion: Topics on Google+ let you see people, Collections and Communities you’re interested in (Google Blog)
  • CircleCount has found - and linked - 162 Topics (CircleCount)
  • This month on Google+: April Edition
  • Photographers: share the story of your toughest shot with #MyToughestShot on Google+ (Google+)
  • If you run a Google+ Community, enable "Ask to Join" to screen new members (Paul Snedden)

Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

Google for businesses

  • Local reviews in your language, wherever you are (Google Blog)
  • How not to be a stupid brand (tl;dr what could happen when your old domain expires) (The Next Web)
  • One Approach to Appointments Only Scheduling (Joy Hawkins)
  • Google Geo Developers Blog: Introducing structured menus in the Google My Business API (David Kutcher, Google Maps API)

Bloggers and Webmasters

AdSense and advertising

  • AdSense "hate speech" policy prohibits placing ads on pages with dangerous or derogatory content (AdSense, Marketingland)

Hangouts and Messaging

Nexus, Android, Project Fi


Privacy and Security

More around the web

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links