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Weekly Update - May 13, 2017: Google+ Community Invites, Hangouts Toolbox Returns, Allo Selfies

This week didn't have too may big Google updates (I'm expecting there to be a bunch next week from Google I/O), there are a bunch of tips and news articles to keep you busy.

My top updates:
  • Google+ introduced the option to invite people to a Community via a link
  • The Hangout Toolbox app is now available again for Hangouts on Air , at least for as long as the remaining Hangouts video call apps are available.
  • Google Allo uses neural networks to create cartoon selfie stickers
  • You will be able to create your own Google Street View imagery with new 360 cameras 
  • Microsoft Build 2017 was this week, so there’s a look at what is ahead for Windows and Microsoft
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Moms Online

Image: A rose for mom. Photo by me, all rights reserved.


Microsoft Build 2017

YouTube and Video Creation

Go Live

  • The Hangout Toolbox app is now available again for Hangouts on Air 
  • will be streaming Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and raising funds for PBS (Twitch blog, Bleeding Cool)
  • Get ready to celebrate TwitchUnity! (Twitch Blog)


Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

  • Create your own Google Street View imagery with new 360 cameras (Google Blog)
  • Microsoft "Story Remix" lets you create a story from your photos and videos (Microsoft)

Google for businesses

Bloggers and Webmasters

AdSense and advertising

  • Update on AdSense Ad Balance: collapsing unfilled ad units (AdSense Blog)

Hangouts and Messaging

Nexus, Android, Project Fi


Privacy and Security

More around the web

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