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Weekly Update - July 15, 2017: Google+ Photospheres, Desktop Backup, New Music Radio

Summertime, summertime sum sum summertime (Summertime!). There are some rockin’ updates this week:
  • Photo sphere support in the Google+ web lightbox is back! (song: Look Around)
  • Google introduces desktop Backup and Sync for Google Photos and Drive (song: Kodachrome)
  • AdSense policy update: no ads on pop-ups or pop-unders or sites that triggers pop-unders (song: Pop Muzik)
  • Google Forms gets a big update with new features and machine learning  (song: Questionnaire)
  • New Release Radio on Google Play Music lets you listen to the latest music releases that suit your taste (song: Baby I’m a Star) ((and yes, I should start listening to get up to date :)) 
  • Hangouts v.21 added five new emoticon shortcodes \m/(><)_\m/ (song: Send me a Picture)
  • Tech giants Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and more came out in support of net neutrality - some more than others (song: Life in the Fast Lane)
Plus updates and tips for business owners, YouTubers, live streamers, Plussers, and much more!

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Upcoming:

Net Neutrality

YouTube and Video Creation

  • Help protect your YouTube account with 2-step verification (YouTube Help)
  • The evolution of YouTube's home page (The Verge)
  • How do original YouTube stars now feel about the site? "Now it’s high-quality content, but not as great interactions" (Ars Technica)

Go Live

Google+

  • Photo sphere support in the Google+ web lightbox (Leo Deegan)
  • G Suite Admins: Audit Google+ user activity for your organization (G Suite Updates)

Other social media

Google Photos and Mobile Photography

  • Google introduces Backup and Sync for Google Photos on desktop (Google Blog)
  • Get the most out of the Google Photos movie editor (Make Use Of)
  • Using deep learning to create "professional-level" landscape photos (Research at Google Blog)

Google for businesses

Bloggers and Webmasters

AdSense and advertising

Hangouts and Messaging

Made by Google, Android, Project Fi

Productivity

  • Google Forms gets a big update with new features and machine learning (G Suite Updates blog)
  • New Release Radio on Google Play Music lets you listen to the latest music releases that suit your taste (Google Blog)
  • Google introduces Backup and Sync for Google Photos and Drive on desktop (Google Blog)
  • New Google Earth Desktop Version 7.3 (Google Earth Blog)

Privacy and Security

More around the web

Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links

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