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Google’s Big Push to Own Social Starts Now (CNET)
Nearly two years after the launch of Google+, Google’s social strategy looks like less of a joke and more of a calculated maneuver to make its social network the underlying fabric that weaves together relationships spread across desktop and mobile, Android and iOS. Wednesday, at its annual Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, the search company announced 41 new features for its Google+ social network, including a Pinterest-like look, auto-generated related hashtags, “Awesome” photo options, and a streamlined messaging experience.

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Google Maps Checks Everest, Other Mountains Off its ‘Bucket List’

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Google Maps, the go-to app for finding directions around the globe, is taking its users to a few places most people will never go: on top of the world’s tallest mountains. Today, the company released street view-style photos of its hiking team’s climb up Aconcagua in South America, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Elbrus in Europe, and Everest Base Camp in Asia.

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