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Google buys polling startup Polar to bolster Google+

Search giant adds to the team working on its social network. That includes the startup's founder, who wrote the book "Mobile First," which has become a Silicon Valley mantra.

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​Google goes public with security audits to ease corporate concerns

The tech titan makes available to the public for the first time two independent security audits, as it works to prove its commitment to customer data protection.

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Google+ communities can be invaluable to all types of Android users.

Great Google+ communities for Android users

Google's social network service is an excellent resource for Android owners to get more out of their device. Whether you're brand new to the platform or looking to push your handset to its limits, there's something for everyone.

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Real names not required on Google+

Google reverses its stance on real names for its social network, Apple joins forces with former foe IBM, and Amazon tinkers with a Kindle Unlimited subscription service.

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Google+ rescinds real-name mandate

Reversing its three-year-old policy, Google relents and will now no longer require people to provide their real names to access Google+.

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Google to kill social network Orkut

As Google focuses more on services like Google+, it will shutter the decade-old social network, popular mostly in Brazil.

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Android TV is coming to Google I/O

Google's new TV platform looks to make a splash at Google I/O, Android 4.4.3 is released, and Google Street View really does capture "everything."

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Get directions to a friend's location with Google+

One of the perks in the new Google+ app is the ability to easily navigate to the location of a friend. Check out these quick steps to get moving in the right direction.

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Surface Pro 3 aims to replace laptops -- and paper

With an improved kickstand, keyboard, and stylus pen, Microsoft says the new Surface solves the productivity problem of tablets. Meanwhile, Google tries to solve the chore of sorting vacation photos.

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Google+ Stories thinks it can top your vacation slideshow

Google+ expands automation with the new Stories and Movies features, which create digital travelogues of your vacation.

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Force Google Glass to backup photos, videos

Google Glass recently updated with options for backing up photos and videos. Here’s what you need to know.

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Google tests broader bookmarking service called Stars

Browser bookmarks are no longer so central to using the Web, but Google looks interested in freshening up the idea and extending beyond Web pages.

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