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Changes afoot in Google+ profiles, YouTube comments 

As Google continues to figure out what to do with Google+, they are slowly making changes to the “social network” and admitting that they may have made several mistakes along the way. Today, they shared some tweaks they are doing, just a few days after they announced how Google+ Photos and Google Photos will be different as well as changing the private management aspect of the former. YouTube is also undergoing a few minor changes, specifically in how creators can manage comments.

Google+ Photos to shut down, users migrate to new Google Photos

We knew it was coming, even though they’ve announced it only now. Google is effectively shutting down its previous photo cloud service, Google+ Photos. This is practically because of the new “unlimited” Google Photos that they released last May. Users of the previous service have been receiving prompts to migrate to the new one, and if you value the photos you’ve stored in the former, you better upload them to the latter.

Google to launch a new web photo sharing service

Google may still have Picasa as its own photo editing and sharing tool but the tech giant is believed to be launching a new picture sharing and storage service. This one is believed to be separated from and not integrated with Google+ unlike Picasa but will also allow users to post and share to Twitter and Facebook. All we have are hearsays and rumors for now but there is a high probability that we'll hear about this at next week's Google I/O Conference in San Francisco.

Google+’s Pinterest-like Collections rolling out to Android

The "make-over" of Google+ continues as it is introducing a new feature in their social network called Collections. It is where users can create, well, collections, depending on their interest or the things that they want to bookmark, kind of what Pinterest is doing. After introducing the feature last week, Google seems to be rolling out the update to Android users this week, letting early adapters experiment with this new built-in feature.

Google+ brings changes, Material Design to Communities pages

While we're still pretty unsure how Google+ will eventually play out, given the changes that have been happening to a number of Google-related products, that does not stop their developers from making changes and improvements to the app. The latest aspect of the social network to receive a make-over is its Communities pages, bringing the ubiquitous Material Design animation and some other physical changes to the page.

Google+ Stories card starts showing up on Google Now

Just the right information at the right time. This is what Google wants you and me to experience with Google Now. The smart personal assistant feature has been seeing a lot of developments lately especially after the launch of Android Lollipop and Material Design. Google has allowed Google Now to send Hangouts messages by voice commandsNew gas stations on route cards, low flight fare tracking, and more Now cards were recently added.

Google+ photos can now be viewed on Google Drive

We don't know if this might be the start of the "rebranding" of Google+, but it can be considered major news that the tech giant is now making your photos previously found only on the social networking site now available on your Google Drive as well. It's been long reported that Google is looking to make big changes to the way they organize and manage photos, and this may be the first step towards that.

Will the new Google Drive replace Google+ photo back up?

With the confirmation last week that Bradley Horowitz is now heading Google+, taking over from Vic Gondutra, people have been speculating about the fate of Google's social network. The first big change is that it is now divided into two products, Photos and Streams, although no one knows exactly what that means. A leaked file for an upcoming update to Google Drive may give a clue as to its fate, at least with the Photos part of Google+.

Bradley Horowitz confirms he’s in charge of Google’s Photos and Streams

While they do have a steady band of loyal users (mostly those that are anti-Facebook probably), Google+ has still not hit its stride, despite being in the social media market for almost four years now. A new move by its parent company, which is of course Google, will try once more to reinvigorate the social networking service, this time by dividing it into two main parts, Photos and Streams, and giving it a new boss.

Google+ adds Video Auto Enhance feature

Posting videos on Google+ was recently enhanced so the result would be a higher quality video. You know how uploading mobile videos can be done quickly on the social network but they don't always come out nice as the original. Quality would be lower than usual but the Google+ team, as announced by Software Engineer in a post, added some features. The uploader can now edit the color, lighting, stability, and speech in videos. Most of the enhancements are already available but the stability function is coming soon.
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