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How Google+ got one more member

Well, not really!

For my work I needed to create a new email id. And so I did with GMail. But even before I could get to my inbox I saw the red notification icon start dancing with 3 new notifications.

And this mail was right on top of my inbox.

How Google conveniently increases Google+ user count

I never logged in to Google+ with this id, and never will. Yet they have one more user. No wonder they are growing so fast.

People: Wedding Band Drummer

This is a portrait of a drummer in a wedding band in Jaipur. I loved the intensity in those eyes of his. Here are two versions of the same image.

Band Master by Suman De (sumande)) on 500px.com
Band Master by Suman De

Band Master by Suman De (sumande)) on 500px.com
Band Master by Suman De

Which one’s better?

How the Vatican built a secret property empire using Mussolinis millions

Interesting source of funds for the Church.

Few passing London tourists would ever guess that the premises of Bulgari, the upmarket jewelers in New Bond Street, had anything to do with the pope. Nor indeed the nearby headquarters of the wealthy investment bank Altium Capital, on the corner of St James’ Square and Pall Mall.

But these office blocks in one of London’s most expensive districts are part of a surprising secret commercial property empire owned by the Vatican.

Behind a disguised offshore company structure, the church’s international portfolio has been built up over the years, using cash originally handed over by Mussolini in return for papal recognition of the Italian fascist regime in 1929.

via How the Vatican built a secret property empire using Mussolinis millions.

Yandex’s Facebook Search Cut-off

Less than 2 weeks ago Yandex launched what could have been the search that Facebook lacked.

But soon after Facebook launched Graph Search.

I was right.

Facebook Blocks Yandex’s New Social Search App From Accessing Its Data Just Three Hours After Launch

Yandex begged Facebook not to shut down its social search app Wonder that launched this morning. But the explanation Yandex’s lawyers sent us for why it’s compliant with Facebook’s policies didn’t stop Facebook from blocking all API calls from Wonder, Yandex confirms. Facebook tells me it’s now discussing policy with Yandex. The move follows a trend of Facebook aggressively protecting its data.

Did Yandex discuss this with Facebook when they were working on Wonder and not as an afterthought after Graph Search was announced? That would be interesting to know.

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