RSS feed reader blues? Get your feed in Microsoft Outlook and Office 365

ICYMI, Google Reader, Google Voice App for Blackberry, Google Cloud Connect, and Snapseed Desktop are shutting down. Hilarity ensued on the Internet with the melt down on social media over the change. As Danny Sullivan noted here, "Google should have done better by Google Reader & Google users than to bury its closure in a…

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Six months and Google finally acknowledges I’m me: the troubles with "real" identities

(Written late last night, this addresses the long saga I’ve had with Google in confirming my name on their services.) Busy week this, given we have so many great people in town for TechReady 14 in Seattle, but I’ll still try and find time to celebrate my eleventh anniversary at Microsoft. In my time here…

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Bill Gross: Twenty Amazing Facts Learned at the 2012 World Economic Forum in Davos

Bill Gross is founder of the technology incubator Idealab and more companies than I can count (he says “100 companies in last 30 years” so perhaps I can count that high). Mr. Gross tweeted “while on [his] quest for learning in life and at conferences.” (Follow him on Twitter as well as on his blog…

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Six months and Google still doesn’t believe I’m me: the troubles with "real" identities

Remember when I noted that after three months, the nameless folks at Google insisted I wasn’t me ? Well, I’ve been suspended by Google… “Your profile has been suspended. “It appears that the name you entered does not comply with the Google+ Names Policy. “The Names Policy requires that you use the name that you…

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Three months now and Google insists I’m not me. The troubles with "real" identities and the latest ‘nymwars’

Interesting article in today’s San Jose Mercury News: Who has the right to decide how you’re known on the Internet — you, or the online service you’re using? ‘Nymwars’ debate over online identity explodes By Mike Swift mswift@mercurynews.com Who has the right to decide how you’re known on the Internet — you, or the online…

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Google determines I’m not me: the troubles with "real" identities

Love it. As noted in a prior post, Google doesn’t believe I’m me: the troubles with "real" identities. This started in mid August. Today I found the following note from Google on my profile… "After reviewing your profile, we determined that the name provided violates the Google+ Names Policy." Really? This from Google’s policy… "Your…

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Microsofties: When it comes to Tweeting, be thoughtful

For all you ‘softies a reminder: please watch what you tweet and share in the social mediashpere about meetings or any Microsoft event. I posted this about tweeting: remember to be thoughtful.  And did this one over the summer… Always nice to catch up on industry news from good folks like Mary Jo Foley, just…

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New blog from the Windows team: Building Windows 8

Want to see posts from the Windows 8 team? Follow their new blog, Building Windows 8, aka "B8", starting today.. https://t.co/FlEh2yk This from Steven… "For the Windows team, this blog is an important part of developing Windows 8, as was our blog for Windows 7. Blogging allows us to have a two-way dialog with you…

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Google doesn’t believe I’m me: the troubles with "real" identities

Google doesn’t believe I’m me. Or so they told me today with a note that my profile has been suspended. “It appears that the name you entered doesn’t comply with our NamesPolicy. The Names Policy requires that you use the name that you are commonly referred toin real life in your profile. Nicknames, maiden names, and…

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Link: How to change your name on Facebook (well, we’ll see)

Has facebook made you change your name to something other than your name? Recently, an automated system on Facebook demanded that I change my name, after having provided details to them previously verifying my name. ” “The name contains invalid characters.” Really? It’s not like my name is M& or M*. Or Mr. Mxyzptlk, ‘tho…

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