Liz Gannes

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The Search Company’s Social Network Finally Gets Search — And Some Other Goodies

One of the bigger head-scratchers of Google+ was how a social network from the world’s dominant search company could debut without search functionality. Today, the 12-week-old product is addressing that odd omission.

Starting today, Google+ will include search of people, posts and popular Web content, Google said in a blog post, in which it also announced Google+ is open to anyone who wants to sign up (not that it was terrifically hard to get an invite before).

Along with search, Google released a pack of new features for Google+’s most distinctive feature, group video Hangouts.

Hangouts are now available for Android phones with front-facing cameras, for larger viewing audiences, and can include screen-sharing, basic sketching, Google Docs and public topic listings.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik