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THOUSANDS EXPECTED AT GOOGLE+ FUNERAL THIS SUNDAY

Image credit: The Daily Beast
Image credit: The Daily Beast

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (The Adobo Chronicles® ) –  Thousands upon thousands of netizen fans are expected to attend the funeral services for Google+ this Sunday.

The funeral, to be held at the Mountain View main campus of Google, was announced after the tech giant decided to kill what it thought would be its answer to the ever-popular social media network Facebook . Years after its launching, Google+,  with 300 Million users, never came close to Facebook’s 1.44 Billion.

“When we launched Google+, we set out to help people discover, share and connect across Google like they do in real life. While we got certain things right, we made a few choices that, in hindsight, we’ve needed to rethink,”  said Bradley Horowitz, Google’s Vice President for Streams, Photos and Sharing.

“People have told us that accessing all of their Google stuff with one account makes life a whole lot easier. But we’ve also heard that it doesn’t make sense for your Google+ profile to be your identity in all the other Google products you use,” Horowitz added.

One of the fans most devastated by the passing of Google+ is John Kiriyama, president of the California state chapter of Google+ Fan Club. “I have no words to express my feelings about this shocking development, he said, “but it was good while it lasted. See you in another lifetime.”

Our condolences to all who were left behind by Google+.  From hereon, it will be referred to as Google Cross on its tombstone marker.

WITH ONE MOUSE CLICK, GOOGLE ERASES SOUTH CHINA SEA ISLAND FROM WORLD MAP

CaptureMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles®) – Before today, a search on Google Maps would point you to an island in the South China Sea called Zhongsha.

Its international name is Scarborough Shoal and is one of disputed territories in the Spratly Islands, a group of more than 750 reefs, islets, atols, cays and islands in the South China Sea.  The Spratly archipelago lies off the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia and southern Vietnam. All three countries plus China claim part of the archipelago as part of their respective territories.

With the click of the mouse, Google erased the island from the map after an outcry from Filipinos who maintained that naming the island Zhongsha would suggest that it belongs to China, when in fact, it belongs to the Philippines, or so it is claimed.

“We’ve updated Google Maps to fix the issue. We understand that geographic names can raise deep emotions which is why we worked quickly once this was brought to our attention,” Google’s office in Manila said in a statement.

China, meanwhile, has accused Google of taking sides on a territorial dispute that should be settled by the governments involved, not  by a private company.  Furthermore, China says that Google’s action is in retaliation for the Chinese government’s crackdown on gmail and the Google search engine in the Chinese mainland.

So, if there is a name of an island or body of water anywhere in the world that you are not happy about, don’t despair.  All you need is to start a petition for Google to erase it from the map. Or at least change its name.

MOTORCYCLE-RIDING, GUN-TOTING PHILIPPINE MAYOR PROMISES TO BAN FACEBOOK IF ELECTED PRESIDENT

Duterte, left, and Zuckerberg
Duterte, left, and Zuckerberg

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Many Filipinos are urging him to run for president in 2016, despite his reputation as a gun-toting mayor who has no problem with extra-judicial killings of criminals and drug traffickers.  He is Rodrigo Duterte, mayor of Davao, one of the major cities in the Philippines’ Mindanao island.

Although he has repeatedly said in public that he has no intention of running for higher public office, Duterte went on record that if he becomes president, he will abolish Congress and form a revolutionary government to totally rid the government of corruption.

He has also promised to bring back high educational standards by banning Facebook and mandating instead that young people use Google.

“I am sick and tired of our youth using Facebook as their primary news source while wasting hours and hours posting and commenting on insignificant events in their already empty lives,” Duterte said. “They should instead use Google to enrich their knowledge about history, geography and science while keeping abreast on world developments that have a direct impact on our country,” he added.

Duterte criticized Mark Zuckerberg for  the latter’s effort to provide free Facebook access in the Philippines.  At the same time, he said he would encourage Google to set up operations in the Philippines, including the inclusion of Google Search in all school curricula, as a way to bring about a truly informed and intelligent citizenry.