How to use Google Currents

Currents is the enterprise social network you might not have known your Google Workspace organization needed, or even had.

Google discussed Currents during a session at Google Next in 2019.

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Currents is Google’s enterprise social network app, built as an enterprise-only successor to Google+. Currents is intended to facilitate the exchange of ideas and information among people in organizations.

Google Workspace includes access to Google Currents, which, in my experience, is news to many people. Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs and Meet tend to dominate the discussion when it comes to Workspace apps–Currents is often overlooked.

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Four ways to use Google Currents

As an organization-wide space for conversation, Currents provides an effective channel for the following four key communications categories:

  • News and large-group engagement: The most obvious use for Currents is as a place to

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Thermo Fisher Scientific announces new control system for makers of lithium-ion batteries

The company says the new measurement and control system will help battery manufacturers improve quality and speed.

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A new in-line measurement and control system will help manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries scale operations and maintain quality, according to Thermo Fisher Scientific. The company announced Thursday its Thermo Scientific LInspector system designed to detect defects in battery electrode coatings, electrode calendering, and separator films during the manufacturing process. This new system also can help reduce waste and improve battery quality, the company said.

Phillip van de Werken, vice president and general manager of the materials and minerals business at Thermo Fisher Scientific, said in a press release that the company wants to help battery manufacturing customers improve analytical precision from the lab to the production line. 

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Tam Nguyen, senior gauging product line manager at Thermo Fisher, said in a press

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10 Breakthrough Technologies 2021 | MIT Technology Review

TikTok recommendation algorithms

Since its launch in China in 2016, TikTok has become one of the world’s fastest-growing social networks. It’s been downloaded billions of times and attracted hundreds of millions of users. Why? Because the algorithms that power TikTok’s “For You” feed have changed the way people become famous online.

While other platforms are geared more toward highlighting content with mass appeal, TikTok’s algorithms seem just as likely to pluck a new creator out of obscurity as they are to feature a known star. And they’re particularly adept at feeding relevant content to niche communities of users who share a particular interest or identity.

The ability of new creators to get a lot of views very quickly—and the ease with which users can discover so many kinds of content—have contributed to the app’s stunning growth. Other social media companies are now scrambling to reproduce these features on their

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