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Google launched the Google+ service on June 28, 2011. Google+ is a social network with
its emphasis on organizing friendship information. On July 14, 2011, Google announced
that Google+ had reached 10 million users in just two weeks, and as of December 2011,
Google+ was adding an estimated 625,000 new users a day. As of January 2013, Google+
had approximately 359 million active users, surpassing Twitter in January 2013 and making
it the the second-largest social networking site in the world behind Facebook.
The Google Art Project
On February 1, 2011 Google launched its Google Art Project, which is an online platform
through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the
initiative’s partner museums at no cost. On April 3, 2012, Google announced a major
expansion to the Art Project as it signed partnership agreements with 151 museums from
40 countries. The platform now features more than 32,000 artworks from 46 museums, and
the image acquisition process is under way at the remaining partner museums.
The March 28, 2011 edition of The New Yorker magazine became the first major print magazine
to begin a subscription plan on a tablet platform, the iPad, for one of its magazines.
The digital version is subscription-based, but current print subscribers can sign in to the
iPad version at no additional charge.
On May 23, 2011, five leading U.S. publishers formed Next Issue Media. Next Issue's Netflix-like
magazine service provides interactive digital editions of some of the world’s most popular titles.
Optimized for tablets, Next Issue also works well on Apple and Android phones. As of late 2013, subscriptions are
as little as $9.99 a month, and they offered unlimited access to over 90 titles from which to choose,
including popular titles such as Esquire, Fortune, Glamour, GQ, Popular Mechanics, Sports Illustrated,
The New Yorker, Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and many more.