Google shuts down TV station's Google+ account

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Missouri TV station KOMU adopted the new Google+ social network early and experimented with using its group video chats (called "Hangouts") during newscasts. But Google deactivated the account, saying it's not yet ready for businesses to join the network. A pilot program for business profiles is in the planning stages; one report says business profiles may be open within two months. KOMU New Media Director Jen Reeves and others complain that Google is enforcing its business profile ban unevenly, sometimes leaving one competitor up while taking another down. || Related: News organizations with unofficial profiles can download and back-up their data in case Google deletes them. || Also: What Google+ means for news and what’s missing.

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    Jeff Sonderman is the deputy director of the American Press Institute, helping to lead its use of research, tools, events, and strategic insights to advance and sustain journalism.

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