If you thought Google would have given up on Google Plus by now then you need to realise that Google will never give up. Ever. Unless it's on Reader, which was a shame. Because Reader was cool. Either way, the reality is that Google is still fully on its mission to force us all to use Google Plus.

The latest news is that Google's own video network YouTube will have its comments section revamped. To say this overhaul is overdue is a bit of an understatement. Many of us that grew up on the internet have slowly been indoctrinated into the bullying, sexist, racist world of YouTube comments. The internet certainly didn't start out that way, or at least it took awhile for these miscreants to be given such an accessible soap box. We know to ignore them, albeit with a little more despair for the human race, but imagine being a teenager thrust into this world from the start.

The idea here is that Google will be integrating Google Plus much more tightly with YouTube. Commenters will need a Google Plus account to post comments, but in reality, the suspicion is that the integration is simply a way to boost engagement figures on Google Plus.

YouTube has plenty of interaction, and advertising brings in the money. It works the same way with social media but it's trickier for something like Google Plus. If there isn't an active audience, that's proven through interaction, to see these ads it's not going to work.

Google's plans will see cross-commenting across platforms with discussions on YouTube appearing on Google Plus profiles - somewhat of an artificial stimulation of the market. Google's own quantitative easing on its stagnant social economy, if you will. Top interactors on Google Plus will also see themselves more likely to have their comments highlighted on YouTube in return. In the fickle world of online justification, that's quite the prize.

Commercial nepotism aside, it's not going to stop the vitriolic comments. While the move will be about as welcome as a clown at a funeral due to the see-through nature of the whole thing, not to mention everyone's DNA-encoded aversion to Google Plus, it's not going to stop anyone anyway. Doesn't pretty much everyone have a non-updated blank Google Plus profile hanging around somewhere?

And that's not the only time we find Google in the news this week... MPs have once again shown that they're completely confused about that whole internet thing by hitting out at Google for not doing enough to stop music and film piracy.

It's all well and good blaming a faceless super-corporation for an act that was largely spawned by outdated legislation and a long-term denial of a changing landscape of consumption on the part of the music and film industry, but Google aren't lawmakers, and they're not the police. Why haven't we asked car manufacturers to limit the speed of their vehicles to curb speeding on the roads? Furthermore, Google has also been hit with a retrospective expectation - MPs are joining an argument that has been raging for years and should perhaps remind themselves that it's the lawmakers and enforcers that have the responsibility to stop crime. Not Google, not Coca-Cola, not McDonalds, or even Dixons.

  • Though I personally think they'd all do an excellent job.

The point is, would you really want to live in a society where a commercial entity is so big it is not only able to, but expected to be responsible for social justice?

Tesco also released a tablet this week to moderate response. It's Tesco, and it's technology. So the match was never going to be have made in heaven, but thanks to the ongoing solidity of the Android platform, for which they've done the sensible thing and left alone, much of the bulk work has been done for them. The key decisions were hardware, and the price.

Surprisingly, they've made the decision not to undercut everyone like they've tended to do with other products and services and are instead playing a longer game. Of course, all their products and services are integrated, from Clubcard to Blinkbox, but you don't have to use them. They've acknowledged this isn't simply a vehicle for their services, and actually kitted it out with a decent 1.5 Ghz processor and expandable storage.

It's not hugely exciting, but putting it on the market for £119 puts it £20 above the Kindle Fire and if anything, is a testament to the message that it's putting out - that this isn't just a Tesco Value Tablet.

From tiny computers to gigantic ones that could eventually be tiny. World, meet Cedric:

It's nice to see that even the smartest computer guys still feel nostalgic about those little red scissors you used to get in primary school

Cedric is the world's first computer built entirely with carbon nanotubes. It's expected that eventually computers built in this way will be more efficient that the silicon models made today.

However, at the moment Cedric is running at speeds of around 1955 levels, though it's not quite as huge as those room-filling beasts were back then.

Eventually, it's hoped that computer scientists can both increase speed and reduce size - carbon nanotubes are so thin that thousands could sit side-by-side in a human hair. For now though, we'll just have be content with marvelling at a gigantic wig.

And finally, if anything signals an oversaturated smartphone market, it's the curved display. Some had wondered whether Apple would reveal curved screen tech with its iPhone 5s release - but if it was going to happen, it's more likely to be part of a redesign for the iPhone 6. However, Samsung are aiming to get ahead having announced this week that they plan to introduce a smartphone with a curved display.

While curved displays will be of benefit to the promised forthcoming wearable technology revolution, and as a precursor to foldable technology, does a phone, which spends the majority of its time in a pocket have any need for a curved display beyond differentiation in the market? I'm not sure if I'm ready for the invasion of personal space that comes with a tightly fitted Samsung Galaxy weaving its way around my thigh.

By Andy Price (Andyy_P)