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Archives: March 2013

Google Redesigns The Gmail Composing & Replying Experience

Google has redesigned the compose and reply experience in Gmail making the overall experience a little bit faster and more sophisticated. To begin with, the compose redesign allows you to create an email in a box in the corner of your inbox and still see the messages that are coming in. The writing pane grows as your message grows and you can increase the size of your window if you want.

The recipients field has gotten more sophisticated. As before you can begin to type a name and email addresses from your contact list will begin to appear. Now you can drag and drop email addresses between the to, cc and bcc lines. You can also hover over the recipient’s email to see details about them, as well as double-click on them to edit their address. Read more

Twitter Users ‘Kinda Bummed’ That Amazon is Acquiring Goodreads

It’s been less then two hours since we reported the news that Amazon has acquired the popular online reading community Goodreads and Twitter users are already lamenting the news.

Susan Kostal tweeted: “sooo sad to see that Amazon bought Goodreads”

Sarah Rhea Warner wrote: “One of my favorite online communities, @goodreads, was just acquired by Amazon. Kinda bummed.”

Amanda Clark tweeted: “I’m not happy about Goodreads being bought by Amazon! Those bastards took away our like button, and won’t let you mention the author by name.”

Susan McNicholl tweeted: “Not sure I like this at all. Amazon taints everything it touches.”

Marcia Ferguson wrote: “Sad to see that Amazon is buying#Goodreads … I always thought of Goodreads as a nice place for indie store readers.” Read more

Cast Your Vote For The Winners Of The 2013 DoGooder Awards

DoGooder Awards

The DoGooder Video Awards is an annual competition that celebrates the best of the best in the nonprofit video sector. Creators and non-profit organizations that are working to make positive change through online video are awarded with $3,500 grants, free admission to the Nonprofit Technology Conference and special promotion on YouTube. Today, the finalists in the 2013 DoGooder Video Awards have been announced and you’re invited to vote for the winners.

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Amazon To Acquire Goodreads

Amazon announced today that they will acquire Goodreads, the social network for readers.

UPDATE: Goodreads posted this message about the implications of the purchase, especially for device owners:

It’s important to be clear that Goodreads and the awesome team behind it are not going away. Goodreads will continue to be the wonderful community that we all cherish. We plan to continue offering you everything that you love about the site—the ability to track what you read, discover great books, discuss and share them with fellow book lovers, and connect directly with your favorite authors—and your reviews and ratings will remain here on Goodreads. And it’s incredibly important to us that we remain a home for all types of readers, no matter if you read on paper, audio, digitally, from scrolls, or even stone tablets. For all of you Kindle readers, there’s obviously an extra bonus in this announcement. You’ve asked us for a long time to be able to integrate your Kindle and Goodreads experiences. Making that option a reality is one of our top priorities.

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