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google_logo-150x150Google Appears to Be Testing a Stunning Gmail Overhaul That Puts the Focus Solely on Email (The Next Web)
Google is constantly testing new designs and features, but Geek recently spotted a beautiful new visual overhaul of Gmail’s web interface. The leaked images show a radically simpler inbox with less clutter and a big focus on email itself. ars technica The leaked images of the Gmail UI being tested by the Mountain View, Calif.-based media giant resemble leaks of the mobile Gmail UI. Aspects like marking important messages with stars appear to be on its way out, and this feature is being replaced with pins. The Verge Most notably, the unwieldy sidebar has been replaced with a slide-in pane. Buttons like “compose” have been moved to the bottom right corner, and it looks like there’s another new feature down there: reminders. Geek Google’s fly-in menu system on the left removes the crazy tab system that was bolted into Gmail last year and places it in line with everything else, with a similarly collapsible Hangouts interface on the opposite side of the screen. This setup lets you open everything up if you’re a fan of using the whole display for your email, but it also supports shrinking the window down so you can glance at your Inbox whenever you need it. Business Insider It’s worth noting that Google is always testing new stuff for its products, and just because screenshots like these leak out, doesn’t mean the changes are coming any time soon, or even at all. Google typically changes Gmail slowly, so it’s unlikely this change will come all at once.

High Schooler Does Deal to Trade Finals for 15,000 Retweets (CNET)
A Texas high school student agrees with his art teacher that if he can get 15,000 retweets, his whole class can skip their final exams. The school is not impressed.

Women Trust Word-of-Mouth Recommendations from Their Friends [Infographic] (SocialTimes)
Social media marketing is constantly picked over and analyzed in an attempt to distill the formula. But old-fashioned word-of-mouth recommendation still leads the pack in getting consumers to try out a product, particularly among women.

Miami’s Don Jones Tweets ‘Horrible’ After Michael Sam Kisses Boyfriend (CBS Sports)
On Thursday, after Miami selected offensive lineman Jawuan James with its first round pick, center Mike Pouncey took to Twitter to make a joke. “Great pick! I can’t wait for our gifts he’s getting us lol.”

Mother’s Day: A Mother Lode of Stats from the Facebook Data Science Team (AllFacebook)
The Facebook Data Science Team did not mark the fact that Mother’s Day was coming up Sunday with cards, flowers, or candy, but with a host of statistics about mothers on the social network. Stats from the Facebook Data Science Team included: More than 27 million women in the U.S. identify themselves as mothers on Facebook, either by connecting with their children who are also on the social network, or posting life events about giving birth.

Meet the Oldest Y Combinator Startup Ever: Quora (VentureBeat)
Apparently making all sorts of changes to the good-ol’ Y Combinator partner lineup and investing model wasn’t enough. Friday, new-ish leader Sam Altman announced that established and well-funded startup Quora will be part of its next batch of startups.

Three Annoying Things You Probably Didn’t Notice About the New Twitter Profile (AllTwitter)
The largest recent change was the profile redesign, and – although not everyone has made the switch – it’s left some profiles looking less than stellar. Here are three things you probably didn’t notice about the new Twitter profile that you should be paying attention to.

Should Companies Monitor Their Employees’ Social Media? (The Wall Street Journal)
Consider a 2013 survey from CareerBuilder, which helps corporations target and attract workers. According to the survey, 39 percent of employers dig into candidates on social sites, while 43 percent said they had found something that made them deep-six a candidate — such as posting inappropriate photos or information or bad-mouthing a former boss.

This Time, ‘CommuniCon’ Couldn’t Save NBC’s ‘Community’ (LostRemote)
A darling of social TV has lost its battle to stave off extinction – NBC cancelled “Community” after five seasons. The screwball comedy centering around a bunch of community college students had developed a tradition for being on the “will it or won’t it be cancelled” block dating back to its third season, when we covered a fans’ event and social-media based uprising to save the show.

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