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Update Lets Google+ Members Email Anyone on Gmail

Google Plus Gmail UpdateGoogle is rolling out a switch to Gmail that will let Google+ members — so, basically anyone with Gmail — to email each other without knowing the address.

The twitterverse immediately erupted in debate at the possible privacy breach this could lead to, and I have to admit, my first thought went to trolls. Media professionals were among the early adopters of Google+, and it’s a great place to share links to your work. But dealing with Twitter and online trolls is already tiring enough for most. Imagine all that hate-filled spam landing in your inbox? Your already jam-packed, stress-inducing inbox? Of course, there are a number of other implications here, too, including the possibility to make new connections and contacts.

Google does offer an easy way to opt out, or to narrow the range of those who can contact you (see the process after the jump, or check out the photo to the right). Also, Google won’t reveal your email address to the Google+ sender unless you reply back to their email. So, in theory, you could just delete it. Read more

Social Media Newsfeed: New York Times Turns to Facebook Notes | SocialTimes Live-Tweeting at NASA

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‘The New York Times’ Posts Full Stories as Facebook Notes During Website Outage (AllFacebook)
When The New York Times suffered a site outage Wednesday, the newspaper turned to Facebook notes to post some key stories in their entirety. The Times said in a post on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon: “As you may be aware, the Times is experiencing a server issue that has resulted in our website being temporarily unavailable. We expect the site to be restored soon. In the meantime, we are publishing key news articles in their entirety here on Facebook.

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Social Media Newsfeed: Yelp Mobile App Reviews | Facebook for Celebrities

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Yelp Update: Users Can Now Post Reviews Straight from Their iPhones (SocialTimes)
For reviews of local businesses that just can’t wait until the writer gets home, Yelp has updated its mobile app to let users post reviews straight from their phones. Instant mobile reviews are something that competing apps like Foursquare have had for a while now, but Yelp’s version is just rolling out Tuesday on iOS and will launch on the Android sometime in the near future.

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Gmail Placing Ads Into Your Inbox as Normal Email Messages

Google’s Gmail update last week came with a few useless tabs – but my sneaky suspicion that the search company was up to no good came true when news leaked that they were placing ads into the promotions tab as actual emails. Google, in their own defensive statement, alluded to the fact that ads are needed to power the free email service, but it doesn’t alleviate the feeling that their idea of a “better experience” means just the opposite.

As always, advertising keeps Google and Gmail free to use. We work hard to make ads safe, unobtrusive, and relevant. Instead of ads always appearing at the top of your inbox, they’ve been relegated to a more appropriate place in your Promotions tab to create a better overall experience.

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