Google Makes It Easier to Email Google+ Contacts
Google today announced a change to Gmail that will improve users' ability to reach others. Gmail users will now be able to send emails to people they've added to their Google+ circles even if they don't have the actual email address. Gmail will auto-suggest Google+ contacts when users create new email messages. On the flip side, this means people who've circled you on Google+ will be able to email you directly even if you've never given them your email address. Google is baking in some privacy controls, however, and will allow Gmail and Google+ users to opt out of this auto-suggest feature. The change is being rolled out to all Gmail and Google+ users over the next few days. Users will receive an email explaining the new feature with a link to the appropriate settings tools.
Google Adds a Dash of AI to Gmail with High-Priority Notifications On Mobile and Smart Replies on the Web
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Google to Strip SMS from Hangouts May 22
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Facebook Makes Sweeping Changes to Data Collection Policies as It Admits Cambridge Analytica Breach Impacted 87M
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Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.