Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Jan 2014 20:39 UTC

You no longer need someone's email address to send them an email. At least, that will soon be the case if you want to email another Google+ user. A new Gmail "feature" will let you simply type in anyone's name into Gmail's "to" field and send them an email. Google announced the new Google+ integration on its Gmail blog today, but company representatives have clarified to The Verge that - by default - anyone on its social network will be able to send messages to your Gmail inbox.

It's opt-out; so it's enabled by default. I don't think Google has ever had a more stupid idea than this. This is just all-around bad - no ifs, no buts, nothing. You must be completely brain-dead to think that implementing this "feature" is in any way, shape, or form, a good idea.

I'll be turning this off right away - I don't want random internet people emailing me any more than they already do. Equally idiotic, when you start typing a name in Gmail's to/cc fields, it will autocomplete to Google+ usernames. I have no idea if you can turn this brain fart off.

I don't like Google+, I don't want Google+ - I just want it to go away. Please.

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RE: Shame on you
by mattymoo on Thu 9th Jan 2014 22:06 UTC in reply to "Shame on you"
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Since when osnews have been place for unfounded, stupid rants?

Pretty much since its inception. Thom regularly puts up op-ed pieces, or adds his opinion to press releases/news links. I don't mind one bit.

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RE[2]: Shame on you
by Morgan on Thu 9th Jan 2014 22:20 in reply to "RE: Shame on you"
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Well, OSNews was around for a while before Thom came on as a main contributor, so not since its inception. But yes, it's a great balance of news and opinion. In my case, I guess it helps that my views tend to line up with Thom's more often than not, but it's no different than Ars Technica, Engadget, The Verge, The Next Web, Slashdot, etc. in the sense that commentary is added to each post. It sounds like ajklq1 just wants a web based RSS reader.

Then again, their account seems to have been created just today with a username that appears to be mashing keys on a keyboard, so they may simply want to troll and nothing more.

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