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    I guess Facebook hasn’t quite taken over the world yet. I mean, we still use Gmail and Yahoo and whatever other email servers are out there. Hey, some people even still use Hotmail or AOL. I’m not here to judge.

    Now Facebook is officially giving up on trying to take over your inbox by nixing its email service. Wait, what? Facebook has an email service? Apparently the social media giant does, but come March, it will be no more, as they roll out another wave of changes to the site.

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    One very brave little girl saved her siblings and herself from a horrible life of abuse when she emailed her online school teacher to report that her stepfather, mother, and grandmother were beating and chaining them to beds. The Cincinnati teacher, whose name is not being released because she may serve as an important witness in this case, immediately called police, who arrested the three suspects. 

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    Welcome to the worst thing on the Internet today. Thanks to a new app called Streak, people will now be able to see when you’ve read their Gmail messages. Is there no privacy at all anymore?

    It’s a Google Chrome extension (that works with Safari too, apparently) that’s easy to install, and the recipients don’t have to have it too in order for their email reading habits to be tracked. In fact, they’ll get no notification at all that they’ve sent a secret read receipt to the sender!

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    I have a few really good friends whom I love to death. They have amazing significant others whom I also really like and enjoy chatting with -- when we're all together having dinner or drinks. But when it comes to sharing social media experiences with my friends, I won't do it if they've decided to merge their accounts with those of their husbands or boyfriends. It's nothing personal -- like I said, I don't have anything against their partners -- but chatting with RebeccaPaulForever on Facebook defeats the entire purpose of staying in touch with a person via social media outlets. And the truth is: lots of people think it's just plain weird.

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    If you suspect your significant other of cheating, you may be willing to go to great lengths to catch them. Like possibly even illegal lengths -- like paying someone to hack their email account so you can see if he’s been exchanging sexy messages with that hot female coworker of his he insists is just a friend.

    Immoral or not (depending on whom you ask), apparently it’s illegal. Mark Anthony Townsend and Joshua Alan Tabor were recently charged with “operating a business that illegally obtained email passwords for customers who hoped to catch cheating spouses.”

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    I've spent many of my kids' growing-up years working online, with the last few positively engrossed in social media, even more than the typical parent.

    And while I've posted a few potentially mortifying photos of my children in the past, for the most part, I'm extremely careful about what pictures of my kids I put online -- whether it's on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or another site.

    If only other parents would do the same. Here's why it bothers me so much.

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    Don't you just love it when total strangers whom you have never given your email address email you? I know, it's so fun, right? Well, Google thinks it is. Because from now on, anyone who finds you through Google+, the social network provided by Google along with your Gmail account that Google hopes will overcome Facebook (never gonna happen), can email you -- and their ramblings will show up right in your Gmail inbox!

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    If anyone is old enough to remember MySpace (anyone? anyone at all?) you might recall there was one day that will live in infamy when a glitch on the site made it possible for everyone whose profile you had been checking out in secret to see that you'd been visiting their page. In other words, you became exposed as a bona fide stalker. Oh, it was chilling and awful and those of us who lived through it spent hours concocting ridiculous excuses we could have on hand in case we were called out by our "stalkees." Well, instead of learning from this nightmare, Google's Gmail has decided to add a feature that will strip us of our privacy just a teeny bit more. And it's bound to affect us in at least 3 horrible ways. 

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    You guys, this is major. Gmail has unveiled its new "Undo Send" feature, a brilliant feature we've all been longing for since -- well, since email was first invented. It's exactly what it sounds like. If you accidentally/on purpose send an email and then regret sending that email, you may now pull it back from the cruel clutches of the recipient's inbox and pretend that never happened. How might you work this little miracle?

    Mosey on over to the Google Labs section, scroll down to the bottom until you see Undo Send, and click "Enable." Enable! Was ever a happier word ever coined? Hit "Save Changes" before leaving that page. Now when you send an email, along with that "your email has been sent" yellow bar you'll also get an "undo send" option. But you'll only have 10 seconds to click it, so hurry! Also, we don't know how long Google will let us keep undo send, so enjoy it while it lasts.

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    Consider this part of what appears to be a disturbing trend. Young person is lucky enough to have been hired in this still crappy economy. Young person works for a bit and quickly realizes the job is sooo boring or beneath him or her. Young person breaks basic and obvious rules of work etiquette by using technology to vomit up every feeling and emotion he or she has about the company when a simple letter of resignation would do. Oh, and let's not forget: Young person's email/tweet/post goes viral. Even though young person is 23, he or she probably has really difficult time every getting hired again.

    Yep, that's basically what happened when this young woman sent the most insane resignation you've ever seen to her boss and colleagues. 

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