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Haunted Gmail Account The Star Of Ridiculous 5-Minute Short Film

When the circle goes from red to green, all hell breaks loose.

Could something more sinister be lurking behind your screen?

On a normal day, the worst thing that can happen to you on G-chat is an awkward conversation, or perhaps the boss catching you “otherwise engaged.” But in the world of comedian and filmmaker Alex J. Mann, you just might find yourself trading emojis and inside jokes with a recently deceased ex. This is the exact premise of his new short film, Green Dot, in which a woman gets chatted-up by a pop-up window supposedly from her dead boyfriend, Trent.

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Clean Up Your Inbox: Pro Tips from a Gmail Insider

A few simple steps to getting your email situation under control—and keeping it that way.

Organizing an unruly inbox can be a daunting task, but with a few simple steps you can get your email under control—and keep it that way.

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Why Gmail Changes While Craigslist Stays the Same

Every wonder why some successful websites are always changing while others stay the same forever? Wonder no more.


At the start of her career, bestselling novelist Amy Tan asked her business partner to let her create more copy for their technical writing company. Her associate, quite satisfied with the way things were going, told her that he was the better writer and that she should continue to play a managerial role. When Tan pushed the issue, so the story goes, the associate fired her. You know this by now: People are afraid of change, even if that change could possibly benefit them in the long run. Tan vs. her stubborn ex-partner is a good example, but a more recent one is Google’s email service, Gmail.

Last week, a little more than seven years after its initial launch, Gmail released its latest redesign. For the time being, users are still able to view their Gmail accounts in the old format—eventually they’ll be forced to change over—but for anyone who’s clicked the “Switch to the new look” box in the bottom right-hand corner of her Gmail screen, the fresh Gmail looks sleeker, more modern, and, for some, confusing.

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