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New GMail feature lets Google Plus users send anyone an email

Google, in its never-ending quest to integrate G+ into everything, has launched a GMail feature that lets you email any of your G+ contacts.

While this feature may be useful for people who know one another but don’t have each other’s email address, it potentially opens the door to spam and clogged inboxes. Users will have the ability to opt out but the feature will be automatically turned on. Get ready for the flood.

Read more at TechCrunch.

Happenings at the International Consumer Electronics Show

Thousands of fellow tech nerds converged in Las Vegas for the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week. Here are a few of articles that cover the highlights of the conference.

Wearables, wearables, wearables

Did I mention wearables? Apparently wearables were everywhere at CES. While the interest in wearables are at an all-time high, most believe that wearables aren’t ready for mainstream wearability. Here’s one more for you – wearables. Read more at CNET.

Google launches Open Automotive Alliance

Wearables aren’t the only things getting connected, as Google announced its partnership with automobile manufacturers to bring Android to connected cars. In what is called the Open Automotive Alliance, Google will initially partner with Audi, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai and chipmaker Nvidia to integrate its Android operating system and turn cars into rolling computers. We can expect to see Android-enabled cars by the end of 2014. Read more at Fierce Wireless.

4K TV goes big-time

While it was introduced at last year’s CES, 4K, or Ultra HD, reached critical mass this year. All major manufacturers unveiled 4K TVs, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was its biggest proponent from the content perspective. While 4K TVs probably won’t go on sale for another few months, the hype is at a peak now. Read more at Mashable.

Michael Bay’s meltdown

There’s a reason why Michael Bay is a director, not an actor – he’s terrible on stage. While presenting at Samsung’s CES 2014 press conference, his teleprompter went down and he just couldn’t improvise. So he did what any horrible presenter would do – get the hell out of there. But he did apologize and explain what happened on his blog. Check out the story and video on IGN.

AT&T announces Sponsored Data program

Advertisers want you to see more ads. AT&T wants to make more money. So AT&T is allowing advertisers to sponsor your mobile data so you can watch more ads. Makes sense, right? But to whom?

AT&T has launched its Sponsored Data program, which lets businesses pay for the data that mobile phone users consume to watch their ads. The sponsored content will be identified by an icon, and subscribers will have a list of Sponsored Data content on their monthly bill.

Advocacy groups have already poo-poo’d the program, saying that it hurts efforts for net neutrality. And Washington is watching.

New York Times redesigns its website

The New York Times has redesigned its website for the first time since 2006, moving toward a cleaner look that includes more white space, larger images, article recommendations, and maybe most importantly incorporating responsive design to conform to viewing on various screen sizes.

More people read the Times online than in print, making the website the face of the newspaper. That face is now a little prettier.

Have you read other interesting mobile and technology stories this week that are worth mentioning? Feel free to add them in the comments.

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