How to Opt Out of Anyone on Google+ Landing in Your Gmail Inbox – As Google continues to grow and enmesh its various services, many users don’t like the Facebook-esque privacy revisions. So, if you don’t want anyone on Google+ to be able to send you an email through Gmail, just follow the handy instructions in this piece.
“If you are added to someone’s Google+ “circle” of contacts on the social network, that person will be able to send you a Gmail message by simply entering your name — regardless of whether you follow them on the service. Your email address is hidden until you respond to the message. Google says the change should make it easier for people to reach those they already know.”Wall Street Journal
Job Opening: Digital Content Operations Coordinator – So Barnes & Noble is looking for a Digital Content Operations Coordinator. I figured this might be of interest for anyone looking for such a position, but it’s also interesting for those of us who enjoy trying to read the signs. Not sure what this job description says about B&N and Nook, though. Mediabistro
The modern day ‘starving artist’ is likely on food stamps – To me, this is the kind of article that happens when you glue a couple of related, legitimate premises together and come up with a problematic argument. I absolutely believe that art and creativity are public (common) goods, and that all people deserve a baseline level of support (adequate food, shelter, health care, etc.). Artists are certainly among the many groups of people who are not sufficiently benefitting from the products of their own labor. But there seems to be an implicit argument here that social programs are becoming a default subsidy for art, which, well, hmmm.
“No, I think the reason the so-called creative class is learning to depend on food stamps is because more and more, art and writing are among those livelihoods that don’t benefit from any supposed trickle-down effect of the wealth that circulates at the top, among art dealers and media corporations. Creative skills are in high demand and the work is steady, but the income is not.”The Guardian
“What this data point implies is that the vast majority of ebook retail activity in the U.S. is happening in so-called “walled gardens” — digital content ecosystems run by companies like Amazon and Apple that keep consumers searching, discovering, buying and consuming all or most of their ebooks, songs and movies in one place. If a reader has an Amazon account and has bought Kindle ebooks, they are very likely to continue doing just that. “Digital Book World
Lexical Distance Among the Languages of Europe – If you’re one of those people who wonders how English is related to German, and what languages don’t belong to the Indo-European family, this incredibly cool language map is for you. And maybe the 1200+ comments, too.Etymologikon™
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