Liz Gannes

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Google Adds Video Hangouts to Gmail, as Expected

Google today added its distinctive group video chat Google+ Hangouts tool to Gmail, expanding on the email service’s existing video chat to add mobile support, screen sharing and silly effects. This move was expected. Both Hangouts and Google video chat are built in part with tools from an outside company called Vidyo.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work