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Gmail No Longer Forces New Users To Make A Google+ Account

Google’s free email service is great — tons of people use it. Google+ isn’t nearly as popular, even though new Gmail users have been forced to connect to a Google+ account for years. Now, Google’s making that social service integration optional. Finally.

Google's Photo Service Might Finally Escape Google+

After Google just announced that it would be dropping the Google+ requirement for business videoconferencing this week, the search giant is planning to set loose its (fantastic) photo service, according to Bloomberg. If and when it does, you’ll be able to take advantage of this pretty handy photo tool without any unwanted ties to Google+.

The Best Reason To Join Google+ (Or Else!)

Have you signed up for Google+ yet? Have you?! Or have you been cowering in the closet, whispering empty reassurances to yourself as it slowly but surely closes in. There’s only one place this can all be headed: Enter Google Blackmail.

Google+ Allows Custom Profile URLs Now

Ever felt like throwing your name into the URL for your Google+ profile? The Big G now lets you, so long as you meet the requirements.

The 9 Dumbest Theories About When Android KitKat's Coming Out

Android 4.4 Kit Kat and the new Nexus 5 are just around the corner. We’ve got all the leaks in the world to prove it. But we don’t know when, and so of course people have been speculating. Like lunatics.

10 Tricks To Make Yourself A Google+ Master

Unless you happen to work for the search giant that created it, Google+ is probably not your social network of choice. Nevertheless, there’s a ton of functionality hidden behind its walls, covering everything from photos to local searches as the influence of Google+ stretches across the company’s multitude of other products. Here’s how to get the most out of it.

Google Glass Update Adds Google+ Integration

If you’re one of the lucky Google Glass “Explorers” wandering the world barking at your augmented-reality headset prototype get very excited about a new software update that will make talking to nerdy computer spectacles more social. Amongst the additions in the “XE5″ update is Google+ integration, including the ability to comment and +1 posts on Google’s social network.

Weddings Via Skype Are On The Rise -- Along With Questions Of Consent

You’ve been dreaming of this day your entire life. You and your one true love will be joining your eternal souls in the resplendent, holy matrimony of… a Google+ hangout. Scenes like this used to be pretty rare (and usually involved deployed military members), but as the New York Times points out, proxy weddings via internet have become increasingly common — and increasingly controversial with the questions of immigrant marriage fraud and legitimate consent at the forefront.

Google Is Funnelling Picasa Users Into Google+ Without Warning

Over the last week, Google has been migrating web albums for its online photo service Picasa over to Google+. No, you didn’t get any warning. Yes, it’s sneaky — if not exactly unexpected.