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April 12, 2013

GAME OVER: "Google releases tool to deal with your data after death"


What took so long?

Google's new Inactive Account Manager will clean up after you depart this mortal coil.


Below, excerpts from Hayley Tsukayama's Washington Post story .

You may be a stickler for keeping control of all the data in your many online accounts, but what will happen to that data after you die?

It's a question that Google's addressing with the announcement of a new tool, the Inactive Account Manager, that gives Google users the option to have information from inactive accounts wiped from the system.

Those who use the Inactive Account Manager can choose to have their data deleted three, six, nine or 12 months after it becomes inactive. Users can also select "trusted contacts" to receive information from various Google services such as Blogger, Gmail, Picasa Web Albums, Google Voice, and YouTube.

Accounts become inactive when users haven’t logged in for a certain amount of time, meaning that events other than death could trigger the notifications. According to Google, users can set their own "timeout" period, and then will receive a text message and e-mail to a secondary account when the company deems the account is no longer active.

Users can find the tool on their account settings page, under the heading "Account Management."

Finding a way to deal with social networking and other data has been a much-discussed topic as people put more of their data online.

Facebook, for example, allows users' family members or friends to memorialize Facebook pages of those who've died. Once an account is memorialized, no one can log into it and the account will not accept new friend requests. Facebook also removes the profiles of deceased people from its suggested lists of "People You May Know."

Content on the profiles of people who've died remain open using the privacy settings users set when they posted the information. To obtain other information from these accounts, Facebook requires a court order.

Family members, the company has said, can request that profiles be removed.

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Blast from the past: Massimo Vignelli's 70s mugs are back


Wrote Jim Sutherland in the Wall Street Journal, "In 1971, most coffee mugs sent the humble message that we're all just folks, and who cares what the liquid tastes like.... Then designer Massimo Vignelli's modernist, plastic version steamed into town — as cool and cosmopolitan as his New York City subway signage and clearly aimed at the folks who drank French press. Though the mugs first hit the market in white, yellow and orange, they were briefly available from 1974 to 1976 in a full rainbow spectrum. That '70s palette (with its echoes of Kenzo and 'The Electric Company') has been reintroduced this spring, ideal for brightening up Sunday mornings."


Set of six: $60.

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Morgan Fisher — About film and the richness of life (2007)

Part 1 of 8.

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Haircut Eraser


From Fast Company: "Rubber Barber by Chen Lu Wei is an a eraser that,


as it disintegrates on paper,


shaves a hairstyle into a cartoon head." 


"Give your little buddy a fauxhawk, a ponytail, and then a decent shave." 


"Eventually you will have to go for the face


but by then you may be sick of their latest haircut anyway."


Apply within.


[via designboom and Jane Kulow

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Margaret Thatcher won't jump

Would you expect otherwise?

I certainly wouldn't.


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Robo Fish — Lifelike Robotic Pet Fish


No more crazy midnight runs to the store because you ran out of fish food.

Don't you just hate those?

I wonder if this creature passes the Turing test.

Only one way to find out.

From The Green Head: "Just drop these water-activated robotic clownfish (shark also available) into an aquarium or fish bowl and watch as they realistically swim around just like the real thing. The good thing is that you don't have to feed or care for them — but you may still need to net one out to swap the battery. Great for little kids who want a pet, adults who want a maintenance-free aquarium, or anyone bored at the office."


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