offically a blue chip

Apple, the world’s most valuable company, will be calculated in the Dow Jones Industrial Average index starting later this month, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The move has been a long time coming, and was likely made possible by last year’s 7-for-1 stock split which significantly reduced the per-share price of Apple, making it easier to fold into the price-weighted blue chip index. Apple will replace AT&T in the prestigious group of thirty major American companies. Apple is currently traded on the Nasdaq and shares were trading at $125.41 at the time of publication.

Back to the drawing board

When I wrote about the decentralization movement a year back, one of the big pro-privacy hopes was Mailpile, which is ambitiously trying to build a user-friendly yet rock-solid encrypted webmail system with a hybrid desktop/in-browser approach. On Friday, Mailpile’s Bjarni Rúnar Einarsson announced the rejection of the Mailpile beta, saying feedback had led the team to go back to the drawing board. One key issue was unsurprisingly related to making “all that crypto stuff completely seamless.” Iceland-based Einarsson is taking a break to get married (mazel tov) and, with the back-end providing most of the problems, front-end designer Brennan Novak has “moved on to other things for now.” Here’s hoping Mailpile gets back on track when development resumes next month.

Small businesses may suffer

Facebook Pages may lose some of their likes soon. Thursday the company  warned businesses it’s removing likes from deactivated or memorialized accounts. The like dip would be more of an ego hit for companies than an actual hit on their Page’s reach, since Facebook is only removing people who weren’t around anyways. On the upside, Facebook points out that this “gives businesses up-to-date insights on the people who actively follow their Page.”

Deeper iOS 8 integration

Apple iPhone and iPad owners opting to use the official Gmail application have a compelling upgrade waiting for them notes The Verge. The newest version of Gmail for iOS takes advantage of Apple’s willingness to let third-party apps share information and have actionable notifications. Gmail for iOS now lets you reply to incoming mail through notifications, for example, meaning you never have to leave the app you’re in when replying. Messages showing on the lock screen can now be archived or deleted as well, making it quicker to manage email. Gmail can be added to the “share” menu in iOS 8 as well, so you can send images or documents outside of the Gmail app.

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