Google is set to launch new features within its Gmail webmail service, allowing users to post status updates, and share YouTube videos with friends. That’s according to the Wall Street Journal, mind – Google itself hasn’t officially commented, although it’s holding an event later today to launch the new features. The WSJ suggests that Google “is trying to get users to turn to Gmail as a place they can go to see what’s up with their friends”, while TechCrunch claims the new social service “goes well beyond a Gmail integration”. It’s another sign of increasing convergence in the Web 2.0 world: Facebook is currently overhauling its messaging system to be a bit more Gmail-like. Source: Wall Street Journal

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