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  • Old Compose Brings Back Gmail’s Old Editor

    Old Compose Brings Back Gmail’s Old Editor

    About a year ago, Google switched all of its Gmail users over to the new compose window it had announced in 2012. Instead of getting what was essentially a full-screen text editor for your emails, Gmail now opened a smaller window in the bottom-left corner of the screen and hid all of its advanced editing features. There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth. Google is never going to bring… Read More

  • No, The New Gmail API Is Not Killing IMAP

    No, The New Gmail API Is Not Killing IMAP

    Yesterday, at Google’s I/O developer conference, the company announced a new way for developers to build apps that integrate with Gmail, via its brand-new Gmail API. Designed to allow programmatic access to messages, threads, labels and drafts, the API was initially misunderstood by some as Google’s attempt to “kill off IMAP,” an older email protocol that offers… Read More

  • Google Stops Mining Education Gmail And Google Apps Accounts For Ad Targeting

    Google Stops Mining Education Gmail And Google Apps Accounts For Ad Targeting

    Google will no longer scan student and teacher Gmail messages or use data from Apps for Education for advertising purposes, the company told the WSJ today. The move comes after Google’s use of data from its education products came under fire by students and others during a court case last year that claimed the scanning violated user privacy rights. The company’s director of Google… Read More

  • New Gmail Experiment Displays Promotional Emails In An Image-Heavy Grid View

    New Gmail Experiment Displays Promotional Emails In An Image-Heavy Grid View

    Last year, Google launched its new inbox for Gmail, which automatically organizes messages from social networks, deals and offers, receipts and other messages into a set of folders. Today, it is pushing this idea of specific inboxes for certain messages a bit further. For promotional messages like deals and offers — the kind you get from Airbnb, Etsy, TripAdvisor and others —… Read More

  • Gmail Traffic Between Google Servers Now Encrypted To Thwart NSA Snooping

    Gmail Traffic Between Google Servers Now Encrypted To Thwart NSA Snooping

    Today Google announced that it has enhanced encryption for its Gmail email service, bolstering security to protect customers from prying eyes, especially those of governments. As of today, Gmail will “always use an encrypted HTTPS connection” whenever a user checks their mail, or sends a new missive. According to Google, the expanded protection will ensure that your mail is safe… Read More

  • Google Hangouts, Gmail Chat And Google Spreadsheets Go Down

    Google Hangouts, Gmail Chat And Google Spreadsheets Go Down

    UPDATE: Google says these issues should now be resolved. Google’s real-time chat services, including Hangouts in Google+, Gmail, went down today, in an outage that appears to be fairly widespread. Messages in Gmail’s chat integration are receiving system messages saying “[User] did not receive your chat” or simply not showing up, while in Google+ a loading animation… Read More

  • Newly Updated “Inbox Pause” Utility Lets You Check Email On Your Schedule, Not Theirs

    Newly Updated “Inbox Pause” Utility Lets You Check Email On Your Schedule, Not Theirs

    How do you deal with email overload, and the incessant pings of incoming email alerts? Baydin, the company behind a suite of productivity tools for busy workers, has a solution: just stop checking your inbox so darned much. Of course, this is easier said that done: Humans seem to have a Pavlovian response to our “new email!” notifications. But now, the company says it has revamped… Read More

  • Gmail For iOS Gets Full Support For Background Refresh

    Gmail For iOS Gets Full Support For Background Refresh

    Google today released version 3.0 of Gmail for iOS, which finally includes full support for iOS 7′s background app refresh. This means Gmail can now download your email in the background (even when it’s not open) and your inbox will be up to date whenever you launch the app. Oddly enough, last November, a number of outlets reported that Google added this feature when it… Read More

  • Talk About Timing: Google’s Reliability Team Sat Down For An AMA Right Before Gmail Exploded

    Talk About Timing: Google’s Reliability Team Sat Down For An AMA Right Before Gmail Exploded

    Worst. timing. ever. About an hour ago, a bunch of the engineers responsible for keeping Google alive sat down to answer questions on reddit. Know what else happened about an hour ago? Gmail and Google+ went down around the world. Read More

  • Glitch Is Causing Thousands Of Emails To Be Sent To One Man’s Hotmail Account

    Glitch Is Causing Thousands Of Emails To Be Sent To One Man’s Hotmail Account

    David S. Peck is getting a lot of emails. In a glitch possibly related to the massive Gmail outage underway right now, there’s an odd bug in Google search which is pointing users directly to his personal email address. The address appears in a “Compose” window that pops up when the top search result for Gmail is clicked. Yes, it’s bizarre. Very, very bizarre. Read More