When reading a Gmail message from one of your contacts, what would you like to appear in the right-hand panel: an ad or an interactive social media profile for the contact in question? No matter how targeted Gmail's ads might be, I'd wager you answered the latter. If so, then you'll want to try out Rapportive, a browser extension that brings the various social media profiles of your Gmail contacts right to your inbox.… Read more
Google has never offered Gmail for free just out of the goodness of its heart. There are strings attached. One of those strings is that your e-mail can be scanned and used for activities like serving up advertising.
Google's terms of service haven't changed overnight, but awareness of them has, thanks to a Google filing that says e-mail users should really have no expectation of privacy.
This can be found within a motion to dismiss a class action data-mining lawsuit that objects to Google's e-mail scanning practices. Specifically, the motion quotes the 1979 Supreme Court case Smith … Read more
So, I just finished reading Google's motion to dismiss in response to a lawsuit alleging that its e-mail scanning violates California privacy laws. And I'll say this: those Google lawyers are towering writers, indeed. But on to the point: did Google really argue in its rebuttal to the lawsuit that Gmail users do not and never should have an expectation of privacy when they're using Gmail? I mean, they actually just came out and said it like that!?
As if Edward Snowden hasn't done enough to highlight how vulnerable electronic communications are to surveillance, Google has made it clear that people who send or receive e-mail via Gmail should not expect their messages to remain private.
In a 39-page motion filed in June (see below) to have a class-action data-mining lawsuit dismissed, the Web giant cites Smith v. Maryland, a 1979 Supreme Court decision that upheld the collection of electronic communications without a warrant.
"Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient's assistant opens the letter, … Read more
Microsoft has launched its latest "Scroogled" attack -- this time on what it's calling "Gspam."
"Already reading your Gmail, Google now using your private content to Scroogle you with spam that looks like real emails," according to Microsoft. "Google is now deliberately spamming inboxes with ads that look like real emails."
Microsoft's latest campaign is focused on a Gmail in-box redesign from May that resulted in Gmail users seeing unsolicited advertisement messages in the "Promotions" tab of the new Gmail in-box. (Here's how to disable that Promotions tab, … Read more
You can now use your Google account credentials with Mozilla Persona to log in to Web sites, but have no fear: Mozilla assures its users that Google can't track which sites you use with its service.
"Persona remains committed to privacy: Gmail users can sign into sites with Persona, but Google can't track which sites they sign into," wrote the company on its Identity at Mozilla blog, which tracks Persona development.
Mozilla added Gmail support to the log-in service on Thursday. The Google support in Persona joins support for Yahoo log-ins, as well as Persona's … Read more
On Thursday, Pebble released an update to its iOS app for the Pebble Watch that added a workaround for e-mail alerts. Up until now, iOS users would have to go to Notification Settings and toggle the "View on Lockscreen" setting any time their phone and watch lost Bluetooth connection. So if the phone was restarted, or you simply wandered out of range for the two devices to stay connected, you'd have to do "the finger dance" (as named by Pebble users) in order to get alerts back. Even then, e-mail alerts were hit or miss. … Read more
On Friday Google decided it was time to give Gmail users their full-screen compose window back.
As the rollout of the "new" feature continues, you'll eventually see the icon to expand pop-up compose window. Clicking on it will reveal the full-screen compose window.
Now for the best part: you can set the full-screen window to appear by default going forward. To do just that, click on the More Options arrow in the lower-right corner of the compose window.
From here click on the "Default to full-screen" option, placing a check mark next to the listing. … Read more
Google has begun showing advertisements in the space reserved for e-mail messages in Gmail users' inboxes, a new step in the company's effort to turn its free services into revenue sources.
The company has shown ads alongside Gmail messages for years, but these ads appear as messages that can be opened like e-mails and forwarded to others, according to Gmail users who started seeing them last week. They appear only in the new "promotions" tab of Gmail's new multi-tab interface, and they're marked with a pale yellow background and labeled "ad," similar to … Read more