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Google’s new Gmail ads spark controversy

Google has sparked controversy with its redesigned Gmail tabs, with users noticing they are getting ads from companies they did not sign up to receive.

Watch the Google promo touting Gmail's new features below:

25/07/2013  |  Full story...

Google unites 15GB of free storage on Gmail, Drive and Google+

Google has unified its cloud storage services to give its users more flexibility on ways to store their data across Drive, Gmail and Google+, as the internet giant ramps up its rivalry with Dropbox.

20/05/2013  |  Full story...

Google lets users send money via Gmail

Google has introduced a new dollar-sign icon for Gmail attachments, letting users transfer money via its Google Wallet service.

17/05/2013  |  Full story...

Gmail turns 9- how Google’s email tool has evolved (infographic)

Gmail was mistaken as an elobrate April Fool’s joke when it launched on 1st April 2004. But Google’s webmail service went on to become one of the most widely used and pioneering communications tools in the world. The mark the occasion, Google has posted an infographic on the Gmail blog which depicts all of the changes since launched as an invite-only service back in the mid-noughties.

12/04/2013  |  Full story... gets $90m ad campaign ahead of mass Hotmail migration

Hotmail users will soon be forced to switch over to, as Microsoft looks to regain lost ground to Google’s Gmail with the largest ever ad camapign for an email service.

20/02/2013  |  Full story...

Google axes free version of business apps- charges $50 a year

Google has ended a free version of its Google Apps online application suite for small businesses, which includes Gmail and Google Drive, in what it calls a drive to ‘provide a stronger and more uniform experience to users’. Google said that that now even small businesses with 10 or fewer users will have to pay to use its online app platform, a group that up until now has been free.

10/12/2012  |  Full story...

Time spent on top 5 European email sites

Europe as a whole dropped 6% in average time spent on web based email sites. Hotmail was the only site measured that reported a drop in average time spent with a 14% dip. Google Mail shows strong levels of engagement with an 18% increase since June 2011.

Time spent on top 5 European email sites. Europe as a whole dropped 6% in average time spent on web based email sites. Hotmail was the only site measured that reported a drop in average time spent with a 14% dip. Google Mail shows strong levels of engagement with an 18% increase since June 2011.

12/09/2012  |  Full story...

Top 5 email sites in Europe

This chart shows the total number of unique visitors for each site in June 2012 and the percentage growth since June 2011. Google Mail shows considerable growth over the period with an 185 increase in users. Hotmail's growth has stalled with only a 1% increase in visitors. Russian email services Mail.Ru and Yandex Mail also saw huge growth with 22% and 37% increases.

Top 5 email sites in Europe. This chart shows the total number of unique visitors for each site in June 2012 and the percentage growth since June 2011. Google Mail shows considerable growth over the period with an 185 increase in users. Hotmail's growth has stalled with only a 1% increase in visitors. Russian email services Mail.Ru and Yandex Mail also saw huge growth with 22% and 37% increases.

12/09/2012  |  Full story...

Google reacts to Apple’s patent victory over Samsung

Google has responded very cautiously to the ruling in Apple’s patent victory over Samsung in the US, a ruling that could affect its Android operating system. Google released a statement on Sunday, in the wake of a ruling by a jury that Samsung had infringed on multiple Apple software and design features.

29/08/2012  |  Full story...

European email trends: Hotmail leads pack but Gmail catching fast

Hotmail remains the most used web-based email service across Europe, but Gmail, Yahoo and are catching fast, according to new research. The study, from comScore, looked at internet usage in Europe during June 2012, showing that 397.2 million Europeans went online for an average of 25.9 hours.

22/08/2012  |  Full story...

Google to include Gmail user data for personalised search results

Google’s is to start highlighting information drawn from its users’ Gmail accounts on its main search results page. The feature marks Google’s latest attempt to deliver data that people are seeking more quickly as it tries to maintain the dominance of its lucrative Internet search engine.

10/08/2012  |  Full story...

Microsoft to replace Hotmail with ‘’

Microsoft is phasing out its iconic Hotmail webmail service, replacing it with a new email service that combines elements of Exchange, Skype and Hotmail into one tool, as the software giant looks to regain market share lost to Google's Gmail. The revamped service will help sort messages as they arrive and allow users to make internet calls on Skype, and has been designed to tackle the problem of "cluttered" inboxes.

Watch a video explaining how the service works below:

02/08/2012  |  Full story...

Gmail SMS launched in Africa

Google has launched Gmail SMS across Africa, a new tool that lets Gmail users who own a simple feature phone to send and receive emails using only text messages.

24/07/2012  |  Full story...

Google shuts down 130 million ads in ‘war on spam’

Google has claimed it has halved the number of so-called "bad ads" being displayed across its services, after boosting its detection methods and technology. The internet giant announced it has shut down about 800,000 advertisers and blocked over 130 million ads from showing up on its network.

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26/03/2012  |  Full story...

Google privacy policy goes live… despite EU warning

Google has begun to implement its single merged privacy policy for all of its services despite a warning letter from the EU. The combined policy means that user data is shared and linked across more than 60 of Google’s services including Google Mail and YouTube. Google went ahead with the change in spite of the fact it was urged to hold off by the EU.

02/03/2012  |  Full story...

Google privacy changes: A boost for advertisers?

Google has changed its privacy policy, streamlining it across its multiple services including search, email, video and social networking sites, following privacy concerns from regulators over its social networking sites. The main change applies to users who have Google accounts. When signed in, a user’s data will be shared across Gmail, YouTube, Google+, Maps and search. Google said the new policy will give people more relevant search results and help advertisers find customers.

27/01/2012  |  Full story...

Top Android apps by age: Angry Birds more popular with older users

Facebook and apps from Google like Gmail and the Android Market are the most popular smartphone apps among Android owners 18 years and older in the U.S. according to new research. The study, from Nielsen, ranks mobile apps by active reach (the percentage of Android owners who used the app within the past 30 days).

05/01/2012  |  Full story...

Google encrypts search: Will tracking be affected?

Google account holders will now have all their searches encrypted by default for extra security, the company has announced. The move comes over a year after Google made ‘SSL’ encryption the default setting for Gmail, and also introduced an encrypted search service. Search over SSL is currently available on web, images and all the search modes on Google Search, except for maps.


21/10/2011  |  Full story...

Google axes Buzz network to focus on Google+

Google is to ditch its controversial Buzz social networking tool in favor of its more successful Google+ online community. Google launched Buzz in February 2010, automatically turning Gmail contacts into public friends on the network- causing a flood of privacy complaints and trouble with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Under a settlement announced by the FTC, Google was required to implement a comprehensive privacy program and undergo independent privacy audits every two years for 20 years.


18/10/2011  |  Full story...

Google closes down Labs to focus on existing products

Google is closing down its iconic Google Labs site- the place for many of the internet giant’s experimental products, and the birthplace of popular services such as Gmail and Google Calendar. The move forms part of Google’s increasing focus on developing products that have obvious benefits to the company's bottom line.

Google announced the news on its official blog, stating, "We're prioritizing our product efforts. As part of that process, we've decided to wind down Google Labs. While we've learned a huge amount by launching very early prototypes in Labs, we believe that greater focus is crucial if we're to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead."


22/07/2011  |  Full story...

Chinese paper warns Google over hacking accusations

An official Beijing newspaper has warned Google that it could face 'serious consequences' after it accused China of hacking into its Gmail accounts. The People's Daily, the leading newspaper of China's ruling Communist Party, termed Google as a "political tool" and added that tensions between the United States and China over Internet security could extend further after the accusations.


06/06/2011  |  Full story...

150,000 Gmail users hit by glitch

Around 150,000 Gmail account holders were hit by a system glitch at the weekend which reset their accounts, losing e-mails, attachments and Google Chat logs. Google quickly acknowledged the fault, but said "less than 0.08%" of all Gmail users were affected by the bug, according to the Google App Status Dashboard. The company later said the Gmail service had been restored for some users, and resolution for all users was expected in the near future.


01/03/2011  |  Full story...

Google takes on Apple with ‘One Pass’ system for paid content online

Google has launched One Pass, a one-stop destination where users can pay for publications online, taking a 10% commission fee from all transactions. One Pass will work on tablets and smartphones, as well as Google-related websites. The service will launch initially in the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Google One Pass will use Google's own Checkout payment solution, thereby reducing the cost of transaction. Users will be able to use the same login and password as their Gmail account to pay for any transaction meaning that the whole process can be carried out using a single sign-on.


18/02/2011  |  Full story...

Facebook to forge Web phone deal with Skype?

Facebook is trying to work out a deal to integrate Skype's Internet phone service into the social network's site, according to reports. Citing unnamed sources, The Wall Street Journal reports that the deal is expected to be announced in the next few weeks, would enable Facebook users to have a voice chat and video chat with their Facebook friends using Skype services.

Neither Facebook nor Skype would comment on the reports. The move would again pit Facebook against Google, which announced last month that it would offer the ability to make phone calls over the Internet via its popular Gmail service.


01/10/2010  |  Full story...

Google debuts ‘priority inbox’ for Gmail to cut through e-mail clutter

Google has added a new tool called "Priority Inbox" to its Gmail service, designed to help people wade through their overflowing e-mail inboxes. The feature uses formulas developed by Google engineers to automatically figure out and highlight which incoming messages are likely to be the most important to each Gmail user.

Users who opt to turn on the Priority Inbox will see their messages separated into three categories. "Important and unread" e-mails will be at the top followed by messages that have been previously stamped with a star by an accountholder. Everything else appears at the bottom.


01/09/2010  |  Full story...

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