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Google Drive downtime issue UPDATE: Resolved

Google Drive downtime issue UPDATE: Resolved

This morning there was an issue with connectivity for users hoping to access the file storage system known as Google Drive. Responsiveness in app systems such as Gmail, Google Reader, and Google Docs have been lacking throughout the morning, but Google's official report now suggests that all problems have been fixed up real nice. Meanwhile Google has been tipped to be starting up a competitor for Evernote and OneNote in the wake of their shutdown (not quite deactivated as yet) of Google Reader.

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Gmail Offline and mobile web app get refreshed UI

Gmail Offline and mobile web app get refreshed UI

Google released a new version of Gmail on iOS back in December, bringing with it a new redesign that gave the app a more modern feel. Other features like improved search and integration with Google Calendar were also a big hit. However, the company never bothered to offer the same features in the Gmail mobile web app or in offline mode, until now.

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Microsoft ending “Scroogled” TV campaign against Google

Microsoft ending “Scroogled” TV campaign against Google

Looks like Microsoft is slowly winding down its "Scroggled" advertising campaign against Google. Microsoft's senior director of online services, Stefan Weitz, says that the company will be ending its Scroogled television advertisements, but will keep the website up and running, which means that the whole campaign isn't dead, but it could spell the end soon.

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Google’s “war against account hijackers” results in a 99.7% reduction

Google’s “war against account hijackers” results in a 99.7% reduction

We've all heard about the travel money scam - a friend contacts you via IM or email frantic, saying they are overseas and have lost all their money and need some to get help. Many other variations exist, as well as other scams altogether. The hijacking attempts reached their peek in the summer of 2011, prompting Google to declare a "war against account hijackers." Earlier today, the company announced that Google account hacking has been reduced by 99.7-percent since then.

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Google Takeout now offers more support for Blogger and Google+

Google Takeout now offers more support for Blogger and Google+

Google Takeout now offers more support for those of you with a Blogger account and/or a Google+ page. Now through the Google Takeout service, you can export information contained inside of your Blogger account as well as information in your Google+ Stream or Google+ Circles. The Takeout feature is provided by The Data Liberation Front, a Google engineering team in charge of making it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products.


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Microsoft brings back “Scroogled” campaign to attack Gmail

Microsoft brings back “Scroogled” campaign to attack Gmail

Microsoft is back at it, folks. You may remember when they first launched their "Scroogled" campaign in order to get back at Google and attack the company for their supposed anti-privacy ways. It looks like Redmond is at it again, only this time they're aiming their targets at Gmail and promoting their new Outlook email service in the meantime.

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Google won’t give up Gmail information without a search warrant

Google won’t give up Gmail information without a search warrant

A couple of days back, Google released a report showing how many government requests for user data it received in the second half of 2012. Such a report will obviously have some users nervous, but Google's giving us less of a reason to worry today, as it says that it won't give access to Gmail accounts unless the government has a search warrant. We wouldn't expect anything less, of course, but it's good to hear Google say it nonetheless.

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Google apps on iPhone and iPad quickly gaining steam

Google apps on iPhone and iPad quickly gaining steam

Google spent a lot of time in the last part of 2012 improving its iOS app offerings through updates, and today we're hearing that those updates did quite a bit to boost market share. Though many of Google's apps will of course always be popular regardless of the platform, the company's iOS apps are looking pretty good going into 2013. Onavo Insights today published a list of the Google iOS apps that saw their market share grow as 2012 came to a close, with YouTube and Google Maps perhaps making some of the biggest gains.

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Mailbox email client for iOS opens reservation system due to high demand

Mailbox email client for iOS opens reservation system due to high demand

Mailbox for iOS won't launch for another few weeks, but interest in the email client is already so high that its developers have opened up a reservation system. While that sky-high interest will probably great for the app's userbase, it'll probably prove to be quite a headache when Mailbox launches due to the fact that the client relies on servers in the cloud. In an effort to make sure that the client is functioning properly on launch day, developer Orchestra has decided to allow those who have made a reservation in first.

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Google extends free calling in Gmail through 2013

Google extends free calling in Gmail through 2013

Google has announced today that its extending its free Gmail voice call promotion into 2013 in the US and Canada. This means you'll be able to make domestic calls right from Gmail at no cost at all. Furthermore, you can still make international calls from Gmail at "insanely low rates", starting at just a penny per minute for calls to most countries.

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Google launches search trial that finds receipts and hotel reservations in Gmail

Google launches search trial that finds receipts and hotel reservations in Gmail

Google has announced that it's expanding its Gmail search integration to now include receipts, events, hotels, and restaurant bookings. The new features are available to anyone participating in Google's field trial, and they add to the recently announced flight tracker and Google Drive integration.

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Google ousting Sync support on January 30

Google ousting Sync support on January 30

Google announced today that they're doing some "winter cleaning" by getting rid of some of their services and features that they think weren't getting a lot of use. One of the biggest services they're getting rid of is Google Sync, which was designed to allow access to GMail, Calendar, and Contacts via the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol, but the company is recommending that users move to alternatives.

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