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Microsoft launches Outlook.com to challenge Gmail

Microsoft launches Outlook.com to challenge Gmail

Microsoft has launched Outlook.com, a new cloud-based email service to take on Gmail with integrated Skype video calling and social networking integration. Considerably more attractive - not to mention comprehensive - than Hotmail, which it replaces, Outlook.com supports easy access to attachment photo slideshows, integration with Office and SkyDrive, and support for Facebook Chat.

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Gmail gets Hangouts integration for super simple video chat

Gmail gets Hangouts integration for super simple video chat

Google continues to integrate their system in an ever-tightening web of connectivity with video chat for Gmail. This video chat comes in the form of Hangouts, the same system that's currently working in their social network Google+. You'll be able to use this chat system without signing up for a Google+ account, but Google is encouraging you to do so anyway, of course, for "even more" special features than you'd get without such an account.

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Gmail adds live Google+ integration

Gmail adds live Google+ integration

If you live in Google's world of email and social networking, a couple of your most-used websites just got a lot closer. Today Google introduced new Google+ features into the web client for Gmail, allowing users of both services to update comments and status messages as soon as they're posted. While Google+ previously allowed you to respond to comments via email, now Gmail will show updates in real time, allowing users to comment, share and +1 items immediately.

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Google adds Translate to Gmail

Google adds Translate to Gmail

It might not be a feature that everyone uses day to day, but it’s a welcome one nonetheless: Google has added a native translate feature to Gmail that will translate any emails you receive into English. It’s not a new feature, first making an appearance in the Gmail labs back in 2009, but now it’s passed rigorous testing and been unleashed so that everyone can enjoy it.

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SlashGear 101: What is Google Drive?

SlashGear 101: What is Google Drive?

What is this mysterious new service that Google has suddenly started offering to the public here on this lovely spring afternoon? It's Google Drive, and it's essentially just a bunch of space that Google is allowing you to use on their servers. Of course it's not quite as simple as that, and the ecosystem of apps you'll be using to access it are as much an adventure as Google's version of the cloud is itself - let's have a look at what this system means for you!

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 17, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: April 17, 2012

Happy Tuesday, everyone. So you're curious to know what made news in the world of tech today? Guess what? You've come to the right place. Perhaps the biggest firestorm of the day came from Gmail's outage, which affected 2% of all Gmail users. Moving into something more fun, though, Dolby and Philips show off glasses-free 3D HD displays. And if you're into the business side of things, Intel reports flat $12.9 billion revenue in Q1 2012.

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Gmail outage affected only 2% of users, says Google

Gmail outage affected only 2% of users, says Google

Google's Gmail has suffered an outage, an unusual event for the popular email service, which became inaccessible by thousands of users earlier today. Plenty of folks took to Twitter to voice their complaints, but according to Google, the outage affected less than 2 percent of its users.

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Google wins Gmail trademark in Germany

Google wins Gmail trademark in Germany

Google has had its e-mail service available in Germany since 2005. However, the company hasn't been able to use the Gmail name since shortly after the service launched. The reason is that a German entrepreneur named Daniel Giersch held the trademark on G-mail as a short for Giersch mail. Apparently, the man hosted a physical and electronic mail service in Germany around 2000 under that name.

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Consumer Watchdog calls on Google to testify on your Privacy

Consumer Watchdog calls on Google to testify on your Privacy

Over the past few weeks Google has found itself in some hot water over its Privacy Policy changes on its wide range of websites, today being called by Consumer Watchdog to testify on the matter. Consumer Watchdog has called Google CEO Larry Page to the House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee Committee as they hold hearings on the new Google privacy and data policies. Both subcommittee Chair Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and Ranking Member G.K Butterfield, (D-NC) have been called in a letter sent today.

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