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Google apparently back online in China after brief suspension

Google apparently back online in China after brief suspension

While we're sitting here trying to come to terms with the realization that we probably couldn't live without Google, those living in China were actually forced to go without access to the big G's services. We heard on Friday that Google had been blocked in China, perhaps because the Chinese government was in the process of choosing new leadership. Google said at the time that everything was fine on its end, which suggested that a block was responsible for the dip in traffic the company experienced.

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Google services blocked by Chinese government

Google services blocked by Chinese government

Alas, Google has been stuffed behind China's Great Firewall once again as the country prepares for the election of its new leader, Xi Jinping. Anyone who tries to access Google, Gmail, Maps, or many other of the company's services will find themselves with a whole lot of nothing. In addition, overall Internet speeds were low throughout the country.

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Google launches Free Zone, aims to bring Google services to feature phones

Google launches Free Zone, aims to bring Google services to feature phones

Google has launched a new service aimed at developing countries called Free Zone. It allows users who either don't have access to data connections or can't afford it to be able to access basic Google services on feature phones for free. However, it's only available in the Philippines at the moment.

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Google launches new compose and reply view in Gmail

Google launches new compose and reply view in Gmail

Gmail is pretty fantastic, and Google has been doing a great job of keeping it updated and bringing in new features, but it still has its few quirks. One of those quirks is that there was no way to refer back to past emails without saving and closing out of the email you're currently writing first. However, Google has finally fixed that.

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Google expands personalized results in Gmail and Search

Google expands personalized results in Gmail and Search

Google tested a limited field run of a new search method that integrates a user's Gmail and Drive with search in Gmail so that files, emails, and documents that are relevant to the search term appear in the search results as you type. Back in August when this started, the feature was a hit, according to Google, prompting the company to expand field run to more users. As of today, anyone can join the field test to get personalized search results.

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Gmail 4.2 for Android brings pinch-to-zoom

Gmail 4.2 for Android brings pinch-to-zoom

The next Gmail app for Android will have new features, according to a video posted at Android Police. The new app will support pinch-to-zoom, one of the most requested features. Also added into the mix is swiping to archive and delete items, letting you simply flick away messages as you scroll through your inbox.

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Google adds over 100 language input tools to Gmail

Google adds over 100 language input tools to Gmail

Whether you're bilingual and regularly write emails in multiple languages, or you occasionally need to insert a word containing different alphabet letters or symbols into an email, Gmail's new input tools will make the task easy. Google has added over 100 new virtual language "keyboards" to Gmail. When enabled, the input tools feature allows you to type a word phonetically using an English keyboard, and it will automatically be transliterated into the correct symbols or alphabet.

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Iran restores access to Gmail and Google search

Iran restores access to Gmail and Google search

About a week ago, we mentioned that Iran had deployed its new national information network and blocked access to Google's search engine. Iran also reportedly blocked access to Gmail at the same time. BBC News reports that Iran has now lifted restrictions imposed on both Google search and Gmail.

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Google launches new Google+ features for businesses

Google launches new Google+ features for businesses

With a number of business "going Google," the massive search company has launched the first set of Google+ features for businesses. With this "initial set" of features now available, Google is letting all Google Apps customers get an early look at them in a "full preview mode." This preview allows businesses already using Google Apps to try out these Google+ features through the end of 2013 for free, with Google working to improve its offerings during that time.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 9, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 9, 2012

Welcome to Thursday folks, just one more work day before arriving at the weekend. Today we had next to nothing about the Apple vs. Samsung trial, except for the news that a similar South Korean trial has been frozen for fear of it becoming too similar to the one being held here in the US. The lack of Apple vs. Samsung news leaves room for far more interesting things, however, like space! The Curiosity rover sent back a color panoramic shot of the surface of Mars along with its first full resolution image, and it's a pretty awesome sight. Sadly, it wasn't all exciting news for NASA today, as the Morpheus moon lander failed during a flight test and exploded into flames. Luckily no one was hurt, but this is still a pretty big setback for the folks at NASA.

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Calm down, Google’s Gmail Search won’t flaunt your sexy emails

Calm down, Google’s Gmail Search won’t flaunt your sexy emails

Google has sent ripples of horror through email privacy activists, concerned that the company's decision to include messages in regular search results could lead to embarrassing previews during public browsing. Currently an opt-in system, the Gmail Search Field Trial promises to include relevant emails in among search results, including contacts and shared links; however, there are also safeguards in place just in case you don't want whoever is standing over your shoulder to see what mailing lists you're secretly signed up to.

 

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Outlook.com: Hotmail users find themselves rebranded

Outlook.com: Hotmail users find themselves rebranded

This morning Hotmail users are finding themselves in a whole new world of email organization - so new, in fact, that their Hotmail login no longer leads them to Hotmail, it goes to Outlook.com instead. This move by Microsoft has users baffled, in some cases, and furious in others. One thing that's true amongst all of them is the fact that Hotmail is gone - and Microsoft's new Metro user interface and total re-formatting of the beloved legacy email service Hotmail is here to stay.

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