With all the speculation about what Facebook will unveil on Monday at their event in San Francisco, I thought I would chime in on if the speculation thus far makes any sense. The rumor and speculation is that Facebook intends to offer a more robust e-mail solution within the Facebook platform and is being pitted against Google’s Gmail client. There are several interesting things about this if its true that needs to be explored.
The ongoing squabble between Google and Facebook looks set to ramp up another level on Monday, with the social network set to apparently launch its own "Gmail killer". That's the internal description for Project Titan, according to TechCrunch, which has heard that Facebook's November 15 event will see a web-based email platform launch complete with "@facebook.com" addresses.
It's the middle of the week, but in better news, we're coming to the end of September. And that also means we're just about into the fourth quarter of the year. Counting down the days now. Tonight, though, in the news from around the Web, we've got a Jaguar concept car that looks amazing. And then, as usual, we'll wrap up things from around the R3 Media Network. So, welcome to the Wednesday edition of The Daily Slash.
Today, Google made it official: you can now turn off conversation view. While there's some people out there that might say that the conversation view is one of the reasons that Gmail became so widely adopted, so quickly, it looks like there were also plenty of people out there that didn't care for the feature all that much. And so, while Google isn't taking it away entirely, they are giving you the option to turn it off and on.
Today was a busy day in the news business, so hopefully you managed to keep up. With that being said, welcome to The Daily Slash, the last little bit before we all wind down. As usual, we'll capture one story that's interesting enough to make the cut, as well as wrap up the news from around the R3 Media Network. So let's get right into it.
Google has updated their free Gmail service with what's in effect the reverse of their spam filter. Gmail Priority Inbox is an optional service that, using the same technology that powers the spam catcher, predicts which messages will be of most interest to the user and pushes them up to the top of the list. There they sit on top of any starred messages, with the remainder of the inbox underneath.
Video demo after the cut
That Gmail voice-calls leak we talked about earlier today? Google has officially announced it, confirming that US users should see it added to their Gmail chat list over the next few days. Initially the service will be free for outgoing calls to US and Canadian numbers, though Google will also offer international rates from $0.02 per minute.
Video overview after the cut
Google loves tablets. In fact, they enjoy them so much, and are so excited to see what's coming down the pipe, that they have optimized their mobile web applications to suit tablet users needs. Or, if you're looking at it realistically, we'd be willing to bet they've got it centered pretty well around the launch of the iPad, and are making sure that their mobile services work
great on the upcoming tablet. But, that'd just be our guess. We could be wrong.