If you regularly use Google Docs, Google Calendar, or Gmail then you had better keep your browsers up to date. Google today announced that its Google Apps will no longer support older browsers starting August 1. A big reason for this is Google Apps' need for HTML 5 support.
Google's Priority Inbox for Gmail may help you find the messages you're interested in quicker, but it's also a new source of personal preference information that the search giant can mine so as to show you more appealing adverts. Google has quietly announced a new push for "better ads in Gmail" which will take into account attention and interest in how it decides which contextual ads to display.
Google and China have had a problematic history with one another and it looks like it could be getting worse. The tech giant has confirmed today that the problems some Gmail users have experienced these past couple of weeks are the result of the Chinese government’s interference, the problem does not stem from Google's side.
You might recall that Google and a bunch of other firms announced last year that they had been the target of massive coordinated attacks that were though at the time to be an attempt to steal IP. The attacks were later tracked to China and the Chinese government denied any participation in the attacks. At the time, Google noted that some of the attacks were aimed at Gmail users that were political activists.
This morning the duders down at Google Labs released a neat little ditty. I don't know if you use labels already, but you should check out the smart label system. Labels gave you the ability to sort your e-mail into different tags based on regular expressions. It is implemented with some really simple pattern matching. Though with a little bit of computer wizardry you could sort your mail pretty well, it's not really all that useful with today's internet. Luckily, Google has our collective backs. These labels are actually pretty smart. I navigated myself to this link to turn on the service.
We reported yesterday on a service interruption on Gmail. It turned out that due to a software bug, about 40,000 Gmail accounts were wiped clean, leaving inboxes empty. But thanks to Google will soon have all 40,000 Gmail accounts that were wiped out back in action. Google will soon restore the "misplaced" data (it was never really lost, thanks to Google's data storage redundancy).
If you are a Gmail user today may not be starting smoothly for you. Gmail is having a service disruption right now and according to some reports, the problem is going well beyond simply not being able to log into Gmail.
If you’ve ever had your account hacked resulting in a deluge of spam bombarding the inboxes of your friends and family addressed from you, then you’ll surely appreciate Google’s new efforts to bulk up sign-in security for all their Gmail and Google Accounts users. However, this new two-step verification process may be more of a nuisance than worthy of celebration.
The Android Market Web Store- announced earlier this week- has a potentially ruinous security hole. Hackers who find their way to your Gmail password can now- potentially- purchase apps for your devices without your knowledge.