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Google filing says emails sent to Gmail have no expectation of privacy

Google filing says emails sent to Gmail have no expectation of privacy

Google has been caught up in a legal battle that claims the Internet giant uses Gmail as a "secret data mining machine," something it is fighting against. In a legal briefing the company filed, it contends something that has caused users and others to get a bit riled: that individuals who send emails to a Gmail address have no expectation of privacy because it was "voluntarily [turned] over to third parties."

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Google Hangouts gets desktop voice calls (with North America bundled)

Google Hangouts gets desktop voice calls (with North America bundled)

Google has restored voice call functionality to desktop Hangouts in Gmail, Google+, and the Chrome extension, after the feature disappeared for those early-adopters who switched from the previous chat widget. The company has offered voice calls through Gmail for some time now, including free calls within the US and Canada as part of a frequently-renewed promotion, and as of this week Hangouts gets the upgrade too.

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Gmail “categories” update arrives on iOS to join desktop and Android

Gmail “categories” update arrives on iOS to join desktop and Android

Now that the Android version has officially (past the APK, even) arrived on smartphones, tablets, and in web browsers for all [Android] devices, Google's iOS edition of the new category-laden Gmail has been pushed to iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches galore. This update brings largely the same experience to Apple's mobile operating system that we saw yesterday with Android, here offering up Google's new integration of pre-baked categorization of your email. This update, like all others, is a free update and requires the user to tap "update" in the App Store to make it real.

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Gmail “categories” update hits Android and web with one-click activation

Gmail “categories” update hits Android and web with one-click activation

This week the folks responsible for creating the Gmail environment for email on devices ranging from desktop all-in-ones down to the smallest smartphone have begun unrolling their previously announced "Categories" update. This version of Gmail allows users to employ a rather simple system for categorizing emails, most of this activated and sorted automatically where, in the past, all was based only on keywords and email addresses.

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Gmail action buttons keep email addicts safe in their inbox

Gmail action buttons keep email addicts safe in their inbox

For a lot of people their e-mail inboxes a nice, safe, and comfy place to be. The web interface for Gmail is very familiar to a lot of people and Google has been working hard recently with some new and interesting features to make your e-mail box even more useful. Google has announced several new features this week, including one that will allow you to take action on certain types of e-mails from directly within your inbox.

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Google Wallet comes to Gmail with money attachments

Google Wallet comes to Gmail with money attachments

No longer are email attachments only limited to files. Today, Google announced that Gmail will be getting Google Wallet integration, where users will be able to send money to recipients by attaching a Google Wallet payment to an email. A new money icon will appear in the compose toolbar next to the Google Drive icon where you'll be able to attach money to your message, giving an all-new to "penny for your thoughts."

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Outlook.com update adds support for chatting with Gmail contacts

Outlook.com update adds support for chatting with Gmail contacts

Microsoft's Outlook.com email service has been growing steadily, with some users making the switch from Gmail in order to have a more unified Windows experience, among other reasons. One aspects of making the switch from Gmail to Outlook that caused issues for some users, however, was the inability to chat with Gmail contacts, a fairly big sticking point for some of us. To remedy that, Microsoft has announced an update to the service that brings Gmail chat integration.

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Google unifies 15GB of shared storage for Gmail, Drive and Google+

Google unifies 15GB of shared storage for Gmail, Drive and Google+

Google has announced that it'll be changing the way it does cloud storage across Gmail, Google Drive, and Google+. Instead of each service having it's own allotted amount of space. All three will be joined together and will share a pool of 15GB of cloud storage space, allowing Google Drive users to essentially have more free space than the previous 5GB that was originally offered.

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