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Yahoo Mail still scans emails to cozy up to advertisers

Yahoo Mail still scans emails to cozy up to advertisers

Yahoo is back from the dead and it’s as bad a boy as ever. Actually, it didn’t really die but just got swallowed up by new management: Oath. But now under Verizon’s ownership, the now irrelevant Internet giant has even more reason to lust after its customers’ data. And despite numerous hacking scandals and profitability problems, Yahoo just keeps on using the same futile tactics to make a buck. Like scanning users’ emails when no other email service in the US does.

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Google promises it doesn’t read your email without your consent

Google promises it doesn’t read your email without your consent

Your email might not be safe from prying eyes, whether you’re using Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, or Outlook. And especially if you’re using third-party email clients. A recent report revealed how some developers have no qualms about letting their employees read emails that pass through their apps. Google has responded with a blog post that explains how it has mechanisms in place to prevent such abuse. Except said mechanism doesn’t seem to protect users from such third-parties and, maybe, even from Google itself.

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Google might not be scanning your emails but third-parties are

Google might not be scanning your emails but third-parties are

Email is one of the oldest and most sacred Internet services still in use. Despite attempts to kill it, it remains the backbone of communication over the Internet and, as such, is a treasure trove of personal data. Exactly because of that, and the threat of lawsuits and fines, Google has stopped its practice of letting its employees read emails. But while the search giant has promised to be good, it doesn’t seem to enforce that same standard on third-party apps and developers who surprisingly admit letting their employees read those precious emails.

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Yahoo Mail gets a paint job, Pro version, still has users

Yahoo Mail gets a paint job, Pro version, still has users

Believe it or not, there are still Yahoo Mail users, much to the amusement as well as consternation of many Internet users. Never mind the perception of being uncool, Yahoo has repeatedly proven itself rather inept at safeguarding its own users. In typical Yahoo fashion of turning a blind eye to issues, the soon to be acquired company has proudly announced a revamp of its webmail interface. And, despite a potential upheaval of its business, it is also proudly announcing a new Pro subscription for those willing to pay for the privilege of having an @yahoo email address.

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Even old email will need search warrants if US law is passed

Even old email will need search warrants if US law is passed

While recent events are still fresh in the memory and lives of those in the US, a new but related matter might rock the boat even more. Especially for those in the tech who are still in the middle of a tussle with the government. The House of Representatives has just voted to pass a bill that will require search warrants even for old emails. But while considered a win for privacy advocates, the bill could still be blocked in the Senate, just as it was last year.

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The best e-mail apps on Android

The best e-mail apps on Android

E-mail is dead. Or some would like to claim. But despite the prevalence of instant messaging, social media, and services like Slack, e-mail remains the backbone of communication, especially within and between organizations and businesses. And so it pays to make the e-mail experience as painless as possible, whether on the desktop or, and most especially, on mobile.

While iOS users might be satisfied (or not) with their Apple-provided Mail app, the Android world is teeming with e-mail apps, some more notable than most. To take the drudgery out of picking out the choicest ones, we present here 8 of the best and most interesting e-mail apps on Android.

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Yahoo now accused of locking users into Yahoo Mail

Yahoo now accused of locking users into Yahoo Mail

The year is ending terribly for Samsung, but it won’t be alone. Yahoo is on the same boat after it admitted to have “assisted” the US government in spying on its Yahoo Mail users. Matters have gotten so bad that Verizon, who is acquiring Yahoo, is looking into slashing its price by more than half. It isn’t surprising that there would be users eager to jump ship, but reports are coming in claiming that Yahoo is making it nearly impossible to do so. How? By “temporarily” disabling Yahoo Mail’s auto-forwarding feature.

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Encrypted ProtonMail opens service to public, mobile apps ready

Encrypted ProtonMail opens service to public, mobile apps ready

The fight between Apple and the Justice Department over the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone has once again put the spotlight on security, privacy, and encryption. The last time that was a hot topic was nearly 3 years ago at the height of the "Snowden Files". Born out of that very same controversy, Swiss encrypted email provider ProtonMail has seen it fit to finally open up its service to the general public, removing the invite-only barricade for individuals and groups to sign up for an end-to-end encrypted secure e-mail service.

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Inbox by Gmail finally gets Smart Reply on the Web

Inbox by Gmail finally gets Smart Reply on the Web

Inbox has always been a rather odd beast. It is made by the very same people who still develop and run Gmail but isn't exactly replacing it. At least, not yet. Inbox by Gmail, as it is formally known, is instead aiming to replace the way we do emails. It might be a lofty goal, but not everyone uses Inbox. Those still use email traditionally and, more often than not, you also have to reply, traditionally. With Smart Replies, now available also on the Web, you can at least be, well, smart about it.

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Ray Tomlinson, “Father of e-mail”, passes away at 74

Ray Tomlinson, “Father of e-mail”, passes away at 74

As much as it has been blamed for productivity problems and as much as many now wish to kill it, the world would have probably been a very different place had e-mail not existed. And so it is with a heavy heart that the technology community who owes much of its existence and growth to e-mail bid farewell to Ray Tomlinson, credited for having created e-mail. And even if e-mail does become simply a piece of history, it, as well as Tomlinson, will always be present in the mindsets and conventions we take for granted to day, like the now ubiquitous "@" sign.

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Yahoo wants you to use Gmail inside Yahoo Mail

Yahoo wants you to use Gmail inside Yahoo Mail

E-mail inception? That seems to be what Yahoo is aiming for here. Or perhaps simply a last ditch effort to drive up traffic inside its email service by tying it with other email services. To be fair, Yahoo actually added the ability to add other email accounts to Yahoo Mail last October, but it is only now that it is turning on that switch for Gmail, trying to sell the idea that using Gmail inside Yahoo Mail will be a win-win situation for users. If that even makes sense.

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Slack’s Posts 2.0 is trying to kill email this time

Slack’s Posts 2.0 is trying to kill email this time

Tech companies have a love-hate relationship with email. The decades old communication tool has been the bedrock of many businesses and startups but it has also been the subject, no pun intended, of many attempts to kill it. Microsoft has a new app that turns email into something akin to non-instant messaging and even Google has Inbox to make email feel less like email. Now team communication software Slack has just announced version 2.0 of its Posts feature, which, for all intents and purposes, can be an email killer.

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