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Google will stop scanning free Gmail accounts for targeted ads

Google will stop scanning free Gmail accounts for targeted ads

It's not really a secret that Google built its massive wealth on advertising, but the measures it takes to deliver relevant ads to users haven't always gone over well. One particular data collection method that Google has used involves Gmail - up until now, Google has scanned user Gmail accounts to help it build profiles on those users. Those profiles, in turn, allow Google to deliver relevant ads that are more likely to draw in clicks.

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Gmail taps machine learning for early phishing detection

Gmail taps machine learning for early phishing detection

It was just a few weeks ago that Google was on the receiving end of a fairly big phishing scam, one that targeted Google Docs users with real-looking emails. The scam was only live for a short while before Google squashed it, but the risk remains and anyone can fall victim. Here to help protect its users is Google and its security updates to Gmail. Among other things, the company is utilizing machine learning to help detect phishing attempts and, ultimately, keep users safe.

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Smart Reply in Gmail arrives on Android and iOS

Smart Reply in Gmail arrives on Android and iOS

Phones have long offered preset text replies for those times you're too busy to peck out a response: something like "I'm busy, I'll call you later" or "I'm driving." Back in late 2015, Google followed that lead by introducing a Smart Reply feature in Inbox, something that offers three suggested replies based on the contents of the email the user receives. If you're too busy to type a response, selecting a Smart Reply saves precious seconds in your day. Now, Google announced today, that feature has arrived in Gmail for Android and iOS.

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Unroll.Me reminds me how to quick-check my privacy

Unroll.Me reminds me how to quick-check my privacy

The folks at Unroll.Me are in hot water for selling user data to Uber this week - but as they are, I'm reminded to do a check. "Check yourself before your data gets sold to Uber" - that's as good credo for the modern digital person. While it does not appear that Unroll.Me really sold any personal data to Uber, the angry mob has spoken. If you're going to sell user data to 3rd-party companies, you need to make that clear in the user agreement nobody reads anyway!

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Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps get Gmail support for advanced features

Windows 10 Mail and Calendar apps get Gmail support for advanced features

Microsoft has gradually been updating the default mail and calendar apps in Windows 10, turning them into viable alternatives for users who prefer desktop clients to those on the web. This includes the most recent update from February, which introduced the Focused Inbox feature, automatically detecting important emails and presenting them first. Now Microsoft has announced that it's allowing users with Google and Gmail accounts to take advantage of these new features.

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Google Talk getting shuttered in favor of Hangouts

Google Talk getting shuttered in favor of Hangouts

Google's extensive lineup of chat and messaging apps is getting shuffled once again: the company has announced it will be shutting down the Google Talk service and officially replacing it with the existing Hangouts. Talk, also known by many users as "Gchat," is the quick and simple messaging tool that has lived within Gmail since 2005. While most Google users have already migrated to Hangouts, the remaining Talk holdouts now have only a few weeks to make the switch.

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Gmail for desktop adds video attachment streaming preview

Gmail for desktop adds video attachment streaming preview

Google has announced what it calls a ‘quality of life improvement’ for Gmail on desktop, one that enables users to view the contents of a video attachment without actually downloading the video itself. This is made possible using the same infrastructure behind Google Drive, YouTube, and some other products, according to Google. The feature is rolling out now.

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Gmail update allows requesting and sending money

Gmail update allows requesting and sending money

The folks responsible for developing Gmail have teamed up with the folks behind Google Wallet to put money in email. Transferring money from one person to the other takes place within the Gmail app or in Gmail on the web. Users can send money or claim money. The best bit about this update is the lack of need for a separate app from the receiving end of the transaction.

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Gmail can now receive attachments up to 50MB in size

Gmail can now receive attachments up to 50MB in size

Attaching files directly to emails is generally the fastest way to share them, assuming you're not using a messaging app. Those files generally have to be small in size, though, due to maximum file size limits of various services, requiring everything larger to be shared via a service like Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. That has changed, to a certain extent, with Gmail.

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Gmail is getting a whole lot safer with one simple change

Gmail is getting a whole lot safer with one simple change

Beginning next month, Gmail is going to be much safer to use. That's because Google is going to start blocking Javascript attachments from Gmail messages, potentially shutting down a major security risk. This isn't the first time Gmail has blocked certain types of attachments, and Javascript will be joining other types like .exe, .msc, and .bat files.

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Gmail PSA: This phishing scam is all too easy to fall for

Gmail PSA: This phishing scam is all too easy to fall for

A simple but astonishingly effective Gmail scam continues to compromise even adept internet users, with phishers taking advantage of how browsers present URLs to steal emails and other information. The exploit presents users with what looks like a regular login page but, rather than being hosted by Google, is in fact running on a different server waiting to steal account details. What sets it apart in phishing terms is how well that server is hidden.

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In Gmail for iPhone update Google tackles screwups and speed

In Gmail for iPhone update Google tackles screwups and speed

Google has detailed new updates coming to Gmail and Google Calendar on iOS, and if you use either of those apps, you probably won't want to miss them. Speaking about the Gmail update specifically, Google says this is the largest overhaul the iOS version has received in nearly four years. There's good reason for that claim, too, as this update brings a whopper of a feature with it: Undo Send.

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