Google has added a feature on Gmail that makes it easier for people that back up photos from their smartphone and tablets on Google+ to share through e-mail. You can insert pictures and photos directly into e-mail, resize them with the message, and share them with friends and family. You would need to grab the photos that are pulled through the Auto Backup feature on Google+.
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Michael Arrington (pictured above), the founder of TechCrunch and Crunchfund, wrote a personal blog post earlier this week that said he believed Google spied on his Gmail account after breaking a major story about the search giant. Google directly responded to Arrington’s blog post.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has announced that it has improved its encryption for Gmail in order to protect customers from potential spying. The National Security Agency (NSA) has widely criticized for tapping into the communications at various technology companies as revealed by leaked documents by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Gmail will use “an encrypted HTTPS connection” whenever someone checks their mail.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has won a case that involves e-mail privacy. A U.S. judge has decided not to combine several lawsuits that accuses Google of violating privacy rights of hundreds of millions of e-mail users into a single class action lawsuit. On Tuesday evening, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California said that the plaintiffs’ claims were too dissimilar to combine them into a single lawsuit. Gmail service users accused Google of violating federal and state privacy and wiretapping laws by scanning their messages in order to compile secret account profiles and enable them to receive targeted ads. There were claims raised on behalf of students at schools that use Gmail and people that do not use Gmail, but communicates with people that do.
Google has released version 3.0 of the Gmail for iOS app. This version of the app includes full support for iOS 7 background app refresh. This means that Gmail can download your e-mail in the background regardless of whether it is open or not. Now your inbox will be up to date whenever you launch the app.
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Google has added a new controversial feature to Google+, which has privacy advocates concerned. Google+ and Gmail are becoming even more integrated because there is now a feature that auto-suggests Google+ contacts when Gmail users are typing in the names of e-mail recipients. This means that you can e-mail Google+ contacts without knowing their e-mail address and vice-versa. This feature will be rolling out in the next few days.
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Google has announced that they will show images by default now. This change will be rolled out to Gmail for Android and iOS in early 2014 as well. As of right now, Gmail will ask you if you want to show images in e-mail. They do this to protect users in case there is malware involved in the e-mail.
Google has launched a new feature on Gmail called Quick Actions, which allows users to perform certain relevant actions without having to open e-mail messages. Gmail users can RSVP for events, modify reservations (OpenTable), view shared folders on the cloud (Dropbox), view finished video uploads (Vimeo and YouTube), and write restaurant reviews (Seamless) with just one click.