Google Apparently Wants To Get Sued Again, Now Including Gmail Content In Search Results

Google Apparently Wants To Get Sued Again, Now Including Gmail Content In Search Results

Because Google didn’t learn anything from the Google Buzz privacy debacle, the company has now decided to begin testing the integration of users’ Gmail content into general search results. [More]

It Took Half An Hour For Hackers To Totally Shred Tech Journalist's Digital Life

It Took Half An Hour For Hackers To Totally Shred Tech Journalist's Digital Life

Hackers wanted access to technology journalist Mat Honan’s Twitter account. It doesn’t just have 16,000 or so followers, but was tied to Gizmodo’s account, allowing for exponentially more mischief and, above all, lulz. So how did they get access to his account and destroy most of his digital life in the process? Knowledge of how different companies confirm customer identities and how their password retrieval systems work are all that a determined person needs to get into your life and mess everything up. The weakest links in this rather insecure chain? Apple and Amazon. [More]

Brief Gmail Outage Shows Us All How Dependent We Are On One Company

Brief Gmail Outage Shows Us All How Dependent We Are On One Company

Some time around noon ET today (some say it was earlier; Google says it was later), many Gmail users were unable to access their accounts and instead received a message reading “Temporary Error (500).” As to be expected, the world came perilously close to being engulfed in rioting, looting and other fun stuff. [More]

Google Continues Free Voice Calls To U.S. & Canada Through 2012

Google Continues Free Voice Calls To U.S. & Canada Through 2012

If you use the “Call Phone” function in Gmail’s Chat menu to chat with your phone pals in the U.S. or Canada — or if you’re looking for a free way of doing so — Google has announced it will continue to offer this service for free through the upcoming calendar year. [More]

Google To Yank Gmail BlackBerry App

Google To Yank Gmail BlackBerry App

In what appears to be a not-so-subtle nudge to get BlackBerry owners who use Gmail to switch to Android phones, Google announced it’s going to yank the BlackBerry Gmail app away Nov. 22. Those who already own the app can continue using it, but new BlackBerry owners won’t be able to download it after that date. [More]

Shut Down Google Account Was Flagged For Kiddie Porn…But Not Really

Shut Down Google Account Was Flagged For Kiddie Porn…But Not Really

Last week, Google users look on in horror as we shared the story of Dylan, a man who was a huge fan of Google’s Web services until he was suddenly locked out of his account with no warning or explanation. His Twitter campaign had the intended effect, getting the attention of a senior VP at Google who fast-tracked an appeal and got Dylan an explanation and his account access back. So what really happened? [More]

Google Deletes Last 7 Years Of User's Digital Life, Shrugs

Google Deletes Last 7 Years Of User's Digital Life, Shrugs

Something happened to Dylan’s Google account, and it’s been disabled. He doesn’t know what happened to the account, and no one at Google with the power to help him is interested in acknowledging the problem or letting him back in to the cloud-based services where all of his correspondence and much of the digital trail from the last few years of his life is stored. Google doesn’t own Twitter, though (yet), and he has taken to Twitter to try to draw attention to his problem and urge anyone who will listen not to trust Google with their digital lives. [More]

Google Mistakenly Resets An Estimated 150,000 Gmail Accounts

Google Mistakenly Resets An Estimated 150,000 Gmail Accounts

Gmail users can usually take comfort in knowing important documents they send to others are safe and accessible in their mail archives, but as many as 150,000 Gmail users lost all their stuff because their accounts got unwanted fresh starts Sunday morning. [More]

Google Doubles Down On Gmail Security

Google Doubles Down On Gmail Security

Feeling a bit insecure, Google set up a moat, an attack dog and alarm system for Gmail. Well, sorta. It added an optional (for now) two-step verification process to sign in, decreasing the likelihood that a hacker will be able to take your account out on a joyride. [More]

Facebook Announces 'Gmail Killer' Messaging Service

Facebook Announces 'Gmail Killer' Messaging Service

Even though more and more people have been using their Facebook accounts to send e-mails to their friends and family, apparently that’s not enough for the site’s head honcho Mark Zuckerberg. Earlier today, the youngster announced a new e-mailing service that he says is the next step in messaging. [More]

Help! My Gmail Account Was Hacked! How Do I Clean This Up?

Help! My Gmail Account Was Hacked! How Do I Clean This Up?

Reader Lisa would like to ask the Consumerist hive mind for advice on cleaning up her recently hacked Gmail account. Here’s her story: [More]

How To Block Specific @holes From Emailing You

How To Block Specific @holes From Emailing You

If there’s a special someone who makes your stomach churn when you see a new email from him pop up in your inbox, you’re probably looking for a way to stop him from harassing you. [More]

Transfer Calls To Your Gmail Chat To Save Minutes

Transfer Calls To Your Gmail Chat To Save Minutes

One cool way to use the new Google Voice integrated with Gmail is to transfer cellphone calls to your computer and save on minutes. [More]

Call Phones For Free Through Gmail

Call Phones For Free Through Gmail

Gmail is rolling out a new service that will let you call phones in the US and Canada for free right from your email. [More]

Southwest Sent My Flight Confirmation To Someone, But It Wasn't Me

Southwest Sent My Flight Confirmation To Someone, But It Wasn't Me

If you like to use a plus sign to create unique addresses in Gmail or another mail system for filtering, spam tracking, or other purposes, don’t try it with Southwest Airlines. Instead of returning an error, Southwest will simply fling your message into the ether, never to be heard from again. [More]

Hey Google, Hows About An Auto-Harass Button For Gmail?

Hey Google, Hows About An Auto-Harass Button For Gmail?

Morten Just complains that Gmail doesn’t have a feature that lets you resend messages to those who haven’t responded to you within a week. [More]

Google Wants To Be Facebook, Facebook Wants To Be Gmail

Google Wants To Be Facebook, Facebook Wants To Be Gmail

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google has plans to make Gmail “more social,” according to an anonymous source. The idea is to make it easier to post links and share status updates. Meanwhile, Facebook is apparently planning a “Gmail killer.” [More]

My Gmail Pulled A Vanishing Act — What Do I Do?

Will says his Gmail account disappeared on him, wiping out nearly a decade of email memories. [More]