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Russia Won't Ban Gmail or Skype Amid Security Concerns

It looks like Russia won't be banning Skype or Gmail, after all. The Kremlin was reportedly considering blocking both services, along with Hotmail, in response to a major cyberattack that crippled the country's most popular blog and an independent news site. Some within the Kremlin had believed the services posed a major threat to national security, but some critics had thought the government may...

Google's 'Gmail Motion' Prank is Even Less Funny Now That It's Real

Google's Gmail Motion hoax might not be so far-fetched after all. A group of post-doc students at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies has turned Google's April Fools' joke into reality, using their software engineering skills and Microsoft Kinect motion sensors. They even incorporated the same ridiculous gestures that Google demonstrated in its prank video....

Priority Inbox Algorithm Co-Opted to Make Better Gmail Ads

Google announced today that it'll be instituting some changes to tailor the ads that appear in your inbox to your interests. Using the algorithm set up for Priority Inbox, Google can now better understand what is actually relevant to a user. The company is basically implementing the same technology used to sort your inbox for a more commercial (and probably more profitable) pursuit. For instance,...

Chinese Government Messing With Gmail, Google Says

Having trouble with your Gmail in China? Google politely requests that you blame the government, not the company. For several weeks now, users in China have been complaining about glitches within the popular mail program. When Google's engineers looked into the issues, they discovered that the Chinese government was the source of the problem. "Relating to Google there is no issue on our side......

Thousands of Gmail Users See E-mails Vanish, Accounts Reset

Thousands of Gmail users suddenly lost access to their inboxes yesterday morning, some claiming that their entire collections of e-mails, Google Chat logs and attachments had simply vanished. Others reported that their accounts had been reset by the bug, which, according to Google, affected as many as 150,000 users. The company says it's investigating the issue, and should resolve it shortly....

Check Where You're Logged Into Gmail

Gmail has a neat little feature that lets you check where your account is logged in and see all of its recent activity. All the way at the bottom of the screen (in very tiny text) you'll find a notification of where your account is currently logged in. Click on the 'Details' link and you'll get a full list of where your account is being accessed from, whether it's via a browser or mobile device,...

Google Experimenting With Image Ads in Gmail

The unlucky among you might have noticed something new in the sidebar of your beloved Gmail: display ads. Google confirmed to Search Engine Land that it is testing out picture ads in Gmail's side panel for image-heavy e-mails. We're hoping, though, that Google doesn't decide to replace our unobtrusive, easy-to-ignore text ads. The only thing worse than text ads for discount Viagra are image-based...

Google Contact Restore Should Save You From Deletion Blunders

We're sure everyone has done it at least once: mistakenly hit delete on a contact, or managed to erase an entire contacts list when syncing with a new device. Now, Google will let you go back in time, and undo any changes you've made to your contacts -- up to 30 days after the fact. If you screw up your contacts, just click the "restore contacts" option under "More actions."...

Contact Tips: Group Your Peeps Together to Stay Organized

Alright, guys, this is it. You've got your contacts combined, synced, Facebook-free, and cleaned out. You're feeling good, and your address book is looking pretty. Or, so you think. But, Padawan, why stop now? We've already come so far, so why not really whip your contacts into shape, and treat yourself to some serious organization in the form of labels and groups. Practically any...

Do a Fall Cleaning of Your Contact List

This week we've focused on creating a single, giant pool of contacts. First, we combined your Web-mail address book and the random numbers stashed on your cell phone. Then, we freed your friends' photos, e-mail addresses and phone numbers from the evil clutches of Facebook. Now, you've got a comprehensive database of hundreds of contacts. Your mother is in your address book 13 times, your...

Gmail Call Recording Lets You Save Your Voice Conversations

A few months back, Google integrated Google Voice into Gmail, allowing users to make calls through its Web interface. (Since the debut of 'Call Phone,' we can count on one hand the number of times we've actually used it.) We did just notice, however, that Google recently added the ability to record incoming calls to the VoIP service. A small record button now appears just above the dial pad when...

Facebook Launching Gmail Competitor 'Titan' on Monday?

It seems like only yesterday that we at Switched were huddled around our monitors, watching Mark Zuckerberg announce the launch of Deals. (It was actually a little over a week ago.) But word has come down from on high that yet another Facebook event will soon be upon us. On Monday, Zuck and crew will once again gather a bunch of nerds in a room -- and even more nerds online, via live-stream -- to...

With Five New Gmail Themes, Read 'Loading...' in Style

They're not as innovative as Priority Inbox, nor will they make users as happy as a much-needed speed boost, but Gmail's five new themes are a welcome addition. Tree Tops offers a soothing green skin for nature lovers, Android fans can revel in their own custom white-and-lime theme, and minimalists will enjoy the two monochromatic designs that feel like a '30s talkie. (You must be a time...

Find a Security Hole in Google, Make Some Extra Cash

Amateur Web wizards will soon be able to make a little extra cash on Google, thanks to a new security rewards program that the company unveiled. The new program is essentially a duplicate of Google Chrome's vulnerability reward service, which offers cash compensation to anyone who discovers security holes on the Web browser. Now, vulnerability hunters can troll for weaknesses on more Google...

Thwart Future Embarrassment by Taking Google Chats 'Off the Record'

With a simple change to your Gmail settings, you can (allegedly) ensure that all of your incriminating Google Chat conversations won't come back to bite you. According to The Atlantic, users can take chats "off the record" by clicking the 'Actions' tab in the chat box and selecting the option from a drop-down menu. If a chat is off the record, the transcript will not be saved or archived by your...