The morning that Aol CEO Tim Armstrong announced the $315 million acquisition of the Huffington Post, he stood beside a beaming Arianna Huffington in the company’s Broadway headquarters.
Watching from the back of the room, I remember Huffington proudly declaring that her sister, Agapi Stassinopoulos, whom she had brought with her, still used an Aol e-mail address.
The couple hundred assembled Aol workers, already disoriented by the surprise merger, greeted this with a tentative cheer that seemed to trail off into a question mark. Even employees found it hard to reconcile the company’s ambitions as a world-beating tech giant with the unfashionable reality of having Aol e-mail.
As a lifelong Hotmail user, smirking at the hipster apocalypse that was yesterday’s Gmail outage, I beg to differ.
In a move that will likely make no difference to politicians embroiled in as-yet-unreported sex scandals, Google has pretty much flat-out stated that it has a right to go through your email.
A motion filed on July 13 by Google’s attorneys “says Gmail users should assume that any electronic correspondence that’s passed through Google’s servers can be accessed and sued for an array of options, such as selling ads to customers,” RT reports.
Google now says only 39,000 users were affected by a bug that wiped out data in some accounts completely yesterday. Brooklynite Julia West is one of them.
“I woke up pretty early yesterday morning, around 7 a.m.,” Ms. West said. “I always check my email on my phone when I wake Read More
Gmail is changing faster than we can wrap our mind around. It’s crazy! Technology.
“Call phone” is now a regular presence in our chat bar (we never chat with her). And, since the introduction of a whole new panel of buttons on our Gchat windows, we have new anxiety about our friends inviting their friends Read More
There’s something a mite coy about Google’s announcement today of a new service allowing users to make phone calls via Gmail to any number in the U.S. or Canada…for free.
“We’ve been testing this feature internally,” writes software engineer Robin Schriebman, on the Gmail blog, “and have found it to be useful Read More