Los Angeles City Council approved a deal which will roll out Gmail and Google Apps to about 30,000 employees throughout the city.
"The City of Los Angeles, the second largest city in the nation, made a world-class decision today to support a state-of-the-art e-mail system," said Tony Cardenas an L.A. City Councilman. Most of the concerns regarding the switch surrounded privacy, stability, and cost.
Google and the city of Los Angeles cut a deal that if there was a “significant data breach” in which employee information was stolen or viewed Google would pay damage compensation. There should be obvious cost savings in moving away from onsite infrastructure as well as stability improvements moving the services into the cloud.
Have you, or your company made the switch? What are your thoughts on the Google Apps system?
Going strictly by the numbers, those who are rocking their email through Yahoo have a lower credit score than, say, Gmail users. In fact, according to Credit Karma, an online credit checking service, Yahoo email users tend to have the worst credit of all.
Credit Karma combed through its database and ranked the average credit score by email provider. For what it's worth, BellSouth and Comcast took the top two spots with the highest credit scores, while Gmail came in third with an average score over 680. Then it dips down, with MSN, Hotmail, and AOL taking the next three spots with an average credit score of 665 or less.
The rankings are based on credit scores from 20,000 users, so the sample size is arguably enough not to skew the results. So then the question raised is why the disparity? Credit Karma didn't say. Maybe Yahoo's spam filters trail the competition, or as Mashable.com surmises, maybe the lower ranked email addys represent a younger audience.
We don't have the answer, but we'd like to hear your theories. Hit the jump and sound off!
Email spam is on the rise, no surprise there, but new information is suggesting that these emails could be coming from good old mom and dad as well. According to researchers over at Websense, personalized spam emails are being sent from tens of thousands of compromised accounts spanning all of the usual suspects including Yahoo, Gmail, and Hotmail.
Security researchers have suggested that given the sheer volume of spam emails being observed, the recent leak of some 10,000+ Hotmail accounts obtained through a phishing scam isn’t the only source of compromised email addresses, and it is very likely malware key loggers have helped to contribute to the rise in fraud. "The quantity of people hit makes me think that it was key logging — the success rate for phishing is only about one in 1,000," said Shulman, chief technology officer for security firm Imperva. "Secondly, when I went through the list of email account credentials, there were entries with the same username, but a slightly different password, which suggests that they're typos.
According to Patrick Runald from Websense “"Generally phishing is declining and being replaced by key logging, and considering the number of compromised accounts, it could be a combination of both." Apparently it also helps if your password isn’t 1-2-3-4-5. Time to go change the combination on my luggage!
Google says that it was high load on the internet giant’s Contacts server that caused the outages of last week. Users of Google Apps could not access their Google Contacts on September 24, from 10 AM to 11:30 AM EDT. Gmail contacts were also unavailable from 10 AM to 1 PM EDT. This also affected Google Voice, as it relies on Google Contacts.
According to the Google Apps team, the solution was to temporarily stop all requests to the Google Contacts servers. A banner was shown in Gmail that informed users of alternate ways of accessing their contacts, but this likely did not lessen withdrawal symptoms for those affected.
On September 25, Google explained that the increased server load was caused by a rare convergence of events. First, an error in a network data center caused additional load on the Contacts server. Also, it just so happened that the server was experiencing higher than average usage that day. Finally, an update to the Gmail platform unintentionally increased load on the Contacts server even more. If they keep this up, their uptime might fall below 99%... the horror.
Douglas Gresham, software engineer for Google’s Mobile division, announced today on the official Google Mobile blog that they have enabled Push support for Gmail for iPhone and Windows Mobile devices. While other applications such as calendars and contacts already had the capability, Push connectivity for Gmail could only be accomplished using third-party applications.
Smartphone users have been requesting this connectivity for quite some time due to its “always on” feedback. Once new email arrives in your box, you will have it quickly on your phone. In theory, the Push connection method should also reserve battery life because the device is not polling for messages on a set interval, even when there is nothing new.
From my experience, once properly set up (takes about 5 minutes) it took my phone (iPhone 3GS) about 45 minutes to fully retrieve all of my data over 3G. So, be patient. The first thing transferred that I noticed were my contacts (just under 100 entries), the last thing was my calendar, email fell somewhere in between.
Have you set it up on your own device? Let us know.
We can't think of a ton of reasons to want to leave Gmail behind, but should you decide to do your emailing elsewhere, the search giant wants to make it easy for you to take your data with you.
Working towards that goal is a small team of Google Chicago engineers who make up Google's Data Liberation Front. Just as it sounds, the team's mission is to liberate personal user data so that it can be easily transferred into and out of Google's services by building simple import and export functions.'
"Many web services make it difficult to leave their services - you have to pay them for exporting your data, or jump through all sorts of technical hoops -- for example, exporting your photos one by one, versus all at once," Google wrote in a blog entry. "We believe that users -- not products -- own their data, and should be able to quickly and easily take that data out of any product without a hassle."
In addition to "already liberated" Google products, such as the company's blogging platform Blogger and email service Gmail, the team also plans to do the same for Google Sites and Google Docs (batch-export) in the coming months.
Google has just added a pair of nifty Google Voice features into Gmail that you may not have even noticed. The first is an option that integrates text messages sent to Google Voice so that they show up as email messages in Gmail. Text messages are identified as "SMS from (insert name here)," and you can also reply to them from within Gmail. That's pretty groovy if you've ever received a text while sitting at your PC.
The second addition is a new Labs feature that lets users play back Google Voice voicemail messages from within the Gmail viewer. You no longer have to open up a separate browser window to hear the audio.
To turn on the SMS feature, navigate to the Settings tab of Google Voice. For the voicemal player to work, you'll find the option under the Labs tab in Gmail.
Gmail themes have been around for awhile now, but the offerings have always been somewhat sparse. Almost everyone is able to find at least one style that worked, but beyond that your options were pretty limited. That’s why we were overjoyed when we heard that four new themes have been added, and now you can even go with the 8-bit inspired “High Score” option which offers up a dose of nostalgia to help ease the pain of sifting through an inbox full of spam.
Click settings, then themes to check out the four new options listed below.
1.) Orcas Island - Updates Daily 2.) High Score –Updates Daily (Pictured Above) 3.) Turf - Fixed Style 4.) Random - Cycles Through All Themes
Been having a tough time sending or receiving email through Gmail lately? Don't worry, you're not alone. We experienced some intermittent trouble yesterday as well, and Google is aware of the problem.
"We know many of you are having trouble accessing Gmail right now -- we are too, and we definitely feel your pain," Google wrote in its Gmail blog. "We don't usually post about minor issues here (the Apps status dashboard and the Gmail Help Center are usually where this kind of information goes). Because this is impacting so many of you, we wanted to let you know we're currently looking into the issue and hope to have more info share here shortly."
Unfortunately, that's all there is to go on at this point. For the time being, the search giant appears stumped on what exactly is causing all the commotion, but apparently knows enough to feel confident everything will be hunky-dory sooner rather than later.
Google has added a new feature to Gmail that lets users select the recipient(s) from a list of contacts when composing a new message. The feature, though barely significant, is a useful addition. Gmail already possesses an auto-complete feature that automatically suggests recipients.