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From massive milestones and Edge extensions, to underwater data centers, Chrome's Material makeover, Surface updates, and mobile acquisitions, it's our regular roundup of the week's top tech news.
WhatsApp isn't the only one to pass the billion-user milestone this week. Following the publication of Alphabet's quarterly earnings, Google revealed that its Gmail service has a billion users too.
Google is testing out a new system with a very small number of users, which allows them to sign into their Google accounts without the need for a password. Instead, they use their Android phones.
In a move to improve email security, Gmail will be implementing a new feature that warns a user if an incoming email is unencrypted. The feature will roll out in the months to come.
The new Events for Gmail feature has rolled out for business Apps users, and will make it easy to get reservations and travel-related events on your Google Calendar.
Google is rolling out a new feature to its Gmail service: "Undo Send". This delays e-mails for a few seconds after pressing the Send button, allowing users to retract their messages if they need to.
Google has introduced "Smartbox by Inbox," a mailbox that - among other things - zaps people for junk mail, has apps, and has folders to organize the different categories of mail we'd receive.
Google has made the previously Android-exclusive Google Calendar app available for iPhones, including all the Android features like 'Events from Gmail.' The app is available for download right now.
Google Inbox has been updated on Android and iOS with support for tablets, and the web version of the application can now be accessed from Safari and Firefox.
Dropbox has created a Chrome plugin for Gmail users that simplifies the process of adding Dropbox content to emails. The plugin does come with a caveat, though, but it's still very usable.
Less than a month after Gmail was banned in China, Microsoft's Outlook email service has found itself under attack with users unable to access the company's servers.
Google's analytics have revealed that the Gmail service is once again becoming accessible, albeit slowly, in China after being blocked for more than three days due to unknown reasons.
Traffic to Gmail, Google's email service, has dropped off nearly entirely across the entire nation of China, with research firms and Chinese citizens reporting an IP-level block on the service.
Google has taken new steps to improving the privacy of its email client, Gmail. A new security concept has been used on the client that prevents possible malicious add-ons from snooping on your email.
After two weeks, Google is finally giving people a chance to secure an invite to its latest email app, Inbox. Although invitations have been rare, Google is guaranteeing an invite today.
The Gmail application for Android is the latest to receive the Material Design update along with the ability to add third party email accounts such as Outlook, Yahoo and POP/IMAP
Google Inbox invites are slowly becoming more common but, as for now, they're still pretty scarce. We've got an invite chain going for our forum users who don't want to wait for Google!
With Google Inbox invites being so scarce, opportunists have taken to selling the invites on eBay. One auction so far has reached $205.00 + shipping, and others are averaging around the $50.00 mark.
Inbox is an invite-only re-imagination of the standard Gmail. It intelligently groups specific types of mail together and learns your habits to display more important mail above the rest, and more.
Almost five million Gmail accounts were compromised on Tuesday and the details of those accounts posted online, Google has responded by saying their servers were not breached, indicating brute-force.
Google has rolled out an update to GMail that adds a unsubscribe link at the top of the message next to the address if it exists anywhere in the email, meaning you can save time by not looking for it.
Google has issued a statement regarding the recent arrest of a sex offender in Texas facilitated by the company's automated scanning algorithm for tracking down child pornography across services.
In a bid to enable full functionality in mobile websites, Microsoft has changed the user agent of Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 update with iOS7 and Android 4.0 as the OS.
A security issue in Gmail has been revealed that means hackers could have extracted the email address of every user with ease up until last year and sold them to spammers at huge prices.
A new report claims Google may be testing a new user interface for its Gmail website, althought there's no word if this changes will be made available to the general public.
Google has now announced that it will stop scanning Google Apps email accounts for ad targeting following its recent decision to stop scanning email accounts of students using Apps for Education.
Google will stop scanning the Gmail accounts of students for ads after concerns that such activity was illegal in the U.S. were brought up last week as part of a current court case.
Under new 'anti-terrorism' legislation in Russia, Skype, Facebook, Gmail and other services could be banned for failing to comply with new laws unless the companies changes where user data is stored.
Google is actively looking to simplify encryption of end to end communication between users of its email service following the recent revelations regarding NSA surveillance and the PRISM project.
Google has updated its Terms of Service document, adding in a paragraph that attempts to better explain how the company scans the content of emails in its Gmail service to generate ads.
Google's Gmail service launched 10 years ago, on April 1st, 2004, and while lots of people thought it was an April Fools's Day prank at first, the free email service is anything but a joke today.
The Advertising Standards Authority in the UK is allowing Microsoft to run a "Scroogled" radio ad that attacks Google's stance on privacy in Gmail, following two formal complaints.
Google's general counsel has stated while its terms of service might allow it to look inside a Gmail account for an internal investigation, "it's hard for me to imagine" the company doing so.
After yesterday's brief outage that hit Google services, Yahoo took to Twitter to mock its rival, apparently forgetting the massive outage that crippled its own email service for four days last month.
Gmail's email service went down earlier today and when it came back online, a glitch is causing it to send email to one man's Hotmail account.
Google has rolled out an update to Gmail allowing users to send emails to Google+ users without knowing their email address, while at the same time keeping their own address hidden from the recipient.
Yahoo, keeping its promises, has announced this week that it is now finally encrypting all emails, joining Google's Gmail and Microsoft's Outlook.com which have provided such services for some time.
Behold: the parody video Microsoft probably wishes it could release as part of its 'Scroogled' campaign, introducing Google BlackMail: "Either sign up for Google+ or we release all your private info!"
Microsoft has announced it will roll out a new way for current users of Gmail to switch their account to Microsoft's Outlook.com that should by faster and easier than the old method.
According to newly released statistics, it turns out that Microsoft struck gold with the Scroogled campaign because it's slowly but successfully turning people away from Google services.
As well as the proper aliases that you can setup on Outlook.com for in/outbound email, Outlook.com also features + aliases that allow you to add anything after your primary email name for inbound mail
A look inside the code for the 4.6 version of Google's Gmail app for Android shows that the company may be getting ready to put in ads inside the mobile email app for the first time.
Michael Hayden, the former director of the NSA and CIA, said today that Gmail is the number one online service used worldwide by terrorists, saying, "it's free, it's ubiquitous, so of course it is."
Google has vowed to fight the lawsuit which aims to stop the company from scanning Gmail accounts. The plaintiffs claim that the actions are at a threat to privacy as their emails are "analysed".
The new pop-up compose interface for Gmail is now being pushed to everyone and the option to revert to the old UI is no longer available, even though users have mixed feelings about the new design.
Microsoft has launched yet another marketing campaign against Google, this time for the recent act of disguising ads as emails in Gmail, calling the practice "Gspam".
Starting tomorrow Google will completely drop support for EAS leaving many Windows Phone users out in the cold. If you haven't received the GDR2 update you won't be able to sync Gcal and Contacts.
Google is putting in ads that look a lot like normal emails directly in the Promotions inbox for some Gmail users, blurring the lines between ads and pure email spam for some users.
Google has reversed an earlier decision and will now allow all developers to access its CalDAV calendar API, and has also opened support for the CardDAV contact API to the general public as well.