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April Fools Joke from Google or not?
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Mats Wiman  Identity Verified
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Apr 1, 2004

"Wow, according to the New York Times (free reg. req.), looks like Google is really trying to push the envelope by offering 1 GB free storage for e-mail users via a service called Gmail, still in the testing phase, so that users never need to change their e-mail address. In addition, they want to offer their searching capabilities so that users can search through their entire set of e-mail, I guess forever. CNET News also has more details."
http://news.com.com/2100-1032_3-5182805.html
(news release + comments from readers)

If it's not an AFJ, it's certainly worth following up.

If one goes to http://gmail.google.com
it says:

Gmail
by Google BETA

Coming soon!


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Monika Coulson  Identity Verified
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No AFJ Mats Apr 1, 2004

It seems to be true

I also read this on CNN.com: http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/internet/03/31/google.email.ap/index.html

We'll see what happens next.
Monika


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trad500
Local time: 11:40
English to French
Another one Apr 1, 2004

[quote]Monika Coulson wrote:

It seems to be true

Really...

http://www.google.com/jobs/lunar_job.html


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Pieter_H  Identity Verified
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Even Auntie joins in :-) Apr 1, 2004

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3588933.stm

AFJ - without doubt...

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Sherey Gould  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:40
German to English
it gets better further in! Apr 1, 2004

I saw this free email article on CNN.com this morning and quickly went directly to google to see if they had any relevant link. No.. but they did have THIS one:
Google Copernicus Center is hiring
Google is interviewing candidates for engineering positions at our lunar hosting and research center, opening late in the spring of 2007.

http://www.google.com/jobs/lunar_job.html

Any takers?!

[Edited at 2004-04-01 15:15]


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xxxtr.
Local time: 12:40
English to Italian
Spymac.com is doing it too Apr 2, 2004

and claiming it's not an April Fool's joke:

http://www.spymac.com/news/index.php?contentid=266

But if both this and Google's Gmail announcement are true, then it's a very bad idea to sign up with them anyway. It's webmail services only, so they own your mail, you can't download and delete it from the server, and they get to crawl it and index it for searching, and they'll keep the index on their servers, as opposed to you being able to search your downloaded mail on your own hard disk only.

Bye bye privacy...

Why are they doing it anyway? most people only need 10MB at most.


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Michele Johnson  Identity Verified
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More about privacy concerns. Apr 7, 2004

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=562&e=8&u=/ap/google_mail
Groups Slam Google's New E-Mail Service

Google Inc. hails its new e-mail service as a breakthrough in online communication, but consumer watchdogs are attacking it as a creepy invasion of privacy that threatens to set a troubling precedent.

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Wal-Mart's doing it, and soon tech could track your every move. Here's how to protect yourself from RFID.



Although Google's free "Gmail" service isn't even available yet, critics already are pressuring the popular search engine maker to drop its plans to electronically scan e-mail content so it can distribute relevant ads alongside incoming messages.

Privacy activists worry that Gmail will comb through e-mail more intensively than the filters widely used to weed out potential viruses and spam....

(cont'd at http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=562&e=8&u=/ap/google_mail


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louisajay
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Gmail's comments on privacy: Apr 7, 2004

You should know:

We collect limited account information and store and maintain your account and email messages on our secure servers.
We will never rent, sell or share information that personally identifies you for marketing purposes without your express permission.
We serve highly relevant ads and other information as part of the service using our unique content-targeting technology. No human reads your email to target ads or related information to you without your consent.
You can update your account information and preferences at any time.


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