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Hold the Gmail

By now you have certainly heard about Google's 1 Gig email service, Gmail. Yesterday there was some question about whether or no the whole thing was a hoax. Today the question is: is this a good idea?

CNET's Charles Cooper has an great piece today which describes Google's fairly worrisome intention to use keyword search within a users email box to serve up contextual advertising. Cooper makes the excellent point that the launch of the Gmail service is a move against Microsoft and that Redmond will be "holier than the Pope" in sticking to a hardline on privacy in its email service.

April 2, 2004 in New product launches | Permalink