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Gmail Failure: Reality Bites for Cloud Computing

Update: Gmail is back, after a two-hour outage. The company has not yet said how many people were affected, but twitter traffic from round the world reveals a major outage. That's a pain for millions of ordinary users - but it could be a disaster for those planning to sell application services in the cloud. more ...

Google Quietly Declares E-Mail War on Yahoo

Many people send e-mail messages while exhausted, angry or inebriated that they later regret. As part of Google's quest to attract users to its Gmail service, the Internet search and messaging and collaboration company has introduced dozens of features via Gmail Labs, including one that, after a certain time, makes a user solve a math problem before sending an e-mail, giving time to rethink it. Because Google makes money every time e-mail users click on ads, it is enhancing its e-mail service to increase advertising and take market share away from Yahoo. more ...

Who Is the Best Skype Suitor? Google, Microsoft or Yahoo?

It's impossible for eBay to report quarterly earnings without the usual deliberations about what the company could, would or should do with Skype. So it comes as no surprise that media hounded eBay CEO John Donahoe about the VOIP unit, one of those anomalous acquisitions that people still scratch their heads about. For £1.8 billion, Skype was an overpriced, albeit trendy, technology play for eBay to make in 2005. more ...

Google Finally Enables Offline Access for Gmail

Google's long-awaited offline access for Gmail is here, bringing a sigh of relief to users of Google's messaging and collaboration software. Google Apps Standard Edition users will be able to access it immediately with a few steps, while consumers will see a more gradual rollout. The move should put Google on a more level playing field in cloud computing versus Microsoft, Yahoo Zimbra, Zoho and others with e-mail clients that already provide offline access. more ...

Firefox Plug-in Lets Users Import Google Notebook to Zoho

Messaging and collaboration SAAS company Zoho updates its Firefox plug-in for Zoho Notebook to make it easy to import a Google Notebook to Zoho's cloud computing environment. The move is a shrewd one on the part of Zoho, which is looking to find favor with peeved Google users put off by Google Notebook's newly halted application development. Any content added to the new Zoho plug-in will be automatically synchronized with the online version of Zoho Notebook.

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