Official Gmail Blog: HTTPS-only and 99.978% availability
“Today’s change means that no one can listen in on your messages as they go back and forth between you and Gmail’s servers - no matter if you’re using public WiFi or logging in from your computer, phone or tablet.”
9to5Google: Google plans to kill Google Voice in coming months.
NewsBlurBlog: Google Reader announced its shutdown exactly a year ago.
NewsBlur is my replacement of choice. I do better with the NB web interface than I did with Google Reader parsed by apps.
Official Google Blog: Save more with Google Drive.
“We’ve lowered the price of our monthly storage plans to $1.99 for 100GB (previously $4.99), $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99), and $99.99 for 10TB, with even more storage available if you need it.” Wow. I’ll have to reassess my online storage/backup needs.
Mashable: You’re Not Crazy - Google Search Results Look a Little Different.
Google indexing the site.
Google’s decided to love my archives again. They’re currently indexing me extensively, and the site’s a bit slow in response. Give it another hour or two … a lot of links here (80,000?).
Kikolani: 50+ Filters to Keep Your Gmail Inbox Squeaky Clean.
Might be handy. I use Unroll.me, though it’s begun to miss things lately, so I may manually insert a couple of these.
Mashable: Gmail Bug Caused Some Users to Delete the Wrong Emails.
If you’re not running the Gmail apps on iOS, you might not see this warning. Check your spam and trash folders BEFORE THE END OF THE MONTH to be sure nothing got misfiled.
Later: I found two pieces of important mail that were mysteriously switched to my Trash folder. One was in reference to a domain renewal; I always double check my domains at the end of each month, so this would not have been an issue for me. It does point up how an innocuous misfiling could really hurt you.
Gmail/Google seems to be down/intermittent.
Just sayin’. Not responsive from here.
CNet: Chase the Stig around ‘Top Gear’ Google Street View track.
Man, and some people thought ‘Myst’ was boring. *Snore.*
Giz: A Map of Each State’s Deepest Desires, According to Google.
See NM. How amazingly true!
Ars Technica: Google to buy Nest for $3.2 billion.
Later: Thinking further about Google’s recent purchases. Robots, now proximity-sensing thermostats. AI burglary, then? [Joking …] No, wait. Drones. They need drones. That’d be the trifecta.
Klinger.io: Don’t drown in email! How to use Gmail more efficiently.
Hey, cool. I gotta try this. How it displays on mobile … mystery.
Harrumph. I open the site, click “At the office”, and the third thing on the cards is, “Save those cat videos to watch later.” [gong sound] Sorry. Wasting my time.
CNet: New Gmail image server proxies raise security risks.
Official Gmail Blog: Images Now Showing.
vowe dot net: Outlook.com can now import all your Gmail data.
Nice to have the option. Outlook.com is easier to use when moving clients to cloud services. Gmail’s labels remain a difficult concept for many.
CR4: Unknown Object In Desert.
“While exploring with the Google Earth satellite I came upon this object that appears to be some kind of aircraft. The object looks fake, but fake what? The area is a mile or two south of Interstate 40 (I-40) and a couple miles west of Albuquerque, New Mexico.” Obvious what it is, but the comment thread is entertaining.
Positionly: Old SEO vs. New SEO.
Fluffy infographic, but will be handy to show people. Sit back and consider how much influence Google has over our sites. A little search engine algorithm change, and we all get busier. It’s astonishing.
Death and Taxes: Google is now funding numerous Tea Party groups.
PC World: Google (finally) lets you download your Gmail and Calendar data, here’s how.
Cool. Perhaps I can make a browseable archive.
CNN: 2 million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords stolen in massive hack.
“Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter told CNNMoney they have notified and reset passwords for compromised users. Google declined to comment. Yahoo and ADP did not provide immediate responses.” Time to change your passwords. Again. ‘Course, compared to Adobe’s password breach a few weeks ago, can you really call 2 million ‘massive’?
Later: More, and better, info.
Feedburner’s gone mental.
Won’t tweet my posts anymore. Not sure why. I’ve turned things off and on, resynced. Suppose I’ll just wait for a bit and see if it ‘magically’ restores itself.
ShellyCloud: Hide your staging environment from Google.
Mashable: Google Invests $80 Million to Open 6 Solar Energy Plants.
Rather than having hundreds of private solar farms, I’d prefer to see utilities walk away from coal and oil in a bigger way. Hundreds of square miles of New Mexico available for such things, with little environmental impact (would a cow or a cactus react badly to some welcome shade?).