In Praise of Gmail's Perfect, Doomed Emoji

Jordan Sargent · 08/06/14 08:00AM

Do you see this crab, running back and forth, clacking his claws in eager anticipation? Can you make this crab on your iPhone? No. But you can make it in Gmail.

Gmail Is Down: Everyone Go Home

Adrian Chen · 04/17/12 12:04PM

If your gmail is down right now, you're not the only one. There's currently a widespread outage, judging from Twitter—our own Maureen O'Connor reports that her gmail is displaying this sad "Temporary Error" message. We have no idea what's causing it, but for now, the best course of action is to pretend that you can't do any work at all without your email and go outside.

Rahm Emanuel Used His Gmail Account to Message Administration Officials

John Cook and Ryan Tate · 11/15/11 12:19PM

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel used his private Gmail account to communicate with Attorney General Eric Holder during his time in the White House, according to the results of Freedom of Information Act request we filed. Though the Department of Justice has acknowledged just one email exchange with Holder using Emanuel's unofficial address, the disclosure raises questions about whether Emanuel may have sought to skirt the Presidential Records Act by conducting government business using Gmail rather than his White House address. (Or not. See the update below.)

Google's CEO Hates Gmail

Ryan Tate · 11/10/11 03:15PM

Larry Page is a busy man. The Google CEO wants his company moving quickly and decisively. That, in turn, means eliminating the plodding exchanges fostered by Who invented that thing, anyway?

Does Anyone Want a Google Plus Invite?

Adrian Chen · 06/29/11 12:04PM

Google just launched its new Facebook thing: Google Plus. And it's invite-only. But people aren't exactly killing each for Google Plus invites. Oh, how times have changed since the Gmail Invite Gold Rush.

How Google Spies on Your Gmail Account (And How To Stop It)

Ryan Tate · 05/11/11 01:59PM

In Google's war with Facebook, Google's "don't be evil" motto could be a casualty. The search engine is now leveraging your private Gmail information to get an edge in the social networking wars. It's creepy.

Gmail Hacking Epidemic Terrorizes Internet

Adrian Chen · 04/15/11 11:29AM

Atlantic writer James Fallows is sounding the alarm about a Gmail "hacking epidemic." The gmail accounts of his wife and three other people he knows have been hacked! That's definitely a hacking epidemic in the world of "James Fallows acquaintances." But is something bigger going down?

What Your Email Address Says About You

Brian Moylan · 03/11/11 04:56PM

While what comes before the @-symbol may include the letters and characters you picked out, what comes after it still says a whole lot about you. A new study breaks down the types of people that use different types of free email services.

Facebook Email Is Coming Next Week

Adrian Chen · 11/12/10 11:38AM

Facebook is reportedly launching a Facebook email client this Monday. Soon you'll be able to have your very own email address. This is great. Now we'll have something to email our Yahoo and Gmail addresses with.

Google Warning Gmail Users: China Spied on Your Account

Adrian Chen · 09/23/10 06:58PM

For days, Gmail has been displaying scary red banners above certain users' inboxes, warning "Your account was recently accessed from China." So, now you at least know if Chinese hackers are spying on your Gmail.

GCreep: Google Engineer Stalked Teens, Spied on Chats (Updated)

Adrian Chen · 09/14/10 02:26PM

We entrust Google with our most private communications because we assume the company takes every precaution to safeguard our data. It doesn't. A Google engineer spied on four underage teens for months before the company was notified of the abuses.

Google Invents Most Annoying Bug of All Time

Ryan Tate · 08/31/10 12:55PM

Last night Google rolled out a bug that would be comical if it weren't so astounding and grating: Open your Gmail inbox, and old school ragtime music starts playing, and can't be stopped. The solution: Use less Google.

Now You Can Call People From Gmail, For Some Reason

Ryan Tate · 08/25/10 04:05PM

Have you ever been staring at your junk clogged email inbox and thought, "I wish I could talk to all these people on the phone?" No? Well, then prepare to be baffled by yet another weird Google invention.

Gmail Overlord Always Deletes His Email

Ryan Tate · 03/30/10 01:10PM

Eric Schmidt's email habits are bizarre, considering his job: The CEO of Google and ultimate overlord of email-hoarding service Gmail deletes every email he receives, unless he's specifically asked to do otherwise. And that's not his only strange habit.