Ubergizmo: Google Is Killing Off Its ‘Reply’ App. “One of the features that we’ve been seeing Google do with its services is introduce ways to quickly reply to messages. It was initially introduced in Gmail where based on the content of the message, users could choose from various ‘smart’ replies for something simple. Google then decided to try applying it system wide with the launch of its Reply app.”
TechCrunch: Relike lets you turn a Facebook page into a newsletter . “French startup Ownpage has recently released a new product called Relike. Relike is one of the easiest ways to get started with email newsletters. You enter the web address of your Facebook page and that’s about it.” Not a huge fan of basing all your marketing / engagement efforts in Facebook but at least a product like this gets your content out of the walled garden.
Lifehacker: Ditch Gmail With These Alternatives. “It’s not a stretch to assume you probably use Gmail—it seems like most of the world does, these days. That reality has created consternation over some of the recent privacy and security-related changes to Gmail and Google Chrome.”
Blurbiz: The Most Complete Guide to Finding Anyone’s Email. “Yeah, it is pain the ass and yes it can be time-consuming. But with a little bit of work, you can find anyone’s email you just have to keep digging! I am going to show you a process that I follow and I can pretty much find anyone’s email. It can be a tedious task, but with this process, you can hire a virtual assistant to do the work for you.”
The Verge: Forward this or you’ll die in seven days: On the persistence of chain letters. “These three examples are only the most recent update to the chain letter formula, which has been around since at least 1888. Over the last two decades, they’ve been given new life and ubiquity through the internet’s reach and and people’s propensity for connection. ‘If you have always dreamed of getting that lucky break, you just got it!’ that first letter continues. It’s from a sender who called themselves ‘David Rhode,’ and it was distributed via email mailing list in 1999. ‘God helps those that help themselves, is more than a quaint saying, it’s a proven fact. So, now it is up to you. If you follow these instructions exactly, in good faith, your dreams will come true.'”
Axios: Google is still letting apps scan, share data from Gmail accounts. “In a letter received by lawmakers in July and obtained by Axios, Google said it has continued allowing apps to collect and share data from Gmail accounts even though lawmakers have raised questions about privacy and possible abuse of user data, reports the WSJ.”
Inverse: ProtonMail Hits 5 Million Accounts and Wants Users to Ditch Google by 2021. “There’s growing interest in ProtonMail, the encrypted email service that started with a splashy Indiegogo campaign in 2014, but co-founder and CEO Andy Yen tells Inverse that email is only the beginning for Geneva, Switzerland-based operation.”