TechCrunch: Gmail, YouTube, Google Docs and other services go down simultaneously in multiple countries

I don’t usually cover outages but this one is so large I think it merits a mention. TechCrunch: Gmail, YouTube, Google Docs and other services go down simultaneously in multiple countries. “Not much more to update yet but we’re seeing and getting word from others that multiple Google services have gone down. Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google Docs are all experiencing outages, with dozens, even hundreds, of reports we’ve seen so far coming in from across Europe, the US, Canada, India, South Africa, countries in Central and South America, Australia and likely more.”

The Verge: Google will soon let you opt out of Gmail’s data-hungry smart features entirely

The Verge: Google will soon let you opt out of Gmail’s data-hungry smart features entirely. “Google is adding a new option to let users opt out of having their Gmail, Chat, and Meet data used to offer smart features like Smart Compose and Smart Reply, the company announced today. Although you’ve previously been able to toggle these individual features on and off, the new toggle disables the background data processing that makes them possible.”

The Verge: Gmail mistakenly removed the button that lets you triage loads of emails at once, but it’s coming back

The Verge: Gmail mistakenly removed the button that lets you triage loads of emails at once, but it’s coming back. “If you’re not the inbox zero type — and I’m definitely not — you might sometimes rely on Gmail’s ‘Select all conversations that match this search’ option to read, archive, or delete hundreds or thousands of messages at once. Except we can’t do that anymore, and neither can a number of angry Gmail users we’ve spotted. The option has up and disappeared. Google accidentally removed it, the company confirms to The Verge.”

Mashable: 8 great ways to organize your Gmail inbox to improve productivity

Mashable: 8 great ways to organize your Gmail inbox to improve productivity . “For most of us, email is a necessary evil of modern working life. Unfortunately, it can so easily suck time, leaving you stressed and under pressure to get all your other tasks done. We are here to help. We don’t want your email inbox to get you down so we’ve broken down eight great ways to organize your Gmail set-up to improve your productivity.”

TechRadar: Google finally forced to patch serious Gmail bug after exploit published online

TechRadar: Google finally forced to patch serious Gmail bug after exploit published online. “The vulnerability could have allowed an attacker to send imitation emails posing as any Gmail or G Suite customer, opening the door to an array of spear phishing and spam-based attacks – which could also be used to smuggle malware onto the target system. Google had known about the flaw for 137 days prior to issuing the fix, but dragged its feet until security researcher Allison Husain published proof-of-concept exploit code to her blog.”

Lifehacker: How to Get Rid of Google Meet in Your Gmail

Lifehacker: How to Get Rid of Google Meet in Your Gmail. “There’s nothing wrong with Google Meet. But if you don’t use it, nor have an intention to use it anytime soon, its somewhat-front-and-centre placement is going to get annoying. However, you can fix this problem on the web, Android or iOS — you just have to do a little digging.”

The Verge: The Verge Guide To Gmail

The Verge: The Verge Guide To Gmail. “In The Verge Guide to Gmail, we look at the wide variety of things you can do to make Gmail fit your particular needs, such as vacation responders, templates, snoozing, signatures, and smart replies. We also help you back up your emails just in case and get those hundreds of promotional emails out of your inbox.”

The Register: Google gives Gmail’s collab chops a good buffing to make it the ‘home for work’ while we’re working from home

The Register: Google gives Gmail’s collab chops a good buffing to make it the ‘home for work’ while we’re working from home . “Google is to shovel yet more bells and whistles into its Gmail client in an effort to demonstrate its collaborative chops in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Javier Soltero, who skipped away from the doomed Cortana business at Microsoft in 2018 and is now veep of G Suite, talked up the integrated workspace, which combines Gmail, Chat and Meet.”

The Markup: Swinging the Vote?

The Markup: Swinging the Vote?. “Pete Buttigieg is leading at 63 percent. Andrew Yang came in second at 46 percent. And Elizabeth Warren looks like she’s in trouble with 0 percent. These aren’t poll numbers for the U.S. 2020 Democratic presidential contest. Instead, they reflect which candidates were able to consistently land in Gmail’s primary inbox in a simple test.” Techdirt has a thoughtful response to this story.

Neowin: Gmail bug makes it harder to empty Trash and Spam folders, fix in the works

Neowin: Gmail bug makes it harder to empty Trash and Spam folders, fix in the works. “With the advent of digital marketing and online services, email notifications and constant updates through email have gone up drastically. Users generally tend to delete such communication, moving it to the Trash. Other annoyances such as constant spam emails are filtered by modern email clients. A frustrating new bug (spotted by AndroidPolice) in Gmail for Android prevents users from clearing the contents in the Trash or Spam folders completely.”