The Verge: The Gmail app takes calls now, too, because Google wants it to do everything

The Verge: The Gmail app takes calls now, too, because Google wants it to do everything. “Google is announcing even more Workspace features today, part of an increased cadence of changes to the company’s office and communications software suite over the past year or so. Today’s announcement is a bit of a milestone, however. Although there is still the smattering of small and coming-soon updates, the bigger change is that Gmail is getting a redesign that reveals its true nature in Google’s eyes: the central hub for every Google communication app.”

Digital Inspiration: How to Use Notion with Gmail and Google Sheets using Apps Script

Digital Inspiration: How to Use Notion with Gmail and Google Sheets using Apps Script. I hear from friends that they’re using Notion but I haven’t tried it yet. You? “Notion, my absolute favorite tool for storing all sorts of things from web pages to code snippets to recipes, just got better. They’ve released a public API and thus it will be a lot easier for developers to read and write to their Notion workspace from external apps.”

NiemanLab: Here’s how to turn your Gmail into Google Reader, kind of

NiemanLab: Here’s how to turn your Gmail into Google Reader, kind of. “After paying for all those damn Substacks, you might as well read them, right? But I’ve found that Gmail isn’t very good at recognizing the newsletters you pay for as important. It doesn’t necessarily treat the newsletter you’re paying $50 a year as different from, say, ‘20% Off Big and Husky Deals Ending Soon! ⏰ ‘ from AutoAnything.com. But journalist Will Oremus, recently of Medium’s OneZero, found a way around this, essentially turning the ‘Forums’ tab of his Gmail into a mini Google Reader (RIP) for newsletters.” No Gmail hack, no matter how clever, is Google Reader. But it IS a clever hack.

9to5 Google: New Gmail with Google Chat tabs rolling out for free accounts, here’s how to turn on

9to5 Google: New Gmail with Google Chat tabs rolling out for free accounts, here’s how to turn on. “Last year, Google announced that the future of Gmail will see Chat messaging and group Rooms join the existing Meet video calling integration. This is already available to enterprise Workspace users, and Google is now letting personal Gmail accounts get this ‘integrated workspace.’” Isn’t this something GMail had several years ago, or was that a different integrated chat?

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Email Tools to Clean Your Inbox and Make Gmail Better

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Email Tools to Clean Your Inbox and Make Gmail Better. “The internet has hundreds of social networks, thousands of chat apps, and millions of ways to connect with people, but good old email isn’t going anywhere. Your email inbox still rules your personal and professional life, so it’s in your best interest to learn all the tips and tricks to get the most out of email. The good news is that all you need are a few free apps and browser extensions.”

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.”