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The business of Google rolls along, subpoenas and the potential of trade secret exposure to the Feds notwithstanding; two sections and one button made their way into Google News and Gmail, respectively.

There’s a new button in town, Google announced the arrival of the Delete button. The feature had been in demand since roughly five minutes after Gmail first launched.

The Spam container had its Delete Forever button when Gmail arrived, but to delete messages from the Inbox required ticking the checkbox next to the message to be vaporized, clicking the dropdown Options box, and selecting Delete.

Delete also appears in its welcome button form inside of individual messages, too. Some users had resorted to using Greasemonkey scripts to populate a Delete button in Gmail. But fortunately the Gmail team received its “shipment of delete buttons” and has been sprinkling them throughout the Gmail userbase.

On Google News, the engineers added sections for Most Popular and Recommended stories. Most Popular as of press time is the ongoing Gonzales v Google case, which WebProNews and hundreds of other sites have covered.

Recommended may not be quite as well-received immediately as the Delete button in Gmail. The Recommended feature in Google News requires logging into one’s Google Account. “Sign in to get recommended stories by using search history,” Google News displays to visitors who aren’t signed on to Google.

Considering how the Department of Justice initially asked for personally identifiable information in its subpoenas to Google and other search engines, before backing off that request, there could be a number of users, a very large number, who choose to leave the Recommended feature untested in the short term.

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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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