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Yahoo Has A New Mail App For iPad And Android Tablets

Yahoo has introduced a new Mail app for iPad and Android tablets. It comes with a new full-screen experience, which lets users flip through their email as if they were reading a magazine (or another tablet app). “With amazing displays, vibrant colors and lifelike images, tablets have changed the way we experience books, photos, movies and more. Yet email, something …

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IRS Tells Congress That It Obtains Warrants Before Searching Emails

Late last week, the ACLU reported that the IRS probably obtained emails without a warrant. The group came to this conclusion after an agency handbook from 2009 said that Internet users “do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.” Now the agency is firing back saying it does no such thing. The Hill reports that IRS Commissioner Steven Miller was …

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Senate Judiciary Committee To Debate ECPA Reform This Week

ECPA, or the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, has long been in need of an update. The Senate tried last year, but ran out of time. Now it’s a priority and it will hopefully get the time it deserves this week. The Hill reports that the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to mark-up Sen. Patrick Leahy’s ECPA amendment on Thursday morning. S.607 …

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Congressman Wants The IRS To Explain Itself

It was revealed earlier this week that the IRS probably digs through your email without a warrant during its investigations. It’s able to do this thanks to the outdated ECPA which allows government agencies to obtain emails that are more than 180 days old. Now one lawmaker wants the IRS to explain itself. The Hill reports that Rep. Charles Boustany, …

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Gmail Turns 9: Google Takes Us Down Memory Lane, Makes Us Feel Old

Can you believe that Gmail is 9 years old? I haven’t felt this old since last week, when Twitter informed me that it was the 19th anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain. Yikes. Anyway, Google is now officially 9, having launched in beta on April 1st, 2004. In celebration of that, Google has posted a fun little infographic that …

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The IRS Doesn’t Think The Fourth Amendment Applies To Your Email

The IRS runs a number of tax audits each year, and as such, has to obtain information on private citizens. If the information is in a physical format, the agency must obtain a warrant to access it. If it’s stored online via email or other electronic information, there is no such protection. In a Freedom of Information Act request, the …

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The Internet Of 1995 Wasn’t Just For Anti-Social Geeks, It Was For Getting Email From Steve Jobs

The history of the Internet is an area of study that’s woefully ignored by the modern generation. I was part of the generation that grew up just as the Internet was just getting started, and the generation before me can even remember a time when the Internet wasn’t even a thing. Unfortunately, those who came after us take the Internet …

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Gmail Rolls Out Past Search Autocomplete, Contact Thumbnails

Google is shipping an update to Gmail that should make it easier to locate that email that you just searched for the other day. Starting today, Google begins the global rollout of new autocomplete predictions for your past Gmail searches. “If you’ve searched your email for ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ or other lengthy phrases, it just got easier to find what you’re looking …

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Yahoo Mail Gets Dropbox Integration

Yahoo has partnered with Dropbox to integrate Dropbox’s storage solution into Yahoo Mail. “By bringing Dropbox to Yahoo! Mail, it’ll now be easier for you to send, receive, share and manage your attachments,” says Yahoo in a blog post. Dropbox’s Joshua Jenkins says, “Email attachments can be tricky: they’ve got file size limits, you can’t keep them updated, and when …

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Gmail Blue Brings Email Into The 21st Century

Gmail Blue is just what it sounds like. It’s Gmail, and it’s blue. “Gmail launched nine years ago on April 1st, 2004,” says project manager Jonathan Zames. “Since then you’ve been able to use hundreds of new features that push the boundaries of what email can do and make it easier to get things done.” “Starting today, you’ll get to …

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Gmail’s New Compose Box Is Rolling Out to Everyone

Google has just announced that they are ready to give all Gmail users the new compose box that they’ve been testing since October. With the new compose enabled, Gmail no longer takes you to a different screen to write a message. When you click “compose,” a small message box pops up in the bottom-right-hand corner of the page. From there, …

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Should The FBI Be Able To Monitor Online Communications In Real TIme?

As the current ECPA stands, law enforcement has the ability to obtain emails without a warrant. There are some laws currently making their way through Congress to change this, but law enforcement agencies obviously like things as they are. In fact, one agency in particular thinks it needs even more power to spy on your private communications. Slate reports that …

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