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Import/Export Gmail Filters with New Labs Feature

Google has created a new feature in Gmail Labs that allows Gmail users to import and export filters. It lets you download a file containing some or all of your filters or upload one to create a set of filters.

Software Engineer Luke Blanshard shares the following uses for the feature at the Gmail Blog:

Chatting from Your Google Homepage
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Gmail chat has come to iGoogle. This means users will be able to chat with their friends and associates without leaving the comfort of their Google homepage.

The feature is not a gadget like most of your iGoogle features. The chat feature comes in the form of a sidebar and resides below the left-hand navigation menu.

Google Trends, SEO Create Hacker Perfect Storm
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It used to be one was at most risk of getting a computer virus via spam or frequenting bad Internet neighborhoods (places one probably shouldn’t be hanging out in the first place, picking up just any old download they come across). These days malware pushers have come out in the open where the masses collect, and places like Google, Facebook, and Twitter are starting to resemble the Time Square of old—with peril and vice all around.

Google Introduces Apps Status Dashboard

As you’ve probably read by now (if not experienced firsthand), there was an outage for Gmail the other night. This ended up impacting a lot of businesses, and was not exactly the greatest demonstration of Google’s 99.9% uptime guarantee. I guess there’s always that other 0.1%.

Gmail Improves Attachments, Creates Convenient Title Lab
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Google has announced a couple new features for Gmail. They’re almost cranking out too many to keep up with aren’t they?

Google Talk Hit By Scammers
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The old X Files adage aptly applies to the Internet these days: Trust no one. Some Gmail users, already miffed about previous service outages, were invited through Google Talk to watch a video by clicking a link. Of course, bad news awaited.

Gmail Outage Hits Europe Hard
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A little less than one month ago, Google introduced an experimental version of Gmail that could work without an Internet connection, and we ran the headline "Gmail Goes Offline (In A Good Way)" as a result.  This morning, minus the part in parentheses, the same title could apply.

Another Day, Another New Gmail Feature
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Gmail has been cranking out new features left and right lately. That continues today with the addition of letting you choose your own colors.

To do so, simply click on the Settings link in the upper right hand corner of your screen, select the Themes tab, and find the "Choose your own colors" option at the bottom. From there, you can select colors for just about every element of your inbox.

Get to Google Docs, Calendar, and Gmail From Your Desktop
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You can now install desktop icons for Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Gmail on your computer for quick access. These icons are now an option of Google Pack.

If you are unfamiliar with Google Pack,it’s a free collection of software from Google and other companies. The software in the Google Pack helps you browse the web faster, remove spyware and viruses, organize your photos, and more. Learn more about each of the programs in the Google Pack.

Gmail Makes Changes to Contacts
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Google has announced four changes to Gmail’s contact manager. Each change is a feature to enhance the service’s usability.

Gmail Lets Users Share Their Location With Recipients

Perhaps you’re a hard-charging businessperson who wants clients to know their questions will be answered even if you’re on the beach.  Or maybe you’re just someone who feels a need to quietly brag about vacationing overseas.  Either way, Google’s got you covered with a new "add your location to your signature" Gmail feature.

Yahoo Doesn’t Seem Worried About Gmail
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Gmail is growing rapidly. Yahoo has long dominated the race against Microsoft’s Hotmail and Google’s Gmail, but Gmail is on pace to overthrow the other two. I got in touch with Yahoo Mail’s VP John Kremer to try and find out some expectations Yahoo has for Yahoo Mail.

Google Gets in Sync

Google introduced a beta version of Google Sync today. This allows Google users to sync their Gmail contacts and Google Calendar events to their iPhones or Windows Mobile devices (with Google’s own Android, all the data is automatically synced).

Open Multiple Inboxes in Gmail
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Google has released a new experiment feature in Gmail Labs that lets users activate multiple views within their inboxes. Fittingly, this feature is called "Multiple Inboxes." In case you’re having a hard time visualizing it, software Engineer Octavian Costache on the Gmail Blog shares the following image:

Gmail Simplifies the Labeling Process
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Google has taken a few steps to make labeling email messages in Gmail a little less complicated, particularly for those who are new to the service and not used to the Gmail labeling system.

Gmail users will notice that the buttons at the top of their inboxes are a little different looking now:

Google Mobilizes Gmail Tasks
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About two months ago, Google announced a new "Tasks" feature in Gmail Labs. the feature provides a window in Gmail similar to that of chat and lets you add tasks by simply clicking in the empty area and starting to type.

Now they are offering a mobile version of the feature for iPhones and Android devices. It is also accessible by any xhtml enabled phone.

Gmail Goes Offline (In A Good Way)
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As frequent travelers, folks with bad ISPs, and laptop lovers can agree, it’s not always easy to connect to the Internet, and being cut off from the world is a real nuisance.  But now Google’s solving one aspect of the problem by making Gmail accessible to people who are offline.

AOL Mail Opens Up To Gmail, Yahoo Mail
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AOL has introduced new features to its Web Mail that allows users one-click access to Gmail, Yahoo Mail and other third-party sites directly from its mail page.

The new version is available globally in 38 countries around the world and is the company’s latest effort to make it more open to third-party content while offering more opportunities to advertisers.

"Web Mail is an integral part of the AOL experience and at the heart of our product offerings," said Ted Cahall, President, AOL Products and Technologies.

Watch Videos in Your Gmail Chat
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Google has added a new feature to Gmail, which allows users to watch videos within their chat windows. This eliminates the need to leave your Gmail window when someone sends you one.

Google Launches Calendar Gadget for Google Desktop
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Last month Google released a Gmail gadget for Google Desktop after "countless" requests for one over the years. Today they have released a Google Calendar gadget for Google Desktop.

Is There Room for a MySpace Email?
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According to Michael Arrington of TechCrunch, "sources with knowledge of the product" say that MySpace is working on a full-fledged email product that would compete with Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, etc. With this product, all myspace users would be assigned an email address that would be something along the lines of myspaceuser@myspace.com.