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Google will Block Facebook / Web Services from Automatic Data Import

Google will no longer let other services automatically import its users’ email contact data for their own purposes, unless the information flows both ways. It accused Facebook in particular of siphoning up Google contact data, without allowing for the automatic import and export of Facebook users’ information.

Facebook, with more than 500 million users, relies on email services such as Google’s Gmail to help new users find friends already on the network. When a person joins, they are asked to import their Gmail contact list into the social network service. Facebook then tells the user which email contacts are also on the social network.

“We will no longer allow websites to automate the import of users’ Google Contacts (via our API) unless they allow similar export to other sites,” Google said. In a statement, Google said Reuters that, websites such as Facebook “leave users in a data dead end.” Facebook did not immediately provide a comment on Friday. Read the complete story here

They are fighting with our data as a weapon. Being open, is definitely not open here.  Well, how many of you really read the Disclaimer / Terms of Service when you sign-up for an email address?

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Google

Google’s Two Step Authentication model for Google Apps Users

Google Apps Premier, Education and Government Edition administrators can now have users sign in with the combination of their password (something they know) and a one-time verification code provided by a mobile phone (something they have). Users can continue to access Google Apps from Internet-connected devices, but with stronger protections to help fend off risks like phishing scams and password reuse. For the first time, we’re making this technology accessible to organizations large and small without the costs and complexities that have historically limited two-step verification to large enterprises with deep pockets. Furthermore, in the coming months, Standard Edition and hundreds of millions of individual Google users will be able to enjoy this feature as well.

Google Two-Step Verification

Courtesy: Google Official weblog

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How to Merge Duplicate Contacts on Gmail?

When you try to import contacts from your other email account or when you sync your mobile contacts with that of your gmail, most of the times you land up having lot of duplicate contacts!

This duplication is really painful and it always troubles you, only when you are in an urgent need. For eg: when you want to contact your friend.. you land up having his Work email and his personal email stored in different contacts.! In this short Tip, lets look at how to fix the same.

Step 1: Login to your gmail account, and click on the Contacts tab in the left column tab. This will display you all the contacts you have on your gmail account. Now click on My Contacts, this will list all the contacts and groups which you have. Also, it gives you an option which says, Do you have any duplicated contacts?- As shown below

Finding Duplicated Contacts on Gmail

Step 2: Click on the Find Duplicates button, this will search for all the contacts in your email account and give you a list of the contacts which are duplicated. Now you can click on the Merge Button. This will merge all the duplicated entries and make it into a single contact.

Merging Duplicate Contacts on Gmail

This completes the short little tip!

You may also be interested in reading this – How to Export or Copy Contacts from one Gmail account to Another?

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What happens to Emails, Twitter & Facebook when you die?

Remember the time you poured your heart out in an email to your friend or that sexy message from an old lover that made you blush at work? Well, if you die, your family and others could end up reading them !!

Web email services owned by internet giants Google and Microsoft have a policy of keeping your data after you die and letting your next of kin or the executor of your estate access it.

Accounts with Google’s Gmail can hold up to 7GB – or roughly 70,000 emails with a small to medium picture attached to each. And they archive the messages you’ve written as well as received. When it comes to deleting the data, Microsoft’s Hotmail will remove an account if it is inactive for 270 days, while Gmail leaves the responsibility to the next of kin.

Of the top three providers, only Yahoo! refuses to supply emails to anyone after a user has died. The user’s next of kin can ask for the account to be closed, but cannot gain access to it. A Yahoo! spokesperson said the only exception to this rule would be if the user specified otherwise in their will.

Few days back, I had a Crazy question which popped up in mind –

” Can we give a privilege to someone, who can update our Facebook / Twitter when we die? – Just one tweet/update that – this guy is no more! “

I wrote to the Privacy team of Twitter on the same. Here is the the response I got – “If a twitter user passes, we will remove the account or leave as is on request of the family. We will not send out any tweets on their behalf or give access to the account to anyone else.”

Facebook has recently publicised a feature called memorialisation that lets the family of deceased users keep their profile page online as a virtual tribute. Turning a profile into a memorial will remove sensitive information from the page and restrict access to the deceased’s friends. The family will not be allowed to log in to the account or access private messages, but can request that it be taken down.

Click here to read the policies of popular email and social networking sites » (source – news.com.au)