What’s In The Gmail Magic Inbox?


One almost surefire way to find if a new feature is on the verge of launching is to dig through code. That’s exactly what led to finding a reference to something called “Magic Inbox,” in Gmail. But what is it? Well, it could just be another one of those nifty, but small new features that Google loves to roll out in Gmail Labs at breakneck speed. But there’s a chance it’s something much, much bigger.

Specifically, Google Operating System, which did the digging, believes that the feature likely is a way to sort your Gmail inbox by your social graph. The two references to “friends” in the code, seems to lend some credence to this. Presumably, this would allow you to better filter your inbox based on if you have specified the emailer as a contact. As someone who gets bombarded by email everyday, most of which is not from people I actually know, I would weep with joy if such a feature were implemented. And so would my mom, as she may actually get emails back from me were that the case.

Of course, others have been working on this same idea as well. Yahoo has been saying for a while that it wants to use your inbox as a part of your social graph. Microsoft’s Hotmail has been working on things in the area as well, as has Xobni. But given all the work Google has been doing recently to tighten up its social graph across its huge network of services, a social filter in Gmail could be very, very useful.

Users are likely to have security concerns about this as well. Some people want their email client to be completely private and not a part of the social graph. Of course, Google has already been using Gmail as a key starting point for your social graph for a while now, even if you didn’t realize it. Well over a year ago, Google it rolled out its social features to Google Reader, pulling in who it thought your friends were based on who you emailed in Gmail.

This proved to be an awful idea as people you email aren’t necessarily your friends. Google eventually rolled out several updates to this feature to allow users to better tailor their relationships. And that would obviously be a key part of a Gmail social filter as well. You need to be able to separate out your actual friends from those who you simply have contacted in the past, or maybe even correspond with a lot.

While Google hasn’t exactly nailed the social features, it’s pretty clear that the company is thinking about them — a lot. And that your Google Contacts, which started as a part of Gmail, but have since been spun out, are a key part of it.

Google I/O, its large developer conference is taking place next week. Google is likely to use the event to unveil some key new things it has been working on. Could that be a “magic inbox,” which is also called “icebox inbox” in the code? We’ll be there to find out. Maybe Gmail will even leave beta — but probably not

 Source : TechCrunch.com :Gmail Inbox

IS Twitter the new business card?


Recently a new trend is visible during tech-meet ups. While some people meeting up there were handing out business cards (mostly Moo Cards), the majority of people were merely adding the new faces they met directly to their Twitter follow lists via their smart phones. “Is Twitter the new business card?” This is how it went down:

Person meets person

Pleasantries are exchanged

Small chit chat about common business interests

Potential plans are made

“Let me get your contact info”

“Do you have Twitter?” (Note: this is where a business card should be exchanged)

“Why, yes I do?”

Both parties whip out Smart Phones and open respective Twitter clients

 Both parties type “follow newperson” into the Twitter client and submit

 “Great, nice to meet you. I will be in touch!”

It’s a novel idea, really. I did it myself. I found it easy and I didn’t have to worry so much about sorting through a mess of business cards when I got home (no, I don’t use a scanner). But then I ran into a significant issue: “Who the heck was that guy? Why am I following this person? What was that lady’s name again?” While doing such a thing is certainly convenient, is it realistic if you want to build a solid business relationship. There’s no way to enter details about this person, unless of course you immediately @ message them and say “Nice to meet you re: xyz.” But what if it’s for a business deal or a job opportunity? You certainly don’t want to announce that to the world. I think there’s an interesting opportunity here for Twitter, in terms of monetizing. What if the company gave people an opportunity to save contact details about a person as they add others to their follow lists? Perhaps an add-on service that we can subscribe to in order to turn Twitter into a contact database of sorts. Or, some sort of LinkedIn integration would be swell, too.

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When Google Latitude Stalking Isn’t Such A Bad Thing


Yesterday, Silicon Valley’s local CBS affiliate ran a story (video here) about a woman getting her purse snatched. But what’s interesting is the way she got it back: With an assist from Google Latitude.

You see, in her purse, her phone had Google’s location-based social networking service installed, and it was updating the location of her phone in real-time. So even though the thief hopped in a car, when the girl called her sister, she was able to tell police exactly where the criminal was. They arrested the man and got the girl’s purse back.

It’s worth noting that the woman said she had the service running on her phone “as a joke,” so that she and her sisters could “stalk each other.” And that’s interesting because ever since it launched a few months ago, jokes have abound about it being a tool for stalking. But at the same time, the program had a user base of over a million users just one week after it launched. People are clearly interested in using location data in social services, but it’s usually only negative connotations that are associated with stories about it. Here’s a positive one, but it still has some negative undertones.

After all, if the girl’s sister knew exactly where the phone was, that means Google did too. Of course, Google has a policy not to share that information, but if push came to shove, and the authorities got the right warrant, Google would have to give up such information. Hopefully, you’re not a criminal — and if you are, hopefully you’re smart enough not to use Google Latitude — but it’s still a bit creepy for most people to know that a company has data about where they are at all times. And Google is hardly the only one of these services, everything from Loopt to Whrrl to Brightkite all have varying degrees of information as to your whereabouts if you use them.

Location-based services have yet to take off on a large scale, but with Google now in the field, and major players like Facebook and MySpace undoubtedly looking at entering it, it’s only a matter of time. And when those huge social networks get into the game, there will be some initial backlash, but then people will start using it. (It may even complement other future lost purse stories.) And slowly, users will let the privacy ramifications fade into the background unless some sort of location-based horror story makes headlines.

I, for one, welcome a future with ubiquitous location services in the social layer. Because there are upsides to location as well. This purse snatching incident is a bit extreme, but using location to find friends close by on a service like FourSquare, which I’ve been using for several weeks now, also speaks well to its potential.

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Fraud hit Company ‘Satyam’ goes to TechMahindra


Tech Mahindra wins Satyam bid; Gets 31% stake for Rs. 1757 crore
Tech Mahindra Ltd., wins the bid for Satyam Computer Services Ltd(fourth largest Indian software services company). Tech Mahindra bid at Rs 58/share while L&T bid at Rs 49.50/share, states Dow Jones on CNBC TV18. Tech Mahindra wins bid for Satyam and three months of drama comes to an end for Satyam. Tech Mahindra to pay Rs 1757 crore for 31% at Rs 58/share. Tech Mahindra stocks surged today in the morning to 24% and is now trading at Rs 369, up 15% on the BSE. Experts feel the Satyam board deserves a pat for resolving the issue within 3 months.

Satyam Computer Services Ltd., surged yesterday to 14 per cent in the Mumbai trading as both Larsen & Toubro Ltd. and Tech Mahindra Ltd. vie for control. They competed with bids for achieving a controlling stake in the company which is amidst fraud inquiry. While Larsen & Toubro Ltd., played at Rs. 49.50 per share, Tech Mahindra Ltd won it at Rs. 58 per share.

Climbing north to 14 percent to 53.80 rupees just sometime back as of 10 a.m. yesterday morning; the outcome of the bidding is that Tech Mahindra won the stake in the company.

It means Tech Mahindra Ltd., will now get control over Satyam’s 50,000 employees that and also a chance to increase its domain expertise breadth from Telecom to clients like Nestle, GM, Nissan. Tech Mahindra Ltd. is a company that is partly owned by BT Group PLC.

THE ULTIMATE SEARCH ENGINE LOOPHOLE


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