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Gmail's 'Users can't expect privacy' furor: Much ado about nothing new

Did Google just say that users can't legitimately expect privacy when using Gmail? Sort of, but not really.

Google retires the classic Gmail composition interface: How to make the new one more usable

The Gmail composition interface you've used for years is officially gone, but fear not! You don't have to stare at a small box in the corner forever.

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Explore the TARDIS via this amazing "Doctor Who" Google Maps easter egg

Ah, Google Developers, never get too busy to keep adding in things like this.

Microsoft Pushes Its Way Into Crowded Unified Communications Market

Microsoft's Lync has evolved into a serious unified communications competitor for enterprises looking to upgrade or adopt a UC platform. In a crowded field where players still struggle with interoperability issues, Lync's integration with Skype is a potentially transformational improvement.

Salesforce.com to impose massive fee hike for app store security review

Salesforce.com is raising the cost of an initial security review for paid applications in its AppExchange store from $300 to $2,700, saying the hike will allow it to deliver the reviews much faster.

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Feedly raises $500,000 in 8 hours selling RSS reader subscriptions

The Feedly RSS service raised half a million dollars Monday, pulling in an average of more than $62,000 in subscriptions each hour over an eight-hour span.

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Feedly experiments with pay Pro accounts while maintaining free version

Feedly, the popular Google Reader replacement has introduced a pay Pro veriosn

Google Drive blurs the line between Windows and the web with new desktop shortcuts

Google Drive installations will soon start spawning shortcuts to Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides on your desktop, continuing Google's foray into Microsoft's turf.

Hands-on: Quip, the so-called "modern word processor," is cool, but doesn't feel done

The new mobile-first collaborative productivity app has landed with a splash (and a lot of buzzwords), but Quip promises exceed the initial reality.

Legal ruling

Oracle, CedarCrestone settle lawsuit over third-party support

Oracle has settled a lawsuit it brought last year against a former partner it alleged was providing third-party support for its PeopleSoft application in an illegal fashion.

Music discovery by mood or by news: Browse tab appears in (some) Spotify web players

The Discover tab works for what it does, but the new Browse feature looks to fill in the gaps by offering curated playlists based around moods, top lists, and more.

Smile! Microsoft stuffs the SkyDrive website with new, photo-friendly features

Photo buffs may appreciate the improved album and high-DPI monitor support, but really, it's all about the animated GIFs.

Salesforce.com expands mobile application development support

Salesforce.com has expanded the number of mobile application development tools it supports and also created a series of templates aimed at helping coders create mobile applications faster.

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Spotify gets its first all-comedy discovery app, and it has a boring unfunny name

The Official Comedy app on Spotify is the very first app for finding comedy content on Spotify.

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Unwrapped: A first look at Chrome's packaged apps

Offline? Sure. Local? Yes. Chrome packaged apps bring many gifts for users and developers. We explore them via UberConference, an early arrival in the Web Store.