Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Dec 2013 00:18 UTC
Google

Having access to your data and being able to take it with you is important, especially if that data contains precious memories like old love letters, your first job offer, or that 100-message thread discussing the merits of various cat videos. Starting today we're rolling out the ability to export a copy of your Gmail and Google Calendar data, making it easy to back up your data or move to another service.

You can download all of your mail and calendars or choose a subset of labels and calendars. You can also download a single archive file for multiple products with a copy of your Gmail, Calendar, Google+, YouTube, Drive, and other Google data.

Great move by Google. The Data Liberation Front had gotten a bit stale, and it was about time exporting all your emails from Gmail became easier. Good backup tool, too - for, you know, company stuff. Or emails from a girl you like.

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Google Less Evil
by andrewclunn on Fri 6th Dec 2013 01:27 UTC
andrewclunn
Member since:
2012-11-05

It's not that Google doesn't do evil. it's that they do enough good that (when I compare them to other tech companies) they don't seem all bad. Things like this make it easier for me to stick with gmail. Totally using duck duck go though.

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RE: Google Less Evil
by Fergy on Fri 6th Dec 2013 08:59 in reply to "Google Less Evil"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

It's not that Google doesn't do evil. it's that they do enough good that (when I compare them to other tech companies) they don't seem all bad. Things like this make it easier for me to stick with gmail. Totally using duck duck go though.

A few years ago I would have agreed with you. But Google has become so much like a Facebook/Microsoft hybrid that I am constantly on the lookout for something better.
- closing google reader
- closing igoogle
- breaking youtube subscriptions
- breaking youtube comments
- stop supporting Galaxy Nexus (600 euro!)
- moving away from open standards
- playstore
On top of that. Where is the innovation? A few years back we got Maps, Gmail, Reader, iGoogle, Youtube etc.

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RE[2]: Google Less Evil
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 6th Dec 2013 19:50 in reply to "RE: Google Less Evil"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I can't dispute your complaints about killing off products, but they are still innovative.


New innovations at Google:

-Play Newstand
-Google Now
-Google Plus
-Google Glass
-Google Dart
-Self Driving Cars
-Chrome Pixel

In addition to all of the updates with their existing products. Ie, Google Maps is much better now than it was when released, ditto for all others ( including Youtube IMHO, but I've always despised the comments and never used subscriptions. )

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