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MS: "Google reads your mail"

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Date: Oct 08, 2007 - 01:00 PM
An interesting salvo from Microsoft: Steve Ballmer says the difference between Google Mail and Hotmail is that Google reads your mail.

"Google's had the same experience, even though they read your mail and we don't," Ballmer said, to chuckles and and a couple of gasps in the audience. "That's just a factual statement, not even to be pejorative. The theory was if we read your mail, if somebody read your mail, they would know what to talk to you about. It's not working out as brilliantly as the concept was laid out."

Ballmer isn't the first to fire salvos at Google's Gmail privacy policy. Privacy advocates have been critical over the policy almost since the beginning, but the popularity of the service has skyrocketed nonetheless.
I prefer having my own mail on my own server... but to each their own. In the world of free products, you get what you pay for.

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