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Google’s ‘Smart Compose’ Feature on Gmail to Suggest Email Subjects to Help Users

The feature was introduced as Google’s attempt to “cut down on the effort it takes for you to write emails and replies”, the report added

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Google has released a new interface design for the mobile version of Gmail that includes new visual implementations as well as feature additions., Pixabay

Google’s “Smart Compose” feature on Gmail would now help users with email subject line suggestions, letting them draft their emails even faster.

The new ability arrived on Gmail on Thursday, moving us slightly closer to a future where we just use bots to replace our more mundane communications, The Verge reported.

“After you type up the body of your email, ‘Smart Compose’ may suggest a subject for the email based on its content, for example, a ‘Happy Birthday!’ subject suggestion for an email to a friend about making birthday plans,” the report said.

The expanded “Smart Compose” option is rolling out to all Gmail users and could take up to 15 days to go live widely.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai. (Wikimedia Commons)

Even though the feature is on by default, users could choose to turn it off.

Relying on Machine Learning (ML), Gmail’s “Smart Compose” feature already predicts the next sentence a user could type while drafting an email.

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During its October 2018 Pixel event, Google rolled out the feature exclusively to the “Pixel 3” devices and earlier in March, the search-engine giant began expanding the feature to non-Pixel devices.

The feature was introduced as Google’s attempt to “cut down on the effort it takes for you to write emails and replies”, the report added. (IANS)

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Facebook ‘Unintentionally’ Uploaded Emails of Nearly 1.5 mn Users

The social network said the contacts weren’t shared with anyone and are being deleted

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This photo shows a Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

In a latest privacy goof up, Facebook “unintentionally” uploaded the emails of nearly 1.5 million of its users during the past three years.

A Facebook spokesperson admitted on late Wednesday that emails of 1.5 million people were harvested since May 2016 to help build Facebook’s web of social connections and recommend other users to add as friends.

First reported by Business Insider, the revelation came to light after a security researcher noticed that “Facebook was asking some users to enter their email passwords when they signed up for new accounts to verify their identities”.

“Last month we stopped offering email password verification as an option for people verifying their account when signing up for Facebook for the first time,” the Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying.

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FILE – A 3D printed Facebook logo is seen in front of a displayed Russian flag in this photo illustration, Aug. 3, 2018. VOA

“We’ve fixed the underlying issue and are notifying people whose contacts were imported,” Facebook said.

The social network said the contacts weren’t shared with anyone and are being deleted, reports CNET.

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“People can also review and manage the contacts they share with Facebook in their settings,” said the company.

Facebook is facing the heat over several data scandals, including the massive Cambridge Analytica scandal where personal information of up to 87 million users was leaked. (IANS)