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While Google was preparing a similar redesign and feature adding update for its popular free email service, little did the company know that others were undoing the hard work and secrecy of the relaunch.
Google only went and accidentally released what its Gmail update would look like shortly before it allowed first-adopters in. But how did they pull it? By filing a copyright claim against itself to force the video to disappear. Sloppy move, chaps and lasses.
Granted, it wasn't as though they declared war on France, or was overheard slagging off the Israeli prime minister, but nevertheless it could be seen that it was the catalyst of much worse to come.
Nearly two weeks after the leak, the company released the brand new interface, sporting a very similar look to Google Reader. At least this time around people were not so resilient to the changes.
Privacy campaigners and organisations jumped, almost without hesitance, at the thought that Google's controversial 360-degree Street View venture could be heading indoors. Though Google did not publicly respond to the privacy claims, the search giant attracted even more negative attention for its past indiscretions over public privacy and data protection.
Though "privacy will be central" to the new project, and faces will continue to be blurred out, some are still sceptical over the extension to the street-level mapping service. At least the service is opt-in only, rather than Google bursting down the doors, armed with photographers and panoramic photo kits.
Google tweaked, or rather, completely revamped its search algorithm in a bid to 'freshen up' its search results and remain competitive on the search engine front. After all, search is what Google became famous for.
While more news-related posts will float to the top of the search results, and more recent articles, pages and news results will rank higher than previously before, the overall changes will affect over 35 percent of all Google searches.
But worst of all, it was discovered that Google can now trawl through Facebook comments left via Facebook on other websites.
In that case, I hope you're not trolling, otherwise it'll remain in Google's index for years (or forever, for all we know).