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Much has been written about the new Google GMail trial, which is an e-mail service that offers a gigabyte of archiving, Google search of your mail archives and a nice interface. It's free, because while you read your mail, Google ads will be displayed based on keywords found in the mail you are reading (just as the Google Adsense program shows ads like the ones you see on the right based on words found in this document.) GMail created a surprising storm for a product that hasn't yet been released. A coalition of privacy groups asked Google to hold back on releasing it. A California state senator proposed a law to ban the advertising function. Editorials and blog entries left and right have condemned it and praised it. I come to this problem from two sides. One, I'm a fan of Google, and have been friends with Google's management since they started the company. I've a... (more)