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Gmail gets an upgrade for its 15th birthday

Gmail launched April 1, 2004 — but the service was clearly no joke. For its 15th birthday, Google is adding a bunch of new features.

Why it matters: Gmail has become a force not just in consumer webmail, but also powering email for businesses large and small. Both Yahoo and Microsoft can tell you what happens if you stop being the coolest email kid on the block.

Exclusive: Email scammers take advantage of Gmail dot feature

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An email scam outfit is taking advantage of Gmail's "dot" feature to streamline operations, according to email security firm Agari.

Gmail dots? Gmail allows users to add or subtract periods in their email addresses at will. If you own the right to someusername@gmail.com, you will receive emails sent to some.user.name@gmail.com and s.o.m.e.u.s.e.r.n.a.m.e@gmail.com.