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Sources say Facebook's Project Titan may be preparing for a clash with Google's own email giant, Gmail.  (Source: Warner Brothers)

The company sent out special invites on Friday to a Monday event.  (Source: Facebook via TechCrunch)
Facebook rumored to have been secretly been developing the service since the start of the year

The web email market is pretty packed these days.  Exact estimates of market share are problematic, as they're typically gathered by client image loads, hence minimizing the market share of clients like Google's Gmail.  Currently, though, most experts agree that Google's Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, and Apple Mail are the big four of the e-mail world (AOL Mail still has a pretty loyal following as well).

Facebook announced on Friday that it was holding a special event on Monday, November 15, 2010 at St. Regis Yerba Buena Terrace in San Francisco.  The invite has a number of hints that the event might be something email-related, with comment bubbles and a mail-stationary like background.

Reportedly the social networking giant will be announcing a full-fledged, stand-alone email client, similar to Gmail, complete with addresses.  The full-fledged client The client has been in development since at least February of this year, under the code-name Project Titan.

If that proves true the code-name would seem appropriate as the ensuing competition would indeed be a clash of the titans as the internet's two hottest properties -- Facebook and Google -- wage war.

So will Facebook release the Kraken (e.g. the "Gmail Killer" that employees have been bragging about)?  We'll have to wait until next Monday to hear for sure.

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RE: Trust my e-mails to Facebook...?
By banvetor on 11/12/2010 11:51:56 AM , Rating: -1
and to Google, no problem?

and to Yahoo?
and to Microsoft?
and to your ISP?

unless you only use your work account, that is.

RE: Trust my e-mails to Facebook...?
By quiksilvr on 11/12/2010 12:01:26 PM , Rating: 5
I trust Google. Their privacy settings are actually quite concrete and their chat client is multitudes more stable than Facebook's.

By Omega215D on 11/12/2010 2:20:28 PM , Rating: 5
Not to mention that Gmail is more streamlined and less cluttered... kinda like what FB used to be back in the old University days.

RE: Trust my e-mails to Facebook...?
By rudy on 11/12/2010 4:04:28 PM , Rating: 2
Dont you remember buzz?

By angryplayer on 11/13/2010 2:17:29 PM , Rating: 5
And Google said "Ooops. We're terribly sorry, we're turning it off."

Facebook? "By the way, we changed the privacy settings on you 6 months ago and didn't let you know. Also, you're holding it wrong."

RE: Trust my e-mails to Facebook...?
By Fanon on 11/12/2010 12:04:36 PM , Rating: 5
Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, or my ISP doesn't have the security/privacy issues that Facebook has had. No thanks.

RE: Trust my e-mails to Facebook...?
By aharris on 11/12/2010 12:12:42 PM , Rating: 5

Then again the vast multitudes of FB users don't give a shit about privacy and personal security, and you can bet FB is counting on that.

RE: Trust my e-mails to Facebook...?
By aromero78 on 11/12/2010 12:16:55 PM , Rating: 4
I agree but I doubt the average facebook user has the technical knowledge to make an educated decision about this. For good or bad unless that totally screw it up it will be a huge success.

RE: Trust my e-mails to Facebook...?
By DerekZ06 on 11/12/2010 12:33:19 PM , Rating: 2
I'll use it and welcome it. I'll use it as my social email that I give out to friends to email me at. I already have a Hotmail and Gmail. Gmail is my more professional account that has the bank and other things tied to it. Hotmail is what I currently use as my social email with facebook, forums, and xbox live tied to it. With a Facebook address Ill just have hotmail for forums and an xbox live.

RE: Trust my e-mails to Facebook...?
By Souka on 11/12/2010 1:58:19 PM , Rating: 5
I'm a corporate IT server guy... no way in hell I'd use a email address when applying for my next job. Might as well be or


By dusteater on 11/12/2010 12:18:23 PM , Rating: 5
I use both Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail and I trust both of those. Facebook though... is a different world completely. I do not have a FB account and never, ever would. They are getting out of control, seriously.

By ArenaNinja on 11/12/2010 1:55:53 PM , Rating: 2
I came here to make the same comment as OP.

facebook's blatant disregard for privacy makes news almost every month (or privacy policy review).

google has been guilty of this as well (recent London "incident" comes to mind), but at least I know google is kept honest by both their competitors and the potential lawsuit. Hell, I got an e-mail where they were apologizing for google buzz.

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