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  (Source: AllThingsD)
More personal content will be mixedwith web search results

Google is making moves to turn its traditional web search service into something more personal for each individual user. Google has begun a limited field trial of a new search system integrating personal search into its generic web search results. The way the system works is if the user searches for "Amazon" using Google search, their own Gmail e-mails showing Amazon confirmations will be offered alongside the results. 
The personal search results will also work with a myriad of other inquiries. Another example would be the ability to run a Google web search for a phrase like "my flights" and get results showing your own e-mail itineraries that arrived at Gmail.
“This is a baby step in a really complicated area,” said Sagar Kamdar, director of product management for universal search, speaking at a search presentation for reporters at the company’s San Francisco office.

Google has admitted that including a user's personal e-mail into its web search has been difficult to master because the e-mails need to be private and secure. The trial Google is running is apparently open to anyone who registers here.
Google's Amit Singhal also notes that the personal e-mail search feature doesn't necessarily have to be limited to Gmail. He said, "We are very willing to work with every email provider." I can't see many competing email firms being willing to turn over access to an individual's e-mails to Google.
Google search integration with Gmail isn't all Google has planned. According to the Google executives, other Google products will be added to the search mix as well. In the future when a person runs a search on Google not only would e-mail results be returned, but also Docs, Calendar, and Drive content.

Source: AllThingsD

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How nice of them.
By Nekrik on 8/9/2012 10:26:15 AM , Rating: 5
"We are very willing to work with every email provider." - I bet they are, but no thanks.

I can already search my email all on my own.

RE: How nice of them.
By sigmatau on 8/9/2012 10:32:12 AM , Rating: 2
My thoughts exactly. I really wish there was a substitute for Google search. They are getting scarier every day. Bing is good, but not on par.

RE: How nice of them.
By drycrust3 on 8/9/2012 11:40:07 AM , Rating: 2
For a lot of searches the differences a minor. You can also try Dogpile or Duck Duck Go.
With regards to email searches, my belief is that what's in my email account is none of their business.
This should be an option people can opt into rather than having to opt out of, and it definitely should be an option where you can change the setting easily.

RE: How nice of them.
By SkullOne on 8/9/2012 11:51:27 AM , Rating: 4
It is going to be an opt-in service. People never ready anything anymore.

RE: How nice of them.
By ammaross on 8/9/2012 12:17:10 PM , Rating: 4
Not just being an opt-in service, but it will obviously require an authenticated session of your Google account (simple English: you have to be logged in first).

RE: How nice of them.
By NellyFromMA on 8/9/2012 4:36:54 PM , Rating: 3
If you use Gmail, you're email is already searched for targetted ad purposes. Now they are just making search less useful by incorporating your emails into it.

RE: How nice of them.
By rei-gouki on 8/13/2012 2:50:15 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, but I honestly cannot work out a reason for linking the search results. If I'm looking for something, I usually have an idea where it's located... well, at least, as far as the line separating the web, local drives, and my email is concerned, they are quite distinct to me. It's not like, say, I forgot where I left my glasses and need to search the house, car, work, everywhere I've been since I last saw them. As far as I've observed, when you look for something on or via a computer, you usually would know if it was on a drive, the web, or in your email and search just in that space.

As for an authenticated Google account to allow the searching of your email, I'd presume they intend to make it first and foremost as a convenience on Android devices, which uses a gmail log in to access all the other support services.

RE: How nice of them.
By Reclaimer77 on 8/9/2012 12:17:08 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah how dare Google for trying to personalize your web experience. This is voluntary anyway. Wtf is so scary about that?

RE: How nice of them.
By NellyFromMA on 8/9/2012 4:38:29 PM , Rating: 2
Scary, nothing. PArticularly because it doesn't represent further reach of Google's privacy invasion because it is already so broad. That is the scary part.

RE: How nice of them.
By Reclaimer77 on 8/9/2012 5:01:52 PM , Rating: 1
I'm getting tired of this "privacy" claim over Google, who has done nothing but enriched our Internet usage. Hell before Google came around we couldn't even see half the Internet because the search engines were so bad.

Google only collect anonymous usage data. If you don't believe that, okay. But can you produce someone that's supposedly been hurt somehow or had their privacy "violated" by Google?

Having concerns is one thing. Wearing a tin foiled hat is quite another.

RE: How nice of them.
By NellyFromMA on 8/10/2012 10:11:46 AM , Rating: 2
Due to the general poor quality of your arguements in general, I'm not going to take any more time out of my day to 'prove' anything to you as you have demonstrated only one thing consistently here: you are not open to having ANYTHING proven to you. That you think you're entitled to my explaining something very rudementary to you is frankly laughable. Go look in your own google settings and look at how you need to opt out of having all your behavior tracked by your gmail. I'm not wearing a tin hat, I'm just not wearing blinders either. Too bad you refuse to do the same.

RE: How nice of them.
By kleinma on 8/9/2012 12:24:33 PM , Rating: 2
I use bing and then fall back on google. I would say I fall back on google for one out of every 50 searches, and I may not even find the result I was looking for their either.

Google is still better than bing as a whole, but I think the gap is getting smaller.

I still trust the company that makes its money with actual products more than the company that makes its money off data mining.

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