I don't know about the negative attention. I am on a list for admins and we have been discussing gmail [google mail] since it first showed it's face. What astounds us most is the amount of storage they are going to need if they do indeed give out 1GB per user - even assuming that most people will take quite a while to reach that limit !!!
It would seem that Google's new email service is drawing some negative attention. http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/internet/04/06/google.email/index.html
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