Facebook 'Gmail Killer' Due Monday

Social network to reveal 'full-fledged webmail client,' say sources
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2010 9:49 AM CST
Facebook 'Gmail Killer' Due Monday
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, center, smiles with unidentified co-workers at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2010.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

In its latest step toward world domination, Facebook will unveil the web email service its staff calls “the Gmail killer” on Monday, sources tell TechCrunch. It’s more than just an update to Facebook messaging: Project Titan, as it’s known, is “a full-fledged webmail client” with loads of potential, writes Jason Kincaid.

Facebook already has the most popular photos and events products in the world; integrating these “in a seamless fashion” with a webmail client should be fruitful. Plus, since “Facebook knows who your friends are,” it can likely deduce personal emails’ priority levels. The project, Kincaid notes, may explain “the timing” of the war between Google and Facebook over contacts.
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