GMail for UK Users now Working

When Google [GOOG] launched GMail in the UK a trademark was infringed forcing Google to call the service Google Mail. For those who adopted the service early in the UK, they managed to get an account, but since about 2005 all UK GMail addresses actually end in

After a 5 year dispute the tradmark issues are now resolved (someway or another in an undisclosed financial agreement) and users in the UK can now use for their email address.

The company who owned the trademark originally asked for £50 million, but it isn’t clear if they got that or anywhere near it. Either way, the matter is now closed and the company are happy with the outcome.

Google had something a little more exciting to say on the subject which includes a statement on how much energy is saved per day by users entering 50% less characters to type gmail rather than Googlemail each time…

‘Since ˜gmail’ is 50% fewer characters than ˜googlemail,’ we estimate this name change will save approximately 60 million keystrokes a day. At about 217 microjoules per keystroke, that’s about the energy of 20 bonbons saved every day!

Via: Geeky Gadgets

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