Probably too obvious and predictable but...
"It means that netizens should not have any expectation of privacy when chatting confidentially to their buddies via Google Talk (aka GChat) and Google Hangouts
until the bug is crushed."
Stunned Google Talk users have discovered their messages are going to the WRONG recipients on the web chat system. Conversations appear to be funnelled to anyone on your contacts list rather than just the intended receiver. The advertising giant is aware of the cock-up, but has yet to fix the glitch. It means that netizens …
You almost edited it to reveal the true case, but not quite:
It means that netizens should not have any expectation of privacy when chatting confidentially to their buddies via Google Talk (aka GChat) and Google Hangouts anything until the bug is crushed."
It means that netizens should not have any expectation of privacy
when chatting confidentially to their buddies via Google Talk (aka GChat) and Google Hangout
Is this really something new from the company who's new official motto is "Sign up for Google+ now or we'll break your legs"?
From your link: Google Talk service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.
Clearly not fixed, just a little sign of things to come for the permanent beta that is Google web services.
"I know some people feel that marriage as an institution is dying out, but I disagree and the point was driven home to me rather forcefully not long ago by a letter I received which said: 'Darling, I love you and I cannot live without you. Marry me, or I will kill myself.' Well, I was a little disturbed at that until I took another look at the envelope and saw that it was addressed to 'Occupant.' " - Tom Lehrer
I use an adapter that plugs into my ethernet and allows me to use google voice/google chat as my land line connection, so do three of my friends, and several more use google voice as a unified phone number.
So far I have received one mangled voice mail which started with one friend leaving me a message and ended with a 2nd talking to a receptionist to schedule a medial appointment. The middle part was them talking over each other so neither could hear the other speak.
I would have hoped that you had looked into this during the trials to see if the stuff worked properly, but obviously that was not something that was tested.
After all, why test that IMs get to the intended recipient in a chat session ? That's just a waste of time, innit ? Especially on a Friday evening, which has to be when this service was put into production.
Yes, production. Sorry, but when you roll out something to all and sundry you can call it beta all you want, it's in production.
Might want to think about that next time.
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