Google Wants You To Pay Your Bills Via Gmail

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Google is working on a new product called Pony Express that lets you pay your pay their bills within Gmail, rather than having to go to a physical location to complete a payments.  The service is set to hit the market later this year.  Google has in the recent past articulated its need to have all the information in the world organized online and this project is a huge step in this direction. The other project working towards meeting this target is the Google Books project in which over 30 million volumes of books have so far been digitized.


Such a service would allow Google collect data could be used to refine how advertisements are targeted to individuals on Google, YouTube and partnering sites.  The service works in such a way that the user signs up using their Gmail account and thus provides personal information such as their name, address and credit card number or telephone  number.  Once a user is authenticated, he or she can start receiving bills or other mail in Gmail or the Inbox app (Google’s new email app).

Google plans to organize the bills in a special Pony Express folder. The user then  choose to pay a bill right from within Pony Express, using a link with a bank account or a debit card. There plans to link the service with Google Wallet.  The also allows users to share the bill with another user, pulls up customer service contact information for a given service provider and offers capability to take a photo of a piece of mail to have it archived in digital form in Pony Express.


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  1. The other day I was tweeting on the rate at which Google is improving its artificial intelligence systems.I recently bought an Android phone after a hustle with windows phone 8 and I was amazed that after a month of usage the phone literary knew me..things i type most…where I live,..where i work…and mind you I just logged into a synced Google account and the rest was done by the device. I was even a little afraid that the phone may just be too nosy. I cant wait to see a personal assistant on Android though.


    • You are right about the ability of Google to spook you by the amount of info they have on you. Google now is evidence of that, use it for a week and Google knows where you live and where you work, things you do, sites you visit and ultimately serve you ads based on that.

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