A solid email offering from Facebook could be a huge deal. Other big web companies, especially leading webmail provider Yahoo, rely on email to secure their position as home base for their users on the web, driving traffic to their other properties. Google has already done a lot of damage with Gmail, which is growing rapidly while other webmail contenders decline. Facebook is trying to steal Gmail’s thunder, and do further damage to Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL.
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