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City Council to Engage in Serious Google Talk Today

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On the agenda today for the City Council is consideration of a proposal that will "replace the city government's crash-prone e-mail system with a Google-based application," according to the Daily News.The impetus behind what some view as a costly or belated upgrade is the fact that the system they currently use, GroupWise, is often down and unreliable. In fact, Matt Szabo, who serves as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's deputy chief of staff, calls GroupWise, which is administered by Novell, "one of the most antiquated crash prone e-mail systems in the history of humankind," noting for example it was down all weekend and into Monday.