Back in Dec-2005, I'd written to Gmail support team with a request for enabling Gmail to access POP accounts with other email providers. Not only does it help consolidate my email accounts with Gmail (which may in itself be a good or bad thing depending on your POV), it will also help Gmail in providing more relevant ads for me.
The Gmail support team acknowledged that this was something they didn't then have and would pass it onto the appropriate team. Finally, today, I saw that Gmail announced this "feature" availability, beginning with their "usual" partial rollout process.
And, I'm one of those lucky few who has this feature enabled in the account already. Understandably, it's only a matter of time before everyone else gets it.
Wohoooo !!!!!!! Go Gmail !! Now, to figure out how much more of myself do I expose to Google :)