Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Around The Net

  • Spike Feresten Plays With Email ScammersJalopnik

    Comedian Spike Feresten has had a little fun with email scammers. After placing an ad in Porsche Panorama magazine, seeking out a car part for his vintage vehicle, email scammers got in touch claiming to have the part and seeking money to produce it. The emails looked very sketchy and they were obviously spammers. Feresten had a little fun at their expense, stringing them along and making them think that he would play their game. ...Read the whole story

  • Return Path Awarded New Patent to Use Data to Measure Inbox PlacementAdotas

    Email delivery services firm Return Path has been awarded a new patent to measure inbox placement and determine whether email marketing messages have landed in an inbox or spam trap. The U.S. Patent #8,719,356 B2 patent allows the company to use multiple data sources to monitor email delivery rates in order to determine inbox placement rates. ...Read the whole story

  • Inbox Expands Integration & Reveals API PricingTechCrunch

    Email startup Inbox is launching an open source email app to make it easier for developers to use the email app. The company, which was founded by Dropbox and MIT graduates, has also revealed the pricing for its hosted Inbox API. In addition, the company has expanded its app from Gmail integration to include support for Yahoo, Hotmail/Outlook.com and Microsoft Exchange. ...Read the whole story

  • Scammer Gets 5 Months House Arrest After Selling Email Passwords Times Record

    Mark Anthony Townsend, an Arkansas man who plead guilty to selling stolen email passwords, has been sentenced to five months of house arrest and a $10,000 fine. Townsend plead guilty back in April to running a website called needapassword.com from May 2002 to June 2013. The site allowed its customers to illegally purchase passwords to other people's email accounts. ...Read the whole story

  • German Privacy Watchdog Asks Google to Disclose Its Data Profiling PracticesReuters

    A German data protection agency has warned Google to ask for a user's permission in order to create data profiles. The agency demands that users be able to decide for themselves which data is used for consumer profiling. Google has not historically disclosed to German citizens how it aggregates data across its services including Gmail, Android phones and search. The move comes as Google has been facing stricter regulations from European governments in regards to consumer privacy. ...Read the whole story

  • Emails Reveal That CA Politician Campaigned During Official Business HoursSan Jose Inside

    California Representative Mike Honda is under investigation for allowing his reelection campaigners to promote their message during official government events and business hours. Honda's office have denied the allegations but new emails have surfaced reveal that a campaigner used her private email account to work on Honda's campaign while she was on the clock and should have been working on official state business. ...Read the whole story

  • Front Raises $3.1M For Email Based B-to-B Reception ServiceTechCrunch

    A startup called front has just raised $3.1 million from a great group of SaaS investors, for a new email-based service that acts like a reception desk for small companies. The platform will accept any emails sent to email addresses such as contact@ or info@ a company and allows employees to process these emails in a task management tool. Team members can assign the communications to each other to follow up on. ...Read the whole story