Monday, June 29, 2015

Around The Net

  • Facebook Poaches Yahoo's Security Chief, The Man Behind Yahoo Mail EncryptionThe Washington Post

    Facebook has hired Alex Stamos, Yahoo's chief information security officer, as the social network's new chief security officer. Stamos was running Yahoo Mail's new end-to-end encryption service, which makes consumer emails more secure by encrypting messages in transit. "The Internet has been an incredible force for connecting the world and giving individuals access to personal, educational and economic opportunities that are unprecedented in human history," Stamos blogged. "These benefits are not without risk, and it is the responsibility of our industry to build the safest, most trustworthy products possible." ...Read the whole story

  • Microsoft Searches For Cause of British Parliament's Email Shut DownComputerWeekly

    Last week the British Parliment's email and Skype communications went offline for three days, and Microsoft, the provider, has yet to figure out what caused the system to collapse. The shut down affect about 2,000 people or one third of the staff. Staffers noticed emails disappearing on Monday and outages continued for several days. Microsoft is still trying to figure out what caused the issue. ...Read the whole story

  • UK Woman Lost Deposit for House Due to Email ScamYahoo

    A woman in the UK was scammed out of her entire savings by responding to a spam email. Vivian Gabb, who was in the middle of buying a house, thought that the email was from her lawyer. The spam message instructed Gabb to transfer about GBP50,000 ($78,000) as the down payment, which she did. Scammers had hacked into her account and knew about her pending transaction, and took advantage of that knowledge by pretending to be her lawyer. ...Read the whole story

  • Hospitals Discourage Doctors From Emailing PatientsPsych Central

    While patients like the idea of communicating with their doctors via email or social media, most hospitals and medical groups recommend that doctors keep their distance in order to preserve patient privacy, and communication overload. Still, digital communications between patients and medical practioners will likely grow. According to a new study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 37 percent of patients have used a personal email to contact their doctors or hospital within the past six months and 18 percent reported using Facebook for the same purpose. Among 25 to 44 year olds, 49 percent were most likely ... ...Read the whole story

  • Presidential Candidates Are Going With Email For Fundraising EffortsABC News

    Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Rick Santorum and Ted Cruz may have different policy ideas, but they've got something in common when it comes to fundraising. All of the 2016 presidential candidates are sending a bunch of email looking to raise money for their campaigns. ...Read the whole story

  • Scam Email Spoofs MicrosoftSoftpedia

    Scammers are circulating an email, claiming to come from Microsoft. The spam emails are targeted at consumers that have purchased a Microsoft product. The message seeks personal data from the recipient in the form of asking them to confirm their billing address by June 30. ...Read the whole story

  • State Department Says Clinton Didn't Turn Over Every EmailReuters

    The U.S. State Department claims that Hillary Clinton did not hand over at least 15 emails from her time as secretary of state, despite the fact that Clinton claims to have turned over her entire database of emails while in office. The department learned that the record was incomplete after Sidney Blumenthal, an informal adviser to Clinton, provided several previously undisclosed emails to U.S. lawmakers investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. ...Read the whole story

  • The Sacramento Kings Increases Season Ticket Holders by Working on Email TimingDirect Marketing News

    The marketing department for the Sacramento Kings has improved the response rates from its email program after working on timing. Working with an app called ToutApp, which is an email-focused marketing tool, the team analyzed the behavior of its customer base to determine the best times to send emails. Since the team applied the new strategy earlier this year, they have seen their season-ticket base more than double. ...Read the whole story

  • Private Eye Could Be Sentenced For Hacking EmailThe New York Times
  • Good Technology Releases App Dedicated to Email on the Apple WatchInformation Age
Summer Trends 2015

Last summer I wrote a piece about trends, following the Internet Retailer Conference and Exposition (IRCE). And now the first real summer of wearables is upon us. ...More