The University of Wisconsin-Madison's technology department is pushing to change the university's email system from WiscMail to Microsoft Office 365. The group presented the plan this week. The idea came out of an eight month survey across the campus including input from students and staff which determined that Microsoft Office 365 would be more efficient.
Acompli, a tech startup that is working on a mobile email app for the iPhone, has raised $7.3 million in Series A funding. The company aims to build an app that turns the inbox into a productivity tool. The app is currently available in beta and is slated to launch in Q2 2014. It will be available for free with an upgrade for additional services.
The Department of Motor Vehicles in New York has created a new service that lets drivers sign up to receive notifications through email or text when their car's inspection and registration needs to be renewed. These digital reminders can be set up to go out 90, 60, and 30 days prior to expiration and again at expiration. Inspection reminders will go out on the first of the month of expiration, the 15th and then again when the inspection expires.
Last week, crowd funding site Kickstarter was hacked into and the compromise exposed customer data. The company revealed the news in a blog post over the weekend. As part of the hack, customer email addresses and encrypted passwords were exposed. ABC News points out that even though hackers have access to these passwords, they were encrypted.
In October, the mother of Olympic figure skater Michael Martinez sent the president of The Philippines an email requesting information on how she could inform President Aquino of her son's qualification in the 2014 Winter Olympics and their need for government financial support. The president's office said that they didn't receive the email and said that it likely landed in their spam folder. Ultimately, Martinez received financial aid from the Philippine Sports Commission.
Casino giant chain Sands Corp.'s email system was hacked. The company broke the news last week, but revealed today that the compromise was deeper than they had previously thought. The company's sites were down for six days after hackers used their access to post images meant to shame Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson after he made comments about using nuclear weapons on Iran. The hack exposed the company's email system, employees' Social Security numbers, as well as employee files and a diagram of the company's internal networks.
When ZDNet reporter David Gerwitz got an email from his local AT&T sales affiliate, he thought it was spam. According to Gerwitz, the email looked so bad with the subject line, "At&t local support can help," that when he opened it, he was only looking for signs of spam, not a real marketing message. "The sender can't even seem to capitalize the letters of her company in the subject," he explained. However, the email did originate from an AT&T server and was in fact from a local rep.
The Los Angeles Times received an internal L.A. County Sheriff's Department email that has shed new light on former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka in a federal case concerning a jail inmate who was working as an FBI informant. Federal prosecutors claim that deputies halted FBI progress by hiding the undercover within the jail system knowing that he was an informant. According to the email Tanaka or one of his subordinates had to be present for deputies to move Brown.
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden has issued a warning to residents of the state that an email scam is circulating. The email appears to come from a credit union and asks the recipient to verify account activity. When a recipient clicks the link, they are asked to disclose bank account numbers and other identifying information. Biden said that citizens should delete these emails.
Last week, the president of PayPal sent an email to his team scolding his employees for not using PayPal's app. The email was leaked the next day and has raised a conversation about whether or not Marcus went to far in his email. "It's been brought to my attention that when testing paying with mobile at Cafe 17 last week, some of you refused to install the PayPal app (!!?!?!!), and others didn't even remember their PayPal password. That's unacceptable to me, and the rest of my team, everyone at PayPal should use our products where available. That's the only …