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Yahoo Mail Gets Upgrade in Social, Search, Speed, Security, Interface Yahoo Mail Gets Upgrade in Social, Search, Speed, Security, Interface
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Yahoo Mail has 284 million users, and it’s now rolling out the new verison of Yahoo Mail to all of them (though you can upgrade yourself if you don’t want to wait). “Yahoo!’s vision for online communications brings together all …

Twitter Leans on Email A Bit More To Drive Engagement Twitter Leans on Email A Bit More To Drive Engagement

Twitter is rolling out email notifications letting users know when someone they follow retweets or favorites one of their tweets. This could be a subtle, but major step in increasing user engagement with Twitter. Upon Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s return …

Email, Social Media Communication Increases, IM Use Decreases Email, Social Media Communication Increases, IM Use Decreases
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As part of a study commissioned by Microsoft, market research company MarketTools surveyed 1,268 professionals and students over the age of 18 about their email habits and other forms of communication at home and at work. 45% of those surveyed …

Royal Wedding Brings Out the Cyber Criminals Royal Wedding Brings Out the Cyber Criminals
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Cyber criminals are exploiting the world’s fascination with the British Royal Wedding, which is taking place on Friday. They’re using the attention the event is getting to bolster spam campaigns and push rogue antivirus software through black hat search tactics, …

Epsilon and Other Data Breaches Prompt OTA Action Epsilon and Other Data Breaches Prompt OTA Action

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) has announced what it is calling the “Security by design” framework and related guidelines in response to recent data breaches of email marketing firms Epsilon, Cheetah Mail, Silverpop, Return Path, and others who had customer …

Epsilon Breach – Phishing Likely the Main Threat for Customers Epsilon Breach – Phishing Likely the Main Threat for Customers

The Epsilon security breach continues to have people on edge and irritated. Meanwhile, the companies’ with email databases that were compromised continue to send out emails to customers alerting them of the situation. Some are going further, and providing advice …

Epsilon Breach Not Too Worrisome, According to Security Experts Epsilon Breach Not Too Worrisome, According to Security Experts
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The messages continue to flood inboxes, as a result of the Epsilon security breach, which put consumers’ email addresses into the hands of…someone. I’ve seen my share of messages from the companies that used Epsilon, warning me of the breach, …

Epsilon Hacked, Major Bank, Retailer Customers’ Email Addresses Stolen Epsilon Hacked, Major Bank, Retailer Customers’ Email Addresses Stolen
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Hackers have gained the names and email addresses of millions of people who do business with a variety of companies, by way of third-party email marketing provider Epsilon. Epsilon claims to be the world’s largest permission-based email marketing provider, sending …

Microsoft Adds “Active View” Support for LinkedIn, Netflix, Posterous, LivingSocial Microsoft Adds “Active View” Support for LinkedIn, Netflix, Posterous, LivingSocial

Microsoft announced added support for its “Active View” functionality in Hotmail, for LinkedIn, Netflix, Posterous, and LivingSocial. In a nutshell, this means you can now interact with each of these services as if you were on their respective sites, without …

TripAdvisor’s Email List Breached TripAdvisor’s Email List Breached
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TripAdvisor, one of the top travel review websites around, released a statement today that warns its members of a security breach that allowed the theft of a portion of their email list.  How large of a portion they don’t say, …

Email Lives: Even Mark Zuckerberg’s Dog Uses It Email Lives: Even Mark Zuckerberg’s Dog Uses It
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Ok, this is admittedly silly, but in light of recent conversations about email being in danger because of social media services like Facebook and Twitter, it seemed worth mentioning – especially when you consider that Facebook has suggested in the …

AP Stylebook Updates Tech Words

If you were devastated when you found out the Associated Press frowns upon the Oxford Comma, you might agree with some of their later decisions. Some notable tech items have been changed by the venerable manual. On Friday, the AP …

Blogger Gets “Follow By Email” Feature
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Google’s Blogger has launched a new feature called “follow by email”. The feature is pretty self-explanatory really. It lets users follow blogs via email. It’s a great idea that should’ve been implemented years ago. “Fresh content is the fuel that …

Microsoft Office Web Apps for Hotmail Available Everywhere

Microsoft announced that its Office Web Apps for Windows Live SkyDrive and Hotmail are now available n 18 new countries in Central and South America, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, …

Google Loses Gmail Users’ Email, Says It Will Be Back in Hours
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Some Gmail users have had some problems over the last day or so. Email messages have gone missing, along with labels, themes and other personalized settings. Google is working on fixing this. 

While only a small percentage of Google users was affected, that still accounts for thousands of users –  tens of thousands, according to ComputerWorld, who estimates the number to be about 35,000. 

LinkedIn Recognizes Importance of Email, Launches New Feature
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LinkedIn announced the launch of a new targeted email feature for users seeking jobs. LinkedIn members who view jobs on the service will receive recommendations automatically via email. 

The feature is powered by LinkedIn’s "Jobs You May Be Interested In" system, and the emails include results that are personalized based on the user’s profile. 

Is Email Really in Danger Because of Social Media?
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I’m not sure which came first, the idea that social media is killing blogs or social media is killing email. Both arguments are brought up every so often, and both are equally ludicrous if you ask me. Earlier this week, we examined the former, and interestingly enough, the latter was also brought up by recent data from comScore and the Pew Internet Project. 

Spammers Hijack Google Brand to Push Online Pharmacy

Google Accredited Spam

Symantec’s MessageLabs Intelligence recently tracked a new pharmaceutical spam campaign that promotes an online pharmacy, claiming that it is "Google-accredited". 

"This is obvious brand hijacking: Google does not host or approve any pharmacy sites," a representative for the security firm tells WebProNews. 

Hotmail Gets Email Aliases

Microsoft has launched a new feature for Hotmail, providing Hotmail users with aliases so they don’t have to give their primary email address to every site that asks for one, and still don’t have to go create a whole new account. 

Goodmail Comes to an End
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Goodmail Systems will shut down this month, according to Direct Marketing News, who reports that CEO Daniel Dreymann says the main reason is an acquisition attempt by an undisclosed Fortune 500 company was taken off the table. 

"We were on track to be acquired," Dreymann told the publication. "We got a terms sheet, and they left us at the altar at the last minute."

Will Local B2B Be the Next Web Trend?
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Most of you would probably agree that local is one of the biggest trends on the web these days, fueled by a variety of factors: increased mobile and smartphone usage, localized deals services (like Groupon), and of course search. Local is a major focus of Google right now, as evidenced by an increasing number of local results being returned for queries, as well as products like Google Places, Hotpot and Google Offers.