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Microsoft CEO Says Google Reads Your Mail
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Ask an average guy on the street, and, assuming he’s not a conspiracy theorist, he’ll tell you that the only people who read an email are listed in the “to” and “from” address boxes.  But Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer has stated that information sent through Gmail is read by Google, too.

Tim Armstrong Sees Toronto Agency Growth

Google’s North American president of advertising, Tim Armstrong, is quoted in a Globe and Mail article today as seeing a proliferation of ad agency jobs as a result of Google’s dominance of the online ad market. Armstrong is in town to "meet with his Canadian team," according to the article.

Microsoft Backs New Postal Technology

Depending on how much you trust the current government that likes to tap phones and secretly search your houses, an electronic form of paper mail that you can receive anywhere, anytime might be a good thing. At least you won’t to worry about anthrax.

Google Street View To Respect Canada’s Privacy
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Canadian people have visible faces, and Canadian cars have legible license plates.  But when Google Street View offers images of Canada, these features will be blurred or otherwise blocked out in order to respect privacy concerns.

Dial-Up Users Happier Than Broadband Users

High-speed Internet service continues to attract new subscribers, but satisfaction measurement for high-speed customers indicates that service providers are not making significant progress in producing loyal customers, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Internet Service Provider Residential (ISP) customer Satisfaction study out today.

Yahoo And Zimbra, Still An Odd Deal

The $350 million cash price tag Yahoo will pay for email software firm Zimbra makes the mind reel. Especially since Yahoo just got finished with a major update for its Mail product.

Mozilla’s Mail Call Answered By Ascher

ActiveState’s CTO and VP of engineering, David Ascher, will helm Mozilla’s new effort to build upon their Thunderbird email client.

Yahoo Mail Speeds Out Of Beta

Yahoo’s unlimited storage email service shed its beta label and added the ability to send and receive text messages to and from mobile phones in several countries.

Gmail as a Spam Filter on Cpanel

You probably have heard that you can use Gmail to filter spam for all your email addresses. You might have gone so far as to look up how to do it and end up a little frustrated because your not a server whiz and rely on cpanel to set up filters. The reason your having problems is because Cpanel is a bit different than a vanilla Linux install.

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HBO To Close Comedy Site

HBO comedy Web site "This Just In" will be closing down at the end of August, numerous sources are reporting.

AOL Launches New Mail And Widget
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AOL has released an e-mail service with AIM integration that enables users to simultaneously e-mail and IM from the same application.

Snail Mail vs. Email Study Yields Mixed Results
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There are a number of questions not readily answerable about this survey, but some of the results make intuitive sense to me at least. The survey was conducted by International Communications Research (ICR) and concludes that customers overwhelmingly prefer promotional messages via snail mail (but that doesn’t mean they are persuaded by them).

Not All Goodmail Partners Have A Whitelist
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Goodmail Systems announced last week that four major Internet service providers will be adding CertifiedEmail to their repertoire of email filters. The sweeping partnerships give Goodmail automatic access to some 65 percent of US inboxes.

Big Guys Go Startup Shopping

I’m still trying to recover from the incredible two days that was the mesh conference, and will be posting updates and links to video, blogs, photos and reviews as I come across them, but in the meantime here’s a cross-post from my Globe and Mail blog in which I try to catch up with two of the many tech deals that occurred while I was en-meshed:

AOL Previews Mail Gadget

AOL is launching a preview of their "AOL Social Mail Gadget" which was created using Microsoft Silverlight technology.

Fair Isaac Enters Click Fraud Debate

A study of click fraud by Fair Isaac found 10 to 15 percent of ad traffic is “pathological,” and is more of a problem than companies like Google and Yahoo want to admit.

Yahoo Begins Unlimited Email Storage

The global rollout of Yahoo’s shift to endless email started today, with all users expected to be upgraded in the coming months.

Search Engine Crosses Canadian At Border

Canadian psychotherapist Andrew Feldmar had an unpleasant experience when he tried to cross the border into the U.S. last summer.

Gmail’s Normal Spam Filtering Returns

After an extended period of time during which I simply couldn’t trust Gmail’s spam filter to Do The Right Thing, I’m happy to report that for the last few weeks it has been performing exceptionally well.

Yahoo Mail Develops An Open API
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Web developers will have the ability to leverage the 250 million users of Yahoo Mail as they create innovative and interesting applications based on the product; Yahoo Mail vice president John Kremer can’t wait to see what they do.

Yahoo’s Mail API & Unlimited Storage

I’ll have more to say about some of the larger issues around this in a few days, but now that the embargo has been lifted (damn you, Om Malik), I wanted to point at the pair of announcements from Yahoo! Mail today and yesterday.