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Gmail Takes Security Precautions Related To New Non-Latin Character Support

Last week, Google announced that it started recognizing non-Latin characters in email addresses, opening up the ability for users to send and receive emails in more languages. By doing this, however, they were potentially opening the door to more spam slipping through the cracks courtesy of bad actors using sneak character combinations. Google isn’t letting this happen though. The company …

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Here’s A Guide To Email Blacklists

A recent report from Epsilon found that email open rates in the fourth quarter of 2013 were up year-over-year. In order to get opens though, you have to reach people in the first pace. That means avoiding blacklists. Return Path has a new infographic based on findings from analysis of sixteen months of blacklisting events affecting large email senders. The …

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What Have Google’s Biggest Mistakes Been?

Do you feel like Google makes many mistakes when it comes to trying to improve its search results? Do you think they’ve gone overboard or not far enough with regards to some aspect of spam-fighting? In the latest Google Webmaster Help video, head of webspam Matt Cutts talks about what he views as mistakes that he has made. He discusses …

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Facebook Is Killing 3 Types Of Content In The News Feed

Facebook announced even more changes to its News Feed algorithm today, aimed at “cleaning up News Feed spam”. Facebook will be targeting three specific types of posts, and stop showing them in the News Feed: like-baiting, frequently circulated content, and spammy links. Do you think Facebook’s changes of late have actually improved the News Feed experience? Share your thoughts in …

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Samoa Pink Eye Outbreak Extends School Closings

An outbreak of conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye, has prompted the South Pacific U.S. unincorporated territory of American Samoa to keep most of its schools closed through the week. At least 2,400 students and teachers have contracted the highly contagious disease, which has also cancelled flights and interrupted court proceedings. Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the outermost layer …

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Gmail Is Adding An Unsubscribe Link To The Top Of Marketing Emails

Google is reportedly adding a new “prominent” unsubscribe link to the top of marketing emails, potentially driving a lot more unsubscribes for businesses. It was announced on Thursday at a conference in San Francisco. According to a report from PCWorld, the link will appear at the top of the message next to the name and email address of the sender. …

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Matt Cutts Talks About A Typical Day In Spam-Fighting

The latest “Webmaster Help” video from Google is an interesting (and long) one. Google webspam king Matt Cutts talks about a day in the life of someone on the webspam team. Here’s the set of questions he answers verbatim: What is a day in the life of a search spam team member like? What is the evolution of decisions in …

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Gmail Bug Led to Inadvertently-Deleted Emails, Spam Reports

Some Gmail for iOS users just received an important notice from Google urging them to check their trash and spam folders for wrongly-categorized emails. According to the Gmail team, some users were affected by a bug that saw trash and report spam actions taken on some messages actually affect other messages. That means that some users may have hit delete …

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Jelly Users Reporting Bugs, Spam

Jelly, the new social, mobile picture-taking search app from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, has been out for two days now. People have been reporting various bugs with the service, and even spam. As I mentioned in my initial thoughts about the app, my phone locked up when I tried to connect my Twitter account to it, causing me to have …

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Twitter Removes Block From Phil Robertson Petition

Duck Dynasty and Phil Robertson supporters were surprised to see an unsettling message on their Twitter pages, when they tried to link to “IStandWithPhil.com”, on Monday. The message read: “Oops! A URL in your Tweet appears to link to a page that has spammy or unsafe content,” which left Twitter users outraged and accusing Twitter of censorship. The URL links …

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Twitter Makes Odd Privacy Change, Catches Flak, Promptly Backtracks

In the span of just one day, Twitter made a pretty significant change to a major element of privacy on the site, took a bunch of heat from users, and quickly reverted all changes. Early Thursday, Twitter made a tweak to how blocking works on the site. In short, what Twitter did was to make blocking a user work more …

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YouTube To Video Creators: You Better Not Pay For Views

Google is reminding YouTube video creators that they better not pay for views (unless you count paying Google for ads), or they will face potentially harsh consequences. The YouTube Team took to the Creators blog to put out the warning. “Views generated by some third-party businesses and services will not be counted on YouTube, and can lead to disciplinary action …

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