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Spam Levels Down, Mobile Malware On The Rise Spam Levels Down, Mobile Malware On The Rise

McAfee has released their quarterly threat report for the fourth quarter of 2011, and some of the results may surprise you. The report examines the biggest threats to online security for both the fourth quarter and all of 2011. The …

Facebook Wins Lawsuit Against Power.com Facebook Wins Lawsuit Against Power.com

What does the word power evoke? You probably don’t think of a defunct Web site that just lost their case against Facebook. The Next Web is reporting that Facebook has finally won its lawsuit against Power.com, a social networking hub …

Hotmail’s Spam Protection Amongst Best in Business Hotmail’s Spam Protection Amongst Best in Business
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According to this Gadgetwise column in the New York Times, Microsoft’s Hotmail offers the best spam protection in the business. SITI, or spam in the inbox, rates have been reduced to record lows, with the advancement of Hotmail’s Smartscreen technology. …

Toyota Spams Twitter Users In Super Bowl Ad Campaign Toyota Spams Twitter Users In Super Bowl Ad Campaign
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Toyota definitely took a novel approach to advertising this weekend. Too bad it all blew up in their face. The Next Web is reporting that Toyota has taken to Twitter to advertise their new Camry Effect by offering Twitter users …

DMARC: Major Web Players Join Forces On Antiphishing Standards DMARC: Major Web Players Join Forces On Antiphishing Standards
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Fifteen major companies have joined forces on a “technical working group” called DMARC to develop new standards to help reduce the threat of spam and phishing emails. DMARC stands for Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance. The companies involved include: …

New Facebook Scam Offers Free iPads New Facebook Scam Offers Free iPads

Facebook and Apple giving away free iPads? It must be too good to be true! Spoiler: It is. CNET is reporting that there’s a new spam scam hitting Facebook today. The message is innocuous enough: Mark Zuckerberg has just sent …

Deactivate Facebook Timeline Scams Prey On Unhappy Users Deactivate Facebook Timeline Scams Prey On Unhappy Users
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Facebook’s new Timeline feature isn’t going away (I mean, did you see Mark Zuckerberg talk about it at f8 – he was absolutely giddy). And once you opt in to it, you can’t go back to the old profile format. …

Facebook And Twitter Spam On The Rise Facebook And Twitter Spam On The Rise
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Spam has always been a constant annoyance and maybe even a threat, but it’s now moving from email to social networks. The Wall Street Journal reports that spam is attacking social networks more than ever before thanks to the lack …

New York Times Accidentally Dishes Out Some Spam New York Times Accidentally Dishes Out Some Spam

If you have an email account linked up to any kind of service with the New York Times, even to read the free stuff, you probably got an email today that looked a lot like this: Looks pretty legit to …

All Facebook Employees Required To Have Facebook Accounts All Facebook Employees Required To Have Facebook Accounts
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This may seem obvious, but all Facebook employees are required to have Facebook accounts. Facebook Director of Engineering Andrew “Boz” Bosworth confirmed as much on Quora. In response to the question: “Are there people at Facebook that do not have …

Why Is Your Website Lagging? Why Is Your Website Lagging?
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How fast does your site load when visitors access it? Does it make users — and potential customers — wait or does it pop right up? If so, are simply blaming the hosting service, and/or the ISP and ignoring the …

Is Facebook Still Cool? Is Facebook Still Cool?
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I re-watched The Social Network the other night, and it’s funny to think about how much Facebook has grown even in the short time since that film was released. Remember the marketing campaign? “You don’t get to 500 million friends …

UPDATE: Facebook’s Porn Spam Due To “Attack That Exploited A Browser Vulnerability” UPDATE: Facebook’s Porn Spam Due To “Attack That Exploited A Browser Vulnerability”
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Our global nightmare might not be totally over, but at least it’s in the process of coming to an end. The flood of penises, dead babies, bloodied corpses and photoshopped Justin Bieber pics is being turned off by the folks …

Facebook Porn, Violent Images Giving Users Headaches Facebook Porn, Violent Images Giving Users Headaches
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Have you noticed anything odd while browsing your Facebook news feed in the past 24 hours? Maybe your coworker posted a gory image of a dog or one of your friends’ statuses includes a photo of an over-sized male member? …

Tumblr Cracks Down on Spam Blogs Tumblr Cracks Down on Spam Blogs

NPR’s Fresh Air shared a message from Tumblr customer service on its own Tumblr blog talking about dealing with spam blogs, which evidently has become an increasingly big problem for Tumblr. “Please know that we’re aware of a recent increase …

Google+ Update Should Cut Out Notification Spam Google+ Update Should Cut Out Notification Spam
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This couldn’t have come at a better time, as I’ve been getting spammed with Google+ notifications from people I haven’t added to any Cirlces (and I know I’m not alone). Google has made an update to Google+ that allows users …

Google Refreshes Spam Reporting Google Refreshes Spam Reporting
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Google’s head of web spam Matt Cutts tweeted that the company has refreshed its spam report form. He calls it the biggest refresh in 10 years. Side note: It’s worth pointing out that he used Twitter to announce this. I …

StumbleUpon: Don’t Get Thumbed Down StumbleUpon: Don’t Get Thumbed Down
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StumbleUpon is one of the more interesting services in the social media realm. While it has its social elements for sure, it is much more about the content. As a follower of the search industry, it’s particularly interesting to observe …

Google Apologizes for Spamming Google+ Users Google Apologizes for Spamming Google+ Users

If you’ve recently noticed some Google+ spam, you’re not alone. The culprit? Google+. Google had some technical difficulties over the weekend with notifications, and on Saturday, took the time to address this for users, at least for users following Vic …

Why SEO Disgusts Me Why SEO Disgusts Me
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Before my SEO friends get their panties in a wad over today’s headline, let me emphasize that I understand the practical value and wisdom of basic Search Engine Optimization practices. There are many prinicipled people in the field doing good and useful …

Blekko CEO Rich Skrenta Discusses Search Quality, Filtering, Zorro Update Blekko CEO Rich Skrenta Discusses Search Quality, Filtering, Zorro Update
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Blekko, the alternative search engine that aims to challenge Google and Bing by reducing spam and low quality content in search results via human curation, has refreshed its index and results pages in an update it refers to as “Zorro”. …