Tag Archives: spam

FCC Votes To Allow Carriers To Block Spam Texts

The Verge reports: On a party-line vote, the FCC today approved a controversial measure that gives mobile phone carriers more power over text messages. The agency’s Republican leadership has pushed for the measure, which would classify text messaging as an information service. The move will give carriers leeway to stop spam texts without fear of breaking the law, Chairman Ajit …

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On Sale: Likes & Followers

The spam companies that sell fake Twitter followers and other false social media boosts have been dropping their prices. Usually their emails demand much more money than the one I just received. Last week I got an offer to create my Wikipedia entry for a “mere but non-negotiable $500 fee.” I guess that’s a lot more work.

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NY Times Busted In Spam Claim

The New York Post is slamming the Times this morning after the Grey Lady accidentally sent a discount offer to over eight million subscribers then later claimed that the message was actually sent by spammers. “The e-mail is SPAM and was not sent from The New York Times. We are alerting subscribers immediately,” the paper told reporters by e-mail at …

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Less Spam? Thank Russia

Russian authorities have shut down a single scamster who was estimated to be responsible for 20% of all the spam on the internet. You may not have noticed, but since late last month, the world supply of Viagra ads and other e-mail spam has dropped by an estimated one-fifth. With 200 billion spam messages in circulation each day, there is …

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Daily Grumble

Is it just me or has Gmail just given up on spam blocking? A year ago I’d get one or two a week, max. Lately, it’s 20 or 30 a day. Annoyed!

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Friendster Relaunches

Third runner-up social network Friendster relaunched this weekend. Via Techcrunch: Friendster outlines some of the changes in a video (embedded below), in which it calls out other social networks (*cough* Facebook and *cough* MySpace) for being plain and boring. My absolute favorite part of the video: “I mean, if everyone’s there, woop de doo”. Friendster in the clip says the …

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30th Spamiversary

Via BBC: The first recognizable e-mail marketing message was sent on 3 May, 1978 to 400 people on behalf of DEC – a now-defunct computer-maker. The message was sent via Arpanet – the internet’s forerunner – and won its sender much criticism from recipients. Thirty years on, spam has grown into an underground industry that sends out billions of messages …

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