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Where Did All the Spam Go?

The people who keep track of these things report that global spam traffic dropped from 200 billion messages in August to just 50 billion in December. Unfortunately it appears that the spammers may have decided to pause their activity before a relaunch. Which is just as well because we’re running low on Canadian Viagra.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE



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Facebook Is Too Cool for E-Mail

Facebook is trying to reinvent messaging—just don’t call it e-mail. Yeah, you’ll get an @Facebook e-mail acount, but as CEO Mark “Maaaaark!” Zuckerberg says, “It’s not e-mail.” Instead the new platform will collect your entire messaging history ...

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Technology News Flash: Computer Users Slightly Less Inclined to IM

Those fickle users of online communication technologies have defied the expectations of both select BBC reporters and people paid to study these things, at least when it comes to their instant messaging, which has apparently dropped off in recent years. Why could this be?

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE


How Wall Street Creates Socialists

No leftist polemicist could come up with as damning a description of contemporary capitalism as the contents of an e-mail that Goldman’s Fabrice “Fabulous Fab” Tourre sent to his girlfriend.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE


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E-Mail Trail Leads to Trouble for Sen. Ensign

More legal and political fallout is on the way for Sen. John Ensign as a result of his affair with a former aide’s wife. The New York Times reported Wednesday that new e-mail evidence has emerged suggesting the Nevada senator knew he was trying to help said aide, Douglas Hampton, land lobbying work after Ensign’s relationship with Hampton’s wife, Cynthia, was over.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Pew Report Says Americans Are News Grazers

Americans are picking and choosing from an information smorgasbord to get their news, according to a report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, and a large majority are switching between different platforms, with the Internet playing a significant role in their news “grazing.”

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 READ MORE



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Google Working on Gmail’s Social Skills

Google has been pretty successful at just about everything its engineers have attempted, with the glaring exception of social media. Still getting trounced by Facebook and losing buzzshare to upstarts like Twitter and Foursquare, the company plans to get aggressive, starting with new social features in Gmail. (continued)

Posted on Feb 8, 2010 READ MORE



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Rep. Cummings Wants Geithner to Testify About N.Y. Fed-AIG E-Mails

Back in 2008, when Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was just the lowly president of the New York Federal Reserve, he was involved in some interactions with embattled insurance giant AIG that apparently resulted in AIG withholding important information from the public. Now Geithner’s under pressure from at least one concerned member of Congress to testify about this matter.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE



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What Do AIG’s E-Mails Reveal?

We all know the outcome now, but in the latter months of 2007 executives at AIG seemed to be only starting to catch wind of the problems that eventually led to the nationwide financial collapse the firm helped precipitate a year later. Were they just overly confident? Clueless? Or were they hiding the fact that they knew very well that the jig was up?

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE



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Come Rain, Sleet or E-Mail

After losing about $7 billion this fiscal year, the U.S. Postal Service may shut down as many as 700 local post offices. The postmaster general has also asked Congress to approve cutting deliveries to five days a week.

Posted on Aug 3, 2009 READ MORE


Getting Off the Grid

Today’s technology revolutions have been rightfully celebrated for improving everything from education to medicine to commerce, but we don’t often consider the psychological and societal consequences of always being connected and available.

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 READ MORE



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Spam Rules the Inbox

The BBC reports on some alarming numbers coming out of Redmond: “More than 97% of all e-mails sent over the net are unwanted, according to a Microsoft security report. The e-mails are dominated by spam adverts for drugs, and general product pitches and often have malicious attachments.”

Posted on Apr 8, 2009 READ MORE



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State Department Scolds Diplomats for Poor E-Mail Etiquette

A recent spate of mass e-mails nearly crippled the State Department’s communications and generated a terse cable—sent out to all employees, of course—threatening disciplinary action if diplomats and others don’t cut it out. The note blamed abuse of the “reply all” button for the “e-mail storm.”

Posted on Jan 11, 2009 READ MORE


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DoD / Pfc. Christopher Grammer

Why Liberals Love to Hate Palin

Sarah Palin has energized the Republican base, but she’s also helped Barack Obama raise millions. Political insider Taegan Goddard uses a viral e-mail to explain why the moose hunter makes liberals nuts.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008 READ MORE


The Case of the Missing E-Mails

The mystery of the missing White House e-mails is likely never to be solved, its plot so convoluted that even Henry Waxman, the dogged House investigator who has brought to light such unseemliness as contracting scandals in Iraq reconstruction, seems to be flummoxed.

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


Administration Plays Hide and Seek With Missing E-Mails

In an apparent effort to keep the estimated 5 million missing White House e-mails missing, the Justice Department is claiming that the White House Office of Administration, which handles IT support for the executive branch, is not covered by freedom-of-information law. Press-freedom advocate Lucy Dalglish notices a trend: “When they don’t want to comply with the law, they just shamelessly argue they are not subject to the law.”

Posted on Aug 22, 2007 READ MORE


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Olbermann Debunks White House E-Mail Claims

Keith Olbermann interviews a computer forensics expert, who explains various ways the White House might uncover those pesky missing e-mails. All in all, the chances that up to 5 million e-mails have completely disappeared are very slim.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE


Report: Republican Was the Source of Foley E-Mails

Unfounded conservative bluster from Tony Blankley and Rush Limbaugh notwithstanding, the source who provided the media with Mark Foley’s e-mails is a lifelong Republican.

Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


Foleygate Ad Nauseam

  • Foley says he was abused by a clergyman as a teen
  • Analysts suspect Foley used GOP contributions as hush money
  • Bill O’Reilly repeatedly labels Foley as Democrat
  • Conservatives respond to Foleygate with anti-gay smears
  • Hastert: It’s a liberal conspiracy
  • But ABC’s Brian Ross says GOP’ers tipped him to the story

  • Posted on Oct 4, 2006 READ MORE


    Hastert on CNN

    Hastert on Foley Warnings: ‘I Don’t Remember…’

    House Speaker Dennis Hastert says he doesn’t remember Rep. Tom Reynolds warning him about Mark Foley last spring. (via FireDogLake)
    Incredible. In the literal sense of the word.

    Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Foley and Walsh

    Foley on Predator ‘Sickos’

    “If I were one of these sickos, I’d be nervous….” That’s what former Rep. Mark Foley said about sexual predators during a 2005 taping of “America’s Most Wanted.”
    The hypocrisy is so thick, it could be churned like butter.

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Foley fallout

    You’ll Never Believe What Caucus Foley Ran…

    Mark Foley, the GOP rep who resigned over sexually explicit e-mails to a 16-year-old page, was the founder of the Missing and Exploited Children’s Caucus. Check out this video clip for the irony.

     

    Posted on Oct 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Pentagon Monitored Student Groups’ E-mail

    The Department of Defense monitored e-mails from college students who were planning protests against the Iraq war and against the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The Pentagon apparently started digging after receiving tips through a website used for soliciting anti-terror tips from civilians and military personnel. (Link - reg req’d)

    Posted on Jul 6, 2006 READ MORE


    Cheney Reportedly Pushed NSA to Spy Domestically

    In the wake of Sept. 11, the vice president argued that the NSA should intercept purely domestic calls and e-mails without warrants, reports the N.Y. Times.
    The NSA ultimately decided against the idea, but this report leaves no doubt about Cheney’s regard for civil liberties.

    Posted on May 13, 2006 READ MORE


    Michael 'Heckuva Job' Brown
    From occoquan.com

    Brown Poufed Hair As Katrina Hit, E-mails Say

    Former FEMA director Michael “Heckuva Job” Brown told an aide he was “sitting in the chair, putting mousse in my hair” as he waited for a media interview immediately after the Aug. 29 disaster began. He also disputed that levees quickly broke—despite getting reports to that effect.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Surprise! The Web Won’t Tear Us Apart

    Turning conventional wisdom on its head (see The Earth, flat; Bush, compassionate), a new study shows that Internet tools like e-mail, webcams and instant messaging actually bring people closer together. | story

    Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


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