Posts Tagged ‘mail’

Facebook Profiles Show Email in Plain Text

February 4, 2010

Facebook has made the move to post users email addresses on their Facebook profiles in plain text again, having changed it initially for security reasons.

Frankly, I already get enough mail from Facebook

Indeed, it seems that the initial reasons for Facebook not simply posting the addresses in plain text are fairly obvious; it prevents just anyone from rifling through Facebook and auctioning off bundles of email addresses that are known to be in use to any unscrupulous individual who might use them for nefarious purposes. Until now, Facebook has boasted users’ email addresses on their profiles as images, but this has now shifted back to plain text.

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Google News Adds “Starring Stories”

February 2, 2010

Google News has added the ability to follow a particular story closely for those who decide that they’d like to keep up with the various updates to a block of news pieces.

Google has announced the new feature through the medium of the official Google blog. It’s a relatively simple move, offering a relatively easy way to keep up with developing news stories. All you need do is “star” the story in the same way as a Gmail conversation that you’d like to maintain easy access to. The official blog from Google explains things in a fairly straightforward manner,

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Spammers Defeated by own Tools

January 26, 2010

Researchers have discovered that, by turning one of the tools used by spammers to generate difficult-to-filter mail, they can achieve a higher success rate in blocking those messages.

Oh, those wiley spammers...

According to the post over at New Scientist, an awful lot of spam relies on using a relatively simple template-structure to generate a massive amount of variation across mails without a massive amount of work going into actually writing new spam messages. It’s a simple enough idea, but the new method of combating it is, surprisingly, just as simple.

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Gmail to Serve “Better Ads”

January 21, 2010

Google is working on showing better ads to users of its web-based Gmail service, attempting to tighten its algorithms so that the ads are more relevant to users.

Google’s Gmail product manager, Steve Crossan discussed the position that Google finds itself in with regard to advertising in Gmail in a post to Google’s Official Blog, saying that the big (and ongoing) challenge has been to offer ads in Gmail that are both useful and unobtrusive. The example that Google gives doesn’t sound like a tremendous improvement though.

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Facebook Adds Comment Reply via Email

January 13, 2010

Facebook is rolling out a service that will see users able to reply to comments left on their updates simply by replying to the email notification that they receive informing them that someone has left a comment.

It’s a relatively simple update, and indeed, one that some Facebook users (who had their Facebook’s set to languages they could read) twigged a couple of months back, before Facebook confirmed that it was working on something to allow users to reply directly from their email inboxes. It’s a relatively simple idea, and one that could see Facebook’s comments skyrocket when it comes to those of us who receive mail directly to mobile devices but aren’t bothered opening Facebook apps every few minutes.

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BlackBerry Sees Student Uptake

December 29, 2009

It seems that students are getting in on RIM’s phenomenally successful BlackBerry line, powering growth for the generally business-based handsets.

Admittedly, this isn't a BlackBerry, but I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

According to the Financial Times, the BlackBerry has seen a sudden surge among university-goers, with around 2% of third-level students in the UK owning a Blackberry. It might not seem like an awful lot, but as Mobile Youth’s Josh Dhaliwal said of the statistic, “It’s quite a significant sum. That would have been zero a couple of years ago.”

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Google Talks Up Mobile Gmail

December 18, 2009

Google has taken some time to talk about the manifold ways in which the company has improved the mobile version of its Gmail service, having made the mobile app two to three times faster today than it was in April.

Try to imagine that the 'Beta' tag isn't there ;)

Interestingly enough, the thought process behind the mobile version of Gmail closely echoes that of Mozilla’s head of mobile, Jay Sullivan, saying that the fact that a “growing number of mobile devices” now ship with a usable web browser built in. This allows Google’s developers to rely on an app being present that will be alright with HTML and JavaScript and will work across a plethora of different devices.

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Mozilla to Reignite Thunderbird

December 7, 2009

Mozilla has announced that it intends to give the for-pay mail clients out there a run for their money with its upcoming update to its Thunderbird client, which we’re told we can expect to revitalise a scene that’s started to look a little stagnant.

According to TheRegister’s interview with the chief of Mozilla Messaging, David Asher, the company has some fairly big plans in the works that it hopes will breathe new life into Thunderbird over the course of 2010. Thunderbird 3.0 is already well on the way, with beta versions looking tighter and tighter, but perhaps more interesting is what we can expect to see from Thunderbird 3.1, and thankfully we won’t have to wait an eternity to see it.

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Yahoo to Increase Facebook Integration

December 3, 2009

Yahoo is to push further into Facebook integration than it already has in the first half of 2010. It’s announced that it is to start “deeply” integrating Facebook Connect with its own services, including Mail and News.

Earlier this year, Yahoo told us all that it wasn’t a search company, which raised all kinds of questions about how it had managed to gain such a substantial block of the search market. It then rebranded itself as a kind of ultimate homepage, boasting news, mail and support for users to post Facebook status updates without having to leave Yahoo’s own page, which means more people spending more time on Yahoo… something it clearly wanted.

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WordPress Allows Email Subscription

November 26, 2009

WordPress has been around for years now, but outside of using a third-party RSS service, it’s been impossible to subscribe to blogs you enjoy by mail. Now though, WordPress has announced that it sorted itself out, offering by-mail subscription.

Of course, it’s only available to those who have a WordPress account sorted out, but for those of you who have all you’ll need to do is add the ‘Blog Subscription’ widget to your blog and then both you and anyone who reads your blog are good to go. From there, anyone who visits your blog while signed into their own WordPress account will be able to just click the “Subscribe Me” button and they’ll be receive updates by mail.

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