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AP Kicks Hyphens to the Curb: 'Email' and 'Cellphone' Now Real Words

As it did last year around this time, the Associated Press is making some tech-term related changes to its style guide. Hence forth 'e-mail' will be 'email,' 'cell phone' will be 'cellphone' and 'smart phone' will be 'smartphone.' Game-changing? No. But it's interesting to see the language evolve. The terms are no longer merely abbreviations for things like electronic mail or cellular telephone --...

E-mail Plugin Helps You Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Paranoid about how you come across in electronic missives? Well, sadly, there's not yet an app for that -- but there is software. ToneCheck, which first rolled out its inflection-analyzing program last summer, recently launched an update that PCWorld took for a spin. Currently available only for Microsoft Outlook, the ToneCheck plugin parses text for potentially unpleasant words or phrases. (In...

Anonymous Leaks 50,000 E-Mails From Security Expert Who Planned to Rat Them Out

On Friday, the Financial Times published a story about the ongoing criminal investigation into Anonymous -- the notorious online collective of hacktivists that have orchestrated cyber-attacks on Visa, MasterCard, and a handful of authoritarian governments. In the article, the paper quoted a computer security expert named Aaron Barr, who claimed to have "penetrated" the group, and said that his fin...

White House Without E-Mail for Almost Entire Day

For a large chunk of yesterday, the relatively tech-savvy administration of President Obama found itself without e-mail. Starting around 7:45 a.m., The White House suffered a serious e-mail outage that lasted well into the afternoon. The unplanned downtime only affected unclassified accounts, so officials involved in monitoring events in Egypt and negotiating with President Mubarak were still able...

Why You Shouldn't Use Outlook Rules to Intercept Your Boss's E-mails

Big surprise! Turns out that forwarding your boss's e-mail to yourself with Outlook rules is quite illegal. Ars Technica reports that David Szymuszkiewicz, now a former IRS worker, learned this the hard way after being convicted on wiretapping charges under the U.S. Wiretap Act. Already in hot water for driving drunk with a suspended license, Szymuszkiewic's job required he drive to the homes o...

Project Phoenix Beta Launches, Reinvents AOL Mail

Our parent company AOL has been working hard to reinvent itself after years of steadily fading from relevancy. We'll reserve judgment of how successful those attempts have been (since we'd be accused of being biased anyway), but we will say that the so-called 'Project Phoenix' revamp of AOL mail is a promising development. Currently in limited beta, Project Phoenix constitutes a complete overhaul...

New Facebook 'Messages' Centralizes Your E-mail, Texts and Chat

Share As anticipated, Facebook unveiled its revised messaging product today. The site's roughly 500 million users send over four billion IMs and Facebook messages everyday (though only about 350 million actively use the Facebook messaging platform). These numbers make it clear that part of Facebook's future relies on it's relevancy as a communications platform, and thus the launch of the code-nam...

Nudgemail Is a Dead Simple E-Mail Reminder Service

Productivity nerds are constantly striving for what they call "inbox zero," a near constant state of having an empty e-mail inbox. The problem is, sometimes things can't or shouldn't be responded to right away. That, of course, leads to clutter. Nudgemail aims keep your inbox clear, while making sure you don't forget about e-mails that need your attention at a later date. If you get a message tha...

Yahoo! Updates Mail, Adds Twitter and Facebook Integration

Google might consistently have the most innovative and interesting webmail product on the market, but services like Yahoo! and Hotmail have held on strong, if for no other reason than changing your e-mail address is a pain in the behind region. But those services can't afford to continue losing ground to Gmail if they hope to remain relevant. Yahoo! has decided to stop resting on its laurels, and...

Groupon's Awesome and Punishing Unsubscribe Page

The daily deal site Groupon has been quietly harboring one of the greatest unsubscribe pages of all time. It's been around for some time, but we'd never seen it until now. We don't want to ruin the surprise, but, suffice it to say, we've never felt so guilty about unsubscribing from an e-mail newsletter....

Gmail Bug Made Some Users Look Like Spammers

This week, a bug in Gmail greatly angered a number of users, especially those who use Google Apps for professional purposes. A flaw in the Big G's messaging system caused some e-mails to be sent multiple times. Google claims the overall number of users was small (just 2.5-percent), but, thanks to Gmail's popularity, that tiny fraction could amount to 4 million users. To make matters worse for the ...

Bank-Robbing German Teen E-mails Cops, Gets Himself Arrested

A 19-year old bank robber in southern Germany was found out today when -- as is so often the case -- his pride got the best of him. After police and press had published reports of last week's robbery of a bank in the town of Roettingen, they received e-mails from an indignant thief, mocking the cops and reporters alike for inaccurately describing his height, age and accent. He also mentioned that ...

Symantec Says 92-Percent of All E-mail is Spam, Phishing Attacks Declining

The amount of spam sent across the world may be growing, but global phishing attacks, at least, seem to be diminishing in number. According to a new report from Symantec, 92-percent of all e-mails sent across the Web today consist of spam, up from 89-percent one year ago. Also, as times have changed, so too has the content of most junk mail. A year ago, most spam subject lines were related to Bara...

Having Issues With Hotmail? Microsoft Suggests Chrome

Microsoft's new version of Hotmail, now officially called Windows Live Hotmail, finally landed for the service's 350 million users last week. And since that time, customers have been complaining of a number of problems, including an excruciatingly slow response to input, scripting errors, browser crashes and even being completely locked out of their accounts. It's not clear exactly what the under...

Social Networking Most Popular Activity Online, E-Mail Going Mobile

Ever wonder what Americans are doing during those countless hours that they sit in front of a computer screen? Turns out that, more than anything else, they're getting their Facebook and Twitter on. According to Nielsen, a good 22.7-percent of time online is spent on social networking sites. That's a drastic increase from June of last year, when a reported 15.8-percent of time online was spent ...