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Russia Won't Ban Gmail or Skype Amid Security Concerns

It looks like Russia won't be banning Skype or Gmail, after all. The Kremlin was reportedly considering blocking both services, along with Hotmail, in response to a major cyberattack that crippled the country's most popular blog and an independent news site. Some within the Kremlin had believed the services posed a major threat to national security, but some critics had thought the government may...

Hotmail's Mysterious Disappearing E-Mails Returning to Users' Inboxes

Many Hotmail users across the world reported over the weekend that their e-mails had been mysteriously deleted. Over the past couple of days, Microsoft's official forums were filled with complaints from users claiming that their inboxes and all of their folders had been emptied, with some suspecting that their accounts had been hacked. Microsoft's Hotmail technical team has acknowledged that it's...

Do a Fall Cleaning of Your Contact List

This week we've focused on creating a single, giant pool of contacts. First, we combined your Web-mail address book and the random numbers stashed on your cell phone. Then, we freed your friends' photos, e-mail addresses and phone numbers from the evil clutches of Facebook. Now, you've got a comprehensive database of hundreds of contacts. Your mother is in your address book 13 times, your...

Shop Urban Outfitters by 'Most Liked,' MySpace Syncs With Facebook

Highlights from this morning's big tech headlines.... Urban Outfitters has plugged into the Zuckerberg machine to let you organize your shopping by 'Most Liked.' [From: AllFacebook] Continuing its recent history of underwhelming announcements, MySpace is now letting you sync your status updates with Facebook. Embrace your roots, MySpace, and call us when you've got customizable animated...

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...

'StarCraft II' Tops PC Charts, Congressman Condemns 'Treasonous' Wikileaks Snitch

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... 'StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty' has already conquered a huge slew of blockbuster rivals to become 2010's best-selling PC title, moving 1.5 million copies during its first two days on the market. [From: Games Beat] A Michigan politician apparently believes that the actions of alleged Wikileaks informant Bradley Manning demand...

Google TV Officially a Go, Twitter Addresses 'Worst Month Since Last October'

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... According to an official press release and new illustrated video, Google's joint operation with Sony, Intel and Logitech "seamlessly integrates your TV, DVR recordings and the entire Internet" by way of either a special television or a separate box. Google also boasts that, with various search functions, customizable home screen...

Microsoft Hotmail Overhaul Aims to Unclutter Your E-mail, Lands This Summer

Microsoft veteran Chris Jones couldn't have been much more direct: while Hotmail is still a major player -- the top worldwide, in fact -- the mail client is underperforming in the U.S. and is "just behind on a bunch of features" compared to its competition. And so began our briefing today on a completely revamped Hotmail, the rollout of which hits around July or August this year. What we saw was...

New Hotmail Directly Challenges Gmail, Aims for Speedy and Slick

Share Although Gmail has only been around since 2004, it's gathered enough steam in recent years to come within arm's length of Hotmail as the world's top e-mail service. With Google hot on its trail, then, Microsoft has decided to unveil a new version of its mail provider, and, according to early reports, it's aiming straight for Gmail's jugular. On Wednesday, Microsoft revealed its response...

Backupify Backs Up your Online Data... Online

Chances are you've given up traditional e-mail clients in favor of something like Gmail or Hotmail by now, but did you ever think about what happens when those services go away? Sure, Google's great, but there's no guarantee that it's going to keep Gmail (and all your messages) online forever. If it up and disappears one day, you're done for -- unless you use Backupify (or other backup services)....

Hotmail Scam Reveals Most Common Password: 123456

It's never fun to be on the wrong end of a hack. But often, we can use them as learning experiences So, what did we learn when around 10,000 Hotmail, MSN, and Live.com account passwords were revealed on PasteBin last weekend? Either people are lazy or our memories have withered away to nothing in this digital age. According to Wired, the most common password on the list was "123456." That's right,...

Hotmail Password Scam Spreads to Gmail, AOL Mail, Yahoo!

Yesterday, reports emerged that 10,000 Hotmail account addresses and passwords had been posted to the site PasteBin.com. Today, BBC News revealed that it has discovered another incriminating list containing log-in information for 20,000 additional e-mail addresses. The new batch, though, not only includes information from compromised Hotmail accounts, but also from Gmail, Yahoo!, AOL, and...

Scammers Expose Thousands of Hotmail Passwords, Microsoft Confirms

Just today, news broke that an anonymous user of PasteBin.com, a legitimate site marketed to software developers, posted more than 10,000 Hotmail addresses and passwords to the site last Thursday. According to NeoWin, most of the addresses appear to belong to European users, and all seem to be authentic. As shocking as it may be to find out that a benign site like PasteBin could host (albeit...

Dormant Hotmail Accounts Easy Prey for Hackers

One of the most effective means of warding off spam messages and phishing scams is to create multiple, disposable e-mail addresses. Typically, one address should be for personal matters, such as correspondences between family and friends, and at least one should be used for paying bills, subscribing to online newsletters, registering for message board activities, and other such pursuits. According...

Tips for Securing Your Web-Mail Accounts

Web-mail sites like Gmail and Hotmail are incredibly convenient, but when doing things online, security should be a major concern and not all Web-mail systems are as secure as you might think. Your personal data may especially be at risk when accessing your e-mail from a public Wi-Fi hotspot if you don't take the proper precautions. Thankfully, Wired has started a wiki to collect tips for how to...