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Priority Inbox Algorithm Co-Opted to Make Better Gmail Ads

Google announced today that it'll be instituting some changes to tailor the ads that appear in your inbox to your interests. Using the algorithm set up for Priority Inbox, Google can now better understand what is actually relevant to a user. The company is basically implementing the same technology used to sort your inbox for a more commercial (and probably more profitable) pursuit. For instance,...

Goodbye Spam, Hello Bacn

Glance at your inbox lately? If it seems to be overflowing with crap you just don't need, well, that's probably because it is. While spam filters have been working more effectively than ever, you, my friend, have been pretty much undermining the entire process by signing up for every travel, sales and group-buying program out there. Infographic World has a masterful infographic showing just how...

Rustock Botnet Reportedly Taken Down, as Spam Volumes Plummet

Krebs on Security is reporting that a huge drop in the volume of e-mail spam circulating worldwide on Wednesday was the result of a planned takedown of the Rustock botnet, which, at one point, was the most prolific purveyor of spam in the entire world. According to the Composite Spam Blocklist (CBL), which measures global spam volumes, Rustock spam (usually ads for online pharmacies and male...

Yahoo Mail Users Report Lengthy Delays

If your Yahoo Mail account seems to be a little sluggish today, you're not alone. Many users have complained that e-mails are taking hours, or sometimes days to arrive in their inboxes, while other users are having trouble logging into their accounts. Yahoo has yet to offer an explanation for the slowdown, but company spokeswoman Dana Lengkeek dismissed rumors that the service's spam filter is to...

Thousands of Gmail Users See E-mails Vanish, Accounts Reset

Thousands of Gmail users suddenly lost access to their inboxes yesterday morning, some claiming that their entire collections of e-mails, Google Chat logs and attachments had simply vanished. Others reported that their accounts had been reset by the bug, which, according to Google, affected as many as 150,000 users. The company says it's investigating the issue, and should resolve it shortly....

Global Spam Volume on the Decline, Report Shows

Hey, here's some good news: it looks like spam is on the decline. According to Symantec's latest State of Spam and Phishing report, the volume of spam and junk mail in circulation around the world has been decreasing steadily since August, and dropped noticeably around Christmas. No one has a concrete explanation for the drop-off, but Symantec's Eric Park suggests that the demise of major botnets...

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...

How to Turn Off Gmail Conversation View

We heard back in June that Google planned on adding a "normal" view to the always innovative Gmail. The service that introduced many people to the idea of threaded e-mail is now making one of its defining features optional. Starting today, users can open their settings, and find an option for "conversation view." Turning it off will make Gmail behave more like an e-mail client circa 1999, meaning...

Fake E-mail LinkedIn Requests Send Users to Zeus Trojan

If you've received any suspicious-looking e-mails from LinkedIn recently, you may have been targeted by the latest Trojan attack to hit inboxes. The malicious e-mails, which targeted billions of Windows users yesterday, seemed like normal LinkedIn invitations from random contacts. And, like most LinkedIn invites, the messages asked users to click a link to confirm the request. Instead of sending...

Gmail's 'Priority Inbox' to Cut the E-Mail Clutter

We all know that sifting through the mountains of newsletters, spam or utterly frivolous messages that litter our inboxes can be an exhausting task. And, more often than not, truly important e-mails can easily get lost amidst the clutter of fluff. Google, however, has now decided to help Gmail users add some order to their inbox pandemonium with a new feature called the 'Priority Inbox.' As...

Gmail to Add 'Normal E-mail' Option for 'Conversation' Haters

Share One of Gmail's most polarizing features is its 'Conversations' format, which groups long e-mail exchanges under the same, single subject line. Some users prefer the format to traditional e-mail displays, and even point to it as Gmail's defining feature. Others, meanwhile, have long insisted that the message grouping only makes it easier to miss new e-mails [Ed. Note: Those people are...

Koobface Malware Returns to Facebook With a New Twist

Since first breaking out on Facebook in 2008, the Koobface worm has occasionally reappeared, each time with a slightly different approach to infecting Facebook users. Now, it seems that it's back and in full force. Researchers from online security company ESET discovered the reappearance last week, after noticing a slew of similar e-mail worms invade Facebook users' inboxes. According to ESET's...

Workers Return to Inboxes Full of Spam

For those of you lucky enough to take a few weeks off at the end of the year, today may very well be your first day back to the office. If so, chances are it isn't just a case of the Mondays that's got you down this morning -- you may have found that your inbox didn't take any time off, and is now bursting to capacity with unwanted spam. It's being dubbed a "spamalanch" by communications...

Declare Victory Over Your Inbox

If you're like most e-mail users, your inbox is overflowing with a random mishmash of read and unread missives. Whether each day finds just a few or a few hundred new messages it always seems to be a challenge to keep on top of the mess. Because of this, cleaning it out feels like quite an achievement, but it's the sort of accomplishment that you've never really been able to share with others....

Top 10 Most E-Mail Addicted Cities

Though a youngster today might look at you with absolute bewilderment at the mention of the word "e-mail," the medium is actually more popular than ever with Americans. AOL just completed a massive, broad-sweeping survey on the subject, which polled residents of the country's top 20 markets. From the survey, an index rating was created based on the percentage of residents online who have more...