The share of spam in email traffic decreased steadily throughout 2012 to hit a five-year low. The average for the year stood at 72.1% — 8.2 percentage points less than in 2011. Such a prolonged and substantial decrease in spam levels is unprecedented, said security solutions firm Kaspersky Lab. […] The main reason behind the decrease in spam volume is the overall heightened level of anti-spam protection. Another factor behind the falling levels of spam is inexpensive advertising on legal platforms. Spam is the use of electronic messaging system to send unsolicited bulk emails.
The F.B.I.’s request to access the private Gmail account maintained by General Petraeus would have been only one of 34,614 such requests Google received from governments as well as civil litigants around the world between January and June, 2012.
John Seabrook talks to Kent Walker, Google’s general counsel, about how these requests are handled, and how the Electronic Communications Privacy Act affected the Petraeus scandal: http://nyr.kr/W7O4aH
The emoticon, used to illustrate an emotion using an icon, celebrates its 30th birthday this month. […] On September 19 1982 Professor Scott Fahlman of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh sent an email that included the first use of the sideways smiley face. […] “I propose the following character sequence for joke markers: :-) Read it sideways.” […] The aim, according to Professor Fahlman, was to differentiate between those emails that were meant to be humorous and those that were not meant to be.
SaneBox is essentially a massive filter, one that runs defense for your inbox. The service creates a separate folder in your email account. Email comes in, and SaneBox decides if it goes into the boo-boo bin, the folder, or if it stays in your inbox. You can check the filtered emails any time you want by going into the folder, and browsing. They aren’t deleted. […] For fun, this is how SaneBox describes its process:
Third-party email app maker Sparrow just announced that it’s been purchased by Google. This morning, Dom Leca posted on the Sparrow blog that the company has been acquired by Google, and that they’re joining the Gmail team to “accomplish a bigger vision.”