New in Gmail Labs: Smart Labels

New in Gmail Labs: Smart Labels Wednesday, March 09, 2011 | 10:00 AM Posted by Stanley Chen, Software Engineer People get a lot of email these days. On top of personal messages, there are group mailing lists, social network notifications, credit card statements, newsletters you might have signed up for, and promotional email from a …

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Lost in Transmission

I dread to think how much eBay is paying Waggener Edstrom to handle press relations for their Toy Crusade. At least I think that’s what is being launched — all the press stuff I received this morning, including image-laden email, attachments was all in Chinese. Oh, except for the headline. I know I should, but …

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A New Image for Your Email Address

John Graham-Cumming, author of Bayesian spam filter POPFile, points me to a neat tool he’s created which will turn an email address into an image that may spare you some spam from bots scouring web pages for email addresses: This site converts a text-based email address (such as me@example.com) and creates an image that can …

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How to Make More Use of the Vicar

In last week’s WSJ column (subscription only, I’m afraid) I wrote about how Bayesian Filters — derived from the theories of an 18th century vicar called Thomas Bayes and used to filter out spam — could also be used to sift through other kinds of data. Here’s a preliminary list of some of the uses …

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A Better Way To Measure The Spam Flood

Here’s an interesting take on spam which helps illustrate how big a problem it has become. Florida-based email service ZeroSpam Net (0SpamNet) says (via email, afraid no URL available at time of writing) that current methods of measuring spam, as a percentage of total email traffic, has become meaningless. Two years ago, seeing Spam grow …

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Email Goes Unlimited

First there was Gmail, with its 1 gigabyte email storage service. Now unveiled today, there’s AlienCamel, an Australian email service claiming to be the first to offer unlimited email storage. First off, a declaration of interest: I’ve been using AlienCamel for a while, and have gotten to the know the guy behind the service, Sydney Low. But …

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McAfee Comes Late To Rev. Bayes’ Party

McAfee seems to have come somewhat late to the spam party: Network Associates, Inc. , ‘the leader in intrusion prevention solutions’, today announced that it has incorporated “powerful new Bayesian filtering into the latest McAfee SpamAssassin engine”. What, only now? Bayesian filtering is a pretty powerful weapon in the war against spam. I use POPFile …

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SpamBully Grows Up

A second version SpamBully, a Bayesian filter based spam fighter, has been released. SpamBully 2.0 integrates into Outlook and Outlook Express and introduces some new features: Email blocked based on the language of the email or the country of origin; A link analyzer looks for spam by following links in an email and analyzing the …

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Spammers’ Shopfront Vigilantism, Part II

Further to my previous posting, here’s another way to keep the spammers out by checking out the links they want you to go to. Sophos, the British virus people, say that their year old URL filtering “continues to prove to be an enormous success”. The filtering basically collects known spam sites and bans any email which …

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Anti-Spam Mail Service Aliencamel Adds Humps

One anti-spam service I tried a few months back was Melbourne-based Aliencamel, which I thought was good but not perfect, have just announced some new features which may make the product more competitive in a tight marketplace. Aliencamel works as a mix of different anti-spam and anti-virus elements designed to keep out the riff-raff so …

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