About.me Starts Testing @About.me Email Addresses

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Snippet of email from About.me

About.me, a website for personal profiles, has started beta testing with selected users a new @about.me email address previously only available for staff. The email will be powered by AOL Mail and the email address is given as your username and the @about.me extension.

The new email address will be integrated into About.me from the dashboard but other than that all features will be the same as found in the normal AOL Mail. About.me are updating their Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to reflect the new email service.

AOL purchased About.me in 2010, Business Insider reported that “well-sourced gossipers tell us AOL paid about $25 million”, however this figure was not confirmed.

Google+ Runs Out of Disk Space and Causes Spam

Vic Gundotra and Eric Schmidt
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Google has inadvertently spammed its users after running out of disk space required for the notification causing the system to send emails to users on a loop. Vic Gundotra, a senior vice president, posted an apology on his Google+1 profile saying:

Please accept our apologies for the spam we caused this afternoon.

For about 80 minutes we ran out of disk space on the service that keeps track of notifications. Hence our system continued to try sending notifications. Over, and over again. Yikes.

We didn’t expect to hit these high thresholds so quickly, but we should have.

Thank you for helping us during this field trial, and once again, we are very sorry for the spam.

Google has also had to limit the amount of invitations sent out for Google+, temporarily stopping the usage of any sent invites saying ‘we’ve temporarily exceeded our capacity. Please try again soon.

LulzSec Releases 62,000 Email Addresses and Passwords

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LulzSec said ‘these are random assortments from a collection, so don’t ask which site they’re from or how old they are, because we have no idea,’ adding that they didn’t know how many of the passwords worked. The list was previously removed by MediaFire, only to be re-uploaded by LulzSec.

One Twitter user, TheDancingMilk, tweeted that they gained access to major websites using a password and email from the list. ‘Got an Xbox Live, Paypal, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube…’ Others had Amazon accounts and Paypal accounts with 250 pounds.

To find out if your email address is included visit Gizmodo, alternatively download the text file from MediaFire [file taken down] and use the search function to find your email addresses.

How to Protect Gmail from Spam with Instant Email Addresses

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Here’s an old trick from a 2008 post on the GMail blog, simply add a ‘+’ sign and a word to the end of your email address (e.g. hikingfan+spam@gmail) and you’ll get all the email sent to your instant email address in your normal inbox.

Now, here’s the cool part, after you’ve used the email address, create a filter in GMail and you can sort the email into folders or delete the email straight away. This can help protect your email address from spam and (maybe) to find out who’s sharing your email address with spamming companies.