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October 16, 2011 | By Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times
Email can be a useful tool, but the sheer volume can be overwhelming. This year around 349 billion emails will be sent worldwide, according to the market research firm Radicati Group Inc. That total is expected to grow to 507 billion by 2013. Here's how to stem the flow to your inbox: • Be careful about giving out your email address. When you fill out a form, subscribe to a magazine or enter a drawing, consider whether to provide your email address. Some online "free giveaway" promotions are designed to harvest email addresses for marketing lists.
June 16, 2011 | Reuters
Spam has hit the Kindle, clogging Inc.'s top-selling e-reader with material that is far from being book-worthy and threatening to undermine the company's entry into publishing. Thousands of digital books, called e-books, are being published through Amazon's self-publishing system each month. Many are not written in the traditional sense. Instead, they are built using something known as Private Label Rights, or PLR content, which is information that can be bought very cheaply online then reformatted into a digital book.
May 3, 2011 | By David Sarno and W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
The online interest in Osama bin Laden's death has attracted numerous cyber-scammers who are baiting Facebook and Google users by claiming to offer pictures of a deceased Bin Laden. But when users click on the links, expecting to find a shocking video, they are instead treated to malicious software, spam or a trick that re-posts the phony link to their own profile. "The reported death of Osama bin Laden is just too good a lure for cybercriminals and scammers to pass up," McAfee Inc. security researcher David Marcus said in a blog post.
November 11, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Some people show great courage in the face of adversity; some just get silly. Here's what happened when the Carnival Splendor cruise ship finally returned to San Diego on Thursday after being left powerless at sea by an engine fire: Passenger Donna Hobbs and some fellow strandees put their ordeal into a snappy sea ditty sung to the tune of the "Gilligan's Island" theme song. Thank goodness someone was laughing. (Click here for the ABC-TV video.) But maybe those lyrics tell a bigger story.
September 23, 2009 | DAVID LAZARUS
It's the sort of spam that gets your attention: An e-mail showing a topless woman offering drugs that promise to enhance a man's sexual prowess, illustrated with very naughty before-and-after photos. The first such e-mail, ostensibly from a Canadian pharmacy, arrived in Beverly Hills resident Tom Hayostek's AOL inbox in July. He ignored it, figuring that would prompt the spammer to go elsewhere. It didn't. Since then, Hayostek, 51, said he's received multiple versions of the spam every day -- more than 200 so far. The latest batch arrived Tuesday morning.
May 17, 2009 | Deb Riechmann, Riechmann writes for the Associated Press.
It's not all doom and gloom in the U.S. economy. Some products are bucking the recession and flying off store shelves. Sales of chocolate and running shoes are up. Wine drinkers haven't stopped sipping; they just seem to be choosing cheaper vintages. Gold coins are selling like hot cakes. So are gardening seeds. Tanning products are piling up in shopping carts; maybe more people are finding color in a bottle than from sun-worshiping on a faraway beach. Strong sales of Spam, Dinty Moore stew and chili helped Hormel Foods Corp.
April 8, 2009 | David Colker
Oprah Winfrey has been generous with her studio audiences, including the famed day when she pointed to everyone there and proclaimed, "You're getting a car!" But she's not giving away $1 million, despite a spam e-mail making the rounds. The FBI has issued a warning that the "Oprah Millionaire Contest Show" e-mail is a scam. The message says the recipient has been nominated to be on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," during which a winner of the cash will be named.
April 5, 2009
Visitors to the home page of the U.S. Supreme Court will look in vain for instructions on how to e-mail the court. That's fortunate for the justices, who otherwise might find their in-boxes jammed with angry reactions to their refusal last week to reinstate a tough anti-spam law. The court's action is sure to be unpopular with computer users weary of junk e-mail, but it was the correct one.
November 25, 2008 | Jessica Guynn, Guynn is a Times staff writer.
Facebook Inc. has struck back against spammers, winning an $873-million judgment against a Canadian man accused of sending millions of unsolicited messages about drugs and sex. The popular social networking site said Adam Guerbuez tricked its members into revealing their passwords to send out messages. Guerbuez did not appear in court to defend himself, Facebook said, although the company says it has video of him being served the lawsuit. U.S.
November 14, 2008 | Joseph Menn, Menn is a Times staff writer.
Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates' 2004 proclamation that the spam problem would be solved within two years has proved a bitter joke, with unsolicited messages doubling yearly to make up about 90% of mail transmitted on the Internet. But this week, the tide turned. The number of unwanted, offensive and misleading e-mails sent across the globe plummeted by about two-thirds, to a mere 60 billion or so a day by Thursday, according to spam filtering companies.
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