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Experian selling data to identity thieves

If you’re not following or reading Brian Krebs, you should be. He does some of the best investigative reporting in the email, security and internet space. Today’s blog post is a disturbing look into the data selling and identity theft industries. Brian details evidence that shows Experian (yes, that Experian) has been selling consumer data […]

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ICANN goes after Dynamic Dolphin

ICANN sent a letter to domain registrar Dynamic Dolphin notifying them of their non-compliance with the ICANN Registrar Agreement. HT: Neil Schwartzman (Today appears to be retro-blogging day. First I blog about s.1618 then I blog about Scott Richter.)

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Yahoo trying to cope with misdirected email

Techcrunch says Yahoo is announcing a new “this is not me” button for email sent to recovered addresses.

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Things real people don’t say about advertising

My favorite is about the call to action, but it’s probably not quite safe for work. Sadly, I do sometimes try and figure out what segment I’m in that caused me to get a particular ad.

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Insights on how to improve email marketing

I can’t do anything except say +1 to this list of ineffective habits of email marketers from Loren McDonald.

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Major payday loan email sender shut down

Chattanooga area payday lender Carey V. Brown lays off workers

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Ken gets spam

Ken at Popehat gets spam offering to write a sponsored post. Ken counters with what he wants out of a sponsored post. Blogging is going to be light this week. I’ve got a couple project deadlines to meet and most of my focus is on that. Plus, it’s the end of August and most folks […]

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Gmail promotions tab

Chad White explains why you shouldn’t ask recipients to move mail from the promotions tab to the inbox.

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VerticalResponse acquired

The acquisition of email service providers continues. Last week Deluxe (yes, the check printing people) acquired Vertical Response. This appears to be positioning themselves to improve their collection of business services to include email marketing.

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Sending mail to the wrong person, part eleventy

Another person has written another blog post talking about their experiences with an email address a lot of people add to mailing lists without actually owning the email address. In this case the address isn’t a person’s name, but is rather just what happens when you type across rows on they keyboard. These are similar […]

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  • AOL compromise

    Lots of reports today of a security problem at AOL where accounts are sending spam, or are being spoofed in spam runs or something. Details are hazy, but there seems to be quite a bit of noise surrounding this incident. AOL hasn't provided any information as of yet as to what is going on.4 Comments


  • ReturnPath on DMARC+Yahoo

    Over at ReturnPath Christine has an excellent non-technical summary of the DMARC+Yahoo situation, along with some solid recommendations for what actions you might take to avoid the operational problems it can cause.No Comments


  • AOL problems

    Lots of people are reporting ongoing (RTR:GE) messages from AOL today.  This indicates the AOL mail servers are having problems and can't accept mail. This has nothing to do with spam, filtering or malicious email. This is simply their servers aren't functioning as well as they should be and so AOL can't accept all the mail thrown at them. These types of blocks resolve themselves. 1 Comment


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