- Make 'em pay - The dismal science takes on spam +/-
(Economist) The short history of society's fight against spam - usually defined as unwanted commercial e-mail - may be about to pass into a significant third phase. In the first phase, it was geeks who led the resistance, using techie weapons such as e-mail filters with fancy Bayesian mathematics. In the second phase, politicians joined in, eager to get their names on to new legislation - in America, for instance, 36 states and Congress have passed laws of some sort against spam. Now, in the third phase, the economists are taking over.
- Row over how to junk spam +/-
(BBC) Microsoft is proposing to stop spam by checking that messages are being sent by the person they claim to come from. The Caller-ID for e-mail idea is one of several proposals floated as a way to stem the rising tide of junk mail. The Internet's engineering body has set up an emergency meeting to sift through the different proposals and draw up a network-wide solution. But some fear the competing proposals could cause confusion and spell the end of some widely-used net features. see also US - Microsoft Announces Anti-Spam Initiative (Washington Post) Microsoft is launching a system to make it harder for spammers to disguise their locations. Dubbed "Caller ID for E-mail," the system would allow computers to recognize whether incoming e-mail is from a legitimate Internet address. The project is intended to foil spammers who routinely falsify their sending location in order to fool recipients and hide their identities, a trick known as spoofing.
- US - Yahoo, Sendmail to test antispam system +/-
(CNET News.com) by Stefanie Olsen. Yahoo and software provider Sendmail will jointly develop a system for authenticating e-mail, with the goal of mitigating spam. The two companies announced support of DomainKeys, a proposed system for verifying the identity of an e-mail sender and reducing e-mail forgeries. Yahoo - which runs a Web-based e-mail service used by more than 39 million people in the United States, according to Nielsen/NetRatings - plans to develop and test the system by March. Sendmail's open-source technology, which routes the bulk of corporate e-mail to and from the Internet, will be integral to the experiment. see also New Spam Filters Cut the Noise (Wired) Open-source spam filter developers are claiming that their software can now block 99.97 percent or more of incoming spam on a network, thanks to new techniques.
- 3GSM: Carphone Warehouse CEO: Nokia 3G phones flying +/-
(>(silicon.com) Nokia handsets for use on the first 3G networks in Europe provided by 3 are in very strong demand, according to comments from the boss of the continent's largest mobile retailer. Charles Dunstone, Carphone Warehouse CEO, this morning said his company cannot satisfy demand for Nokia 7600 terminals on 3 networks in the UK. However, he criticised mobile content offerings, often in the form of services such as Active from O2, Live! From Vodafone, OrangeWorld and T-Mobile's T-Zones, saying content is often not exclusive or just too expensive. Speaking about channels such as CNN trying to charge for their news, he said: "Everyone is too greedy. News is too freely available for people to think they can charge ?5 per month [for it]." He added ringtones and games shouldn't be priced above ?0.99 and MMS photo messages not more than twice that of SMS.
- 'Content' becomes crucial for 3G phones +/-
(International Herald Tribune) Back in the 1990s, Internet companies bragged that "content is king." A decade later, the mobile phone industry is saying the same for phones that operate at broadband speeds. Alongside shiny new handsets, scores of new multimedia services de- signed for third-generation, or 3G, cell-phone technology were demonstrated at an industry gathering in Cannes.
- New-wave cell phones arriving in Europe +/-
(AP) Now that a new wave of "3G" cell phones equipped for streaming video and multimedia content is finally arriving in Europe, the industry is focusing on the next big unknown: what services users will pay for, and how.
- UK - Mobile 999 callers 'pinpointed' +/-
(BBC) The London Ambulance Service has become the first in the UK to use new technology to pinpoint the location of mobile phone callers. Officials say it will help them to respond to 999 calls much more quickly.