BBC: Facebook copied email contacts of 1.5 million users

BBC: Facebook copied email contacts of 1.5 million users. “Facebook ‘unintentionally’ uploaded the email contacts of more than 1.5 million users without asking permission to do so, the social network has admitted. The data harvesting happened via a system used to verify the identity of new members, Facebook asked new users to supply the password for their email account, and took a copy of their contacts.”

BetaNews: Microsoft email hack was worse than first thought — some users’ messages were accessed

BetaNews: Microsoft email hack was worse than first thought — some users’ messages were accessed. “Over the weekend we reported that hackers gained access to Microsoft’s web-based email services for a period of three months. Microsoft tried to calm users’ concerns by saying that only ‘your e-mail address, folder names, the subject lines of e-mails, and the names of other e-mail addresses you communicate with’ had been accessed. But for some people, things were rather worse.”

Microsoft: Hackers compromised support agent’s credentials to access customer email accounts (TechCrunch)

TechCrunch: Microsoft: Hackers compromised support agent’s credentials to access customer email accounts. “On the heels of a trove of 773 million emails, and tens of millions of passwords, from a variety of domains getting leaked in January, Microsoft has faced another breach affecting its web-based email services. Microsoft has confirmed to TechCrunch that a certain ‘limited’ number of people who use web email services managed by Microsoft — which cover services like @msn.com and @hotmail.com — had their accounts compromised.”

Lifehacker: See Someone’s Facebook and LinkedIn Info Right in Gmail With This Extension

Lifehacker: See Someone’s Facebook and LinkedIn Info Right in Gmail With This Extension. “One of the features of being a reporter is you get a significant amount of unsolicited email, often from people that you don’t know. Discoverly is a Chrome extension that can help put those stranger’s emails into perspective.”

TechCrunch: Thousands of ‘take action’ messages to lawmakers exposed by political advocacy giant

TechCrunch: Thousands of ‘take action’ messages to lawmakers exposed by political advocacy giant. “VoterVoice says its ‘grassroots advocacy system’ allows lobbying firms and groups to alert concerned citizens about hot-topic issues — as well as messaging their lawmakers as part of coordinated campaigns. To most, it’s little more than filling out a form on a website with a prewritten statement, signing your name and hitting send. The company says to date more than 21 million people have sent 36 million messages. But the company’s exposed storage server has exposed hundreds of thousands of email addresses and other campaign data.”

Ars Technica: Here lies Google Inbox, a radical rethink of how email should work

Ars Technica: Here lies Google Inbox, a radical rethink of how email should work. “But we’re not here to mourn Inbox’s death; we’re here to celebrate its life. Many of the ideas and features of Google Inbox have been spun off across the Google ecosystem, and while there is sadly still no viable replacement for an Inbox-style email client, the spirit of Inbox can live on in the features it inspired in other products. Preserved here for future generations, this is what Google Inbox was like.”

Google Blog: Hitting send on the next 15 years of Gmail

Google Blog: Hitting send on the next 15 years of Gmail. “Back in 2004, email looked a lot different than it does today. Inboxes were overtaken by spam, and there was no easy way to search your inbox or file messages away. Plus, you had to constantly delete emails to stay under the storage limit. We built Gmail to address these problems, and it’s grown into a product that 1.5 billion users rely on to get things done every day. Today, on Gmail’s 15 birthday, we’re taking a look back and sharing where we’re headed next.”