WHOA Newsletter - October 13, 2008

I couldn't make this up if I try. . .Don't drink and click "Send"

Google tool to keep emails sober
Google has adapted its free email service to help those letting loose after a few evening cocktails or succumbing to lovelorn moments from firing off messages they might regret in the morning.

Mail Goggles software comes to life after dark and on weekends, when altered states of mind are more probable, and requires that five simple math problems be answered correctly in less than a minute in order to send a Gmail missive.

"Sometimes I send messages I shouldn't send," Gmail engineer Jon Perlow wrote Monday in a website posting announcing the optional new feature.

"Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together."

Gmail users can adjust their email settings to activate the Goggles feature and dictate the times it is active.

"It will check that you're really sure you want to send that late night Friday email," Perlow wrote.

"And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you're in the right state of mind?"

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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

Children's safety group wants city off of Google's Street View - 10/11/08
A national children's advocacy group is pushing to get Pittsburgh removed from the Street View of Google's map search until the technology is refined so pedophiles can't use it to pinpoint children's homes, schools and playgrounds.

Error puts data on 30 million German phone users on Internet - 10/11/08
Confidential data on 30 million German phone users could be consulted on the Internet as a result of an error until the phone company locked access, a spokesman for Deutsche Telekom said Saturday.

Kenya's elephants send text messages to rangers - 10/11/08
The text message from the elephant flashed across Richard Lesowapir's screen: Kimani was heading for neighboring farms. The huge bull elephant had a long history of raiding villagers' crops during the harvest, sometimes wiping out six months of income at a time. But this time a mobile phone card inserted in his collar sent rangers a text message.

Houston sponsors bill aimed at cyberstalking - 10/10/08
Popular Internet social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace have given a new dimension to crimes such as harassment and stalking. Police had limited options to combat the offenses - until the passage of Assembly Bill 919.

'Viagra king' George Patino pleads guilty over fake pills - 10/10/08
A doctor known as the “King of Viagra” was told he would be jailed after pleading guilty to being part of a global conspiracy to sell fake medicines.

Man accidentally sells yacht for €22.50 in online auction - 10/10/08
A Cologne court has ruled that a German man who accidentally sold his small yacht for €22.50 in an online auction will have to go through with the transaction.

Internet love erupts into arson arrest - 10/10/08
A soured relationship between a teenage girl and a 21-year-old Canadian man led to an early morning fire that destroyed an Ogden home Tuesday, police say.

Online sweethearts turn out to be neighbours - 10/08/08
A British couple who met on a dating website turned out to be neighbours who had lived only a few houses apart for 17 years, a report said Wednesday.

Ex-911 dispatcher accused of confining, threatening teens - 10/08/08
A former Randolph County emergency dispatcher was charged Tuesday with convincing four teenage girls that he had the authority to have them arrested unless they complied with his demands, which in some cases included partially disrobing.

German teen injured making internet bomb - 10/08/08
A 15-year-old German boy has been injured while attempting to build a bomb with plans from the internet, German police in Anklam reported on Wednesday.

Cops: Mom said she'd post boy's nude pics - 10/08/08
An Elgin woman is under investigation in connection with a strange­and possibly criminal­campaign to reconcile her 13-year-old daughter with a former boyfriend.

Suit says Internet harassment put teenage girl into psychiatric care - 10/08/08
The father of a teenage girl says in a lawsuit that a cyber bully so unnerved her with online taunts that she ended up admitted to a mental health clinic.

Web Surfers Face Dangerous New Threat: 'Clickjacking' - 10/08/08
Internet and Web browser security experts are sounding the alarm about a new type of malicious attack called "clickjacking," a technique that can be used to dupe Web surfers into revealing confidential information while clicking on seemingly innocuous Web pages. Among other things, a clickjacking attack can be used to take control of a computer's Webcam and microphone without the knowledge of the user.

Fake YouTube pages used to spread viruses - 10/08/08
Savvy Internet users know that downloading unsolicited computer programs is one of the most dangerous things you can do online. It puts you at great risk for a virus or another time bomb from a hacker.

NYC rabbi reports e-mail threats from animal rights supporters over holiday chicken slaughter - 10/08/08
New York City police are investigating a rabbi's complaint that he received a thousand threatening e-mails over the slaughter of chickens before a Jewish holy day.

Newspapers face new challenges managing Web comments - 10/07/08
Much has been said or written in recent weeks about the role of newspapers in controlling the tone of comments posted to blogs. The American Society of Newspaper Editors is among those taking a hard look at this evolving issue, and has asked editors from around the country to weigh in.

Cheating SKorean florist is nipped in the bud - 10/07/08
South Korean prosecutors said Tuesday they have arrested a florist for pruning his rivals' business by clicking repeatedly on their online advertisements.

An eBay scam 'takes place every hour' - 10/07/08
Users of the internet auction website last year reported an estimated total of more than 8,000 crimes.


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