spam

  • “Clean Diesel” agency spams Venmo customers for charity donations

    “Clean Diesel” agency spams Venmo customers for charity donations

    The WaterIsLife charity discovered a Venmo loophole, enabling it to blast its message to a thousand unsuspecting people earlier this week. By sending $0.01 to folks who were appearing in the Venmo feed, it was able to advertise the charity to hundreds of people. Their shitty marketing stunt kicks open the floodgate for yet another channel of spam coming at you from all sides. Yay. Read More

  • Telegram encourages devs to build useful bots with $1M giveaway

    Telegram encourages devs to build useful bots with $1M giveaway

    In the scramble to build bots that live up to the hype, messaging app Telegram has just announced a $1M giveaway to developers to try to incentivize them to build cool stuff. The messaging startup launched its own bot platform back in June last year, long before Facebook started its photocopiers in case you’re keeping count. Read More

  • Throttle combines all your annoying emails into one daily digest

    Throttle combines all your annoying emails into one daily digest

    What’s the only thing worse than a full inbox? An inbox full of spammy newsletter emails you don’t really want to read. Throttle is a plugin that solves this problem by generating a unique email address for each purchase you make or newsletter you sign up for online. Then, all email sent to these addresses are collected and sent to you in one daily digest email. Throttle also… Read More

  • Controversial people-rating app Peeple goes live, has a plan to profit from users’ negative reviews

    Controversial people-rating app Peeple goes live, has a plan to profit from users’ negative reviews

    Peeple, the controversial people-rating application that lets its users rate and review anyone, is not a hoax or vaporware, as many suspected following the media backlash surrounding the unveiling of the company’s intentions last fall. The Washington Post even called the app “terrifying,” given that the app didn’t plan to allow users to opt out of being reviewed… Read More

  • Tinder Exploited By Bots Promoting “Castle Clash” Game

    Tinder Exploited By Bots Promoting “Castle Clash” Game

    A number of users on dating app Tinder report being matched with fake profiles of women, who are actually automated bots promoting a mobile game called “Castle Clash.” The bots are sharing a link to the game on the URL “Tinderverified.com,” making it appear that Tinder is the URL’s owner or is somehow involved with this scheme, which it is not. Read More

  • Multiple Pinterest Accounts Hacked, Flooded With Butt Pics

    Multiple Pinterest Accounts Hacked, Flooded With Butt Pics

    If you log onto Pinterest and see that one of your friends has suddenly developed a fixation with weight loss ads and butt pics like the ones below, don’t click on the pins. Multiple accounts have been hacked over the last hour and flooded with spam. We’ve emailed Pinterest for comment. Read More

  • Apple Files Patent For Automated Disposable Email Addresses To Help Handle Spam

    Apple Files Patent For Automated Disposable Email Addresses To Help Handle Spam

    A new Apple patent application published today (via AppleInsider) details a system for heading off email spam and tracking its source. The tech automates a process many people now use manually, setting up temporary email addresses to be used for web service signups, which can then be thrown away when compromised by a spammy service, and provide clues as to which provider betrayed your… Read More

  • Developer Spams Google Play With Ripoffs Of Well-Known Apps…Again

    Developer Spams Google Play With Ripoffs Of Well-Known Apps…Again

    It’s not uncommon to search the Google Play app store and find a number of knock-off or “fake” apps aiming to trick unsuspecting searchers into downloading them over the real thing – especially when the app in question isn’t yet available on Android. But one developer really went out of his or her way over New Year’s to fill the Android app marketplace with… Read More

  • I, Spammer

    I, Spammer

    As I approach the half-way mark of my crowdfunding project, I wanted to address the thing that makes me feel the worst about this whole process: the spam. As I intimated in in my last post, moving from passive content producer to active content salesperson is hard. As someone used to fire-and-forget posting, convincing others to buy something I’ve built is a hard thing to do. And the… Read More

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