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Gmail has a fantastic built-in spam filter, but no spam filter is absolutely perfect. Sometimes, we might run into a situation where a much-anticipated email actually ends up in the spam folder. Why build a whitelist If you’ve ever been anxiously waiting to receive an email from a potential new flame, or potential job offer, you want to make very sure the important message is not going to be banished as spam. To avoid messages you do want to receive from being send straight to spam is the one and most important reason to have a so-called ‘whitelist’. 2 ways to whitelist in Gmail: How to Whitelist in Gmail
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How to spot a social media snake oil salesman | Blog | Econsulta It's inevitable: when opportunity pops up on the internet, there are plenty of snake oil salesmen waiting to take advantage of it. The field of SEO provides the perfect example. While there are plenty of reputable guns for hire and firms providing SEO services, there are also plenty of snake oil salesmen promising the moon but delivering a bag full of sand. Unfortunately, the rise of social media has created another internet opportunity that is ripe for snake oil salesmen. And boy have they taken advantage of it.
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Does Twitter Deserve a Nobel Peace Prize? Not Yet, But Maybe Som It's hard to imagine anything more far out than the suggestion that the founders of Twitter be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, especially since the people who invented the internet never were. But that's what Deputy National Security Advisor, Mark Pfeifle, argues this week in The Christian Science Monitor, because of the company's role in supporting the ongoing uprising in Iran. Pfeifle isn't the only one making this argument, either. MG Siegler found Pfeifle's editorial and reported on it; he seems to think it's funny - and it is. I think the idea is also serious enough, though, to warrant some closer consideration.
We're often asked why so many Google applications seem to be perpetually in beta. For example, Gmail has worn the beta tag more than five years. We realize this situation puzzles some people, particularly those who subscribe to the traditional definition of "beta" software as not being yet ready for prime time. Official Google Blog: Google Apps is out of beta (yes, really)
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Conceptis addict: Wife Carrying World Championships 2009 Finland put an end to Estonia's 11-year reign and took gold and bronze on Saturday at the annual Wife-Carrying World Championships held in Sonkajärvi, central Finland. Wife carrying (Finnish eukonkanto) is a sport in which male competitors race while each carrying a female team mate. The objective is for the male to carry the female through a special obstacle track in the fastest time. The winner gets the weight of the carried wife in beer. Several types of carry may be practised: piggyback, fireman's carry (over the shoulder), or Estonian-style (the wife hangs upside-down with her legs around the husband's shoulders, holding onto his waist). More info and the rules you can find here
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