Facebook Sues Spammer; Wins $711 Million

Facebook Sues Spammer; Wins $711 Million

Facebook won $711 million in a lawsuit against a notorious spammer. Don’t cheer too hard, though. The same spampresario owes MySpace $234 million for the same thing.

Spam Kings Plead Guilty, Are Headed To Prison

Spam Kings Plead Guilty, Are Headed To Prison

The war on spam is just as doomed as the war on drugs, but the FBI has won a battle, bringing down a bulk commercial e-mail ring that pimped Chinese penny stocks into unwilling inboxes. They also developed bot network that helped spam avoid detection.

No, You Can't Opt Out Of Capital One's E-Mails, Ever

No, You Can't Opt Out Of Capital One's E-Mails, Ever

What’s an account-related message from your company, and what’s marketing? Kevin, the subject of this week’s Red Tape Chronicles column, wants to know, because he’d like Capital One to stop sending him advertisements for their products. Capital One claims that he can’t opt out, since the marketing pitches are “account management communications.” Right.

Create Your Own Opt-Out When A Company Ignores Your Requests

Create Your Own Opt-Out When A Company Ignores Your Requests

Mark started getting promotional emails from Hilton over a year ago, and he’s tried all sorts of opt-out strategies:

Senators Introduce Bill To Ban Text Message Spam

Senators Introduce Bill To Ban Text Message Spam

Senators Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and Bill Nelson, D-Florida, have introduced the m-SPAM Act, which would update the CAN-SPAM law to include text message spam. “The m-SPAM Act would explicitly bar marketers from sending text messages to any mobile number in the national Do-Not-Call registry maintained by the FTC,” reports InternetNews.

AT&T's 'American Idol' Text Message Stunt Backfires

AT&T's 'American Idol' Text Message Stunt Backfires

AT&T spammed a “‘significant number’ of its 75 million customers” yesterday with text messages advertising the premiere of American Idol. AT&T also pissed off a significant number of its 75 million customers in the process, and the company’s justification for the blitz isn’t exactly making AT&T sound smart when it comes to understanding what qualifies as spam.

"Free iPod" Claims Cost Spammer $2.9 Million

"Free iPod" Claims Cost Spammer $2.9 Million

The FTC slammed nuisance advertiser ValueClick with a record-breaking $2.9 million fine for littering the internet with deceptive ads for free iPods, PS3s, and plasma TVs. Instead of providing freebies, ValueClick tricked people into signing up for useless services and then failed to safeguard their personal information.

T-Mobile And The FCC Tell You To Reply To Txt Msg Spammers

T-Mobile And The FCC Tell You To Reply To Txt Msg Spammers

Crissy received some txt message spam on her cellphone and was understandably annoyed because incoming txt messages are not included in her package with T-Mobile.