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Yahoo has evidently been rummaging through its closet looking for stuff it can sell off, especially now that it’s decided it’s a consumer company and will put $100 million into promoting that image starting Tuesday. Anyway, that business construction reportedly means it doesn’t need Zimbra and its online, cross-platform Collaboration Suite, the open source-cum-commercial e-mail-shared calendar-instant messaging-and-document authoring widgetry it paid $350 million for it almost exactly two years ago. It’s been peddling the thing around, according to Boomtown’s Kara Swisher, the Yahoo familiar. Yahoo’s reportedly not harboring any delusions that it’ll get anywhere near what it paid for the thing. Swisher thinks it could go to rival Google or maybe Comcast, a Zimbra client, or maybe a private equity firm, maybe even Redpoint Ventures, one of Zimbra’s original investors... (more)

Sendmail Says “Email Far From Dead”

Email Archiving Journal Sendmail, Inc. announced that despite claims that social networks are dominating person-to-person communications, enterprise email continues to remain a business-critical capability, and the dominate messaging tool used by enterprises throughout the world for secure, business communications. According to a recent study conducted by Osterman Research, “email is considered important by 97.6% of individuals in larger organizations in the course of doing their work, and 99.2% anticipate email will be this important to them in 2010.” Additionally, the report shows that 45% of individuals in the workplace report that their email use is greater now than it was a year ago.” “Email is far from dead,” claims Donald Massaro, CEO of Sendmail, Inc. “While the recent rise in alternative communication methods and social networking services like Facebook an... (more)

Swiss Post Updates IncaMail, But Does It Infringe?

The Swiss Post says that IncaMail, the secure e-mail service it yanked out of the US market earlier this year after RPost lodged a patent and trademark infringement suit, meets the requirements for electronic correspondence with Swiss authorities and that it's in the final stages of being approved as a secure delivery platform by the Swiss government. Starting January 1, Swiss government agencies as well as both federal and canton courts will be obliged to accept documents sent electronically via secure-mail services approved by the Confederation. Electronic registered mail is already permitted for written e-mail correspondence between the various federal and canton authorities. Swiss Post promised a re-architected IncaMail 3.0 after its run-in with the US company, which holds 25 US and foreign patents and claims to own the technology for registered, legally recogni... (more)

Court Finds RPost Patent Valid

A federal court in California has upheld the validity of a key RPost patent reinforcing the company's claims to own the technology for registered, legally recognized, court-admissible evidence of e-mail content and delivery going back to 1995. RPost's 35 patents, granted in 21 countries, broadly cover verifiable proof of e-mail delivery and value-added outbound e-mail processing. On December 27 the District Court for the Central District of California granted RPost a summary judgment finding its US patent 6,182,219 valid. The decision is a lead-up to RPost's infringement suit against Trustifi Corporation but the 20-page ruling is expected to impact the suits RPost also has pending against Swiss Post, Canada Post, Adobe-Echosign, DocuSign, Zix Corporation, RightSignature, Farmers Insurance and Telarix, among others. They are all being sued for treading on ‘219 as well... (more)

Google Wins the Battle of the Interior Department

The US Department of the Interior has moved its e-mail business to Google, which sued when the agency gave Microsoft a five-year $59.3 million cloud-based e-mail contract in 2010 claiming the department's research was "stale" and Microsoft's security wasn't certified for government use. It's going with Google Apps for Government and Gmail instead. It will cover upwards of 90,000 seats. The agency's been reconsidering its original decision since late last year. The deal is worth $34.9 million over seven years to Google and its reseller Onix Networking. Microsoft said it "will engage with our partners and DOI to review and understand the reasons for this decision." Microsoft lost the General Services Administration and its 17,000 seats to Gmail two years ago. ... (more)

‘The Data Science of Email’ By @SendGrid | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here There are 182 billion emails sent every day, generating a lot of data about how recipients and ISPs respond. Many marketers take a more-is-better approach to stats, preferring to have the ability to slice and dice their email lists based numerous arbitrary stats. However, fundamentally what really matters is whether or not sending an email to a particular recipient will generate value. Data Scientists can design high-level insights such as engagement prediction models and content clusters that allow marketers to cut through the noise and design their campaigns around strong, predictive signals, rather than arbitrary statistics. SendGrid sends up to half a billion emails a day for customers such as Pinterest and GitHub. All this email adds up to more text than produced in the entire twitterverse. We track events like clicks, opens and... (more)

Cloud Computing, Big Data & Smart Mobile Apps to Drive IT Spending in 2014

Big bucks continue to be spent on hardware and software, with a marked increase in cloud services, according to a new report. Forrester released the data of its annual survey on IT spending worldwide and detected areas with higher spending, including apps and tablets. Forrester Research's annual report on worldwide IT spending split the amount of $2.06 trillion spent this year from businesses and governments between hardware, software and services related to the IT world. CIOs and IT decision-makers plan their biggest software spending increases in mobile applications and middleware, analytics, security, and collaboration software, according to an article on CloudTimes.org. Software registered the largest share of tech spending in 2013 and companies will continue to spend in this segment particularly on smart and cloud computing in 2014. While investment in legacy a... (more)

Zimbra on Ulitzer Topic Launched

Zimbra on Ulitzer news topic launched today to cover breaking news, blogs and opinion pieces on Zimbra. Zimbra is open source server software for email and collaboration - email, group calendar, contacts, instant messaging, file storage and web document management. The Zimbra email and calendar server is available for Linux, Mac OS X and virtualization platforms. Zimbra syncs to smartphones (iPhone, BlackBerry) and desktop clients like Outlook and Thunderbird. Zimbra also features archiving and discovery for compliance. Zimbra can be deployed on-premise or as a hosted email solution. Zimbra on Ulitzer Topic Founder: Jeremy Geelan Topic Contributors: Maureen O'Gara Glenn Rossman RealWire News Distribution Anne Taylor Reuven Cohen Guy Bunker Louis Naugès Jeremy Geelan Coach Wei Rob Gonda Alan Williamson John Eckman Jon Ferraiolo Kevin Haverlock Mohit Chawla Vijaya Bha... (more)

Is Email Dying?

Twitter on Ulitzer Have we reached the point where email’s influence over our electronic lives is waning? It is hard to imagine, especially for those of us who grew up in the minicomputer/PC era. For two generations, email was the killer application. It delivered information reliably and within a few minutes. But today the properties that made email so attractive for so long are now a liabiliity. “A few minutes” for a response is so last year, driven in no small part by texting and cell phone ubiquity. At the same time this was happening, wikis, blogs and social networks have begun to erode email’s document exchange role. The notion of sharing photos or a slide presentation using email attachments is becoming quaint. Now, the Internets have gotten faster, and seconds matter. Amazon offers same-day deliveries in a few cities. Motorola’s new Cliq Android phone aggregat... (more)

Hotmail Morphs into Outlook.com

Microsoft has reworked its browser-based Hotmail into a free, socialized, Facebook-friendly service it's calling Outlook.com, borrowing the name from its Office e-mail client. The idea is to stop Google's Gmail from eating into its turf. With 324 million users Hotmail is the largest online e-mail service on the planet. It has an estimated 36% of the global market to Gmail's quickly advancing 32%. Yahoo Mail also has 32%. After eight years of neglect, Hotmail has been given a simple Metro-like UI and an uncluttered Googlesque look that's tailored to small devices as well as PCs and Macs. It'll separate out e-mail with photo or document attachments. Messages with Office attachments will integrate with Office Web Apps for previews of Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents. Picture attachments will come up as a slideshow. It's supposed to recognize YouTube videos, calen... (more)

The Cloud: A Great Place for Enterprise E-mail

Recognizing e-mail as the central tool in today's contemporary business model is effortless - any breakdown in this mission-critical instrument and companies come to a virtual halt. Staff collaboration is limited, customer and vendor relationships are potentially compromised, and IT resources must be re-allocated to administer first aid, leaving other work sidetracked. The necessity of restoring the system becomes paramount, the monetary toll is secondary, and the debt to be paid is always exacted. In addition, e-mail is one of the first entry points into an organization and perhaps the single most targeted vector for enterprise security attacks. A recent Google-led study estimates that 94 percent of all e-mail is now spam, with threats that go far beyond the annoyance of unwanted e-mail to include malicious components such as phishing attacks, worms, Trojans, bots, ... (more)