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updated 09:35 pm EDT, Tue April 13, 2004

Tech: Maryland anti-spam

Evening tech news: A new Maryland law would make spamming a criminal offense, with penalties that could include up to "Gmail" because it would place advertising in personal messages after searching them for key words.

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  1. bokubob

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Maybe I'm just really stupid, but why can't this google e-mail thing just be solved with the whole free market thing? I mean, people know what it is, and what they do. So, why not just let people decide? It's not like it's being forced upon them. They get something (loads of e-mail space) they give something (an opportunity for advertisers to do their thing). If you don't like it, don't sign up.

    I /really/ must be missing something here....

  1. Hawkeye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I was just coming here to say what you have already pointed out. Why can't I just click "Yes" to an agreement saying that I know what I'm getting into and get my hunka-hunka 1GB email space for free? I'm not an idiot, why does the good senator think that her constituents are?

  1. dafalcon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not forced on you!

    Exactly! And I actually like Google's guesswork ads that can read web-pages and find ads that might relate. You get some funny mismatches, but often times you will see ads for things you may actually be interested in!! This is 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000* times better than hotmail.

    * Yes, This number is an actual google.

  1. Mr. G4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Because these politicians

    think they know better than us.
    I saw the report on TechLive on TechTv, this lady thinks people are stupid. Nobody force people to sign up with Google. If you don't want the robot to scan your e-mail and insert ads to go with it don't sign up with them.
    Then she said that people might not know that Google would do that...well if you are stupid enough not to read the EULA you deserved to get what you got...where is the accountability come on.

  1. trevc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They need this

    I'm sure there's a little lobbying from Microsoft to do this legislation, or maybe the state senator is a Microsoft shareholder?

    GMail ... great marketing.

    Microsoft has said it's taking on Google in the search arena, I think it's GREAT for Google to offer this.

  1. porieux

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i think

    I think Microsoft uses these 'critical flaws' to force people into installing the latest updates.

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