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 Microsoft unbans TinyURL.com from Windows Live Messenger
Microsoft unbans TinyURL.com from Windows Live Messenger

dwergs says ( 12 Jul 2008 ):

 

Yay! The rejection of TinyURL.com links in instant messages, first reported on Thursday, has been annulled.

The temporary character of the ban confirms our opinion that it was undeserved. However, this does not mean that redirection and URL-shortening services like TinyURL (and many others) can not be abused. Always be cautious when clicking links in conversations, and try to get an endorsement from the sender if you're uncertain.



 Messenger Plus! counts 50 million users
Messenger Plus! counts 50 million users

dwergs says ( 11 Jul 2008 ):

 

Congratulations, Patchou, on reaching the milestone of 50 million active users of Messenger Plus! Live! Roughly estimated, about 1 out of 7 Windows Live Messenger users (15 per cent) is using your add-on. Who would've expected that, back in 2001? ;)

Looking ahead, you can expect a skinning contest to begin in August and Messenger Plus! 4.70 to be released later this year.

>> Download Messenger Plus! Live.

[Source: Thank you for 7 years of support]



 Messenger-enabled Creative Zen X-Fi now official
Messenger-enabled Creative Zen X-Fi now official

dwergs says ( 10 Jul 2008 ):

 

creative ZEN X-Fi with Windows Live MessengerMesser Sommy has let us know via our forum that Creative's answer to the iPod Touch, their Creative Zen X-Fi, is now official.

Two weeks ago information leaked that it would come preloaded with Windows Live Messenger. Today we have learned this is only the case for the WiFi-enabled version of the device. All other details at CNET Asia and Softpedia.



 Microsoft bans TinyURL.com links from instant messages
Microsoft bans TinyURL.com links from instant messages

dwergs says ( 10 Jul 2008 ):

 

Every few weeks we see a another, perfectly safe domain name getting blocked by Messenger's annoying and above all ineffecient server-side SPIM filter. Today's victim is TinyURL.com, a popular URL-shortening service that gets over 1.5 billion hits each month. Go ahead and try it (eg. http://tinyurl.com/ijtq or http://tinyurl.com/messbe), messages containing a TinyURL link won't get passed the evil filter.

Getting this out to the world, Microsoft will hopefully kick the ass of the third party managing the list of blocked domains and undo the blunder.

[Digg this] [Reported by: ScottIsAFool]



 SPIM Alert: More PICS FOR MSN FRIENDS phishing domains [UPDATED]
SPIM Alert: More PICS FOR MSN FRIENDS phishing domains [UPDATED]

dwergs says ( 09 Jul 2008 ):

 

In succession to an earlier post this week, we have determined three more websites that try to lure visitors into entering their Windows Live ID credentials only to subsequently spam their contacts with the same links.

imagefrosty.info
hostapic.info
holyimage.info (different whois record, same phishing site)
imagrshak.info (different whois record, same phishing site)
Some versions of the SPIM now include links to get-that-stuff.info and coooool.info, which appear to be a commercial ringtone websites. Eventually it seems that spimmers are trying to capitalize on the viral effect of their "worms".

If you fell victim to this scam, go to account.live.com and change your password immediately.



 Windows Live Messenger not dead yet, principal member of 500 million club
Windows Live Messenger not dead yet, principal member of 500 million club

dwergs says ( 09 Jul 2008 ):

 

Last month we shared with you some research results that heralded the decline of instant messaging (and Windows Live Messenger in particular) in favour of social networks such as Facebook. Shortly after the news reached mainstream press, a Microsoft representative responded that Windows Live Messenger -still a hugely popular service with a long established and loyal user base- is far from moribund.

The Microsoft spokesperson told TechRadar UK that it is normal for people to "experiment with new services when they become available and usage patterns across services will change as people introduce new services into their online portfolio and behaviour". He continued: "The figures released by Nielsen (...) are simply a reflection of the changing online ecology and no more signal the end of IM than they do the end of email."

In a more recent press release, Nielsen Online coined "The 500 Million Club" as a name for the top 10 online destinations that account for at least 500 million minutes per month in the UK. According to the report, Windows Live Messenger undeniably tops the list with an average of 2,626 monthly minutes in the UK (7.8%) while Facebook comes in third (behind eBay) with 1,406 monthly UK minutes (4.8%).

It all depends how you look at it, of course, but it's clearly too early to tell whether social networks and accompanying apps will dispel our favourite IM client. To be continued then... next year?

>> Read the The 500 Million Club report (PDF).

[Source: TechRader UK]



 Turkcell offers Windows Live Messenger to customers
Turkcell offers Windows Live Messenger to customers

dwergs says ( 08 Jul 2008 ):

 

Turkcell offers Windows Live MessengerWindows Live Messenger keeps on invading mobile phones around the world. Europe's third largest operator Turkcell announced today that it has partnered with NeuStar to offer Windows Live Messenger to its 35.1 million customers.

Many other wireless carriers, such as 3, Vodafone and SFR, have already worked with NeuStar in the past thanks to its attractive mobile IM solutions.

>> More details at Turkcell's Windows Live Messenger mini-site.

UPDATE: Portuguese mobile operator Optimus also announced that it has chosen NeuStar for its branded Windows Live Messenger service. It is estimated that more than half a billion users have access to one or more of NeuStar's IM solutions.

>> More details at Optimus' Optimus Messenger page.

[Source: Mobile Entertainment & TMCnet]



 SPIM Alert: Avoid *.imagedino.info and *.imageloko.info
SPIM Alert: Avoid *.imagedino.info and *.imageloko.info

dwergs says ( 07 Jul 2008 ):

 

A new case of instant messaging spam or SPIM is currently spreading like wildfire over MSN/Windows Live Messenger. The message contains a link with the sender's Messenger ID as subdomain, and imagedino.info or imageloko.info as main domain name (eg. johndoe1988.imagedino.info). Victims are unknowingly spreading the SPIM by entering their login credentials on the malign site.

imagedino

The domains were registered today by Jeff Fisher (or should that be "Phisher") of TST Management, Inc. located in Panama. It is advised to avoid all domains with this whois record.

UPDATE: More domains that mirror the malicious site: smileshost.info, hostmedias.info, imagealina.info (reported by captaincavern) and imageswitch.info. If you discover any others, let us know.



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