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IRS asserts it can read your email, chats with no warrant

Tags: Tech Junkie | email | IRS

The Internal Revenue Service doesn't believe the Fourth Amendment keeps the agency from reading your email without a warrant.

Many citizens and legal experts think email and other messaging tools are protected by the Bill of Rights, but documents prepared by IRS attorneys indicate the that it thinks otherwise. The CNET report says the documents state that Americans have "generally no privacy" regarding email, Facebook chats, Twitter direct messages, and similar online communications.

The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures by requiring a warrant issued with probable cause.

Hungry Howie's serving up free pizzas

Hungry Howie's Pizza is giving away free pizzas this week.

Sign up for the Hungry Howie's email club and you will be emailed a coupon for a free small cheese pizza.

The promotion is good through Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Free Starbucks for you and a friend

Treat yourself -- and a friend -- to free Starbucks.

All you have to do is sign up via Facebook and you and your friend will get a free tall cup of Blonde Roast. That particular cup of coffee normally runs $2.60 so a pretty generous freebie when you multiply times two.

Businesses find email trumps Facebook for reaching customers

By Sapna Maheshwari and Matt Townsend- Bloomberg News

Even as retailers debate the efficacy of social-media marketing on Facebook and Twitter, they have no doubts about the power of a decades-old technology to drive sales. The killer app is called email.

Retailers as disparate as Williams-Sonoma and Home Depot have become much better at tailoring emails to specific customers rather than the one-size-fits-all blasts that once dominated this type of marketing. Measured by sales per dollar spent, email outperforms social-media advertising 3-to-1, according to the Direct Marketing Association, a trade group founded to provide accurate marketing data. That explains why retailers will send 19 percent more emails this year.

Read more here.

Cici's offering pizza deal for Halloween

Cici's Pizza is serving up a pizza deal for Halloween that will put pizza on your kitchen table for less than most frozen brands.

You'll get three medium one-topping pizzas for $10. Some specialty pizzas will also be included in the deal.

Sign up HERE for Cici's Pizza Perks email club to get the coupon.

It's scheduled for delivery to in-boxes on Oct. 29 and will be valid through Nov. 8.

Pizza Perks members should also be on the look out for a coupon for a free kid's buffet with the purchase of an adult buffet and drink.



Check your email for a free $10 at J.C. Penney

Be sure to check your email today. If you're on J.C. Penney's mailing list, you most likely received an email for a free $10 to spend.

Not there? Check your spam folder. That's where mine was.

The voucher is good for $10 off a purchase of $10 or more, excluding tax, and is good through Nov. 4 in stores only.

In other words, free money!

Daily deal burnout? Here's a fix

If you're a daily deal lover but the barrage of offers has turned the daily hunt into a daily grind, here's a quick fix.

Check out, which specializes in simplifying the hunt for online daily deals.

It collects and categorizes the deals from more than 175 sites, then customizes a list for you.

Freebie alert: A FREE Redbox rental for your Valentine


Looking for a way to do Valentine's Day on the cheap?

Redbox wants to help you woo your Valentine with a FREE movie rental.

Head over here to the Redbox Facebook page and send your sweetie a love note with a code for a free standard movie rental. The code is good all day Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Have more than one Valentine? Send as many as like to all your friends and loved ones who are on Facebook.

Will Microsoft's funny 'Gmail Man' spoof have influence?

This is pretty funny satire from Microsoft. This leaked video takes some swings at Google Apps and Gmail. The video was supposedly created to inspire the Office 365 team.

Given most users' (blind?) trust in Google, I'm guessing most accept Gmail for what it is. Either that or they are just completely unaware of how it works.

Here is a link.

AOL e-mail disrupted

Users of America Online's e-mail service grew anxious Monday when access to their email was disrupted. AOL's Mail Blog cites scheduled maintenance though the time required for the work seems to have gone longer than expected.

AOL warned warned users in another blog post made late Monday night that some will continue to be affected by the outage.
Update on Mail Issues
Posted Jan 24th 2011 9:41PM by Frederick van Johnson
Dear AOL Mail users,
Some of you continue to be affected by today's mail problems. Unfortunately the issue persists, and has taken us longer than expected to resolve. We understand this is a tremendous inconvenience, and we're working hard to correct this as quickly as possible.
We will update you as soon as we have more details, and a fix.
Again, we're truly sorry for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience. If you have any questions about this issue please use the AOL Mail Community Support Forum. 
The AOL Mail Team
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