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[FYI] Microsoft's spam plan rejected
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Attempts to fight spam by identifying e-mails have hit problems over
Microsoft's involvement in the process.
The Internet Engineering Task Force, an international standards body, has
rejected Microsoft's contribution to the so-called Sender ID proposal.
The working group charged by the IETF with looking at the standard has
decided that Microsoft's decision to keep a possible patent application
secret was unacceptable.
It was also concerned with possible incompatibilities with open source software.
Microsoft remains hopeful that the Sender ID system can be kept alive.
"There's broad support for Sender ID technology and we encourage others to
support and implement this technology so that together we can do more to
tackle spam," the company said in a statement.
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