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Friday
Jul052013

Ferrari Looks to Limit Car Sales and Emails

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MARANELLO, Italy) -- Not long after Ferrari decided to sell fewer cars in 2013, the carmaker is instituting a policy to limit intra-office emails as well.

According to a company statement, Ferrari has decided to "place much stricter limits on the number of emails being sent." Ferrari employees will now only be able to send an email to  three coworkers at a time, eliminating the constant bombardment of "reply all" emails.

The proposal is aimed at limiting the amount of emails sent to large groups, and hopes to increase productivity. While the limit does not apply to emails sent outside of the company, Ferrari is hoping that their employees will "talk to each other more and write less."

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Saturday
Mar022013

Outbox: New Service Turns Snail Mail into Email

Outbox(NEW YORK) -- Do you still rely on snail mail? Outbox is a new startup that wants to help you “manage your postal mail like email.”

The service will send what it calls “unpostmen” to your home mailbox to collect your mail for you. Outbox will then scan each letter, postcard, bill, check or piece of junk mail as an image file that gets uploaded to your personal online Outbox account. Outbox currently offers access to its online mail application by computer or iPad, but says Android and iPhone support should be available sometime in the first quarter of this year.

With Outbox’s online mail application, the users “control [their mail] in any way they see fit,” Will Davis, co-founder of Outbox, told ABC News. “They can store it digitally, share it, or even request the physical item for delivery. If they elect to shred the paper, or do not request it after 30 days, we shred and recycle the item on their behalf.”

The service even offers to help fight snail mail spam. With the “Unsubscribe to Sender” option, Outbox will send a digital copy of any junk mail back to the senders and ask them to remove your address from their lists.

Things like packages and magazines will be left at your doorstep, the same way Outbox handles bundles or “requested” pieces of mail.

For now, Outbox only provides service to residential mailboxes. Though the company hopes soon to include P.O. boxes, there are no plans to add service to business addresses.

So what about locked mailboxes or gated residencies? Outbox says, “We can replicate just about every key… So if there’s any locks standing in between us and your mail, simply send us a picture [of the key] upon registration, and we’ll do our best to service you.”

That may sounds a little crafty for some people’s tastes, but Davis asks us to think simply about it. “Once a user elects us as their mail agent, they empower us to take over the collection and management of their postal mail. Not unlike having a friend or relative pick up your mail on your behalf, you elect Outbox to do this for you.”

The full service will cost users $4.99 a month. For that price, an “unpostman” in a Toyota Prius will come to your house for collection and delivery “every other day.” Mail is uploaded to the user’s account on the same day it’s collected.

Outbox was hatched in 2011. Davis traces the company’s origin back to a thought of, “Wouldn’t it be cool to have a Dropbox for my snail mail?” He, co-founder Evan Baehr and others began conducting a closed, invitation-only beta test in Austin, Texas last year.

The company says it hopes to be in every major American city in coming years.  So far it has just over 20 employees.

This new way of handling mail comes as the U.S. Postal Service struggles with losses and cutbacks in delivery schedules.

“There is a future for mail that is compelling, we think,” said Davis. “The future of mail is about the experience and what you can do with the mail — stay on top of important things, stay connected to loved ones, email it to others, share it online, take immediate action online, etc. We want people to be excited about mail again — not dread it.”

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Friday
Oct212011

‘Smoking Gun’ Colgan Air Emails Released in 2009 Buffalo Plane Crash

Aaron M. Sprecher/Bloomberg via Getty Images(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- A lawyer representing families of the victims of the crash of flight 3407, which plunged into a home near Buffalo, N.Y., in February 2009, has released an internal Colgan Air email chain which, he says, shows that the pilot was not qualified to fly the type of plane that crashed.

The “smoking gun” emails -- which appear to support the plaintiffs’ contention that the airline failed to properly train the pilot -- had been discussed in court earlier this month but had been, until Friday, confidential.

The emails cover a period in late August  2008 -- about six months before the crash -- and indicate that the pilot, 47-year- old Marvin Renslow, “had a problem upgrading.”

As a result, Colgan’s VP of flight operations wrote that “anyone that does not meet the [minimums] and had problems in training before is not ready to tackle the Q,” a reference to the Bombardier DHC8-402 Q400.

The airline’s chief pilot then responded, “He is already off the list.”

According to plaintiffs’ lawyer Hugh M. Russ III, Renslow was promoted about a month later without additional experience or training that would have made him qualified. Russ calls the email chain “a devastating admission on the part of Colgan” and says it shows that “Colgan chose profits over safety” in electing to promote Renslow “even though they knew he was not qualified.”

Airline spokesman Joe Williams disputed that, saying in a statement to ABC News that Renslow subsequently completed additional testing  "without any training deficiencies or problems noted.” As a result, the statement says, "Capt. Renslow was properly trained, certified and qualified to act as Pilot-In-Command of a Q400 aircraft.”

The spokesman did not immediately respond to a request from ABC News for documentation to support its statement.

The plaintiffs’ attorney said he had yet to see any evidence that Renslow was given further training and experience on the Q-400 before the crash.

Continental Connection Flight 3407 from Newark to Buffalo, operated by Colgan Air, crashed into a home in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence Center, about five miles short of the runway. The accident killed 49 passengers on the plane, including the crew, and one person in the house. An NTSB investigation found that pilot error was the primary cause of the crash.

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