Following on Yahoo's lead earlier this week to implement stricter anti-spam tools, Hotmail is announcing plans to offer a whitelist feature. However, unlike many whitelist systems, I actually like the way this is being implemented. Basically, on the front page of your Hotmail account, you only see emails from people in your contact list - bubbling up (most likely) your most important emails. Then, you can still go into your full Inbox and see what's there. This makes sense, since no mail is lost, no challenge-response is necessary, but it makes it easier to find the emails from people you want to hear from.
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