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The New York Times has heard about this thing called "spam," which apparently is like junk mail but in your email box. Next week, cellphones: will they catch on?

The big news is that spammers are wily and rascally, easily trumping every filter anti-spam companies come up with. Image spam, specifically image spam that automatically changes a few pixels every so often to avoid getting found out, is all the rage. The most popular and lucrative spam? Penny stocks, which spammers get idiots to buy to jack the price before selling and running off with the profits.

So the real question is this: have you really been getting boatloads of extra spam lately or is it just a slow news week at the paper of record?

Spam Doubles, Finding New Ways to Deliver Itself [New York Times]