IDG Contributor Network: U.S. Postal Service will scan your mail and email you images before delivering

Who else has ambled down to the mailbox only to find it full of junk, or disappointingly devoid of eBay purchases?

I have, and although I enjoy the chance for a gasp of fresh air after an electron-infested session at the computer, the sojourn can often be a bit of a waste of time.

That may be about to change, though.

The U.S. Postal Service has caught on to this often-failed, bizarre ritual for possibly millions of people each day, and is now sending scanned images of the actual mail pieces as it processes them to some customers’ inboxes.

Those customers can see the outside of the actual items being delivered before they make it to the mailbox.

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Yahoo Mail begins blocking users with ad block enabled

Yahoo may be hoping that access to your email is more important than freedom from advertisements.

Some users of AdBlock Plus have reported that they can’t access Yahoo Mail in Chrome or Firefox on the desktop. Instead of seeing their inboxes, the get the following error message: “Uh oh… We are unable to display Yahoo Mail. Please disable Ad Blocker to continue using Yahoo Mail.”

The reports, first spotted by Digiday, surfaced in the AdBlock Plus forums on Thursday. Andrei Herasimchuk, a former Yahoo designer who now works at Twitter, also claims to be blocked from his inbox.

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