The Whitepages Vision Captured on Film

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A few weeks ago, the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) visited our offices to film this video that captures the people of Whitepages and beautifully articulates our vision of providing a real identity for every person and business in the digital world.

We are growing and building our team as we go with plenty of job openings.

Come and help us make our vision a reality!

 

5 Tips to Protect Yourself From Mobile Phone Scams

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According to Pew Internet Research, 68 percent of mobile phone users receive unwanted sales and marketing calls with one-quarter saying they encounter this problem at least a few times a week or more frequently. Clearly, call and text spam is a pervasive and growing problem in the United States.

Scam, spam and fraudulent calls and texts are sent from a rapidly changing pool of phone numbers, with new ones showing up every minute due to phone spoofing and other tactics that make suspicious activity difficult to identify. In addition to using mobile apps like Whitepages Caller ID, we suggest the following tips to “can the spam”:

· Hang up immediately. If you get a call from a government agency asking for a payment, hang up. No one from a federal government agency will call you randomly looking for a payment, even the IRS. The same goes for a call from someone saying you’ve won a sweepstakes; odds are you did not, and if you did, they can send you something in writing.

· Don’t call a suspicious number back. In the case of the “One Ring Scam”, the number looks similar to a number from the United States, but in fact is from the Caribbean and is not legitimate.  These scammers use phone numbers that issue additional charges to the bill of the incoming caller – most of the time consumers are unaware of the charges and they can add up very quickly.

· Never provide credit card information or any specific personal identification, like a social security number, to a caller that you do not know personally, even if you are familiar with the business they say they are from. Recent scams include calls that spoof energy companies and Microsoft technical support, for example.

· Do not pay money up front if you have been contacted about winning a contest or being accepted for a new insurance policy. For legitimate offers, an upfront payment is generally not required.

· Report suspicious numbers to help others avoid threats. Whitepages offers consumers the ability to report spam phone numbers through its Caller ID app as well as at Whitepages.com.

 

 

50% of Oscar nominees have truly original names

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We’ve been officially swept up in Oscar frenzy, and today unveiled some factoids around the names of the 10 Best Actor and Best Actress Oscar Nominees, including how many others in the U.S. share those names. Based on data from Names.WhitePages.com, Amy Adams has the most popular name, while Leonardo DiCaprio, Chieweld Eiofer, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep are true originals.

It is the time of year to enjoy all things celebrity, so we wanted to look at how many other Americans these nominees share a name with. We were surprised to see there were more true originals on this list of ten than was expected.

Watch Kathie Lee & Hoda on the Today Show discuss our findings:


 
Best Actor Nominees:

Christian Bale

  • 3 people in the U.S. share the name of the “American Hustle” actor
  • 152,856 have the name Christian
  • Utah has the most Christians per capita, peaking in 1996
  • 4% of the people with the name Christian are girls
  • Christian is making a comeback with kids: 64% of people with this name are age 12 and under

Bruce Dern

  • 4 people in the U.S. share the name of the star of “Nebraska”
  • 476,261 people are named Bruce
  • Maine has the most people per capita with the name Bruce, which peaked in 1951 in popularity

Leonardo DiCaprio

  • Mr. DiCaprio is the one and only “Wolf of Wall Street”, according to the Names database, but 36,266 people in the U.S. are named Leonardo, with the name peaking in popularity in 2010
  • Florida has the most Leonardos per capita
  • 73% of the people with this name are age 12 and under, pointing to the fact that Mr. DiCaprio may be influencing parents’ name choice

Chiweld Ejofer

  • Uniquely named – the British star of “Twelve Years a Slave” is the only person in the U.S. with this name

Matthew McConaughey

  • 9 people have the same name as the “Dallas Buyer’s Club” star
  • 1,212,032 people in the U.S. are named Matthew
  • Massachusetts has the most people with per capita named Matthew, which peaked in 1983
  • Over one-fourth of people named Matthew are age 12 and under

 

Best Actress Nominees:

Amy Adams

  • 1,885 people share the name of this “American Hustle” star
  • 1,018,401 people are named Amy, with Iowa boasting the most Amys per capita
  • The name Amy peaked in popularity in 1975

Cate Blanchett

  • The Australian star of “Blue Jasmine” does not share her name with anyone in the U.S.
  • There are 6,289 people in the U.S. who share the name Cate, with the most living in New Hampshire

Sandra Bullock

  • There are 209 people who have the same name as the “Gravity” star, with the most living in North Carolina
  • 1,208,597 people are named Sandra in the U.S.
  • The name peaked in popularity in 1946, and West Virginia boasts the most people per capita with this name

Judi Dench

  • No one in the U.S. shares Dame Judi Dench’s name
  • 20,765 people in the U.S. share the” Philomena” star’s first name with Wyoming boasting the most per capita.
  • The name Judi peaked in popularity in 1945

Meryl Streep

  • The “August: Osage County” star is peerless when it comes to sharing a name
  • And while Ms. Streep was born Mary Louise Streep, the name Meryl is relatively new on the scene, compared to the name lineage of others on this list
  • Peaking in 1956, 6,854 people in the U.S. are named Meryl, with New York boasting the most per capita

To learn more about name popularity in the United States, please visit: http://names.whitepages.com/.

WhitePages Current Now Helps You Fight One-Ring Phone Scams

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You may have seen the news that new scams have hit U.S. mobile consumers hard in recent weeks. The One Ring scam tricks users into returning an unknown call that rings just once – enough to show up in your missed call list – which is then routed to a paid service, racking up charges on your phone bill.

WhitePages has been monitoring this activity closely and today we’ve released a new feature in WhitePages Current to help protect users from this costly and potentially dangerous practice. With the rise of the recent “One Ring” phone scam, we have added over twenty thousand new spam numbers tied to One Ring and similar scams to alert consumers with an immediate notification if a call comes from one of the flagged numbers. This new feature will enable WhitePages Current users to fight spam further as new cases arise.

This feature uses our spam identification technology and accompanying spam scores based on the hundreds of millions of phone numbers searched through WhitePages services. As a WhitePages user, you too can leave comments about spam activity for a particular phone number, which factors into a phone number’s overall spam score.
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currentidscamIn 2012, according to Pew Internet Research, 68 percent of cell phone users received unwanted sales and marketing calls with one-quarter saying they encountered this problem at least a few times a week or more frequently. Not only can we help you decrease those unwanted calls, with the new One Ring feature users of Current will be protected by:

  • An alert and “possible fraud or spam” message will be displayed during incoming calls that originate from reported One Ring scam phone numbers
  • Suspicious call designation for numbers in the user’s recent call history
  • A prominent warning if an outbound call is made to a number with a high spam score, alerting the user that they are calling a suspicious number that may result in high charges to their phone bill

These new features are in addition to the rich features that are already included with our popular WhitePages Current app, including the ability to ID calls and texts while streaming social network status updates from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. The app also incorporates a smart address book that updates in real-time with information about all of a user’s contacts, including newly identified calls and texts, and allows users to search contact information from their social connections and WhitePages’ directory of over 200 million people and businesses.

If you haven’t yet, download the WhitePages Current Android app and stop those scammers right in their tracks!

Investing in employees takes on a bigger role at WhitePages

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white black i love my job by wam junior s tees design 300x300Investing in employees has always been a focus for WhitePages, and right now, this philosophy is more present than it has ever been as detailed by the Seattle Times:

Alex Algard, the chief executive of WhitePages.com, has been writing a lot of big checks lately.

The company’s 100 employees are getting new MacBook Pro computers with Retina displays, $700 chairs and $1,500 hydraulic desks that rise with the press of a button, if employees would prefer to work standing up.

Algard also is spending $1 million upgrading WhitePages’ office in downtown Seattle’s Rainier Tower. It’s already a pretty nice space, but now it’s expanding up to an additional floor, connected by an internal staircase.

Employees and their families were also treated to a four-day getaway to Whistler in January.

That’s all on top of $2 million in special bonuses paid in September to employees, based on their vested options in the privately held online company.

After all the talk about the need for more tech workers to fuel the industry’s growth, perhaps it’s time to look at what’s being done to hang on to employees who are already in place, helping their companies continue growing…

Read the whole story here and if you want to work for a company that truly cares about their employees, let us know!