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iPod Copy and Paste work around having issues

by Francis_Burdett / December 13, 2008 12:27 AM PST

from Harry McCracken's blog

"Yesterday, I waxed enthusiastic about Pastebud, a new copy-and-paste service for the iPhone that gets around Apple?s lack of support for such a feature via a clever end-run that involves transferring text back and forth between Safari and Mail via an online clipboard. I waxed prematurely: I?m using Pastebud, which became available today?and it?s apparently giving me access to strangers? clipboards."

"And, I would tend to assume, Pastebud is probably giving other people my e-mails I?ve tried to copy?not that they?re all that scandalous.)

(Further update: Pastebud?someone from the company, I mean?got my query and says it?ll follow up.)

(Further further update: I?m talking to Jed Schmidt, the guy behind Pastebud: He?s diagnosing what?s going on. More details to come.)

(Furthest update so far: Jed Schmidt says that he thinks they?ve found the problem. For what it?s worth, I just tried copying an e-mail again. And for the first time, I got my own e-mail rather than somebody else?s.)

(Final update: In the comments, Jed Schmidt says that he?s identified and fixed the problem. It was apparently a security flaw revealed by user error?I and other users were forwarding the e-mails we wanted to copy from to the wrong e-mail address?due, in my case at least, to the fact that Pastebud?s instructions are pretty terse?and ended up with a bizarre collective clipboard. I?ll try to take another look at Pastebud and let you know what I think now that this glitch has been addressed?)"

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