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Multiple message deletion

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000015782D
Original Publication Date: 2002-May-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

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This invention solves the problem of cleaning up multiple related messages left on different devices by having a mapping between devices, flagging a message as being left on another medium and noting the time of the message. For example, a phone message is left on an answering machine or answering service and is flagged by a user as being the same message that was left on another device. The machine or service then maps the caller ID information to an E-mail address using a user defined table, and contacts the person's E-mail provider asking them to delete any E-mail message that was sent by the caller at around the same time. If a matching message is found, it will be removed. Alternately, if an E-mail message is read first and is flagged as being associated with a message on another device, the E-mail program would contact the answering machine and remove any answering machine message whose caller ID information matched the E-mail sender, and which was received around the same time. In the case of phone system communications between devices, this communication is conducted over a network such as the Internet. In the case of a simple answering machine, a call is placed to the answering machine from a user's E-mail service provider as soon as the user opens an associated E-mail message or ends their connection to the Internet provider if a phone connection is being used to connect to the Internet. When this call is received, the answering machine recognizes caller ID information and immediately answers the call. A server enters a password and issues commands to remove the associated answering machine message. 1