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Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers by Michael Schrenk

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Chapter 15. WEBBOTS THAT READ EMAIL

When a webbot can read email, it's easier for it to communicate with the outside world.[49] Webbots capable of reading email can take instruction via email commands, share data with handheld devices like BlackBerries and Palm PDAs, and filter messages for content.

For example, if package-tracking information is sent to an email account that a webbot can access, the webbot can parse incoming email from the carrier to track delivery status. Such a webbot could also send email warnings when shipments are late, communicate shipping charges to your corporate accounting software, or create reports that analyze a company's use of overnight shipping.

The POP3 Protocol

Of the many protocols for reading email from mail servers, ...

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