To the dismay of an industry that relies on delivering stuff you'll never read to finance the sending of stuff you don't want to read but have to or else your electricity will be shut off, Outbox is a new service launching in Austin that'll make it so you never have to walk to your mailbox again.
How it works: Three days a week, these "unpostmen" will Prius to your house and empty your mailbox. After moving large deliveries & Netflix DVDs to your doorstep, they'll confidentially sift through the junk and unsubscribe you from it, then scan the important stuff same-day, including checks, which most banks will deposit digitally if they can read your grandmother's handwriting. You can then access everything on their site, or via their iPad app. If they took something you need, or have a sender whose correspondence you actually want, alert them, and they'll drop it at your door.
To ensure the sanctity of your information, they've implemented state-of-the-art encryption, strict hiring practices (drug, criminal, and credit checks), even stricter rules on who sees the actual content of your mailbox, and the kicker: a one million dollar identity theft insurance policy. Now that'll buy a lot of stuff from Sears!