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May 31, 2005

GAO Report Lists RFID Privacy Issues

"Radio frequency identification is becoming increasingly popular inside the US government, but agencies have not seriously considered the privacy risks, federal auditors said.

"In a report published on Friday, the Government Accountability Office said that 13 of the largest federal agencies are already using RFID or plan to use it. But only one of 23 agencies polled by the GAO had identified any legal or privacy issues -- even though three admitted RFID would let them track employee movements.

"'Key security issues include protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the data and information systems,' the GAO said. 'The privacy issues include notifying consumers; tracking an individual's movements; profiling an individual's habits, tastes and predilections; and allowing for secondary uses of information.'"

Declan McCullagh. Federal Report Warns of RFID Misuses. ZDNet. May 30, 2005.

U.S. Government Accounting Office. Radio Frequency Identification Technology in the Federal Government. (.pdf) May 2005.

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Tivo-like Radio Devices Raise Piracy Flags

"It's like Tivo for radio, but is it legal?

"Various devices that enable listeners to record Internet radio streams and then convert them into MP3 files are catching on and making Web radio and streaming services more appealing to the general public.

"But some legal experts say the recording software may violate digital copyright laws and does little more than promote piracy."

Sue Zeidler. Lawyers, Others Questions Radio TIVO-Like Devices. Reuters. May 27, 2005.

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Information Agents Mine the Deep Web

"Google, one of the most popular search engines, at best can index and search about 4 billion to 5 billion Web pages, representing only 1 percent of the World Wide Web.

"But officials from Connotate Technologies, a company based in New Brunswick, N.J., said they have developed technology that can mine and extract data from the Deep Web, which contains an estimated 500 billion Web pages, and deliver it in any format and through any delivery mechanism. The Deep Web refers to content in databases that rarely shows up in Web searches.

"Through the use of intelligence-based software modules called information agents, corporate and government organizations can quickly and easily target specific unstructured data from intranets and password-protected Web sites on a continual basis."

Dibya Sarkar. Going Where No Search Engine has Gone Before. FCW. May 30, 2005.

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Teen's IM Threats Lead to Arrests

"The pranks teenagers play on each other are almost rites of passage -- making crank phone calls, scrawling scary messages on lockers and toilet-papering a friend's yard are usually seen as harmless adolescent mischief and come with few repercussions.

"But in the past two weeks, two students in Arlington have been arrested -- and were still being detained this weekend -- after their apparent pranks were taken more seriously. Both involved instant messages, or IMs, the on-screen form of real-time computer communication that takes up hours of American teenagers' lives each day and that allows them something a crank call doesn't always: anonymity.

"The arrests have exposed a new gray area for teenagers. They live in an age when it is delectably easy to use an anonymous screen name to freak out their friends -- and in a society that has learned the hard way to take threats of violence seriously."

Tara Bahrampour. Message Is Clear in N.Va.: IM 'Threats' Can Bring Teens Trouble in an Instant. WashingtonPost.com. May 29, 2005.

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White House Seeks Access to ISP Data

"The Bush administration asked a federal appeals court Friday to restore its ability to compel Internet service providers to turn over information about their customers or subscribers as part of its fight against terrorism.

"The legal filing with the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New York comes amid a debate in Congress over renewal of the Patriot Act and whether to expand the FBI's power to seek records without the approval of a judge or grand jury.

"U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero of New York last year blocked the government from conducting secret searches of communications records, saying the law that authorized them wrongly barred legal challenges and imposed a gag order on affected businesses."

Mark Sherman. Big Administration Asks Appeals Court To Compel ISP Searches. InformationWeek. May 30, 2005.

See also:
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York. ACLU v. Ashcroft. (.pdf) Sep. 28, 2004.

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Amid Controversy, Google Print Launches

"Google opened the door to its online library late Thursday with the launch of a book-specific search page.

"Print.Google.Com makes official the search goliath's project to digitize the world's books. But the launch drew backlash from the Association of American University Presses, in the form of an open letter focusing on Google Library, a service that went live in December."

Susan Kuchinskas. Google Print Goes Live. InternetNews.com. May 27, 2005.

Related:
Gary Price. SafeSearch Doesn't Work On Google Print & Can Full Book Preview Prevention Be Hacked?. SearchEngineWatch. May 27, 2005.

See also:
Gary Price. New Interface Available: Search Only Material in the Google Print Database. SearchEngineWatch. May 26, 2005.

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Information Week Publishes Google CEO Interview

"Following the introduction of the Google Desktop Search for Enterprise software at the Gartner Symposium ITXpo in San Francisco on May 18, Google CEO Eric Schmidt sat down with InformationWeek's Thomas Claburn to discuss his view of the business-technology market and how Google might change it.

"Dave Girouard, general manager of Google's enterprise business, was there, too. The interview began with a question about IT productivity, following Schmidt's public comments earlier in the day about 'end-user dissatisfaction with IT.'"

Thomas Claburn . Interview: Google CEO Eric Schmidt Talks Business Technology. InformationWeek. May 26, 2005.

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Is Blogging Dangerous for Youth?

"Blogs are a fun forum of self-expression for adolescents. But might blogging be dangerous?

"Earlier this year, 13-year-old Shannon Sullivan of Wood-Ridge, N.J., was socializing in the same way as dozens of her classmates at Our Lady of the Assumption School. She maintained a personalized page on a website that contained her photograph and details about what makes her unique. Friends would surf by and leave fun messages.

"But then her mother found out. And now her site, and those of her friends - once lovingly adorned with everything from sound bites to video clips - are fast disappearing at the insistence of their safety-minded parents."

G. Jeffrey MacDonald. Teens: It's a diary. Adults: It's unsafe.. Christian Science Monitor. May 25, 2005.

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Book Becomes Best Seller Without Advertising

"New digital marketing book 'Call to Action' has shot up the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Amazon.com bestseller lists without advertising, national distribution or promotional support.

"How? Authors Bryan and Jeffrey Eisenberg say the dominant driver of its success has been word of mouth, most of it generated online.

"In the lead up to the book's May 9 release, the Eisenberg brothers sent out review copies and asked colleagues to plug it in their Weblogs and online newsletters. They did, extensively. Most notably, marketing author and personality Seth Godin used his popular blog to simultaneously praise the book and trash its cover."

Zachary Rodgers. Weblogs Propel Marketing Book to Bestseller Lists. ClickZNews. May 31, 2005.

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May 28, 2005

Can LATimes.com Rival Craigslist?

"In total, five new event-driven blogs have appeared on Latimes.com since it unveiled its new design two weeks ago.

"Yet what garnered the most attention is the much anticipated public reopening of Calendarlive.com, which, since August 2003, had been accessible only to seven-day print subscribers or online readers who paid an extra monthly fee.

"The decision caused a stir in the online journalistic community about the future of paid content and sparked debate about its ability to succeed."

Sarah Colombo. Latimes.com Introduces Blogs, with More Changes on the Way. Online Journalism Review. May 27, 2005.

See also:
Mark Glaser. L.A. Times Hoping Time Is Right in Move to Monetize Niche Content. Oct. 17, 2003.

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Report: DHS Fails on Cybersecurity

"A critical Government Accountability Office report on the Homeland Security Department’s cybersecurity program has prompted members of the House and Senate Homeland Security committees to call for improved performance.

"DHS’ Information Assurance and Infrastructure Protection Directorate (.pdf) has failed to complete any of its 13 assigned cybersecurity tasks, according to a GAO report (.pdf) released today.

"Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a statement that 'GAO’s analysis affirms what this committee has been saying for the past two-and-a-half years: The status quo does not serve our cybersecurity needs.'"

Wilson P. Dizard III. Auditors, Solons Say DHS is 0-for-13 on Cybersecurity. GCN. May 26, 2005.

See also:
Chloe Albanesius. GAO: Still Not Enough Work on Cybersecurity. GovExec.com. May 26, 2005.

U.S. Government Accounting Office. Department of
Homeland Security Faces Challenges in Fulfilling Cybersecurity Responsibilities
. (.pdf) May 26, 2005.

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Entertainment Habits Shift Indoors

"Matthew Khalil goes to the movies about once a month, down from five or six times just a few years ago. Mr. Khalil, a senior at the University of California, Los Angeles, prefers instead to watch old movies and canceled television shows on DVD.

"He also spends about 10 hours a week with friends playing the video game Halo 2. And he has to study, which means hours on the Internet and reading at least a book a week.

"Like Mr. Khalil, many Americans are changing how they watch movies - especially young people, the most avid moviegoers. Meanwhile, sales of DVD's and other types of new media continue to surge."

Laura M. Holson. With Popcorn, DVD's and TiVo, Moviegoers Are Staying Home. The New York Times. May 27, 2005.

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Citywide Wi-Fi Plans Lack Foresight

"Philadelphia is venturing into the Wi-Fi frontier and liking what it sees. The big question is, will it feel the same way two years from now?

"The city's experiment to blanket its 135 square miles with wireless high-speed Internet access has been hailed by supporters as one of the most innovative projects in the country. But some experts caution that significant technical and business issues must be hammered out before citywide wireless networks can become a reality.

"Large cities such as Philadelphia and San Francisco see wireless broadband technology as a low-cost solution to providing broadband access to low-income residents."

Marguerite Reardon. The Citywide Wi-Fi Reality Check. News.com. May 27, 2005.

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Yahoo! Adds Photo Sharing To E-Mail

"Yahoo has launched a beta of improvements to its free e-mail service that are designed to let subscribers more easily send and share digital photos, the company said Thursday.

"Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo, which hosts the top-ranked Web-based e-mail service, said the PhotoMail beta will scan photos on a person's hard drive, and if a person so chooses, drag and drop selections into an e-mail message, without adding cumbersome attachments.

"The new service can also scour for photos in a person's Yahoo storage locker and Yahoo's image database of 1.5 billion pictures."

Editor's note: PhotoMail requires the use of Windows 2000 or Windows XP PC running Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.5 or higher.

Stefanie Olsen. Yahoo Pictures Easier Photo Sharing. News.com. May 26, 2005

See also:
Juan Carlos Perez. Yahoo Sends PhotoMail. PCWorld. May 26, 2005.

Libe Goad. Yahoo Unveils PhotoMail. PCMag.com. May 25, 2005.

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Microsoft Releases Anti-Phishing Tools, Services

"Microsoft debuted on Thursday its MSN Postmaster Web site, which offers tools and services designed to combat spam.

"MSN Postmaster marks the software giant's latest effort to increase its presence in the security arena, a lucrative area that has attracted a large swath of competitors.

"An online resource, Postmaster offers tools to help Internet service providers, e-mail service providers and legitimate bulk e-mailers combat junk e-mail, streamline the reporting process for spam and assist in delivering legitimate bulk e-mail to MSN Hotmail users."

Dawn Kawamoto. Microsoft Launches Antispam Tools, Services. News.com. May 26, 2005.

See also:
Sean Michael Kerner. MSN Spam Postman Delivers Twice. InternetNews.com. May 26, 2005.

Joris Evers. Microsoft to Flash Windows ID Cards. News.com. May 18, 2005.

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Bank of America Launches Online Protection Service

"As Internet scams proliferate, Bank of America is rolling out a double-edged system it says will better protect its online banking customers against phishing and spyware.

"SiteKey's image and text checks let people know they are on an authentic Bank of America Web site and also verify the identity of the customer, the company said Wednesday. The features will be introduced first in Tennessee next month.

"Use of SiteKey will be optional at first, but will be required once the introduction is complete, Gupta said."

Joris Evers. Bank of America Takes on Cyberscams. News.com. May 26, 2005.

Steven Marlin. Bank Of America Offers Authentication Plan To Battle Online Scams. InformationWeek. May 26, 2005.

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Ask Jeeves Mulls Name Change

"Chief Executive Barry Diller likes his latest planned online acquisition. He's just not that fond of its name.

"Diller on Tuesday told an audience of media and executives that the more he learns about the search capabilities of Ask Jeeves, which IAC is buying for $1.85 billion in stock, the more convinced he is that the firm can gain market share against search rivals Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp.'s MSN.

"But while Ask Jeeves will get a needed infusion of cash for marketing and development, its brand name is unlikely to survive in its current form."

John Shinal. Diller: Ask Jeeves May be Renamed. MarketWatch. May 25, 2005.

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Are You Addicted to E-Mail?

"If you find you're checking e-mail about as often as you inhale, you're not alone.

"Be it on vacation, at the wheels or straight out of bed, an American e-mail user finds it difficult to resist its lure for long, according to a study released Thursday by America Online.

"The survey revealed that, on average, people check their mail about five times a day, and a quarter of them cannot go without it for more than three days at a stretch."

CNET News.com Staff. Addicted to E-mail? You're Not Alone. News.com. May 26, 2005.

See also:
AOL People Connection. E-mail Addiction Index: How Addicted Are You?. No date.

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May 27, 2005

Online Memorial for Vietnam Veterans

"The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall USA website is dedicated to honoring those who died in the Vietnam War.

"Since it first went on line in 1996 it has evolved into something more. It is now also a place of healing for those affected by one of the most divisive wars in our nation's history."

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SNTReport.com Returns Tuesday, May 31

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On behalf of the writers and editors of all our publications, we wish you a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend, and commemorate U.S. service men and women who have died in military service to their country, as well as those currently serving in the military throughout the world.

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Patriot Act Debate to Continue

"The Senate Intelligence Committee failed to reach final agreement on Thursday on a proposal that would expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation's powers to demand records and monitor mailings in terror investigations, but officials said they were confident that the committee would come to a consensus on the issue.

"The committee met in private for two and a half hours amid continuing complaints from civil liberties advocates and some Democrats that the proposal would give federal investigators too much power to conduct 'fishing expeditions' in pursuing terrorism leads.

"Senate Republican leaders and the Bush administration, who are backing the proposal, say it provides the F.B.I. with essential tools in fighting terrorism."

Eric Lichtblau. Little Progress in Bid to Extend Patriot Act. The New York Times. May 27, 2005.

See also:
American Libraries Online. Patriot Act Extension Debated at Closed Congressional Meeting. May 27, 2005.

National Public Radio. Pushing for an Enhanced Patriot Act. Talk of the Nation. May 26, 2005.

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Librarian Echos Real-Life Patriot Act Consequences

"It was a moment that librarians had been dreading.

"On June 8, 2004, an FBI agent stopped at the Deming branch of the Whatcom County Library System in northwest Washington and requested a list of the people who had borrowed a biography of Osama bin Laden. We said no.

"We did not take this step lightly. First, our attorney called the local FBI office and asked why the information was important. She was told that one of our patrons had sent the FBI the book after discovering these words written in the margin: 'If the things I'm doing is considered a crime, then let history be a witness that I am a criminal. Hostility toward America is a religious duty and we hope to be rewarded by God.'

"We told the FBI that it would have to follow legal channels before our board of trustees would address releasing the names of the borrowers."

Joan Airoldi. Librarian's Brush With FBI Shapes Her View of the USA Patriot Act. USA Today. May 25, 2005.

See also:
Nicole Brodeur. Deming's Defender of Words. Seattle Times. April 25, 2005.

Update: National Public Radio. Washington Library Tested by Patriot Act. Morning Edition. June 2, 2005.

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Odeo Aims to Become the Next Blogger

It's the paradox of podcasting. The new technology, designed to let average Joes and Janes create and distribute homemade radio programs over the Internet, is too difficult for the average person to use. Creating and distributing the podcasts -- while certainly easier than operating a radio station -- is no walk in the park either. So it's no surprise that the most popular podcasts so far are still aimed at the techie crowd, with names like IT Conversations and Daily Source Code.

Enter Evan Williams.

Burt Helm. His Mission: Simplify Podcasting. Business Week Online. May 24, 2005.

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Honeywell's Knowledge Network Reflects Culture

"Four years ago, corporate culture expert and consultant Rajat Paharia faced 'a sea of cubicles' at one of Honeywell International's offices. The place was faceless and gray and vast, with the muted crackling of a hundred hands typing away. 'There was nowhere for people to get together,' says Paharia. 'There was no sharing space.'

"However, sharing space, at least in the virtual sense, was precisely what Honeywell wanted to create with the help of Paharia and its own Digitization Group. The $24 billion technology and manufacturing leader, which has offices and facilities in 90 countries, was in the midst of building a powerful knowledge network within its prized employee portal, MyHoneywell.

"The idea was that this knowledge network would allow people to share intimate business knowledge with each other, and, in the process, would allow Honeywell to maximize the largely untapped resource of employee knowledge."

Tom Kaneshige. Counter Culture. Line56.com. May 25, 2005.

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Copyright Crashes Podcast Party

In April, Chicago radio personality Steve Dahl started podcasting his afternoon show from WCKG-FM. But within weeks, his station's parent company, Infinity Broadcasting, pulled the plug. A division of Viacom, Infinity says it wants to wait until it launches companywide podcast plans by yearend before going ahead with Dahl's project.

Bloggers across the Web speculated that Infinity closed down Dahl's podcast of talk and music in part because of potential copyright violations. The Recording Industry Association of America says that while it supports new technologies, podcasters need to obtain appropriate copyright permissions.

Cathy Yang and Burt Helm. Podcasters Hit the Copyright Wall. Business Week Online. May 25, 2005.

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JupiterResearch Extends Analyst Weblog to Podcast

"JupiterResearch has started its analysts podcasting. The research firm is seeking to court prospects and advance thought leadership with the launch of the digital audio program, 'JupiterResearch Conversations.' The podcasting play extends a two-year-old Weblog strategy, one of the first in corporate blogging."

Zachary Rodgers. Jupiter Analysts to Podcast. ClickZNews. May 26, 2005.

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Yahoo! Extends RSS Into Media

"Last week in New York at the Syndicate conference, Yahoo unveiled its Media RSS 1.0 spec and announced support from OurMedia, a nonprofit site that allows users to upload and share multimedia creations, and from blog tools like FeedBurner and blogdigger.

"Media RSS is an extension of RSS that allows feed publishers to include rich metadata describing the media content. 'It's meant to be a self-publishing tool to communicate information about your feed,' explained Brad Horowitz, Yahoo's director of media search. 'Podcasting is a way to include enclosures in RSS. Media RSS is the way to make your podcast findable and discoverable.'"

SiliconValleyWatcher. Yahoo Unveils Media RSS Spec and Elaborates on Its Schizophrenic Strategy. May 18, 2005.

Related:
Yahoo! Search. Media RSS Syndication - Frequently Asked Questions about Media RSS. No date.

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What Happens When Blogs & Bosses Collide?

"Blogging is a favorite pastime for many tech-savvy writers. But when the subject of the blogs veers into the workplace, employers have been less enthusiastic. Los Alamos Labs is red-faced after an employee revealed security concerns in a blog. And Delta has fired a flight attendant for leggy photos on her web journal."

National Public Radio. Blogging Poses New Workplace Issues. Talk of the Nation. May 24, 2005.

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Patent War Wracks Wireless Industry

"A wave of patent-infringement lawsuits continues to engulf the wireless industry and it has many wondering whether it will harm vendors and users alike.

"In the most recent a legal challenge led by Microsoft, Intel, Dell, Apple, HP and Netgear seeks to invalidate a 1996 U.S. patent granted to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), an arm of the Australian government. According to CSIRO, the technology covered by patent is used in every Wi-Fi laptop and mobile device."

Ed Sutherland. Is Patent Warfare Killing Wi-Fi? Mobile Pipeline. May 25, 2005.

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Ask Jeeves Adds New Search Services

"AskJeeves Inc. today introduced Zoom and Web Answers, two new search services on Ask.com.

"Zoom is a categorization technology that allows users to expand or narrow keyword searches based on conceptually related topics. Based on the company's Teoma search technology, it helps users find answers for ambiguous queries.

"Web Answers represents an improvement of Ask Jeeves' Smart Search technology, which the company uses to provide specific answers for queries, as opposed to a list of ranked results."

Thomas Claburn. Ask Jeeves Improves Search. InformationWeek. May 26, 2005.

See also:
Chris Sherman. Ask Jeeves Serves Up New Features. SearchEngineWatch. May 26, 2005.

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Advertisers Follow TV to the Web

"Television programmers are looking to make the Web a lot more like TV.

"On Tuesday, the emerging-media group at Scripps Networks, part of the E. W. Scripps Company, plans to introduce an all-video Web site that will use programming from its Food Network, Fine Living, HGTV and DIY Network brands, as well as new clips.

"A major advertiser in Scripps offline media, General Motors' GMC division, has paid for a video showroom on the site and a presence throughout it."

Nat Ives. As TV Moves to the Web, Marketers Follow. News.com. May 26, 2005.

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May 26, 2005

Social Software Assists Group Decisions

"Common sense is uncommon in individuals and, at first blush, seems even more so in groups. No one expects crowds to produce useful thought. We fear the tyranny of the majority and mob rule, avoid peer pressure where we can, and immediately see the aptness of Charles Mackay's 19th-century book title Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

"But the idea of collective intelligence shouldn't seem so far-fetched. After all, democracy is built on the principle that large groups know how to govern themselves. Commodities markets, which set prices on the basis of group knowledge, play a growing role in everyday business decisions.

"Groups, then, can act as parallel-processing decision engines, pooling disparate knowledge to answer even hard questions in areas like public policy. What we lack, however, is a reliable way to build such decision engines."

Michael Fitzgerald. Group Rethink. Technology Review. June 2005.

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Yahoo Offers Personalized Movie Service

"Yahoo Movies went wide on Wednesday with a personal recommendation service designed to help fans learn about titles that suit them.

"Beginning today, visitors to Yahoo Movies who click on 'My Movies' will see a 'My Recommendations' tab leading to listings powered by ChoiceStream. Users can rate movies they've seen -- or banish them permanently from sight. They also can compare how the critics and Yahoo users rated them."

Susan Kuchinskas. Yahoo Movies Get Personal. InternetNews.com. May 25, 2005.

See also:
Danny Sullivan. Yahoo Launches Personalized Movie Recommendations. SearchEngineWatch. May 25, 2005.

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SEMs Wary of P2P Search Ads

"Revelations that controversial file-sharing software developer Ask Jeeves alongside its upcoming search engine have drawn mixed results from SEMs.

"BitTorrent announced Monday that it is planning to launch a search engine to index the thousands of movies, music, video games and other files currently shared using the company's peer-to-peer software. Alongside search results, the company will show keyword-targeted text ads from Ask Jeeves."

Kevin Newcomb. Prospect of Search Ads on P2P Site Rattle SEMs. ClickZNews. May 25, 2005.

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Feds Target Star Wars Pirates, BitTorrent

"Federal agents launched a crackdown on users of a popular new technology used to steal the latest 'Star Wars' movie and other large data files off the Internet, immigration officials announced Wednesday.

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday that the campaign, which included search warrants and the shutdown of a Web site, was its first-ever criminal enforcement action against users of a file-sharing program known as BitTorrent."

Krysten Crawford. Feds Bite BitTorrent. CNNMoney. May 25, 2005.

See also:
U.S. Department of Justice. Federal Law Enforcement Announces Operation D-Elite Crackdown on P2P Piracy Network. (Press Release.) May 25, 2005.

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Senators Address International IP Piracy

"U.S. senators urged the Bush administration on Wednesday to increase pressure on Russia and China to respect copyright law, warning that those nations have become havens for movie and software piracy.

"Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican who chairs the Senate copyright subcommittee, made one of the most ominous statements to date about what might happen if unfettered piracy continues.

"James Mendenhall, the acting general counsel for the U.S. Trade Representative, said his colleagues are hosting a delegation from China this week to talk in part about copyright law."

Declan McCullagh. Senators Urge International Copyright Crackdown. News.com. May 25, 2005.

See also:
U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Testimony of James Mendenhall. May 25, 2005.

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NBC, ABC News Offer Podcasts

"ABC News and NBC News each plunged into the world of podcasting on Wednesday with plans to offer TV newscasts as on-demand audio programs over the Web.

"ABC News is now offering podcast versions of 'Good Morning America, 'Nightline' and other programs via ABC News.com. The network is also creating several podcast-only shows.

"For its part, NBC plans to start podcasting hourly news updates from select cable and network programs in June."

Alorie Gilbert. ABC, NBC News Launch News Podcasts. News.com. May 25, 2005.

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Local Search Promises Growth

"All search is local.

"That twist on the famous political rule of thumb soon will become reality for search, the fastest-growing online marketing activity. Estimates claim that 40 percent of all search queries are for local services or products and 92 percent of local searches convert offline.

"'[But] there's really no one player that's nailed local search,' Dana Todd, principal of interactive marketing agency SiteLab, said last month at Ad:tech05 San Francisco."

Mickey Alam Khan. Local Search Primed for Growth. DMNews. May 24, 2005.

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Donald Trump Launches Online University

"He's built buildings, written books, married models and starred in a reality TV show. Yesterday, Donald Trump announced his latest venture: Trump University.

"Don't expect ivy-covered walls or a football team. Trump University will consist of online courses, CD-ROMS, consulting services and Learning Annex-type seminars.

"'In today's hyper-competitive business climate, the need for the highest quality education has become more crucial than ever,' Trump said. 'But people are looking beyond the traditional business education model, which involves hours in the classroom and relies primarily on book learning.'"

Karen Matthews. Trump Unveils Launch of Online University. E-Commerce Times. May 24, 2005.

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Database Hackers Explain Intent

"Three young hackers under investigation for unlawfully accessing personal information on thousands of people in a LexisNexis database have characterized their act as a cyberjoyride that got out of hand.

"The hackers, ages 16, 19 and 20, spoke with Wired News by phone Monday and said that in January and February they accessed LexisNexis data -- which included the Social Security number, birth date, home address and driver's license number of numerous celebrities and hacker friends -- to claim bragging rights, rather than to steal identities or sell the information to identity thieves, as some published reports have stated."

Kim Zetter. Database Hackers Reveal Tactics. Wired News. May 25, 2005.

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May 25, 2005

Study: Few Fortune 100 Sites Optomize SEO

"A new survey of Fortune 100 companies reveals that relatively few of them make a serious effort to optimize their Web sites to receive high search rankings on Yahoo! or Google.

"The study, by the search engine optimization (SEO) marketing firm OneUpWeb, is the company's third look at the search campaigns of the biggest brands in American industry, following surveys in 2002 and 2004.

"This year's model finds some increase in the number of big names using SEO to get better natural search results: OneUpWeb detected that 13 of the Fortune 100 are expending a lot of effort to optimize their pages, compared to nine last year and only three in 2002."

Brian Quinton. Study: Big Brands Slow to Adopt Search Engine Optimization. DirectMag.com. May 24, 2005.

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BitTorrent Search Engine to Carry Search Ads

"Whiz kid inventor Bram Cohen and a small cadre of developers and entrepreneurs are in the final stage of launching an advertising-supported search engine dedicated to cataloging and indexing the thousands of movies, music tracks, software programs and other files for download over Cohen's popular BitTorrent protocol.

"The free search tool will be the first large-scale commercial offering from BitTorrent, a five-person company headed by Cohen that so far has drawn most of its revenue from T-shirt sales and PayPal donations."

Kevin Poulsen. Next for BitTorrent: Search. Wired News. May 23, 2005.

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Benefits of Open Access, Source Software & Standards

"Open access, open source software, and open standards are three concepts that have been receiving increased attention lately in the library world. Open access is seen by some as a possible solution to the increasing price of serials and as a way for governmental funding agencies to receive a better return on investment.

"Open source software can benefit libraries by lowering initial and ongoing costs, eliminating vendor lock-in, and allowing for greater flexibility.

"Open standards allow for interoperability to exist between diverse library resources and eases data migration between systems."

Edward M. Corrado. The Importance of Open Access, Open Source, and Open Standards for Libraries. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. Spring 2005.

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Blogs Generate 'Buzz'

"In the spring of 1712, the British essayist Joseph Addison rambled from pub to parlor seeking the pulse of his countrymen regarding rumors (false, it turned out) that the king of France, Louis XIV, had died. The St. James coffeehouse, Addison reported in The Spectator, was 'in a Buzz of Politics.'

"In the 18th century, 'buzz' was part of what social theorists called the emerging - and powerful - bourgeois public sphere. In the 21st century, the buzz is in the blogosphere.

"Or at least, that's the popular mythology. As a result of their influence in incidents like the '60 Minutes' episode in which CBS was duped by forged documents related to the president's National Guard service, bloggers have taken on the role of agenda-setters - citizen scribe-warriors wresting power from a mainstream media grown fat and lazy."

Tom Zeller Jr. Are Bloggers Setting the Agenda? It Depends on the Scandal. The New York Times. May 23, 2005.

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Google Exec Leaves to Focus on Astronomy

"One of Google Inc.'s top executives is leaving the company, joining a handful of other high-profile departures following the firm's initial public offering and the sharp rise in its stock price that has made hundreds of employees millionaires.

"Wayne Rosing, a Silicon Valley veteran who served as Google's vice president of engineering, is leaving to take an unpaid academic position at the University of California at Davis, where he will focus on his lifelong passion for astronomy.

"Rosing joined Google in 2001 and oversaw the work of thousands of software engineers, focusing largely on ways to build better search engine technology that would deliver more relevant results to computer users hunting for information on the Internet."

David A. Vise. Top Engineer Leaving Google for Astronomy Job. WashingtonPost.com. May 24, 2005.

See also:
Dawn Kawamoto. Lead Google Engineer Heads for the Stars. News.com. May 24, 2005.

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FTC Launches International Campaign Against Zombies

"Today, the Federal Trade Commission launched 'Operation Spam Zombies,' a campaign to educate Internet service providers about hijacked 'zombie' computers.

"A zombie is a computer that has had software secretly installed on it which allows a spammer to send large amounts of spam and mask their identity, making it harder for law enforcement officers to find them.

"The FTC, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security are collaborating with officials from 25 other countries to educate Internet service providers about measures they can take to stem the flow of spam sent across their networks from zombie computers.

Corey McKenna. FTC Targets Zombies Sending Spam. Government Technology. May 24, 2005.

See also:
Reuters. FTC Asks for Help Against Spam 'Zombies'. CNN.com. May 24, 2005.

Federal Trade Commission. FTC, Partners Launch Campaign Against Spam “Zombies”. (Press Release.) May 24, 2005.

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FBI Readies New Computer System

"The FBI has designed a new computer system to replace a failed $170 million one aimed at helping agents share information but it will not be ready for use until the end of 2006, the FBI director said Tuesday.

"The need for the system was identified after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, when investigators found deficiencies in the sharing and recording of information by U.S. agencies.

"FBI Director Robert Mueller told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee the FBI had designed a new electronic information management system called Sentinel. The bureau expected the first phase to be deployed by the end of next year."

Reuters. FBI to Launch New Computer System by 2006. News.com. May 24, 2005.

See also:
Sarah Lai Stirland. Senators Grill FBI Chief Over Failed Virtual Case File System. GovExec.com. May 24, 2005.

Mark Sherman. Mueller: Cost of FBI Cyber Upgrade Unknown. LATimes.com. May 24, 2005.

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Firefox Video Campaign Surpasses 50M Downloads

"First they reinvented the browser, now they're rewriting the rules of advertising -- Firefox's guerrilla marketing has gone straight to video, and it's taking over the web.

"The collaboratively written application has hit more than 50 million downloads, spurred primarily by word-of-mouth advertising.

"Minus the deep pockets of archrival Microsoft, the Mozilla Foundation relies on an army of volunteer marketers to spread the word -- users so loyal they devise their own DIY promotion ideas, from painting sidewalks with the browser's logo to e-mailing sales pitches to the White House."

Robert Andrews. Fans Flock to Firefox Flicks. Wired News. May 24, 2005.

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Questions Linger Over Longhorn

"The trend for Microsoft releases lately has been lots of glamour and very little content. Many of us in the IT community are likely expecting more of the same of Longhorn, Microsoft's next major operating system (OS) release.

"Well, this time we couldn't be more wrong. Longhorn will be so much more than a Windows XP service pack 3 and the timing couldn't be more crucial for Microsoft.

"Mounting pressure from open-source movements and some recent cutbacks from proposed Longhorn functionality are giving Linux increased momentum. To keep the predators at bay, Microsoft must have a very successful release."

Steven Warren. Will Longhorn Deliver?. CIO Update. May 19, 2005.

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Net Bookies Bet on Jackson Verdict

"Whether or not Michael Jackson's jurors still have a reasonable doubt about his guilt, the wild world of Internet betting has rendered judgment: the smart money is on acquittal.

"No longer limited to chats around the water cooler and late-night talk shows, speculation about the outcome of the Jackson trial has become a staple of online betting sites and trading exchanges.

"With the trial in Santa Maria, California, nearing its end, online speculators believe the likelihood of an acquittal is higher than Jackson's chances of being convicted."

Alexandria Sage. Online World Bets on Jackson Trial Outcome. Reuters. May 24, 2005.

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May 24, 2005

K. Matthew Dames Discusses Search & Information Architecture

K. Matthew Dames will speak Tuesday, May 24 at the FedWeb 2005 conference. The conference, which takes place at George Mason University's School of Public Policy in Arlington, Virginia, brings practical solutions to Goverment Web Professionals.

Dames' speech is entitled Optimizing Search Without Search: The Importance of Information Architecture.

"Many Web managers spend lots of time and money trying to buy the best search engine to help users find information on their site. But the use of a search engine is often a sign that the site has failed at its core mission: getting the right information to the right people at the right time. The key to improving information retrieval often has more to do with the site's information architecture -- things like navigation schemes, labeling, and metadata -- than what search technology the site owner buys.

"This session will discuss how good information architecture (IA) can help your users find the information they need, and even how IA can improve the quality of the results that your existing or future search engine gives to viewers."

K. Matthew Dames. "Optimizing Search Without Search: The Importance of Information Architecture" (.pdf) FedWeb 2005. May 24, 2005.

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Gates Unveils MSN Virtual Earth

"Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates previewed new satellite-mapping technology designed to compete with local-search offerings from Google, Yahoo and Amazon.com.

"Gates, presenting at the 'D' conference in Carlsbad, Calif., on Monday introduced MSN Virtual Earth, a map service that lets visitors zoom in on a local area and get information about restaurants, cafes, hotels, dry cleaners, and so on. Gates said the service will be available this summer.

"MSN Virtual Earth will provide a 'core set of reference points,' such as maps, aerial imagery, photos, consumer and business directories, and ratings and reviews, according to the company."

Stefanie Olsen. MSN Announces Satellite-Mapping Service. News.com. May 23, 2005.

See also:
Danny Sullivan. MSN Virtual Earth To Take On Google Earth. SearchEngineWatch. May 23, 2005.

John Battelle's Searchblog. Gates Shows Mostly Search At D. May 23, 2005.

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AAUP Poses Questions & Concerns to Google

"A group of academic publishers called Google Inc.'s plan to scan millions of library books into its Internet search engine index a troubling financial threat to its membership.

"The Association of American University Presses said in a letter to Google that the online search engine's library project "appears to involve systematic infringement of copyright on a massive scale."

"The association, which represents 125 nonprofit publishers of academic journals and scholarly books, asked Google to respond to a list of 16 questions seeking more information about how the company plans to protect copyrights."

Michael Liedtke. Publishers Protest Google Library Project. Yahoo! News. May 24, 2005.

See also:
Jeffrey R. Young. University-Press Group Raises Questions About Google's Library-Scanning Project. The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 23, 2005.

Burt Helm. A Google Project Pains Publishers. BusinessWeek Online. May 23, 2005.

BusinessWeekOnline. The University Press Assn.'s Objections. May 23, 2005.

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Groups Vow to Battle Patriot Act Provisions

"Civil liberties groups said on Monday they were alarmed at new provisions (.pdf) to be considered in Congress this week to strengthen the government's ability to seize private records without judicial review.

"Officials from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Open Society Institute and the Center for Democracy and Technology said in a telephone conference call the new provisions to the USA Patriot Act would allow the FBI to secretly demand medical, tax, gun purchase, travel and other records without needing to get approval from a judge."

Alan Elsner. Records Search Plan Alarms Civil Liberties Groups. Reuters. May 23, 2005.

See also:
Center for Democracy and Technology, et al. Joint Letter in Opposition to Proposal. (.pdf) May 23, 2005.

U.S. Senate. Title I- Repeal of Sunset on Certain Authorities. (.pdf) May 13, 2005.

Senate Select Committee. Summary of Draft Working Copy. (.pdf) May 11, 2005.

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Jobs Promises Podcast Support in iTunes

"Apple Computer Inc. is working on a new update of its popular iTunes music software that will accommodate podcasts, Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs said Sunday night.

"The new version of iTunes will let users of Apple's music management program and integrated online music store find and download podcasts, which are homemade radio-style shows that have become a grassroots phenomenon on the Internet.

"Jobs gave a preview of the software at D: All Things Digital, an annual technology conference sponsored by the Wall Street Journal. He later said the new version of iTunes won't be released for a 'few months.'

Benny Evangelista. Jobs Announces iTunes Will Accommodate Podcasts. San Francisco Chronicle. May 23, 2005.

See also:
Jim Louderback. Apple's Jobs Announces iTunes Podcast Support. eWeek. May 23, 2005.

Related:
John Shinal. The Shot Phoned Round the World. MarketWatch.com. May 23, 2005.

National Public Radio. Come One, Come All: The Rise of Podcasting. Morning Edition. May 23, 2005.

Bill Thompson. Podcasting Could be a Revolution. BBC News. May 20, 2005.

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New Online Tool to Record, Mix & Publish Podcasts

"Aspiring singers don't have to wait for next year's 'American Idol' tryouts to try to make a name for themselves.

"On Monday, GarageBand.comi unveiled a set of online tools designed to let people record, mix and publish their own songs via podcast or to license and distribute their music to podcasters.

"Using Podcast Studio, the musically inclined can upload their recordings and mix them with music from the GarageBand catalog. Once a new playlist is published, it will become available to listeners for streaming, download and subscription from GarageBand's servers."

Dinesh C. Sharma. GarageBand.com Tunes Up Podcasting Tool. News.com. May 23, 2005.

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Elementary Schoolers Receive Copyright Warning

"Think schools are just scaring kids about drugs, sex and poor study habits these days? Now you can put illegal file trading on the list.

"Sixth-graders in American Fork, Utah, will start their journey to middle school on Tuesday with a warning from the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office about the ills of illegally downloading music, movies and games from the Web."

Alorie Gilbert. Never Too Young for a Copyright Lesson. News.com. May 23, 2005.

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GAO: Feds Fail to Implement Wi-Fi Security Measures

"Wireless networks pose a growing computer security risk as the popularity of the technology proliferates in coffee shops, homes and workplaces, and federal agencies are not responding to the mounting threat, government auditors said May 17.

"Agencies do not have complete controls for securing wireless networks and nine have not issued any policies on wireless networks, according to a new Government Accountability Office report (GAO-05-383).

"Thirteen agencies have no requirements for setting up secure wireless networks and a majority fail to monitor the networks enough to stop outsiders from gaining access."

Daniel Pulliam. GAO: Wireless Internet Access Threatens Computer Security. GovExec.com. May 20, 2005.

See also:
U.S. Government Accountability Office. Federal Agencies Need to Improve Controls Over Wireless Networks. (.pdf) May 2005.

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New Arrivals to Digital Music Market

"Napster Inc. should dump its 'Do the Math' ad campaign before it gets embarrassing. By any calculation, its all-you-can-download Napster To Go service can't compete with the subscription plans just launched by RealNetworks Inc. and Yahoo Inc.

"These new offerings remedy the glaring flaw of Napster To Go -- the way it seems to serve the record labels' interests a little too well. Napster To Go's $14.95 monthly fee permits subscribers to collect all the music they want and listen to it on some Windows Media-compatible digital music players. But if they stop paying, the music stops playing -- and getting a permanent copy that can be burned to CD requires purchasing it anew at the full list price of 99 cents."

Rob Pegoraro. Music Subscription Services Reach for an Edge. WashingtonPost.com. May 22, 2005.

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House Passes Two Spyware Bills

"The U.S. House plunged ahead today in its anti-spyware campaign, passing two different bills targeting unfair or deceptive practices related to spyware.

"Under the Internet Spyware (I-SPY) Prevention Act of 2005, House members approved legislation that imposes tougher criminal penalties for spyware-related activities.

"The other bill passed Monday, the Securely Protect Yourself Against Cyber Trespass Act (SPY Act), also toughens penalties on spyware purveyors but goes much further than the I-SPY Act by imposing an opt-in, notice and consent regime for legal software that collects personally identifiable information from consumers."

Roy Mark. House Approves Anti-Spyware Bills. InternetNews.com. May 23, 2005.

See also:
Roy Mark. House Panel Supports I-SPY Act. InternetNews.com. May 20, 2005.

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May 23, 2005

Electronic Reserves Stir Copyright Dispute

"There's been a change in Ellen Lichtenstein's study patterns.

"For half her classes this past year, she no longer had to visit a library to get the reading materials professors had placed on reserve. Instead, she only needed Internet access and a password.

"And publishing companies are worried precisely because of that ease and convenience - it's another way for publishers to lose sales."

Anick Jesdanun. A Different Sort of Campus Copyright Fight. MSNBC News. May 21, 2005.

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Lesson Learned: Retain E-Mail

"The $1.45 billion judgment against Morgan Stanley for deceiving billionaire Ronald Perelman over a business deal has a lesson all companies should learn--keeping e-mails is now a must, experts say.

"Banks and broker-dealers are obliged to retain e-mail and instant messaging documents for three years under U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules. But similar requirements will apply to all public companies from July 2006 under the Sarbanes-Oxley corporate reform measures.

"At the same time, U.S. courts are imposing increasingly harsh punishments on corporations that fail to comply with orders to produce e-mail documents, the experts said."

Reuters. E-mail Retention A Must After Morgan Stanley Case. News.com. May 21, 2005.

See also:
Dawn Kawamoto. Hidden Gold in Corporate Cleanup. News.com. Nov. 24, 2004.

Dawn Kawamoto. Microsoft's E-mail Policy at Issue in Legal Fight. News.com. Nov. 18, 2004.

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Skype Launches Blog to Create Community

"Skype has started a blog - and it looks very good indeed. This could be a great example of how a blog can play a key role in building and cementing positive relationships with customers.

"One of the ongoing criticisms of Skype has been the way in which the company really hasn't engaged well with customers who have issues (real or perceived, but what's the difference from the customer's viewpoint?) of one type or another in using the service. Many people give Skype high marks for the technology, and low marks for customer relations and customer satisfaction (in early March, I asked whether Skype is approaching a crossroads in this regard)."

Nevon Hobson. Skype Blogs To Create Community. WebProNews.com. May 21, 2005.

See also:
NevOn. Skype Approaches a Crossroads. March 1, 2005.

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Blogs Can Be Great Marketing Tools

"Four journalists who brought news of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy into U.S. living rooms in 1963 have found a new level of fame by using the Internet to market their book about the experience.

"They are among a growing group of people exploring the potential of blogs, or Web logs, as a marketing tool and advertising venue."

Lisa Baertlein. Marketers Big and Small Taking a Shine to Blogs. Reuters. May 22, 2005.

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The Rise of Mobile Citizen Media

"Cranking out a column after a presidential debate or publishing a prize-worthy photo of the next catastrophe just got a whole lot easier -- no matter where or who you are.

"Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and others have started to offer simple-to-use tools that let anybody with a digital camera or personal computer create blogs and produce homemade news.

"When twinned with new technology like camera phones and handheld computers, it's now possible to publish pictures or jot notes from anywhere: the street, a beach, a restaurant. Seconds later the information is posted to a Website for the world to read -- and suddenly you've got a mobile web blog, or moblog."

Paul Thomasch. PluggedIn: Homemade News Hits the Road with "Moblogs". Reuters. May 20, 2005.

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RSS Draws Enterprise Attention

"If there's any doubt that XML-based syndication, commonly called RSS, is impacting more than the legion of Webloggers who have helped to popularize it, look no further than the New York Times.

"The online companion to the Gray Lady has watched the popularity of its RSS feeds grow from a mere half-million page views to 7 million since late 2003, said Martin Nisenholtz, senior vice president of digital operations at The New York Times Co., during a keynote at the Syndicate Conference here last week.

"'We have deliberately and very methodically gone out and gotten RSS out there,' Nisenholtz said. 'It's the fastest growing distribution channel we have.'"

Matt Hicks. RSS Sets Its Sights on the Enterprise. eWeek. May 22, 2005.

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US Plans Sex Offender Web Registry

"State-by-state information on sex offenders will be available on a new Internet site run by the federal government.

"Participation by states is voluntary. The Justice Department said it hoped to have the site up and running within two months.

"The announcement by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Friday coincided with National Missing Children's Day."

Associated Press. U.S. to Unveil Web Site on Sex Offenders. Chicago Tribune. May 21, 2005.

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Businesses Slow to Adopt Wi-Fi

"Wi-Fi hot-spot services are popping up everywhere, and wireless carriers say they're seeing steady increases in subscription and usage of Wi-Fi hot-spots. Yet even with tens of thousands of hot-spots available to mobile workers, analysts say adoption of the technology among businesses has been slower than expected.

"Last week, Nextel Communications Inc. joined the market with a new Wi-Fi hot-spot service designed especially for mobile businesspeople. The carrier teamed up with Boingo Wireless Inc. and Wayport Inc. to provide businesses with access to more than 7,000 hot-spots in airports, hotels, convention centers, retail stores, and other locations in North America.

"More than 80% of wireless carriers now offer hot-spot services, according to research firm Gartner, and some wonder whether the market needs another provider at this time."

Elena Malykhina. Businesses Have Lukewarm View Of Wi-Fi Hot-Spots. Advanced IP Pipeline. May 20, 2005.

See also:
Mobile Pipeline Staff. Nextel Launches National Hot-Spot Service. Information Week. May 13, 2005.

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Chase to Issue RFID Credit Cardss

"JPMorgan Chase & Co. said Thursday it will offer a new credit card that allows users to pay for items by holding the card near a terminal instead of manually swiping it.

"JPMorgan said it will start mailing out the new 'blink' cards in late June in two major U.S. cities, followed by a nationwide rollout continuing into next year. The company would not name the cities."

Vivian Chu. JPMorgan Chase to Roll Out No-Swipe Card. Yahoo! News. May 19, 2005.

See also:
JPMorganChase. Chase To Roll Out Next Generation Payment Product This Summer. (Press Release.) May 19, 2005.

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Can Netscape's New Browser Compete?

"Netscape has launched version 8.0 of their browser for Windows PCs. Netscape almost died and when we saw the news of this new version we almost ignored it.

"We have sentimental reasons to welcome version 8.0, though: Netscape used to be the browser back in the day and it was sad to see how it was squeezed from the market by Microsoft.

"However, the market for browsers seems to be well saturated. To stand a chance of gaining market shares, Netscape 8 would have to contribute something unique. Does it?"

Pandia Search Engine News. The New Netscape Browser: Does it Stand a Chance?. May 21, 2005.

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May 21, 2005

Copyright Group Knows No Color

"In a scene from the musical 'Big River' took place in the auditorium of Glenelg Country School in Howard County, Md. -- more than a century after Mark Twain penned the classic tale -- Huck was played by senior Jay Frisby, who is black, and his classmate Nick Lehan, who is white, played Jim.

"That untraditional reverse casting has provoked the ire of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, which licenses the rights to the musical created by Roger Miller. It forbade the teenagers to perform the song 'Muddy Water' from the musical that was broadcast last night on C-SPAN. And it will prevent them from singing it at the annual gala for the Critics and Awards Program for High School Theater, known as the Cappies, scheduled for tomorrow night at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore."

Ylan Q. Mui. Colorblind Casting Roils 'Big River.' Washingtonpost.com. May 21, 2005.

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Blogdigger Launches Local Search

"Blogdigger, a blog search engine being developed by Greg Gershman, has launched a new service called Blogdigger Local (beta) that allows you to search for blog posts by geographic location.

"You can search Blogdigger Local by entering a city/state or Zip Code along with your search terms. This initial beta release only supports about 50,000 US cities and zip codes but expect support for more locations soon."

Gary Price. Blogdigger Goes Local. SearchEngineWatch. May 19, 2005.

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Copyright Group Addresses Digital Media Issues

"The Section 108 Study Group held its inaugural meeting at the Library of Congress on April 14-15. The goal of the group, named after the section of the U.S. Copyright Act that provides limited exceptions for libraries and archives, is to prepare findings and make recommendations to the Librarian of Congress by mid-2006 for possible alterations to the law that reflect current technologies.

"The U.S. Copyright Office will then hold public hearings before submitting recommendations to the U.S. Congress. This effort will seek to strike the appropriate balance between copyright holders and libraries and archives in a manner that best serves the public interest."

Digital Preservation Program. Group Convenes to Study Exceptions to Copyright Law for Libraries and Archives. (Press Release.) May 13, 2005.

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Library to Require Fingerprint ID System

"Before long, patrons wanting to use Naperville Public Library System computers without a hassle will have to prove their identity with a fingerprint.

"The three-library system this week signed a $40,646 contract with a local company, U.S. Biometrics Corp., to install fingerprint scanners on 130 computers with Internet access or a time limit on usage.

"The decision, according to the American Library Association, makes Naperville only the second library system in the country to install fingerprint scanners. Library officials say the added security is necessary to ensure people who are using the computers are who they say they are."

James Kimberly. Library Card? Check. Fingerprint? Really?. Chicago Tribune. May 20, 2005.

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Swedish Minister to Consider DRM Ban on CDs

"Sweden's justice minister, Thomas Bodström, has called for record companies to stop copy-protecting CDs.

"In a move which will stoke up the country's increasingly heated copyright protection debate, Bodström has said that if the industry continues to put blocking technology on new music CDs, the government will make it illegal."

No author. Justice Minister Threatens to Ban CD "Copy Protection". The Local. May 19, 2005.

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Wal-Mart Strikes Netflix Deal for Online Video Rentals

"Wal-Mart, which dominates so much of the retail world, is retreating from one of its more ambitious online ventures, a DVD rental service meant to compete in the market pioneered by Netflix. Instead, Wal-Mart said yesterday it had struck a deal to refer its online video rental customers to Netflix.

"The withdrawal is another sign that Wal-Mart's power in brick-and-mortar retailing does not extend easily into the online world. Walmart.com, which sells more than a million individual items, has not proved to be a major threat to online leaders like Amazon.com. In contrast with its stores, Wal-Mart's online operation has not offered significantly lower prices than its rivals."

Saul Hansel. Wal-Mart Ends Online Video Rentals and Promotes Netflix. The New York Times. May 19, 2005.

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Ask Jeeves Acquires Excite Europe

"Search engine Ask Jeeves announced Friday it has purchased Excite Italia, the operator of Excite Europe, from Tiscali.

"The company, which agreed to be acquired by Barry Dillers's IAC/InterActivCorp back in March for 2006 $1.85 billion in stock, says the acquisition of Excite Europe will extend Ask Jeeves' ownership of the Excite brand beyond the United States."

Tim Gray. Jeeves Heads to Europe. InternetNews.com. May 20, 2005.

See also:
Ask Jeeves. Ask Jeeves Acquires Excite Europe. May 20, 2005.

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Gaming Joins Mobile Entertainment Trend

"A host of gaming developers are using the Electronic Entertainment Expo to herald the widespread availability of direct-download games for mobile phones, a sign that gaming could join digital music and other services at the forefront of the mobile commerce trend.

"Electronic Arts, which is touting eight new game titles at E3, as the gaming show is known, said it was working with major mobile phone carriers, including Verizon, to enable users to download the games and other titles to their mobile devices.

"Yahoo, meanwhile, sealed a deal with carrier Sprint to offer multiplayer, Internet-style games to mobile devices, where Yahoo's instant messaging platform will be used to enable up to 10 players to connect and play against one another."

Keith Regan. Gaming Industry Sees M-Commerce Opportunities. E-Commerce Times. May 20, 2005.

See also:
Robert MacMillan. The Video Game Industry's Strategy Guide. Washingtonpost.com. May 20, 2005.

3G Forum. Mobile Games Industry Worth US$ 11.2 Billion by 2010. May 19, 2005.

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Orange UK Launches Mobile TV Service

"Mobile phone operators should perhaps prepare themselves for a spate of lawsuits from subscribers bumping into lamp-posts after Orange yesterday became the first UK provider to announce that it would provide live television to its customers' handsets.

"Orange TV, which will run over the company's 3G network, will from Monday offer subscribers with a compatible handset an initial lineup of nine channels for a monthly fee of £10 on top of their normal bill."

Owen Gibson. Mobile Phones Become Mobile TVs as Orange Unveils New Service. Guardian Unlimited. May 20, 2005.

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Quick Overview of Search Engines

"I often meet people who don't understand how search engines gather their information. They know what they are and understand the importance of being indexed and listed on them - well some do - but the minute you start talking about spiders and the like, they freeze up.

"Freeze no more. This article aims to shed some uncertainty you may have about search engines. After all, if you want to benefit from being listed on search engines, you'd better know how they work."

Gallianno Cosme. How Do Search Engines Work?. Search Engine Guide. May 19, 2005.

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May 20, 2005

FCC Requires VoIP 911 Service

"The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously voted today to require Internet telephone companies to provide emergency 911 service to all their customers.

"The FCC also ordered incumbent carriers to provide access to their 911 networks to Internet telephone companies, including access to trunk lines, selective routers and 911 databases.

"The order (.pdf) does not specify how the Voice over IP (define) firms will interconnect with the incumbent carriers or what the rates will be."

Sam Diaz. FCC Mandates 911 VoIP Service. InternetNews.com. May 19, 2005.

See also:
Federal Communications Commission. First Report and Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. (.pdf) May 19, 2005.

Ben Charny. Net Phone 911 Mandate May Hit Nomads Hardest. News.com. May 19, 2005.

See also:
Ben Charny. FAQ: Why the FCC is Targeting VoIP 911 Calls. News.com. May 19, 2005.

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California Senate Approves Anti-RFID Bill

"The California Senate has approved the first legislation in the country to block state and local government agencies from issuing identification cards containing radio frequency identification tags.

"In a May 16 29-7 vote, the senators passed SB 682, the Identity Information Protection Act, which prohibits California public agencies from issuing ID cards containing 'a contactless integrated circuit or device that can broadcast personal information or enable personal information to be scanned remotely.' The description covers RFID devices and tags, among others."

Alice Lipowicz. Calif. Throws up RFID Roadblock. GCN. May 19, 2005.

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Tagging: Alternate Organizational Systems

"Without Google, Yahoo, and their brethren, using the Web would be like wandering through a library where a prankster has restacked the books at random. Still, sorting through thousands or millions of pages spurted out by a search engine can be nearly as overwhelming.

"Imagine instead being able to call on the group judgment of other users, people who are constantly skimming the latest Web content and arranging the best stuff into neatly labeled piles.

"It's called tagging, and it's going on at a handful of free websites--Delicious, Flickr, Furl, and Rojo, among others--where members are voluntarily classifying and categorizing thousands of pieces of content each day."

Wade Roush. Tagging Is It. Technology Review. June 2005.

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More Employers Use Technology to Monitor Productivity

"Is it a crime to read me?

"No, really. Does it violate your company's Internet policy?

"Twenty-six percent of U.S. companies have fired employees for misusing the Internet on company time, while 25 percent have done the same for e-mail abuse, according to a report released Wednesday (.pdf) by the American Management Association and the ePolicy Institute."

Robert MacMillan. My Cubicle, My Cell. WashingtonPost.com. May 19, 2005.

See also:
AMA/ePolicy Institute Research. 2005
Electronic Monitoring & Surveillance Survey
. (.pdf) May 18, 2005.

Related:
Jared Sandberg. Monitoring of Workers Is Boss's Right But Why Not Include Top Brass?. WSJ.com. May 18, 2005.

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RSS Gains Mainstream Adoption

"Are you an advertiser, marketer, or publisher? Then it's time to get serious about this whole RSS thing. Don't say we didn't warn you -- we've been telling you this was coming for the past couple years.

"All signs point to the fact RSS is on the brink of mainstream adoption. Google, MSN, and Yahoo! are developing strategies to encourage subscribers to feed at their feeds and to monetize those feeds with ads. Major agencies, such as Carat Interactive, have launched practices around blogs and feeds. Venture capitalist funds are flowing to firms such as NewsGator and FeedBurner. Acquisitions and rollups have begun in earnest: AskJeeves bought Bloglines; NewsGator snapped up FeedDemon this week."

Rebecca Lieb. RSS Sparks Feeding Frenzy. ClickZNews. May 20, 2005.

See also:
Pamela Parker and Rebecca Lieb. Google Opens Up Beta of AdSense for Feeds. ClickZNews. May 17, 2005.

Pamela Parker. Imc2 Plants Flag in RSS Space. ClickZNews. May 10, 2005.

Pamela Parker. Carat Interactive Embraces Blogs. ClickZNews. April 11, 2005.

Pamela Parker. Ask Jeeves Confirms Bloglines Buy. ClickZNews. Feb. 8, 2005.

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Google Stands Behind Privacy Policy

"Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt acknowledged that his company's search engine can ruffle privacy feathers, but said the company's technology doesn't violate the company's founding motto, 'Don't be evil.'

"Schmidt discovered his own home phone number through Google, but said he was able to remove it by filling out Google's standard form. But Google shouldn't be blamed when that sort of private information crops up, he said."

Stephen Shankland and Dawn Kawamoto. Google CEO Defends Privacy Policies. News.com. May 19, 2005.

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Google Announces Customized Web Pages

"In what appears to be a broadside aimed at MyYahoo, Google rolled out a new feature on Thursday that lets people set up a personalized Google home page.

"The feature, which has not yet been named, lets people with Gmail and other Google accounts create a home page with different modules that they can drag and drop across their page, giving them one place to go for e-mail, headlines, weather reports, maps, movie schedules and, of course, Web search."

Charles Cooper and Alorie Gilbert. Google Introduces Personalized Home Pages. News.com. May 19, 2005.

Michael Liedtke. Google Allows Users to Tools to Home Page. News.com. May 19, 2005.

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Cellphedia: A Mobile Encyclopedia

"When you need a quick fact at the office, you can always lift your head above 'the cubes' and broadcast your request to your fellow workers -- or you can reach for your cell phone and send a message to Cellphedia.

"Inspired by Wikipedia, the all-volunteer, online community encyclopedia, and Dodgeball, a cell phone-based social networking service, Cellphedia allows its members to broadcast questions to its community and receive answers, all through a mobile phone.

John P. Mello Jr. Cellphedia Melds Facts with Mobile Smart Mobs. E-Commerce Times. May 19, 2005.

See also:
Rachel Metz. Put Some Wisdom in Your Pocket. Wired News. May 11, 2005.

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VeriSign to Increase Servers, Seek New Markets

"VeriSign plans to significantly increase the number of DNS servers it operates, a move that it says will make a key part of the Internet's infrastructure more resilient to cyberattacks.

"And VeriSign is eying more markets. CEO Stratton Sclavos announced in a presentation Thursday that VeriSign wants to provide infrastructure products to manage the increasing amount of Really Simple Syndication and Atom traffic generated by blogs and other sites on the Web."

Joris Evers. VeriSign to Put More Backbone Into the Net. News.com. May 19, 2005.

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May 19, 2005

Bloglines Promises Search Engine

"The CEO of Bloglines (now a division of AskJeeves) says that his company will release a blog search engine this summer which will surpass the likes of Technorati, Feedster, and PubSub. 'The challenge,' he says, 'is to create world-class blog search, which we don't think exists now.'"

Stephen Baker. Bloglines CEO Promises Top Blog Search by Summer. BusinessWeek Online. May 17, 2005.

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Netscape Launches Version 8.0

"Netscape has released the final version of its Netscape 8 Web browser. The browser toggles between the Internet Explorer and Firefox rendering engines as needed to satisfy compatibility and safety requirements.

"The revived browser is based upon FireFox 1.0.3, bundling FireFox's advanced features with a Netscape interface and many other custom enhancements such as integrated RSS feeds and Netscape portal content, as well as enhanced privacy features and a selection of optional toolbars to install."

David Worthington. Netscape 8.0 Final Released. BetaNews. May 19, 2005.

See also:
Dennis O'Reilly. First Look: Netscape's Two-Headed Browser. PCWorld. May 19, 2005.

Jim Wagner. Security Gets a Makeover in Netscape 8.0. InternetNews.com. May 19, 2005.

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NewsGator Acquires FeedDemon

"RSS aggregator NewsGator Technologies Inc. has acquired the company behind FeedDemon, one of the most popular desktop news readers for Windows.

"Denver-based NewsGator plans to announce its purchase of Bradbury Software LLC on Tuesday during the opening day of the Syndicate Conference here.

"The acquisition adds a desktop client to NewsGator's growing suite of software and services for subscribing to and reading RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds."

Matt Hicks. NewsGator Buys Creator of FeedDemon RSS Reader. eWeek. May 17, 2005.

See also:
Silicon Valley Watcher. A Chat with FeedDemon Developer Nick Bradbury About His Company's Acquisition by NewsGator. May 17, 2005.

Nick Bradbury. NewsGator Acquires FeedDemon, TopStyle...and Me!. May 17, 2005.

Neville Hobson. FeedDemon Acquisition Gives NewsGator A Complete RSS Offering. WebProNews.com. May 17, 2005.

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Americans Turn to Net to Stay Healthy

"Need to know the latest research on weight-gain worries or whether your doctor has been sued for malpractice? For many Americans, finding the health information they need means going online, according to a survey (.pdf) conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

"Almost 80 percent of Internet users, an estimated 95 million adult Americans, use the Web to do health research. Not only are they doing Internet searches when diagnosed with an illness, but more often they're using the Web when they have questions about everyday health topics like diet and nutrition."

Jane Weaver. Got a Health Concern? Join the Crowds Online. MSNBC News. May 17, 2005.

See also:
Susannah Fox. Health Information Online. (.pdf) May 17, 2005.

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BBC to Test Internet TV Downloads

"Around 190 hours of TV shows and 310 hours of radio programmes are to be made available for legal downloading to selected individuals across the UK.

"It marks the second stage in the development of the BBC's interactive Media Player (iMP).

"The iMP will allow viewers to catch up with programmes up to seven days after they are broadcast, using the internet to download shows to home computers."

BBC News. BBC Moves Ahead With TV Downloads. May 16, 2005.

See also:
Jason Deans. BBC to Trial TV Content Online. Guardian Unlimited. May 16, 2005.

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Students Become Mini-Brokers

"Sen. Ted Stevens wanted to know just how much the Internet had turned private lives into open books. So the senator, a Republican from Alaska and the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, instructed his staff to steal his identity.

"'I regret to say they were successful,' the senator reported at a hearing he held last week on data theft.

"His staff, Stevens reported, had come back not just with digital bread crumbs on the senator, but also with insights on his daughter's rental property and some of the comings and goings of his son, a student in California. 'For $65, they were told they could get my Social Security number,' he said."

Tom Zeller Jr. Personal Data for the Taking. News.com. May 18, 2005.

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Adam Curry: Everyone Wins with Podcasting

"Adam Curry's name rings a bell for a lot of people who came of age in the 1980s watching the former video jockey, who was a mainstay on MTV.

"But Curry, who left the music channel in 1994 and moved to Europe, may be remembered by even more people for his pioneering work in the emerging field of podcasting.

"Podcasting is more than a hobby for Curry, who has used it to launch a return to the airwaves this week with 'PodShow,' a new program he's hosting on Sirius Satellite Radio. The show, which is designed to showcase the best from the podcasting universe, is also Curry's own personal attempt to shake up what he sees as the homogenized landscape of corporate radio."

Alorie Gilbert. The Man Who's Got Mainstream Radio Quaking. News.com. May 18, 2005.

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GAO Reports Insecure Wi-Fi Networks

"A hacker on a park bench could log onto dozens of U.S. government computer networks thanks to slipshod security standards at many agencies, according to a congressional report (.pdf) released Tuesday.

"The report by the Government Accountability Office found that few government agencies can ensure that their wireless networks are protected from unauthorized access."

Reuters. Government Says Wi-Fi Networks Not Secure. News.com. May 17, 2005.

See also:
William Jackson. GAO: Federal Agencies Lack Basic Wireless Security. GCN. May 17, 2005.

U.S. Government Accountability Office. Federal Agencies Need to Improve Controls over Wireless Networks. May 2005.

Matt Hines. Worried About Wi-Fi Security?. News.com. Jan 19, 2005.

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Amber Alerts Available on Cellphones

"The Amber Alert system is going mobile.

"Major wireless phone companies said Tuesday that they will begin relaying the bulletins about abducted children on phones with text-messaging capabilities.

"That means the alerts -- which already reach hundreds of thousands of motorists by way of electronic highway signs -- can potentially reach millions of additional sets of eyes out of the estimated 182 million wireless subscribers nationwide."

Sam Diaz. Amber Alerts Coming to Cell Phones. San Jose Mercury News. May 18, 2005.

See also:
Tracy Ford. Wireless carriers Partner on Amber Alert Text Messages. RCRNews.com. May 17, 2005.

CITA. Wireless Industry and The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children Team Up for Child Safety. (Press Release.) May 17, 2005.

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May 18, 2005

FCC to Rule On 911 Access For Net Phones

"Internet phone providers are facing static over alleged public-safety failings, with federal regulators poised to unveil new rules that could drive up prices and crimp growth.

"At stake is 911 emergency service, a feature that most people assume is available on any phone. But it's not always supported by so-called voice over internet protocol, or VOIP, services, creating a dangerous misunderstanding, according to industry critics who are pushing for reforms.

"The Federal Communications Commission will vote Thursday on the new requirements, which could force significant changes to how VOIP networks and devices are configured. John Logan, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney and former senior staffer at the FCC, said that, at the very least, the vote will likely be 'a pretty good warning that if you're going to enter this (VOIP) world, be prepared to provide 911.'"

Michael Grebb. VOIP in Public-Safety Showdown. Wired News. May 18, 2005.

See also:
Jeremy Pelofsky. FCC Set to Require 911 Dialing for Internet Phones. Reuters. May 17, 2005.

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Senate Committe to Review Patriot Act Renewal

"A Senate committee said on Tuesday it would start the process of renewing the USA Patriot Act, which expanded security powers after the Sept. 11 attacks, but ran into criticism for holding the meetings in secret.

"The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said it would hold a closed markup session on Thursday, the first legislative step toward a reauthorization vote long sought by Republicans including President Bush.

"The American Civil Liberties Union accused the committee of rushing the process and said lawmakers could use their secret proceedings to enhance the Bush administration's subpoena powers and its authority to conduct searches and surveillance.

Reuters. Senate Panel to Start Work on Renewing Patriot Act. ABC News. May 17, 2005.

See also:
American Civil Liberties Union. Senate Committee to Review Controversial Patriot Act Legislation in Secret; Draft Legislation Hidden from Public. (Press Release.) May 17, 2005.

National Public Radio. Senate Committee Reviews Patriot Act Renewal. All Things Considered. May 17, 2005.

David Cole. The Missing Patriot Debate. The Nation. May 12, 2005.

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Study Questions Blog's Impact on Media

"Blogs covering the political elections made an impact on the election landscape in 2004, and emerged as one of mainstream media's guides to the Internet.

"A study released by Pew Internet & American Life Project and BuzzMetrics, 'Buzz, Blogs and Beyond: The Internet and National Discourse in the Fall of 2004,' (.pdf) compared political blog activity, influence and buzz-generation to political coverage in other media. The survey defines 'buzz' as 'a lot of simultaneous talk.'

"Pew and BuzzMetrics created a four-channel framework comparing topics appearing on blogs, mainstream media, campaign representatives and online citizen chat forums."

Enid Burns. Political Blogs A Presidential Election Force. ClickZNews. May 16, 2005.

See also:
Ellen Wulfhorst. Study: Blogs Haven't Displaced Media. eWeek. May 16, 2005.

Michael Cornfield, et al. Buzz, Blogs, and Beyond: The Internet and the National Discourse in the Fall of 2004. (.pdf) Pew Internet & American Life Project and BuzzMetrics. May 16, 2005.

Update: SearchEngineJournal. Blogs Not Such a Big Deal?. May 17, 2005.

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Yahoo! Unveils New Version of Instant Messenger

"Yahoo late Tuesday will introduce a test version of instant messaging software that promotes VoIP communication and the Internet media company's new social network.

"Yahoo, whose No. 2 instant chat service has an estimated 65 million users, will offer a free update to Yahoo Messenger during its test phase. In addition to letting people send standard instant text messages, the new version is designed to make it easy to call friends free via computer, send a short text message to a mobile device, share photos or post content to a personal Web log."

Stefanie Olsen. Yahoo Tests New IM Software. News.com. May 17, 2005.

See also:
Elena Malykhina. Internet Companies Dial Into VoIP. InformationWeek. May 16, 2005.

Update: Ryan Naraine. Yahoo's 'Voice Over IM' Targets Skype. eWeek. May 18, 2005.

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Google Unveils Enterprise Desktop Search

"Google released late Tuesday a desktop search product for businesses with the aim of helping workers more quickly find information on the Web, in their computer hard drives and e-mail inboxes, as well as on corporate intranets.

"Dave Girouard, general manager of Google Enterprise, said the business edition of desktop search is based on Google's consumer product but includes features particularly for business users."

Reuters. Google Launches Desktop Search for Businesses. News.com. May 18, 2005.

Stefanie Olsen. Google Unveils Desktop Search. News.com. Oct. 14, 2004.

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Google Opens Up Beta Of AdSense For Feeds

"After testing AdSense contextual ad distribution in a handful of RSS feeds over the past few weeks, Google is opening up the beta program to all of its publisher partners. The company made the announcement at the Syndicate conference in Manhattan Tuesday.

"'We really want to nurture this market,' said Shuman Ghosemajumder, business product manager for AdSense. As we're 'getting the business model right for media on the Web in general, it's imperative that advertising be integrated into feeds properly.'

"Ads placed in Google's AdWords system for contextual distribution will automatically begin appearing on feeds. Though Google recently began testing a feature that would allow advertisers to target by site in its contextual network, advertisers will not yet be able to target their ads by feed or bid separately for feed-distributed ads."

Pamela Parker and Rebecca Lieb. Google Opens Up Beta of AdSense for Feeds. ClickZNews. May 17, 2005.

See also:
Kevin Newcomb. Google Turns Attention to RSS. ClickZNews. April 28, 2005.

Pamela Parker. Google Targets Ads by Site, Sells by CPM. ClickZNews. April 25, 2005.

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Nintendo Announces Miniature Game Boy

"Nintendo, once the unrivaled king of the home video game business, released details of its planned new game console and unveiled a new mini-portable device called the Game Boy Micro.

"Nintendo's crowded event at the Kodak Theater here was aimed at taking back some of the buzz captured by Microsoft and Sony, each of which unveiled powerful next-generation game consoles within the past week. But Tuesday's display of the tiny new game player, smaller than an iPod Mini, took many by surprise. (Click here to listen to News.com reporter Rick Shim's audio report from E3.)

"The mini-console is aimed at a generation of game players increasingly accustomed to carrying tiny cell phones loaded with games in their pockets--something that's nearly impossible to do with the larger and more powerful PlayStation Portable from Sony."

Richard Shim and John Borland. Nintendo's Big E3 Surprise Comes in Little Box. News.com. May 17, 2005.

See also:
Engadget. The Game Boy Micro: What We Know. May 17, 2005.

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Researchers Study RFID Tags for DRM Tool

"A group of researchers at UCLA is working on a new RFID application that would provide consumers a means of watching DVDs of movies as soon as they hit the theaters.

"It could also be used to address one of Hollywood's biggest concerns: piracy of digital content.

"The group is researching a method of using RFID as a tool for digital rights management (DRM), wherein technologies are employed to protect media files from unauthorized use. Digital rights management is also used to process payment to compensate copyright holders for the use of their intellectual property."

Mary Catherine O'Connor. Group Studies RFID to Stop Digital Piracy. RFID Journal. May 12, 2005.

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Radio Station Adopts All-Podcast Format

"San Francisco radio station 1550 KYCY-AM began airing programming on Monday created exclusively by listeners with podcast technology, as new and old media start to collide.

"KYOURadio may well be the first station in the nation to adopt an all-podcast format, according to Infinity Broadcasting, the station's owner."

Alorie Gilbert. S.F. Radio Station Starts Airing Podcasts. News.com. May 16, 2005.

See also:
Seth Sutel. Infinity Tries All-Podcasting Radio Format. ABC News. April 27, 2005.

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Free Mobile Service to Deliver TV to Phones

"One of the first advertising-supported television stations capable of delivering programming to cell phones is set to debut soon.

"An estimated 10 million cell phones with Windows' Media Player software inside will be able to receive and display programming from the Digital Music Video Network when it debuts in mid-June with Top 40 music videos, organizers said Tuesday.

"Rather than paying a monthly fee for the programming, all viewers need to do is wait through 15-second advertisements sandwiched between the music videos, and pay the data-service fee for downloading all those bits onto their cell phone."

Ben Charny. 'Free' TV for Your Cell Phone. News.com. May 17, 2005.

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May 17, 2005

N.Y. Times Announces Fee-Based Service

"The New York Times announced yesterday that it would offer a new subscription-based service on its Web site, charging users an annual fee to read its Op-Ed and news columnists, as the newspaper seeks ways to capitalize on the site's popularity.

"Most material on the Web site, NYTimes.com, will remain free to users, The Times said, but columnists from The Times and The International Herald Tribune will be available only to users who sign up for TimesSelect, which will cost $49.95 a year. The service will also include access to The Times's online archives, as well as other features.

"The service, which is scheduled to start in September, will be provided free to home-delivery subscribers of the newspaper."

The New York Times. NYTimes.com to Offer Subscription Service. The New York Times. May 17, 2005.

See also:
The New York Times. The New York Times Announces TimesSelect - New Online Offering to Launch in September. (Press Release.) May 16, 2005.

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IBM Employee Blogging Guidelines Released

"The news last Friday that IBM is introducing a large-scale corporate blogging initiative has attracted plenty of attention, both in the blogosphere and by mainstream media.

"Today, IBM published on its employee intranet its draft guidelines for corporate blogging.

"James Snell, a member of IBM's Software Standards Strategy Group, has posted those guidelines on his public blog as well as a link to a PDF you can download."

Neville Hobson. IBM Publishes Guidelines For Employee Bloggers. WebProNews. May 16, 2005.

See also:
Roy Mark. IBM Urges Employees to Blog With Care. InternetNews.com. May 16, 2005.

James Snell. Blogging@IBM. IBM. May 16, 2005.

IBM. IBM Blogging Policy and Guidelines. May 16, 2005.

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Sony Details Playstation 3

"In a glitzy ceremony held at Sony's film studios here on Monday, the company released eagerly anticipated details of its upcoming PlayStation 3 and said the console would reach shelves in spring 2006.

"Boasting a new chip touted as being as fast or faster than the most powerful personal computers on the market today, the new console is designed to be a huge step forward from today's gaming consoles, as well as a key element of a broader networked home entertainment system."

Richard Shim and John Borland. Sony Spills PlayStation 3's Guts. News.com. May 16, 2005.

See also:
CNET News.com Staff. PlayStation 3 Stats Spotlighted. News.com. May 16, 2005.

Engadget. Engadget & Joystiq’s Live Coverage of Sony’s PlayStation 3 Launch. May 16, 2005.

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KnowNow Unveils Enterprise RSS

"A messaging company behind software for delivering real-time event information is turning its attention to the enterprise management of RSS and syndication feeds.

"KnowNow Inc. on Monday announced server software that aggregates RSS feeds and builds subscription and access controls into the delivery of feeds. The Palo Alto, Calif., company's introduction comes a day ahead of the opening of the Syndicate Conference, which will focus on enterprise use of RSS.

"Called the KnowNow 3 Enterprise Syndication Solution, the offering includes a server-based engine that monitors and routes RSS feeds and a Web browser-based aggregator called SpeedReader for reading the XML-based feeds."

Matt Hicks. KnowNow Offers Enterprise RSS. eWeek. May 16, 2005.

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Court Strikes Down Ban on Wine Shipments

"The Supreme Court gave a boost to commerce between wineries and their far-flung customers yesterday, ruling that states that permit in-state vintners to sell directly to consumers may not deny that right to out-of-state producers.

"Ruling that free interstate trade in wine trumps the states' rights to regulate alcohol sales, the court struck down New York and Michigan laws under which wineries from other states had to sell through state-licensed wholesalers, while local wineries could deal with lovers of the grape by phone and Internet. This discrimination was an unconstitutional trade barrier, the court said."

Charles Lane. Justices Reject Curbs on Wine Sales. WashingtonPost.com. May 17, 2005.

See also:
William Spain. Supreme Court Sides with Wineries. MarketWatch. May 16, 2005.

FindLaw. Granholm, Governor of Michigan, et al. v. Heald et al.. May 16, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on wine sales.

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Adobe Digital Media Store to Close

"Without any fanfare, the Adobe Digital Media Store, which was set up to showcase the versatility of the PDF format, will cease operations on June 3, 2005. According to its Web page, users no longer are able to purchase digital content, although they may download already purchased content and redeem gift certificates before the June closing date.

"Tom Prehn, senior business development manager at Adobe Systems Inc. and the creator of its Digital Media Store, said that the store, which was launched Oct. 31, 2003, sold a wide range of content, from best-selling novels and popular magazines to scientific papers. According to Prehn, the store became unnecessary as vendors such as Amazon.com and eBooks.com increasingly offered a broad range of e-docs for purchase."

Robyn Weisman. Adobe to Shut Down Digital Media Store. PDFZone. May 11, 2005.

See also:
Don Fluckinger. PDFs Don't Have to Be an Internet Blight. PDFZone. April 11, 2005.

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XM Satellite Radio Surpasses 4 Million Subscribers

"XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. on Monday said it boosted subscribers to its pay- radio service by 33 percent in about 5 months to over 4 million and expects to have 5.5 million customers by the end of the year.

"Washington-based XM Satellite, No. 1 ahead of rival Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. as a provider of satellite nationwide talk, news and music stations, also said it is holding discussions with wireless carriers about offering some form of its radio service on mobile telephones."

Franklin Paul. XM Satellite Tops 4 Million Subscribers. Reuters. May 16, 2005.

Related:
Judy Artunian. Traditional Radio Fighting Wave of Competition from Digital Rivals. Chicago Tribune. May 16, 2005.

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Creative Commons Creates Wrong Buzz

"Copyright non-profit Creative Commons is turning to its supporters to help it create a word-of-mouth campaign, after negative feedback from those same people led it to drop a pro-bono effort planned with word-of-mouth agency BzzAgent.

"BzzAgent had been set to run a free-of-charge, 12-week "GoodBzz" program for Creative Commons. When bloggers and other Creative Commons supporters got word, however, a heated discussion ensued on blogs and on Creative Commons' Web site. Some detractors called BzzAgent "creepy" while others called the relationship "a betrayal" of genuine grassroots activists. It was enough to spur Creative Commons to shut down the campaign within a week of launch, after the two organizations had engaged in three months of planning."

Enid Burns. Creative Commons Reformulates Campaign After BzzAgent Breakup. ClickZ News. May 10, 2005.

See also:
JoiIto.com. Creative Commons and BzzAgent. May 06, 2005.

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Napster Sells Ringtones

"Digital music service Napster has unveiled a new store aimed at selling ring tones for mobile phones.

"Created in partnership with Dwango Wireless, the Napstertones service offers most ring-tone downloads for prices between $1.99 and $2.99. For now, the service is available to Cingular and T-Mobile subscribers, but the companies hope to make it more easily accessible through phone carriers' networks later this year."

John Borland. Napster Opens Ring-tone Download Store. News.com. May 9, 2005.

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Digital Divide Between U.S. & Others Broadens

"In the first three years of the Bush administration, the United States dropped from 4th to 13th place in global rankings of broadband Internet usage. Today, most U.S. homes can access only 'basic' broadband, among the slowest, most expensive, and least reliable in the developed world, and the United States has fallen even further behind in mobile-phone-based Internet access.

"The lag is arguably the result of the Bush administration's failure to make a priority of developing these networks. In fact, the United States is the only industrialized state without an explicit national policy for promoting broadband.

"It did not have to be this way."

Thomas Bleha. Down to the Wire. Foreign Affairs. May/June 2005.

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Big Business Backs Spyware

"Blue-chip companies are sponsoring more than TV shows and golf tournaments to promote their products: They are inadvertently underwriting computer spyware too.

"Spyware is the leading complaint of computer owners. A number of federal bills aim to restrict the worst practices of the scourge, which is increasingly cited as the greatest threat to the growth of electronic commerce. Yet deliberately or not, money for spyware comes from the coffers of Fortune 500 companies."

Joseph Menn. Big Firms' Ad Bucks Also Fund Spyware. LATimes.com. May 9, 2005.

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Feedster Unveils RSS Ads

John Battelle has reported that Feedster has begun making its RSS ad network available to the public.

John Battelle's Searchblog. Feedster Adds RSS Ads. May 12, 2005.

Related:
Kevin Newcomb. Sun Plans More RSS Ads. ClickZ News. May 13, 2005.

eMediaWire. Feedster's Media Network Delivers Sun Microsystems' First RSS Ad Campaign. May 12, 2005.

Shari Thurow. Feeds: A New Channel for Search Marketing. Search Engine Watch. May 3, 2005.

Chris Richardson. AdSense Ads Appearing In RSS Feeds. Webpronews.com. April 27, 2005.

Stefanie Olsen. Google Tests Out Blog Ad Service. News.com. April 26, 2005.

Matt Hicks. Feedster Preps Paid RSS Links as Ads Expand. eWeek. August 16, 2004.

Feedster Media Network. Generate Revenue from Your Blog.

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Universities Lure Students with Game Development Programs

"Like other colleges around the United States, the University of Denver saw enrollment in computer science courses slide precipitously over the past few years.

"Unlike some others, the school came up with a remedy that seems to be working: games.

"Last year, the Denver school became one of the first four-year universities in the United States to open an undergraduate major in game development, by merging elements from the school's computer-science and design programs. Applications already are up, and other undergraduate institutions are following suit, preceded by a handful of graduate-level programs with a similar focus."

John Borland. Getting a Degree in 'Mortal Kombat'. News.com. May 16, 2005.

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Vonage to Market in Asia

"Internet phone provider Vonage has all but tapped Singapore to start its expansion into Asia later this year.

"The primary attraction? Singapore's utility regulators are 'very friendly' to Net phone operators, Vonage Chief Financial Officer John Rego said during a recent interview. So too are public utility officials in Japan and Korea, which are also on Vonage's radar screen, Rego added.

"As the New Jersey-based company's experience shows, U.S. Internet phone operators expanding beyond the hypercompetitive U.S. market are finding a world divided between nations that very much welcome foreign Net phone operators and those that don't."

Ben Charny. VoIP Finds Foreign Friends and Adversaries. News.com. May 16, 2005.

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Short Film Promotes Book

"A trailer for War of the Worlds went live on the Web this week, but it wasn't for the upcoming Steven Spielberg/Tom Cruise summer blockbuster. Instead, the 90 second film promotes the release of a graphic novel based on H.G. Wells' tale of alien invasion.

"Though the book isn't connected to the upcoming Spielberg film, startup graphic novel publisher Best Sellers Illustrated hopes to use online video to harness the viral effect of fan sites to promote the title. The title, Best Sellers' first, publishes this month."

Rebecca Lieb & Enid Burns. Graphic Novels Test Online Trailers. ClickZ News. May 12, 2005.

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May 16, 2005

Microsoft Releases Desktop Search Toolbar

"Microsoft Corp., the world's largest maker of software, on Sunday released the finalized version of its desktop search tool, taking aim at Google Inc. and other rivals in the increasingly competitive search market.

"The MSN Search Toolbar, which was introduced on a trial basis five months ago, provides a way to search for e-mail, documents and other data stored on hard drives much more quickly and efficiently than the 'Find' function found in Windows."

Reuters. Microsoft Launches Desktop Search Tool. May 16, 2005.

See also:
Troy Dreier. MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search. PCMag.com. May 16, 2005.

Stefanie Olsen. Microsoft Ups Ante in Desktop Search. News.com. May 15, 2005.

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Music: The Next Search Frontier

"The amount of digital music, video and other entertainment content available on the Internet is at an all-time high, but finding something compelling is getting harder than ever.

"As a result, the demand for more sophisticated Internet search tools that can match text-based queries with visual- or audio-based content like movies or music is on the rise.

"This desire for a better multimedia mousetrap has led Internet firms large and small to respond with search engines that can filter results by media type like music or video, similar to how they can for images or news today. Such functionality represents the next battlefield of the Internet search wars, and a potential opportunity for those challenging Google's crown."

Antony Bruno. Internet Search Firms Target Music Biz. Reuters. May 15, 2005.

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University Library Goes Digital

"Students attending the University of Texas at Austin will find something missing from the undergraduate library this fall.

"Books.

"By mid-July, the university says, almost all of the library's 90,000 volumes will be dispersed to other university collections to clear space for a 24-hour electronic information commons, a fast-spreading phenomenon that is transforming research and study on campuses around the country."

Ralph Blumenthal. College Libraries Set Aside Books in a Digital Age. The New York Times. May 14, 2005.

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Cities Uncover New Source of Revenue: Cellphone Taxes

"Last year, the City Council in Baltimore faced a budget shortfall so bad that it considered laying off 186 city police officers, reducing some fire department operations and scaling back trash collection. Then it found an untapped honey pot: cellphones.

"Starting in August, the city began collecting $3.50 a month from each of Baltimore's 238,000 mobile phone subscribers. The extra income has helped to strengthen the city's finances and is expected to help the city fix up schools and trim the property tax.

"Dozens of other cities and states have already passed cellphone taxes. Many other states and municipalities, including some in Louisiana and Missouri, are debating similar measures as they compile their budgets for the next fiscal year."

Ken Belson. In Cities Facing Budget Deficits, Cellphone Becomes a Taxpayer. The New York Times. May 14, 2005.

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Video Ads Link Customers Online

"Internet video? It's a mere blip in the ad market. Projected annual spending of just $198 million would finance barely a day and a half of ads on TV -- a $48 billion business. Yet in the marketing departments of some of the world's biggest advertisers, from General Motors Corp. to Unilever, online video represents a golden opportunity to move beyond the 30-second spots that TV viewers so often zap or ignore.

"These advertisers view online video as a laboratory for new ways to connect with customers. And they're busy figuring out ways to use the Internet to transform the most powerful advertising tool in history: television."

Ronald Grover, et al. Mad Ave Is Starry-Eyed Over Net Video. BusinessWeek Online. May 23, 2005.

Related:
Ingrid Marson. Firefox Video Campaign Gaining Steam. News.com. May 12, 2005.

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CNN to Provide Free Video Online

"With demand growing for advertising space on the Internet, CNN.com plans to enhance and reorganize its Web offerings, adding free features that it hopes will attract both viewers and ad dollars.

"In June, CNN will make video clips free on its Web site for the first time, dropping a $4.95 fee, said Susan Grant, executive vice president of CNN News Services. Other major news sites, including the ones run by Fox News and CBS News, already provide free video; CNN and ABC News had chosen to make it a subscription service."

Geraldine Fabrikant. CNN to Add Free Video to Its Web Site. News.com. May 15, 2005.

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Study: Search Engines Not Created Equal

"The search results delivered by Ask Jeeves, Google, and Yahoo differ substantially from one another, according to a study conducted by search site Dogpile.com in conjunction with researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania State University.

"Using a random sampling of 10,316 keywords taken from query logs, the study found that just over 3% of the returned results--10,712 of 336,232 links--were shared by Ask Jeeves, Google, and Yahoo. Some 12% of the returned results were listed by two of the three search engines. And 85% of the results were unique to one of the three search engines."

Thomas Claburn. Major Search Engines Deliver Much Different Results. InformationWeek. May 12, 2005.

See also:
Dogpile. Missing Pieces: A Study of First Page Web Search Engine Results Overlap. (.pdf). No date.

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Google Library Project May Expand to Europe

"Mom and pop investors got a rare opportunity to question Google Inc. 's top executives Thursday, but most chose generally upbeat topics of inquiry at the search engine's first shareholder meeting.

"Google's executives used the opportunity to address the company's potential for growth abroad, its competition against Yahoo and Microsoft and its efforts to keep employees motivated.

"Many of Thursday's questions were routine. But a few elicited some nuggets of new information."

Verne Kopytoff. Google Shareholders Meet for First Time. SFGate.com. May 13, 2005.

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Nintendo 'Revolution' to Arrive in 2006

"Nintendo will launch its new video game console sometime next year, missing the key 2005 holiday shopping season and putting it a step behind Microsoft in the battle for the next-generation game machine, a Japanese business newspaper reported on Saturday.

"The report comes two days after Microsoft announced that its new console, called Xbox 360, will be in stores in time for the 2005 year-end shopping season, giving it a head-start on the competition if Sony and Nintendo don't introduce their new consoles until next year."

Reuters. Nintendo to Launch New Game Console in 2006. News.com. May 14, 2005.

See also:
Nintendo. Nintendo Reveals Early Details About Revolution. (Press Release.) May 13, 2005.

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Wired News Interviews the 'Podfather'

"They call him the Podfather. Once best known as a star veejay on MTV, Adam Curry is now a pioneer of podcasting.

"Curry helped create ipodder, a tool that automates the process of downloading and listening to audio files. His Daily Source Code podcast has become an online hit, and he's developing a new software tool for podcasters -- a virtual studio for editing and producing.

"Wired News spoke to the radio Renaissance man by phone from his home in Guilford, England."

Xeni Jardin. Audience With the Podfather. Wired News. May 14, 2005.

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Update: Read Dave Winer's reaction on his blog Scripting News.

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Competitors Set Sights on the iPod

"Is Apple Computer's iPod headed for a fall? Microsoft seems to think so, as Bill Gates waxed pessimistically about his rival's chances in an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung magazine this week.

"Sure, you have to consider the source. Microsoft is trying to get its own fledgling digital music store off the ground and it's been working with wireless handset makers to help make a dent in the portable music player market. So it's only natural to be a little suspicious.

"Then again, if you follow the Macintosh lifeline, it's easy to see how Apple's pride cost it crucial market share in its battle against IBM and its personal computer clones. Although Apple is experiencing a resurgence of popularity with its desktops right now, it obviously commands a much thinner slice of the overall computing market these days."

Rick Aristotle Munarriz. Gates Takes a Bite Out of Apple. The Motley Fool. May 13, 2005.

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May 14, 2005

Mistrial in FindWhat/Yahoo Patent Case

"The patent dispute over bid-for-placement technology between Yahoo! Search Marketing and FindWhat.com resulted in a mistrial late Wednesday. Parts of the case could still be decided by a judge next month.

"A jury was unable to reach a verdict after deliberating since Friday in the U.S. District Court trial in California. The jury did find that FindWhat infringed on 18 claims within the patent held by Yahoo! Search Marketing (formerly Overture)."

"They also found that FindWhat had proven six of those claims invalid during the trial, but they were unable to reach a decision on the 12 other claims."

Kevin Newcomb. Jury Fails to Determine Validity of Yahoo! Ad Tech Patent. ClickZNews. May 12, 2005.

See also:
Kevin Newcomb. Yahoo!/FindWhat Patent Dispute Headed for Trial. ClickZNews. April , 2005.

Erin Joyce. FindWhat.com Takes on Rival's Search Patent. ClickZNews. No date

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MPAA Sues TV File Sharing Sites

"Continuing its war on Internet file-swapping sites, the Motion Picture Association of America said Thursday that it has filed lawsuits against a half-dozen hubs for TV show trading.

"The trade association said that piracy of TV programming is growing quickly online, and that shows are as important to protect as big-budget films. This is the first legal action from the group that has focused most heavily on TV content."

John Borland. MPAA Targets TV Download Sites. News.com. May 12, 2005.

See also:
John Borland. All Shows, All the Time. News.com. No date.

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Microsoft Unveils Next-Generation Gaming Console

"Microsoft has beaten its game console rivals to the starting line with the introduction of its new Xbox.

"The software giant unveiled the Xbox 360 during a pre-taped MTV broadcast on Thursday night, edging out Sony and Nintendo to become the first to reveal details of a new console."

Richard Shim. Xbox 360 Launch Gets Jump on Rivals. News.com. May 12, 2005.

See also:
CNET News.com Staff. Xbox Specs Revealed. News.com. May 12, 2005.

Steve Fox. Microsoft's Xbox 360 Takes the Stage. PCWorld. May 12, 2005.

David Becker. Microsoft Sets Date for Xbox 2 Debut. News.com. April 11, 2005.

Update: Todd Bishop. Xbox 360 roundup. SeattlePI.com. May 13, 2005.

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Report: Blog's Business Impact is Limited

"A research report on the business of blogging cautioned companies Friday to be wary of investing resources and time in producing Web logs.

"EMarketer Inc. said just 4% of major U.S. corporations have blogs available to the public for purposes such as corporate marketing, communications or advertising. 'Thus far, the financial and economic impact of blogging is minimal,' said Ezra Palmer, the research firm's editorial director."

Frank Barnako. Report Says Blog Boom has Stalled. MarketWatch. May 13, 2005.

See also:
eMarketer. The Business of Blogging. May 12, 2005.

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AOL's Strategy Behind AIM

"AOL Instant Messenger has become an institution for nearly 30 million Americans. But can it ever become a big contributor to the company's bottom line?

"That's very much on the mind of the folks who manage Time Warner subsidiary America Online. They want that loyalty to pay off as the Internet service provider seeks to offset declining subscriber rates for its core dial-up service and gain ground on Yahoo, Microsoft and Google.

"So on Thursday, AOL activated a free Web-based e-mail account for every customer with an AIM screen name."

Stephanie Olsen. AOL's Remixed Messenger. News.com. May 12, 2005.

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Microsoft Acquires MessageCast

"MSN has bought MessageCast in a move that will give MSN Messenger more access to MessageCast's technologies and will help expand MSN alert services to new content channels, Microsoft announced this week.

"MessageCast develops broadcast messaging systems that work with real-time networks and RSS (really simple syndication) content feeds, and its technology notifies customers about information services, blog and podcast updates, and updates to MSN's alert service."

Paul Kallender. MSN Snaps Up MessageCast. PCWorld. May 13, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hicks. MSN Buys MessageCast for Real-Time Alerts. eWeek. May 11, 2005.

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DSL Closing Gap Over Cable Subscriptions

"Major U.S. telephone companies are closing in on the cable operators' dominance of the broadband market, as subscription rates on DSL outpaced those in cable for the first quarter of 2005.

"Cable companies and phone companies both reported record growth in subscriptions. But large telephone companies added 1.4 million DSL subscribers during the first quarter, while cable companies added 1.2 million lines, according to market researcher Leichtman Research. Currently, about 35.9 million households subscribe to the top 20 telephone and cable companies in the United States.

"Since broadband was first made available, in the late 1990s, telephone companies have lagged behind cable companies in terms of subscribers. But the gap is closing."

Marguerite Reardon. DSL Subscribers on the Rise. News.com. May 12, 2005.

See also:
Justin Hyde. U.S. Adds Record Number of Broadband Lines in Q1. Reuters. May 10, 2005.

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Gates: Cell Phones Will Beat Others for Music

"Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates sees mobile phones overtaking standalone MP3 players and views the raging popularity of Apple Computer's iPod player as unsustainable, he said in an interview published Thursday.

"'As good as Apple may be, I don't believe the success of the iPod is sustainable in the long run,' he said in an interview published in Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung."

Reuters. Gates Says Mobile Phones will Overtake iPods. News.com. May 12, 2005.

See also:
Ina Fried. Gates Sees Big Dollars in Little Devices. News.com. May 10, 2005.

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Microsoft, Interwoven to Integrate Applications

"Microsoft and software partner Interwoven have agreed to join forces on product integration, research and development, and sales and marketing.

"The partnership, announced on Thursday, is aimed at law firms and other professional-services companies that have complex document and records management requirements."

Alorie Gilbert. Microsoft Teams up on Content Management. News.com. May 12, 2005.

See also:
Jim Wagner. Interwoven in Microsoft's Gold Circle. InternetNews.com. May 12, 2005.

Interwoven. Interwoven Announces High Velocity ECM Solutions on the Microsoft Platform. (Press Release.) May 12, 2005.

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May 13, 2005

The Hidden Power of Social Media Services

"Manufacturing powerhouse Ingersoll-Rand learned the hard way how bloggers can lay waste to a product.

"Its trouble began after an individual posted instructions on a Web site showing how the company's sleek but seemingly indestructible Kryptonite bicycle lock could be undone with a Bic pen. The story gradually spread over the Internet as bloggers wrote about the fatal flaw and provided links to the Web site. Within five days, the bloggers' details were picked up by mainstream media outlets such as The New York Times.

"Ingersoll-Rand could have limited the damage to its brand if it had used a service to track its reputation on the Web, says David Sifry, chief executive officer of Technorati, a blog tracking and search company based in San Francisco. Instead, the manufacturer was clueless for days that its Kryptonite locks were under digital assault and had to offer a lock exchange program that it estimated at the time would cost it $10 million."

Joshua Jaffe. Blogs and Social Networks and Wikis, Oh My!. News.com. May 12, 2005.

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FirstGov.gov Provides RSS Library

A U.S. Government RSS Library is now available providing a central location to feeds on agriculture, consumer, cyber security, data and statistics, education, federal personnel, health, international relations, military affairs, forests, and science.

FirstGov.gov. U.S. Government RSS Library.

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Dutch Allow Access to All Academic Research

"Scientists from all major Dutch universities officially launched a website on Tuesday where all their research material can be accessed for free. Interested parties can get hold of a total of 47,000 digital documents from 16 institutions the Digital Academic Repositories.

"No other nation in the world offers such easy access to its complete academic research output in digital form, the researchers claim.

"Obviously, commercial publishers are not amused."

Jan Libbenga. Dutch Academics Declare Research Free-for-All. The Register. May 11, 2005.

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Google Acquires Dodgeball.com

"Google has acquired social-networking service Dodgeball, as it continues its expansion beyond search.

"Dodgeball posted a notice on its site, saying it was acquired on Wednesday. The note did not reveal financial details but did say that Dodgeball's two co-founders are 'Google superfans.'"

Margaret Kane. Google Buys Social-Networking Service. News.com. May 12, 2005.

See also:
Stacy Cowley. Google Learns How to Play Dodgeball. PCWorld. May 12, 2005.

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Google to Increase Global Presence

"Google Inc.'s top executives said yesterday that they are focused on aggressively increasing the search engine's business abroad, particularly in Europe, Japan, and China, where the number of new Internet users is growing faster than in the United States.

"Speaking at Google's first annual meeting since going public, chief executive Eric E. Schmidt told shareholders he anticipated that the company, which gets almost all of its revenue from advertising sales, would see a shift that would reflect its increasing global presence. The company's latest financial results show that it generates slightly less than two-thirds of its revenue domestically."

David A. Vise. Google to Focus on Expanding Its Business Overseas. WashingtonPost.com. May 13, 2005.

See also:
Doug Young. Google Steps Up Fight for the China Market. Reuters. May 11, 2005.

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IDC: PDAs Continue to Lose Ground

"Shipments of handheld computers declined for the fifth straight quarter amid growth of so-called smart phones and other devices combining organizer functions with cell phone capabilities, the research firm IDC said Wednesday.

"Worldwide shipments of personal digital assistants, or PDAs - which lack telephone capabilities - decreased to 1.9 million units in the January-March period. That's a 12.1 percent decline compared with last year's first quarter, and a 30.6 percent drop from last year's fourth quarter, Framingham-based IDC said."

Associated Press. PDAs Keep Losing Ground to Smart Phones. Forbes.com. May 11, 2005.

See also:
IDC. Handhelds Continue Decline As Converged Mobile Devices Surge Ahead, According to IDC. (Press Release.) May 11, 2005.

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IBM Extends Reach Into Open Source

"With the software acquisition frenzy showing no signs of slowing, IBM has bought a small, but technologically significant company and strengthened its hold on the $7 billion middleware market.

"Its purchase on Tuesday of Gluecode Software for an estimated $100 million is a ringing endorsement of the open-source software movement. And when coupled with IBM's recently completed purchase of Ascential Software, it suggests yet another sign that the largest players with the broadest offerings are calling the shots in the software industry."

Bill Snyder. Size Matters in Software Merger Derby. TheStreet.com. May 11, 2005.

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SBC to Offer VoIP 911 Service

"SBC Communications announced plans on Wednesday to help Internet phone companies offer more-reliable 911 services for their subscribers, becoming the last of the Baby Bells to tackle worrisome emergency-service defects.

The phone giant's offer follows similar moves by BellSouth, Qwest Communications and Vonage, a large VoIP company, on the issue."

Alorie Gilbert. SBC Frees Up Line to Net 911. News.com. May 11, 2005.

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RealNetworks Enters Mobile Gaming Business

"RealNetworks is entering the mobile gaming market with its $15 million acquisition of a European-based firm, executives said Wednesday.

"Seattle-based Real said it finalized its purchase of Mr.Goodliving on May 6. The Helsinki-based company distributes the Playman Sports series and the European-distribution rights for the mobile edition of Trivial Pursuit."

InternetNews.com Staff. RealNetworks Buys Into Mobile Games. InternetNews.com. May 11, 2005.

See also:
John Cook. RealNetworks Buys Finnish Mobile-Game Distributor. SeattlePI.com. May 11, 2005.

Associated Press. RealNetworks Buys Mr. Goodliving for $15M. Forbes.com. May 11, 2005.

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Godcasts: Hottest Trend in Podcasting

"Weekly church sermons that can be downloaded from the Internet and played on portable audio players have become the Podcasts most in demand, according to analysis of search results at Lycos.com.

"'During the past month, searches for Godcasts have risen over 355%,' said Dean Tsouvalas, writer of the Lycos 50 report. 'There are no specific 'Pod preachers' being queried, but it's only a matter of time before the 'Billy Graham' of Podcasts emerges,' he wrote in an e-mail.

Frank Barnako. Podcasters Getting Religion. MarketWatch. May 12, 2005.

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May 12, 2005

Google Scholar Expands to All Libraries

"Today, the 'small' Google Scholar pilot that went live in February – allowing about 30 libraries and institutions to provide direct links to articles found in the Google Scholar database – is being expanded.

"Now, ANY library or institution that has the proper link resolving software can hook into Google Scholar and provide direct links to articles found via a GS search.

"You can find all of the details here. Google also is releasing a help page for the service."

Gary Price. Google Scholar is Now Open to All Libraries. SearchEngineJournal. May 10, 2005.

Update: Jeffrey R. Young. More Than 100 Colleges Work With Google to Speed Campus Users to Library Resources. The Chronicle of Higher Education. May 11, 2005.

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Financial Blogs Cover Wide Spectrum

"I'm the type who likes to stay informed about everything and, until recently, have been holding my own with three or four newspapers, a dozen magazines, a few dozen Web sites and an obsession with hitting the 'reload' button on my Google news page every few seconds.

"But that was before blogs, or individual Web logs, picked up popularity.

"Now everyone is a publisher. There are more than 9 million blogs, and another 40,000 or 50,000 are being created every day, according to Technorati.com, a monitoring firm. 'There are enough blogs to fill up every single second of the day and not be done,' says the company's president, Dave Sifry."

Linda Stern. Financial Blogs Multiply. Reuters. May 11, 2005.

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Tech Industry Experiences 'Work Creep'

"The traffic jam ended hours ago, the parking lot is nearly empty and fluorescent lights are dimmed at PortalPlayer Inc., where the nightly brainstorming session is about to begin.

"Instead of gathering the few remaining souls from their cubicles, three managers move into a conference room to dial India, where engineers 12 1/2 time zones ahead are just arriving in Hyderabad.

"As colleagues on opposite sides of the globe discuss circuit board configurations and debugging strategies for a project code-named 'Doppelganger,' it's just the start of another endless day for the company. Within twelve hours, Indian workers will end their day with calls and e-mails to California, where managers in the Santa Clara headquarters will just be waking up."

Rachel Konrad. For Some Techies, an Interminable Workday. Associated Press. May 10, 2005.

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Google Suspends Distribution of Web Accelerator

"Google has stopped allowing downloads of its Web Accelerator software, just days after it began offering the product.

"Google cited capacity as the reason for putting the brake on downloads of Accelerator, which is designed to speed the delivery of Web pages. A message on the site said the company has reached its 'maximum capacity of users and (we) are actively working to increase the number of users we can support.'"

Matt Loney. Google Puts Brakes on Accelerator. News.com. May 11, 2005.

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Google Mini Launches Across Europe

Google on Wednesday launched its entry-level search appliance, the Google Mini, into the European market. The Google Mini is designed to enable small businesses to let employees and Web site visitors search up to 100,000 documents, including blog and wiki entries."

Matt Loney. Google Mini Debuts in Europe. News.com. May 10, 2005.

See also:
John G. Spooner. Google Bulks up Mini Search Appliance. News.com. April 6, 2005.

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W3C Launches Mobile Web Initiative

"The Web's leading standards body has launched a ground campaign to promote its mobile Web protocols in the real world.

"The W3C, or World Wide Web Consortium, on Wednesday announced its Mobile Web Initiative, a new kind of working group that will concentrate on the application of the consortium's existing recommendations for Web content written for mobile devices."

Paul Festa. W3C Launches Mobile Push. News.com. May 11, 2005.

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Factiva Broadens RSS Use

"Factiva customers will have an additional option for receiving results from their track current awareness searches—an Enterprise RSS feed via NewsGator online and NewsGator Microsoft Outlook.

"This enterprise version of RSS requires you to be a Factiva subscriber to receive updates and that the feeds are limited to NewsGator as the aggregator. Factiva’s Editor’s Choice feeds will also be available in NewsGator premium products beginning in early June. However, Factiva customers will not pay to download and use the NewsGator Business Subscriptions product."

Marydee Ojala. Factiva Expands Its RSS Feed Capabilities in a Deal with NewsGator. Information Today NewsBreaks. May 9, 2005.

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Overview of Podcasting

"What do the pope and Paris Hilton have in common? They're both podcasters - and you can be one too.

"Ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, podcasts are essentially do-it-yourself recorded radio programs posted online. Anyone can download them free, and, using special software, listeners can subscribe to favorite shows and even have them automatically downloaded to a portable digital music player.

"Despite what the name suggests, podcasts can be played not just on iPods but on any device that has an MP3 player program, including PC's and laptops."

John R. Quain. Now, Audio Blogs for Those Who Aspire to Be D.J.'s. The New York Times. May 12, 2005.

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Making RSS Really Simple

"I know what Shakespeare said about a rose by any other name, but accuracy is my profession's watchword. In that spirit, I propose changing the name of a technology that we Web news types use to persuade people to visit our sites.

"The technology is called RSS, which stands for 'Really Simple Syndication.' It's like installing a wire service on your computer -- or cell phone or handheld device. RSS lets you choose the "feeds" that you want to receive and posts updates as they happen. You install 'readers' so you can, well, read them. It's a great way to stay current not just on the news, but any Web site that runs a feed."

Robert MacMillan. Feed Simple. WashingtonPost.com. May 11, 2005.

See also:
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. Refining Paperless News. WashingtonPost.com. March 14, 2004.

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BBC Relaxes Rules for RSS

"The BBC has opened up its content more so that people can use news stories and headlines on their own sites via RSS.

"Revised licence terms mean other sites can integrate RSS feeds from the BBC without offline contract negotiations, as was previously the case."

BBC News. BBC Eases Rules on News Feed Use. May 11, 2005.

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Common.net Links the Offline World

"We have all heard of social networking, the online phenomenon where people post their photos, likes and dislikes onto Web sites like Friendster.com and LinkedIn.com to connect with people with similar interests. I must say I’ve been a bit resentful about using those: Why do I need to make friends online? I meet plenty of people in the real world – in the bookstore, at parties, etc. In the offline world, at least I know what they look like, whereas, online, it’s a mystery.

"That’s why I sat up alertly when I heard about Common.net, a social networking site intended to help people meet in the offline world."

Olga Kharif. Social Networking Site to Facilitate Offline Interaction. BusinessWeek Online. May 10, 2005.

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May 11, 2005

Spitzer's Suit May Not Stem Adware

"Existing laws are supposed to protect us in a similar way from noxious advertisements and solicitations on our computers. In effect, they essentially say: "Hands off my computer, unless I consent."

"But given the plethora of nonconsensual software applications that appear mysteriously on our computers, it seems obvious that the current laws need to be enforced more aggressively, and updated to keep pace with the advances of technology, and the devious minds that write these evil applications."

Bambi Francisco. Are Ad Networks Getting a Free Pass? MarketWatch. May 10, 2005.

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Senate Passes Real-ID Act

"Last minute attempts by online activists to halt an electronic ID card failed yesterday when the U.S. Senate unanimously voted to impose a sweeping set of identification requirements on Americans.

"The so-called Real ID Act now heads to President Bush, who is expected to sign the bill into law this month. Its backers, including the Bush administration, say it's needed to stop illegal immigrants from obtaining drivers' licenses.

"When the act's mandates take effect in May 2008, Americans will be required to obtain federally approved ID cards with 'machine readable technology' that abides by Department of Homeland Security specifications. Anyone without such an ID card will be effectively prohibited from travelling by air or Amtrak, opening a bank account, or entering federal buildings."

Declan McCullagh. Senate Says Yes to Electronic ID Cards. Silicon.com. May 11, 2005.

See also:

Declan McCullagh. US Moves Closer to Electronic ID Cards. Silicon.com. May 11, 2005.

Declan McCullagh. Senate Approves Electronic ID Card Bill. News.com. May 10, 2005.

Kim Zetter. No Real Debate for Real ID. Wired News. May 10, 2005.

Electronic Privacy Information Center. National ID Cards and REAL ID Act. May 10, 2005.

Declan McCullagh. FAQ: How Real ID Will Affect You. News.com. May 6, 2005.

National Public Radio. The Real ID Act Raises Privacy Issues. Morning Edition. May 6, 2005.

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Microsoft Releases Windows Mobile 5.0

"Microsoft launched its next generation Windows Mobile platform as it attempts to elevate its standing in the mobile space and tread into lucrative niche markets dominated by RIM's Blackberry and Apple's iPod.

"The platform, developed under the code name 'Magneto,' is the successor to Windows Mobile 2003 and offers more stability and reliability, as well as rich access to office applications and multimedia data from Windows-based handhelds, Gates said."

Paula Rooney. Microsoft Launches Windows Mobile 5.0. CRN. May 10, 2005.

See also:
Ina Fried. Gates Sees Big Dollars in Little Devices. News.com. May 10, 2005.

Shelley Solheim. Gates: Windows Mobile 5.0 Will Make Your Phone Smarter. eWeek. May 10, 2005.

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Yahoo to Launch Online Music Service

"Yahoo Inc. on Tuesday said it was launching a new online music subscription service, aggressively competing against providers such as RealNetworks Inc.'s Rhapsody and Napster Inc. with lower pricing.

"Yahoo said it was offering the service with an introductory price of $4.99 per month for an annual subscription, or $6.99 on a monthly basis. The service, available May 11, lets fans play tunes from a catalog of more than one million songs, transfer tracks to portable devices and share music with friends through Yahoo! Messenger."

Sue Zeidler. Yahoo Launches Music Subscription Service. Reuters. May 10, 2005.

See also:
Lisa DiCarlo. Yahoo! Takes On iTunes. Forbes.com. May 10, 2005.

Associated Press. Yahoo Readies Cheap Music Service. Wired News. May 10, 2005.

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Liability: Open Source v. Properietary

"If you've heard lately (via Steve Ballmer at Microsoft) that you put your company at greater risk of being sued because you are using open source software (OSS), don't believe it.

"Actually, there is, depending who you talk to, either an equal or somewhat reduced risk of liability from OSS than proprietary software. This is because OSS code is peer-reviewed by a group of proud developers who often have the ability to recognize other developers' handiwork."

Allen Bernard. Can You Really Get Sued for Using Open Source?. CIO Update. May 6, 2005.

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The Truth Behind Google Web Accelerator

"Google last week unveiled a new application for speeding up the delivery of Web pages. As has become routine with several of the company's recent announcements, including Gmail and desktop search, critics immediately looked for ulterior motives, privacy breaches and security slipups.

"Some of it was to be expected; the more successful and powerful you become, the more scrutiny and conspiracy theories you spawn. So what is the truth about Google's latest move beyond search?"

Stefanie Olsen. FAQ: Hard Facts About Google's Web Accelerator. News.com. May 10, 2005.

See also:
Stefanie Olsen. Google Speed Bump Draws Scorn. News.com. May 6, 2005.

Matt Hines. Google Tool to Speed Web Surfing. News.com. May 5, 2005.

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AOL To Offer Free AIM E-Mail Service

"America Online is moving into the Web-based e-mail market on Wednesday by tying e-mail into its popular AOL Instant Messenger service.

"Called AIM Mail, the service marks AOL's latest attempt to reposition itself as a broad portal rather than a subscriber-based service. It also will compete more directly against Yahoo Inc, Microsoft Corp.'s MSN division and Google Inc., all of which have battled over Webmail storage and features over the past year."

Matt Hicks. AOL Weaves Webmail into AIM Service. eWeek. May 11, 2005.

See also:
Kenneth Li. America Online to Unveil Free E-mail Service. Reuters. May 11, 2005.

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L.A. Times Redesigns Site, Removes Fees

"The Los Angeles Times today restored free access to its calendarlive.com Web site, which features the paper's entertainment reviews and listings, after a year and a half of requiring a paid subscription to view that information.

"The move is part of a redesign of the paper's online operation. The paper also introduced a new design for its main page and article pages."

E&P; Staff. 'L.A. Times' Sets Calendarlive.com Free. Editor & Publisher. May 10, 2005.

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Digital Media Holds Promise for Stakeholders

"Still using your cell phone just to make phone calls? How passé.

"If the seers are correct, within a year your cell phone will be capable of live television, music downloads and playback, videogames, storing movie clips and viewing everything from photo albums to digital home movies. In short, more than you may have ever thought possible.

"Of course, there are high hurdles to clear before all this great stuff happens--complex rights agreements, conflicting technology standards and the sometimes fractious relationship between carriers and content providers--but everyone involved has a stake in making it work.

"How big a stake? It's almost too big to put a number on."

Lisa DiCarlo. The Only Exciting Thing In Tech?. Forbes.com. May 9, 2005.

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Panel Discusses Future of Digital Entertainment

"The Internet and digital technology are changing entertainment at lightning speed. The coming years will scramble concepts of music-making, movies, TV networks and advertising. Last week, USA TODAY's Kevin Maney assembled a panel of some of the industry's most influential players to talk about what's ahead."

Kevin Maney. What's Ahead for Net, Digital Entertainment. USA Today. May 11, 2005.

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Stanford Launches GATT Digital Library

"For scholars interested in international commerce over the past 50 years, April 19 was a big day. On that day, the GATT Digital Library — a collection of 30,000 public documents and 200 reports related to the workings of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, or GATT — was uploaded online at http://gatt.stanford.edu. The library is the culmination of a six-year project to digitize and archive the GATT archives.

"The GATT executive-congressional agreement goes back to 1947, when several countries decided to reduce tariffs and establish international trade rules. After several rounds of modifications, the GATT was succeeded by the World Trade Organization, or the WTO, in 1993."

Rose Jenkins. Stanford, WTO Partnership Places Trade Documents Online. Stanford Daily. May 10, 2005.

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Gamers Develop Ad Network

"Get enough people involved in a massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) and it's likely an economy will arise. In established MMORG environments, from the fantasy hit Everquest to the teen-focused Neopets, currency systems and retail markets are common.

"What's been lacking -- until now -- is an advertising model to support the purveyors of in-game products.

"A fellow who calls himself Rathe Underthorn hopes to fill the gap."

Zachary Rodgers. In 'Second Life,' a Virtual Ad Agency Arises. ClickZ News. May 6, 2005.

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Tiger's iSync Changes Affects Mobile Devices

"Apple recently released Tiger (Mac OS X 10.4), which includes significant changes to iSync. This affects users of The Missing Sync, Mark/Space's synchronization software for various types of handhelds.

"The changes to iSync mean that The Missing Sync for Pocket PC no longer works. This was Mark/Space's original application for Pocket PCs, and is being phased out. Development has stopped on this application, and therefore it is not compatible with Tiger."

Ed Hardy. What Mac OS X Tiger Means for Handheld Users. Brighthand. May 5, 2005.

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May 10, 2005

N.Y. Times Releases Credibility Report

"In order to build readers' confidence, an internal committee at The New York Times has recommended taking a variety of steps, including having senior editors write more regularly about the workings of the paper, tracking errors in a systematic way and responding more assertively to the paper's critics.

"The committee also recommended that the paper 'increase our coverage of religion in America' and 'cover the country in a fuller way,' with more reporting from rural areas and of a broader array of cultural and lifestyle issues.

"The committee, which was charged last fall by Bill Keller, the executive editor, with examining how the paper could increase readers' trust, said there was 'an immense amount that we can do to improve our journalism.'"

Katharine Q. Seelye. Times Panel Proposes Steps to Build Credibility. The New York Times. May 9, 2005.

See also:
The New York Times. From the Report. May 9, 2005.

The Credibility Group. Preserving Our Readers’ Trust. (.pdf) May 2, 2005.

Bill Keller. Times Editor's Response to Credibility Report. The New York Times. May 9, 2005.

Related:
Daniel Okrent. Briefers and Leakers and the Newspapers Who Enable Them. The New York Times. May 8, 2005.

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Congress to Closely Examine Patriot Act

"Congress is returning to the controversial topic of whether to renew key portions of the Patriot Act.

"Both the Senate and House of Representatives have scheduled hearings on Tuesday that are part of an extended process of reviewing the portions of the 2001 law that are scheduled to expire on Dec. 31. Many of those 16 portions deal with computer and Internet surveillance."

Declan McCullagh. Congress Plans Scrutiny of Patriot Act. News.com. May 9, 2005.

See also:
Frank Davies. Debate on Renewal of Patriot Act has Civil Tone. Philadelphia Inquirer. May 9, 2005.

News Staff. ACLU Urges Congress to Modify "Sneak and Peek" Patriot Act Power. Government Technology. May 9, 2005.

Frank Davies. Patriot's Second Act Opening. San Jose Mercury News. May 9, 2005.

Declan McCullagh. The Next Chapter in the Patriot Act. News.com. April 4, 2005.

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GPO, LOC to Utilize Web Harvesting

"Government Printing Office officials, who have a significant role in preserving government information, want to capture fugitive publications, which are documents that federal agencies have published on the Web but for which no copy or record exists in GPO's database.

"To recover such documents for preservation, GPO officials are interested in new software technologies such as Web harvesting, and they are reviewing proposals from companies that make such software.

"Web harvesting, sometimes called crawling or spidering, is more than searching for and discovering information. Harvesting techniques are used for downloading code, images, documents and any files essential to reproduce a Web site after it has been taken down."

Aliya Sternstein. Fugitive Documents Elude Preservationists. FCW. May 9, 2005.

See also:
Susan M. Menke. GPO and its Collection of Last Resort. GCN.com. April 20, 2004.

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Search Engine Provides Visual Results

"For decades, computer researchers have experimented with the idea of displaying textual information in visual maps, but the concept has been slow to find practical applications.

"Now, one of the pioneering companies in the field is hoping that by making its software available as part of a standard Web browser it will be able to wean surfers away from the simple ranked lists of search results offered by Google and Yahoo.

"Groxis, a San Francisco-based company founded in 2001, has converted its desktop Grokker software program, which displays a Web search as a series of categories set in a circular map, to run as a Java plug-in for browsers. On Monday, the company will begin allowing computer users to view Yahoo search results with its visualization technology at www.groxis.com."

John Markoff. Your Internet Search Results, in the Round. The New York Times. May 9, 2005.

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Broadband Delivered Services Outpaces Broadband Adoption

"Consumer spending on broadband-delivered online services -- from streaming music and video to voice over Internet protocol phone calling -- more than doubled last year, according to a new report that bears promising news for telecommunications carriers as well as e-commerce companies and their content-provider partners.

"Research firm Point Topic said that at the start of 2004, the annual rate of consumer spending on what it calls broadband value-added services, or BVAS, was running at an annual rate of US$3.3 billion. By year's end, that figure had leapt to $6.9 billion worldwide.

"In fact, Point Topic said the data bears especially good news, since the growth of revenues and users of value-added services outpaced even the rapid expansion of broadband adoption itself."

Keith Regan. Report: Revenue from Broadband-Delivered Services Doubles. E-Commerce Times. May 9, 2005.

See also:
John Walko. Consumer Broadband Revenues Seen Doubling In One Year. InformationWeek. May 6, 2005.

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NYC Candidate Leverage Collaboration Tools

"It was inevitable. At some point one of us -- and by that I mean someone with a clue about technology -- would run for political office.

"I don't count Al Gore or Howard Dean, whose campaign raised vast sums when it discovered e-mail and e-commerce. I mean someone like Andrew Rasiej, one of four Democratic candidates vying for New York City's Office of Public Advocate, which advises the mayor on community relations and investigates complaints against city agencies.

"Rasiej's proposals rely heavily on developing universal Wi-Fi and wiring the subways for cell phones. He looks to the model of open source as a way for the citizenry to identify, report and fix problems -- for example, he says it's a fine idea if New Yorkers could use cell-phone cameras to report potholes to the proper authorities."

Adam L. Penenberg. The Techno Candidate. Wired News. May 5, 2005.

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Illinois Moves Toward Games Ratings

"The Safe Games Illinois Act is a step closer to becoming law in the Prairie State.

"House Bill 4023 was approved 6 to 2 in the state's Senate Housing and Community Affairs Committee on Tuesday, and now moves on to the state Senate. Since its proposal earlier this year, the bill has been readily approved through the legal process.

"The bill would allow the state to slap its own ratings on games, ignoring those set by the self-regulatory Entertainment Software Ratings Board, or ESRB. The bill concentrates on keeping violent games out of youngsters' hands, and severely fines retailers who fail to do so."

Tim Surette. Illinois Games Restriction Bill Advances. News.com. May 4, 2005.

See also:
Illinois Government News Network. Gov. Blagojevich Commends House for Passing Landmark Video Game Legislation. (Press release.) March 16, 2005.

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Gartner: Wireless E-Mail Drives PDA Shipments

"The continuing popularity of wireless e-mail applications drove a 25 percent jump in first-quarter PDA shipments, according to new research from Gartner.

"All told, 3.4 million PDAs were shipped in the first three months of the year, up from 2.7 million during the same period last year. In addition, the average selling price (ASP) of $406 was 15 percent higher. PDAs are at their highest ASP since Gartner began calculating the metric in 2000."

Sean Michael Kerner. E-Mail Apps Power PDA Shipments. InternetNews.com. May 9, 2005.

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15 Uses for RSS

"Basically, you can perform any task with RSS that requires search or information retrieval from a server. Automatically and repeatedly.

"There's more to RSS than just weblog syndication and news aggregation."

TimYang.com. 15 Things You Can Do With RSS (It was Supposed to be 10, But I Got Carried Away). May 5, 2005.

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UCLA Libraries to Phase Out Print Subscriptions

"University of California libraries feeling the heat of the budget crisis will cut collections in an effort not to burn holes in their pockets. No information will be lost to UC students though, as long as they have access to the Internet.

"'The library is carrying out the first cancellation project as part of a multi-year plan to eliminate subscriptions to print when we license access to the electronic equivalent, said Cynthia Shelton, associate university librarian for collection management and scholarly communication, in a statement on the UCLA Library Web site."

Josh Blitstein. Libraries Cut Many Print Publications. Daily Bruin. May 6, 2005.

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May 09, 2005

Blog Wars Injected with Star Power

"Get ready for the next level in the blogosphere.

"Arianna Huffington, the columnist and onetime candidate for governor of California, is about to move blogging from the realm of the anonymous individual to the realm of the celebrity collective.

"She has lined up more than 250 of what she calls "the most creative minds" in the country to write a group blog that will range over topics from politics and entertainment to sports and religion. It is essentially a nonstop virtual talk show that will be part of a Web site that will also serve up breaking news around the clock. It is to be introduced May 9."

Katharine Q. Seelye. A Boldface Name Invites Others to Blog With Her. The New York Times. April 25, 2005.

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Harvard Law Student Outs Spyware

"Ben Edelman may be spyware's most dangerous enemy.

"The 25-year-old researcher has spent years analyzing how spyware and adware programs work and publicizing his findings. That often results in red faces and, occasionally, lawsuit threats from companies like WhenU and Claria, formerly known as Gator.

"A law student at Harvard University, Edelman is also working on a doctoral degree in economics. CNET News.com caught up with him after he spoke at a conference in San Francisco sponsored by Download.com."

Declan McCullagh. Spying on the Spyware Makers. News.com. May 4, 2005.

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Telecom Fight Cities' Wireless Forays

"A number of U.S. cities are becoming giant wireless 'hot spots' where Internet users will be able to log on from the beach or a bus stop, a trend that is triggering a fierce backlash from telecom and cable giants.

"Free or discounted wireless service can spur economic development, improve police patrols and other city services and encourage Internet use in poorer neighborhoods, according to government officials.

"The trend has prompted an intense backlash from the large telecom and cable providers that sell most broadband access in the United States. At their request, 13 states have passed laws restricting cities setting up their own networks, and several others are considering such bans."

Reuters. U.S. Cities Set Up Their Own Wireless Networks. eWeek. May 4, 2005.

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Federal Court Overturns Broadcast Flag

"In a stunning victory for hardware makers and television buffs, a federal appeals court has tossed out government rules that would have outlawed many digital TV receivers and tuner cards starting July 1.

"The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled Friday that the Federal Communications Commission did not have the authority to prohibit the manufacture of computer and video hardware that doesn't have copy protection technology known as the 'broadcast flag.' The regulations, which the FCC created in November 2003, had been intended to limit unauthorized Internet redistribution of over-the-air TV broadcasts."

Declan McCullagh. Court Yanks Down FCC's Broadcast Flag. News.com. May 6, 2005.

See also:
Electronic Frontier Foundation. Federal Appeals Court Scraps FCC's Broadcast Flag Mandate. Breaking News. May 6, 2005.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. American Library Association, et al., v. Federal Communications Commission and United States of America. (.pdf) May 6, 2005.

Electronic Frontier Foundation. Waving Flags of Victory. Deep Links. May 6, 2005.

Electronic Frontier Foundation. American Library Association v. Federal Communications Commission. No date.

Declan McCullagh. Are PCs Next in Hollywood Piracy Battle?. News.com. Nov. 5, 2003.

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Gawker Blog Empire Struggles

"Don't ask Nick Denton, publisher of Gawker Media and its growing list of popular Web logs, about his empire. 'People come up to me as if it's witty and say, 'How is the empire going?' ' Mr. Denton said, 'which is pretty pathetic.'

"Don't ask him about his business plan, either. He says he never had one. The only reason he formed the company, he said, was to make his network of blogs - which includes Gawker, the flagship chronicle of Manhattan news and gossip; Fleshbot, the thinking person's diary of smut; and about 10 other titles - more attractive to advertisers.

"It doesn't help with readers,' he said. 'It's actually a disadvantage, because it looks corporate.'"

Tom Zeller Jr. A Blog Revolution? Get a Grip. The New York Times. May 8, 2005.

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Copyright Issues Halt Podcast

"A local radio pro has found out that distributing his program like an amateur isn't as simple as it sounds.

"Chicago's Steve Dahl thought he could be at the forefront of the so-called podcasting trend, which was virtually unknown a year ago.

"Last month he began making his WCKG-FM 105.9 afternoon show available online as a digital audio file, so those with iPods and other portable media devices can download them and listen at leisure around the world. He used the same new technology that enables computer users to make and distribute homemade programs.

"But this re-purposing of Dahl's show has come to an abrupt halt because of copyright and royalty issues."

Phil Rosenthal. Dahl's Podcasts Halt Amid Stream of Legal Issues. Chicago Tribune. May 6, 2005.

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Orphan Songs Caught in Bottleneck

"In late 1946, glamorous Savannah Churchill, the Alicia Keys of her day, recorded the ballad "I Want to Be Loved (But Only by You)" for Manor Records, a New Jersey-based independent label.

"Other such Manor releases as Deek Watson & his Brown Dots' reading of '(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons' -- later a hit for Nat 'King' Cole and Sam Cooke -- also clicked with the record-buying public.

"But 58 years later, Manor Records is a mystery. Music historians say anyone who wants permission to reissue those discs will find that the paper trail to the ownership of Manor has disappeared. The Manor discs, in other words, are 'orphan works.'"

Bill Holland. Copyright Office Seeks Authors of 'Orphan Songs'. Reuters. May 6, 2005.

See also:
Glushko Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic Response to Notice of Inquiry on the Issue of "Orphan Works". (.pdf) March 24, 2005.

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Google Blogoscoped Receives Cease-and-Desist Notice

"Last month, SEO Inc apparently fell out of the top rankings for the term 'search engine optimization' at Google. I felt it was a non-story then.

"That's changed now that the company issued a cease-and-desist notice against Google."

Danny Sullivan. SEO Inc Tries To Silence Google Blogoscoped Over Rankings. SearchEngineWatch. May 6, 2005.

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Doubters Question Social Networking Model

"There was a time when David Sze, a venture capitalist at Greylock Partners, could be counted among those skeptical of the millions of dollars being poured into Internet companies that were creating online communities to foster business and social contacts.

"'Basically, it reminded us a lot of what we saw in the late 1990's,' Mr. Sze said of the first rush of investment in social networking ventures in 2003. 'It was, 'Let's hope some users come and if they do, we'll figure out how to turn that into a business.' We didn't see a real business model there.'

"Even now, a year and a half later, the question persists of how these ventures can make money - and justify the millions already invested."

Gary Rivlin. Skeptics Take Another Look at Social Sites. The New York Times. May 9, 2005.

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Web-Savvy Patients Utilize Blogs

"The ubiquitous personal Web sites known as blogs have become a significant new forum for health-care consumers. Easily created with free Web-based services or software programs that let you instantly post information and reader feedback, blogs allow Web-savvy patients like Ms. Tenderich to chronicle their experiences with everything from Alzheimer's and cancer to gastric-bypass surgery and childbirth, often providing links to the latest medical studies and news.

"For the legions of Web users who go online for health information each year, blogs present a new and more personal alternative to the plethora of disease-related Web chat rooms, message boards and email discussion groups, which typically let hundreds or even thousands of registered users send emails to each other through a central server."

Laura Landro. Blogging From Your Sickbed. WSJ.com. May 4, 2005.

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Los Alamos Lab Director Resigns

"The director of the Los Alamos nuclear weapons lab announced his departure Friday after two tumultuous years during which he made enemies with his hard-nosed efforts to stop financial abuses and security lapses.

"Pete Nanos will be replaced May 16 by an interim director who will oversee the lab until the University of California's management contract with the government expires in September.

"Nanos did not specify why he was leaving. His tenure was the shortest since the lab, nestled in the hills of northern New Mexico, was created during World War II to build the atomic bomb."

Associated Press. Los Alamos Lab Director Quits After Two Troubled Years. SiliconValley.com. May 6, 2005.

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Update: David McGlinchey. Los Alamos Director Steps Down. GovExec.com. May 9, 2005.

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Ask Jeeves to Tackle Search Giants

"The Ask Jeeves butler wants to kick some serious butt.

"Emboldened by its pending purchase by Barry Diller's deep-pocketed Web conglomerate Interactive Corp, Web search provider Ask Jeeves Inc. plans to take square aim at industry giants Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. when the deal closes."

Lisa Baertlein. Ask Jeeves Eyes Growth Under IAC Umbrella. Reuters. May 8, 2005.

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Enterprise IP Voice Adoption on Track

"Enterprise adoption of voice over IP (VoIP) spending was up 46% last year, according to a new study released by Infonetics Research yesterday, as resistance to the technology among small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) has begun to fade.

"In 'User Plans for IP Voice, North America 2005,' Infonetics directing analyst Matthias Machowinski notes that 29% of large, 16% of medium, and 4% of small enterprises in North America will have adopted VoIP by the and of this year.

Matthew Friedman. Enterprise VoIP Use Rocketed 46% In 2004: Report. Advanced IP Pipeline. May 6, 2004.

See also:
Matthew Friedman. VoIP Service Revenues To Zoom To $19.9 Billion By 2009: Report. Advanced IP Pipeline. May 6, 2004.

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Oxford University Press Expands Open Access

"The drive to make scientific, medical and academic research more freely available on the internet got a shot in the arm yesterday as Oxford University Press widened its trial of open access publishing.

"In a separate move, a new plan was announced yesterday to digitise thousands of core legal judgments and law reports, making them available free over the web."

Richard Wray. OUP Widens Open Access Trial. Guardian Unlimited. May 6, 2005.

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May 07, 2005

Blog Advertising Draws Major Interest

"Internet blog Engadget created a stir among digital game lovers when it wrote that Microsoft Corp will give away thousands of its new Xbox video game consoles in a promotion with soda maker PepsiCo.

"While neither company would respond to the report that first appeared in mid-April, dozens of gadget and video game blogs have picked up the item, speculating on everything from Microsoft's marketing strategy to the number of sodas one would need to slurp to win in the bottle-cap contest.

"The buzz about a product months before its official launch is but one example of why the world's top advertisers and media moguls are plotting strategy for the quick-response, point-of-view world of blogs. But they may already be behind an emerging network of blogs that are building a business model from the grass roots up, industry experts said."

Michele Gershberg. PluggedIn: Big Media Companies Weigh Blog Strategies. Reuters. May 6, 2005.

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Craigslist Looks to Community Journalism

"The number of people who use Craigslist.org is expanding at more than 100 percent per year - a growth rate any venture capitalist would covet.

"The bare-bones site - a trusted resource for everything from finding roommates to selling used cars in 105 cities in 23 countries, charges for very few classifieds, doesn't serve up traditional ads and plans no major changes to its business model.

"Instead, founder Craig Newmark told Associated Press editors and writers in a bureau visit, his newest fascination is community journalism."

Rachel Konrad. Craigslist.org Founder Eyes Journalism. Associated Press. May 6, 2005.

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Amazon.com Gives Meaning to Odd Phrases

"Name that famous book from just these phrases: 'pagan harpooneers,' 'stricken whale,' 'ivory leg.' Or how about this one: 'old sport.'

"Yes, it's Herman Melville's Moby Dick and F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, respectively, but the words aren't just a game. They are Statistically Improbable Phrases (SIPs), the result of a new Amazon.com feature that compares the text of hundreds of thousands of books to reveal an author's signature constructions.

"The haiku-like SIPs are not the only word toys on the site. While such services seem to have little value and have generated scant publicity, except from bibliophilic thrill seekers, web watchers say the madcap stats aren't just for kicks."

Ryan Singel. Judging a Book by Its Contents. Wired News. May 5, 2005.

Commentary by K. Matthew Dames, Executive Editor, SNTReport.com:
To me, this seems to be Amazon.com's foray into folksonomies; let's call it "Tagging for Dollars." The bookseller's Statistically Improbable Phrases seems like a tagging scheme run through the Oxford English Dictionary. Indeed, Benjamin Vershbow, a researcher at the Institute for the Future of the Book, sees Amazon's SIPs as an automated version of tagging.

Right off the top of my head, I envision three ways Amazon.com can leverage SIPs. First, Amazon.com could use the SIP initiative as a sort of AdWords for Amazon -- leveraging SIPs inside the Amazon.com site -- which may amount to a twist on how Google uses its own version of this program. Second, the bookseller can use SIPs as part of its regular data mining activities, which then are used to improve the means and manner through which the company boots media sales.

Finally, Amazon.com could find a way to use SIPs to improve and monetize A9, the company's search engine. Is there a
link between this function and an Amazon plunge into a variation of AdWords? SNTReport.com will monitor this innovation.

See also:
Amazon.com. Amazon.com Statistically Improbable Phrases.

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Search Engine Reveals Personal Data

"A search for personal data on ZabaSearch.com -- one of the most comprehensive personal-data search engines on the net -- tends to elicit one of two reactions from first-timers: terror or curiosity. Which reaction often depends on whether you are searching for someone else's data, or your own.

"ZabaSearch queries return a wealth of info sometimes dating back more than 10 years: residential addresses, phone numbers both listed and unlisted, birth year, even satellite photos of people's homes."

Xeni Jardin. Your Identity, Open to All. Wired News. May 6, 2005.

See also:
David Lazarus. It's Impressive, Scary to See What a Zaba Search Can Do. San Francisco Chronicle. April 15, 2005.

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Podcasting Changes Broadcasting Model

"Just the other week, a San Francisco radio station — KYCY AM, owned by Infinity Broadcasting — announced that it was going to become "the world's first-ever podcasting radio station." It would broadcast (and make available online) listener-created content.

"It's an interesting idea, although one that will likely fail. You don't hear of a lot of people tuning in to late-night public access TV for a reason. And radio stations cost a lot to upkeep compared to Web sites, so it's unlikely KYCY will make enough money to keep the station going.

"But that's fine. First efforts often fail, but smart people will learn from the arrows in the pioneers' backs."

Andrew Kantor. Podcasting a Noteworthy Alternative to Plain Ol' Radio. USA Today. May 6, 2005.

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Hackers Bypass PSP Copy Protection

"It was never going to take very long, of course, but hackers have at last worked out how to bypass the copy protection scheme used by Sony to lock down content on the PlayStation Portable's Universal Media Disc (UMD).

"Piracy doesn't appear to be an issue yet, since there's no way of copying games pulled from an official 1.8GB UMD onto a fresh disc, UMD being, for now, a read-only medium."

Tony Smith. PSP Disc Protection Cracked. The Register. May 6, 2005.

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AOL Bundles AIM Browser

"America Online Inc. is bundling its own Web browser into the newest versions of AOL Instant Messenger in an effort that is likely to expose a wider swath of users to the browsing features it has built atop Internet Explorer.

"The recently renamed AOL Explorer browser is included as part of an upgrade to AIM 5.9, which AOL released in beta on Tuesday. AOL also plans to include the browser in its next-generation AIM client, code-named Triton, which went into beta testing last week, a company spokesperson confirmed."

Matt Hicks. AOL Builds Browser into AIM. eWeek. May 5, 2005.

See also:
David Worthington and Nate Mook. AOL Testing 'Triton' AIM Client. eWeek. April 26, 2005.

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May 06, 2005

Adware Is Spitzer's Big Play

"The way popups get on our computer is through adware, which is on an estimated nine out of 10 computers. The definition is fluid, but, broadly speaking, adware is software that's mysteriously installed on computers without user consent.

"New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has sued Intermix Media Inc., accusing the Internet marketing company of secretly installing spyware on millions of home computers. Spitzer's civil suit accuses Intermix of violating New York General Business Law provisions against false advertising and deceptive business practices.

"If history is any guide, the attorney general -- who has taken on Wall Street, brokerages, insurers and others -- won't be satisfied with one tiny company."

Bambi Francisco. Intermix is Just the Start. MarketWatch.com. May 3, 2005.

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Military User Fails to Secure Acrobat Document

"A public military report on an investigation into the shooting death of an Italian security agent includes blocks of classified data that can be deciphered as easily as copying and pasting text.

"Multinational Forces-Iraq issued the report in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format on April 30 as an unclassified document, with blocks of classified redacted information obscured from public view. But copying and pasting the classified sections into Microsoft Notepad reveals the blocked text."

Dawn S. Onley and Patience Wait. Acrobat User Gaffe Exposes Classified Defense Information. Washington Technology. May 3, 2005.

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Bloggers Desperately Seeking Big Bucks

"John Battelle, best known as the founder of the late, lamented Industry Standard is slowly pulling the wraps off his next media venture.

"Dubbed FM Publishing, it's his personal attempt at building a blog confederacy. But unlike Gawker Media's Nick Denton, who publishes only the blogs he finds personally interesting, or Weblogs Inc.'s Jason Calacanis, who follows the trails of Google AdWords wherever they might lead him, Battelle intends to partner only with bloggers who have decided that their blogs are worth owning and who also already have viable business models."

Greg Lindsay. Can Blogging Ever Become Big Business? Business 2.0. April 28, 2005.

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Blogging Economics 101

"Blogging offers the enticing prospect of a new journalism which is more participatory, more responsive and essentially open to anyone who has something to say. Yet, the process of creating blogs that are rich with quality journalism is also a commercial challenge; one that will re-shape the blogosphere as we move out of an initial period of amateur enthusiasm to create a more mature and sustainable medium.

"We could see, as the blogosphere matures, the emergence of two blogospheres. A top level of relatively few blogs focused on building and maintaining commercially-attractive audiences and a second layer of blogs more focused on extending their networks and communicating with a few people."

Trevor Cook. Up Against Reality: Blogging and the Cost of Content. BlogTalk Down Under. No date.

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Google Launches Web Accelerator Beta

"Now that it's mastered loading search results in fractions of a second, Google has opened up its massive computing power to the masses with one goal in mind: to speed up Web surfing. The company has released the Google Web Accelerator, which routes browser activity through Google machines to make Web pages load faster.

"Google Web Accelerator employs a number of different methods to speed up Web browsing, including caching frequently looked at pages to make them more accessible. Google will only refresh a Web page when it has been updated, saving the user from reloading content when unnecessary."

Nate Mook. Google App Speeds Up Web Surfing. Beta News. May 5, 2005.

See also:
Tim Gray. Google Offers Jump in Search Speed. InternetNews.com. May 5, 2005.

Loren Baker. Blocking Google’s Web Accelerator. SearchEngineJournal. May 5, 2005.

Gary Price. New Google Software Attempts to Speed Up Your Web Browsing Experience. SearchEngineWatch. May 4, 2005.

Updates:
Matt Hicks. Google's Accelerator Breaks Web Apps, Security. eWeek. May 6, 2005.

TNL.net. Google Accelerates Search. May 5, 2005. (Author hypothesizes that the Web Accelerator is another Google foray into distributed computing, where the company leverages the Accelerator into a way to observe new content not found by the Googlebot on its own.)

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Yahoo Preparing Music Search Engine

"Web giant Yahoo is developing a search engine for finding downloadable songs and music data from across the Internet, CNET News.com has learned.

"The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company plans to introduce the music search engine within the next couple of months, according to a source familiar with the service.

"The specialty engine will let people search on an artist's name, for example, and retrieve all the available songs from other music services, as well as album reviews and band information from Yahoo Music."

Stefanie Olsen. Yahoo Developing an Audio Search Engine. News.com. May 5, 2005.

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Microsoft Forms Longhorn Blogger Team

"Revving its Longhorn marketing engine, Microsoft Corp. is forming a team of bloggers who will get early access to prereleases of the operating system and will be asked to review the Windows XP successor.

"Microsoft Longhorn evangelist and blogger Robert Scoble on Sunday started soliciting nominations for 'Team 99' on Microsoft's Channel 9 Web site for developers."

Joris Evers. Microsoft Recruits Bloggers to Preview Longhorn. ComputerWorld. May 4, 2005.

See also:
Scobleizer. Team 99 -- Longhorn Superuser Blogger Group -- reforms. May 1, 2005.

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AOL Offers Blog Tool To AIM Users

"Users of AOL's popular instant messaging services can now turn their chats into Weblogs.

"America Online Inc. on Thursday opened its AOL Journals blog-publishing service to members of AOL Instant Messenger members, letting them create and manage blogs using their AIM screen names.

"By tying AOL Journals to AIM, AOL is expanding the blogging service to its 36 million active IM users. AOL Journals previously was only available to AOL subscribers."

Matt Hicks. AOL Opens Blog Service to IM Users. eWeek. May 5, 2005.

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Gartner Reports Wireless E-Mail Drives PDA Increase

"The first quarter of 2005 has seen healthy growth in shipments of personal digital assistants, fueled by the rising popularity of high-end wireless gadgets, according to market researcher Gartner.

"In the January to March period, global shipments of PDAs hit 3.4 million units, a rise of 25 percent over the same period last year, Gartner said. The average selling price also rose by 15 percent in this period compared with the first quarter of 2004. At $406, the average price was the highest since 2000, when Gartner began releasing price information.

"The research firm attributed the increase to the popularity of high-end wireless models."

Dinesh C. Sharma. PDA Shipments Rise Steadily in 2005. News.com. May 5, 2005.

See also:
Gartner. Gartner Says Wireless E-Mail Applications Drive Worldwide PDA Shipments Increase 25 Percent in First Quarter of 2005. May 4, 2005.

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Security Inhibits Enterprise VoIP

"Worries over viruses and network downtime are keeping chief information officers from going for purely IP networks--and that's why Avaya uses Linux, according to Don Peterson, CEO of the networking company.

"Peterson said that call centers in particular have fielded security as a reason to avoid switching to an IP network. 'They don't want two devices with virus exposure on their desk,' he said on Wednesday.

"'(Security) is something CIOs think about along with their IP telephony decision--many of our customers say it's why they don't deploy IP influence,' he added. 'It is why we have chosen to deliver our IP telephony solution on Linux rather than on Windows.'"

Jo Best. Security Fears Put Wrench in VoIP Networks. News.com. May 4, 2005.

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DRM Costs Effect Mobile Music Services

"A tussle over antipiracy technology is looming over the young mobile phone content business, with big phone companies claiming that new music and video services could be derailed as a result.

"At issue is a set of technologies aimed at protecting music and other content from being indiscriminately copied after being sold through mobile phone networks, a critical component of the new content services if record labels and movie studios are to sign on."

John Borland. Anticopying Fight Mars Mobile Music. News.com. May 5, 2005.

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Search Inside the Book Tools

"Google, Amazon and others offer really useful 'search inside the book' tools, but they're not always the easiest features to use. Here's a closer look at getting the most from online book search services."

Gary Price. Going Under Cover with Book Search Tools. SearchEngineWatch. May 4, 2005.

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May 05, 2005

Lou Rosenfeld Updates IA Roadmap

Lou Rosenfeld, co-author of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (2nd Ed., O'Reilly & Associates, 2002), announces on his blog that he has updated his enterprise information architecture roadmap. It is the first published update to the roadmap since he published the first edition (.pdf) in 2003.

"I've finally found a little time to update my Enterprise IA Roadmap. Although it's the basis for the design section of my EIA seminar, I'm hopeful that anyone who is dealing with the "silo" problem might find it useful, seminar or not. If nothing else, it's a decent straw man to get people thinking differently about how to organize information inside a large, distributed, and politicized enterprise setting."

LouRosenfeld.com. Updated Enterprise IA Roadmap. (.pdf) May 3, 2005.

Related:
Iain Barker. What is Information Architecture? KM Column. May 2, 2005.

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Yahoo Releases Video Search Engine

"Yahoo Inc. late on Wednesday said its video search service that helps Web surfers find such things as news clips, music videos and movie trailers from such sources as CBSNews.com, MTV.com and IFILM.com is now widely available to the public.

"Yahoo Video Search rolled out as a test in December.

"The new general release enables Web users to find and view all types of video -- from news footage and movie trailers to clips from television shows and independently produced videos."

Reuters. Yahoo Says its Video Search Now Widely Available. May 5, 2005.

See also:
Stefanie Olsen. Yahoo, Google Turn up Volume on Video Search Battle. News.com. May 4, 2005.

Stefanie Olsen. Yahoo Tests Video Search Engine. News.com. Dec. 15, 2004.

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Wikis Support Online Communication

"Blogs and message boards both suffer from the same problem- they are great for presenting emerging information, but poor at organizing it for future reference. The 'good stuff' that people often need and companies often want to capture quickly gets buried among all the comments and messages.

"You could say that blogs and message boards are good at managing flows, but poor at managing stocks.

"With this post, I’m outlining a potential way organizations can use blogs and message boards as a way to generate useful information and a wiki as a way to filter, archive and organize it for future reference."

Common Craft. Wiki This- A Model for Customer Support Using Blogs and Wikis. May 3, 2005.

Common Craft. Introduction to Stocks and Flows in Online Communication (part 1 of 3). April 1, 2004.

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Webby Awards are Announced

"Google, the BBC and a blog entitled Boing Boing are among the websites honoured at this year's online Oscars.

"The winners of the 9th annual Webby Awards have been chosen by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and will be recognised at a special ceremony in New York on June 6.

"The awards cover more than 60 categories - from popular favorites like community, fashion, film, and politics to new categories making their debut this year, such as blog, beauty, real estate, retail, and social networking."

Rachel Sharp. Online Oscars Revealed. 999 Today. May 4, 2005.

See also:
Stefan Lovgren. Webby Awards Founder on Internet "Oscars," Web's Future. National Geographic News. May 4, 2005.

BBC News. BBC Triumphs in Online Oscars. May 3, 2005.

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Web Changes Rules for Disseminating Information

"It seems there are no secrets any more... even when you try to keep them.

"NPR's Vicky O'Hara reported on a Defense Department document, which exonerated U.S. military personnel. The document was highly edited , with about 20 percent of the original information removed. Over the past weekend, NPR placed the document on its Web site.

"But some NPR listeners and cyber-savvy bloggers soon discovered if they downloaded the document from npr.org and translated it into another format, the edited portions could be restored.

"NPR removed the document from its Web site. But the information, available from many media sources, had already been disseminated around the Internet."

Jeffrey A. Dvorkin. When Those Pesky Blogs Undermine NPR News. National Public Radio. May 3, 2005.

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A Guide for VoIP in the Home

"A few years ago, a buzz began spreading about Internet telephony, a technology allowing telephone conversations to be made across the Internet rather than exclusively over regular phone lines.

"Such calls, made at little or no expense to the caller, were portrayed as a threat to the established phone companies. More recently, Internet phone technology - also known as voice over Internet protocol, or VoIP - made inroads into businesses using heavy-duty equipment from companies like Cisco.

"Now, thanks to providers like Vonage and others, it has found its way into the home."

Daniel Terdiman. Internet Phones Arrive at Home (and Some Need No Computer). The New York Times. May 5, 2005.

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Microsoft Launches IP Ventures for SMBs

"Microsoft is extending its intellectual property and R&D; program to smaller companies and startups, the company said today.

"The company launched its Microsoft Intellectual Property (IP) Ventures as a complement to its policy of licensing IP to larger corporations and governments.

"Executives said Ventures opens up hundreds of internally developed technologies to new businesses and entrepreneurs through the licensing program."

Michael Singer. Microsoft Expands IP Program to SMBs. InternetNews.com. May 4, 2005.

See also:
Associated Press. Microsoft to Offer Technology Licensing. San Jose Mercury News. May 4, 2005.

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Congressman Criticizes EU's RFID Passports

"A key U.S. congressman who led post-Sept. 11 passport reforms told European diplomats last week that there was no need for European countries to put RFID chips in their passports and that Congress never required them to do so.

"Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, expressed dismay that EU countries were planning to employ a technology that was still unproven for use in travel documents that would add costs and delays to rolling out new, more secure passports."

Kim Zetter. Lawmaker Rips RFID Passport Plans. Wired News. May 4, 2005.

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Hong Kong Offers Anti-Piracy Scout Badge

"Boy Scouts in Hong Kong now can earn merit badges for learning about the wonders of copyright law--at least the version described by the Motion Picture Association.

"The MPA, the Hong Kong Scout Association, and the Hong Kong government announced the program this week. It's the first of its type anywhere in the world."

Declan McCullagh. Hollywood Creates Boy Scout Merit Badge on Copyright. News.com. May 3, 2005.

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Federal Benefits Site Launches 'Customized Connections'

"Visitors to the Web sites of state and federal governments can now seamlessly access the federal online clearinghouse for benefits information, the Labor Department announced last week.

"The main federal benefits Web site, www.GovBenefits.gov, started a new program called Customized Connections. The program allows visitors to other sites to access the benefits site through portals that resemble the sites they are currently visiting, said Peggy Abrahamson, a Labor spokeswoman."

Michael Arnone. GovBenefits.gov Gets Customized. FCW. May 3, 2005.

See also:
Chloe Albanesius. Labor Department Unveils Updated Benefits Web Tools. April 29, 2005.

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Newspapers Launch Podcasts

"Recently, I noted our modest initial podcasting effort. We're in good company: More and more newspapers and newspaper-run sites are jumping on the bandwagon all the time."

Brian Chin. Papers That Podcast. SeattlePI.com. May 4, 2005.

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May 04, 2005

Feds Fear Desktop Search

"Developers of free desktop search engines must tighten security on their products before federal agencies adopt enterprise versions en masse, analysts and government officials say.

"Government employees are already using Google’s free downloads to search full-text contents on local hard drives, including e-mail messages, documents, bookmarks and Web pages. Food and Drug Administration employees use Google Desktop, even though FDA officials have not deployed the tool agencywide. Such use could be perilous depending on the situation, experts say."

Aliya Sternstein. Feds Look, But Don't Touch. FCW.com. May 2, 2005.

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AP May Be Napsterized

"The Associated Press is planting the seeds of its own demise. Its most recent act of self-destruction was its April 18 announcement that it would start charging newspaper and broadcast clients an additional fee for using AP content on their web sites.

"This move ignores powerful trends.

"AP started as a cooperative. Today, it is a cooperative in name only. It’s time to take a lesson from music swappers and invent the new AP – a digital cooperative, a Napsterized news service."

Bob Benz and Mike Phillips. Time for a Change: The Associated Press as Napsterized News. Online Journalism Review. April 28, 2005.

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Blog Discusses iTunes Affiliate vs. AdSense

"It’s been a little over 6 months since we started up this iTunes Super Filter site, and it’s been more successful than I could have ever hoped! I have always struggled to maintain a blog regularly just like everyone else out there, so thanks so much for reading what we write.

"We signed up for Apple’s iTunes Affiliate Program early on in the Fall of 2004. I thought, “What would happen if all we did was post music recommendations and point to the iTunes Music Store?” It’s been half a year now, and we have gathered enough data from this project to report some interesting results. Today I would like to share some statistics from our experience with the Affiliate Program."

Asian Mack. AsianMack Half-Year Review. No date.

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Tagging Gets the Blog Treatment

"'You're It!,' a new blog on tagging, began publishing April 26, 2005. The masthead is a "who's who" of the blogosphere, including Christian Crumlish, Clay Shirky, Jon Lebkowsky, and David Weinberger.

About the tagging phenomenon, Lebkowsky says:
"The real zinger for me was realizing that tagging or folksonomy is yet another manifestation of our evolution from hierarchical systems to more later, emergent, and empowering network/grassroots approaches. Here we’re talking about a populist approach to taxonomy: rather than fit our thinking into authoritative closed classification schemes, we can create our own through tagging, and in social tagging environments we can negotiate new, more nuanced ways to map meaning and relationship through shared, emergent classification systems."

Jon Lebkowsky. Introduction: Jon Lebkowsky. You're It. May 3, 2005.

Related:
Tony Hammond, et al. Social Bookmarking Tools (I): A General Review. D-Lib Magazine. April 2005.

Joshua Porter. Folksonomies: A User-Driven Approach to Organizing Content. User Interface Engineering. April 26, 2005.

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Shawn Fanning's Online Brokerage

"If forging a truce between the record labels and peer-to-peer services is dark, then Shawn Fanning -- the creator of the original Napster file-sharing program -- is guilty as charged.

"His aim with Snocap is not to sell tunes directly to consumers but to create a central global clearinghouse for digital music -- a back-end system equipped with technology to monitor, authorize, and monetize the swapping of copyrighted tracks."

John Heilemann. Shawn Fanning's New Tune. Business 2.0. April 27, 2005.

Related:
Snocap. About Snocap.

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Podcasting v. Online Radio, Round 2

"Om Malik thinks online radio's time has come. And gone. He's wrong.

"I've never met Om but his blog is one of my must-reads for all things broadband and I respect his opinions though I don't necessarily always agree with them.

"Actually, I think the issue is partially a semantic one. Streaming, podcasting, satellite, analog and digital broadcdasting are all distribution technologies for audio content. As a consumer, I don't really care what technology is behind the curtain, as long as the value it brings me is worth what I pay for it (whether it's via my time to listen to ads or my money to subscribe)."

Rags' Soapbox. The Case for Online Radio. April 26, 2005.

See also:
Om Malik. Who Needs Online Radio? Business 2.0. April 26, 2005.

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Apple & Google Top Wired's Innovative List

"They're masters of technology and innovation. They're global thinkers driven by strategic vision. They're nimbler than Martha Stewart's PR team. They're The Wired 40.

"1. Apple Computer: As the world moves toward open standards, the last true believer in closed systems refuses to capitulate. Funny thing: No one is asking Apple to change.

"2. Google: The Internet's librarian turns out to be its biggest power broker. A recent post on Slashdot.org puts it neatly: "In a few years, you'll be driving your Google to the Google to buy some Google for your Google."

Duff McDonald. The Wired 40. Wired. May 2005.

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Financial Disclosure for Political Bloggers?

"You could almost hear the blogosphere sigh with relief earlier this spring when federal election officials indicated that they did not plan to crack down on bloggers who write about politics.

"The Federal Election Commission, which has been considering issuing new regulations on a range of political activities on the Internet -- and was said by some to be contemplating taking a tough stance on the online commentators -- revealed in late March that it intends to be much less aggressive than many had feared. But now some observers are wondering whether the FEC is not being aggressive enough when it comes to one category of bloggers: those who take money from political campaigns."

Brian Faler. On Bloggers and Money. WashingtonPost.com. May 3, 2005.

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Municipal Battle Over Broadband

"A hundred years ago, when Louisiana was still literally in the dark, residents of Lafayette banded together to build a city-owned electric utility where once there was little more than swampland. Today, at the dawn of the 21st century, it is hatching plans to lay out its own state-of-the-art fiber-optic broadband network.

"This time, the city's futuristic ambitions are challenged not by the rigors of geography but by obstacles of business: specifically, telecommunications giant BellSouth and cable provider Cox Communications, which claimed the region as their own years ago.

"After a legal skirmish earlier this year, the two sides are preparing for a citywide election slated for mid-July that will decide the issue.

Jim Hu and Marguerite Reardon. Cities Brace for Broadband War. News.com. May 2, 2005.

See also:
Marguerite Reardon. Lafayette Hits Snag in Fiber Build. News.com. Feb. 24, 2005.

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AOL Adds Multimedia to AIM

"America Online has overhauled its instant messaging application to combine voice and text conversations with games and file- and photo-sharing.

Last week, the Internet company began testing an early-stage IM application, called Triton, which eventually will be the foundation of AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM. Among its innovations, Triton features a unified chat box with 'tabs' for each new conversation and easy access to address book information.

Stefanie Olsen. AOL Tests Triton IM Software. News.com. May 3, 2004.

See also:
Juan Carlos Perez. AOL Gives AIM an Extreme Makeover. PCWorld. April 29, 2005.

David Worthington and Nate Mook. AOL Testing Next Generation AIM Client. BetaNews. April 26, 2005.

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Web Searches via Mobile Phones

"A few months ago, a group of friends in Austin, Tex., were dining out when the talk turned to the N.C.A.A. basketball tournament. Someone asked, When does the first round start? No one knew.

"So Mohit Goyal, a business analyst with a software company, opened his phone and typed in a few keywords. Mr. Goyal found the answer in seconds, and the group made plans to get together for the first-round game. 'I love the fact that no matter where I am, I can get this information,' he said.

"Mr. Goyal is an early adopter of technology, and his experience is most likely to sound too good to be true to most cellular users."

Lisa Guernsey. The Cellphone's Potential as a Search Tool Gets Tapped. The New York Times. May 4, 2005.

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Macromedia Updates Web Conferencing Tools

"Macromedia updated its Web conferencing application with new voice over IP capabilities.

"As part of Breeze 5's new VoIP plan, the platform now includes a telephone gateway that companies can link to their existing telephony bridges.

"In addition to support for VoIP, Breeze 5 also includes the ability to do on-demand video and real-time, multipoint video conferencing."

Michael Singer. Macromedia Taps VoIP For Breeze. InternetNews.com. May 2, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hicks. Macromedia Refreshes Breeze Meeting Software. eWeek. May 2, 2005.

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Study Notes Sharp P2P Increase

"Slyck.com has been tracking the population of the largest P2P networks since we opened in 2000. We gather the statistics from the network clients, and verify them through a third party.

"In March of 2005, Slyck compiled our collected data. Starting with January of 2003, the respective statistics for eDonkey2000, Direct Connect, FastTrack, Gnutella and Overnet were averaged per month. Unfortunately there is no accurate way to gauge BitTorrent’s population (other than bandwidth consumption), therefore it is excluded. We then released our 'Stats Expanded' section, which graphically depicted the growth or decline of these five networks."

Thomas Mennecke. Interest in File-Sharing at All Time High. Slyck. April 27, 2005.

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Forrester: Online Ad Spending to Increase

"Nearly half of U.S. marketers plan to spend less this year on newspapers, magazines, direct mail and other traditional advertising channels, so they can spend more online, a study released Tuesday showed.

"The cause for the shift is the change in consumer behavior, according to Forrester Research Inc., which published the study, 'U.S. Online Marketing Forecast: 2005 to 2010.' An increasing number of consumers are using the Web to get news, sports and entertainment reports and to buy products and services."

Antone Gonsalves. Marketers Shift Ad Spending To Online. TechWebNews. May 3, 2005.

See also:
Pamela Parker. Study: Online Ad Budgets to Swell to $26 Billion by 2010. Click Z News. May 3, 2005.

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NSF to Fund Digital Initiatives

"The National Science Foundation's Information and Intelligent Systems Division plans to award up to $12 million in grants for basic research related to digital government, universal access and digital libraries in fiscal 2006."

Florence Olsen. NSF to Fund Digital Government. FCW. May 2, 2005.

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Amazon.com to Partner With Wine Retailer

"Amazon.com Inc. is all set to tap the largely undeveloped online wine market through a new partnership with San Francisco Internet retailer Wine.com, which has crafted a distribution system to comply with legal codes in states such as Washington.

"Unlike its joint ventures with Toysrus.com, Office Depot and Target, Amazon will simply direct traffic to Wine.com's Web site, which has been constructed to conform its product offerings to the legal requirements of the state to which they will be shipped."

Kristen Millares Bolt. Amazon Puts Wine on Menu. SeattlePI.com. May 4, 2005.

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May 03, 2005

Engadget Grills Gates

"We couldn’t pin him down for as long as we’d have liked, but Bill sat down with us at last week’s Windows Hardware Engineering Conference for a one-on-one. The clock ran out before we were able to ask him about Portable Media Center, what smartphone he uses, and of course, getting knighted (among other things), but we were able to rap with him about the launch of the next Xbox console, whether or not Microsoft is going to come out with a competitor for the PlayStation Portable, and the future of Windows Mobile."

Engadget. The Engadget Interview: Bill Gates, Pt. 1. May 2, 2005.

Engadget. The Engadget Interview: Bill Gates, Pt. 2. May 3, 2005.

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ALA Sponsors Copyright Event in New York

The Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) of the American Library Association and Columbia University are co-sponsoring a conference “Correcting Course: Rebalancing Copyright for Libraries in the National and International Arenas.”

From the Introduction:
"'Correcting Course'" offers a high-level briefing on developments in the United States and in international venues affecting the balanced interpretation and application of copyright. It promotes a renewed activism in support of fair use and the full complement of copyright exceptions and limitations which enable libraries to serve their communities. This conference will bring together influential and committed thinkers and activists who view a balanced application of copyright and the advancement of fair use as fundamental to the future health of libraries and the communities they serve."

Confirmed speakers include Fred von Lohmann of the Electronic Frontier Foundation; and Siva Vaidhyanathan, assistant professor at New York University and author of The Anarchist in the Library.

The conference occurs Thursday, May 5, 2005 through Saturday, May 7, 2005 on the Columbia University campus in New York City.

The registration fee is $150.00, which includes meals.

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Sun Researches Audio Search

"In the last few years, the size of online music collections has grown. The iTunes online music store currently boasts over one million songs. Shoppers have the ability to search through this large music collection by artist, and title and can browse by genre.

"Given that these large music collections are all online, it should now be possible to go beyond the simple "search by title" and "search by performer" and give the music consumer a much better set of tools for finding the music they are looking for. In this talk, Paul Lamere, a staff engineer at Sun Labs where he works on the Speech and Voice project, describes the emerging field of Music Information Retrieval (MIR) as well as some of the current work being done within the labs on music search."

Paul Lamere. Search Inside the Music. (.pdf) (MP3) No date.

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Ourmedia.org Makes Web Video Accessible

"So far, the world of online video is full of walls. In order to see video, you need a variety of media players, you might have to register or pay for a service, and of course you need bandwidth. But a raft of startups and search engines are here to help bring down those walls, allow anyone to upload their amateur video and other media, and make it more searchable than ever before.

"Of the grassroots video hubs, the veteran site would be Ourmedia.org.

Mark Glaser. Search Engines, Startup Media Sites Dream of Becoming Video Hubs. Online Journalism Review. April 26, 2005.

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Bam! Emeril Puts Peas on Pods

Emeril Lagasse, the New Orleans chef whose Emeril Live long has been one of the most popular television shows on the Food Network, has made 1,000 of his recipes available for download onto Apple's iPod. The series, called ReciPods & Recipods Too, follows two previous dining download series: mFinder and podMeals.

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Duke Student Newspaper Criticizes iPod Giveaway

"The University’s decision to continue the iPod program is a poor one—this year has clearly shown the limited academic use of the expensive devices, the selective distribution of iPods will create undesired incentives for students to enroll in certain classes, and the timing of the announcement shows that the program is nothing more than a marketing scheme."

Editorial. Continuing iPods a Mistake. The Chronicle Online. (Duke University). April 11, 2005.

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ABC to Offer News on PSP

"In a one-two punch for PSP owners, ABC News and AtomFilms have both said they will offer free downloadable video content for Sony's new handheld.

"ABC News will soon offer video snippets on its Web site that can be downloaded and viewed on demand, similar to podcasted content popular with bloggers and owners of MP3 players. There is no word yet on exactly when ABC News will make its content available."

GameSpot Staff. ABC News, AtomFilms Offer PSP Video. News.com. May 2, 2005.

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Disneyland to Podcast 50th Anniversary Celebration

"Could podcasts one day replace broadcasts?

"The Walt Disney Co. will give the new techno-trend a boost today when it starts podcasting festivities that will lead up to Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration, which kicks off Thursday.

"'This all goes back to Walt's legacy,' said Duncan Wardle, a spokesman for Burbank-based Disney. 'Walt is the first person to put sound on animated film. And we are continuing Walt's legacy by pushing the boundaries of innovation.'"

Evan Pondel. Disney Courts the Pod People. L.A. Daily News. May 3, 2005

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Pew Updates Blog Data

"We continue to ask about blogging in our tracking surveys and have some numbers to update from our last report in early January, 'The State of Blogging.' They show some level of growth in blog creators, and not much change in the number of blog readers.

"In two surveys of American adults conducted between January 13 and March 21 that involved 2,871 internet users, we found that 9% of internet users now say they have created blogs and 25% of internet users say they read blogs.

"Another way to render these numbers is to note that 6% of the entire U.S. adult population (internet users and non-users alike) have created blogs. That’s one out of every 20 people. And 16% of all U.S. adults (or one in six people) are blog readers."

Lee Rainie. New Data on Blogs and Blogging. Pew Internet & Life Project. May 2, 2005.

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Online Advertisers Seek Local Opportunities

"To many Internet companies, Dwin Ngo represents the future.

"The owner of a Los Angeles day spa, Ngo has routinely spent thousands of dollars on print ads, each without concrete results. But recently, she found a better deal with Insider Pages, an online social network and reviewers' guide to services in the L.A. area: Ngo pays only $2 each time someone calls her spa for an appointment from an 800 number set up by the service.

"'I would pick the Internet over print in a heartbeat, because of the cost,' she said. 'People who turn to the Internet are looking for you.'"

Stefanie Olsen. Online Ad Sellers Think Local. News.com. May 2, 2005.

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Yahoo 360 to Broaden Capabilities

"Yahoo plans to add the capability to import content, such as photos and music, from non-Yahoo applications to its new Yahoo 360 social networking and blogging service, according to an executive of the company.

"'Some of the things that people very much want to do is to share content from other sources outside of Yahoo,' says Paul Brody, director of community products at Yahoo.

"To expand that capability, Yahoo 360 initially will allow users to include RSS feeds from other sources, according to Brody, who says Yahoo wants its Yahoo 360 service to be an 'open' product."

John Ribeiro. Yahoo Blogging Service Boosts Content. PCWorld. May 2, 2005.

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Georgia to Equip Schools With iBooks

"The time-honored tradition of a teacher with an Apple on their desk has met the 21st century in Cobb County, Georgia. The Cobb County School District has given the go ahead to procure up to 63,000 iBooks for teachers and students in a largest ever one-to-one computer learning initiative called 'Power To Learn.'

"The first phase will begin as a pilot program this fall with the deployment of 17,000 iBook G4 laptop computers at four high schools. With continued school board approval, the program will be extended to all Cobb County high school and middle school students. All teachers K-12 will be provided with the laptops."

David Worthington. Georgia County Outfits Students with iBooks. Beta News. May 2, 2005.

See also:
Dawn Kawamoto. Apple Tries to Recover in the Classroom. News.com. May 2, 2005.

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Newspaper Circulation Continues Decline

"Circulation fell 1.9 percent at major U.S. newspapers in the six-month period ending in March, an industry group reported Monday, marking one of the worst declines in recent years.

"Newspaper circulation reached a recent peak in 1984 but has been declining steadily over the past decade as other forms of media compete for the attention of readers, including cable television and the Internet.

"The Newspaper Association of America, a Vienna, Va.-based industry group, reported that average daily paid circulation declined 1.9 percent in the most recent reporting period for the 814 newspapers reporting comparable data to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Average Sunday circulation for the 643 newspapers reporting those figures fell 2.5 percent."

Seth Sutel. Newspaper Circulation Drops 1.9 Percent. BusinessWeek Online. May 2, 2005.

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AOL Mistakes Emergency E-mail as Spam

"Emergency managers in Indian River County, hard-hit by hurricanes last year, thought the best way to get out weather alerts was by e-mail until they learned that AOL was tagging the messages as spam."

Associated Press. AOL Treats Fla. Emergency E-Mails As Spam. ABC News. May 2, 2005.

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May 02, 2005

Sirius Gets Serious About Podcasting

"Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. announced Monday it will launch a daily four-hour show featuring podcasts, or amateur programming of digital audio files distributed over the Internet.

"The program will be produced and hosted by Adam Curry beginning May 13. Curry is a former MTV personality and co-developer of the technology, which makes it easy for Net users to download podcasts to portable music players.

"The announcement follows several months of development by Curry, and a business partner, Ron Bloom, of a venture to create a network of podcast programming known as Podshow.com."

Frank Barnako. Sirius Plans Podcast Programming. MarketWatch. May 2, 2005.

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The Human Side of Web Projects

"The idea is enticing. Empowered departments of a big enterprise, all publishing content directly to their customers through standard templates. The site continues to grow, but in a controlled way. And these business units have complete control of what is and isn’t online.

"Sounds good, but just try putting it into practice. In a report published last year, Jupiter Research uncovered some startling findings. “Of just under 100 companies … only 27 percent of companies surveyed planned to continue using their Web content management systems as they do now.

"So why do these CMS projects almost always fail?"

Jeffrey Veen. Why Content Management Fails. Adaptive Path. April 1, 2005.

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Yahoo Joins Google in Offering Banner Ads

"Google isn't alone in inching into the banner advertising space. Yahoo also is beginning to test new ad formats as part of its search marketing offerings.

"A Yahoo Inc. spokeswoman confirmed this week that the company's search-marketing division, formerly known as Overture Services, plans to start testing graphical banner ads displayed based on their relevancy to a Web page's content in the next few weeks."

Matt Hicks. Yahoo to Test Search-Based Banner Ads. eWeek. April 28, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hicks. Kanoodle, Moreover Push RSS Ads. eWeek. February 28, 2005.

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Craigslist + Google Maps = New Housing

Jason Burroughs, a 31-year-old technical support staffer at Dell, pored through thousands of property listings in Austin, Tex., before stumbling across a new Internet site that changed his approach to house hunting.

Instead of entering his preferences regarding size and neighborhood into the Multiple Listing Service database, Mr. Burroughs and his girlfriend, Raquel Ruiz, 24, let a Google map featuring properties from Craigslist, the popular online bulletin board, guide their search.

Eric Dash. A Web Site Maps Home Searches. The New York Times. May 1, 2005.

See also:
The David Lawrence Show. Housingmaps.com, Yoo on Stuff and Pirillo Podcasts. April 11, 2005.

Paul Rademacher. A Combination of Craigslist and Google Maps. (Housingmaps.com)

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Los Alamos Coup Brewing Because of Blogs

"A blog rebellion among scientists and engineers at Los Alamos, the federal government's premier nuclear weapons laboratory, is threatening to end the tenure of its director, G. Peter Nanos.

"Four months of jeers, denunciations and defenses of Dr. Nanos's management recently culminated in dozens of signed and anonymous messages concluding that his days were numbered. The postings to a public Web log conveyed a mood of self-congratulation tempered with sober discussion of what comes next."

William J. Broad. At Los Alamos, Blogging Their Discontent. The New York Times. May 1, 2005.

See also:
Los Alamos National Laboratory. G. Peter Nanos, Biography. (.pdf)

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Microsoft VP Talks Collaboration

"Fast, effective communication with employees, partners, customers and other critical contacts — wherever and whenever business requirements dictate — is becoming mandatory. While e-mail helps, it is not always the best choice to resolve an immediate question or for group collaboration.

"The desire to increase productivity, ease collaboration, and reduce costs is forcing many organizations of all sizes to look at newer communication tools. The challenge is to introduce new tools without increasing the complexity of our interactions while also maintaining a secure communications environment."

Jeff Raikes. Microsoft's Jeff Raikes On Real-Time Collaboration. Messaging Pipeline. April 26, 2005.

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IM Vendors Join Forces Against Spim

"The three leading instant messaging security vendors have responded to the rapid IM threat increase by creating online resource centers that monitor network activity. The interesting thing is that the threat centers maintained by IMLogic, Akonix and FaceTime each take different approaches in collecting and presenting data about the latest malicious attacks.

"All three vendors have relationships with the leading anti-virus and security software companies including McAfee, Symantec, and Sophos as well as the leading public IM networks provided by MSN, Yahoo!, and AOL, and the private networks provided by Jabber and Microsoft. The vendors use proprietary algorithms (each company declined to give specifics) to create threat rankings based on data from these sources as well as their own network snooping."

John Gartner. Leading IM Security Vendors Maintain Threat Centers That Monitor Attacks. Messaging Pipeline. April 14, 2005.

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Professor Studies Blog Economics

"Weblogs, or blogs, have proliferated and developed rapidly in recent years, and have attracted significant attention. Moreover, blogs have started to generate significant legal issues. Yet there is so far no coherent economic framework for addressing those issues. This article begins to develop such a framework. Building on blogs’ technical features, it identifies the unique aspects of blogs that should have legal ramifications. It then briefly applies this framework to a variety of legal issues."

Larry Ribstein. Initial Reflections on the Law and Economics of Blogging. (.pdf) Social Science Research Network. April 4, 2005.

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Quantifying the Value of Information Organization

"Imagine we’re starting work on the user registration functionality of a web site. After conducting a thorough set of user tests, we discover that half of all users who attempt to register can’t successfully complete the process. Those who do register find the process very frustrating. Fixing the registration process to eliminate any frustration would be important, right? Not necessarily.

"How does an improved registration process help the business? How does increasing the number of registrations help the bottom line, either immediately or in the long term? If we can’t answer these questions, why should our organization invest any resources to fix it?"

Jared M. Spool. Identifying the Business Value of What We Do. User Interface Engineering. April 15, 2005.

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Folksonomies Help Information Organization

"Many of the design teams we talk to face the same major issue: how to organize the information on their sites. From creating navigation schemes to developing site hierarchies to refining checkout sequences, it’s highly important for design teams to organize information effectively for their users.

"One of the most common strategies for organizing content is to place it in a taxonomy. Although taxonomies are common, it can be difficult for design teams to implement them.

"Folksonomies, a new user-driven approach to organizing information, may help alleviate some of the challenges of taxonomies. Sites with folksonomies include two basic capabilities: they let users add “tags” to information and they create navigational links out of those tags to help users find and organize that information later."

Joshua Porter. Folksonomies: A User-Driven Approach to Organizing Content. User Interface Engineering. April 26, 2005.

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Competitors See Value in Advertising Search Giants

"Consider this somewhat strange development: search engines like Google and Yahoo have become so proficient at attracting advertising that even competitors, like newspapers and yellow pages publishers, are now selling ads on their behalf.

"Businesses like yellow pages publishers, which exist solely to serve the local advertiser that Google and Yahoo covet, may appear to be cutting their own throats by passing those customers onto the search engines. But the publishers argue that they are taking advantage of the chance to make additional money, while also studying the search engines closely enough to determine a long-term strategy to compete with them."

Bob Tedeschi. Ad Agents for the Search Engines. The New York Times. May 2, 2005.

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Google to Improve News Credibility

"Google has plans that will dramatically improve the results of internet news searches, by ranking them according to quality rather than simply by their date and relevance to search terms.

"At the moment the company's search engine throws up thousands of 'hits' in response to simple entries such as 'Iraq', which lead to news websites. These are ranked either in order of relevance or by date, so that the most recent or most focused appear at the top of the huge list."

Barry Fox. Google Searches for Quality Not Quantity. NewScientist.com. April 30, 2005.

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Tagging's Potential for 'All Things Digital'

"Here's how we tend to organize our digital photos: We stick them into a folder on our computer and label it 'Hawaii trip,' or whatever.

"Here's a new way: Forget folders or albums. Just 'tag' the photos based on what's actually in each frame. Now, extrapolate this concept to the ideas, images, videos -- and people -- you meet or wish to find online. If they're properly tagged, they're far easier to find.

"That's 'tagging,' and it's currently all the rage among the digerati."

Anick Jesdanun. 'Tags' Ease Sifting of Digital Data. BusinessWeek Online. May 1, 2005.

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Patents Become Valuable Property

"Mr. Stout, who has practiced patent law for 33 years, is a founder of NTP, whose only assets are a series of wireless e-mail patents granted to Thomas J. Campana Jr., the other founder, and whose only business is extracting licensing fees from companies.

"Started 13 years ago, NTP has used the staff at Mr. Stout's law firm to exploit those patents. In March, their persistence paid off. Research In Motion, the Canadian maker of the popular BlackBerry wireless e-mail devices, agreed to pay NTP $450 million to settle a long-running and sometimes bitter patent dispute between the companies.

"Mr. Stout said the settlement was a vindication of individuals over large corporations. And the settlement has emboldened NTP, which is pursuing additional licenses. Other companies, including Nokia, a rival of Research In Motion, have already signed licensing agreements with NTP."

Ian Austen and Lisa Guernsey. A Payday for Patents 'R' Us. The New York Times. May 2, 2005.

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Red Square Launches Podcast Development Tool

"Australian Internet agency, Red Square, has the released the Podifier – claimed to be the first, all-in-one tool designed to simplify the publishing side of podcasts. The Windows-based tool is free and available for download at the website, http://www.podifier.com.

"Podifier is a simple-to-use application that automates – in one application – the creation of an RSS feed, the association of one or more MP3 files, and includes the FTP application to upload them to a server."

David Hague. Get Podified. Digital Producer. April 30, 2005.

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Six Apart Goes Mobile With Nokia

"Six Apart, the leader in weblogging software and services, and Nokia today announced that the users of Six Apart's LiveJournal online community can easily post text to their diaries using Nokia Lifeblog, an application solution that effortlessly keeps an organized multimedia diary of items collected with your mobile phone.

"LiveJournal users with paid accounts can also enhance their diaries by uploading photos with text to their LiveJournal entries."

Mobiledia. Six Apart LiveJournal Users Can Post With Nokia Lifeblog. April 26, 2005.

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DHS Mulls Collecting Private Citizen Data

"Call it Total Information Awareness, homeland-style.

"Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff this week floated an idea to start a nonprofit group that would collect information on private citizens, flag suspicious activity, and send names of suspicious people to his department."

Siobhan Gorman. DHS Chief Floats Idea for Collecting Private Citizens' Information. GovExec. April 29, 2005.

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Music Expands IR Research

"Sun Microsystems has unveiled a technology that will recommend songs to users based on an analysis of the music that they already enjoy.

"The technology analyses features such as rhythm and beat strength to categorise the music. It then searches for files with similar attributes."

Tom Sanders. Sun Unveils All-knowing Music Library. vnunet.com. April 29, 2005.

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Study: TV Phones Common By 2010

"About 125 million consumers will be watching television on their mobile phone in five years from now, a new survey found on Thursday.

"Mobile television is not yet commercially available, but trials are carried out around the world, and consumers are expected to be able to pick up the first TV phones by the end of the year. Handset makers will sell 130,000 TV phones this year, rising to 83.5 million by 2010, research group Informa said."

Reuters. Survey: TV for Mobile Phones Set to Reach Masses. April 28, 2005.

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Firefox Tops 50 Million Downloads

"The Mozilla Foundation's Firefox Web browser passed a significant milestone in adoption on Friday, with more than 50 million copies of the program downloaded, according to its distributors.

"To commemorate the moment, the foundation said on its Web site that it would create 50 limited-edition coins, to be distributed to people with stories of spreading the browser online. An additional, a still-unnamed prize will be given to the owner of the Web site responsible for the 50 millionth download."

John Borland. Firefox Passes 50 Million Download Mark. News.com. April 29, 2005.

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