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August 12, 2005

Legal Challenge Likely for Wiretap Ruling

"An FCC ruling that internet telephony services must provide the same built-in wiretapping capabilities as conventional phone companies has civil libertarians feeling burned.

"While the full text of the ruling has yet to be released, critics say the announcement marks a significant expansion of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, or CALEA, which drew a line between 'information services' and phone networks."

Ryan Singel. Critics Slam Net Wiretapping Rule. Wired News. Aug. 11, 2005.

See also:
Federal Communications Commission. FCC Requires Certain Broadband and VoIP Providers to Accommodate Wiretaps. (.pdf) (Press Release.) Aug. 5, 2005.

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Gap Launches Viral Marketing Campaign

"After years of celebrity-studded ad campaigns -- and mixed results -- Gap is now reaching out to young, hard-to-impress shoppers with a new Web site that lets visitors be voyeurs as an animated character performs a tongue-in-cheek striptease that Gap describes as 'PG-rated.'

"Called watchmechange.com, the site first guides shoppers through steps to create a computer likeness of themselves, down to hair style, eye color and chest size."

Amy Merrick. Gap Deploys 'Viral' Online Ad To Pump Up Sales. WSJ.com. Aug. 12, 2005.

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August 11, 2005

InfoWorld Presents OSS Business Guide

"Think high-priced commercial software is your only option? Don't be so sure. Free alternatives are available in a wide range of enterprise software categories, including some that may surprise you."

InfoWorld Special Report. Build Your Business with Open Source. InfoWorld. Aug. 8, 2005.

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August 10, 2005

Study Examines Blogosphere

"A new report out by a leading Internet research company has revealed that fully 30 percent of American Internet users visited blogs during the first quarter of 2005.

"According to the report, Behaviors of the Blogosphere (.pdf), from comScore Networks, almost 50 million--or one in six--Americans spent at least some time on blogs during that time frame. That's a 45 percent rise over the year before."

Daniel Terdiman. One in Six Americans Visiting Blogs. News.com. Aug. 9, 2005.

See also:
comScore Networks. Behaviors of the Blogosphere: Understanding the Scale, Composition and Activities of Weblog Audiences. (.pdf) August 2005.

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August 09, 2005

Cyworld Takes Hold of South Korea

"There's more to online social networks than matchmaking, and South Korea's Cyworld is showing the way.

"The online service blends homepage building and social networking with a host of other online activities, including Sims-like role-playing."

Jonny Evans. Koreans Find Secret Cybersauce. Wired News. Aug. 8, 2005.

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August 08, 2005

FCC Eases DSL Rules, Mandates VoIP Wiretaps

"Federal regulators on Friday eased rules governing high-speed Internet services offered by phone companies, saying they hope it will speed Internet growth.

"Handing a significant regulatory victory to the Bell companies, the Federal Communications Commission said the carriers no longer had to provide rival Internet service providers with access to their lines at reduced rates.

"The commission said the move would foster competition by putting phone companies on an even footing with cable companies and other sellers of Internet service and would provide more incentive for phone companies to upgrade their networks and offerings."

Stephen Labaton. F.C.C. Eases High-Speed Access Rules. The New York Times. Aug. 6, 2005.

See also:
Vikas Bajaj. New Rules on Net Service May Hurt Some Providers. The New York Times. Aug. 6, 2005.

Marguerite Reardon. FCC Changes DSL Classification. News.com. Aug. 5, 2005.

Federal Communications Commission. FCC Eliminates Mandated Sharing Requirement on Incumbents’ Wireline Broadband Internet Access Services. (.pdf) (Press Release.) Aug. 5, 2005.

Related:
Electronic Frontier Foundation. FCC Issues Rule Allowing FBI to Dictate Wiretap-Friendly Design for Internet Services. Aug. 5, 2005.

Federal Communications Commission. FCC Requires Certain Broadband and VoIP Providers to Accommodate Wiretaps. (.pdf) (Press Release.) Aug. 5, 2005.

Federal Communications Commission. FCC Adopts Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Communications Assistancefor Law Enforcement Act. (.pdf) (Press Release.) Aug. 4, 2004.

Electronic Privacy Information Center. Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act. No date.

Update: Declan McCullagh. FCC Schizo on DSL, Wiretapping. News.com. Aug. 8, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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IBM Embodies Corporate Podcasting

"IBM is the latest major company to embrace podcasting, the digital audio craze that allows consumers to take audio programming off the Web and listen to it on portable music players.

"The world's largest computer company said on Friday it plans to introduce a series of occasional podcasts on its investor relations site as part of a broader effort to communicate directly to its investors and the wider public about hot topics."

Editor's note IBM's System & Technology Group offers podcasts with updates on key business and IT topics.

Eric Auchard. IBM Joins Podcast Craze With Audio Think-Pieces. Reuters. Aug. 5, 2005.

IBM. IBM To Start ''IBM and The Future Of ...'' Podcasts on Investor Web Site. (Press Release.) Aug. 5, 2005.

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Forrester Surveys RSS Users

"Only two percent of adults in North America say they use RSS. That's compared with five percent of teens and young adults aged 12 to 21, according to research in a pair of new reports on marketing and RSS from Forrester Research.

"Forrester Research Analyst Charlene Li notes the RSS user numbers don't include users who unknowingly use RSS, such as via a portal like My Yahoo! for example."

Sean Michael Kerner. Who's Using RSS. ClickZNews. Aug. 2, 2005.

See also:
Forrester Research. New Forrester Reports on RSS for Marketers Released. July 27, 2005.

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August 05, 2005

NewsGator Develops Enterprise RSS Server

"NewsGator Technologies introduced Enterprise Server on Thursday, a business-class application for enabling RSS content delivery behind the firewall.

"The product includes the NewsGator RSS reader and optional integration with Microsoft Outlook to deliver feeds into that e-mail application.

"The application syncs across multiple interfaces so that if someone reads a feed on the Web, it's marked as read whether the person next signs in to NewsGator from a mobile device or the desktop."

Susan Kuchinskas. RSS Behind The Firewall. InternetNews.com. Aug. 4, 2005.

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Will Amazon Offer Digital Music Service?

"Ecommerce giant Amazon.com appears to be preparing a digital music service to compete with Apple Computer's iTunes at last, according to a job listing posted on a popular industry blog.

The ad, posted on Paidcontent.org (and since removed), sought a 'content acquisition manager' for the company's 'forthcoming digital music service.'"

John Borland. Amazon.com Preps Digital Music Service. News.com. Aug. 4, 2005.

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Online Review Processes Frustrate Consumers

"Peter Brig wanted to warn others about the problem he had with the computer storage discs he purchased from Newegg.com. But when he tried to post a product review on Newegg's Web site, the company rejected his submission. Twice.

""I just wanted to tell other people about the incompatibility' with his Sony DVD burner, says the 44-year-old U.S. Army engineer from Orlando, Fla., who says he is a loyal Newegg customer. 'But they didn't allow me to communicate that to anyone.'"

Laurie Kawakami. Giving Reviews the Thumbs Down. WSJ.com. Aug. 4, 2005.

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August 04, 2005

NY Times to Consolidate Web & Print Newsrooms

"The New York Times said yesterday it would combine the news staffs of its print and digital arms, a significant step in an industry struggling with big changes in the way people get their news.

"The news operation that puts together the Times Web site, about 40 people, will be combined with the far larger print newsroom in an effort to better meld the cultures and operations of the newspaper and its digital cousin, the Times said in memorandum to staff members.

Justin Gillis. New York Times Merges Staffs. WashingtonPost.com. Aug. 3, 2005.

See also:
David Kesmodel. New York Times to Integrate Print and Online Newsrooms. WSJ.com. Aug. 2, 2005.

Poynter Online. NYT Newsroom Integration Memo. Aug. 2, 2005.

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Nevada to Allow Wireless Gambling

"It won't be long before gamblers are shooting dice while queued up waiting to see their favorite comedian. Or playing poker and roulette under a poolside umbrella. Even a trip to the buffet will no longer keep casino patrons from playing slots.

"A law signed last month by Gov. Kenny Guinn made Nevada the first U.S. state to approve the use of wireless, handheld gambling devices at its hotel-casinos."

Associated Press. Casinos Wager on Handhelds. Wired News. Aug. 2, 2005.

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August 03, 2005

FCC Chairman Proposes DSL Deregulation

"For four months, new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin has been largely silent on what direction he wants to take the powerful independent agency.

"No more.

"Keynoting a meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) in Austin, Tex., Martin said he is already circulating a proposal among the commissioners to largely deregulate the DSL service offered by the Bells."

Roy Mark. FCC Chief Pushing For DSL Deregulation. InternetNews.com. Aug. 1, 2005.

See also:
Ted Hearn. After 'Brand X,' New Challenges. Media Channel. Aug. 1, 2005.

FindLaw. National Cable & Telecommunications Association et al. v. Brand X Internet Services et al.. June 27, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on the Brand X ruling.

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Report: Blogosphere Doubles Every 5 Months

"The blogosphere is continuing to grow, with a weblog created every second, according to blog trackers Technorati.

"In its latest State of the Blogosphere report, it said the number of blogs it was tracking now stood at more than 14.2m blogs, up from 7.8m in March."

BBC News. One Blog Created 'Every Second'. Aug. 2, 2005.

See also:
Technorati Weblog. State of the Blogosphere, August 2005, Part 1: Blog Growth. Aug. 2, 2005.

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August 02, 2005

WebEx Acquires Intranets.com

"Seeking to expand its lineup of business team collaboration products, WebEx on Monday announced that it was acquiring privately owned Intranets.com for $45 million in cash.

"Both companies are 'pioneers and leaders in the software as a service business,' said WebEx CEO Subrah Iyar."

John Pallatto. WebEx Expands Collaboration Line with Intranets.com Buyout. eWeek. Aug. 1, 2005.

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August 01, 2005

Internet Video Driven by Advertisers

"For two decades, media company executives and advertisers have been talking about creating fully interactive television that would allow viewers to watch exactly what they want, when they want it.

"It looks like that future may well be by way of the computer, as big media and Internet companies develop new Web-based video programming and advertising that is truly under the command of the viewer.

"As Americans grow more comfortable watching programs online, Internet programming is beginning to combine the interactivity and immediacy of the Web with the alluring engagement of television."

Saul Hansell. More People Turn to the Web to Watch TV. The New York Times. Aug. 1, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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Apple Mainstreams Podcasting

"Ever since Steve Jobs returned to Apple Computer in 1997 after a 12-year absence, his company has thrived by executing the same essential formula over and over: Find an exciting new technology whose complexity and cost keep it out of the average person's life. Streamline it, mainstream it, strip away the geeky options. Take the credit.

"So far, Apple has worked this kind of magic on digital video editing, wireless networking, online music selling, RSS feeds (a kind of Web site subscription) and other technologies.

"Its latest attempt, however, will be music to an awful lot of ears. With its release of the free iTunes 4.9 software for Mac and Windows, Apple has just mainstreamed podcasting."

David Pogue. In One Stroke, Podcasting Hits Mainstream. News.com. July 31, 2005.

See also:
Ina Fried. New iTunes Hints at Coming Cell Phone Support. News.com. June 28, 2005.

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Amazon Seeks Web Services Patent

"Amazon.com has received a public airing of its patent application for an online marketplace where consumers search and pay for Web services.

"The patent application, filed last year and published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, marks the online retailing giant's latest attempt to make inroads into consumers' wallets."

Dawn Kawamoto. Amazon Files for Web Services Patent. News.com. July 28, 2005.

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Open Source Presents Economic Opportunities

"Knowledge is open source. It cannot be curtailed and has to be freely available.

"The concept of open source is not new. It is a subversive ideology that has been surfacing every now and then, setting it's mark on the pages of history."

Shankar Iyer. Tearing Down Those Knowledge Walls. Financial Express. July 31, 2005.

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July 22, 2005

Congress Forges Ahead to Extend Patriot Act

"The House voted Thursday to extend permanently virtually all the major antiterrorism provisions of the USA Patriot Act after beating back efforts by Democrats and some Republicans to impose new restrictions on the government's power to eavesdrop, conduct secret searches and demand library records.

"The legislation, approved 257 to 171, would make permanent 14 of the 16 provisions in the law that were set to expire at the end of this year.

"The remaining two provisions - giving the government the power to demand business and library records and to conduct roving wiretaps - would have to be reconsidered by Congress in 10 years.

Eric Lichtblau. House Beats Back Challenges to Patriot Act. The New York Times. July 22, 2005.

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Open Source to Transform Software Business

"A panel of high-profile industry players weighed in Thursday on whether the world will ultimately turn to open source as a means for solving its software needs, with the overriding view being 'yes.'

"In the next five to 10 years, the open-source movement will transform the software business, according to several top industry executives speaking at the AO 2005 Innovation Summit at Stanford University."

Dawn Kawamoto and Stefanie Olsen. Tech VIPs Say Future Belongs to Open Source. News.com. July 21, 2005.

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FCC: Broadband Top Priority

"Kevin Martin often played the agitator in former Chairman Michael Powell's Federal Communications Commission, breaking on key issues to form a working coalition with the agency's two Democratic commissioners.

"As the FCC's new chairman, Mr. Martin has discovered he needs Republican reinforcements of his own to implement an ambitious agenda.

"In an interview, Mr. Martin, a 38-year-old Bush loyalist, says his top goal is to increase Americans' access to high-speed Internet."

Amy Schatz. Fighting a Broadband Battle. WSJ.com. July 19, 2005.

See also:
Amy Schatz. Questions for Kevin J. Martin. WSJ.com. July 19, 2005.

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July 21, 2005

Ice-Rocket to Become BlogScour

"When billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban wanted to get instant feedback on his new movie about Enron, he found even the best search engines were not giving him immediate results.

"So the man who resurrected the Dallas Mavericks and took on Donald Trump in the reality TV game said he will soon relaunch his IceRocket search engine as BlogScour.

"Similar to www.technorati.com">Technorati or PubSub, Cuban's BlogScour will search for the latest postings across the so-called blogosphere and return a list of results."

Michael Singer. Mark Cuban to Relaunch IceRocket. News.com. July 20, 2005.

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Peerflix Creates DVD Trade Community

"Want to get rid of that old DVD box set of "The Best of Barnaby Jones?"

"Peerflix has the site for you.

The Menlo Park, Calif., company has created a site at which consumers can trade their old DVDs with one another, thereby stretching their entertainment budgets and clearing out clutter.

Michael Kanellos. New Methods Eyed for Buying Movies. News.com. July 20, 2005.

See also:
Matthew Boyle. Does Netflix Have a Sequel?. Forbes.com. July 20, 2005.

Engadget. Switched On: The Peerflix challenge: Rip. Flix. Churn. July 20, 2005.

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Microsoft Unveils Business Scorecard Manage

"Microsoft introduced a second beta version of its business intelligence package for servers on Tuesday. Dubbed Microsoft Office Business Scorecard Manager 2005, the test version of the product, formerly code-named Maestro, is being made available for free download at the company's Web site."

Matt Hines. Microsoft Launches Second BI Beta. News.com. July 19, 2005.

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July 20, 2005

K. Matthew Dames Gives Virtual Presentation

K. Matthew Dames, managing partner of Seso Group Digital Information Advisors and the executive editor of SNTReport.com and Search & Text Mining Report, is this month's speaker for SLA's Virtual Seminar series. Dames will present the second part of a two-part series on digital collaboration projects for information professionals, "Launching A Digital Collaboration Project." The second session is Webcast live at 2:00 EST on July 20.

(The first session was Webcast on July 6, and can be viewed via an SLA Replay.)

Attendance & Registration
Want to view Dames' presentation live? Check the SLA Virtual Seminar page for more information. If you have any additional questions, e-mail SLA at learning@sla.org or call the Professional Development Center at (703) 647-4925.

This session will be taped and available for viewing within one week of the Webcast.

Description
Whatever you call it – digital collaboration, social software, social networking – working across the Web is about more than technology or devices. Ultimately, it is about developing a community of practice where people readily share their information and knowledge, regardless of distance.

Many clients and end-users will suggest that the trend toward using digital collaboration lessens the need for librarians and other information professionals. Instead, the opposite is true: online information sharing increases the need for librarians as facilitators, researchers, and knowledge managers. With some work and initiative, technology-savvy Info Pros can position themselves inside their organizations as critically important team members at a time when their value is being questioned.

This two-part series looks at the tools and issues involved in creating an effective digital collaboration environment, and shares some ideas on how best to establish a digital collaboration initiative within an organization. The first part of the series, part of SLA's Virtual Learning Series, will explain the tools and terminology of digital collaboration, and how different organizations are using these tools to improve productivity and knowledge sharing.

Slides
K. Matthew Dames. Launching A Digital Collaboration Project. (.pdf, 1.8 MB) July 20, 2005.

Coming in August 2005
Stephen E. Arnold. The Google Legacy (Tetbury, Gloucester: United Kingdom. Infonortics, 2005)

Webliography

The American Customer Satisfaction Index.

Basecamp

Salesforce.com

Google Labs

Google Short Message Service

Google Mobile

Google Code

Blogger

Functioning Form. Battle for the Web OS. July 12, 2005.

Fred Vogelstein. Gates vs. Google: Search and Destroy. Fortune. May 2, 2005.

Charles Ferguson. What's Next for Google. TechnologyReview.com. January 2005.

Relax, Everything Is Deeply Intertwingled. Weblications. Dec. 20, 2004.

Troutgirl. Google Is Good for Web Dev. Dec. 18, 2004.

Kuro5hin. Web-Apps Are the Legacy of the Future. Oct. 25, 2004.

Jon Udell. Under Gmail’s Hood. InfoWorld. Oct. 22, 2004.

Kottke.org. GoogOS, the Google Operating System. April 6, 2004.

Topix.net Weblog. The Secret Source of Google's Power. April 4, 2004.

Tim O'Reilly. Inventing the Future. O'Reilly Networks. April 9, 2002.

Martha K. Heyman. Building Successful Relationships with IT Professionals. Information Outlook. April 2001.

PaulGraham.com. The Other Road Ahead. Sept. 2001.

Adam Bosworth. Microsoft's Vision for XML. Infoloom. No date.

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Microsoft v. Google: Let's Get Ready to Rumble

"Microsoft sued the search engine giant Google yesterday, accusing it of pilfering an executive to head up a new research lab in China.

"The software leviathan said Kai-Fu Lee's contract prohibited him from taking a job with a competitor within a year of leaving Microsoft and accused Google of 'intentionally assisting' Lee."

Chris Noon. Microsoft Sues Google For Alleged Exec Poaching. Forbes.com. July 20, 2005.

See also:

Verne Kopytoff. Microsoft Sues Over Hiring. SFGate.com. July 20, 2005.

Todd Bishop. Microsoft Sues Google Over Executive It Hired Away. SeattlePI.com. July 20, 2005.

Matt Richtel. Microsoft Sues Over Google's Hiring of a Former Executive. The New York Times. July 20, 2005.

Ina Fried. Microsoft Sues Over Google Hire. News.com. July 19, 2005.

Michael Bazeley. Google to Open R&D Center in China. The Mercury News. July 19, 2005.

Michael Paige. Microsoft Sues Google, Former Exec. MarketWatch. July 19, 2005 .

Elizabeth M. Gillespie. Ex-Microsoft Exec Sued Over Google Job. BusinessWeek Online. July 19, 2005.

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TiVo Launches Interactive Ad Features

"TiVo Inc. on Monday introduced a feature that lets television viewers send personal information directly to advertisers when they see certain commercials, a move designed to open up TiVo's technology to more markets.

"The move underscores advertising's importance to the future of TiVo, which comes only a few years after its introduction sent a chill through the ad sector with technology that let TV watchers skip over ads."

Franklin Paul. TiVo Upgrade Allows Instant Response to TV Ads. Reuters. July 19, 2005.

See also:
Alyce Lomax. TiVo Bets on Ads. The Motley Fool. July 18, 2005.

Red Herring. TiVo Says Some Users Like Ads. July 18, 2005.

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Search Start-Ups Continue to Expand

"Search engine Snap.com said Tuesday it has received $10 million in funding while rival Blinkx.com said it was adding personalization capabilities to its audio and video content through RSS, a technology that makes it easier to syndicate content and share it on the web.

"With the high-profile, and highly profitable, initial public offering of search engine Google last August, smaller startup search engines like Snap and Blinkx have received a growing amount of public and investor attention."

Red Herring. Search Startups Gaining Ground. July 19, 2005.

See also:
Michael Liedtke. Search Engine Pioneer Raises $10 Million (Euro 8.3 Million) for Latest Quest. TechnologyReview.com. July 19, 2005.

Greg Sandoval. Blinkx Offers Video and Audio RSS Feeds. San Jose Mercury News. July 19, 2005.

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Microsoft Sues to Keep Exec From Google

"Opening a new chapter in its rivalry with Google, Microsoft on Tuesday sued the search giant and a former Microsoft executive who has been tapped by Google to run its China operations.

"The suit was filed in a Washington state court against Google and Kai-Fu Lee, who until Monday was the corporate vice president of Microsoft's Interactive Services Division.

Ina Fried. Microsoft Sues Over Google Hire. News.com. July 19, 2005.

See also:
Associated Press. Microsoft Sues Former Exec for Taking Job with Google. San Jose Mercury News. July 19, 2005.

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LinkedIn Launches New Paid Service for Groups

"Networking firm LinkedIn will announce the release of LinkedIn for Groups on Tuesday, its third premium service since its launch in May of 2003.

"LinkedIn Jobs, launched in March as a social networking Web site, is hoping to capitalize on several premium services that, in addition to its relationship powered job board, are expected to bring the company to profitability by early 2006.

"The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company said the latest services will be aimed at power users like recruiters, analysts and researchers with several price and feature options available."

Tim Gray. LinkedIn Launches Premium Service. InternetNews.com. July 19, 2005.

See also:
Kevin Newcomb. LinkedIn Adds Group Features. ClickZNews. July 19, 2005.

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PBS to Launch Internet-Only TV Series

"In the spirit of reaching audiences wherever they can be found, PBS said Wednesday it will launch a downloadable television series.

"NerdTV features author and PBS columnist Robert X. Cringely's interviews with intriguing personalities drawn from the world of technology."

Chris Marlowe. PBS Viewers Can Download NerdTV Series. Reuters. July 14, 2005.

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Intel Approves McCain Bill

"Intel late last week threw its support to a Congressional proposal that would allow municipal wireless network project"

"The bill, co-sponsored by U.S. Senators John McCain (R-Arizona) and Frank Lautenberg (D-New Jersey) enables municipalities to spur development of publicly-controlled wireless networks.

"It runs counter to another bill, introduced in the House and strongly supported by the large telecoms, that prohibits such public-sector participation."

Mobile Pipeline Staff. Intel Supports Pro-Muni Wi-Fi Legislation. Mobile Pipeline. July 18, 2005

See also:
Roy Mark. McCain Bill Would Help Municipal Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi Planet. June 23, 2005.

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Gartner: A Billion Cell Phones by 2009

"Sales of cell phones are on pace to reach a billion annually by the end of the decade, when nearly 40 percent of the world's population will own a mobile handset, according to a Gartner report."

"Asian countries will continue to play a major role in increasing the number of cell phones in circulation to 2.6 billion by 2009, the research firm estimated in the report, released Tuesday. Currently, 25 percent of all cell phones are sold in Asian countries; by decade's end, that number will be one in three, Gartner analysts said."

Ben Charny. Gartner: A Billion Cell Phones by 2009. Mobile Pipeline. July 19, 2005.

See also:
Lucas van Grinsven.. Cellphone Sales Seen at Over 1 Bln a Year by 2009. Reuters. July 19, 2005.

BBC News. Mobiles Head for Sales Milestone . July 19, 2005.

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Carrier, Middleware Provider Collaborate to Create Higher Value

"A gale force of new partnerships between carriers and mobile infrastructure providers is beginning to blow away roadblocks that slowed implementation of wire-less as a reliable, secure, and manageable platform for mission-critical enterprise applications.

"Carriers are joining with infrastructure players to extend the value of carriers¡¦ networks while delivering the deep pockets and varied services the smaller mobile infrastructure solution providers lack.

"With these announcements, enterprise users are noticing that carriers and mobile middleware providers are changing their attitudes toward the enterprise, said Ken Dulaney, principal mobile analyst at Gartner."

Cases are mentioned in this article.

Ephraim Schwartz. Wireless Carriers Ramp Up Data Services. InfoWorld. July 18, 2005.

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July 19, 2005

Yahoo's Management Turnover Slows Media Move

"Plans to give a stiff shot of Hollywood glamour to Yahoo Inc.'s media and entertainment offerings have instead given the Internet company a case of the hiccups, as several division heads have decided either to leave Yahoo or opted against relocating to new Los Angeles-area offices.

Of eight media division general managers, three heading Yahoo's finance, sports, and movies and television units have decided to leave the Sunnyvale, Calif., company, Yahoo said. Three other division heads have declined to move to Southern California from Silicon Valley and so are leaving their current posts, taking other jobs at the company.

Kevin J. Delaney. Turnover at Yahoo Slows Media Group's Los Angeles Move. WSJ.com. July 19, 2005.

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News Corp. Acquires Intermix, MySpace

"Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has demonstrated the seriousness of its commitment to digital media by reaching a deal to buy Intermix Media Inc. for $580 million in cash.

"At the same time, Intermix announced it has exercised its option to buy the 47 percent of MySpace.com it does not already own."

Ken Magill. News Corp. To Acquire Intermix. ClickZNews. July 18, 2005.

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TV Station Solicits Citizen Journalists

"Got a cellphone camera? You, too, can be a television journalist.

"The news staff of WABC-TV, the ABC affiliate in New York, started soliciting cellphone pictures and amateur video last week from people who witness a news event.

"The requests are being made on air by the station's anchors and on its Web site, 7online.com.

Joyce Cohen. Armed With Right Cellphone, Anyone Can Be a Journalist. The New York Times. July 18, 2005.

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July 18, 2005

Google As Today's Computing Leader

"Every now and then some renegade high-tech start-up comes along, run by people who don't follow the rules, and they come to be the ones who get to set the rules for everyone else. An early example was Microsoft.

"Today, it's Google.

"Patricia Seybold Group's free report (.pdf) suggests that companies are properly concerned about how Google's strategies will impact their own strategies."

Dan Blacharski. Google Sets the Stage for Business Leaders. ITWorld.com. July 12, 2005.

See also:
Patricia Seybold. Group. In Google We Trust?. (.pdf) Patricia Seybold Group. July 7, 2005.

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Renewal of Patriot Act Up for Vote

"Before Congress leaves Washington for its annual recess next month, both the House and the Senate are expected to vote to renew police powers that were granted in the 2001 Patriot Act and are scheduled to expire at the end of the year.

"Among the most controversial provisions up for renewal is the FBI's power to demand sensitive information on American citizens from businesses with only an order issued under the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

"Separate bills advancing in the House and Senate extend this provision—Section 215 of the Patriot Act—with modifications."

Caron Carlson. Bills Extend Patriot Provision. eWeek. July 18, 2005.

See also:
Declan McCullagh. Can Bush Carry the Day?. News.com. July 18, 2005.

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Google's Growth Stirs Privacy Fears

"Google is at once a powerful search engine and a growing e-mail provider. It runs a blogging service, makes software to speed Web traffic and has ambitions to become a digital library. And it is developing a payments service.

"Although many Internet users eagerly await each new technology from Google Inc., its rapid expansion is also prompting concerns that the company may know too much: what you read, where you surf and travel, whom you write."

Anick Jesdaun. As Google Grows, How Much Does It Know About You?. InformationWeek. July 18, 2005.

See also:
Associated Press. Google Services That May Invade Your Privacy InformationWeek. July 18, 2005.

Elinor Mills. Google Balances Privacy, Reach. News.com. July 14, 2005.

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Microsoft Eyes Entertainment Industry

"When Apple Computer Inc. transformed the digital music scene in April 2003 by selling songs over the Internet, the richest man in the world was not amused.

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates had struggled for a decade to get his software into consumers' home entertainment systems. Now the digital media party was finally starting, and he wasn't invited.

"But the blow gave Gates new insight, motivation and some needed humility — and it intensified work on what might prove the turning point in his quest to extend Microsoft's supremacy from the office into the living room."

Joseph Menn. Microsoft Courts Hollywood Allies. LATimes.com. July 17, 2005.

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Yahoo, UC Berkeley Establish Research Facility

"Yahoo announced Friday that it has established a research lab with the University of California at Berkeley.

"Yahoo Research Labs-Berkeley will begin operations in August and concentrate on new technologies for search, social and mobile media."

Dawn Kawamoto. Yahoo, UC Berkeley Team on Research. News.com. July 15, 2005.

See also:
Verne Kopytoff. Yahoo Cements UC Partnership. San Francisco Chronicle. July 15, 2005.

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Podcasting Attracts Major Media Companies

"The runaway popularity of blogging, which has turned everyday people into online news outlets, caught the media establishment off guard.

"The industry is trying not to make the same mistake with podcasting which lets nearly anyone 'broadcast' on the Internet.

"While profits remain elusive, there's a bigger prize out there the company that manages to become the go-to Web site for podcasts could gain enough leverage to strike favorable deals with proven content providers, and generate cash by charging for subscriptions and advertising."

Associated Press. Podcasting Spurs a Media 'Land Grab'. ABC News. July 16, 2005.

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Efforts to Peek at Paid Content

"Popular wisdom holds that you can find anything on the Web. And if you're looking for information on products, transportation schedules, or tourist attractions, it's probably true.

"But there is a vast body of knowledge hidden either in the so-called deep Web that browsers can't find or in those archaic but wonderful repositories called books.

"Two factors combine to make so much valuable and authoritative information inaccessible."

Stephen H. Wildstrom. The Web Hits the Stacks. BusinessWeek. July 14, 2005.

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BBC May Sell Programs Online

"The BBC is to sell its programmes to overseas viewers over the internet and may also take advertising on its website for the first time under plans to boost its commercial revenues."

Owen Gibson. BBC May Sell Programmes Abroad Over Internet. Guardian Unlimited. July 18, 2005.

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Groups Oppose Sites' Marketing Strategy for Predators

"Several recent high-profile child abductions have put renewed focus on tracking sex offenders, and some companies are looking to tap parents' fears about child predators to market their products.

"Searching for 'Jessica Lunsford' or 'Sarah Lunde' on Google turns up thousands of Web sites that mention the Florida girls who were abducted and killed this year -- along with several advertisements for sites that purport to help parents locate sex offenders in their neighborhoods.

The advertisements, also keyed to search terms such as 'sex offenders' and 'predators,' are part of a marketing push by two companies – National Alert Registry Inc., which charges users to access reports on offenders, and ChildSafe Network USA, which doesn't charge a fee but requires users to fill out extensive marketing surveys to gain access to the information.

David Kesmodel. Sites Tap Fears of Predators To Market Tools to Parents. WSJ.com. July 18, 2005.

See also:
Federal Bureau of Investigation. State Sex Offender Registry Web Sites.

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July 16, 2005

P2P Projects Continue Despite Grokster

"The ripples of anxiety from last month's landmark Supreme Court ruling on peer-to-peer software haven't quite made it to Jonathan Nilson's home in Tallahassee, Fla.

"Nilson, a programmer who has been working on peer-to-peer software called Shareaza for several years, says the loose band of developers who share responsibility for the open-source project haven't been dissuaded from their work by the court ruling, which is casting a dark legal cloud over the future of companies such as Grokster and LimeWire."

John Borland. Open-source P2P Projects Keep Swapping. News.com. July 15, 2005.

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Microsoft & Marvel Create Online Games

"Microsoft said Thursday it has won exclusive rights to develop and publish multiplayer online games starring Marvel Enterprises' super heroes, including Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Hulk.

"The deal covers massively multiplayer online, or MMO, game titles developed for Microsoft's upcoming Xbox 360 game console and published by the software giant's game studio."

Reuters. Can Spider-Man Help Microsoft Win Online Gamers?. News.com. July 14, 2005.

See also:
Alyce Lomax. Microsoft, Marvel Got Game. The Motley Fool. July 14, 2005.

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Clear Channel Sees Potential in Podcasts

"The San Antonio, Texas-based radio giant, Clear Channel Communications, the nation's largest with more than 1,200 stations, says the new medium has potential, both as a way to expand its reach and as a possible new source of revenue.

"Thousands of amateurs are getting into the act, with various talk and music formats, and Clear Channel is betting that its expertise in radio gives it a chance to put a large footprint on the new medium."

David B. Wilkerson. Clear Channel: Potential for Podcasts. MarketWatch. July 15, 2005.

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Blog ROI Measurement

Return on investment (ROI) measures project or campaign returns relative to related costs over time. It provides a single number, allowing executives to prioritize their marketing spend.

To date, ROI hasn't been applied to blogs. Many blogging experts have suggested calculating a blog ROI is impossible. As a professor, I teach students how to tie marketing to the bottom line. Calculating ROI for a blog should be no harder than calculating it for other marketing components.

Heidi Cohen. Corporate Blogs: Measure Their Value! ClickZ News. July 7, 2005.

See also:
Heidi Cohen. Blog Marketing Strategies (and How to Measure Them). ClickZ News. May 12, 2005.

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In Taiwan, You Can Pay by Cell Phone

"A Taiwanese government-business alliance has been working on a contactless payment system designed for small purchases. On Thursday, the group announced its first major success: mobile phones made by BenQ that can be used in the capital city of Taipei to pay for public transportation."

"The Taipei Smart Card Corp. is offering 40 people a chance to try out the mobile phones for a test run beginning Sept. 1."

Dan Nystedt. Taiwanese to Pay for Subway, Buses by Mobile Phone . InfoWorld. July 15, 2005.

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TransFlash Is Adoped as MicroSD

"SanDisk's TransFlash memory card format has been adopted by the SD Card Association as microSD, the group said Wednesday."

"SanDisk has promoted TransFlash to date as a memory expansion format for mobile phones. Because of its small size, it's better suited to mobile handsets than are larger cards, the company said.

"TransFlash slots can already be found in phones from Motorola, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics Co., Kyocera, and Sagem Communication, according to a SanDisk statement."

Martyn Williams. TransFlash Becomes MicroSD. InfoWorld. July 15, 2005.

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Fujitsu Develops Bendable Electronic Paper

"Fujitsu has developed what it claims is the world's first electronic paper that can be flexed, can display colour images and can do so when the power is turned off.

"The key to Fujitsu's e-paper is a film substrate that's sufficiently flexible to allow the paper to be bent, but rugged enough to prevent the image from distorting.

"And, unlike today's LCD panels, the image doesn't distort when it's pressed."

Tony Smith. Fujitsu Creates 'First' Colour, Non-volatile e-Paper. July 13, 2005.

DeviceForge.com. Electronic Paper Maintains Images Without Power. July 13, 2005.

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BBC Seeks to Change Multimedia Patent

"Open standards and open formats are becoming the preferred means of delivering digital documents. XML, for one, is now the darling of the enterprise: Even Microsoft has committed to an open XML format for its upcoming Office 12 suite.

"But whereas static, printable document formats become more and more universally open, the picture isn't so rosy for multimedia.

"The BBC wants to change that."

Neil McAllister. BBC Seeks Escape From Patent Minefield. MacWorld. July 11, 2005.

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July 15, 2005

Australia Rules On Copyright & Linking

"Stephen Cooper, operator of a Web site called MP3s4free.net, was found guilty Thursday of copyright infringement by Australia Federal Court Justice Brian Tamberlin.

"Although Cooper didn't host pirated recordings per se, the court found the resident of the state of Queensland breached the law by creating hyperlinks to sites that had infringing sound recordings."

Steven Deare. Australian Man, ISP Found Guilty of Piracy. News.com. July 14, 2005.

See also:
Alex Malik. Oz ISP, Employee and Principal Held Liable for Copyright Breaches. The Register. July 14, 2005.

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IBM to Offer Free Software to Universities

"IBM is extending an academic outreach program to give universities access to some of its cutting-edge research free of charge.

"The company plans to announce on Thursday a license that will let academics use and distribute 25 software-development technologies hosted on IBM's alphaWorks emerging-technology Web site."

Martin LaMonica. IBM Opens Research to Academia. News.com. July 13, 2005.

See also:
Red Herring. IBM Taps Into Universities. July 13, 2005.

Jim Wagner. IBM to Send AlphaWorks to School. InternetNews.com. July 13, 2005.

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FAA Fights In-Flight Wirless Use

"Lawmakers yesterday urged federal aviation officials to keep a ban in place preventing the use of cell phones on airplanes because it is not clear whether the devices interfere with navigation equipment.

"A Federal Aviation Administration official said the agency won't lift its prohibition on the use of devices including cell phones, BlackBerry devices and two-way pagers, but passengers may be able to use them during flight one day."

William Glanz. Lawmakers Favor In-flight Phone Ban. Washington Times. July 15, 2005.

See also:
U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Bipartisan Opposition Voiced Against Allowing Use Of Cell Phones On Commercial Aircraft. (Press Release.) July 14, 2005.

U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “Cell Phones On Commercial Aircraft - A Nuisance Or Necessity” To Be Focus Of Congressional Oversight Hearing Thursday. (Press Release.) July 12, 2005.

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Project Gizmo Rivals Skype

"There's a new, aptly named VoIP 'Gizmo on the Internet, setting out to compete with the phenomenally successful Skype.

"SIPphone.com Project Gizmo, launched earlier this month, is a SIP based PC-to-PC VoIP application with a basic feature set similar to Skype.

"There are Gizmo CallIn and CallOut features, which connect the application to calls coming from and going to the PSTN, as well as Gizmo-to-Gizmo calls. As a SIP-based application, though, Gizmo also lets users call other SIP-based applications."

Sean Michael Kerner. New Gizmo a Skype Killer?. WiFi Planet. July 14, 2005.

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iPod May Save Books

"At the South Huntington Public Library in South Huntington, N.Y., one of the most popular programs doesn’t involve books (in the strictest sense), or even reading (in the strictest sense). The big hit? Books on iPod.

"That folks can pick up a gadget approximately the size of a cigarette lighter at their local library, programmed with a current bestseller for their listening pleasure, is the realization of countless sci-fi movies and Philip K. Dick novels. Apple’s immensely popular iPod is making consumers more comfortable with the idea of downloading audiobooks and listening on-the-go. So could DABs—which are more accessible, hip and cost-effective than traditional formats like cassettes and CDs—be the next big thing?"

Rachel Deahl. iPod to the Rescue: Can Digital Audio Save Publishing? The Book Standard. June 29, 2005.

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Newspapers Face Cost Challenges

"Newspaper publishers face economic problems common to many information industries: the fixed costs of creation are large, and the incremental costs of serving additional users are small. This leads to competition that results in prices so low they do not cover overall costs.

"Price deflation leads to firms collapsing and consolidating. Market power stabilizes or raises prices. And then, another wave of entry occurs, often through new technology, and a new cycle begins.

"In the process, the information industry is becoming among the most unstable of business sectors."

Eli Noam. Bad News for News. FT.com. July 14, 2005.

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Professor Seeks Online Patent Peer Review

"In a bid to shake up the beleaguered American patent system, a law professor has crafted a proposal that would shift the patent-application process away from individual examiners to an internet-based, peer-review method.

Called Peer to Patent, the proposal by Beth Noveck, director of New York Law School's Institute for Information Law and Policy, aims to relieve the current system, in which the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has a backlog of half a million cases."

Daniel Terdiman. Web Could Unclog Patent Backlog. Wired News. July 14, 2005.

See also:
Cairns. Peer to Patent: A Modest Proposal. July 14, 2005.

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PalmOne Became Palm, Officially

"PalmOne became Palm on Thursday, changing its Nasdaq stock market ticker symbol to PALM.

"PalmOne was formed when the original Palm Inc. was renamed after spinning off its Palm OS PDA operating system software business into a separate company, PalmSource, so that the software unit could concentrate on third part licensing."

Paul Kallender. PalmOne Officially Becomes Palm. InfoWorld. July 14, 2005.

See also:
Peter Rojas. The Engadget Guide to How Palm Became Palm Again. Engadget. July 14, 2005.

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Sony Slices Into iPod's Market in Japan

"Don't call it a comeback yet, but Sony Corp. has a new lineup of digital music players that are slicing into the popularity of Apple Computer's iPod device in Japan.

"While Apple remains the top seller of hard drive players in Japan, there has been a decisive momentum swing in the Japanese market, with Sony securing the top position for memory-type players in both May and June, knocking Apple and its iPod shuffle device into second place."

Nathan Layne. Sony Takes Bite Out Of Apple's iPod in Japan. Reuters. July 14, 2005.

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Congress Suggests 2009 for Digital TV Switch

"Millions of American television sets that receive only analog over-the-air broadcasts could go dark if not upgraded by Jan. 1, 2009.

"That deadline was suggested in a pair of hearings here Tuesday by members of the U.S. Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

"The committee is readying legislation expected this year that would require all American televisions to run on digital signals by the end of 2008. That would free up the analog, or 700 MHz, spectrum for other uses such as broadband services and communications for emergency workers."

Anne Broache. Digital TV Changeover Suggested for 2009. News.com. July 12, 2005.

See also:
Paul Davidson. Broadcasters Accept New Deadline for Digital TV Signals. USA Today. July 12, 2005.

Update: Gigi B. Sohn. Letter in Support of Hard Deadline for DTV Transition from Public Knowledge. Public Knowledge. July 15, 2005.

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July 14, 2005

Technorati Becomes Global Public Utility

"When former Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael K. Powell watched television coverage of the London bombings last week, he noticed that most of the significant pictures didn't originate from professional photographers employed by news agencies. They came from witnesses at the scene using cell phones and digital cameras to document the tragedy.

"'Journalists are trained not to be emotional, like a doctor doesn't fall in love with his patients,' Powell said. 'But people experiencing a tragedy can convey what actually happened while at the same time express deep emotion and engage in spirited storytelling.

"'A photo of someone climbing up through train wreckage is extremely powerful. A reporter rolling up to the scene behind a police line can rarely give you that.'"

Adam L. Penenberg. Technorati: A New Public Utility. Wired News. July 14, 2005.

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IBM to Add Enterprise Blogging Tool

"IBM plans to add blogging capabilities to the next version of its Workplace collaboration and development software, the company said on Wednesday.

"The company offered the details of its blog-related plans as part of a preview into the upgrades that will arrive sometime in August, when the company is expected to release its Workplace 2.5 and Workplace Designer 2.5 offerings.

Matt Hines. IBM Tacks Blogs to Workplace. News.com. July 13, 2005.

See also:
Dennis Callaghan. IBM Previews Enterprise Blogging Tools. eWeek. July 13, 2005.

Martin LaMonica. IBM Plays up Workplace Suite. News.com. Jan. 24, 2005.

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Technology Improves Mobile Phone Reading Efficiency

"For those who have squinted to read text on their cell phones, Stanford University researchers think they have hit upon a better way: Do it one word at a time.

"The technique, known as Rapid Serial Visual Presentation, or RSVP, makes up for the tiny screens on mobile phones by presenting just one word at a time in the center of the screen for a fraction of a second before moving on to the next word.

"As a result, each word is far easier to read than is the case with standard presentations, in which a sentence or two of much smaller type scroll across the screen at a time."

Ina Fried and Michael Kanellos. Reading Phone Text One Word at a Time. News.com. July 14, 2005.

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Claria Launches Behavorial Search Platform

"Claria, formerly Gator, began testing a search service that analyzes Web surfers' habits to deliver personalized results, in a move to branch out from the pop-up advertising business.

"The Redwood City, Calif.-based company develops downloadable software, or adware, that tracks people's movement around the Web in order to display pop-up ads or other types of promotions.

"Its software, which often comes bundled with free third-party downloads like screensavers, is installed on nearly 40 million desktops."

Stefanie Olsen. Adware Maker Claria Steps Into Search. News.com. July 13, 2005.

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Shareholders Approve Sprint & Nextel's Merger Plan

"Shareholders of Sprint and Nextel Communications have approved the two operators' merger plans, which will create the nation's third-largest cell phone carrier.

"About 70 percent of Nextel's shareholders and more than 90 percent of Sprint's shareholders gave the planned deal the thumbs-up during separate votes Wednesday. Sprint's proposed purchase of Nextel for about $36 billion must still be approved by the Federal Communications Commission."

Ben Charny. Sprint, Nextel Shareholders Approve Merger. News.com. July 13, 2005.

See also:
David Twiddy. Shareholders Approve Sprint, Nextel Merger. Yahoo! News. July 13, 2005

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EU Raids Intel

"U.S. computer chip maker Intel Corp., computer makers and distributors were raided by European Commission and local authorities on Tuesday as part of an investigation into possible antitrust violations, a spokesman for the European Union executive said.

"The Commission's escalation came as Intel's smaller rival, Advanced Micro Devices, was trying to ratchet up pressure on the chip maker, which has 90 percent of world sales of microprocessors for personal computers that run Microsoft Windows and Linux.

Reuters. EU Officials Raid U.S. Chipmaker Intel, Others. July 12, 2005.

See also:
Andy Reinhardt. The EU's Assault on Intel. BusinessWeek Online. July 14, 2005.

Spencer Ante. AMD Hauls Intel Back to Court. BusinessWeek Online. June 28, 2005.

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Apple's Quarterly Profit More Than Quintuples

"Apple Computer Inc. on Wednesday said its quarterly profit more than quintupled, fueled by strong sales of its iPod digital music players and its signature Macintosh computers, sending its shares up nearly 3 percent in after hours trading.

"Apple shipped more than 6 million iPods, about 1 million more than expected according to one fund manager, and saw strong sales of its upgraded operating system.

"It was the ninth consecutive sequential increase for iPod shipments, which accounted for 31 percent of Apple's total quarterly revenue."

Duncan Martell. Apple Quarterly Profit Surges on iPod. Yahoo! News. July 13, 2005.

See also:
BBC News. Apple Reports 'Best-ever' Quarter. July 13, 2005.

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July 13, 2005

Firm Sues Internet Archive's Wayback Machine

"A Philadelphia health-care advocacy company is suing operators of the Wayback Machine in a case experts described as one of the first legal challenges to Internet archiving.

"Healthcare Advocates contends the Internet Archive, a San Francisco nonprofit that runs the Wayback Machine, botched Healthcare's request to block access to archived materials from its Web site during a trade secrets dispute in 2003."

Kevin Coughlin. Philadelphia Health Care Advocacy Firm Sues Search-engine Operators. NJ.com. July 12, 2005.

See also:
Tom Zeller Jr. Web Archive Sued Over Use in Another Suit. News.com. July 12, 2005.

The Patry Copyright Blog. The Way Back Machine and Robots.txt. July 12, 2005.

United States District Court. Healthcare Advocates, Inc. v. Harding, Early, Follmer & Frailey, et al. (.pdf) July 8, 2005.

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AOL, XM, AEG Team For Live Concerts

"America Online, AEG, and XM Satellite Radio said Tuesday they’ve set up a new company with Live 8 producer Kevin Wall to distribute live entertainment programs by satellite and over the Internet.

"The companies and Mr. Wall will all hold equity in the new company, called Network Live. Jon Miller, America Online’s CEO, claims the company heralds the next stage of digital entertainment as content become 'more valuable and more expansive.'"

Red Herring. Entertainment Network Formed. July 13, 2005.

See also:
Jeff Leeds. Venture to Put Live Shows on Internet and Radio. The New York Times. July 13, 2005.

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Mark Cuban Offers Podcasting Advice

"The man who became a billionaire capitalizing on the Internet's ability to deliver radio programs has some advice for the thousands of people producing podcasts: Trying to make a business out of it is a mistake.

"In comments on his Web log, Mark Cuban, the founder of Audionet - which he sold for $6 billion - says all the enthusiasm about podcasting is déjá vu from 1996."

Frank Barnako. Mark Cuban: Been There, Heard That. MarketWatch. July 11, 2005.

See also:
Blog Maverick. Podcasting. July 8, 2005.

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Samsung, LG Bridge Wireless and VoIP Calling

"Internet telephone service tiptoed a few more ssteps into the wireless realm on Tuesday as Skype and Boingo unveiled a service to enable Voice-over-Internet calls over Wi-Fi hot spots, while Samsung and LG announced plans to develop mobile phones that combine cellular and Wi-Fi technologies."

"The new technology, known as UMA for Unlicensed Mobile Access, is designed to provide better call quality indoors, where cellular signals turn weak and short-range Wi-Fi signals are strong. UMA also may lighten the load on crowded cellular networks by allowing carriers to divert phone calls from their towers."

Bruce Meyerson. Samsung, LG Nudge Wireless-VoIP Calling. Yahoo! News. July 12, 2005.

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CBS to Extend Online Reach

"CBSNews.com announced a major Web site expansion today. With it come expanded ad opportunities that capitalize on broadband, incorporate other CBS broadcast and Web properties, and will eventually involve both text and video RSS feeds, as well as podcasts.

"Andrew Heyward, president of CBS News, said the company had successfully 'placed a bet early on ad-supported video' which has paid off for the network.

"The new site's aim is to reach the 45 million-strong audience of affluent, at-work broadband users, many of whom are in a younger demographic than CBS' broadcast viewers."

Rebecca Lieb. CBSNews.com Launches Far-Reaching Ad Network. ClickZNews. July 12, 2005.

See also:
Susan Kuchinskas. TV Moves to the Internet. InternetNews.com. July 12, 2005.

David Bauder. CBS News Revamps Web Site as 24-hr Network. SeattlePI.com. July 12, 2005.

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July 12, 2005

Skype & Boingo Wireless to Combine Strengths

"VoIP provider Skype and wireless hot spot operator Boingo Wireless will unveil a new initiative Tuesday that combines each company's respective technologies.

"Skype is among the most popular providers of voice over Internet Protocol software for making inexpensive or free phone calls using the Internet. Boingo Wireless, founded by EarthLink creator Sky Dayton, makes available Wi-Fi technology to dispense high-speed Internet access (it's currently used in about 13,000 locations)."

Ben Charny. Skype, Boingo Tie up in Phone Deal. News.com. July 11, 2005.

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Opera 8.02 to Support P2P

"The next version of the Opera Web browser will support peer-to-peer (P2P) technology, which has been the focus of a lot of legal discussions recently.

"A technical preview of Opera 8.02 released Thursday allows users to download BitTorrent files directly from the browser rather than downloading the file and using a client application like Azureus to download the full file."

Jim Wagner. Opera Adds BitTorrent. InternetNews.com. July 7, 2005.

See also:
John Borland. Browsers Add BitTorrent Support. News.com. July 8, 2005.

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Site Blends Local Search & Social Networks

"Online yellow pages are great for finding nearby businesses, but nothing beats a recommendation from a local in making a decision to patronize a business.

"Judy's Book is a site that's blending the ideas of local search and social networks, tapping into the knowledge and experience of residents of cities across the U.S. to provide a guide to local businesses and services."

Chris Sherman. Local Search, From Locals. SearchEngineWatch. July 11, 2005.

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July 11, 2005

Google Wins Domain Arbitration Case

"An Internet arbitrator has awarded Google Inc. the rights to several Web site addresses that relied on typographical errors to exploit the online search engine's popularity so computer viruses and other malicious software could be unleashed on unsuspecting visitors.

The National Arbitration Forum, a legal alternate to litigating in court, sided with a Google complaint alleging that Sergey Gridasov of St. Petersburg, Russia, had engaged in 'typosquatting' by operating Web sites named googkle.com, ghoogle.com and gooigle.com.

Michael Liedtke. Google Wins 'Typosquatting' Dispute. BusinessWeek Online. July 11, 2005.

See also:
National Arbitration Forum. National Arbitration Forum Issues Decision on Google Web Addresses. (Press Release.) July 8, 2005.

National Arbitration Forum. Google Inc. v. Sergey Gridasov. July 5, 2005.

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States Continue to Use MATRIX Program

"When the federal government in April stopped funding a database that lets police quickly see public records and commercially collected information on Americans, privacy advocates celebrated what they saw as a victory against overzealousness in the fight against terrorism.

"But a few states are pressing forward with a similar system, continuing to look for ways to quickly search through a trove of data -- from driver's license photos to phone numbers to information about people's cars. Their argument in seeking to keep the Matrix database alive in some form: it's too important for solving crimes to give up on."

David Royse. Police Still Using Matrix-type Database. BusinessWeek Online. (Press Release.) July 10, 2005.

See also:
American Civil Liberties Union. ACLU Applauds End Of “Matrix” Program. April 15, 2005.

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EPIC Urges FTC to Investigate Online Data Brokers

"The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) asked the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on online data brokers that sell information to consumers.

"In a complaint filed on Friday, EPIC singled out Intelligent E-Commerce (IEI), a search engine optimization and pay-per-click advertising consultancy that also seems to operate BestPeopleSearch.com.

"In its complaint, EPIC referred to two cases in which stalkers used private investigators to locate victims and murder them. But EPIC said BestPeopleSearch did worse: It offers access to information that even licensed PIs shouldn't be able to get."

Susan Kuchinskas. EPIC Fighting Online Phone Record Sales. InternetNews.com. July 8, 2005.

See also:
Electronic Privacy Information Center. EPIC Online Investigation Complaint. July 8, 2005.

Jonathan Krim. Online Data Gets Personal: Cell Phone Records for Sale. WashingtonPost.com. July 8, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Post allows free access to their stories on the Web for 14 days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archives.)

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IBM, Centerpoint Team for BPL Service

"IBM is expected to announce a partnership Monday with CenterPoint Energy, a utility based in Houston, to develop broadband services to be delivered over electric power lines.

"The companies will open a technology center in Houston to test and demonstrate the technology for consumers and other utility providers. CenterPoint Energy will also set up a pilot program in about 220 Houston homes that will run through August."

Ken Belson. I.B.M. and Partner May Offer Broadband From a Wall Plug. News.com. July 11, 2005.

Related:
Marguerite Reardon. Broadband's Power-line Push. News.com. July 11, 2005.

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Sony BMG & iMesh Reach Licensing Deal

"Music giant Sony BMG has reached a licensing agreement with file-swapping service iMesh, one of the first such tie-ups since a U.S. Supreme Court decision clamping down on online copyright infringement.

"The deal, confirmed on Friday by an iMesh representative, followed a high court ruling that unauthorized networks such as Grokster could be held liable for the copyright infringement of their users. Analysts said that decision added momentum to the move toward networks sanctioned by media companies.

"Once one of the most popular of post-Napster song-swapping networks, iMesh, formed in 1999, was sued by the record labels in 2003 for copyright infringement and settled for $4.1 million."

Reuters. Sony BMG Reaches Licensing Deal with iMesh. News.com. July 9, 2005.

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Virgin Mobile Predicts Change in Wireless Music Service

"Mobile phone operators need to suspend their fantasies of becoming pay-per-song providers if the wireless music industry is to take off Daniel Schulman, the head of Virgin Mobile USA said.

"As mobile operators look to sell mobile phones with digital music players consumers should be able to freely move songs from their personal computers to these phones, he said in an interview with Reuters late last week.

"Cellphones with digital music players are expected to be the next big thing in wireless, with consumers spending about $1.5 billion within three years buying songs to play on their phones, according to estimates from research firm Ovum."

Sinead Carew. Consumers Want Unrestricted Music Phones-Virgin. Reuters. July 10, 2005.

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Sprint Rivals Blackberry with Goodlink E-Mail Service

"The rush to chip away at BlackBerry's dominance in mobile business e-mail intensifies further this week with Sprint Corp. introducing rival options from Good Technology Inc. and Seven Networks Inc.

"Good, which last month signed on Cingular Wireless to sell its service, also said Monday it is adapting its software to work with corporate e-mail systems based on IBM Lotus Notes and Domino in addition to Microsoft Exchange."

Bruce Meyerson. Sprint Adding GoodLink E-Mail Service. LATimes.com. July 11, 2005.

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July 09, 2005

Yahoo Moves Toward RSS Search

"Whether intentionally or not, Yahoo briefly showcased some of its RSS search plans on Friday when Webloggers discovered and then posted screen shots of a Yahoo site for finding syndication feeds.

"Yahoo Inc. executives previously have hinted at a possible search engine for blogs and feeds, but this week's sighting indicates that Yahoo is getting closer to releasing at least a test version of RSS search, search experts say.

"It also could usher in competition from a major Web search player for startups such as Technorati Inc. and Feedster Inc., which concentrate on feed search."

Matt Hicks. Yahoo RSS Search Test Skims the Web. eWeek. July 8, 2005.

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Clear Channel to Promote Concerts Through Yahoo Portal

"Clear Channel Music Group (CCMG) is targeting Yahoo! Music users by region to promote 150 summer season concerts. The campaign comes in the wake of a mandate within the company to increase online advertising, and one month after CCMG placed a large ad buy and promotion with America Online.

"The online marketing push follows CCMG research finding that nearly 70 percent of concert-goers said they go online for information about upcoming shows and performances."

Zachary Rodgers. Clear Channel Taps Yahoo! for Concert Push. ClickZNews. July 8, 2005.

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JupiterResearch Examines Municipal Wi-Fi Costs

"Based on surveys and conversations with cities and vendors, JupiterResearch has come to the conclusion that 'the average cost of building and maintaining a municipal wireless network is $150,000 per square mile over five years.'

"This number is part of a new report, entitled Municipal Wireless: Partner to Spread Risks and Costs While Maximizing Benefit Opportunities, available today.

"The report goes on to say that about half of the initiatives today to create city or county-backed wireless networks will not even break even, even if they charge end users as much as $25 per month in subscription fees."

Eric Griffith. Cost of Muni Wi-Fi is High. Wi-Fi Planet. July 6, 2005.

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Dell, Napster Offer Colleges Music

"Dell and Napster are teaming up in a bid to help colleges alleviate network bottlenecks caused by students stealing digital music. If successful, the project may help boost Dell's paltry market share in portable music players.

"Dell says that its college and university customers have complained that excessive illegal downloading of music was causing a slowdown in the performance of their networks.

"Napster will make its entire music library available to cache, or store, on Dell servers at colleges and universities that participate in the program."

Lisa DiCarlo. Dell, Napster Target College Downloads . Forbes.com. July 7, 2005.

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July 08, 2005

Yahoo Launches SMS Search

"Yahoo on Thursday is launching more ways for users to retrieve search results from their mobile phones.

"The Sunnyvale, Calif., company is introducing an SMS (Short Message Service) option in which users can send a text message to grab specific search results in areas such as weather, stock quotes and local business information.

"It also is extending its broader Web search feature for mobile-phone browsers by supporting WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) 2.0-enabled devices, company officials said."

Matt Hicks. Yahoo Expands Mobile Search with Text Messaging. eWeek. July 7, 2005.

See also:
Gary Price. Yahoo Now Offering SMS Search Tool; Expands Reach of Mobile Web Search. SearchEngineWatch. July 7, 2005.

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High Tech Investors Launch VC Fund for RSS

"A group of investors has created a venture capital fund to raise $100 million to fund start-ups and others developing technology based on the RSS Web publishing format.

"RSS Investors, based in Cambridge, Mass., was formed last week to target the relatively new but fast-growing technology, with particular areas of interest being news aggregation, blogs, new classes of search engines and data aggregation in the financial and medical industries.

"The technology, which is quickly becoming mainstream, enables anyone to become a global online publisher and is changing the way people get information off the Web, said Jim Moore, a founding partner at RSS Investors."

Elinor Mills. RSS Lures Venture Capital Dollars. ZDNet. July 7, 2005.

See also:
Benjamin Pimentel. VC Group to Fund RSS Firms. San Francisco Chronicle. July 6, 2005.

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A Lifecycle Approach to Electronic Records

"Forget gigabytes or even terabytes.

"The National Archives and Records Administration’s creation of a permanent online archive of its electronic records is one of the few projects anywhere in which data storage is measured by the petabyte — a quadrillion bytes — and that is what fascinates Steve Hansen.

"But the project is significant not just for its mammoth size. It is the highest-profile example of the growing trend of information lifecycle management, a strategy for managing records from their creation to their use to how they are archived."

Alice Lipowicz. Long Live E-Records!. Washington Technology. July 5, 2005.

See also:
David Talbot. The Fading Memory of the State. Technology Review. July 2005.

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Podcasting Poised for Big Future

"Market researchers and analysts continue to buoy up podcasting's future with latest figures suggesting a US audience alone of 56 million by 2010.

"Podcasts, which are only a year old, are online audio shows by amateurs and professionals which can be sent automatically to digital music players.

"The predictions also match those for growing digital music player sales."

BBC News. Podcasting Set for 'Huge Growth'. July 7, 2005.

See also:
Jack Kapica. Podcasting Audience to Skyrocket: Study. Globe & Mail. July 6, 2005.

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Qualcomm Fights Back on Broadcom's Suit

"Qualcomm on Wednesday described the recent antitrust suit filed against it by communications chip vendor Broadcom as 'meritless,' and suggested that it may fight back with further litigation of its own.

"Qualcomm and Broadcom are already locked in another legal battle. In May, Broadcom sued Qualcomm for alleged patent infringement and filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission in an attempt to ban the import of foreign-manufactured Qualcomm products, which Broadcom alleged infringed its patents. Qualcomm reiterated Wednesday that it believes Broadcom's patent infringement claims are 'without merit.'"

China Martens. Qualcomm Says Broadcom Antitrust Suit Is 'Meritless'. InfoWorld. July 6, 2005.

See also:
Reuters. Qualcomm Rejects Broadcom Claims, Eyes Legal Action. July 6, 2005.

Reuters. Broadcom Files Antitrust Lawsuit against Qualcomm. July 5, 2005.

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Microsoft, France Telecom Partner for Wireless

"Microsoft Corp. and France Telecom said on Wednesday the first product from their multimedia partnership was likely to be ready within a year and that they were confident of success in the venture.

"The world's largest software maker and France Telecom held a joint news conference in Paris to highlight that the partnership would initially focus on mobile phones using wireless technology and on bringing together voice, video and data over networks."

Reuters. Microsoft, France Tel Upbeat on Partnership Hopes. July 7, 2005.

See also:
Associated Press. France Telecom, Microsoft in Net Phone Deal. MSNBC News. July 7, 2005.

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July 07, 2005

EFF Includes Labor Section to Blogging Guide

"The Bloggers' FAQ on Labor Law addresses legal issues arising from workplace blogging, including union organizing, protections for political blogging away from the workplace, and whistle-blogging."

Electronic Frontier Foundation. Bloggers' FAQ: Labor Law.

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Sony & McDonalds Team for PSP Deal

"McDonald's and Sony Computer Entertainment have teamed for an online/offline PlayStation Portable (PSP) giveaway called 'Only the MAC CODE Knows.'

"The promotion -- aimed at attracting a young, tech-savvy clientele -- centers on a fortune-teller-style Web site and will employ an online advertising campaign."

Pamela Parker & Enid Burns. McDonald's Promotion Offers Sony PSP to Online Entrants. ClickZ News. July 6, 2005.

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Yahoo Launches Vertical Search Engine

"Yahoo is quietly testing a new job search engine that finds not just job listings from paid partners and advertisers but also from across the Web.

"The new HotJobs site lists sponsored postings, featured results from paid listings, followed by job results from the Web. Yahoo's HotJobs site previously got its listings directly from employers and staffing agencies.

"The move highlights Yahoo's growing focus on a 'full service' approach, as competition from search giants Google and Microsoft's MSN continues to heat up. Yahoo's strategy is to deliver as much of the Web as possible--from Web-based e-mail to job listings and online dating services--in hopes of garnering a larger audience."

Elinor Mills. Yahoo Searches Web for Job Listings. News.com. July 6, 2005.

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Intel, Morgan Freeman Form Internet Film Venture

"Intel and actor Morgan Freeman's movie production company, Revelations Entertainment, said Wednesday that they have formed a new venture aimed at distributing first-run movies over the Internet.

"The new company, called ClickStar, is taking on an unfamiliar and potentially controversial role in Hollywood circles that have viewed online distribution as a potentially destabilizing force on DVD sales.

"Most online movie ventures, such as Movielink and , are allowed to distribute films only after they have been in home video circulation for up to several months."

John Borland. Intel, Studio Form Movie Download Venture. News.com. July 6, 2005.

See also:
John Borland. Where's the iTunes for Movies?. News.com. July 6, 2005.

Katie Dean. Freeman Bringing Films to Net. Wired News. July 6, 2005.

Gavin Clarke. Intel and Morgan Freeman Put DRM to Work in New Movie Venture. The Register. July 6, 2005.

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A Fifth of Japanese Businesses Use Open Source

"The use of open-source operating systems in enterprise servers is growing in Japan, with companies citing low introduction costs as the main factor for adoption, according to a recent report by the Japanese government.

"So far, 21 percent of Japanese companies have already introduced open-source operating systems while 22 percent either have plans to deploy, or are considering plans to deploy, an open-source operating system, according to an annual white paper (.pdf) released by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC).

"By contrast, 33 percent of U.S. companies have adopted open-source operating systems in at least some of their servers, MIC said."

Paul Kallender. One fifth of Japanese Businesses Using Open Source OS. InfoWorld. July 5, 2005.

See also:
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Information and Communications in Japan 2005. (.pdf) June 2005.

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Disney, Sprint Plan Mobile Phone Service

"Milestones in a child's development usually include the first steps or a first word, but will the first cell phone call be next?

"Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday it will launch a mobile phone service next year aimed at families based upon its own line of phones, games and other family oriented entertainment.

"Analysts see it as pushing an industry trend to recruit ever-younger customers as cell phone penetration among adults approaches saturation. Disney will operate the phone service itself, buying wholesale network time from Sprint Corp."

Jon Van. Disney to Launch Mobile Phone Service. Chicago Tribune. July 6, 2005.

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LG to Use Palm OS for Smartphone

"Mobile phone manufacturer LG Electronics has agreed to use a version of the Palm OS designed by Palmsource in a future smart phone, which might be the first phone to use a Linux-based version of Palm OS that is currently under development.

"Palmsource interim CEO Patrick McVeigh had referred to a pending announcement of a new licensee last week during a conference call about Palmsource's fourth-quarter earnings results, in which the Sunnyvale, California, company swung to a profit based on a one-time gain.

"Wednesday's announcement solves that mystery, but does not address which version of Palm OS will appear in the phone."

Tom Krazit. LG Chooses Palm Operating System for Future Smart Phone. PCWorld. July 6, 2005.

See also:
Dinesh C. Sharma. LG Signs Up with PalmSource. News.com. July 6, 2005.

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New Wireless Teachnology: xMax

"A new communications tool that 'whispers' on busy radio channels could enable broadband Internet services for on-the-go wireless devices or hook-up homes that cannot yet get fast Web access, its inventor said.

"xMax, the latest innovation in broadband communications, is a very quiet radio system that uses radio channels already filled up with noisy pager or TV signals, said inventor Joe Bobier.

"The advantage is not only that radio spectrum can be used twice and that xMax needs no special radio band of its own, but especially that it can sit in the valuable low frequency bands which characteristically carry very far and through buildings."

Lucas van Grinsven New Wireless Broadband "Whispers" Below the Radar. Reuters. July 4, 2005.

See also:
Peter Judge. UWB-like xMax Squeezes Broadband - into Narrowband Channels?. TechWorld. July 2, 2005.

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Vast Opportunities for Podcasting

"The word is barely a year old, and already it seems 2005 is the year of the podcast. The marriage of portable audio players and radio broadcasting, podcasting is a kind of radio on demand. People can download audio files from the Internet and listen to them at their leisure from their iPods or other devices. Last week, Apple released its new version of software for the iPod, which includes a directory of podcasts available for download.

"Most downloads are currently free, and advertisers are just beginning to find ways to sponsor them. Even if podcasting is not yet profitable, it is finding its way into many parts of society. The opportunities are vast."

Megan Barnett. Tech Trends: Podcasting Hits the Mainstream. USNews.com. July 5, 2005.

See also:
Podcast Users Expected To Reach 60 Million In Five Years. InformationWeek. July 5, 2005.

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July 06, 2005

K. Matthew Dames Gives SLA Virtual Presentation

K. Matthew Dames, managing partner of Seso Group Digital Information Advisors and the executive editor of SNTReport.com and Search & Text Mining Report, is this month's speaker for SLA's Virtual Seminar series. Dames will present a two-part series on digital collaboration projects for information professionals, with the first live session being Webcast at 2:00 EST on July 6. and the second live session being Webcast at 2:00 EST on July 20.

Attendance & Registration
Want to view Dames' presentation live? Check the SLA Virtual Seminar page for more information. If you have any additional questions, e-mail SLA at learning@sla.org or call the Professional Development Center at (703) 647-4925.

This session will be taped and available for viewing within one week of the Webcast.

Description
Whatever you call it – digital collaboration, social software, social networking – working across the Web is about more than technology or devices. Ultimately, it is about developing a community of practice where people readily share their information and knowledge, regardless of distance.

Many clients and end-users will suggest that the trend toward using digital collaboration lessens the need for librarians and other information professionals. Instead, the opposite is true: online information sharing increases the need for librarians as facilitators, researchers, and knowledge managers. With some work and initiative, technology-savvy Info Pros can position themselves inside their organizations as critically important team members at a time when their value is being questioned.

This two-part series looks at the tools and issues involved in creating an effective digital collaboration environment, and shares some ideas on how best to establish a digital collaboration initiative within an organization. The first part of the series, part of SLA's Virtual Learning Series, will explain the tools and terminology of digital collaboration, and how different organizations are using these tools to improve productivity and knowledge sharing.

Slides
K. Matthew Dames. Digital Collaboration: Tools & Terms. (.pdf, 2.7 MB) July 6, 2005.

Webliography
Covad. "The Ringing" (Flash movie; Flash Player required.)

Salesforce.com: Hosted customer relationship management tool, with contact management, marketing campaign budgeting and analysis, and mobile and wireless capability.

Bloglines: Hosted RSS and news aggregator.

37Signals: Developer of several hosted business tools, including Backpack (a collaborative online planner and to-do list), and the highly regarded Basecamp (hosted project management application).

Thomas Bleha. Down to the Wire. Foreign Affairs. May/June 2005. ("Once a leader in Internet innovation, the United States has fallen far behind Japan and other Asian states in deploying broadband and the latest mobile-phone technology.")

Heather Green and Robert D. Hof. Picking Up Where Search Leaves Off. BusinessWeek Online. April 11, 2005. ("The time-saving trend of "tagging" is luring legions of Web surfers -- and Yahoo! ")

Daniel Terdiman. Folksonomies Tap People Power. Wired News. Feb. 1, 2005. ("The job of tags isn't to organize all the world's information into tidy categories. It's to add value to the giant piles of data that are already out there.")

Technorati: A blog index.

SNTReport.com: Seso Group LLC publication that finds, filters, summarizes important digital collaboration news six days each week.

Search & Text Mining Report: Seso Group LLC publication that finds, filters, summarizes important news about the business, technology, and law of search and search engines. Published five days each week.

Micro Persuasion: Blog of public relations executive Steve Rubel.

GM FastLane: "The FastLane blog is where you can come to read the latest, greatest musings of GM leaders on topics relevant to the company, the industry and the global economy, and -- most of all -- to our customers and other car enthusiasts."

Charlene Li. Blogging: Bubble or Big Deal? Forrester Research. Nov. 5, 2004.

Mark Pilgrim. What Is RSS? O'Reilly XML.com. Dec. 18, 2002.

Jeff Tyson. How Instant Messaging Works. HowStuffWorks. No date.

Robert Kaye. Next-Generation File Sharing with Social Networks. O'Reilly Open P2P. March 5, 2004.

Miriam Rainsford. A Musician's Take on File Sharing, DRM, and Copyleft Licensing. O'Reilly Open P2P. June 10, 2003.

Wikipedia. Founded in 2001, Wikipedia bills itself as "the free-content encyclopedia that anyone can edit."

JotSpot: A Wiki web application development through a " Microsoft Word style editing" interface. For a demonstration of JotSpot's capabilities, please see Jon Udell's Flash movie. (Flash Player required.)

Federal Communications Commission. Voice Over Internet Protocol: Frequently Asked Questions. May 24, 2005.

vSkype: Skype plugin that allows users to see who they are talking to while sharing applications, spreadsheets or photos in real time. (Windows only)

IPDrum. Its IPdrum Mobile Cable connects Skype to a mobile telephone via the mobile telephone network - allowing Skype users true mobility and worldwide calling for local rates.

Heather Wilson. Gaming for Librarians: An Introduction. (.pdf) VOYA. February 2005.

K. Matthew Dames. Commentary on New iTunes Cell Phone. SNTReport.com. July 5, 2005.

Fred Vogelstein. Gates vs. Google: Search and Destroy. Fortune. May 2, 2005. ("Bill Gates is on a mission to build a Google killer. What got him so riled? The darling of search is moving into software—and that's Microsoft's turf.")

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Problems With Proposed Data Bill

"Our esteemed leaders in the U.S. Congress are vowing to enact new laws targeting data thieves, backup-tape burglars and other information-age miscreants.

"We should be worried.

"Any reasonable person, of course, should agree that such thefts must be punished and data warehouses should let us know if our information falls into the hands of criminals.

"But a bill announced last week by Sens. Arlen Specter, R-Penn., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., goes far beyond reasonable data security precautions. It amounts to a crackdown on individuals, bloggers and legitimate e-mail list moderators."

Declan McCullagh. The Coming Web Security Woes. News.com. July 4, 2005.

See also:
Declan McCullagh. Senators Propose Sweeping Data-Security Bill. News.com. June 29, 2005.

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The Value of Open Source Software

"Although Linus Torvalds may be the person most people associate with the Linux operating system, Jon 'Maddog' Hall, with his hippie-length white hair and Santa Claus beard, is a close second as the public face of the open-source movement.

"As executive director of nonprofit Linux International, he travels the world talking about the value Linux and open-source software can offer to large enterprises."

Joab Jackson. The Real Cost of Open-source Software. GCN. July 5, 2005.

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Deutsche Telekom Mulls T-Mobile Sale

"Deutsche Telekom AG is exploring whether to sell its U.S. wireless operation, T-Mobile USA Inc., a move that could fetch as much as $30 billion and alter mobile-phone markets on both sides of the Atlantic.

"As the German telecom titan faces a huge bill to upgrade the technology used by its U.S. unit to keep pace with rivals, Deutsche Telekom's management board has been debating T-Mobile USA's fate, according to people close to the matter. The company has told investors in private meetings recently that it expects to make a decision by December."

Jason Singer, et al. T-Mobile USA Could Go Up for Sale. WSJ.com. July 5, 2005.

See also:
Mark Landler and Ken Belson. A Dilemma for T-Mobile: Invest Heavily or Cash Out. The New York Times. July 5, 2005.

Boris Groendahl. Deutsche Telekom May Sell T-Mobile USA. Yahoo! News. July 4, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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RSS Attracts Internet Advertisers

"The fledgling RSS business is starting to attract some attention from those catering to Internet advertisers.

"Google, Pheedo, Feedster and Yahoo Search Marketing are all peddling advertising options for RSS, an increasingly popular way of having a personal computer automatically retrieve information from the Internet.

"Some big companies, like Verizon, are starting to buy space in the RSS information streams, which are selected anonymously and pulled from Web sites by a PC."

Louise Story. Marketers See Opportunity as RSS Gains Users. News.com. July 5, 2005.

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Outlook for Podcast Advertising

"Apple's integration of podcasting into its iTunes software has propelled the grassroots movement into the mainstream, but marketers say there are challenges to overcome before ad dollars begin pouring into podcasters' pockets.

"Among those challenges are finding ways of measuring listening and of efficiently buying ads on a medium that has so far been made up of small, fragmented audiences.

"Since podcasting uses RSS feeds for distribution -- the same mechanism popularized by blogs -- FeedBurner and other RSS-centric technology companies are at the forefront of helping podcasters build the format into a monetizable business. FeedBurner's technology measures the number of people who are subscribed to a blog's feed, reading the content of a post, or clicking through on any links. It is applying the same technology to podcasts."

Kevin Newcomb. Podcasting Ads Face Challenges. ClickZNews. July 5, 2005.

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Business Blogging in the U.K.

"Do weblogs inevitably mean corporate chaos and PR disaster? Adam Hill finds that while some firms are running scared, others have joined the conversation.

"Kensington Locks, the US-based PC peripherals supplier, may not be the world's best known brand. Yet in May, millions of web- surfers read one blogger's demonstration of how its locks for securing laptops could be opened with just a piece of cardboard.

"It followed hot on the heels of another blog involving bicycle lock manufacturer Kryptonite. Last year a blogger wrote that its locks could be opened with a biro. Both are examples of a new PR headache to which some PROs do not seem to know how to respond."

PR Week. Reputation Management: Blogs Cast a Shadow. July 1, 2005.

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Broadcom Slapped Lawsuit on Qualcomm

"Communications chip maker Broadcom has slapped a lawsuit on wireless networking giant Qualcomm, alleging that its rival's use of third-generation patents violates U.S. antitrust laws.

"The complaint revolves around Qualcomm's Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) technology, which is implemented through the Universal Mobile Telephone Systems (UMTS) standard.

"Broadcom says that when international industry groups were hammering out wireless broadband standards, 'Qualcomm represented that it would license its WDMA patents on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (that is, so-called 'FRAND') terms.'"

Colin C. Haley. Broadcom Hits Qualcomm Over 3G Patents. Internetnews.com. July 5, 2005.

See also:
Reuters. Broadcom Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Qualcomm. July 5, 2005.

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July 05, 2005

Technology Decisions in the Courtroom

"Some of the most important technology decisions this week were made not in the boardroom but by nine men and women wearing black robes.

"The Supreme Court handed movie studios and record labels a sweeping victory against file swapping, ruling that peer-to-peer companies such as Grokster could be held responsible for the copyright piracy on their networks. In a unanimous decision, the nine justices said companies that build businesses with the active intent of encouraging copyright infringement should be held liable for their customers' illegal actions.

"The decision comes as a surprisingly strong victory for copyright companies and stands to reshape an Internet landscape in which file swapping has become commonplace."

Steven Musil. Week in Review: Judging Tech. News.com. July 1, 2005.

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Motorola Readies Linux Based Mobile Phone

"Motorola announced a new step this week in its plan to remake most of its mobile phone line with Linux, expanding use of the open-source operating system to midrange phones.

"The E895 is a flip-phone design that uses a version of Linux from MontaVista Software, said Cheryln Chin, vice president for Motorola mobile phone marketing. Motorola expects to begin shipping it in Asia in the fourth quarter of the year and in other parts of the globe after that.

"Motorola began selling Linux-powered mobile phones in 2003 but, until now, has used the OS only in high-end phones. Motorola expects to change that as software makers slim down Linux and hardware makers bulk up cell phone computing power, Chin said."

Stephen Shankland. Linux Moves Into Midrange Motorola Phones. News.com. July 1, 2005.

See also:
Linux News. Motorola Readies Tri-band Linux/Java Phone. June 27, 2005.

Stephen Shankland and Ben Charny. Linux to Power Most Motorola Phones. News.com. Feb. 23, 2003.

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Adult Publisher Sues Amazon Over Images

"Adult magazine publisher Perfect 10 is suing Amazon.com, alleging that the e-tailer's search engine is violating copyright law by displaying thousands of images from its Web site without permission.

"'It is Perfect 10's contention that 'search engines' such as A9.com and Google are displaying hundreds of thousands of adult images, from the most tame to the most exceedingly explicit, to draw massive traffic to their Web sites, which they convert into ad revenue or sales revenue,' the publisher said in a statement."

"Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Perfect 10 filed a similar lawsuit against Google in November and said it has sent numerous notices of infringement to both Google and Amazon that have been ignored."

Elinor Mills. Adult Site Sues Amazon Over Sexy Images. News.com. July 1, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Google's role in copyright infringement.

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Gates: Search Still Needs Improvement

"Describing a future where everyone and every system is highly connected through wireless devices and Web services, Bill Gates said Friday there is still room for improvements in search engines and the Internet.

"Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect was speaking before a conference hall here packed with over 7,000 IT professionals, government officials and students. Gates is in Singapore for the day, following a trip to Thailand.

"'We have the availability of information wherever you go, delivered by the breakthrough of wireless networks' in the office and in public areas, he said."

Eileen Yu. Gates Calls for Better Search Technology. News.com. July 1, 2005.

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Lawmakers Strive to Ease Telecom's Video Service

"U.S. House and Senate lawmakers on Thursday unveiled two measures designed to make it easier for telephone companies to launch video service to compete with cable and satellite services.

"The measures would eliminate the need for companies like Verizon Communications and SBC Communications to seek authority from towns and cities to offer their video services, a process they have called cumbersome.

"Cable operators and telephone companies have been encroaching on each other's turf, battling to offer consumers a suite of communications and entertainment services. Such packages are often lucrative to the providers' bottom line."

Reuters. Lawmakers Aim to Help Telecoms Offer Video. News.com. July 1, 2005.

See also:
Marguerite Reardon. Cablevision: We're Not Afraid of Verizon's Fiber. News.com. May 5, 2005.

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Online Retailers Test Power of Blogs

"Next on board the blogging bandwagon: e-tailer

"Online merchants are starting to test Web logs, which are akin to online diaries, in hopes of giving their stores more personality and giving customers a reason to return even when they're not in the mood to buy. But for companies like Bluefly.com, eHobbies, Ice.com and others, blogs are so far afield from typical retail functions that they will take time to master."

Bob Tedeschi. Blogging While Browsing, But Not Buying. News.com. July 4, 2005.

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Survey: Replacements Will Drive Mobile Phone Market

"Mobile phone production will continue to grow but the drivers of the business will shift from purchases by new subscribers to replacement handset purchases, a market research survey said Thursday.

"iSuppli looks for 3G phones using CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and W-CDMA as well as digital cameras and MP3 music playback phones to drive the replacement market."

TechWeb News. Replacements Will Soon Drive Mobile Phone Market. TechWeb. June 30, 2005.

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Microsoft to Preview Latest CRM Suite

"Microsoft's 'CRM Next' is still not shipping, but when it does, it will have a new name and a bunch of new features, company executives said. And it will be offered to partners via Service Provider License Agreements that will enable hosting partners a way to pay as they go.

"First, what had been called both Microsoft CRM 2.0 and then CRM 2005, will officially be dubbed Microsoft CRM 3.0 and is still set to release to manufacturing in the fourth quarter, said Brad Wilson, general manager for Microsoft CRM.

"Wilson said the new naming convention isn't just window dressing, but reflects major additions to what had been planned for this delayed release."

Barbara Darrow. Microsoft Renames 'CRN Next,' Adds Hosted Licensing Option, Tightens Ties To Outlook/Office/SBS. CRN. July 5, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hines. Microsoft Previews Next-generation CRM. News.com. July 5, 2005.

Dennis Callaghan. Microsoft Skips to 3.0 for CRM. eWeek. July 5, 2005.

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July 02, 2005

UK Ties Grants to Open Access

"Thousands of British academics in every subject from art history to zoology will soon be required to make their research freely available online, the UK research councils have announced.

"The move flies in the face of government reluctance to offend the publishing industry and is a victory for proponents of open access to research findings.

"By making free access a condition of grants, the research councils, which control billions of pounds worth of funding, hope to give British research more impact worldwide as it is taken up and cited by other researchers."

Donald MacLeod. Research Councils Back Free Online Access. The Guardian. June 29, 2005.

See also:
Research Councils UK. RCUK Announces Proposed Position on Access to Research Outputs. (Press Release.) June 28, 2005.

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Sprint Lays Out WiMax Plan

"Sprint and Motorola said yesterday they would work together to develop technology for next-generation high-speed wireless technology.

"Known broadly as WiMax, these services are expected to allow people with laptops, personal digital assistants and other portable devices to connect to the Internet at speeds comparable to the broadband connections used in homes and offices.

"Sprint has a particular interest in WiMax technology. If its proposed merger with Nextel is approved, the combined company will hold a significant chunk of the needed spectrum in major cities to run the service."

Ken Belson. Sprint and Motorola Plan a Joint Effort on Wireless Technology. New York Times. July 1, 2005.

See also:
Colin C. Haley. Sprint Gets Lined up Behind WiMAX. InternetNews.com. June 30, 2005.

Ben Charny. WiMax Begins to Gel at Sprint. News.com. June 30, 2005.

To see WiMax related news, please link WiMax Networking News.

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ChoicePoint Gets 5 Year IRS Contract

"The Internal Revenue Service has awarded ChoicePoint Government Services a contract worth as much as $20 million to serve as the agency's public records provider for batch processing projects, according to the company.

"Under a five-year contract, ChoicePoint will provide the IRS with access to its suite of custom data solutions. IRS officials will use ChoicePoint’s public records data capabilities to support customized data retrieval requirements.

"ChoicePoint provides public records information about a person, asset or location, a company spokesperson said. The information can include current and former addresses, property ownership records and bankruptcy, lien or judgment information."

Doug Beizer. IRS Search for Public Records Access Ends with ChoicePoint. GCN. June 28, 2005.

See also:
Rich Smith. IRS Chooses ChoicePoint. The Motley Fool. June 27, 2005.

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Vodafone Connects to MSN Messenger

"Vodafone Group and Microsoft have partnered to connect Vodafone's mobile phone customers with Microsoft's instant messaging service, the companies announced Thursday.

"The service will bring together more than 165 million customers of Microsoft's MSN Messenger and nearly 155 million Vodafone customers who will be able to see each other online and exchange instant messages from their PCs to mobile phones and vice versa. It is slated to go live in several European markets before the end of the year."

John Blau. Vodafone to Link Mobile Phones to MSN Messenger. InfoWorld. June 30, 2005.

See also:
Reuters. Vodafone, MSN Plan PC-to-Mobile Messaging Service. June 30, 2005.

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PalmOne Gets a Bright Fiscal Result for Q4

"PalmOne took the unusual move of announcing the results of the most recent financial quarter right before the stock market opened, instead of at the end of the day."

"The company's revenue during the quarter totaled $335.8 million, up 26 percent from the same quarter a year ago. This is the eighth quarter in a row that the company's revenues have been higher than in the equivalent period of the previous year."

"The company credits much of its profits to the success of the Treo line."

Ed Hardy. PalmOne Announces Very Profitable Quarter. Brighthand. June 30, 2005.

See also:
Mobile Pipeline Staff. Treo Leads PalmOne To Higher Revenue, Profits. Mobile Pipeline. June 30, 2005.

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July 01, 2005

Google Sued Over AdWords

"A seller of online marketing tools said on Wednesday it sued Google Inc., charging that the Web search giant has failed to protect users of its advertising program from 'click fraud,' costing them at least $5 million.

"Click Defense Inc. filed its lawsuit, (.pdf) which also seeks class action status, on June 24 in U.S. District Court in San Jose, California.

"Click fraud is not 'fraud' as defined under the law. Rather, it is an industry term used to describe the deliberate clicking on Web search ads by users with no plans to do business with the advertiser. Rival companies might employ people or machines to do this because the advertiser has to pay the Web search provider for each click."

Reuters. Google Sued Over 'Click Fraud' in Web Ads. June 30, 2005.

See also:
Pamela Parker. Another Class Action Click Fraud Suit Against Google. ClickZNews. June 30, 2005.

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. Click Defense Inc. v. Google Inc.. (.pdf) June 24, 2005.

Update: Wendy Davis. Google Wins $75,000 In Click Fraud Case. Online Media Daily. July 5, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior stories on click fraud available here, here, here, and here.

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Grokster's Impact on Podcasting

"Apple's new podcasting service could be in a sticky situation if podcasters post copyrighted material, thanks to Monday's Grokster decision by the Supreme Court, some experts say. But others suggested Apple's new podcast hub could prove to be an ideal one-stop-shop for securing music licenses for homebrew radio shows.

"Podcasters may not include unauthorized copyright material in their broadcasts, and Apple will reportedly monitor podcasts for infringing material, according to the Guardian. Apple also provides a complaint form on the iTMS to notify the company of any copyright violations.

"But with the unanimous Supreme Court decision in the MGM Studios v. Grokster case, companies can now be sued if they encourage users of their technology to infringe copyrights."

Katie Dean. Grokster May Haunt Podcasting. Wired News. June 29, 2005.

See also:

Bobbie Johnson. iPods get Colour, Podcasts. Guardian Unlimited Online Blog. June 28, 2005.

Katie Dean. Grokster Loss Sucks for Tech. Wired News. June 27, 2005.

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Microsoft Publishes Desktop Search APIs

"Enlisting developers to help combat Google's search dominance, Microsoft has quietly released documentation to extend its desktop search tool beyond the browser.

"Microsoft has published application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow programmers to display the results of a desktop search in their choice of programs.

"The APIs, which were released earlier this week, are still in beta testing.

Martin LaMonica. Microsoft Opens Desktop Search. News.com. June 30, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Microsoft's desktop search.

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Will Personalized Search Affect Ad Rankings?

"Google unveiled an experimental personalized search technology in its Labs unit today. It has the potential to impact the way paid search ads are targeted.

"Google Personalized Search uses people's search histories and click behavior to tailor Web search results. If a user searches 'bass,' for example, the technology would look at his search and click history to decide if music- or fish-related results are most appropriate.

"The new tool is related in part to Google's search history feature and also ties into its Fusion initiative, which encompasses the personalized home page."

Pamela Parker. Google's New Personalization Tech Has Ad Implications. ClickZNews. June 28, 2005.

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Yahoo Tests Social Search Engine

"Yahoo has enhanced its My Web personal search service to enable users to share their personal Web index of pages and links.

"My Web 2.0, which is in test (or beta) mode, was launched late on Tuesday and will be available on a first-come first-serve basis to a limited number of users.

"Yahoo launched the first version of My Web in April to let users save and annotate Web pages and keep a history of their search queries as well as the search results they click on."

Juan Carlos Perez. Yahoo Introduces 'Social' Search Engine. PCWorld. June 29, 2005.

See also:
Yahoo Search Blog. Search, With a Little Help From Your Friends. June 28, 2005.

Chris Sherman. Yahoo Integrates Personal & Social Search with MyWeb 2.0. SearchEngineWatch. June 28, 2005.

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June 30, 2005

Publishers Seek Delay for Google's Digitization Plans

"The Association of American Publishers has asked Google to suspend for six months its plan to digitize books from the collections of several major research libraries and make them searchable online.

"AAP Vice President for Legal and Governmental Affairs Allan R. Adler told the Chronicle of Higher Education that the group made the request in a June 10 letter that stopped short of calling for the project to 'cease and desist.' 'We’ve simply asked for a six-month moratorium to facilitate discussion,' said Adler.

"Adler said in the June 21 Chronicle that the letter was prompted by AAP members’ concern that they have not 'gotten satisfactory answers to their questions about copyright infringement.' It requested a meeting between Google executives and leaders of the publishing association."

American Libraries Online. Publishers’ Group Seeks Six-Month Delay in Google Library Project. June 22, 2005.

See also:
Jeffrey R. Young. Publishers' Group Asks Google to Stop Scanning Copyrighted Works for 6 Months. The Chronicle of Higher Education. June 21, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior stories here and here and here on concerns over Google's digitization.

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T-Mobile Choose Google As Mobile Portal

"Deutsche Telekom's mobile arm T-Mobile will use Web search leader Google as the starting point for surfing the Internet on its mobile phones to promote Internet usage, T-Mobile said on Wednesday.

"T-Mobile, Europe's second-largest mobile operator, is moving to provide full Internet access on its phones, abandoning the unpopular 'walled garden' concept in which operators give access to their own choice of Web sites."

Boris Groendahl. T-Mobile Teams Up with Google For Mobile Internet. Reuters. June 29, 2005.

See also:
Mobile Pipeline Staff. T-Mobile To Use Google As Mobile Portal, Dumps 'Walled Garden'. Mobile Pipeline. June 29, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Google's mobile solution.

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Motorola Buys Sendo's Patents

"Motorola is buying U.K.-based competitor Sendo's patents and 200-employee research division in an effort to strengthen its cell phone sales in Europe and elsewhere.

"The deal, announced Wednesday, will add 50 existing Sendo patents, plus 40 that are pending, to Motorola's intellectual property portfolio. The researchers will be reassigned to a Motorola division 'while preserving the team's focus,' the company said in a statement.

"Because of 5-year-old Sendo's European roots, Motorola believes the acquisition will improve sales of Motorola handsets on the Continent, where the market is dominated by No. 1 handset maker Nokia, Motorola Mobile Devices President Ron Garriques said."

Ben Charny. Motorola Buys Sendo's Brains. News.com. June 29, 2005.

See also:
Mobile Pipeline Staff. Motorola Buys Phone-Related Assets From Sendo . Mobile Pipeline. June 29, 2005.

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Nextel Trials Non-WiMax Broadband

"While WiMAX wireless broadband technology edges toward widespread availability, Nextel said Wednesday that it will trial wireless broadband in the Washington, D.C. area that uses UMTS TDD technology.

"The technology, championed by IPWireless, also is being deployed throughout the Czech Republic by T-Mobile and in France by Orange. Nextel previously had trialed another competing wireless broadband technology, Flarion's FLASH-OFDM, in North Carolina. Both technologies that Nextel has trialed are mobile while even pre-standard mobile WiMAX won't be available for, at the very least, a year."

Mobile Pipeline Staff. Nextel To Launch Non-WiMAX Wireless Broadband Trials. Mobile Pipeline. June 29, 2005.

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Paid Bloggers Endorse Products Without Disclosure

"Jeff Cutler has never purchased anything from Dot Flowers, but you might think otherwise, reading the Hingham resident's blog.

"'No more driving to the corner to buy flowers and hand-deliver them,' he wrote on his Web page. ''Nope. Now I go online to places like Dot Flowers.com and 1-800-Flowers. I like Dot a little better just because of the personal touch.'

"Dot Flowers's ad agency paid Cutler $5 this spring to promote the florist and put a link to its website on his blog, or online journal, short for web log. Cutler, who does not disclose the payment on his blog, is one of more than 2,000 bloggers whom marketer USWeb enlisted to hawk products and services. That helped the nascent florist double its sales in the first three months and shoot up near the top of Google's search list, according to USWeb."

Jenn Abelson. For a Fee, Some Blogs Boost Firms. Boston.com. June 26, 2005.

Related:
GNN.tv. Blogging for Dollars. May 13, 2005.

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June 29, 2005

New Haven for P2P Music Service

"While the technology has been vilified for making it easier to swap illegally copied music over the Internet, peer-to-peer software is increasingly being embraced by cellular phone manufacturers and service providers to help their nascent music businesses.

"Handset maker Nokia has reportedly developed peer-to-peer software that would allow sharing of text documents, photos and, eventually, music between its 6600 model phones.

"It's not just Nokia. Electronics maker Mitsubishi says it too has developed a prototype peer-to-peer phone. And three weeks ago, Canadian cell phone operator Rogers Wireless started using peer-to-peer software as a marketing tool for its music download service. Rogers lets users send the first 30 seconds of a song to a friend's cell phone. If the friend likes it, he or she can buy the rest of the song."

Ben Charny. Wireless: A Peer-to-Peer Music Asylum. News.com. June 28, 2005.

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Brand X's Ruling Will Spur Wireless Broadband

"Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision (.pdf) stating that cable companies don't have to make their networks available to competitors will spur the popularity of wireless broadband, an executive for a wireless ISP claimed."

"'(The) ruling will inadvertently serve as a boon for wireless broadband providers,' Jeff Thompson, president of TowerStream, said in an e-mail interview. 'Cable companies can move forward and invest in their current networks and ISPs can start looking for true alternatives not controlled by competitors, such as WiMAX.'"

David Haskin. Supreme Court Decision Favors Wireless Broadband: Vendor. Mobile Pipeline. June 28, 2005.

See also:
U.S. Supreme Court. On Writs of Certiorari: National Cable & Telecommunications Association et al. v. Brand X Internet Services et al., Federal Communications Commissions and United States v. Brand X Internet Services et al.. (.pdf) June 27, 2005.

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Apple Launches iTunes 4.9 with Podcast Support

"Apple Computer today unveiled a new version of its iTunes music software and its companion online store to incorporate podcasts, a move that could bring this nascent form of personal broadcasting to a mainstream audience.

"The new iTunes contains a directory of more than 3,000 free audio programs with an eclectic mix of content, from MTV veejay Adam Curry's pioneering Daily Source Code to ESPN sports to programming from National Public Radio stations such as KCRW in Los Angeles.

"The software removes the technological hurdles that have kept podcasting a largely early-adopter phenomenon, making it easy for anyone to find and subscribe to a podcast. And every time there's a new episode, it's automatically downloaded to their Mac or PC and automatically synchronized to their iPod."

Dawn C. Chmielewski. Apple Puts Podcasting on New iTunes. San Jose Mercury News. June 28, 2005.

See also:
Charles Arthur. Apple Pushes Podcasts Through iTunes. The Register. June 28, 2005.

BBC News. Apple Brings Podcasts Into iTunes. June 28, 2005.

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Google Releases 3D Mapping Service

"Google has released its long-anticipated geographic search tool, a new application that combines local search with satellite images and maps from around the globe.

Google Earth is a standalone application that's essentially an enhanced and upgraded version of its Keyhole 3D satellite imagery product. As Google has done with several of its past acquisitions, the company has also made the application free to all users, dropping its annual subscription fee for the basic version. Google Earth Plus with additional features will cost $20 per year.

"Google Earth is designed to make it easy to "fly" to aerial views of many locations on the planet. Currently, the application has detailed imagery for the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and 38 major cities in other countries, as well as medium to high resolution terrain imagery for the entire world."

Chris Sherman. Google Earth Flies Free. SearchEngineWatch. June 28, 2005.

See also:
Susan Kuchinskas. Google to Earth. InternetNews.com. June 28, 2005.

Harry McCracken. First Impressions: Google's Amazing Earth. PCWorld. June 27, 2005.

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Revision of WiMax's Bright Future

Are we too positive about WiMax's future? Here is an opposite opinion.

"The industry hype surrounding WiMax wireless has led many to believe that notebook computers capable of 70-Mbit/second access to the Internet over 30-mile distances are going to be available soon.

"The current WiMax market is based on orthogonal frequency division multiplexing wireless technology codified in the new IEEE 802.16-2004 standard (also called 802.16d) for point-to-multipoint network coverage over a distance of up to 30 miles at speeds up to 70 Mbits/s.

"For broadband mobility, a new IEEE standard, 802.16e, is being cobbled together, but we don't expect it to be approved before early 2006...Realistically, with 802.16e we can expect only about 15-Mbit/s maximum data speeds within about a three-mile radius from a basestation."

Will Strauss. WiMax Wireless: A Tale of Two Markets. EE Times. June 27, 2005.

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Nokia, Sun Lay Out Next Step For Handsets

"At the Sun Microsystems JavaOne Developer Conference this week both Sun and Nokia laid out their plans to enhance the Java environment for the next generation of handsets."

"Code-named the Star Project, Sun appears to be focusing on consumer content with the announcement that it will work closely with NTT DoCoMo to define next-generation data services and content for consumers.

"Nokia also announced that its Series 60 Platform handsets will be upgraded from its current CLDC (Connected Limited Device Configuration) to a more capable CDC (Connected Device Configuration) in preparation for improvements to Sun's MIDP (Mobile Information Device profile) Java profile for handsets."

Ephraim Schwartz. Nokia And Sun Prep Java For Handsets. InfoWorld. June 28, 2005.

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Yahoo to Upgrade E-Mail Service

"Yahoo is planning to overhaul its free Web-based e-mail service to make it work more like a desktop e-mail program, the company announced late Monday.

"The service will feature e-mail caching to shorten response time, message preview and drag-and-drop filing, the company said. A limited number of customers will be able to participate in the beta test of the new service in coming weeks, with general availability to follow in coming months, said Ethan Diamond, product director for Yahoo e-mail.

"Yahoo e-mail users will be able to decide on using the new version, sticking with the older version, or using both. The new service currently works with only Internet Explorer and Firefox, but support for other browsers is expected to follow."

Elinor Mills. Yahoo Overhauls Free Web E-mail Service. News.com. June 27, 2005.

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June 28, 2005

Supreme Court Rules Against Grokster

"The U.S. Supreme Court ruled (.pdf) Monday that software companies can be held liable for copyright infringement when individuals use their technology to download songs and movies illegally.

"The unanimous decision handed the music and movie industries a crucial victory in their ongoing battle to curb Internet piracy -- a campaign centered on lobbying for new laws, filing thousands of lawsuits against Internet users, and winning a ruling from the nation's highest court.

"Their victory Monday on the third piece of that strategy dealt a big blow to technology companies, which claim that holding them accountable for the illegal downloading of songs, movies, video games and other proprietary products would stifle their ability to develop new products."

Krysten Crawford. Hollywood Wins Internet Piracy Battle. CNNMoney.com. June 27, 2005.

See also:
U.S. Supreme Court. On Writ of Certiorari: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., et al. v. Grokster, LTD., et al.. (.pdf) June 27, 2005.

News.com Special Coverage. File-Swap Fallout. News.com.

Libe Goad. Supreme Court Deals Blow to P2P Services. eWeek. June 27, 2005.

Technology & Marketing Law Blog. Grokster Supreme Court Ruling. June 27, 2005.

Electric Frontier Foundation. Supreme Court Sows Uncertainty. Deep Links. June 27, 2005.

Vauhini Vara. A Grokster Primer. WSJ.com. June 27, 2005.

The Wall Street Journal. Grokster Roundtable. June 27, 2005.

National Public Radio. File-Sharing Firms May Be Liable, Says High Court. All Things Considered. June 27, 2005.

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High Court Upholds FCC Ruling in Brand X Case

"The United States Supreme Court sided with the Federal Communications Commission on Monday when it ruled that cable Internet providers should not be forced to open their broadband networks to competitors.

"The 6-3 decision was immediately cheered and jeered for the potential implications that it might have on future competition and consumer choice in broadband Internet access in the United States.

"The Supreme Court, in a majority opinion (.pdf) written by Justice Clarence Thomas, overturned a federal appellate court decision (.pdf) that would have forced cable companies to open their lines to Internet service providers such as Brand X and EarthLink."

Sam Diaz. Supreme Court Exempts Cable from Line-sharing. San Jose Mercury News. June 27, 2005.

See also:
U.S. Supreme Court. On Writs of Certiorari: National Cable & Telecommunications Association et al. v. Brand X Internet Services et al., Federal Communications Commissions and United States v. Brand X Internet Services et al.. (.pdf) June 27, 2005.

Marguerite Reardon. FAQ: What is Brand X Really About?. ZDNet. June 27, 2005.

National Public Radio. Cable Can Control Web Access, Says Court. All Things Considered. June 27, 2005.

Federal Communications Commission. Declaratory Ruling and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. (.pdf) March 15, 2002.

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X1 Technologies Offers Enterprise Search Tool

"X1 Technologies shipped the first edition of its desktop search product that's fine-tuned for the enterprise and keen to contend in the space along with major players such as Google and Microsoft.

"The twist with the release of X1 Enterprise Edition is that it puts control of the index in the hands of IT administrators while letting users search corporate data on servers and other desktops.

"X1 Enterprise Edition provides a comprehensive view of both user-managed and corporate-managed information assets through a solution sanctioned and managed by IT."

Susan Kuchinskas. New Contender For Enterprise Desktop Search?. InternetNews.com. June 27, 2005.

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Study: Travel Aggregators Beat Airlines for Search

"Travel Aggregators Like Expedia.com and Orbittz.com have the edge against major airlines when it comes to securing high spots on search engine listings, according to a new report expected to be released today by SEMphonics, a search engine marketing company.

"For the study, SEMphonics researchers queried search engines with 1,000 air travel-related keywords--such as "travel planning," vacation packages," and "airline travel"--and compared how various aggregators and domestic carriers placed on both organic and paid results.

"Leading the pack were aggregators Expedia, Orbitz, Cheaptickets, Travelocity, and Priceline."

Shankar Gupta. Study: Aggregators Best Airlines on Search. MediaPost. June 27, 2005.

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Toshiba, Micrsoft Collaborate For New DVD System

"Microsoft Corp. and Toshiba Corp. said on Monday that they would work together on developing technology for next-generation DVDs that can hold more data and deliver high-definition videos.

"Toshiba and Sony Corp., leading rival camps, have waged a three-year battle to have their standards adopted for new DVDs, which promise much greater capacity for high-definition movies.

"Gates reiterated that Microsoft would keep its neutral stance on the format battle, not supporting either side against the other. But Toshiba and Microsoft said on Monday they had agreed to work together on the development of HD DVD players using Microsoft Windows software, a move that Toshiba hopes will help lower its development costs for the next-generation DVD player."

Reuters. Toshiba, Microsoft to Collaborate on Next-gen DVD. June 27, 2005.

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iAnywhere's New Software Upgrades Mobile Devices

"Sybase Inc. subsidiary iAnywhere Solutions Inc. in late June will launch a new version of its Afaria mobile device management and security software that offers increased device support, better integration with Microsoft Corp.'s Systems Management Server 2003 and improved patch deployment capabilities.

"The latest version of Afaria is more tightly integrated with SMS 2003, allowing enterprises to manage PCs and mobile devices from a single console. The integration extends SMS 2003 support not only to devices based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system but also to units from Symbian Ltd. and PalmOne Inc. and to Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry devices."

Shelley Solheim. iAnywhere Tool Improves Management, Security of Mobile Devices. eWeek. June 27, 2005.

See also:
Mobile Pipeline Staff. iAnywhere Updates Mobile Device Management Product . Mobile Pipeline. June 27, 2005.

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June 27, 2005

Upcoming Public Roundtables on Orphan Works

The Copyright Office announced that it will be holding three upcoming public roundtable discussions on orphan works.

The dates and locations are as follows:

  • Tuesday, July 26, 2005 - Washington, D.C.
  • Wednesday, July 27, 2005 - Washington, D.C.
  • Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - Berkeley, California

U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright Office Announces Public Roundtable Discussions on Orphan Works. June 24, 2005.

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Blogs Beat Press Releases

"Despite the popular image of PR firms as press release factories and their account personnel as pitching machines, the reality is that the press release is pretty much dead as a piece of the strategic communications arsenal. We've gone from the era of mass production, mass merchandising and mass marketing to one where customization is king.

"In this environment, press releases are to PR professionals what the 30-second television commercial is becoming to the advertising industry. As far as most reporters and editors are concerned, they are overproduced, they lack differentiation, they generally aren't relevant and the vast majority just aren't worthy of coverage."

Sally Saville Hodge. The Press Release is Dead (Will Somebody Please Tell the Clients?). MarketingProfs.com. June 21, 2005

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Pentagon Uses Private Firm for Student Database

"The Pentagon yesterday released additional details about a program to compile a database of personal information on U.S. students to help bolster recruitment, saying that 12 million names currently are on file and that collection efforts have been going on for some time.

"In an official notice filed last month, the Pentagon said it was contracting with BeNow Inc., a Wakefield, Mass., firm that specializes in gathering and analyzing data from a variety of sources to target potential customers based on their personal profiles.

"The Pentagon said information in the database could include Social Security numbers, birthdates, grade-point averages, ethnicity, e-mail addresses and subjects students are studying."

Jonathan Krim. Pentagon Says It Wants Accurate Student Data. WashingtonPost.com. June 24, 2005.

See also:
U.S. Department of Defense. Potential Recruits List Critical to 'All-Recruited' Force. (Press Release.) June 24, 2005.

National Public Radio. The Pentagon's High School Recruitment Database. Day to Day. June 24, 2005.

Jonathan Krim. Pentagon Creating Student Database. WashingtonPost.com. June 23, 2005.

John J. Lumpkin. Privacy Groups Protest Pentagon Database. WashingtonPost.com. June 23, 2005.

Federal Register. Notice to Add a System of Records; DHRA 04--Joint Advertising and Market Research Recruiting Database.. May 23, 2005.

Electronic Privacy Information Center. Comments on the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Consumer Action, et al. on the DOD DHRA 04 Joint Advertising and Market Research Recruiting Database. June 22, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Post allows free access to their stories on the Web for 14 days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archives.)

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Utah, Michigan Set Precedent E-Mail Law for Minors

"Send a raunchy e-mail to a minor, and you may wind up in jail.

"That's the thrust of a new law about to take effect in Utah and Michigan that could become a harbinger for the rest of the nation.

"Starting Friday, parents in those two states will be able to add their children's e-mail addresses to a 'do not contact' registry. Anyone who goes ahead and sends e-mail deemed to be off-color or 'harmful to minors' could be imprisoned for up to three years."

Declan McCullagh. Why Ribaldry Could Earn You Prison Time. News.com. June 27, 2005.

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Search Engine Adds Value Through Interface

"The first question to ask when someone launches a new search engine to compete with rather well functioning giants like Google and Yahoo! is: Does it bring you anything new? Is there a value added?

"One such new search engine is Deepy, which has now been launched in a beta test version.

"It should be noted that Deepy isn't really a new search engine as such. It is powered by Matt Wells' Gigablast search engine. However, Deepy certainly presents a new approach to the search interface."

Pandia. Testing Deepy, a New Search Engine. June 26, 2005.

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Microsoft Integrates RSS Into Longhorn

"Microsoft's next version of its browser, Internet Explorer 7, will make it easier for people to keep automatically aware of website updates.

"IE7 will have an orange button on the toolbar which will light up when it detects a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed on a site.

"Users can click on a 'plus' button to subscribe to the site's feed, as they would with a bookmark."

Jo Twist. Microsoft Makes Web Feeds Easier. BBC News. June 24, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hicks. Microsoft Draws Cheers, Jeers over RSS in Longhorn. eWeek. June 24, 2005.

Harry McCracken. Microsoft: RSS Will Be Big in Longhorn. PCWorld. June 24, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Microsoft's support for RSS.

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Cingular to Offer iTunes Phone

"Cingular Wireless, the No. 1 U.S. mobile service, is considering selling a Motorola Inc. cell phone that can play music using Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes music service, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

"Apple and Motorola said last summer they were working on bringing the popular iTunes service to mobile phones but Motorola has delayed unveiling its iTunes device so far amid analyst speculation about a lack of interest from operators."

Sinead Carew. Cingular Considering iTunes Phone - Sources. Reuters. June 24, 2005.

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June 25, 2005

Study: Consumers See Piracy as Legal

"Campaigns to persuade people to stop downloading pirated games or software from the internet are not working, a report suggests.

"Two UK university researchers found that people did not see downloading copyrighted material as theft.

"The findings are unwelcome news for the games industry, which says it loses more than £2bn annually from piracy."

BBC News. Software Piracy 'Seen as Normal'. June 23, 2005.

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Will Google Facilitate Pay-Per-View Content?

"Google is reportedly coming out with an online payment system. CEO Eric Schmidt acknowledges some kind of electronic payment system is in the works but told the Associated Press: "We do not intend to offer a person-to-person, stored-value payments system.

"Analysts and the press are having a field day discussing how Google is taking on eBay PayPal and where Froogle may fit into the mix as a major e-commerce or shopping search engine.

"The pundits are missing the true potential power of a wallet and payment system owned by a major search engine. The killer application is pay-per-view content."

Kevin Lee. Is Pay-Per-View Next for the Search Heavyweights?. ClickZNews. June 23, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Google's online payment system.

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Sony's Next Step: XM or Sirius?

"Sony Electronics, a unit of Sony Corp. said on Thursday that it has talked with XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. about music devices, though no satellite radio deals are in place."

Reuters. Sony Talked with XM, Sirius About Music Devices. June 23, 2005.

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Verizon Creates First U.S. 3G City

"Verizon Wireless is flipping the switch today on a new high-speed network that will allow users to watch music videos, download ringtones and access the Internet - from their laptop or on a phone - anywhere in the Seattle area.

"The technology, called 3G for third-generation wireless technology, has become status quo across Europe and Asia, but adoption has been slow in the United States. So far, Verizon Wireless is the only carrier to make a significant headway, having launched in 37 cities, including the Seattle and Portland areas today."

Tricia Duryee. Verizon Wireless Connects Seattle to 3G Service. The Seattle Times. June 23, 2005

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CBS Plans to Bypass Cable With Internet

"Marketwatch.com founder Larry Kramer, barely two months into his new job as president of CBS Digital, is rapidly implementing major changes to turn CBS News into what sounds like one of the most ambitious experiments in mass media journalism transparency.

"Kramer says CBS News will soon provide coverage of its internal decision-making processes and meetings, including video and interviews wth reporters and producers, along with online access to video interviews cut from television broadcasts.

"CBS will also launch an online edition of its fabled (and recently tarnished) television news magazine, 60 Minutes, and incorporate feedback and video from bloggers."

Andrew Nachison. Larry Kramer: CBS Will be Web Centric and Bypass Cable. Morph. June 22, 2005.

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June 24, 2005

Senate Excludes 'Broadcast Flag' Ammendment

"A key U.S. Senate panel on Thursday decided not to intervene in a long-simmering dispute over the 'broadcast flag,' a form of copy prevention technology for digital TV broadcasts.

"At a meeting reserved for voting on spending bills, not one member of the Senate Appropriations Committee proposed an amendment authorizing federal regulators to mandate the broadcast flag.

"Consumer groups had predicted that such an amendment would be offered at the 11 a.m. PDT meeting and had asked their supporters to contact senators in opposition to the idea. Their worry: The broadcast flag could be injected into an appropriations bill for the Federal Communications Commission."

Declan McCullagh. Senate Punts on Broadcast Flag Option. News.com. June 23, 2005.

Electronic Frontier Foundation. Flag Day. Deep Links. June 22, 2005.

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Law Firms Brace for Grokster Verdict

"Want to know how heated the lobbying, arguing, positioning and maneuvering over copyright legislation is going to get this fall? Ask anyone who's ever published anything containing the words 'peer to peer' for a look in their e-mail in-box.

"Chances are good it has filled up in the past few days with helpful messages from publicists and lawyers offering expert opinions on the ramifications of the pending Supreme Court decision in the case known as MGM v. Grokster.

"During the year, the court releases its decisions on Mondays—and only on Mondays. But this is its final week of deliberation, and opinion could be issued at any time."

Chris Nolan. Preparing for the Grokster Watershed. eWeek. June 22, 2005.

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PTO Rejects NTP's Claim for RIM's Case

"The NTP in seven of eight patents for a wireless e-mail system such as Research in Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry service, throwing a legal settlement between the two companies into further turmoil.

"On Wednesday, the patent office issued what it calls 'non-final office actions' rejecting all the claims in two of NTP's patents, on the heels of a preliminary rejection notice for the claims in five of the patents earlier this year.

"Only one of the key patents at issue in the dispute over the BlackBerry service now contains valid claims in the eyes of the patent office, but that patent is under review as well."

Tom Krazit. US Patent Office Hands NTP a Setback in RIM Case. InfoWorld. June 23, 2005

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Answers.com & IceRocket Partner

"Answers.com, a Gurunet owned answer-based search engine, and IceRocket.com have partnered to direct IceRocket.com visitors to Answers.com for reference content, and Answers.com will send its 'blog search' traffic to IceRocket.

"Answers.com/GuruNet will receive a share of any revenues generated by its referral traffic to IceRocket."

Loren Baker. Answers.com and IceRocket Partner for Blog Search. Search Engine Journal. June 21, 2005.

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VoIP Services Shift to Mobile Phones

"Jayson Jepson pays 29 cents a minute to call London on his cell phone. Wouldn't it be great, the founder of Mint Telecom asks rhetorically, if it were more like 2 cents a minute?

"Now it is, courtesy of Mint and a growing corporate coterie selling cell phone versions of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software, which is used to transform Internet connections into inexpensive home or office phone lines.

"Mint began offering a $7-a-month cell phone service two weeks ago. Skype, Vonage, IP Drum and other operators using VoIP software have caused tectonic shifts in the traditional phone-service industry. Now these same interests are dialing into cell phones, primarily because a growing number have high-speed Internet connections rivaling the performance of broadband operators, whether it's over a third-generation cell phone network or based on Wi-Fi wireless connectivity."

Ben Charney. VoIP Cozies Up to Cell Phones. News.com. June 23, 2005.

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Yahoo! Unplugs Chat Rooms Over Child Sex Concerns

"Yahoo! shut down its user-created chat rooms earlier this month after a Houston TV news team discovered pedophiles trying to lure minors there. In response to the revelation, several marquee advertisers had already pulled their ads from those pages.

"According to KPRC, advertisers including PepsiCo, State Farm Insurance, Countrywide Mortgage and T-Mobile yanked their ad placements from all Yahoo! chat rooms after being told by reporters that their messages had appeared adjacent to forum discussions on sex with minors, among other topics.

"In addition to shutting down all user-created chat rooms, Yahoo! has made unavailable the ability to create new chat rooms."

Zachary Rodgers. Chat Rooms Closed, Advertisers Bolt at Yahoo!. ClickZNews. June 24, 2005.

See also:
Duncan Martell. Yahoo Shuts Chat Rooms Amid Child Sex Concerns. Reuters. June 23, 2005.

Bob Sullivan. Yahoo Chat Choice Signals Internet Shift. MSNBC News. June 23, 2005.

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Lobbyists Pressure Congress to Resolve ISP Responsibility

"When Philadelphia's city government decided to sell wireless access to downtown residents last year, a furious political fight in the state capital erupted.

"Verizon stridently opposed the plan, liberal advocacy groups just as emphatically endorsed it, and politicians in Harrisburg ended up approving a compromise bill that effectively let the city of brotherly love do what it wanted.

"Now this politechnical dispute is bubbling up from states to Washington, D.C., where lobbyists are pressuring Congress to resolve the question of whether governments or private companies do a better job as Internet service providers."

Declan McCullagh and Anne Broache. Should Cities be ISPs?. News.com. June 23, 2005.

See also:
Jim Hu and Marguerite Reardon. Cities Brace for Broadband War. News.com. May 2, 2005.

Declan McCullagh. Philly, Verizon Reach Accord on City Wi-Fi Plan. News.com. Dec 1, 2004.

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Radio on Mobile Phones

"A small deception is being practiced in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. In those cities, 300 people who might look like typical headphone-wearing commuters are listening to the radio while stuck in traffic or holding on as their overcrowded train chugs along in the morning rush hour. But they carry a secret.

"They aren't listening to music on their portable radios, nor playing podcasts of homebrewed radio programs on their iPods. They're grooving to the radio, all right, but it's flowing from an unexpected source: their cell phones."

Olga Kharif. Dial R for Radio on Your Cell. BusinessWeek Online. June 22, 2005.

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Study: 10% of UK WebSites Fail with Firefox

"One in 10 UK websites fail to work properly on the open source Firefox web browser, a study shows.

"Some 100 leading consumer sites were assessed by web-testing firm SciVisum.

"Websites that proved difficult for Firefox users to navigate included the government website Jobcentreplus.gov.uk and the cinema site Odeon.co.uk."

BBC News. Websites Alienate Firefox Users. June 23, 2005.

See also:
Lucy Sherriff. Firefox Users Turned Away from 10% of Top UK Sites. The Register. June 22, 2005.

SciVisum. SciVisum Study Shows that Websites Alienate Firefox Users. (Press Release.) June 22, 2005.

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June 23, 2005

P2P Commerce Marches On

"As the file-swapping world waits for a verdict on its future from the Supreme Court, a handful of entrepreneurs are pushing ahead with plans to harness the anarchic networks for commerce.

"On Wednesday, a new service called Gnutelligence launched with the aim of bringing something very like Google's sponsored search results to the open-source Gnutella network.

"Run by a former LimeWire employee, the service is designed to produce clearly marked advertising results in response to specific, pre-purchased keywords inside the Gnutella network.

John Borland. New Plans for P2P Commerce, Despite Court Wait. News.com. June 22, 2005.

Related:
Associated Press. File-Swapping May Be Here to Stay. Forbes.com. June 22, 2005.

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More Businesses Use Blogs for Internal Communication

"Blogs are no longer just outlets for cranky people but are increasingly being used by businesses to peddle products, communicate with employees, and project a corporate image to the world, said panelists at the Supernova 2005 technology conference which began Tuesday.

"Web logs, or blogs, began popping up on the Internet several years ago as forums for private citizens to share their personal musings on everything from child rearing to 'Seinfeld.' But a growing number of companies are finding that blogs are also legitimate business tools that can help with interactive marketing or internal communications, the technology experts said during a 'Business Blogging' workshop before the San Francisco conference’s official start.

"What’s key for management is realizing that even though corporate bloggers may have a slightly irreverent tone, they often really do have a constructive agenda, the panelists said."

Red Herring. Blogs Grow as Business Tools. June 21, 2005.

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Google Print Draws Flack from Publishers

" Publishers have finally had a chance to look at some of the details of Google's Print for Libraries project, a massive effort to digitize books that some publishers fear could violate copyright laws.

"So far, many publishers don't like what they see -- and they want Google to agree to a six-month moratorium.

Burt Helm. A New Page in Google's Books Fight. BusinessWeek Online. June 22, 2005.

See also:
Gary Price. Publishers Group Asks Google To Halt Scanning For 6 Months. SearchEngineWatch. June 21, 2005.

Daniel Brandt. Google-eyed U.Michigan Gives Away its Library. GoogleWatch.org. June 19, 2005.

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Google Chief Confirms Work on E-Payment Service

"Google's top executive confirmed on Tuesday that the company is planning to expand into broader online payment services but said it will not compete with a PayPal-like service.

"In a company-issued statement, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said the company does not plan to offer what he called a 'person-to-person stored-value payments system.'

"Following a story by the Wall Street Journal published on Friday, speculation ran rampant about Google offering a PayPal competitor."

Matt Hicks. Google CEO Confirms Work on Online Payment Service. PCMag.com. June 21, 2005.

See also:
John Pallatto. Electronic 'Wallet' Makes Sense for Google. eWeek. June 20, 2005.

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India Portal Launches New Services to Extend Reach

"India's top portal has its eyes on a much larger audience--at home and around the world.

"Rediff.com, based in Mumbai, is launching three new services aimed at expanding its local base of 35 million registered users and boosting its international audience.

"The company, which is listed on the Nasdaq exchange, is expanding its offerings to include voice over instant messenger geared for low bandwidth connections, a social networking site, and a news site with computer and human-generated listings."

Elinor Mills. India Portal Rediff.com Branches Out. News.com. June 22, 2005.

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AOL Changes Strategy with Free Portal

"America Online is tearing down the walls around its members-only world, betting that a strategy of giving away music, video and online services will boost advertising revenues and turn around a business battered by millions of customer defections.

"The shift is expected to begin in earnest today with the launch of a new AOL.com portal geared toward high-speed Internet users, not the legion of dial-up subscribers that have made AOL Time Warner one of the largest Internet providers in the U.S.

"The company is gambling that it can grow and compete in the market of established free portals like Yahoo and Microsoft's MSN without speeding the loss of its core audience.

David Ho. AOL To Abandon Members-Only Emphasis. TechNewsWorld. June 21, 2005.

Related:
Ken Belson. Dial-up Internet Going the Way of Rotary Phones. News.com. June 20, 2005.

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Wish List for Mobile Phones

"PC World's Grace Aquino has come up with a list of 10 things she believes manufacturers should do to make handsets work better. They are:

10. Improve the Design
9. Label Phones With the Model Name
8. Enable Every Aspect of Bluetooth
7. Add a USB Port¡Xand Supply a Cable
6. Simplify the User Interface
5. Enhance the Speaker and the Microphone
4. Make It Easy to Unlock GSM Phones
3. Allow Data Backups on Carrier Servers
2. Improve Network Coverage, Especially for Voice Calls
1. Improve Overall Performance"

Grace Aquino. Top 10 Cell Phone Wish List. PCWorld. June 22, 2005.

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Internet Entrepreneur Joins EFF

"Joe Kraus, a serial entrepreneur who helped orchestrate one of Silicon Valley's most audacious business deals in the late 1990s, has joined the board of directors at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

"Kraus joins a prestigious list of seven other EFF board members, including Stanford Law School professor Lawrence Lessig and Dave Farber, former chief technologist at the Federal Communications Commission."

Associated Press. Serial Entrepreneur Joe Kraus Joins EFF. San Jose Mercury News. June 23, 2005.

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June 22, 2005

Appeals Court Hears Blizzard DMCA, EULA Case

"The U.S. Supreme Court could release its decision on Monday in the much-anticipated Grokster case, which will determine whether file-swapping networks are legal to operate.

"Yet another, unrelated lawsuit before a federal appeals court taking place on the same day promises to be just as important.

"The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis is set to hear arguments Monday in a case that may decide how the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, applies to computer software and the important practice of reverse engineering."

Declan McCullagh. Putting the DMCA on Trial. News.com. June 20, 2005.

See also:
JoeGratz.net. BnetD Oral Argument Audio Available. June 20, 2005.

Groklaw. Blizzard v. BnetD Hearing Tomorrow Morning. June 19, 2005.

Electronic Frontier Foundation. Consumers’ Rights at Stake in Eighth Circuit Videogame Case. June 16, 2005.

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Microsoft Unveils Web-Based Communicator

"Microsoft is looking to extend the reach of its Office Communicator 2005 instant-messaging (IM) client via a new version that will be completely Web-based.

"Microsoft is set to kick off on July 15 a first private beta release of what it's currently calling the 'Office Communicator Web Access' client, company officials said on Tuesday.

"The company expects to ship the final version before the end of calendar 2005, officials said."

Mary Jo Foley. Microsoft Readies Web-Based Communicator. Microsoft Watch. June 21, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hines. Microsoft to Debut Web-Based Communicator. News.com. June 21, 2005.

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Google Files News Ranking/Accuracy Patent

"What does the truth look like? Google, the company last week confirmed as the biggest media firm on the planet, rather hopes that it reads something like this: WO 2005/029368.

"According to that patent, Google is for the first time planning to rank news stories according to their accuracy and reliability as well as their topicality.

"Google, and its heavyweight competitors, are pouring billions of dollars and thousands of staff hours into trying to ensure that when you search on the internet, you receive not only exactly the information you want, but also information that is true."

Owen Gibson. Coming Soon: Googling the Truth. Guardian Unlimited. June 18, 2005.

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Microsoft to Release PeaBody

"A low-cost smart phone from Microsoft code-named Peabody is nearing completion and will run on the recently released Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system, an executive from the software giant said Tuesday.

"When the phone platform was first discussed in February, Microsoft planned to aim it at emerging markets such as India and China.

"But the company has since decided to offer it in all parts of the world, since 'everyone is interested in low costs,' said Ya-Qin Zhang, corporate vice president at Microsoft's mobile and embedded devices division."

Dan Nystedt. Microsoft's Peabody Smart Phone Nearing Completion. InfoWorld. June 21, 2005.

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Skyhook's WPS Tracks Lost Mobile Device

"Skyhook Wireless Inc. rolled out a wide area positioning system today that uses Wi-Fi networks to locate the whereabouts of laptops, smart phones, and other mobile devices. The vendor claims that its product is the first positioning system to use Wi-Fi rather than satellite or cellular-based technologies.

"The technology, which Skyhook will market to device manufacturers and application developers, could be used to help companies locate stolen or lost mobile devices that contain sensitive information such as customer data."

"Skyhook's Wi-Fi Positioning System is a reference database of more than 1.5 million private and public access points located across 25 metropolitan areas in the United States. Skyhook's software client uses the database to locate devices within 20 to 40 meters."

Elena Malykhina. Another Use For Wi-Fi: Finding Stolen Laptops. Yahoo! News. June 20, 2005

See also:
Carmen Nobel. Startup Rolls Out Wi-Fi Alternative to GPS. eWeek. June 20, 2005.

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Companies Revisit Communication Security

"Nancy Garrity's mistake was not in sending off-color jokes to a co-worker. Rather, she erred by using e-mail to do it, instead of blasting out an instant message that would have been lost to history.

"That won Garrity a footnote in Massachusetts legal history when she lost a lawsuit against John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. after the Boston insurer fired her for violating its e-mail policy.

"Such policies are widespread today, but are getting revisited as companies awaken to the danger posed to their secrets and reputation by employee use of instant messages and Web logs, or 'blogs.'"

Alexander Soule. How the E-Mail Cops are Getting Wise. MSNBC News. June 19, 2005.

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Telemarketers Reach Out to Cell Phones

"After years of impunity, the United States' 190 million mobile telephone subscribers are now more likely than ever to encounter telemarketers - and they are finding there is not a lot they can do to stop this plague of unwanted calls.

"There was a rash of complaints to federal regulators 18 months ago when telemarketers were confused by new rules allowing people to transfer their home telephone numbers to cell phones, which then started ringing with telemarketing calls.

"Just about the only recourse a consumer has is to subscribe to the National Do Not Call Registry."

Ben Charny. The Curse of Telemarketing Plagues Mobiles. SiliconValley.com June 22, 2005.

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Prepaid Wireless Plans Gain Popularity

"Prepaid wireless plans, once dogged with a reputation for targeting people with poor credit histories with extortionate calling rates, are getting a new look from some of the biggest US carriers.

"Reviving an old AT&T; Wireless brand name, Cingular Wireless late last month launched a revamped 'GoPhone

"In conventional prepaid, instead of having to sign a one- or two-year contract and pass a credit check, subscribers buy a phone and pay for calling minutes ahead of time, buying more minutes as needed or when paid-up calling time reaches its expiration date."

Peter J. Howe. Wireless Carriers Rethink Prepaid. Boston Globe. June 20, 2005.

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June 21, 2005

Skype: An Alternative Communications Network?

"Skype Technologies' strategy of welcoming third-party vendors is spawning numerous extensions to its popular Internet telephony service, which is beginning to branch into videoconferencing, data collaboration and mobile wireless calls.

"Santa Cruz Networks on Wednesday launched vSkype Beta, group videoconferencing and collaboration software that lets Skype users meet online with as many as 200 friends or business associates who also use Skype.

"On Tuesday, a Norwegian company, IPDrum, introduced the Mobile Skype Cable, a wire that connects a cell phone to a Skype-equipped PC in order to link Skype to the cellular network for mobile calls."

Stephen Lawson. Third-party Technologies Enhance Skype. PCWorld. June 20, 2005.

See also:
Robert Jacques. Skype Adds Videoconferencing to Arsenal. TechNewsWorld. June 17, 2005.

Sumner Lemon. Call Skype for Free From Your Mobile Phone. PCWorld. June 16, 2005.

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L.A. Times Closes Wiki Experiment

"A bold Los Angeles Times experiment in letting readers rewrite the paper's editorials lasted all of three days. The newspaper suspended its 'Wikitorial' Web feature after some users flooded the site over the weekend with foul language and pornographic photos.

"The paper had posted on its Web site Friday an editorial urging a better-defined plan to withdraw troops from Iraq. Readers were invited to add their thoughts. Dozens did, with some adding hyperlinks and others adding opposing views.

"But the number of 'inappropriate' posts soon began to overwhelm the editors' ability to monitor the site. On Sunday, editors decided to remove the feature."

Gary Gentile. L.A. Times Suspends 'Wikitorials'. LATimes.com. June 20, 2005.

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MSN Launches Local Search Beta

"Filling a conspicuous hole in its suite of search engine services, Microsoft's MSN division plans to add to its search engine a local search tab that will return location-specific listings for businesses and people.

"The new MSN Local Search service will be offered in beta, or test, mode, and will also place query listings on a map from the company's MapPoint Web Service, according to a Microsoft official.

"MSN Local Search also will feature aerial images plucked from the company's TerraServer-USA database when they are available, says Erik Jorgensen, general manager of MSN Local Search and Maps."

Juan Carlos Perez. Microsoft's MSN to Deliver Local Search Option. PCWorld. June 20, 2005.

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Consumers Crave Disclosure of Sponsored Links

"When you think of Internet ads, a few things probably come to mind: e-mails demanding REFINANCE NOW!, flashing banners hawking credit cards and pop-up ads pushing potions for erectile dysfunction.

"Usually - but not always - related to your search, sponsored links and other paid search ads quietly surpassed once-dominant banner ads several years ago to become the largest slice of the Internet advertising pie.

"But search engines, including Oakland's Ask Jeeves Inc., are drawing criticism from consumer advocates who say that many Web surfers can't tell the difference between a search result and a paid link - and that the engines themselves are partly to blame."

Eric Lai. Jeeves, Others Trashed for Sponsored Links. East Bay Business Journal. June 20, 2005.

See also:
Jørgen J. Wouters. Still in Search of Disclosure. (.pdf) June 9, 2005.

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Tropical Island Aims for Complete Wireless Coverage

"This tropical island off the east coast of Africa is best-known for its white-sand beaches, its designer clothing outlets and its spicy curries.

"But tiny Mauritius is about to stake a new claim to fame. By year's end, or soon afterward, it is expected to become the world's first nation with coast-to-coast wireless Internet coverage, the first country to become one big 'hot spot.'"

Laurie Goering. Tiny Nation Aims to be 1st 'Cyber-Island'. Yahoo! News. June 19, 2004.

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Search Giants Compete Over Culture of Innovation

"On the walls of Yahoo's modest Silicon Valley offices there are posters with sketches of oddball inventions that have landed patents, such as a portable bird cage. The point: If a bird cage can get a patent, Yahoo's employees can come up with something big if they put their minds to it.

"The posters are promoting a program called the 'Idea Factory' that is supposed to goose inventive thinking at the 10-year-old Internet-giant-turned-media-powerhouse. Through Idea Factory, staffers are urged to submit notions for improving everything from the company's products to its campus.

"Five miles down the road at offices of archrival Google, inventive thinking is assumed. At Google, engineers are expected to spend one day a week on a project of personal interest."

Stefanie Olsen. Google vs. Yahoo: Clash of Cultures. News.com. June 20, 2005.

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Intel Develops Compact Package for Networking

"Researchers at Intel have figured out how to integrate all the elements needed to connect to wireless local area networks into a compact package, the company is expected to announce Friday at The VLSI Symposium in Japan.

"Intel's ultimate goal is to build a communications chip that can connect to any type of network, be it a Wi-Fi LAN, a wide-area network based on the WiMax technology it is heavily promoting, or personal-area networks like Bluetooth or UWB (ultrawideband), said Howard High, an Intel spokesman.

"By 2007, the company expects to build an integrated chip with separate radios for the various networks, and hopes to eventually build chips with "cognitive" or software-defined radios that can connect to multiple types of networks on their own."

Tom Krazit. Intel Builds All-in-One Wireless Radio Package. InfoWorld. June 17, 2005.

See also:
Mark Hachman. Intel Research Merges Centrino with 802.11n . eWeek.com. June 17, 2005.

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June 20, 2005

Photofinishers Refuse to Print High Quality Pics

"The advent of digital photography and editing has created a Cinderella story for the family snapshot. Ugly, off-center photos can be cleaned up, cropped, or retaken, with only the most professional-looking being sent off to the printer.

"But therein lies the hitch. Some photofinishers, worried about violating copyright law, are refusing to print any pictures that look too polished.

"Every photo is automatically protected by copyright law, and without negatives, it's harder to determine who the owner is. Clerks, who have guidelines but often limited training, have to try to judge what looks professional, lest the store get sued by a photographer whose livelihood is on the line."

Susan Llewelyn Leach. A Photo Too Good to be Yours?. Christian Science Monitor. June 20, 2005.

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Sony, Warner Bros. to Collaborate on Online Games

"A literal battle of the superheroes is shaping up in the highly volatile world of online games.

"Sony Online Entertainment Inc. and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment are set to announce Friday an exclusive long-term licensing agreement that will let gamers share a universe with DC Comics' Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, the Sandman and other action immortals."

Hollywood Reporter. Superman, Batman Set for Online Game. MSNBC News. June 17, 2005.

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Will Google Rival PayPal With E-Payments?

"Google Inc. this year plans to offer an electronic-payment service that could help the Internet-search company diversify its revenue and may put it in competition with eBay Inc.'s PayPal unit, according to people familiar with the matter.

"Exact details of the search company's planned service aren't known. But the people familiar with the matter say it could have similarities with PayPal, which allows consumers to pay for purchases by funding electronic-payment accounts from their credit cards or checking accounts."

Kevin J. Delaney and Mylene Mangalindan. Google Plans Online-Payment Service. WSJ.com. June 20, 2005.

See also:
Saul Hansell. Google Said to Plan Rival to PayPal. The New York Times. June 20, 2005.

Associated Press. Report: Google Preparing to Challenge PayPal. USA Today. June 18, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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Use Your Cellphone to Pay

"Already a device of multiple disguises, from camera to music player and mini-TV, the cell phone's next trick may be the disappearing wallet."

"This is already a reality in Japan, where NTT DoCoMo Inc. says 3 million cell phone subscribers use its Mobile Wallet service to buy things at 20,000 stores and vending machines."

"Similar services may be on the way in the United States and Europe. MasterCard International Inc. has been testing phone-based versions of its PayPass contactless payment technology since 2003, and may conduct a significant market trial next year."

Bruce Meyerson. Cell Phones Now Playing Role of Wallet. Yahoo! News. June 18, 2005

See also:
Michael Sciannamea. It’s A Cellphone! It’s A Wallet! It’s Both!. The Wireless Weblog. June 18, 2005.

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PalmOne Patches Treo 650

"PalmOne Inc. and Sprint Corp. have released a software update for the Treo 650 smart phone that enables Bluetooth Dial-Up Networking, so that users can use their smart phone as a modem with a Bluetooth-enabled laptop."

"The update also includes a fix to reduce the delay between when a user dials and a call is connected; new SMS sending options; and an upgraded VersaMail client, said officials."

Shelley Solheim. Sprint's Treo 650 Gets a Tuneup. eWeek.com. June 17, 2005.

See also:
Ed Hardy. Significant System Updates Released for Treo 650. Brighthand. June 17, 2005.

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June 18, 2005

Labels Introduce Copy-Protected Music in U.S.

"The record labels are in pursuit of a new class of music pirates -- not the millions who download bootlegged songs over the Internet but those who copy music CDs for their friends.

"The music industry considers the seemingly innocuous act of duplicating a music CD for someone else 'casual piracy,' a practice that surpasses Internet file-sharing as the single largest source of unauthorized music distribution. After fits and starts, the industry's largest players are taking measures to place curbs on copying."

Dawn C. Chmielewski. Music Industry Eyes 'Casual Piracy'. SiliconValley.com. June 15, 2005.

See also:
Mercury News Research. How the Protections Work. San Jose Mercury News. June 15, 2005.

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Congress Urged to Take Action on ID Theft

"It takes only a few seconds for your financial identity to be stolen, but months to get it back and clean up the credit mess. Aware of consumers' frustration and fear, the government wants Congress to consider more protections.

"Lawmakers should look at strengthening laws that govern the way companies store and use sensitive consumer data, the Federal Trade Commission recommended at a Senate hearing Thursday.

"The agency's chairwoman, Deborah Platt Majoras, also endorsed the idea of a law requiring companies to tell consumers about a security breach when there is significant risk of identity theft."

Associated Press. Congress Urged to Boost Identity Theft Safeguards. SiliconValley.com. June 12, 2005.

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Study Identifies Work/Life Trends

"In the future, you may not have to work at the office, but that doesn't mean you won't have to work as much.

"That's the upshot of a report released on Wednesday by staffing firm OfficeTeam. The firm's 'Office of the Future: 2020' study concluded that the future office will be increasingly mobile, with technology enabling employees to perform their jobs from virtually anywhere.

"But 42 percent of executives polled in the report said they believe employees will be working more hours in the next 10 to 15 years. Only 9 percent said employees would be working fewer hours."

Ed Frauenheim. Wireless Tech May Hinder Workers' Breaks. News.com. June 15, 2005.

See also:
OfficeTeam. Office of the Future: 2020. (Press Release.) June 15, 2005.

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June 17, 2005

Will ISPs Be Required to Maintain Data Logs?

"The U.S. Department of Justice is quietly shopping around the explosive idea of requiring Internet service providers to retain records of their customers' online activities.

"Data retention rules could permit police to obtain records of e-mail chatter, Web browsing or chat-room activity months after Internet providers ordinarily would have deleted the logs--that is, if logs were ever kept in the first place.

"No U.S. law currently mandates that such logs be kept."

Declan McCullagh. Your ISP as Net Watchdog. News.com. June 16, 2005.

Related:
Sylvia Carr. Europe to Push Ahead with Digital Snooping Law. Silicon.com. June 9, 2005.

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AOL Sued Over Patent for Phone Call Alert

"America Online is facing a patent infringement suit filed by Klausner Technologies over AOL's Internet telephone services.

"The company contends it holds a patent for technology used by AOL Voicemail, AOL Call Alert, AOL by Phone and AOL VOIP.

"Specifically, it claims Dulles-based AOL is violating its intellectual property rights for technology that lets subscribers receive visual notification of new voice messages."

Jeff Clabaugh. AOL Sued Over Internet Telephone Technology. Washington Business Journal. June 15, 2005.

See also:
Colin C. Haley. AOL Sued Over Voice Platform. InternetNews.com. June 15, 2005.

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Podcasters Seek Legal Compromise for Music

"On Sunday, Brian Ibbott will post his 100th 'Coverville' show, a significant milestone for a home disc jockey who is serious about the future of podcasting.

"But like other music disc jockeys producing podcasts, which are radio-like shows that can be downloaded from the Internet to a computer or digital music player, he has been operating with one foot squarely in a gray area of the law.

"Most of the cover songs he programs on his show are from independent labels and bands, from whom he usually seeks and gets permission. Even Warner Bros. Records gave him a green light once last month. Yet he posts a few songs from major labels without asking, lacking the time or resources to even track down the right people to ask."

John Borland. Hopes for Legal Music Podcasts Rise. News.com. June 16, 2005.

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FAQ: VoIP Requirements

"Around Oct. 3, most U.S. voice over Internet Protocol telephones must feature a sticker warning that anyone using the phone to call 911 may not get through to a live operator, the Federal Communications Commission has ruled.

"It's likely going to take a lot more than a sticker to fix VoIP's 911 problems, which some claim have had serious consequences. But the FCC has stepped in to try, with a 91-page set of rules (.pdf) released June 3.

"An in-depth reading of the document reveals other market-changing dynamics for VoIP software, which turns a broadband Internet connection into an inexpensive home phone and, some believe, could fundamentally change the telecommunications industry."

Ben Charny. FAQ: FCC Sets Rules for VoIP 911. News.com. June 16, 2005.

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

Ben Charny. Deadly Delay on Vonage 911?. News.com. May 9, 2005.

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Gartner: Security Flaws in Windows Mobile 5.0

"A pair of analysts who work for market research firm Gartner say that the email system for Windows Mobile 5.0 that was unveiled last week isn't secure enough to be used safely by large companies without the addition of third-party software.

"In a research note on the Gartner web site, the analysts, Dion Wiggins and Nick Ingelbrecht, say this system doesn't do enough to protect secret information if a device is lost or stolen."

Ed Hardy. Gartner Says Microsoft's New Mobile Email System Is Not Secure. Brighthand. June 13, 2005.

See also:
Dion Wiggins and Nick Ingelbrecht. Security in Windows Mobile 5.0 Messaging Pack Disappoints. Gartner. June 9, 2005.

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Cingular Opposes the In-Flight Cellphone Use

"Cingular, the USA's biggest wireless carrier, thinks cellphone conversations should continue to be banned on commercial flights while planes are airborne — and it's told the Federal Aviation Administration as much.

"The FAA is studying the possibility of relaxing the ban on the use of cellular and other wireless devices aboard commercial aircraft. Cingular last week told the agency, in so many words, that it thinks in-flight cell phone conversations are a bad idea."

Leslie Cauley. Cingular: Keep Ban of Cellphone Calls on Flights. USA Today. June 16, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on lifting the in-flight ban on cellphone use.

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Microsoft Helps China Censor Bloggers

"Microsoft is aiding China’s web censors in what could be a lesson for other multinationals.

"Just two and a half weeks after Microsoft launched its new China-based web portal, the company acknowledged on Tuesday that it is censoring blogs posted there to avoid politically sensitive words like 'freedom,' 'democracy,' and 'human rights.'

"If the blogs contain such words in the subject line, the poster will get a message saying 'prohibited language, please delete.' The portal was launched on May 26 and already has hosted about 5 million blogs, according to Microsoft."

The situation, which has been widely reported by The Associated Press, Reuters, and other news organizations, exemplifies the dilemma that multinationals face: how to do business with partners whose norms are different from one’s own in such areas as free speech.

Red Herring. MSN Plays by China’s Rules. June 15, 2005.

See also:
Reporters Without Borders. Microsoft Censors its Blog Tool. June 14, 2005.

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June 16, 2005

Yahoo! Launches 'Deep Web' Search Service

"Yahoo Inc. late on Wednesday said it had begun testing a service to search information on password-protected subscription sites such as LexisNexis, known as the 'deep Web.'

"The move comes as Yahoo, Google Inc. and Ask Jeeves Inc. rush to give Web searchers access to ever more information -- from books, blogs and scholarly journals to news, products, images and video.

"The service, called Yahoo! Search Subscriptions, allows users to search multiple online subscription content sources and the Web from a single search box."

Reuters. New Yahoo Service Searches Subscription Sites. June 16, 2005.

See also:
Gary Price. Yahoo Search Subscriptions Brings Premium Content Into Web Search. SearchEngineWatch. June 16, 2005.

Elinor Mills. Yahoo Ramps Up 'Deep Web' Search Effort. News.com. June 15, 2005.

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Private Investigators Oppose Privacy Limits

"Private investigators are working to blunt legislation that cracks down on the active marketplace for Social Security numbers, telling Congress that restricting access to the numbers will hurt their business and hamper their investigations.

"Several bills are moving through the Capitol to prevent identity thieves from getting Social Security numbers to gain access to consumers' financial accounts.

"But private investigators contend that the rush to protect privacy goes too far and would damage their ability to deliver valuable services, such as locating people who skip out on debts, commit fraud or want to avoid testifying in court."

Jonathan Krim. Private Eyes Fear Limits On Information Access. WashingtonPost.com. June 14, 2005.

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Swindlers Defraud Companies with iPods

"Apple iPods have become the tool of choice for some fraudsters who use them to download vast quantities of corporate information either to sell to rivals or to support their own start-up operations.

"Anti-fraud experts warned yesterday that the machines, along with other music players, that boast hard drives with up to 20Gbytes of memory, could become widely used by employees to fool security officials and breach data security rules.

"In one case a recruitment agency found much of its client database had been copied to an iPods's memory and used to defraud the firm."

Phillip Inman. Fraudsters Use iPods to Steal Company Information. Guardian Unlimited. June 14, 2005.

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Samsung Combines Bluetooth and Voice Recognition

"Samsung Electronics is marrying Bluetooth wireless with voice recognition technology in a new cell phone for the European market, it said Wednesday.

"The main feature of the SGH-E620 will be the ability to place calls by saying the receiver's name into a Bluetooth headset. Voice recognition software in the phone will match this with entries in the user's phone book and proceed to place the call.

"Samsung is launching the phone in Italy, France, Germany, and Russia in June and will expand sales based on market demand."

Martyn Williams. Samsung Handset Couples Bluetooth, Voice Recognition. InfoWorld. June 15, 2005

See also:
Business Wire. Samsung Unveils Bluetooth Voice Recognition Phone. (Press Release.) June 15, 2005.

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GAO: Agencies Vulnerable to Net Threats

"Government computer systems are not prepared for the mounting sophistication of Internet-based hacker attacks, according to a new report (.pdf) from the Government Accountability Office.

"As the risks created by emerging cybersecurity threats such as spam, spyware and "phishing" increase, GAO auditors say that most agencies are unaware of the threat and are failing to comply with the requirements of the 2002 Federal Information Security Management Act.

"Phishing is an attempt to steal someone's identity by posing as a legitimate company and asking for personal information by e-mail. Spam is the unwanted delivery of e-mail, often clogging networks, and spyware is software that monitors computer users' activity without their knowledge."

Daniel Pulliam. GAO Says Agencies Unprepared for Computer Attacks. GovExec.com. June 14, 2005.

See also:
Government Accounting Office. Emerging Cybersecurity Issues Threaten Federal Information Systems. (.pdf) May 2005.

Declan McCullagh. Feds Vulnerable to Lots of Net Threats. News.com. June 14, 2005.

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BT Bridges Mobile and Fixed-Line Networking

"BT Group is to launch a pioneering internet phone service that allows users to switch between mobile networks and fixed-lines using a single handset.

"The service, called BT Fusion, uses a specially-equipped mobile phone to access BT's fixed-line network when making calls at home or in the office."

"Customers subscribing to BT Fusion will receive a clamshell Motorola v560 mobile handset. An access point installed in the home, called a BT Hub, will switch the mobile phone to a broadband line using Bluetooth wireless technology."

BBC News. BT to Launch Fixed-Mobile Service. June 15, 2005

See also:
Cath Everett. BT Launches Combo Fixed-Mobile Handset. News.com. June 15, 2005.

Guy Kewney. BT 'BluePhone' Fusion is better than Skype because...?. The Register. June 15, 2005.

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Ericsson, Napster to Develop Music Downloading System

"The world's biggest telecommunications equipment provider has teamed up with popular Internet music service Napster LLC to make it simpler for mobile phone operators to open up online music stores for their customers. The two companies have developed a music downloading system that operators can use to deliver full songs to their customers' mobile phones, Ericsson and Napster said Wednesday.

"Although pricing has not yet been decided, the companies will use Napster's current pricing model as a starting point, a spokesman for Ericsson said.

"The deal highlights how popular music downloads have become, fueled by better digital music quality and the ability to store ever greater amounts of songs, pictures and other data on increasingly smaller devices."

Dan Nystedt. Ericsson, Napster Team Up for Mobile Phone Music. InfoWorld. June 15, 2005.

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Microsoft Files Suit Against Software Pirates

"Mircosoft again went on the attack against software pirates, filing four lawsuits against companies it said sold illegal copies of its software to consumers, officials announced Wednesday.

"The lawsuits name five companies -- East Outlet, Super Supplier, #9 Software, CEO Microsystems and Wiston Group -- that were allegedly selling illegal copies of Microsoft products or selling the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) labels that go with Microsoft products.

"All are charged with violating copyright and trademark laws; #9 Software was additionally charged with violating the Anti-Counterfeiting Amendments Act for selling COA labels without the attendant software."

Jim Wagner. Microsoft Software Piracy Crackdown Continues. InternetNews.com. June 15, 2005.

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June 15, 2005

OECD Disputes Link Between P2P And Music Sales

"File-swapping networks alone are not to blame for the recording industry's woes and might plausibly be converted into legitimate channels for distributing music, one of Europe's most influential economic bodies has concluded.

"In a report (.pdf) issued Monday, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development -- a Paris-based alliance of developed nations -- also suggested that it's difficult to establish a link between piracy and the music industry's shrinking revenues.

"The report said a 're-evaluation' of music distribution needs to happen to achieve a balance between consumers' desire to access digital music and the industry's copyright protection concerns."

Bruce Gain. Come On Music Biz, Embrace P2P. Wired News. June 13, 2005.

See also:
Dr. Sacha Wunsch-Vincent and Dr. Graham Vickery. OECD Report on Digital Music: Opportunities and Challenges. (.pdf) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. June 8, 2005.

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EMI to Launch Copy Protected CDs

"Music fans who copy CDs for all their pals, take note: It may be time to shed some friends.

"Executives at EMI Group on Monday said they planned to begin rolling out CDs with technology designed to limit copying. The technology allows buyers to burn onto CDs only three full copies of a disc's songs, and the burned discs cannot be copied.

"Sony BMG is heading even faster down the same road. About half the discs it releases in the United States today have the three-copy limit, and it plans to have a similar restriction on all its U.S. releases by the end of the year, said Thomas Hesse, president of the company's global digital music business."

Jon Healey and Charles Duhigg. CDs to Restrict Copying of Songs. LATimes.com. June 14, 2005.

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Music Indies Push for Clout

As the dust clears from the music industry's chaotic past few years, one of the emerging winners may be an increasingly strong, united independent music sector.

Despite accounting for close to a quarter of the U.S. music market--between $2.5 billion and $3 billion, at a rough estimate--the indie sector's direct influence over the record business as a whole has long been minimal. But signs of a change in the wind are growing.

Last week, a new indie-label trade group called the American Association of Independent Labels formed, promising to wield new collective clout for its members, particularly when dealing with online services.

John Borland. Independent Music: The Mouse is Roaring. News.com. June 14, 2005.

See also:
John Borland. Indie Labels Join Forces. News.com. June 7, 2005.

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Yahoo to Buy Dialpad

"Internet giant Yahoo has agreed to purchase Dialpad, a company that offers Internet telephony services, and expects to offer new voice services within the next few months, Yahoo said Tuesday.

"'By combining Dialpad's technology and expertise with the technology we've already built in this area we can basically get to that next level at a much more rapid pace and scale more quickly' for the 61.7 million Yahoo Messenger users worldwide, said Joanna Stevens, Yahoo vice president of corporate communications.

"The companies did not disclose the value or other terms of the deal. Milpitas, Calif.-based Dialpad, which launched in 1999, has about 40 employees."

Elinor Mills. Yahoo to Buy Net Phone Services Company.CNET News.com. June 14, 2005.

See also:
Peter Rojas. Yahoo Doesn't Buy Skype, but Does Buy DialPad. Engadget. June 14, 2005.

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Now You Can Use Skype by Cellphone

"An invention by a Norwegian start-up company allows consumers to use their everyday mobile phones to make free long distance Skype calls over the Internet, for the price of a local call.

"The company, called IPdrum, said on Tuesday its software enables consumers to call their own personal computer (PC) from any standard mobile phone and set up a Skype call over the Internet. Skype calls can also be received on that cellphone."

Reuters. Norwegian Start-up Opens Skype to All Mobile Users. June 14, 2005.

ArriveNet. IPdrum Will Bring Skype to Mobile Phone Users Worldwide. (Press Release.) June 14, 2005

See also:
Barb Dybwad. IPdrum Bridges Skype and Cellphones. Engadget. June 14, 2005.

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Sprint, Sirius Team for Mobile Music

"Sirius Satellite Radio announced on Tuesday it signed a deal with Sprint to offer music to its cellular phone customers, marking the latest effort to turn the phone into an all-in-one communications and entertainment device.

"Sirius will distribute its music content nationwide over Sprint's cellular network, rather than as a satellite feed, said Jim Collins, a Sirius spokesman. Sprint is currently evaluating which music formats it will carry and what the service will cost its customers. The service is expected to be available later next year.

"Sirius will be available to Sprint customers who have signed up for its $15-a-month PCS Vision, an Internet service that uses Sprint's higher-speed wireless network."

Dawn Kawamoto and Ben Charny. Sprint Gets Sirius About Music. CNET News.com. June 14, 2005.

See also:
Reuters. Sirius to Supply Music to Sprint Phones. June 14, 2005.

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Congressman Proposes Extended Telecommuting Policy

"NASA and the National Science Foundation could join the departments of Commerce, Justice and State as agencies that could lose funding if they don’t meet a federal telecommuting mandate.

"Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) included a provision in the Science, State, Justice and Commerce appropriations bill that would withhold $5 million from each agency that fails to meet the law requiring that every eligible federal worker be given the opportunity to telecommute.

"The Virginia Republican, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Science, State, Justice and Commerce and Related Agencies, added similar language to last year’s appropriations bill, which became law."

Jason Miller. Rep. Wolf Extends Telecommuting Penalty for Another Year. GCN. June 13, 2005.

See also:
Jason Miller. Congress OKs $5 Million Penalty for Telecommuting Shortfalls. GCN. Nov 24, 2004.

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Internet Pioneers Reflect on Progress

"In 1973, two scientists began working on a design to bring together disparate networks that would allow computers to communicate with one another.

"More than 30 years later, Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn -- whose work gave us the Internet -- are enjoying the fruits of their early labor. They were in San Francisco last week to receive the 2004 A.M. Turing Award, the computer field's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

"The men say that they couldn't have imagined the ease with which people can access billions of pieces of information, not to mention create it."

Bambi Francisco. Internet Inventors Reflect on Creation. MarketWatch. June 14, 2005.

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Digital Hospital Shows Success

"Less than two years ago, cows grazed on the Jacksonville, Fla., site of Baptist Medical Center South (BMCS). Today, physicians at the brand-new hospital make their rounds toting wireless devices to check lab results, view X-rays, update charts, order prescriptions and send and receive e-mail.

"At bedsides, nurses use wireless devices on wheels, or WOWs, to record progress notes and check doctors' orders. If they administer medicine or change a bandage, the supplies they use are electronically tracked and matched by bar code to individual patient records, enabling more accurate patient billing and automatic inventory replenishment.

"What's conspicuously absent everywhere is paper. And for a busy hospital whose staff has just a few weeks of experience working in a totally electronic environment, the overall atmosphere is strikingly tranquil."

Julia King. The Paperless Hospital -- Really!. ComputerWorld. June 13, 2005.

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June 14, 2005

Google Plans Web-only Video Search Engine

"Google is expected to unveil a search engine for Web-only video this summer that will allow people to preview media clips from its Web site, CNET News.com has learned.

"Google's planned service will let visitors find free short-form videos such as the popular 'Star Wars' video spoofs, according to sources who asked to remain anonymous. The engine will complement the search giant's existing experimental site that allows people to search the closed-caption text of television shows from PBS and CNN, among others, and preview accompanying still images.

"The new capabilities will allow people to watch roughly 10 seconds of Web video clips for free before shuttling visitors to the video's host site, sources say."

Stefanie Olsen. Google Readying Web-only Video Search. News.com. June 13, 2005.

See also:
Richard Shim. Gore's TV Network Set to Launch with Google Tie-in. News.com. April 4, 2005.

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Airline's Strategy Includes Online Community

"These days, you would be hard pressed to find many travelers who say the airlines are paying close attention to their customers' concerns. But there are at least 274 Continental frequent fliers who would have to concede that the company's top brass at least listened to their complaints - in person, over dinner and drinks.

"Early in April, Continental Airlines played host at a gathering in Houston for members of FlyerTalk.com, a travel Web site best known for its message boards where travelers discuss, dissect and often complain about pretty much anything related to travel, but mostly airlines and their frequent-flier programs.

"Blogs may be grabbing all the media headlines, but online communities like FlyerTalk are wielding a different kind of influence in the corporate world, providing instant feedback from those critics who marketers have called influencers. Just by logging on, companies can study, learn from and even respond to the cacophony of opinions about what they are doing wrong and what they are doing right without spending a dime on focus groups or market research."

Susan Stellin. On Board the Message Board. The New York Times. June 14, 2005.

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Singapore to Launch 3G Drama Series

"A Singapore television station will air a romantic drama series on third-generation mobile phone handsets this month in what will be a first for Asia."

"The 30-episode Chinese drama series, produced by state-owned television firm Mediacorp and media regulator Media Authority of Singapore, will be released in three-minute episodes on 3G mobile phones at the end of June before being aired as a 90-minute television program by the start of 2006."

Reuters. Singapore to Air Asia's First Phone Drama Series. Reuters. June 14, 2005.

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Ericsson Tailors Cell Network for Planes

"Wireless device manufacturer Ericsson is putting out a new base station for in-flight usage, allowing air travelers to use their GSM cellphones on planes. The RBS 2708 base station avoids interference with the aircraft¡¦s electronic systems, routing the calls to satellite to establish the wireless connection. The base stations will be available in 2006 at a price of about $131,000 per plane"

Barb Dybwad.
Ericsson Debuts In-flight GSM Cellphone Base Station
. Engadget. June 13, 2005

See also:
Ben Charny. Ericsson Touts Cell Network for Planes. CNET News.com. June 13, 2005.

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As Mobile Computing Rises, So Do Risks

"We prize mobile computing devices for the flexibility and convenience they provide, but mobility presents significant challenges for IT administrators charged with keeping their companies' data and networks secure—particularly as mobile devices and networks have grown more sophisticated and ubiquitous. What's more, the regulatory climate in which companies must operate is placing a greater demand on the control of corporate data.

"While these challenges make managing security on mobile devices a trickier proposition, there are ways administrators can help plug the holes that mobile devices have a way of opening in your company's security infrastructure.

"However, there's no one-size-fits-all solution, and administrators will have to take a long, hard look at each and every user—and device—accessing corporate data to ensure that all the gaps are filled."

Jason Brooks. Mobile Computing Risks Are Rising. eWeek. June 13, 2005.

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IBM Ramps Up RFID Programs

"Many giants of the computing world, like Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and Sun Microsystems, have been vying to gain recognition as technology leaders in the drive to use radio tags to identify consumer goods. None has been more aggressive than IBM, which plans to start yet another marketing salvo Tuesday.

"The company's consulting practice, IBM Global Services, plans to announce that its consultants will begin selling advice on consumer privacy issues related to the use of radio identification tagging of consumer goods."

Barnaby J. Feder. I.B.M. Expands Efforts to Promote Radio Tags. News.com. June 14, 2005.

Related:
Bob Evans. Business Technology: Implementing RFID Is A Risk Worth Taking. InformationWeek. June 13, 2005.

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Napster Creator Launches Legit P2P Service

"Snocap, the content management system for music distributed via peer-to-peer networks, is set to open its digital registry Monday.

"Chief strategy officer Shawn Fanning described Snocap as a music registry that would serve as a clearinghouse for files that consumers are trading among themselves.

"Each song has its digital 'fingerprint' determined and entered into a database. Then when users share a song, Snocap checks the database for the associated copyright information and enforces whatever usage rules the owner has assigned. This will allow music retailers and P2P networks to offer a massive library of legal content without having to maintain relationships with each individual copyright holder, according to Fanning."

Chris Marlowe. Online Music Firm Snocap Goes Indie Route. Reuters. June 13, 2005.

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WiMax's First Step Into Industry

"Intel and Nokia have teamed up to back the development of mobile WiMax technology, and will work together to see that the technology is standardized soon, the companies said this week."

"WiMax, part of the IEEE's (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers') 802.16 standard, is a wide-area wireless networking technology that promises to deliver wireless broadband access over a range significantly greater than that of IEEE 802.11 WLAN (wireless LAN) technology, commonly known as Wi-Fi."

"Cooperation between Nokia and Intel will focus on IEEE 802.16e, a mobile version of the technology that will offer broadband Internet access to users on the move. This standard is currently under development. Intel and Nokia expect the standard to be finalized next year, they say."

Sumner Lemon. Intel, Nokia Team on Mobile WiMax. PC World. June 10, 2005

See also:
Sumner Lemon. Will WiMax Replace DSL?. PC World. September 21, 2004.

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Monster.com Founder Resigns to Form New Venture

"Monster Worldwide announced on Monday that Jeff Taylor, who founded online job bulletin board Monster.com, will leave the company in August to start a new venture."

"Publicly traded Monster Worldwide, parent of Monster.com, is currently in the process of analyzing its options on how to best provide seed capital to Taylor's new venture, said David Rosa, a Monster spokesman. Taylor will continue to serve as an outside adviser to Monster on strategic and brand issues."

Dawn Kawamoto. Monster.com Founder to Form New Venture. CNET News.com. June 13, 2005

See also:
Reuters. Monster.com Founder to Form New Venture. CNN.com. June 13, 2005.

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June 13, 2005

European Labels Push for Copyright Extension

"European recording companies are pushing to extend terms of copyright to nearly 100 years to be more in line with U.S. law.

"The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or IFPI, which represents European music labels, is calling on the European Commission to bring the issue to EU countries, which will consider the matter sometime next year, according to IFPI spokeswoman Francine Cunningham.

"Currently in the EU, there are separate copyright terms for composers and performers. Composers are awarded copyright for the life of the author plus 70 years. Performers hold a copyright for 50 years from the first recording. It's the 50-year term the IFPI wants to extend."

Katie Dean. Keeping Up With Uncle Sam. Wired News. June 10, 2005.

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Are Search Engines Still Inadequate?

"Search engines are so powerful. And they are so pathetically weak.

"When it comes to digging up a specific name, date, phrase or price, search engines are unstoppable. The same is true for details from the previously concealed past. For better and worse, any information about any of us--true or false, flattering or compromising--that has ever appeared on a publicly available site is likely to be retrievable forever, or until we run out of electricity for the server farms.

"Yet for anything but simple keyword queries, even the best search engines are surprisingly ineffective."

James Fallow. Enough Keyword Searches. Just Answer My Question. News.com. June 12, 2005.

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Wi-Fi Interrupts Culture at Cafes

"The staff at Victrola Café & Art is sick of talking about Wi-Fi. Given the opportunity, as at a recent cupping in the back of the store to smell and taste the latest in-house roasts, the group prefers to talk about cafe culture, or how to create a nuanced light roasted coffee.

"But lately, the subject of Wi-Fi - specifically, the cafe's move to cut back on the free Wi-Fi connection it provides for patrons' Internet use - has been impossible to avoid. 'It's distracting,' said Jen Strongin, a co-owner.

"Victrola started providing free wireless access two years ago after customers asked for it. As in hundreds of other cafes, the owners hoped it would encourage regulars and infrequent patrons to buy more food and drinks. But there was also a disadvantage, staff members said: the cafe filled with laptop users each weekend, often one to a table meant for four. Some would sit for six to eight hours purchasing a single drink, or nothing at all."

Glenn Fleishman. Some Cafe Owners Pull the Plug on Lingering Wi-Fi Users. The New York Times. June 13, 2005.

See also:
Ken Belson. T-Mobile Adds Wi-Fi Hot Spots. The New York Times. June 13, 2005.

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LA Times to Launch 'Wikitorials'

"Michael Kinsley shook up the editorial staff of The Los Angeles Times recently, transferring four of his eleven writers, letting one go, and outsourcing some editorials to freelancers.

"While some editorial pages have been nudged into new directions, Mr. Kinsley, the editorial and opinion page editor, is making the boldest attempt to make them more dynamic, argumentative and interactive with several innovations aimed squarely at online readers, while being less like an unseen voice of authority.

"The changes, announced in yesterday's edition, include allowing editorial writers a once-a-year chance to write a signed piece dissenting from the editorial position of the newspaper.

Alicia C. Shepard. Upheaval on Los Angeles Times Editorial Pages. The New York Times. June 13, 2005.

See also:
Andrés Martinez. To Our Readers. LATimes.com. June 12, 2005.

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Apple Discards IBM for Intel

"Nearly a quarter-century ago, Apple Computer ran a snarky ad after its onetime rival encroached on its territory: 'Welcome, IBM. Seriously.' This week, however, Steven Jobs had a different message for Big Blue, which had since become a chief ally: 'Goodbye. Seriously.'

"Jobs, 50, a co-founder of Apple, is famously brash and mercurial. Even so, the Apple faithful--not to mention IBM itself--were caught by surprise by Apple's decision to end its 14-year relationship with IBM and team with Intel for its computer chip needs."

John Markoff. What's Really Behind Apple-Intel Alliance? News.com. June 11, 2005.

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See also:
Ina Fried. Developers Get Taste of Intel-based Macs. News.com. June 10, 2005.

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Will Social Networking Lose Its Appeal?

"Super-hyped social networking is exploding, with new ways to link up to others being added daily.

"Online social networking sites are offering a multitude of ways -- IM, e-mail, Web-based calling and video -- for members to get in touch with one another.

"It's not enough to allow people to contact one another, however. What many social networking sites are struggling with is, How do you facilitate social interactions without annoying users, big time?"

Olga Kharif. Is Social Networking Broken?. BusinessWeek Online. June 12, 2005.

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Radio Stations Seek to Exploit Podcast Buzz

"Less than a year after podcasting caught the public imagination, the radio industry is beginning to wake up and smell the money.

"Earlier this month, talk-show host Rush Limbaugh began offering podcasts of his shows for $50 a year, and competitors like The Dr. Laura Schlessinger Program may follow his lead. Meanwhile, commercial and public radio stations are trying to figure out where they fit in the podsphere and how they can make a buck by filling up your MP3 player."

Randy Dotinga. Radio Sets Eyes on Podcast Profit. Wired News. June 11, 2005.

See also:
Antony Bruno. Podcasting Lures Wary Music Biz. Reuters. June 11, 2005.

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Groups Critical of Paid Seach Credibility

"When it comes to their advertising relationships, are the Web's top search engines disclosing enough information?

"Consumer advocates, search-engine marketers and representatives of the engines themselves debated that question during a Consumer Reports WebWatch conference held here on Thursday, and their answers varied widely.

"Consumer groups called for more disclosure about paid listings, while others in the search-engine industry turned the spotlight on less-visible practices used to rank high in results. But most agreed that trust is critical to search engines and that those that follow the most credible practices will win over consumers."

Matt Hicks. Paid-Search Credibility Comes Under Fire. eWeek. June 10, 2005.

See also:
Jørgen J. Wouters. Still in Search of Disclosure. (.pdf) Consumer Reports WebWatch. June 9, 2005.

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Hollywood Uses IM to Advertise Work Status

"In Hollywood, where everyone's a freelancer and career networking veers between art and warfare, a new weapon is emerging as champion: instant messaging.

"Movie producers, directors, actors and crew workers bouncing from one job to the next have traditionally relied on agents and Rolodexes for finding their next gigs. But these days, many are discovering it's easier to post their job availability on IM.

"Instead of displaying simple 'away from my computer' messages, Hollywood buddy lists now overflow with come-ons, from 'need work' to 'wrapping up shoot.' Producers hiring for a new production can tell at a glance who's available now, who's not and who might be free in the near future."

Cyrus Farivar. Never IM in This Town Again!. Wired News. June 13, 2005.

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Elsevier Seeks to Improve Library Relationships

"The new director of library relations at Elsevier, Tony McSean, has admitted that it needs to improve relationships with information professionals, and is calling for a new era of co-operation.

Mark Chillingworth. Elsevier Seeks to Build Bridges. Information World Review. June 10, 2005.

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June 11, 2005

Newsweek to Include Technorati Links

"Addressing a Dutch publishers' conference in Amsterdam this morning, Gregory Osberg, executive vice president and worldwide publisher of Newsweek, made an interesting announcement. Within the next few weeks, Newsweek is going to publish links to relevant Technorati entries next to its articles."

Monique Van Dusseldorp. Newsweek to Publish Technorati Links With Articles. Poynter Online. June 9, 2005.

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Google Library Project Webcast

"On June 15, EDUCAUSE is offering a free webcast (advance registration required, however) featuring Reg Carr from Oxford and John Price Wilken from the University of Michigan speaking out the progress of the Google digitization programs at those institutions."

USC E-Resources Update. EDUCAUSE Webcast!. June 9, 2005.

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Blackberry Settlement At Risk

"The settlement of the long-running patent infringement lawsuit between Research in Motion (RIM) and NTP appears to be coming apart.

"NTP started this suit in 2001, charging that the RIM's BlackBerry line of wireless handhelds used technology that infringed on several patents held by NTP. Earlier this year, the two companies reached a settlement. They agreed that NTP will grant RIM and its customers an unfettered right to continue its BlackBerry-related wireless business without further interference from NTP or its patents."

Ed Hardy. RIM, NTP Settlement in Jeopardy. Brighthand. June 10, 2005.

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Impact of Open Source on Telecommunications

"Five years after the dot-com bust, the spotlight is again shining on a brash tech whiz kid who thinks his software will radically transform an old-world industry.

"But Mark Spencer's company, Digium, has something that eluded many a Silicon Valley wannabee during the bubble: real revenues. The company pulls in about $10 million a year, and its open-source software has garnered interest from such business stalwarts as AT&T;.

"Spencer's company makes Asterisk, an open-source application, for the Linux operating system, that's at the heart of many installations of sophisticated corporate phone equipment. The upshot: Gear that typically costs hundreds of thousands of dollars is now available for the price of a laptop."

Ben Charny. Is the Telephone Industry Ready for Open Source?. News.com. June 10, 2005.

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Business Software Alliance Describes Future Technologies

"Too much wine with dinner? In the future, your car might not start if you're drunk -- and it might automatically call a cab, notify your spouse and even reschedule business appointments early the next morning.

"That sobering vision of things to come could also include the ability to read important e-mails and other vital messages on television, wireless telephone or computers at work and at home.

"To Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, technology in the future promises better tools for sorting and managing important information -- from e-mails, instant messages, blogs and Web sites -- that will help computer users discard their digital junk."

Ted Bridis. Top CEOs Describe Future Technologies. BusinessWeek Online. June 10, 2005.

See also:
Associated Press. Video Interview with Business Software Alliance.

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June 10, 2005

Scientific Journals Welcome Change

"Seven years ago, Michael Eisen, an assistant professor of genetics and development at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, proposed a program to link experimental data from his lab to relevant pieces of scientific literature.

"He and his postdoctoral adviser, Pat Brown, fully expected cooperation from Stanford Library, which hosts a large number of scientific journals. 'Instead,' Eisen recalled, 'we were told that the articles we wanted belonged to the publishers and we should basically piss off.'

"It had never occurred to Eisen that publishers could own scientific literature. He was offended by the idea that scientists could be wronged by copyright. This went double for the public, whose tax dollars pay for much of the scientific research undertaken today."

Adam L. Penenberg. Academic Journals Open to Change. Wired News. June 9, 2005.

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Gartner Identifies Over-Hyped IT Security Threats

"Don’t believe the hype about some of the computer security threats emphasized in industry and the media, two Gartner Research analysts said today.

"Lawrence Orans, a principal research analyst, and John Pescatore, vice president and research fellow, told attendees at the Gartner IT Security Summit in Washington, D.C., not to fear going ahead with projects that use voice over IP technology, Virtual Private Networks over the Internet and wireless hot spots.

"The computer-security experts also advised their audience not to waste time or money on products they don’t need to meet federal regulations and protect against malware on mobile devices."

Michael Arnone. Gartner: Relax About Overhyped Security Threats. FCW. June 7, 2005.

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Rivals to Help Promote AOL Portal

"America Online wants to wrest users away from Yahoo and Google, but it will have to pay those companies tens of millions of dollars as it tries to do so.

"AOL is preparing to promote its new, free Internet portal by buying text advertisements on the major Web search engines, which are, of course, its main rivals.

"The text ads, which appear next to search results, will link to many of the millions of pages of content that AOL is moving from its paid subscription service to the new portal, which will start public previews this month."

Saul Hansell. AOL Wooing Users to Portal, With a Little Help From Its Foes. The New York Times. June 10, 2005.

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Actors Reach Video Game Deal

"Actors who provide the voices for the booming video game industry could see their salaries rise by more than a third over the next 3 1/2 years, under tentative agreements reached with producers.

"But the actors won't be getting the potentially lucrative residuals their television counterparts earn for repeat broadcasts of their work under the deals announced Wednesday night by the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists."

John Rogers. Actors Unions Reach Tentative Agreement with Video Game Producers. SFGate.com. June 9, 2005.

See also:
Screen Actors Guild. Unions and Video Game Companies Reach Tenative Agreement on New Contracts. (Press Release.) June 8, 2005.

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Google to Create 3D Maps

"Google plans to use trucks equipped with lasers and digital photographic equipment to create a realistic 3D online version of San Francisco, and eventually other major US cities.

"The move would trump Amazon's A9 service, which offers two-dimensional photos of buildings on US city streets.

"The goal is to create similar 3D online versions of other cities in the US and overseas."

Tom Foremski. Scoop! Smile for the Google 3D Mapping Truck. SiliconValleyWatcher. June 9, 2005.

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AOL Adds Partners for Multimedia Search

"The audio and video search engine unit of America Online has reeled in deals with several content providers, angling for position in the heated race to build the best video search engine.

"The media conglomerate's audio and video search engine Singingfish, which was acquired by Time Warner in 2003, inked deals with 13 new partners, including CBSNews.com, CNN, Hollywood.com, IFILM, Like Television, ManiaTV.com and MarketWatch, allowing it to feature video content feeds for its properties."

Tim Gray. AOL Expands Search Net. InternetNews.com. June 9, 2005.

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Microsoft Offers Tabbed Browsing

"Tabbed browsing has come to Microsoft.

"Although version 7 of Internet Explorer has not been released yet, Microsoft has included tabbed browsing in an update to its MSN Search Toolbar for version 6 of Internet Explorer, which was made publicly available today.

"The tabbed browsing feature in the new 2.5 version of the MSN toolbar will enable users 'to quickly access, manage and save commonly visited sites into automatic 'routines' of Web pages that can all be opened simultaneously,' according to an MSN Fact Sheet."

Sean Michael Kerner. Microsoft Launches Tabbed Browsing Tool. InternetNews.com. June 8, 2005.

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Survey: Post-It Notes Win Over Technology

"In an age where computers and contact management software are prevalent,you'd expect most people to manage their contacts electronically. Then again, maybe not.

"According to Plaxo, a significant percent of people still use pen and paper to manage their contacts. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company found that 37 percent of respondents claimed that they managed their contacts with Post-It notes or a Rolodex."

Sean Michael Kerner. Can I Borrow a Pen?. InternetNews.com. June 9, 2005.

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June 09, 2005

Lawmaker Introduces Patent Reform Bill

"The U.S. patent system will undergo its most substantial overhaul in decades if a bill introduced on Wednesday becomes law.

"Rep. Lamar Smith, who heads the House of Representatives committee responsible for drafting patent law, said his proposal would improve the overall quality of patents and target some of the legal practices that have irked high-tech companies.

"'The bill will eliminate legal gamesmanship from the current system that rewards lawsuit abuses over creativity,' said Smith, a Texas Republican."

Declan McCullagh. A Fix for a Broken Patent System?. News.com. June 8, 2005.

See also:
Dave Mock. Patent Reform--Or Else. News.com. May 24, 2005.

Declan McCullagh. Patent Office Chief Endorses Legal Reform. News.com. April 25, 2005.

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Google Ranked Most Valuable Media Company

"Google has become the world's most highly valued media company, valued at more than $80 billion, surpassing Time Warner after just ten months of trading as a public company.

"The internet search and advertising giant's share price on the Nasdaq stock exchange in New York rose $2.18, or 0.75 per cent, to close at $293.12 last night, an all-time high.

"The stock price has risen by nearly one-third in only four weeks and now trades at more than three times its $85 launch price in August."

Rhys Blakely. Google Surpasses Time Warner. Times Online. June 8, 2005.

See also:
John Battelle's Searchblog. Google #1 Media Stock..... June 7, 2005.

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To Reduce Risk, Companies Continue to Monitor E-Mail

"A new study has found that 63 percent of corporations with 1,000 or more employees either employ or plan to employ staff to read or otherwise analyze outbound e-mail.

"The report, released Monday by e-mail security specialist Proofpoint, said 36.1 percent of companies employ staff to monitor e-mail today, with another 26.5 percent saying they intend to employ such staff in the future."

Ed Frauenheim. Companies Ramping Up E-Mail Monitoring. News.com. June 8, 2005.

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Yahoo, Sprint Launch Mobile E-Mail Service

"Bidding to offer a low-cost alternative to the dominant mobile e-mail platform, Yahoo has teamed with mobile carrier Sprint Communications to offer mobile messaging for around US$3 per month.

"The two companies said the service would be available immediately in all markets where Sprint offers coverage. Yahoo's Web-based e-mail will be pushed to subscriber's mobile phones after they download software to their handsets.

"Customers will pay Sprint for the service as an add-on to their monthly subscription plans. The service will work with a range of phones that Sprint offers."

Keith Regan. Yahoo, Sprint Team on Inexpensive Mobile E-Mail. E-Commerce Times. June 8, 2005.

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BellSouth to Offer Wireless Service

"BellSouth is taking only a very tentative step toward offering what's known by many as 'naked DSL.' Rather than allowing its millions of existing DSL, or digital subscriber line, customers to opt out of local phone service, BellSouth will sever that link starting in August only in some markets in Georgia, where it will offer an experimental broadband service using WiMax wireless-access technology."

"WiMax is a more-powerful version of Wi-Fi wireless broadband that has a greater geographic range. The trial in Georgia will last for a year before BellSouth offers the service to a wider market."

"BellSouth's move comes nine months after the Georgia Public Service Commission ordered the phone provider to let customers buy broadband services without a phone service tie-in. The company received similar mandates in Kentucky, Louisiana and Florida."

Ben Charny. BellSouth Preps for Wireless 'Naked DSL'. News.com. June 8, 2005

See also:
Ben Charny. BellSouth May Shimmy Out of 'Naked' DSL. News.com. June 14, 2004.

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Microsoft Loses Excel Patent Case

"A federal jury in California has slapped Microsoft Corp. with a nearly $9 million judgment in a patent infringement lawsuit filed by a Guatemalan inventor.

"Carlos Amado, 50, sued the Redmond-based software maker in March 2003, claiming Microsoft infringed on a patent he received in 1994 for software linking the company's Excel spreadsheet and Access database programs.

"Amado developed the program in 1990 and offered to sell it to Microsoft two years later, but the company declined, according to the law firm of Morrison & Foerster, which represented Amado."

Elizabeth M. Gillespie. Microsoft Ordered To Pay $9 Million Judgment. InformationWeek. June 6, 2005.

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T-mobile Wins 'Best Customer Care' in U.S.

According to second year of J.D. Power and Associates's survey, T-mobile wins the best customer care among US wireless carriers.

"That doesn’t mean they’ve had the fewest complaints or anything, the study is based on a survey of 8,600 wireless subscribers who had contacted their carrier for customer support in the past year and ranked the carriers on stuff like hold times...and problem resolution efficiency."

Peter Rojas.
T-Mobile Tops J.D Power’s Wireless Customer Care Rankings
. Engadget. June 8, 2005

See also:
J.D. Power and Associates.
J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Live-Person Interaction is Key to Receiving Positive Wireless Customer Care Experience; T-Mobile Ranks Highest in Wireless Customer Care Performance for Second Consecutive Year
. (Press Release.) June 8, 2005.

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Microsoft to Deliver Modified XP to Europe

"Microsoft will begin distributing a modified version of its Windows XP operating system to PC makers in Europe on June 15, more than a year after it was ordered to do so as part of the European Commission's antitrust ruling against the company.

"Microsoft was ordered last March to sell a version of Windows XP without its media player software, as part of the Commission's ruling that the software maker abused its 'near-monopoly' in Europe to harm competition."

James Niccolai. Microsoft to Ship Modified Windows XP. PCWorld. June 8, 2005.

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June 08, 2005

Senate Panel Agrees to Expand and Renew Patriot Act

"The U.S. Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday sided with the White House by proposing broad new subpoena powers for the FBI to use in counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations, officials said.

"After hours of secret deliberations, the oversight panel voted 11-4 to send to the full Senate a proposal that would give the FBI the power to subpoena without judicial approval a wide range of personal documents ranging from health and library records to tax statements.

"The legislation approved by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence also would make permanent intelligence-related sections of the USA Patriot Act that are scheduled to expire at the end of the year."

Reuters. Senate Panel OKs Sweeping FBI Subpoena Powers. June 7, 2005.

See also:
Associated Press. Senate Intelligence Committee Approves New FBI Powers in Patriot Act. USA Today. June 7, 2005.

American Civil Liberties Union. Senate Panel Considering Patriot Act Expansion Bill in Secret; ACLU Says Fixes, Not Expansions, Are Needed. June 7, 2005.

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Star Wars Galaxies Removes Music Ability

"The massively multiplayer online game Star Wars Galaxies gives gamers a chance to build their own weapons and armor, fly spacecraft, build cities and even train to become Jedis.

"But in this world of make-believe, composing music is forbidden. Players can play Wookiees or bounty hunters and even musicians -- like those in the cantina band from the original Star Wars.

"As musicians, the characters play pretend, virtual instruments like the slitherhorn, ommni box or the nalargon, but are limited to a handful of canned tunes. Lawyers at Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts envision a legal nightmare if musicians were to re-create music copyrighted in the physical world."

Katie Dean. Music Muffled in Star Wars Game. Wired News. June 6, 2005.

Related:
Freedom to Tinker. A Land Without Music. May 25, 2005.

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Jack-FM: Radio's New Frontier

"In the tradition-strangled world of commercial radio, all eyes are on that rarest of breeds: a bold new idea.

"From Seattle and San Diego to Baltimore and Buffalo, more than a dozen big-city radio stations have converted to a format known as Jack-FM over the past two months. On Friday, even legendary New York City oldies station WCBS-FM dumped '60s rock and joined the 'Jack' parade.

"Boasting they're 'like an iPod on shuffle,' the new stations typically dump their disc jockeys in favor of huge song playlists that mimic a well-stocked portable music player."

Randy Dotinga. Radio Industry Hits Shuffle. Wired News. June 6, 2005.

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Overview of Corporate Blog Policies

"On four points, all of the eight most well-known corporate blogging policies agree -- corporate bloggers are personally responsible and they should abide by existing rules, keep secrets and be nice. Those four principles are the core of today's corporate blogging rules.

"I've compared and categorized the corporate blogging policies and guidelines of IBM, Yahoo! (pdf), Hill & Knowlton, Plaxo, Thomas Nelson, Feedster, Groove and Sun.

"Why a comparison? I figured it would be valuable for many other organizations to get an overview of these early policies. Maybe see the patterns. And it is interesting to find what all of them consider important -- and perhaps even more interesting are some of the more unusual pieces of advice/rules."

Fredrik Wacka. Policies Compared: Today's Corporate Blogging Rules. WebProNews.com. June 6, 2005.

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iTunes Gives P2P Sites a Run for Money

"Apple Computer's iTunes online music store is as popular as most music-swapping networks, according to a study released Tuesday.

"The survey by market research firm NPD Group found that approximately 1.7 million U.S. households downloaded a song from iTunes in March. That was good enough to earn the store a second-place ranking with peer-to-peer downloading service LimeWire.

"The most popular digital music service during the month, however, was P2P site WinMX, which was used by 2.1 million households to download music during the month.

CNET News.com Staff. Study: iTunes More Popular Than Many P2P Sites. News.com. June 7, 2005.

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eBay Offers Purchase Protection Plan

"eBay has launched a program offering purchase protection of up to $20,000 for certain capital goods bought through its Web site.

"Items covered include tractors from the auctioneer's agriculture and forestry category; skid steers, backhoes, crawler dozers and other gear in the construction category; plus mills and lathes from the manufacturing and metalworking category, eBay said Monday.

"The offer, which is valid with purchases of $1,000 or more, is designed to give buyers protection against fraud and material misrepresentation. The program covers goods purchased in the United States, the auctioneer said."

Dinesh C. Sharma. eBay Offers Guarantees for Some Buys. News.com. June 6, 2005.

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June 07, 2005

Creative Commons Debuts Law Program

Creative Commons' Science Commons division has announced the formation of the Open Access Law Program (OALP). According to OALP's home page, the project "supports 'open access' to legal scholarship."

The project seeks to provide free access to scholarly literature without undue copyright and licensing restrictions. "This project is one part of the Science Commons Publishing Project," continues the notice "which itself is working to support open access to scholarly research in a wide range of disciplines including agriculture, entomology, biology, anthropology and now law.

According to Corante's Donna Wentworth, the seeds for what would become OALP were planted in March, when Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig became upset about having to relinquish all of his copyright rights as a condition of submitting a journal article to the Minnesota Law Review. Lessig, who is chairman of the board of directors of Creative Commons, has vowed to avoid submitting another journal article to any law review that refuses to recognize Creative Commons' Attribution Non-Commercial license.

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AOL Set to Compete With Gmail

"America Online Inc. on Monday unveiled a Web-based e-mail service for non-subscribers through its instant-messaging service, and plans to add unlimited e-mail storage for subscribers, who can access their messages from any computer through the company's AOL.com portal.

"The web-mail launch is part of an upgrade of AIM, which is being rolled out this week. By integrating web mail with the instant messaging service, AOL can offer e-mail to people who do not subscribe to the company's subscription service, while also providing a better product to subscribers through its general portal."

Antone Gonsalves. AOL Launches Web Mail For Non-Subscribers. InternetWeek. June 6, 2005.

See also:
Neil J. Rubenking. AIM Accounts Gain Free E-mail. PCMag.com. June 6, 2005.

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Microsoft, AT&T; Partner for VoIP Services

"Microsoft Corp. on Monday unveiled partnerships with AT&T; Corp. and several other companies aimed at delivering Internet-calling and related features to business.

"Although the Internet-phone market is still small, Microsoft expects big growth in the years ahead as phone companies move to offer the so-called triple play of voice, video and data services.

"Microsoft wants communications carriers such as AT&T; to use the company's software technology to deliver a wide range of services. While Microsoft already offers instant messaging, online worker collaboration and document sharing, it will now add Internet phone calling to the mix.

Jeffry Bartash. Microsoft Eyes Internet-Phone Market. MarketWatch. June 6, 2005.

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Earthlink, Covad to Offer Hybrid VoIP Service

"A new hybrid phone service that combines the stability of the traditional wired telephone with the flexibility and pricing of Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, technology will be announced today by Covad Communications.

"The San Jose company, partnering with EarthLink, will make the service available in the fall after a testing period in San Jose, Seattle and Dallas."

Sam Diaz. Hybrid Phone Service to be Offered by Covad. San Jose Mercury News. June 6, 2005.

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UK To Extend Sound Recording Copyrights

"Pop songs will receive longer protection under new plans to extend copyright laws. It will mean Beatles classics such as Love Me Do and Please, Please Me, released in 1963, will not automatically lose their copyright in 2013.

"The Rolling Stones may also benefit, with songs such as (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction having their copyright extended beyond 2015.

"United States copyright law protects songs for 95 years and UK government ministers are reported to be considering a similar length of time for British products."

Peter Ranscombe. Long-playing Plans for Music Copyright Ownership. News.Scotsman.com. June 6, 2005.

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Microsoft to Rival RIM With Mobile E-Mail

"Microsoft will give away software upgrades to give Outlook users access to wireless corporate email on mobile devices, in a move that could unseat mobile email leader Blackberry from Research In Motion.

"The Redmond, Washington-based software giant will make free upgrades available for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0 that will lift business email and other Outlook data from corporate computers, and automatically send it to mobile phones running on Microsoft Windows software."

Lucas van Grinsven and Reed Stevenson. Microsoft Takes Aim at Blackberry with Mobile Email. Reuters. June 6, 2005.

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Apple Promises Easier Podcasting

"Apple Computer Inc. CEO Steve Jobs called podcasting 'the hottest thing going in radio' on Monday and promised to make it easier for audiophiles to create and distribute the digital recordings.

"At a technology conference on Monday, Jobs previewed iTunes version 4.9. The software allows users to click on and subscribe to different podcasts, then automatically delivers the shows to any connected iPod -- far less cumbersome than the third-party applications many listeners now need.

"The newest iTunes will include a directory of podcasts, and creators will be able to register their shows with Apple's iTunes Music Store."

Rachel Konrad. Apple Vows to Make Podcasting Easier. BusinessWeek Online. June 6, 2005.

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United Gets OK to Install Wi-Fi Equipment

"United Airlines plans to announce today that it is the first domestic airline to receive approval from regulators to install wireless Internet networks on its planes.

"United passengers will not be able to take advantage of the service just yet. The airline is still at least a year away from having its in-flight Wi-Fi service up and running. When it does, sometime in mid- to late 2006, passengers will be able to check e-mail, send instant messages and surf the Web at 30,000 feet.

"Similar services are already available on international flights operated by Lufthansa and Japan Airlines, among other carriers Wi-Fi is also available in terminals across the country. Many airports, like LaGuardia in New York, charge a flat daily rate to use a wireless Internet connection, while JetBlue Airways offers free Wi-Fi at some of its gates."

Jeremy W. Peters. United Airlines Approved for In-Flight Internet Service. The New York Times. June 6, 2005.

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Mercora Offers Music Search Tool

"Music start-up Mercora is dipping its toes into the trendy world of Internet search, with a new Web-based tool aimed at finding free music being played on the company's peer-to-peer radio network.

"The company is expanding quickly from its roots as an innovative streaming Net radio service, in which it has blended much of the immediate on-demand listening of file-swapping networks with the legal framework of Web radio.

"The new tool is aimed at appealing to a new audience of casual Web surfers, allowing them to search the Mercora network and listen to a wide range of songs that approximates on demand. Thus, a person might search for The Beatles and have two dozen or more songs instantly at their fingertips to listen to for free."

John Borland. P2P Radio Morphing into Free Music Search. News.com. June 6, 2005.

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Worrisome Politics Behind .xxx Domain

"Now that pornographers have a domain name suffix reserved exclusively for them, look for politicians to become more eager than ever before to target sexually explicit Web sites.

"Last week, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers approved the creation of .xxx, a kind of virtual red-light district that's scheduled to go live by the end of the year.

"Permitting sexually explicit material online is, of course, only objectionable among advocacy groups that would love to outlaw anything as daring as 'Heather Has Two Mommies.' (Nobody is forced to click on links pointing to raunch and ribaldry, after all.)

"But the politics of .xxx are more complex--and worrisome."

Declan McCullagh. The Politics of .xxx. News.com. June 6, 2005.

See also:
Declan McCullagh. Porn-friendly '.xxx' Domains Approved. News.com. June 1, 2005.

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June 06, 2005

Google Launches Sitemaps to Enhance Search

"Google unveiled a new program today which would provide Web site owners and marketers more control over when and how their pages are indexed by the search engine's crawlers.

"The Sitemaps program aims to optimize Google's crawling activities, leading to better search results, and to give site owners more input into how their sites are crawled. The process involves a site owner creating and posting an XML file on the site's server describing which pages on the site should be indexed, when those pages were last updated, how often they're updated, and how important each page is relative to others on the site.

"Google created an open-source tool, Sitemap Generator, to assist in the process."

Kevin Newcomb. Google Unveils Sitemaps Tool. ClickZNews. June 3, 2005.

See also:
Danny Sullivan. New "Google Sitemaps" Web Page Feed Program. SearchEngineWatch. June 2, 2005.

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Warner Music: Downloads Are Purchases

"Third Story Music, a Los Angeles-based music publishing firm and the successor to the production company that managed singer-songwriter Tom Waits early in his career, has filed a federal suit against Warner Music Group, alleging that Waits has been shortchanged on the sale of digital downloads.

"The action, filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles on Tuesday, stems from 1972 and 1977 contracts signed by Third Story principal Herb Cohen and Warner-owned Asylum Records regarding Waits' services.

"According to the suit, under the terms of the two contracts, Waits was entitled to royalties of either 25% or 50% from revenues derived from third-party licenses. Third Story maintains that digital music downloads constitute a form of third-party license, and that Waits is entitled to payment at that level."

Chris Morris. Publisher Sues Warner Music Over Waits Tunes. Reuters. June 2, 2005.

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Music Bloggers Develop "Music Blog Network"

"Blogs aren't just for scaring politicians anymore. Several weblogs are becoming influential in music and entertainment. Savvy entertainment companies have taken advantage of music-focused blogs to promote their music, books and films as part of the ongoing conversation taking place in the 'blogosphere.'

"Now, a group of leading music bloggers have formed the Music Blog Network to help entertainment marketers quickly target the blogs' influential music fans."

Adrants. Bloggers Launch Music Blog Ad Network. June 5, 2005.

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German Publishers to Rival Google Print

"When the online retailer Amazon.com came calling a year ago to sign up German publishers for a digital indexing project, one book executive urged a strategy of polite rebuffs.

"Then this year, when Google started wooing publishers to sign on for its own digital book project, that German executive, Matthias Ulmer, decided the time was ripe to seize control with a homegrown counterattack.

"Now Mr. Ulmer and a five-member task force of the German book trade association Börsenverein are organizing their own digital indexing project, Volltextsuche Online. "

Doreen Carvajal. German Publishers Plan Challenge to Google Print. The New York Times. June 5, 2005.

See also:
Gary Price. German Publishers Plan Major Book Digitization Project. SearchEngineWatch. June 5, 2005.

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Apple to Switch From IBM to Intel Chips

"Apple Computer plans to announce Monday that it's scrapping its partnership with IBM and switching its computers to Intel's microprocessors, CNET News.com has learned.

"Apple has used IBM's PowerPC processors since 1994, but will begin a phased transition to Intel's chips, sources familiar with the situation said. Apple plans to move lower-end computers such as the Mac Mini to Intel chips in mid-2006 and higher-end models such as the Power Mac in mid-2007, sources said.

"The announcement is expected Monday at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, at which Chief Executive Steve Jobs is giving the keynote speech. The conference would be an appropriate venue: Changing the chips would require programmers to rewrite their software to take full advantage of the new processor."

Stephen Shankland. Apple to Ditch IBM, Switch to Intel Chips. News.com. June 3, 2005.

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Virgin & BT Test Mobile TV Service

"Virgin Mobile and BT Livetime announced a partnership yesterday to pilot live digital mobile TV. The duo will work with Microsoft, Sky, Argiva and GCap Media to do a four-month trial run over the DAB digital radio network.

"The television service offers Virgin Mobile's customers access to live digital TV 24 hours a day, and features the UK's first mobile Electronic Programme Guide, so customers can see what's on now, what's on later, and even set an alert to remind them when a favorite program is about to start, up to a week ahead.

"Ultimately, Virgin Mobile TV will also let customers record their favorite programs to watch later on their mobile."

Jennifer LeClaire. Virgin Tests Mobile TV. TechNewsWorld. June 3, 2005.

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June 04, 2005

Intel Finds Cell Communication Chip's First Customer

"More than two years after introducing its first chip for cellular phone communications, Intel Corp. finally has a customer.

"The world's largest chip maker said on Thursday that mmO2 Plc. will begin selling a music phone that uses Intel's Manitoba chip, which was originally released in February 2003.

"Intel's Manitoba chip has been widely considered a failure, having attracted no customers amid heated competition with established players like Texas Instruments Inc.."

Daniel Sorid. Intel's Cell Communications Chip Finds a Customer. Reuters. June 2, 2005.

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June 03, 2005

Federal Rule Requires Destruction of Consumer Data

"Be careful how you -- or your company -- dispose of sensitive consumer information.

"A new federal rule (.pdf) that took effect yesterday requires all businesses and individuals to destroy private consumer information obtained from credit bureaus and other information providers in determining whether to grant credit, hire employees or rent an apartment."

Caroline E. Mayer. Rule Requires Destruction of Consumer Data. WashingtonPost.com. June 2, 2005.

See also:
Federal Trade Commission. Disposal of Consumer Report Information and Records. (.pdf) June 1, 2005.

Federal Trade Commission. Disposing of Consumer Report Information? New Rule Tells How. June 2005.

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Google Unveils Portal Services

"In just a few minutes last month, Google went from being a technology leader to being a trailer, well behind rivals such as Yahoo and MSN, the Microsoft Network.

"While Google is still top in the world of web search, Google Labs' unveiling of a personalised version of the engine cast new light on the company's attempt to become something more: a portal.

"In this market, Google has taken its first baby step, while the opposition is miles ahead."

Jack Schofield. Portal Combat. Guardian Unlimited. June 2, 2005.

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Study: Consumers at Risk for Online Exploitation

"Most Americans who use the Internet have little idea how vulnerable they are to abuse by online and offline marketers and how the information they provide can be used to exploit them.

"That is one conclusion from this unprecedented national phone survey conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

"The study indicates that many adults who use the internet believe incorrectly that laws prevent online and offline stores from selling their personal information. They also incorrectly believe that stores cannot charge them different prices based on what they know about them. Most other internet-using adults admit that they simply don’t know whether or not laws protect them."

Joseph Turow, et al. Open to Exploitation: American Shoppers Online and Offline. Annenberg Public Policy Center. June 2005.

See also:
Annenberg Public Policy Center. Seventeen Facts American Shoppers Need to Know—But Don’t. June 2005.

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Sony & GlowPoint Provide 'Instant Video Everywhere'

"Sony Electronics and GlowPoint made good on their February partnership announcement, bringing the first in a line of IP video communications services to market.

"On Wednesday, the two companies announced the availability of Sony IVE Business service, powered by GlowPoint. (IVE stands for 'Instant Video Everywhere.') The new service puts Sony's strong brand on top of GlowPoint's suite of applications for enabling live video conversations and messaging."

Susan Kuchinskas. Sony, GlowPoint Team for IP Video Service. InternetNews.com. June 2, 2005.

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Amazon.com Slides Into Publishing

"What is Amazon up to these days? Are they the friend or foe of the independent writer?

"Amazon's recent purchase of two companies (Booksurge and Mobipocket) hints at a future business strategy geared not only to the long tail concept but also self-publishing in general."

Kuro5hin. Amazon.com, Ebooks and "Chump Change." May 16, 2005.

See also:
O'Reilly Radar. Self Publishing Changes All the Rules? April 24, 2005.

Tim O'Reilly. What Do You Think About Self-Published Books? O'Reilly Developer Blogs. April 15, 2005.

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Open Access Momentum Continues to Grow

"'Sorry, but this article is available only to subscribers.' Try to view a science journal article online and, more often than not, that is the message you will see. This is not just a problem for members of the public - scientists and medical practitioners face it every day.

"There are so many science journals that no library can afford to subscribe to them all. The internet has the potential to give researchers instant access to all the information they need, but this potential is not exploited because scientific journals still operate a subscription-based model inherited from the days of print publishing."

Matthew Cockerill. Access All Articles. Guardian Unlimited. June 2, 2005.

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Six Apart Plans to Combat TrackBack Spammers

"If you have a TypePad blog, here's some good news on what Six Apart is planning to implement as part of major improvements in everyone's efforts to combat comment and trackback spam.

"First, we'll provide support for TypeKey-based comment authentication.

"Second, we'll add the ability for you to moderate comments and trackbacks.

"Finally, on top of the authentication and moderation functionality, we're working on a greatly enhanced set of screens in TypePad for managing comments and trackbacks."

Neville Hobson. TypePad Blogs To Get Spam-Fighting Features. WebProNews.com. June 1, 2005.

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Municipalities Evaluate Broadband Options

"Across the nation, suburbs, coastal beach towns and big cities all are debating the role government should take in making sure their citizens have access to the Internet.

"It is becoming an increasingly important conversation as the world begins to measure how advanced a country is, in part, by how many of its citizens have high-speed Internet access at home."

Tricia Duryee. U.S. Cities Weigh Broadband Access. Seattle Times. May 31, 2005.

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The New Yorker to be Available on DVD

"The New Yorker, the weekly magazine that started as 'a hectic book of gossip, cartoons and facetiae,' as Louis Menand once wrote, and has evolved into a citadel of narrative nonfiction and investigative reporting, will publish its entire 80-year archives on searchable computer discs this fall.

"The collection, titled 'The Complete New Yorker,' will consist of eight DVD's containing high-resolution digital images of every page of the 4,109 issues of the magazine from February 1925 through the 80th anniversary issue, published last February."

Edward Wyatt. 80 Years of The New Yorker to Be Offered in Disc Form. The New York Times. June 2, 2005.

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June 02, 2005

Sony Tests DRM Technology to Limit CD Burning

"Sony BMG Music Entertainment announced that it has been testing a digital rights management (DRM) system called 'sterile burning' and has already released 10 CD titles -- about 1 million discs -- with the copy protection. It did not say which ones they were.

"'Sterile burning'" limits the number of copies a consumer can make from a purchased CD and prevents copies being made from copies.

"Although some worry that these measures will limit 'fair use' or the ability of consumers to use purchased material legally, analysts disagree."

Susan B. Shor. Sony Tests Copy-Protected CDs. TechNewsWorld. May 31, 2005.

See also:
Brian Garrity. Sony BMG Tests Technology to Limit CD Burning. Reuters. May 30, 2005.

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Lawmaker Opposes Broadcast Flag in DTV Bill

"A key lawmaker has complicated the movie industry's push for a law to restrict consumers' ability to redistribute digital TV content over peer-to-peer networks and the internet at large.

"Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), chairman of the House Commerce Committee, has indicated that he opposes inserting a broadcast flag measure in his newly introduced digital TV bill, which would set a 2008 hard deadline for broadcasters to give back their analog spectrum."

Michael Grebb. Broadcast Flag at Half Mast?. Wired News. June 1, 2005.

Related:
CRS Report for Congress. Copyright Protection of Digital Television: The "Broadcast Flag". (.pdf) April 5, 2005.

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Microsoft Adds XML File Formats to Office 12

"Microsoft said Thursday that it will introduce new XML-based file formats for its Excel, PowerPoint and Word applications when the company launches its Office 12 software package next year.

"Company officials said the move to replace Microsoft's traditional binary file formats with open-standards-based XML versions will allow companies using Office 12 to more easily access data across XML's various applications.

"Microsoft pledged that the shift to XML, also known as Extensible Markup Language, will decrease the size of many individual files and make documents created in its Office products more resistant to corruption."

Matt Hines. Microsoft Adding XML Files to Office 12. News.com. June 1, 2005.

See also:
Mary Jo Foley. Office 12 to Get New File Formats . Microsoft Watch. June 1, 2005.

Martin LaMonica. OpenDocument gets Standards Stamp. News.com. May 23, 2005.

Ina Fried. Microsoft Offers Peek at Next Office Suite. News.com. May 18, 2005.

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Yahoo Launches Intelligent Search Tool

"A beta tool launched by Yahoo Research Labs this week gives searchers control over the way results are sorted with the slide of a bar. At one end of the spectrum is commercial sites and at the other, informational sites.

"Yahoo ranked sites from most commercial (-2 points) to most informational (+2), but cautions that the rankings may need fine-tuning since the criteria is still a bit fuzzy. A zero score means the site contains a balance of commercial and informational material. The filtering system works for the top 100 results."

Susan B. Shor. Yahoo Mindset Gives Users Control Over Search Results. TechNewsWorld. June 1, 2005.

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Newspapers Warned of New Media Threat

"Newspapers are far from dead, despite the challenge from online news and blogs, media executives have been told.

"At the world's biggest annual print media gathering, organised by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), speakers were upbeat about the prospects for print.

"Newspaper circulation rose slightly in 2004, according to the newspaper body. But the industry still faces many challenges from new media, some 1,300 delegates were told."

Peter Feuilherade. Newspapers Face Up to New Media. BBC News. May 31, 2005.

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Companies Hire Bloggers for PR

"In its short lifespan, blogging has largely been a freewheeling exercise in online self-expression. Now it is also becoming a corporate job.

"A small but growing number of businesses are hiring people to write blogs, otherwise known as Web logs, or frequently updated online journals.

"Companies are looking for candidates who can write in a conversational style about timely topics that would appeal to customers, clients and potential recruits."

Sarah E. Needleman. Blogging Becomes A Corporate Job; Digital 'Handshake'?. WSJ.com. May 31, 2005.

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June 01, 2005

Mobile Gaming Poised for Growth

"One of the hottest-selling video games today doesn't feature photorealistic graphics, multiple plotlines or a Hollywood cast of characters. It's 'Tetris,' an old-fashioned puzzle game that has sold more than 2 million copies via downloads on cellphones.

"Mobile games like 'Tetris' are poised for rapid growth after years of being a novelty business.

"Jupiter Research estimates that U.S. sales of cellphone games will grow from just $72 million in 2004 to $430 million in 2009. IDC, which pegged sales at $345 million last year, projected that the figure would top $1.5 billion by 2008."

Alex Pham. Cellphone Game Industry Is Poised to Ring Up Big Sales. LATimes.com. May 30, 2005.

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BCE Slams Canadian VoIP Ruling

"The head of BCE Inc., Canada's No. 1 phone company, slammed the country's telecom regulator on Tuesday for its decision this month to limit what big phone companies can charge for calls made using Internet protocol technology.

"BCE chief executive Michael Sabia said the decision would mainly help big cable companies who don't need the protection, adding the regulator failed to appreciate how much voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) phone service will shake up the industry."

Jeffrey Hodgson. BCE CEO Slams Canadian Regulator on VoIP Decision. Reuters. May 31, 2005.

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May 31, 2005

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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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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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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May 27, 2005

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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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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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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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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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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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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May 24, 2005

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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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 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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May 23, 2005

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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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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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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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

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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May 20, 2005

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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JoiIto.com. Creative Commons and BzzAgent. May 06, 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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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May 12, 2005

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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May 09, 2005

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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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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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.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Pete Nano.

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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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.

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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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May 04, 2005

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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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April 30, 2005

Internet Ad Sales Better Than Ever

"Online ad revenues for 2004 were up 33 percent to $9.6 billion, the highest level ever, according to the latest report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

"Search marketers continued their stampede. Annual revenue in this category leapt from 35 to 40 percent of the overall spend. On a dollar basis, search revenues were up more than half to $3.9 billion."

Zachary Rodgers. Online Ad Revenues Up 33 Percent In 2004. ClickZNews. April 28, 2005.

See also:
Michele Gershberg. 2004 Internet Ad Rev Surpasses Dotcom Boom Levels. Reuters. April 28, 2005.

Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers. IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report. (.pdf) April 2005.

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April 29, 2005

Verizon to Turn Off Free Wi-Fi

"Verizon Wireless is pulling the plug on its free wireless Internet access service that uses New York City phone booths as 'hotspots' for its DSL subscribers.

"The company's wireless unit says it will phase out the service over the next two months and begin concentrating on the deployment of a fee-based cellular Internet service for the metropolitan area."

Tim Gray. Verizon Wireless Cuts NYC Wi-Fi. InternetNews.com. April 29, 2005.

See also:
Bruce Meyerson. Verizon Pulling Plug on Free NYC Wi-Fi. Yahoo! News. April 29, 2005.

Russell Shaw. Verizon Wi-Fi(nished): Here are the Lessons for VoIP Services. ZDNet. April 29, 2005.

David Haskin. Verizon Has Met The Enemy And It's Themselves. Mobile Pipeline Blog. April 29, 2005

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Tech Companies Back Apple in Lawsuit

"The potential conflict between trade secrets and First Amendment rights intensified earlier this week as Intel, Genentech and the Business Software Alliance filed court briefs in support of Apple Computer.

"Apple wants to subpoena e-mail records from a Web site that leaked confidential product information.

"The briefs, filed this week in a California appeals court, support a tentative ruling by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg. Kleinberg ruled that Apple could subpoena e-mail records of Macintosh enthusiast site PowerPage, which leaked confidential information about a music hardware device code named Asteroid, one of Apple's upcoming products."

Dawn Kawamoto. Apple Gets Tech Support in Court. News.com. April 28, 2005.

See also:

Dawn Kawamoto. Tentative Ruling Favors Apple in Blog Case. News.com. Mar. 4, 2005.

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Strategies for Web Development

"The reason why people come to our SEO Mastery Workshops, is to gain visibility and build genuine SEO skills in the shortest time possible as opposed to studying out of a courses or out of a book. People want the skills in as quick of time as possible and so that's what we've managed to deliver with our one on one, hands-on training.

"But one of the things people always want to know about is how to build useful content that their buying audience is really searching for.

"How do you know what type of content is really going to attract the right searchers? In this article I wanted to cover a few quick tips to keep in mind when building high performance strategies."

John Alexander. 7 Tips for Generating Effective Web Content. Search Engine Guide. April 25, 2005.

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Behavorial Marketing-A Promising Revenue

"Picture this: You're shopping online for a new minivan, surfing automaker websites and buying guides. You then head to the homepage of your local paper to check out the headlines, and at the top of the page is an ad for a local car dealer, offering rebates and low financing on new minivans.

"If you're like many web users, you probably find it creepy that your local paper knows you're looking for new wheels. Even so, advertisers are betting you're far more likely to click on the car dealer's ad than a random banner for a dating site or DVD rentals.

"That's the theory behind behavioral marketing -- a growing niche in the online advertising industry focused on targeting promotional messages to an individual's online activities. Some might call such tracking across websites by a less flattering name: adware. Marketers call it a promising revenue stream."

Joanna Glasner. Ads That Know What You Want. Wired News. April 28, 2005.

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AMD Attempts to Bridge Digital Divide

"Over dinner on a spring night in 2000, Hector de Jesus Ruiz, the new chief executive of Advanced Micro Devices Inc., popped an unexpected question to one of his deputies: 'Have you ever made a difference in your life?'

"AMD, known mostly as a computer chip maker perennially in the shadow of giant Intel Corp., recently unveiled a pared-down personal computer that costs roughly $200 in an ambitious drive to get computers with Internet access into the hands of 50 percent of the world's population by 2015."

Jonathan Krim. Bringing the Internet To the Whole World. WashingtonPost.com. April 29, 2005.

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BBC Reports 'Top Brands Online'

"eBay is the top brand name on the net, according to calculations by net monitoring company Envisional.

"It scored the highest in terms of how positively it is perceived on the net, compared to McDonald's which had the most negative perception online.

"Microsoft was the most prominent company name in the index, but it was the sixth most negatively perceived."

BBC News. eBay 'Most Popular Brand' Online. April 27, 2005.

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April 28, 2005

Yahoo Continues Building Entertainment Arm

"Yahoo has plucked away a top America Online executive for its evolving entertainment arm.

"The Internet media company said Tuesday that it has hired Shawn Hardin, a former senior vice president of AOL broadband, to help run content operations at the Yahoo Media Group, the company's recently formed media unit in Santa Monica, Calif.

"Yahoo is quickly assembling an entertainment and media power team with sway in Hollywood, sometimes to the detriment of Web rivals."

Stefanie Olsen. Yahoo Hires Another Top Media Exec. News.com. April 26, 2005.

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Apple to Let Tiger Loose

"If anyone considers tomorrow a special day at all, it's probably because it's Friday, or because "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" movie opens, or because it's Uma Thurman's birthday.

"But for one particular group of 25 million computer owners, April 29 is a much bigger deal. It's the day Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4, nicknamed Tiger - the latest version of the software suite that makes up the Macintosh operating system.

"Mac OS X has recently become interesting even to people outside the Cult of Macintosh. The more Microsoft Windows is bogged down by viruses, spyware and disruptive security updates, the more miserable life becomes - and the more the long-suffering Windows majority begins to investigate virus-free, spyware-free alternatives like Mac OS X."

David Pogue. From Apple, a Tiger to Put in Your Mac. The New York Times. April 28, 2005.

See also:
Daniel Terdiman. Mac Fans Drooling Over Tiger. Wired News. April 28, 2005.

Matthew Fordahl. Review: Mac Os X Steps Ahead of Windows. San Jose Mercury News. April 28, 2005.

Daniel Terdiman. Put a Tiger in Your Mac. Wired News. April 27, 2005.

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TBS Taps Into Game Market

"TBS is going online to do for video games what it did for classic movies.

"The Time Warner company on Wednesday (April 27) was to unveil GameTap, a broadband entertainment network that combines games on demand with original programing into a subscription package that the company characterized as the first of its kind."

Chris Marlowe. TBS Creates First Broadband Net for Video Games. Reuters. April 27, 2005.

See also:
Dean Takahashi. Hollywood's New Foray into Video Game Market. San Jose Mercury News. April 27, 2005.

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Infinity Broadcasting Launches Podcast Station

"Podcasting will soon break out of the 'pod' and onto the public airwaves.

"The world's first all-podcast radio station will be launched on May 16 by Infinity Broadcasting, the radio division of Viacom.

"Infinity, one of the country's largest radio operators with more than 183 stations around the country, will invite do-it-yourselfers to upload digital audio files for broadcast consideration by way of the KYOURadio.com website."

Xeni Jardin. Podcasting Killed the Radio Star. Wired News. April 27, 2005.

See also:
Patrick Norton. All Podcast Format For Infinity Radio Station In San Francisco. PCMag.com. April 27, 2005.

Associated Press. Infinity Tries All-Podcasting Radio Format. ABC News. April 27, 2005.

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Venture Capitalists Again Embrace Open-Source

"The first time Marc Fleury tried to raise money for his technology start-up company, in mid-2000, a venture capitalist told him that he didn't have merely a bad business plan but a terrible one.

"Not only was Fleury planning to compete against the likes of IBM, but his product was open-source software, which he would give away.

"Four years later, he tried again. His business was still based on the free distribution of code, yet now there was a dogfight among venture capitalists competing to finance his company, called JBoss."

Gary Rivlin. Open Wallets for Open-Source Software. News.com. April 27, 2005.

See also:
Martin LaMonica. JBoss Tries to Bulk Up Its Rolodex of Partners. News.com. Feb. 28, 2005.

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The Next Big Thing: Reselling VoIP Services

"Woodrow Cundiff is a born salesman. Like many others before him selling the likes of Amway, Tupperware and Avon products door to door, he has been waiting for the 'next big thing' to pitch. And like others before him, he found it on the Internet: a newfangled digital phone service offered by a Canadian company.

"In March, Mr. Cundiff spent $500 to become a 'reseller' of the service that aims to replace expensive landline phones with software that runs on high-speed data lines to provide voice connections. A month later, he says he has already made his money back, nearly 10 times over.

"That someone like Mr. Cundiff, with little technical background, can start selling Internet-based phone service so easily is a sign of how wide open the emerging industry is. With the cost of entry so low - a few hundred dollars, a Web site and some marketing moxie - hundreds of mom-and-pop operations are expected to join the fray soon."

Ken Belson. Psst! Want Internet Phone Service?. The New York Times. April 28, 2005.

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Microsoft to Add 'Flight Data Recorder' to Windows

"In a move that could rankle privacy advocates, Microsoft said Monday that it is adding the PC equivalent of a flight data recorder to the next version of Windows, in an effort to better understand and prevent computer crashes.

"The tool will build on the existing Watson error-reporting tool in Windows but will provide Microsoft with much deeper information, including what programs were running at the time of the error and even the contents of documents that were being created.

"Businesses will also choose whether they want their own technology managers to receive such data when an employee's machine crashes."

Ina Fried. Microsoft to Add 'Black Box' to Windows. News.com. April 26, 2005.

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Mark Cuban Invests in VoIP Technology

"Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban says he has invested in Thinking Voice, a maker of click-to-call Internet links for e-mails, e-commerce Web sites, social networks and other Internet venues.

"Cuban's cash infusion, the amount of which was not disclosed, will help Thinking Voice launch CallActivator, a technology it developed that sets up phone calls with a click of a Web link, the company announced on Wednesday."

Ben Charny. Mark Cuban Raises His Voice. News.com. April 27, 2005.

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April 27, 2005

BusinessWeek Joins the Blog Party

"Go ahead and bellyache about blogs. But you cannot afford to close your eyes to them, because they're simply the most explosive outbreak in the information world since the Internet itself. And they're going to shake up just about every business -- including yours.

"It doesn't matter whether you're shipping paper clips, pork bellies, or videos of Britney in a bikini, blogs are a phenomenon that you cannot ignore, postpone, or delegate. Given the changes barreling down upon us, blogs are not a business elective. They're a prerequisite."

Stephen Baker and Heather Green. Blogs Will Change Your Business. BusinessWeek Online. May 2, 2005.

Commentary by K. Matthew Dames, Executive Editor, SNTReport.com:
What is significant about this package is not the information it imparts -- which, by and large, is several months' behind the curve, even from a mainstream journalistic standpoint -- but the key message it fails to deliver.

For all the hurrah about blogging in the corporation, most of the efforts amount to little more than online advertising and public relations presented in a new wrapper. One of the main reasons blogging has exploded in popularity is because many of its best practitioners are candid, open, even improvisational. Candor, openness, and improvisation, of course, are categorically at odds with the environment that most corporations want to foster. Corporations generally want to control news, have their representatives stay "on message," and generally eschew all but the most scripted improvisation. (For an interesting take on how improvisation can be scripted in the political world, take a look at the 1997 film Wag the Dog.)

In other words, the best that the blogging ethic has to offer is more like hardcore, grassroots journalism than polished, starched corporate missives from the boardroom. Until businesses decide to dispense with their usual penchant for message massage and manipulation, their attempts at communication will seem as exciting as stale seltzer. It is my guess that most of the executives reading the BW package would like to adopt a policy of open information exchange as much as they would like to see the value of their shares drop by half within the next week.

See also:
Stephen Baker and Heather Green. Six Tips for Corporate Bloggers. BusinessWeek Online. May 2, 2005.

No author. Blogging: A Primer. BusinessWeek Online. May 2, 2005.

No author. Stonyfield Farm's Blog Culture. BusinessWeek Online. May 2, 2005.

No author. New York's Real Estate Know-It-All. BusinessWeek Online. May 2, 2005.

Stephen Baker. Don't Fear the Blog and the Fury. BusinessWeek Online. Feb. 17, 2005.

Heather Green. Let a Million Videos Bloom Online. BusinessWeek Online. Dec. 29, 2004.

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Web Helps Spawn New Music Careers

"Singer-songwriter Geoff Byrd's Internet fame has been growing slowly over the past year. As an unsigned artist on the GarageBand.com Web site, his music was consistently rated high, and ultimately drew strong support from Live365 and Microsoft's MSN. For a short time last December he was the most-played rock act on Net radio, beating out U2 and Green Day, according to Webcast raters RadioWave Airplay Monitor.

"All of that was enough to garner him attention from major labels, but no record contract. So this week, his managers--who include the founding member of the band Kansas--are signing Byrd to their own new label that will give him national distribution through a Universal Music Group affiliate and access to mainstream radio stations around the country."

John Borland. Singer Breaking from Net to Mainstream. News.com. April 22, 2005.

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Two Years After iTunes, Improvements Needed

"Two years ago this coming Thursday, the online music business stopped being a joke. When Apple Computer Inc. opened its iTunes Music Store for business on April 28, 2003, people finally had a song-downloads destination that didn't treat them like crooks but did provide a fair value for the money.

"Millions of people still get their music online from a file-sharing service or site -- and in the process, put up with an often dubious selection, spyware-ridden software and the unpleasant reality that the artists who made that music won't make a cent off each such download. After two years of progress, what's still missing with the legit online stores?"

Rob Pegoraro. 5 Ways to Unleash the Music. WashingtonPost.com. April 24, 2005.

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Social Software in the Enterprise

"Suddenly, Weblogs are Everywhere.

"Millions of the easy-to-publish online journals have been created in the past three years, and their impact has been rapid and widespread. Bloggers helped drive Dan Rather from the anchor desk at CBS, and they played a prominent role in the 2004 elections. Corporate culture is no exception to this trend, but much of the action is taking place beneath the radar of IT managers.

"So far, most of the attention paid to business blogging has focused on a handful of high-profile sites intended for public consumption."

Edward Cone. Rise of the Blog. CIO Insight. April 5, 2005.

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RSS Enhances Search Engine Marketing

"This could be the year RSS comes of age. While it's been around for a number of years since original development by Netscape, RSS is not yet widely adopted.

"Thousands of commercial web sites and blogs publish content summaries in an RSS feed, but there are billions of web pages on the Internet.

"As RSS gains wider acceptance, it will impact the way companies communicate online and the way users get information. RSS not only provides benefits for publishers and users, it also enhances Search Engine Marketing programs."

Paul J. Bruemmer. RSS: Cool Tool for Search Engine Marketing. Pandia. April 2005.

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Municipal v. Private Wi-Fi

"What if a wireless computer user could access high speed Internet anywhere -- for free? It would be just like turning on a radio and receiving a signal. That's what's happening in some areas, and others are exploring it across the nation."

National Public Radio. The Internet as a Public Utility. Talk of the Nation. April 25, 2005.

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IBM Creating e-Health Network

"Hoping to prove that automation will improve health care and cut costs, International Business Machines Corp. said Monday it's developing a test system for sharing electronic medical data among hospitals, agencies and patients.

"The Interoperable Health Information Infrastructure test project, which is expected to be operational by year end, will connect IBM sites in San Jose, Calif., Rochester, Minn., and Haifa, Israel. Researchers will use a variety of real and doctored data."

Matthew Fordahl. IBM to Test Health Care Data Sharing. GlobeandMail.com. April 25, 2005.

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April 26, 2005

Steve Arnold Study Summarized at AIIM Site

"Like other content management marketplaces, the enterprise search landscape supports dozens of plausible vendors. In an effort to rise above all the marketing noise, many of them no longer use the term 'search,' but don't be fooled: all these products build indexes, query them, then return results. To me, that's search."

Stephen E. Arnold. How Enterprise Search Works. AIIM E-Doc Magazine. March/April 2005.

See also:
Tony Byrne. 33 Enterprise Search Packages. AIIM E-Doc Magazine. March/April 2005.

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Using Web Services to Manage Business Projects

"One interesting thing about starting a company today versus a few years ago: Lots of cool web apps are now available that you can more or less run you company on.

"Among the apps we're currently using, or trying out, at Odeo are Basecamp (much is moving to FogBugz, though); JotSpot (internal information management); Blogger; Gmail; and FogBugz (awesome bug and customer email management)."

"None of these apps are running on our own servers or required our installation."

Evhead.com. Running Your Company on Web Apps. April 14, 2005.

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Gates Previews Longhorn Details

"Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on Monday gave early peeks at his company's next-generation Windows operating system that he said will usher in a new era of laptops no thicker than 10 sheets of paper with day-long battery life and costing less than $1,000.

"His glimpse of the future was part of the Redmond, Wash. company's long-lasting drumbeat for the rollout of Longhorn, an operating system that Gates believes will move the computing world forward much in the way of Windows 95, which helped open up the Internet to the masses."

John Boudreau. Microsoft's Bill Gates Provides Peek at Longhorn. San Jose Mercury News. April 25, 2005.

See also:
Reed Stevenson. Microsoft Previews Next Windows, Aims to Bridge Gap. Reuters. April 25, 2005.

Susan Kuchinskas. Gates: Longhorn Plus 64-Bit Equals Power. InternetNews.com. April 25, 2005.

Elizabeth M. Gillespie. Microsoft Gives Details on Windows Release. BusinessWeek Online. April 25, 2005.

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A Weblog Webliography

A Weblog Webliography includes links to interesting articles about weblogs. The articles range from authors in academics or experts on blogging and others about weblogs in education.

Kairosnews. A Weblog Webliography. April 20, 2005.

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A Portfolio of Digital Footprints

"Like many chatty, on-the-go college students, Tara Hasselbarth, 20, loves her cell phone and uses it constantly. She also is big on e- mailing pals and surfing the Net for research and shopping.

"Like many tech-savvy young people, however, the University of Tampa student has an inkling there could be a dark side to these and other convenient high-tech services that are webbed to the daily regimen of many Americans."

Richard Mullins. In Digital World, Privacy Is Being Eroded For Commercial Gain. Tampa Bay Online. April 24, 2005.

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Motorola Invests in Asylum Telecom

"Motorola has invested an undisclosed sum in Voice over Internet Protocol specialist Asylum Telecom, the companies announced today.

"Asylum provides ISPs, resellers and corporate customers with communications services, including VoIP, that integrate with PBX systems and GSM mobile technology."

Colin C. Haley. Motorola Grants Asylum VC. InternetNews.com. April 25, 2005.

See also:
Motorola. Motorola Ventures Invests in Asylum Telecom. (Press Release.) April 25, 2005.

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CTIA Opposes Oregon Cell Phone Tax

"Major cell phone lobbyists have launched a campaign opposing a proposed law for Oregon municipalities to collect a 5 percent cell phone tax.

"Late last week, the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association sent letters to major Oregon lawmakers urging they defeat the tax. The proposed tax had been introduced earlier this year."

Ben Charny. Oregon Proposes Local Cell Phone Tax. News.com. April 24, 2005.

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April 25, 2005

Google Begins Showing Banner Ads

"Beginning today, Google will start allowing advertisers to display ads that contain animated images on third-party partner sites--a first for Google and a departure from company co-founders' early stance against such Web advertising. (Google itself still shows only text ads on its site.)

"Google will also allow advertisers to designate on which third-party Web sites their ads will appear, whether it's large partner sites like The New York Times or smaller pages."

Stefanie Olsen. Google Readies Banner Offerings. News.com. April 24, 2005.

Commentary by K. Matthew Dames, Executive Editor, SNTReport.com:

You had to realize this day was coming. This is not an "evil" move coming from the company that has vowed to do none. Instead, it is the natural evolution of a company that specializes in advertising and distributed computing.

And in fact, this day has been coming for nearly one year. Last May, Google announced it was allowing companies to include images in its advertising campaigns. The company's most recent announcement merely expands the use of images to include animated image ads.

From a business perspective, Google gets the best of all worlds. First, the move into image- and animation-based advertising gives Google's customers the type of control over their implementation of the AdSense program that they long have desired. Second, Google's move quells a backlash for increased control that would have grown had Google not allowed its customers to become more involved in the development of their own online ad campaigns.

Third, Google relinquishes some level of artistic and graphical control to its customers while keeping the pages on its Web site free of graphical and animated ad content. And herein lies the greatest benefit to Google.

Sure, this move will extend the revenue stream of the AdSense program. But more significantly, this move burnishes and reestablishes the Google brand.

Google's simple, clean pages and text-only ads have become one of the company's most recognizable brands. With Google now allowing animated advertisements, we are sure to be bombarded again by Web site ads that blink, splash, and annoy. The limited graphical content and lack of animation on Google's Web site and in Google's ads always has served as a refuge from irksome content and ads that appear elsewhere. That sense of refuge -- along with the company's "Do No Evil" policy -- has become the company's strongest brand.

Assuming that Google will keep their ads and Web site free of graphical content -- and also assuming that Google's willingness to allow images and animation will usher in a new wave of annoying, ad-based graphical content on the Web -- the Google site will reestablish itself as a evil-free safe harbor from the Wild Wild (ad-drenched) Web.

The renewed sense of goodwill that will accrue from this brand reinforcement will extend to the company and its business initiatives, continuing to shield Google from the public criticism that companies like Microsoft routinely guard against. As much as its technology, it is this goodwill that remains Google most significant business asset.

See also:
Forrester. Marketers Rejoice! Google Offers Site Targeting for AdSense. April 24, 2005.

Evan Hansen. Google to Sell Banner Ads. News.com. May 12, 2004.

Update:
Saul Hansell. Google to Sell Ads Not Related to Searches. The New York Times. April 25, 2005.

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P2P Not Just for Swapping Songs

"College kids looking for free music may have popularized Internet file-trading software, but the technology is now used by everyone from penny-pinching phone callers to polar explorers.

"Even the recording industry is changing its tune as labels that for years have waged a legal war against 'peer-to-peer' companies are now allowing authorized uses of the technology."

Andy Sullivan. Peer-To-Peer Users Share More Than Stolen Songs. Reuters. April 23, 2005.

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Why Has IP Gone So Wrong?

"Thomas Macaulay told us copyright law is a tax on readers for the benefit of writers, a tax that shouldn’t last a day longer than necessary. What do we do? We extend the copyright term repeatedly on both sides of the Atlantic. The US goes from fourteen years to the author’s life plus seventy years. We extend protection retrospectively to dead authors, perhaps in the hope they will write from their tombs.

"Since only about 4 per cent of copyrighted works more than 20 years old are commercially available, this locks up 96 per cent of 20th century culture to benefit 4 per cent. The harm to the public is huge, the benefit to authors, tiny. In any other field, the officials responsible would be fired. Not here."

James Boyle. James Boyle: Deconstructing Stupidity. FT.com. April 21, 2005

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Caution Advised for Employee Bloggers

"As the practice of blogging has spread, employees are coming to realize that some American corporations, which spend millions of dollars protecting their brands, are under no particular obligation to tolerate threats, real or perceived, from the activities of people who become identified with those brands, even if on their personal Web sites.

"They are also learning that the law offers no special protections for blogging certainly no more than for any other off-duty activity. As Annalee Newitz, a policy analyst with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights advocacy group in Washington, put it, 'What we found is there really is quite a bit of diversity in how employers are responding to blogging.'"

Tom Zeller Jr. Blogging About the Job? Proceed at Own Risk. TechNewsWorld. April 24, 2005.

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RSS Branches Out for New Networks

"The software and services used to read XML-based news feeds are continuing to branch out as the syndication method gains popularity on the Web.

"The enterprise is becoming a target for NewsGator Technologies Inc. as it preps a server-based version of its RSS aggregation service. Meanwhile, upstarts Rojo Networks Inc. and Onfolio Inc. this week expanded the availability of their respective RSS readers, each of which puts a new twist on finding and organizing feeds."

Matt Hicks. RSS Reaches Out for Enterprise, Social Networks. eWeek. April 22, 2005.

See also:
Anne Chen. RSS Makes Enterprise Headlines. eWeek. Sep. 20, 2004.

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Knowledge Divide v. Digital Divide

"Is the digital divide dead?

"Yes, concluded speakers at a Santa Clara University symposium Thursday where participants agreed that throwing computers at the developing world isn't the answer to global inequity.

"What's really needed is a bridge to close the knowledge divide, according to the speakers."

K. Oanh Ha. Developing World Needs Knowledge More Than Hardware, Speakers Say. SiliconValley.com. April 22, 2005.

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April 23, 2005

Bill Proposes Ending Free Weather Data

"Do you want a seven-day weather forecast for your ZIP code? Or hour-by-hour predictions of the temperature, wind speed, humidity and chance of rain? Or weather data beamed to your cellphone?

"That information is available for free from the National Weather Service.

"But under a bill pending in the U.S. Senate, it might all disappear."

Robert P. King. Feds' Weather Information Could Go Dark. Palm Beach Post. April 21, 2005.

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Verizon, Movielink Launch Movie Download Service

"Verizon Communications on Thursday launched a movie download service for broadband customers through a partnership with Movielink.

"The rentals are available to customers of Verizon Online's digital subscriber line and Fios Internet service, Verizon said. These customers can choose from a selection of titles on Movielink's video-on-demand service."

Dinesh C. Sharma. Verizon Calls 'Action' on Movie Downloads. News.com. April 21, 2005.

See also:
Ben Charny and Jim Hu. Verizon's Fiber Race is On. News.com. July 19, 2004.

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Yahoo, Target Partner for Online Photo Service

"Yahoo on Thursday announced a new digital photo service in partnership with retail chain Target.

"The service, called Target Yahoo Photos, is designed to let people store, share and print their digital and camera-phone photos."

Dinesh C. Sharma. Yahoo, Target Team Up for Digital Photo Service. News.com. April 21, 2005.

See also:
Laurie Sullivan. Target And Yahoo Team Up To Offer Photo Sharing And Printing. InformationWeek. April 21, 2005.

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iTunes Mobile to Launch Soon

"Motorola CEO Ed Zander hailed a solid quarter for the phone maker and promised that the long-awaited, oft-delayed iTunes phone will debut soon.

"In a conference call to discuss the company's first-quarter results on Wednesday, Zander said the company has had 'another bang-up quarter' and will be looking to new technologies to drive growth."

Jo Best. Motorola CEO: iTunes Phone Coming Soon. News.com. April 21, 2005.

See also:
Paul Taylor. iTunes Phone in Motorola Lineup. MSNBC News. April 21, 2005.

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April 22, 2005

Why Yahoo! Still Matters

"As Yahoo struggled to lift itself out of the dot-com slump a few years ago, it faced a big decision. Google was dazzling the world of Internet search engines with its building of a massive index of Web documents. And a company out of Pasadena called Overture Services was beginning to convince the world that search engine advertising could be wildly lucrative.

"Yahoo had neither its own search engine nor a way to fully reap the profits from Internet searching. Yahoo executives needed to decide whether to get into the massively expensive search engine game -- and how.

"So after Overture sent over a proposal about a partnership in mid-2001, the light bulbs began going on for Yahoo's top brass."

Michael Bazeley. The Search Engine That Could. MercuryNews.com. Apr. 10, 2005.

Forrester. Yahoo! Versus Google Revenue Streams. April 19, 2005.

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Gates Warily Watches Google

"Microsoft was already months into a massive project aimed at taking down Google when the truth began to dawn on Bill Gates. It was December 2003.

"He was poking around on the Google company website and came across a help-wanted page with descriptions of all the open jobs at Google. Why, he wondered, were the qualifications for so many of them identical to Microsoft job specs?

"Gates wondered whether Microsoft might be facing much more than a war in search. An e-mail he sent to a handful of execs that day said, in effect, 'We have to watch these guys. It looks like they are building something to compete with us.'"

Fred Vogelstein. Gates vs. Google: Search and Destroy. Fortune. No date.

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Coldplay Goes Cellular

"Fans of British rock band Coldplay take delight in the group's lush, full sound and the keening vocals of front man Chris Martin. Fans of mobile smart phones, though, take great pleasure in personalizing their mini-machines.

"This week, the two met, thanks to an exclusive deal between the band and Cingular Wireless. Even though it may be hard for music fans of a certain vintage to believe that rich-sounding music can be channeled through the tiny, tinny speaker of a cell phone, the $209 million market -- which has nearly doubled since last year -- suggests that the mobile masses have few qualms with the sound quality."

Eric Hellweg. Coldplay Calling. TechnologyReview.com. April 15, 2005.

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Mobile Phone Providers Stalk iPod

"Mobile phones that rock, jam, thunder, and swing are on the way. Wireless operators around the globe are working with music studios, phone makers, and artists such as Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs in a sweeping effort to turn the mobile phone into a go-anywhere digital jukebox.

"Foreign carriers such as Vodafone and SK Telecom are leading the way, and U.S. wireless players are following fast. Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and Cingular Wireless are expected to unveil services for downloading music directly to wireless phones later this year.

"With innovative services and snazzier phones, the telecom players figure they can swipe a chunk of the digital music market that Apple Computer Inc. cracked open with its iconic iPod."

Roger O. Crockett, et al. iPod Killers? Business Week Online. April 25, 2005.

See also:
Business Week Online. P. Diddy Sees Bling in the Ring. April 25, 2005.

Tom Lowry. Ringtones: Music To Music Moguls' Ears. Business Week Online. April 25, 2005.

Moco.News. Death Of iPod — My Two Cents. April 19, 2005.

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Prerequisite for Business Success: Blogs

"Look past the yakkers, hobbyists, and political mobs. Your customers and rivals are figuring blogs out. Our advice: Catch up...or catch you later.

"Go ahead and bellyache about blogs. But you cannot afford to close your eyes to them, because they're simply the most explosive outbreak in the information world since the Internet itself. And they're going to shake up just about every business -- including yours."

Starting today, Business Week launches its own blog at Blogspotting.net.

Stephen Baker and Heather Green. Blogs Will Change Your Business. BusinessWeek Online. May 2, 2005.

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Online Communities v. Social Strategies

"As I’ve written before, I believe that the term 'online community' is overused and does not match with the reality of what most organizations want when they say 'we need an online community'. This post is my way of promoting other ways for us to talk about the opportunities that often fall into the 'community' bucket.

"First, let me say that “community” is a worthy goal – every business can benefit from building lasting relationships among customers, online and off. This was true long before the Internet.

"What I’m concerned with is the difference between 'community' and what I would call 'social strategies' applied to the web.

Common Craft. You Might Not Need "Community". April 20, 2005.

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Local Search Goes Social

"Local search is going social as a pair of startups launch services based on relationship-aware referrals and reviews rather than standard business listings.

"During the Kelsey Group's Drilling Down on Local conference here this week, Insider Pages and LinkedIn Corp. separately announced services that help consumers hunt for everything from attorneys or financial planners to plumbers or dog walkers by making use of their networks of online contacts and friends."

Matt Hicks. Local Search Services Tap Social Networks. eWeek. April 21, 2005.

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Sony to Auction Virtual Gaming Goods

"Sony Online Entertainment, the developer of massively multiplayer online games like EverQuest and Star Wars Galaxies, is the first major U.S. publisher to facilitate the buying and selling of virtual goods.

"Late Tuesday, the company unveiled Station Exchange, an auction site that allows players to spend real money on virtual weapons, armor, coins and new, high-level characters."

Daniel Terdiman. Sony Gets Real on Virtual Goods. Wired News. April 20, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hines. Sony Creates Auction Site for Game Artifacts. News.com. April 20, 2005.

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CEO Warns Publishers of Google Print

"Bloomsbury chief executive Nigel Newton has warned UK publishers to beware the blandishments of Internet search engine Google.

"Newton argued that the project to digitize books and allow the content to be searched on Google could lead to the 'Napsterization' of the publishing industry. The comment preceded a presentation of the Google Print project at the PA's annual general meeting, held today (April 19) in London."

Philip Jones. Bloomsbury Exec Warns Against Google Print. The Book Standard. April 20, 2005.

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April 21, 2005

Will Google Ride Open Source to Dominance?

"Proprietary control is alive and well on the Web; indeed, the only thing more proprietary than a proprietary standard is a closed system with no interfaces at all, which is essentially what Google has traditionally operated (as have Yahoo and AOL). Amazon and EBay both have, in essence, open but proprietary APIs. None of the most successful firms on the Web have nonproprietary architectures that others can freely clone.

"But while the New Age Theory doesn’t apply to the Web, it does increasingly apply to the software market. After completing the Google article, I had embarked upon research for my upcoming article, on open source software and the challenge it poses to Microsoft and the traditional software industry.

"And here I found an unexpected convergence between another criticism advanced against the Google article and my new research."

Charles H. Ferguson. Google and the Coming Search Wars, Revisited. TechnologyReview.com. April 4, 2005.

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Times Traffic Rises on RSS

"The New York Times [recently] issued a press release that claims a massive 342% annual increase in RSS click-throughs. RSS-generated click-throughs totalled 5.9 million pageviews in March, representing a 39% increase from February's 4.3 million, the press release said, noting that the Washington and Business feeds were most popular."

Richard MacManus. RSS Becoming a Key Driver of Traffic for NY Times. SiliconValleyWatcher. April 18, 2005.

See also:
The New York Times Company. The New York Times Company Reports NYTimes.com's Record-Breaking Traffic for March. (press release) April 18, 2005.

Paul Tharp. Weakened Journal. New York Post Online Edition. April 15, 2005. (For the first time, Dow Jones' online publications earned more money than the print editions of either the Journal or Barron's.)

Joshua Brustein. NYC Newspapers. GothamGazette.com. August 2, 2004. (New York City metropolitan area is inconsistent with nationwide trend of decreased newspaper availability.)

Barnako.com. Why Murdoch's Speech Was Really Important. April 20, 2005.

Joe Strupp. Murdoch: Newspapers Must Stop Fearing Web. Editor & Publisher. April 20, 2005.

Dan Fost. All the News That's Fit to Post. SFGate.com. April 19, 2005. (Coverage of National Newspaper Publishers Association meeting.)

Mark Glaser. Washingtonpost.com Might Offer Local, National Home Pages. Online Journalism Review. April 19, 2005. (Interviews with Washingtonpost.com executives about the challenges of serving both local and national/international audiences online.)

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NIN's Reznor Releases iTunes Exclusive

"On Friday, April 15th, Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor gave his fans a free song, and made it a GarageBand file to boot. "The Hand That Feeds" is an advance single for Nine Inch Nails' forthcoming album, With Teeth, which is due to be released on May 5th, 2005. The single is currently available from the iTunes Music Store for US$0.99, but the download makes the song free for Mac users who have GarageBand, a part of Apple's iLife suite.

"Opening the download file requires agreeing to a license that, among other things, allows the user to use or modify any of the sounds in the song for noncommercial purposes. In addition, the license specifies that all of the sounds and recordings in the song belong to Interscope Records, the copyright holder, and are not being transferred."

Bryan Chaffin. Nine Inch Nails Releases Song as GarageBand File For Mac Users. The Mac Observer. April 19th, 2005.

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Internet Will Replace TV as Mass Ad Medium

"Internet advertising revenue is growing at a faster clip than television advertising, which could slowly begin losing its global share of revenue in 2007.

"TV is expected to gain 0.2 percent of share in 2006, while Internet will add 0.3 percent. The turning point for TV could come in 2007, when it is expected to lose 0.1 percent of share, while Internet spending gains by 0.3 percent."

Kevin Newcomb. Internet Ad Spend Creeping up on TV. ClickZ News. April 18, 2005.

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Ads Coming Soon to Mobile Devices

"Sprint sees many new opportunities emerging in mobile data services in the coming years, among them the chance to sell advertising on its mobile entertainment offerings.

"Sprint offers games, TV and other mobile content today that is fully supported by customer fees. It's not clear yet what form advertising might take, whether commercials inserted into shows and games or some other delivery method, said Paul Reddick, vice president of business development, strategy and planning at Sprint PCS.

"The carrier, which agreed late last year to acquire mobile operator Nextel Communications, also sees strong potential for location-based services and the use of handsets as electronic wallets."

Stephen Lawson. Sprint Sees Advertising-Supported Mobile Services. InfoWorld. April 19, 2005.

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Google Adds Search History Feature

"Say goodbye to bookmarks: Google has rolled out a seriously cool search history feature that automatically keeps track of all of your web searches and every page that you view from search results.

"The new Google My Search History feature is a beta application launched in Google labs. To use it, you need to have an active Google account (Gmail, Google Groups or Google Answers—registration is free). From that point on, all of your queries and search results are logged by Google."

Chris Sherman. Google Personalizes the Web. SearchEngineWatch. April 20, 2005.

See also:
Susan Kuchinskas. Search and My History Shall Find. InternetNews.com. April 20, 2005.

Stefanie Olsen. Google Search Gets Personal. ZDNet. April 20, 2005.

Forrester. Google Launches My Search History, Takes First Step Toward Personalized Search. April 20, 2005.

Inside Google. Google Goes Portal With My Search History. April 20, 2005.

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Verizon Launches Iobi Enterprise Tool

"Verizon Communications Inc. has unveiled tools to allow enterprise users to get their phone calls, e-mails and instant messages through a single Web-based portal.

"In an announcement yesterday, New York-based Verizon debuted its iobi Enterprise tools, which allow users to link voice and messaging services and to have real-time remote control of phone traffic, messaging alerts and other services.

"Iobi Enterprise can be accessed through a PC client, Web browser or voice portal. Workers can retrieve voice mails via their PC, forward them using e-mail and organize them with their e-mail service. Mobile workers can link their voice services with their daily schedules, enabling voice features to follow them as they travel."

Todd R. Weiss. Verizon Debuts New Iobi Enterprise Communications Tools. ComputerWorld. April 19, 2005.

See also:
Elena Malykhina. Verizon's Iobi Enterprise Lets Businesses Link Voice And Messaging Services To Numerous Devices. InformationWeek. April 19, 2005.

Verizon Communications. Verizon Simplifies Business Communications With iobi Enterprise. (Press Release.) April 18, 2005.

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Will NBC's Top Anchors Join Blogosphere?

"Katie Couric and Brian Williams might do well to check out MSNBC's TV Web site for a few pointers about Web logging.

"Their boss, Jeff Zucker, told a media conference in New York that he'd support NBC's top talent writing blogs as part of adding 'a more interactive component' to the network."

Frank Barnako. Why Aren't Katie and Brian Blogging?. MarketWatch. April 20, 2005.

See also:
Reuters. NBC Chief Mulls Blogs for Top News Anchors. News.com. April 19, 2005.

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LinkedIn Launches B2B Local Search

"Business networking firm LinkedIn has moved beyond its peer-to-business job search market, which created a network of 2.4 million users in just a few years, and has added a referral-powered directory of business service providers.

"The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company launched LinkedIn Services, a network that will connect its growing cache of professionals and business owners with local service providers, such as lawyers, accountants and technology services, the company said.

"LinkedIn Services organizes business services into eight categories: legal, financial, employment, creative, management consulting, technology, marketing, and architectural and construction services."

Tim Gray. LinkedIn Services B2B. InternetNews.com. April 19, 2005.

See also:
Kevin Newcomb. LinkedIn Adds Services Listings to Social Network. ClickZNews. April 19, 2005.

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Lawmakers Propose Permanent Net Tax Ban

"Three U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill that would permanently extend a ban on Internet-only taxes, including taxes on Internet access.

"The legislation would ban three types of taxes that single out the Internet: taxes on Internet access, multiple taxation by two or more states of a product or service bought over the Internet, and taxes that treat Internet purchases differently from other types of sales."

Grant Gross. Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Extend Internet Tax Ban. PC World. April 19, 2005.

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April 20, 2005

Skype Goes Mobile

"A desire for wireless access will help drive the market for voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, according to speakers at the Voice on the Net Canada conference.

"Niklas Zennstrom, founder and chief executive officer of Skype, who spoke Tuesday to about 150 people at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, said Skype is working on VoIP clients that will operate on platforms like Symbian, Windows Mobile and Embedded Linux, adding dual-mode wireless handsets that work on both Wi-Fi networks – originally designed as local-area data networks using the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ 802.11 protocol – and cellular networks."

Greg Meckbach. Skype Reaches Out to Mobile Users. ITBusiness.ca. April 19, 2005.

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Increasingly, Tech Opinions Are Bought

"Corey Greenberg, tech editor for NBC's Today show, appeared last July to praise Apple's iPod as 'a great portable musical player . . . the coolest-looking one" and suggested a compatible device to "share your music with other people.'

"'Let's cut the Apple commercial here right now, okay?' co-host Matt Lauer interjected.

"Lauer was onto something. Greenberg, an NBC contributor, confirmed yesterday that he has received payments from Apple as well as Sony, Hewlett-Packard, Seiko Epson, Creative Technology and Energizer Holdings, charging $15,000 apiece to talk up their products on news shows. The contracts were first disclosed by The Wall Street Journal."

Howard Kurtz. Firms Paid TV's Tech Gurus To Promote Their Products. WashingtonPost.com. April 20, 2005.

See also:
Coreygreenberg.com. I, iPod.

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Users Expect More From Search

"There was a time when every search site aspired to be Google. Success seemed to demand a vast, well ordered index that people could query quickly. It made finding information so easy that searching has become central to the way we use the web.

"To get inside the tin and take a look at the ingredients, a lot of users are turning to other search sites and even stand-alone programs that do a better job than the giant indexing machines of Google and its rivals in specialised areas."

Mark Ward. How to Look Beyond Search Sites. BBC News. April 18, 2005.

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Associated Press to License Web Content

"The Associated Press will begin charging newspapers and broadcasters to post its stories, photos and other content online, a pricing shift that reflects the growing power of the Internet to lure audiences and advertisers from more established media.

"Most of the 15,000 news outlets that buy AP's news, sports, business and entertainment coverage have been allowed to 're-purpose' the same material online at no extra cost since 1995. At that time, graphical Web browsers were just beginning to transform the Internet from an esoteric computer network to a mass medium.

"The new pricing policy, effective Jan. 1, begins to shift some of the funding of AP to the growing online market, as technological advances and digital devices are making it ever easier for people to get their news whenever and however they want it."

Associated Press. Associated Press to Impose Online Licensing Fees. SiliconValley.com. April 18, 2005.

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WiMax Service Will Offer 'Fixed Wireless'

"NextWeb, a Fremont Internet service provider, plans to announce today an Internet phone service that uses a wireless technology known as WiMax.

"The phone service will launch in cities across California next month.

"Certification of WiMax, a wireless technology backed primarily by Intel, is expected as early as summer.

"However, companies already are launching products using the technology."

Sam Diaz. WiMax Phone Service Coming. San Jose Mercury News. April 19, 2005.

Related:
Mike Musgrove. Intel Unveils Long-Range Wireless Technology. WashingtonPost.com. April 19, 2005.

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Google Files IP Suit Over 'Oogle'

"Having been rebuffed by an ICANN panel, search giant Google brought its battle against Froogles.com to U.S. court.

"Google filed a trademark infringement suit (.pdf) against Richard Wolfe, operator of the relatively tiny Froogles.com, on Monday. The search provider complained that consumers could confuse Wolfe's bargain-shopping site with Google's Froogle and even the name Google itself -- even though Wolfe had been using the name Froogles since December 2000. Wolfe applied for trademark protection for the name in September 2003."

Susan Kuchinskas. Google Versus Froogles Redux. InternetNews.com. April 18, 2005.

See also:
Loren Baker. Google Files Suit Against Froogles for Trademark Infringment. Search Engine Journal. April 18, 2005.

Mark Harrington. Google Fights for Its Oogle. Sun-Sentinel.com. April 14, 2005.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Google Inc., v. Richard Wolfe d/b/a Froogles.com. (.pdf) April 8, 2005.

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Pope's Domain Already Taken

"By the time Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany assumed his new papal moniker on Tuesday, it was already too late for the Vatican to buy the corresponding dot-com Web address.

"That's because a St. Augustine, Fla. man, Rogers Cadenhead, registered the address BenedictXVI.com on April 1, hoping that would be the name of John Paul II's successor. To cover his bases, Cadenhead, 38, also registered ClementXV.com, InnocentXIV.com, LeoXIV.com, PaulVII.com, and PiusXIII.com."

David McGuire. Fla. Man Secured BenedictXVI.com Weeks Ago. WashingtonPost.com. April 19, 2005.

See also:
Amit Asaravala. Picking the Pope's Domain Name. Wired News. April 19, 2005.

Workbench. A Pope is a Pope is a Pope. Aril 18, 2005.

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RFID Moves Beyond Government Apps

"Radio frequency identification (RFID) has been around for a while — some would argue 50 years — but has only now entered the mainstream.

"The technology uses radio frequency waves to transmit information about objects. RFID tags, tiny silicon-based devices, fundamentally act like bar codes. But the similarities end there."

John Moore. RFID's Positive Identification. FCW. April 18, 2005.

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