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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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Oxford Dictionary Adds IT-Based Words

"The Oxford English Dictionary added new words including 'podcast' and 'phishing,' saying they are now part of the English language, as it published its second edition today.

"The words, which refer to music downloading and Internet fraud respectively, are part of a list of new additions that reflect the growing influence of technology on daily life."

Bloomberg News. Oxford Dictionary Adds Words Including 'Phishing,' 'Podcast'. Aug. 10, 2005.

See also:
Kieren McCarthy. Net Speak Makes Oxford English Dictionary. The Register. Aug. 11, 2005.

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August 11, 2005

Student Hackers Face Felony Charges

"They're being called the Kutztown 13 -- a group of high schoolers charged with felonies for bypassing security with school-issued laptops, downloading forbidden internet goodies and using monitoring software to spy on district administrators.

"The students, their families and outraged supporters say authorities are overreacting, punishing the kids not for any heinous behavior -- no malicious acts are alleged -- but rather because they outsmarted the district's technology workers."

Associated Press. Kutztown 13 Face Felony Charges. Wired News. Aug. 9, 2005.

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An Open Access Webliography

Adrian K. Ho and Charles W. Bailey Jr. have created an Open Access Webliography which includes a comprehensive range of useful freely available internet resources related to the open access movement.

Attribution: SNTReport.com first discovered news of this Webliography through a posting in Open Access News, edited by Peter Suber.

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August 10, 2005

Feds Fund VoIP Surveillance Tool

"The federal government is funding the development of a prototype surveillance tool by George Mason University researchers who have discovered a novel way to trace Internet phone conversations.

"Their project is designed to let police identify whether suspects under surveillance have been communicating through voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)--information that would be unavailable today if people choose to communicate surreptitiously.

"The eavesdropping technique already has been shown to work with Skype, the researchers say."

Declan McCullagh. Feds Fund VoIP Tapping Research. News.com. Aug. 9, 2005.

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August 09, 2005

NASA Posts First In-Orbit Podcast

"As we wait for the space shuttle to return safely to earth ...

"We can listen to the first podcast from space, recorded on Sunday."

Neville Hobson. First Podcast From Space. WebProNews.com. Aug. 8, 2005.

See also:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Steve Robinson: First Podcaster From Space. Aug. 7, 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.

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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

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

RSS to Influence OA Journal Publishing

"Here’s my prediction. The increasing popularity of blogs and RSS feeds will drive an increase in open-access professional journal publishing and will force many traditional, print-based publishers to consider offering at least some form of electronic distribution.

"The reason being is that the online open-access model can reach a wider audience at a faster rate than traditional print publishing can – and blogs and RSS feeds enable this to happen even more."

The Industrial Librarian. Why Blogs & RSS Feeds Will Help Drive Open-Access Journal Publishing. Aug. 1, 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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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.

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Will the BBC News Magazine Ban Blogs?

"One of the features of the appalling attacks in London this month has been the extraordinary range of material we have received from our readers.

"The contributions of our readers have not been a sideshow, they have been at the heart of our coverage.

"It's hardly something to celebrate at a time of such alarm and uncertainty, but there has without question been another step change in the relationship we have with our readers, their comments and pictures."

Pete Clifton. From the Editor's Desktop. BBC News Magazine. July 29, 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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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

Will Canadian Copyright Bill Declare Search Engines Illegal?

"A bill before Canada's Parliament could make it illegal for search engines to cache Web pages, critics say, opening the door to unwarranted lawsuits and potentially hindering public access to information.

"The legislation in question, Bill C-60, is designed to amend Canada's Copyright Act by implementing parts of the 1996 World Intellectual Property Organization treaty, the treaty that led to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in the U.S."

Elinor Mills. In Canada: Cache a Page, Go to Jail?. News.com. July 19, 2005.

See also:
Jack Kapica. Could Googling Become Illegal?. Globe and Mail. July 12, 2005.

Michael Geist. Bill C-60 User Guide: The ISPs and Search Engines. June 21, 2005.

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Libraries Offer Another Service to Users: Downloading

"Naperville Public Library soon will offer patrons the chance to download audiobooks and e-books from its Web site for free.

"And the technology may just be the start of bigger things, experts predict, with DVD and music downloads probably not far behind."

Amy BoeremaThe Library's Next Step: Books You can Download. Yahoo! News. 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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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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FBI Monitors Advocacy Groups

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation has collected at least 3,500 pages of internal documents in the last several years on a handful of civil rights and antiwar protest groups in what the groups charge is an attempt to stifle political opposition to the Bush administration.

The F.B.I. has in its files 1,173 pages of internal documents on the American Civil Liberties Union, the leading critic of the Bush administration's antiterrorism policies, and 2,383 pages on Greenpeace, an environmental group that has led acts of civil disobedience in protest over the administration's policies, the Justice Department disclosed in a court filing this month in a federal court in Washington."

Eric Lichtblau. FBI Monitors Activists, Court Documents Show. SFGate.com. July 18, 2005.

See also:
Mark Sherman. FBI Says It Has Files on Rights Groups. SFGate.com. July 17, 2005.

Related:
John Harwood. Public Losing Faith in Bush, But Not in the Iraq War. WSJ.com. July 16, 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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Cingular's New Service Helps Fight Crime

"Cingular and BIO-key International have launched a service that lets officials check vehicle information, stolen vehicle reports, weapon registrations and outstanding warrants through RIM's Blackberry device or through Pocket PC-powered PDAs. They also can send text messages and e-mail for inconspicuous communications with dispatchers.

"The service uses Cingular's nationwide wireless data network and BIO-Key's PocketCOP software. In addition to interoperability with databases and computer systems, the partners paid close attention to security."

Colin C. Haley. Handheld Crime Fighting. Internetnews. July 18, 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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July 19, 2005

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.

(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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Troubles with Online Medical Research

"The proliferation of medical information over the Internet has helped people take more responsibility for their health.

"Patients are able to educate themselves in ways we never thought of several years ago. It seems that individuals affected by nearly any medical condition have a Web community to turn to for support and education.

"As a physician, I'm not troubled by the autonomy of the informed patient. What troubles me is the proliferation of the partially informed patient and, frankly, the misinformed patient -- the patient who crosses the line from Internet-educated patient to cyberchondriac.

Benjamin Brewer, M.D. From Web-Savvy Patient To a 'Cyberchondriac'. WSJ.com. July 19, 2005.

See also:
Harris Interactive. Number of "Cyberchondriacs" – U.S. Adults Who Go Online for Health Information – Increases to Estimated 117 Million. (Press Release.) July 15, 2005.

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Harry Potter Reviews Inunadate the Web

"In the age of the Internet, a book review can be virtually instant.

"The latest instalment in the Harry Potter series, on sale from Saturday in one of the most eagerly anticipated book launches ever, is already under the microscope of speed-reading critics, and opinion is divided."

Mike Collett-White. Internet Provides Instant Harry Potter Reviews. Reuters. July 18, 2005.

See also:
Net Takes Potter Fans on Magical, Frustrating Ride. News.com. July 16, 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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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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The Future of Municipal WiFi Systems

"Pete Sessions, a Texas member of the House, believes in states' rights. But he also thinks that there are situations so extreme that Congress must slap down state and local government initiatives.

"One such case: localities that offer citizens free or low-cost Internet service. Idealists may view extending high-speed Internet as a boon to education, an economic shot in the arm and a vital component in effective emergency services."

Steven Levy. Pulling the Plug on Local Internet. Newsweek. July 18, 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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Multi-Purpose Software for iPod

"Accessories for the iPod are plentiful, and now there's software to make the portable music player even more versatile.

"Roxio's The Boom Box ($50, Mac only) includes five applications that reportedly can do a lot. Windows PC owners, read on because there probably is, or will be, similar software for you, too. Let's take a look."

Linda Knapp. Spice up Your iPod with Extra Applications. Seattle Times. July 16, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Roxio's software suite.

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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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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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Opanki Worm Variant Attacks AIM Users

"A new version of the Opanki worm that spreads via instant messenger hit users of America Online's AOL Instant Messenger on Wednesday, security company IMlogic said.

"The worm tricks victims into clicking on a malicious link by sending a variety of messages such as: 'Hey check out this link:' or 'LOL, click here:' Jon Sakoda, IMlogic's chief technology officer, said."

Joris Evers. Another Worm Hits AIM Users. News.com. July 14, 2005.

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EU Opens the Spectrum for Wireless

"This week, the European Commission (EC) in Brussels gave the okay for enabling use of 5GHz spectrum (specifically, the bands between 5150-5350 MHz and 5470-5725 MHz) for license-free use with wireless networks (what the EC calls RLANs, or radio LANs). The move will allow broadband Internet usage in the 25 member states of the European Union (EU) to "become faster and more widespread," according to a statement."

"Previously, the EC only allowed use of 2.5GHz spectrum, to prevent potential interference with other services using 5GHz, such as radar equipment. However, as more and more RLAN equipment is sold in the EU, the EC saw the 2.5GHz band becoming more congested. It says the new decision will ensure sufficient spectrum for new equipment for all member states."

Eric Griffith. Europe Opens Spectrum for Wireless Broadband . Internetnews. July 15, 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

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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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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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

House Panel Agrees to Limits on Patriot Act

"The Republican-led House Intelligence Committee approved Democratic provisions yesterday that would place modest controls over the ways the FBI can monitor terrorism suspects under the Patriot Act.

"Three other amendments that Democrats had proposed failed, including one that would have blocked investigators from getting records from libraries or bookstores."

Katherine Shrader. House Panel OK's Changes in Patriot Act. Boston Globe. July 14, 2005.

See also:
Eric Lichtblau and Carl Hulse. Lawmakers Agree to Renew Patriot Act. The New York Times. July 14, 2005.

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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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Wireless Tracking Systems Trigger Privacy Issues

"Most of us know where we are on planet Earth - or close enough to make do. But sometimes we travel on business or for pleasure and suddenly wonder: Where am I?

"More and more, GPS - the global positioning system - is coming to the rescue. But the satellite-based system has one big drawback: Its signals can't reach inside buildings or down into the skyscraper-lined streets of major cities, where millions of people live or work.

"The result? One of the era's breakthrough technologies - tracking the location of everything from packages to cellphone users in distress - remains impractical to much of the population. Now that appears likely to change."

Gregory M. Lamb. Can You be Found Anywhere, Anytime?. Christian Science Monitor. July 14, 2005.

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Search Tool Locates Images Through XML Feeds

"Pixsy is a new engine that provides access to imagery posted on various social networking services, blogs, mobile blogs, and other web sites.

"Results pages include thumbnails along with direct links to the image url and the page where the image is posted."

Gary Price. A New Image Search Tool Named Pixsy. SearchEngineWatch. July 14, 2005.

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Create a Roving Hot Spot

"When the Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, N.Y., opened its gates last week to a location shoot for 'The Sopranos,' a new fixture was on display in the mobile dressing rooms - a roving Wi-Fi hot spot.

"With a device called the Junxion Box, the production company can set up a mobile multiuser Internet connection anywhere it gets cellphone service."

Johanna Jainchill. For Surfers, a Roving Hot Spot That Shares. The New York Times. July 14, 2005

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Group Establishes Public Libraries in China

"A group of Chinese-Americans is financing public libraries in towns and villages in China.

"The effort has led to the creation of more than 60 libraries, and is intended to bridge the gap between rich and poor in the world's most populous nation."

Mike O'Sullivan. Chinese-Americans Establish Libraries in China. VOA News. 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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Study Shines Light on Search Habits

"A recent study from Harris Interactive shines interesting light on the behavior and preferences of Americans when searching the web.

"The study, commissioned by search marketing firm icrossing, was put together based on interviews with more than 2,100 adults. The findings show that search continues to be a popular online activity, with more than 50% reporting that they searched every time they went online."

Chris Sherman. How Americans Search. SearchEngineWatch. July 12, 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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VoIP Quality is Still Behind Traditional Phone

"Voice over Internet Protocol phone systems still lag significantly behind the traditional phone network for reliability and quality, and there are major differences in quality among brands of VoIP service, according to a company that evaluated six U.S. providers."

"Keynote Systems tested the services for reliability and quality by making domestic long-distance and local calls from VoIP services to the PSTN (public switched telephone network) in May and June this year. In the survey, 'Vonage's service came in first place for reliability" and 'AT&T; CallVantage ranked first for audio clarity.'"

Stephen Lawson. Internet Telephone Quality Still Lags, Survey Says. PCWorld. July 12, 2005.

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July 12, 2005

Chairman Introduces Bill to Extend Patriot Act

"The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee introduced a bill yesterday that would make the controversial USA Patriot Act permanent, but he balked at including some new powers sought by the Bush administration.

"The bill proposed by Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) largely gives the Justice Department what it has requested in the review of the Patriot Act antiterrorism law, which was enacted weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The proposal includes 16 provisions set to expire at the end of this year unless they are renewed or made permanent by Congress."

Dan Eggen. Permanent Patriot Act Proposed. WashingtonPost.com. July 12, 2005.

See also:
Jesse J. Holland. House, Senate Chiefs Spar on Patriot Act. WashingtonPost.com. July 11, 2005.

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Feds Seek Access to In-Flight Conversations

"Federal law enforcement officials, fearful that terrorists will exploit emerging in-flight broadband services to remotely activate bombs or coordinate hijackings, are asking regulators for the power to begin eavesdropping on any passenger's internet use within 10 minutes of obtaining court authorization.

"In joint comments (.pdf) filed with the FCC last Tuesday, the Justice Department, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warned that a terrorist could use on-board internet access to communicate with confederates on other planes, on the ground or in different sections of the same plane -- all from the comfort of an aisle seat."

Kevin Poulsen. Feds Fear Air Broadband Terror. Wired News. July 11, 2005.

See also:
Federal Communications Commission. Comments of the Department of Justice, Including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security. (.pdf) July 5, 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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ICANN Agrees to Mobile Top-Level Domain

"Consumers will soon be able to recognize Web sites specially designed for use by mobile phones by the new '.mobi' suffix, which will be introduced alongside the popular '.com' and other top-level domain names.

The new suffix was approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) at a Luxemburg meeting on Monday."

Lucas van Grinsven. New .mobi Suffix Points to Wireless Web Sites. Reuters. July 11, 2005.

See also:
Kieren McCarthy. Mobile Net is Go with .mobi Approval. The Register. July 11, 2005.

BBC News. Mobiles Get Net Home of Their Own. July 11, 2005.

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July 11, 2005

Bloggers Capture First Draft of News

"Even as the last shockwaves of Thursday’s horrible bomb blasts ripped through London, the first photographs and eyewitness accounts had begun to circulate. But it wasn’t through the mainstream media that many of these stories and pictures first gained traction. Through photo sharing Web sites like flickr.com and individual and group blogs, the citizen journalist played as vital a role in disseminating information this week as any brand-name media outlet.

"Take, as a case study, the most instantly iconic photo to emerge from the bombings: a hazy picture of a man in a crowded, eerily lit subway tunnel, holding a handkerchief to his mouth. That picture was taken on a camera phone by Adam Stacey, by no means a professional photographer, who happened to be on the subway train that was hit in a tunnel outside the Kings Cross tube station."

Brian Braiker. History's New First Draft. Newsweek. July 9, 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.

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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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July 09, 2005

OCLC Launches Reference Service Pilot

"Over the next few months, a series of pilot projects will expand OCLC’s Open WorldCat project into a full-featured, Web-integrated library service.

"In December 2004, OCLC opened WorldCat, its master union catalog of library holdings, to Google, Yahoo! Search, and other outlets.

"Initially, the material accessible to the Web search engines was books and monographs. With the new eSerials pilot project, OCLC will begin expanding content to electronic journal collections."

Barbara Quint. OCLC Pilots Traditional Libraries into Web Services. Information Today. July 5, 2005.

See also:
Online Computer Library Center. How the Open WorldCat Program Works.

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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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Cell Phone Users Overwhelm Networks

"Reports that wireless networks became clogged Thursday morning during the horrific bomb attacks in London came as no surprise to people in the United States.

"As Londoners discovered on Thursday, an emergency puts enormous strain on wireless infrastructure.

"The question for governments and wireless companies around the world is: What can be done about keeping these networks up and running during an emergency?"

Michael Grebb. Crises Strain Cell-Phone Networks. Wired News. July 7, 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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July 08, 2005

Web Responds to London Attacks

"News and blogs sites in the United Kingdom were hard hit as word of multiple explosions in London Thursday morning had concerned surfers looking for the latest word.

"The four blasts, which occurred between 8:51 and 9:47 London time, claimed a growing number of lives, and injured scores more. Officials surmised it was an al'Qaeda-style terrorist attack timed to coincide with the start of the G8 summit in the U.K.

"Once again the blogs proved themselves an invaluable resource for first-hand accounts and images of the incident, as well as other blog owners who extended their best-wishes to those involved."

Jim Wagner. Web Traffic Spikes After London Bombing. InternetNews.com. July 7, 2005.

See also:
Vauhini Vara. Bloggers and Photographers Chronicle Chaos in London. WSJ.com. July 7, 2005.

BBC News. Blogs Respond to London Blasts. July 7, 2005.

Libe Goad. Flickr Pics Capture London Terror. PCMag.com. July 7, 2005.

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TV Technology May Generate New Lawsuits

"Days after the Supreme Court weighed in on digital copyright infringement issues in the MGM v. Grokster case, select consumer electronics chains began stocking a product some predict could spark the entertainment industry's next showdown over intellectual property rights.

Andrew Wallenstein. TV Technology at Edge of Legal Frontier. Reuters. 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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Arrest for Wi-Fi Trespassing

"Police have arrested a man for using someone else's wireless Internet network in one of the first criminal cases involving this fairly common practice.

"Benjamin Smith III, 41, faces a pretrial hearing this month following his April arrest on charges of unauthorized access to a computer network, a third-degree felony.

"Innocuous use of other people's unsecured Wi-Fi networks is common, though experts say that plenty of illegal use also goes undetected: such as people sneaking on others' networks to traffic in child pornography, steal credit card information and send death threats."

Associated Press. Man Charged With Stealing Wi-Fi Signal. Yahoo! News. July 6, 2005.

See also:
Alex Leary. Wi-Fi Cloaks a New Breed of Intruder. St. Petersburg Times. July 6, 2005.

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July 07, 2005

Orphan Works Roundtables Registration Procedure

The U.S. Copyright Office announced the procedure necessary to participate in the upcoming Orphan Works roundtables.

Interested parties must submit a written request, including a one-page summary of issues to the Copyright Office by July 15th.

U.S. Copyright Office. Orphan Works Notice of Public Roundtables. (.pdf) July 7, 2005.

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Bill Proposal to Strengthen FOIA

"A political odd couple, backed by an unusual coalition of advocacy groups and news organizations, is looking to crack down on government officials who ignore public requests for information.

"Sens. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.) are pushing a package of legislative proposals that would create, for the first time, penalties for agencies that ignore Freedom of Information Act requests.

"They also want to create a position for an independent arbiter -- an ombudsman for FOIA -- who would help referee conflicts between the public and the government while requiring departments to provide more information on how quickly they process requests."

Brian Faler. Openness Law May Get Muscle. WashingtonPost.com. July 6, 2005.

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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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Pew Study: Spyware Fears Change Online Habits

"Internet users worried about spyware and adware are shunning specific Web sites, avoiding file-sharing networks, even switching browsers.

"Many have also stopped opening e-mail attachments without first making sure they are safe, the Pew Internet and American Life Project said in a study (.pdf) issued Wednesday."

Anick Jesdanun. Fear of Spyware Changing Online Habits. BusinessWeek Online. July 6, 2005.

See also:
Susannah Fox. Spyware: The threat of Unwanted Software Programs is Changing the Way People Use the Internet. (.pdf) 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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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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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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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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July 05, 2005

Live 8 Concert Sets World Records

"Live 8 has proved to be a triumph for technology, with millions participating in the event via the web and mobiles.

"Almost 27 million people texted in their support for a petition asking G8 leaders to double aid and cancel debts for the world's poorest countries.

"Millions watched the event online and recordings of Sergeant Pepper were on sale an hour after being sung live. But videos and audio of many of the acts were also available via BitTorrent file-sharing software."

BBC News. Net Fuels Live 8 Extravaganza. July 4, 2005.

See also:
Lars Brandle. Live 8 Shatters Records. Billboard Radio Monitor. July 4, 2005.

Michelle Meyers. Live Aid for the Internet Age. News.com. July 2, 2005.

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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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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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July 02, 2005

Will the Past Haunt BitTorrent?

"BitTorrent programmer Bram Cohen may be in legal jeopardy after the discovery on Wednesday of an old agenda buried on his website saying he creates programs to 'commit digital piracy.'

"The polemic would have been of little interest a week ago. But on Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that the intent behind a file-sharing program can be a decisive factor in determining whether the creator can be sued for its users' copyright infringement.

"Undated and less than 200 words long, Cohen's 'Technological Activist's Agenda' says he creates and gives away software in furtherance of laissez-faire political objectives."

Katie Dean and Kevin Poulsen. BitTorrent Whiz Extolled Piracy?. Wired News. June 30, 2005.

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Senators Pull Back Telecom Tax

"The Spanish-American War may have ended over a century ago, but anyone in the U.S. with a telephone line is paying a 3 percent 'luxury' tax created to fund the conflict in 1898.

"That's a situation that a number of Republican senators would like to change. This week, they introduced a bill to repeal the Spanish-American War levy.

"The obscure telecommunications tax took center stage in January when a congressional committee suggested the tax could be extended to include 'all data communications services' including broadband, dial-up, fiber, cable modems, cellular and DSL (digital subscriber line) links. In addition, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department have said they are considering whether the tax should apply to Internet phone calls."

Declan McCullagh. Senators Want to Nix 1898 Telecom Tax. News.com. June 30, 2005.

See also:

Declan McCullagh. Congress Proposes Tax on all Net, Data Connections. News.com. Jan. 28, 2005.

Declan McCullagh. IRS Eyes Net Phone Taxes. News.com. July 6, 2004.

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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.

(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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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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Feds to Upgrade to Next-Gen Web

"Federal agencies must use the next-generation Internet service known as Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) by June 2008, the White House Office of Management and Budget announced Wednesday.

"The office said it would issue a policy memorandum dictating full federal 'IPv6' compliance in an effort to spur its deployment throughout government agencies.

"The Defense Department currently is the only federal body to have made strides in implementing IPv6. Due to this 'lack of government-wide progress' and concerns about the 'complexities of transition,' OMB will release a 'comprehensive transition planning guide,' OMB Administrator Karen Evans said in written testimony for the House Government Reform Committee."

Chloe Albanesius. OMB: Agencies Must Use Advanced Internet by 2008. GovExec.com. June 29, 2005.

See also:
Brad Grimes. OMB: Agencies to Implement IPv6 by June 2008. GCN.com. June 29, 2005.

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July 01, 2005

Congress Debates PATRIOT Sunset

"U.S. Justice Department officials sparred with critics of the Patriot Act on Thursday in a debate over whether the expiring portions of the law should be renewed at the end of the year.

"When Congress rushed to enact the legislation in the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, certain sections were set to expire. Now politicians are trying to decide whether to renew the 16 sections scheduled to sunset (.pdf) Dec. 31.

"A pair of Justice Department representatives speaking on Thursday's panel, held at the Capitol by the Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, stressed what they called the importance of renewing the law."

Anne Broache. Feds Push for Full Renewal of Patriot Act. News.com. June 30, 2005.

See also:
American Library Association. American Library Association (ALA) Announces Preliminary Findings of Study Measuring Law Enforcement Activity in Libraries. (.pdf) (Press Release.) June 30, 2005.

CRS Report for Congress. USA PATRIOT Act Sunset: Provisions That Expire on December 31, 2005 (.pdf) June 10, 2004.

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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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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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FBI to Share Data with State & Local Police

"The FBI is rolling out a program that allows federal law enforcement agencies and state and local police forces to share information throughout local regions of the country.

"The Regional Data Exchange works through local law enforcement offices and allows state, local and tribal law enforcement investigators access to federal information and intelligence data relevant to investigations within their jurisdictions."

Daniel Pulliam. FBI Launches Regional Data Sharing System. GovExec.com. June 28, 2005.

See also:
Federal Bureau of Investigation. FBI Announces Operational Status of its National Information Sharing System. (Press Release.) June 27, 2005.

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June 30, 2005

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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June 29, 2005

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.

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

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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.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Google's Keyhole Acquisition.

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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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Pew Study Reflects Attitudes Toward Media

"Despite years of hand-wringing over whether the public trusts the media, a new survey finds that TV news comes out pretty well in the public eye.

"The Pew Research Center for People and the Press found that 79% view local TV and national cable TV news favorably, compared with 75% who did the same for broadcast network news.

"Yet it wasn't all good news for the press. The study found that the public did find reasons to be upset about the news media. That distrust seems to be centered on party lines."

Paul J. Gough. Majority Trust Media, Finds Pew Survey. Reuters. June 28, 2005.

See also:
The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. Public More Critical of Press, But Goodwill Persists. June 26, 2005.

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France's Cultural Counter-Attack Against Google

"The French, concerned that the internet is in danger of becoming the exclusive preserve of the English language, are responding to Google's project to put 15 million books and documents online with their own French version.

"The French are far from relaxed about their creative treasures, and especially the contents of La Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF), their National Library.

"With the Google Print project planning to put 4.5 billion pages of English onto the web, France has decided to do something similar with French, though on a smaller scale."

David Reid. French Answer to Google Library. BBC News. June 25, 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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Supreme Court Rejects Journalists' Appeal

"The United States Supreme Court declined yesterday to hear the cases (.pdf) of two reporters facing up to 18 months in jail for refusing to testify about conversations with their confidential sources.

"The case now returns to Federal District Court in Washington, where Judge Thomas F. Hogan will hear arguments on Wednesday about when and where the reporters, Judith Miller of The New York Times and Matthew Cooper of Time magazine, will begin to serve their time.

"The one-line order by the Supreme Court yesterday was the resolution of the gravest confrontation between the press and the government in a generation, and it came at a time when the news media are under growing pressure and scrutiny over issues of accuracy, credibility and political bias."

Adam Liptak. Court Declines to Rule on Case of Reporters' Refusal to Testify. The New York Times. June 28, 2005.

National Public Radio. Supreme Court Won't Hear Reporters in CIA Case. All Things Considered. June 27, 2005.

Joe Strupp. UPDATE: Judge to Consider Miller/Cooper Case on Wednesday. Editor & Publisher. June 27, 2005.

Reporters Without Borders. Reporters without Borders Denounces a "Retrograde and Freedom-Curtailing Decision". June 27, 2005.

U.S. Supreme Court. A Writ of Certiorari: Judith Miller, v. United States of America, Matthew Cooper and Time Inc., v. United States of America. (.pdf) May 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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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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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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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.

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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.

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Group Creates Fuel-cell Guidelines

"An industry standards group that includes chip makers Intel and STMicroelectronics has published a document detailing the requirements a fuel cell technology would need to power a mobile PC, the group said in a Thursday statement.

"The new guidelines from the Mobile PC Extended Battery Life Working Group should help speed the development of longer lasting fuel-cell power sources for notebooks and other mobile computers, a development viewed as important for the growing popularity of Wi-Fi and other wireless Internet technologies."

Dan Nystedt. Group Creates Fuel-cell Guidelines for Mobile PCs. InfoWorld. June 24, 2005.

See also:
Michael Kanellos. Group Concocts Fuel Cell Notebook Guideline. News.com. June 24, 2005.

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June 25, 2005

AOL Goes to the Movies

"In hopes of increasing online video content, AOL's Moviefone has announced plans to launch a virtual short film festival next week. Ford Motors' Mercury Milan is sponsoring the event, which includes fifteen comedic shorts.

"In addition to spotlighting the featured shorts, most of which have already made the rounds at established film flings like Sundance and Tribeca, Moviefone is beginning the festival with an open call for film submissions--an invitation not unlike the one rival Google extended to users in April in an effort to grow its own video database."

Gavin O'Malley. AOL Grows Video Content With Virtual Film Festival. Online Media Daily. June 24, 2005.

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Audible to Podcast N.Y. Times

"Digital audio publisher Audible plans to release podcasts of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the company's other periodic content via syndicated feeds.

"The podcasts--audio recordings that can be uploaded to an MP3 player--will be delivered through the Web publishing standard Really Simple Syndication, or RSS.

"Audible customers will be able to automatically schedule delivery of programming to their computers or to compatible handheld devices, the company said. Initially, the tool will be available only to Audible customers and content partners."

CNET News.com Staff. Audible to Offer New York Times Podcasts via RSS. News.com. June 24, 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.

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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

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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Internet Access at Libraries Keeps Getting Better

"Nearly all libraries around the country have free public Internet access and an increasing number are offering wireless connections, according to a study (.pdf) released Thursday by the American Library Association here.

"The study, which was conducted by researchers at Florida State University, found that 98.9 percent of libraries offer free public Internet access, up from 21 percent in 1994 and 95 percent in 2002.

"It also found that 18 percent of libraries have wireless Internet access and 21 percent plan to get it within the next year."

Gretchen Ruethling. Almost All Libraries in U.S. Offer Free Access to Internet. The New York Times. June 24, 2005.

See also:
Anick Jesdanun. Libraries Rationing Internet Use. Houston Chronicle. June 23, 2005.

John C. Bertot, et al. Public Libraries and the Internet 2004: Survey Results and Findings. (.pdf) Information Use Management and Policy Institute. June 1, 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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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

Study: Majority of Journalists Use Blogs

"The trend toward PR agencies setting up blog-specific practices got a boost this week, as a new study found that more than half of journalists use blogs in the course of their work.

"The research, conducted by Euro RSCG Magnet and Columbia University, would seem to support the importance of efforts like Ketchum's 'Personalized Media' practice and CooperKatz' Micro Persuasion effort.

"The Euro RSCG/Columbia study shows that more than 51 percent of journalists use blogs regularly, and 28 percent rely on them to help in their day-to-day reporting duties. By contrast, a recent Pew Internet and American Life Project survey showed that just 11 percent of the U.S. population as a whole reads blogs."

Pamela Parker. Study Bolsters Blog-Related PR Practices. ClickZNews. June 21, 2005.

See also:
Euro RSCG Magnet. Eleventh Annual Euro RSCG Magnet and Columbia University Survey of the Media Finds More than Half of Journalists Use Blogs Despite Being Unconvinced of their Credibility. (Press Release.) June 20, 2005.

Enid Burns. Ketchum Bows 'Personalized Media' Practice. ClickZNews. June 14, 2005.

Kevin Newcomb. CooperKatz Debuts Micro Persuasion Practice. ClickZNews. Feb. 9, 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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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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Roaming Between Wi-Fi and 3G

"Nortel Networks and Softbank Group's BB Mobile unit have demonstrated a system in Japan that allows mobile-phone users to roam between 3G (third-generation) mobile networks and Wi-Fi networks.

"Nortel and BB Mobile have conducted test calls while roaming between a WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) network and a wireless LAN based on IEEE 802.11 technology, also known as Wi-Fi."

InfoWorld Staff. In Brief: Nortel Demos Roaming between Wi-Fi and 3G . InfoWorld. June 22, 2005.

See also:
Peter Sayer. Motorola Adds Wi-Fi to 3G Phone for NTT DoCoMo. InfoWorld. June 21, 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

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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Orlando Unplugs Free Wireless

"Orlando leaders have unplugged downtown's free Internet service."

"City officials said the service worked well -- as many as 200 people using laptop or hand-held computers could log on at once to check e-mail or surf the Web from a wireless zone bordered by Orange Avenue, Eola Drive, and South and Robinson streets.The problem: Few people were interested.

"Despite daydreams of working and browsing the Internet while lounging on a bench at Lake Eola Park, only about 27 people a day, on average, accessed the free service. City officials said they couldn't continue to justify the $1,800-a-month expense."

Mark Schlueb. City Yanks Plug On Free Wireless Zone for Internet. Orlando Sentinel. June 21, 2005

See also:
Peter Rojas. Orlando Kills Free Downtown WiFi. Engadget. June 21, 2005.

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Unsend Embarrassing Message

"Samsung has been awarded a patent on a method of sending an SMS to a handset then being able to later send a 'delete' command to the same phone to erase the SMS from the handset memory.

"Unfortunately, the patent states that if the recipient had read the message, then hungover and presumably, panicky people cannot send a delete message and hope the recipient puts the message down to their imagination."

Cellular-News. Deleting Those Embarrassing SMS's. (Press Release.) June 21, 2005

See also:
Marc Perton. Samsung Patents Method to Unsend SMS Messages. Engadget. June 21, 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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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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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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Google Comes Out with Friendly Search Mobile Device

"Google has had a site specifically geared towards the small screens on handhelds and smartphones for quite some time. However, until now, the sites that came up as a result of a search weren't necessarily ones that were very easy to display on a small screen.

"To deal with this problem, Goggle has added a new option to its mobile site. This allows users to specify that the sites that result from their searches must be mobile device-friendly.

"The Google mobile site can be found at http://www.google.com/xhtml."

Ed Hardy. Google Improves Mobile Search Site. Brighthand. June 20, 2005.

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Working Group Releases Data Shaing Standard

"The federal Data Reference Model working group released the first draft of the DRM Specification today. The working group is now soliciting feedback from government agencies before it submits the DRM to the Office of Management and Budget this fall.

"The release of the DRM draft is an 'important milestone' in the federal government’s efforts to better share information, said OMB chief architect Richard Burke. He spoke at the Data Reference Model Public Forum held today in Washington in conjunction with the federal CIO Council’s quarterly Emerging Technology Components conference."

Joab Jackson. First Draft of Revised Data Reference Model Released. GCN.com. June 13, 2005.

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June 20, 2005

Libraries: The Future Digital Resource Center

"Several years ago journalist John Lenger told a remarkable story in the Columbia Journalism Review about teaching a journalism class at Harvard’s extension school. He asked his young students to write a story about a Harvard land deal that occurred in 1732, but after a week of research, most came back with almost nothing substantial to report.

"The problem: They had done most of their research using the Internet, walking right past Harvard’s library and archives, where the actual information could be found.

"When Lenger questioned their research methods, one student replied that she assumed that anything that was important in the world was already on the Internet."

Michael Rogers. Turning Books Into Bits. MSNBC News. June 19, 2005.

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Intercasting Launches Personal Publishing Solution

"The trouble with blogging is that bloggers are forced to think and compose at their desks.

"That is one view held by proponents of the latest twist on those Internet-based publications: mobile blogging.

"A handful of companies have begun offering software that allows people to read and write blogs on cellular phones. The concept, known in some circles as moblogging, lets bloggers take pictures, record sound and type in text while on the go."

Matt Richtel. Software Lets Bloggers Post via Cellphone. The New York Times. June 20, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Rabble software.

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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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Spyware Comes to BitTorrent

"BitTorrent users, beware: Your download may include adware and spyware.

"Purveyors of the applications that produce pop-up ads on PC screens and track browsing habits have discovered BitTorrent as a new distribution channel.

"According to observers of the trend, videos and music that hide adware and spyware are increasingly being offered for download on various BitTorrent Web sites."

Joris Evers. Spyware, Adware Hide in BitTorrent Downloads. News.com. June 16, 2005.

See also:
Ryan Naraine. Spyware Floods In Through BitTorrent. eWeek. June 15, 2005.

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Groxis Launches Pilot to Bridge Deep Web

"Groxis, a provider of search clustering and visualization technology, launched the Grokker Research Pilot (.pdf) designed to act as the interface between 'deep Web' content, the kinds of information not indexed by regular Web crawlers.

"Thanks to business relationships with providers of proprietary content, which often requires a paid subscription, the Grokker Research platform will offer them a permission- or royalty-based model for distributing their content on the Web."

Susan Kuchinskas. Groxis Opens Deep Web to Business, Schools. InternetNews.com. June 20, 2005.

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June 18, 2005

Will Google Adhere to Library Privacy Policies?

" A contract (.pdf) between Google and the University of Michigan released publicly on Friday contains no provisions for protecting the privacy of people who will eventually be able to search the school's vast library collection over the Internet.

"Google announced plans late last year to digitize and index as many as 7 million volumes of material from the University of Michigan to make them searchable on the Internet as part of its Google Print service, a searchable index of books.

"While the library projects have prompted copyright concerns from university groups and publishers, privacy issues are the latest wrinkle in Google's plans to expand the universe of Web-searchable data."

Elinor Mills. Privacy Issues with Google Library Search. News.com. June 17, 2005.

See also:
University of Michigan and Google, Inc. Cooperative Agreement between the University Library and Google. (.pdf) Dec. 14, 2004.

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Consortium Plans Internet Access for Rural India

"An international consortium, including Indian and American companies as well as the World Bank, is planning to establish thousands of rural Internet centers in India to bring government, banking and education services to isolated villages.

"The project, to be announced Thursday, is intended to bring Internet-based services to individuals who must often travel long distances to conduct banking or business with the government.

"The goal is to serve rural villages with populations of more than 5,000. Ultimately the plan calls for centers or kiosks in 5,000 villages in the state of Karnataka; Bangalore, the Indian high-technology center, is the capital of Karnataka.

John Markoff. Plan to Connect Rural India to the Internet. News.com. June 15, 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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Nielsen: A Fifth of Web Users Get News Online

"Nearly one-fifth of Web users who read newspapers now prefer online to offline editions, according to a new study from Internet audience measurement company Nielsen//NetRatings.

"The first-time study (.pdf) from Nielsen//NetRatings found that 21 percent of those Web users now primarily use online versions of newspapers, while 72 percent still read print editions.

"The remaining 7 percent split their time between online and offline editions. Comparable historic statistics were not available."

Lisa Baertlein. One-fifth of Web Users Prefer Online News - Nielsen. Reuters. June 16, 2005.

See also:
NetRatings, Inc. A Fifth of Online Users Who Read Newspapers Now Rely Primarily on Web Editions According to Nielsen//NetRatings. (.pdf) (Press Release.) June 16, 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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Google Launches Mobile Web Search

"Aiming to make search easier for users on the go, Google released Google Mobile Web Search on Thursday.

"The new service points users of Internet-enabled mobile devices to a special index of Web pages that have been optimized by their publishers for the small screen.

"The XHTML-based service takes advantage of the alignments of text, graphics and tables that mobile-aware publishers have created to make them easier to navigate on a mobile phone."

Susan Kuchinskas. Google Search For Tiny Screens. InternetNews.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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Passengers Oppose In-Flight Cellphone Proposal

"Gayle James doesn't want the Federal Communications Commission to lift its in-flight ban on cellphones in airplanes, and here's why:

"'I was seated next to a very loud man who was explaining his next porn movie on his cellphone,' wrote James, of Shelton, Wash. ''Everyone on that plane was subjected to his explicit blabbering. Should cell use during flight be allowed, we had all better be prepared for a whole lot of air rage going on.'

"James's comments echo how many people -- from passengers to pilots -- feel about the FCC's proposal to allow the use of cellphones during flights."

Keith Reed. In-Flight Cellphone Proposal Hits Static. Boston Globe. June 16, 2005.

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June 16, 2005

House Votes Down Patriot Act Provision

"The House voted Wednesday to block a provision of the USA Patriot Act that makes it easier for federal investigators to review the records of libraries and book stores on national security grounds.

"Critics of the new federal power approved in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks said it was an excessive grant of authority to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department that threatened privacy and fundamental Constitutional rights.

"Those who challenged the provision, a coalition of both liberals and conservatives, said the 238-to-187 House vote should send a message to the administration that lawmakers are leery of maintaining all elements of the law even as President Bush seeks to renew the act."

Carl Hulse. House Blocks Provision for Patriot Act Inquiries. The New York Times. June 16, 2005.

See also:
Richard B. Schmitt. House Acts to Curb Patriot Act. LATimes.com. June 15, 2005.

Andrew Taylor. House Votes to Limit Patriot Act Rules. SFGate.com. June 15, 2005.

David R. Mark. To Push For Renewal Of The Patriot Act, Bush Spins Patriot Act Convictions. Blogcritics.org. June 15, 2005.

Bernie Sanders. Sanders Passes Critical Legislation to Amend Patriot Act and Protect Americans’ Reading Records. (Press Release.) June 15, 2005.

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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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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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June 15, 2005

EFF Publishes Legal Guide for Bloggers

"Whether you're a newly minted blogger or a relative old-timer, you've been seeing more and more stories pop up every day about bloggers getting in trouble for what they post.

"Like all journalists and publishers, bloggers sometimes publish information that other people don't want published. You might, for example, publish something that someone considers defamatory, republish an AP news story that's under copyright, or write a lengthy piece detailing the alleged crimes of a candidate for public office.

"The difference between you and the reporter at your local newspaper is that in many cases, you may not have the benefit of training or resources to help you determine whether what you're doing is legal. And on top of that, sometimes knowing the law doesn't help - in many cases it was written for traditional journalists, and the courts haven't yet decided how it applies to bloggers."

Electronic Frontier Foundation. EFF: Legal Guide for Bloggers. June 8, 2005.

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N.Y. Public Library Starts Digital Library

"The New York Public Library announced Monday that it is making 700 books — from classics to current best sellers — available to members in digital audio form for downloading onto PCs, CD players and portable listening devices."

Associated Press. New York Library Offers Audio Downloads. MSNBC. June 13, 2005.

See also:
N.Y. Public Library. Kafka or Clancy for your Headphones: The NY Public Library Offers Digital Audio Books for MP3 players and Computers. (Press Release.) June 13, 2005.

Update: Reuters. N.Y. Library Audio Book Project Snubs iPod. News.com. June 14, 2005. (The files are based on Microsoft copyright protection software and will not work on Apple's iPod.)

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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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Sites Scramble to Release Jackson Verdict

"It took the jury seven days to decide Michael Jackson's fate, and it took less than two minutes for cyberspace to deliver news of the pop star's acquittal.

"While all the major news sites had posted word that a verdict was coming, there was a scramble to find the fastest way to deliver the news that a jury had found the 'King of Pop' not guilty of all 10 charges in the closely watched child molestation case.

"News sites used the event as a chance to experiment with methods of getting news out quickly."

Ina Fried. Cyberspace Races to Offer Jackson Verdict. News.com. June 13, 2005.

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June 13, 2005

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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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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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

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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June 09, 2005

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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GPO Releases Report on Metadata Specifications

"GPO is working with the library community on a national digitization plan, with the goal of digitizing a complete legacy collection of tangible U.S. Government publications. The objective is to ensure that the digital collection is available, in the public domain, for no-fee permanent public access through the FDLP.

"The project will ensure that the collection is digitally reformatted for preservation purposes. The digital preservation masters and the associated metadata will be preserved in the GPO electronic archive (in addition to any other places that the materials might be held), and there will be no-fee public access to the content through derivative files on GPO Access."

U.S. Government Printing Office. Report on the Meeting of Experts on Digital Preservation: Metadata Specifications. June 8, 2005.

See also:
U.S. Government Printing Office. Report on the Meeting of Experts on Digital Preservation: Metadata Specifications. (.pdf) (Revised Report.) June 2, 2005.

U.S. Government Printing Office. Report on the Meeting of Experts on Digital Preservation: Metadata Specifications. (.pdf) (Original Report.) June 14, 2004.

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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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Seattle Tops List for Wireless Access

"Maybe it's the rain that encouraged Seattle's residents to stay indoors, sipping their lattes and surfing the Web wirelessly, that made the northwest city this year's most 'unwired' city, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

"The study, sponsored by Intel Corp., showed that Seattle had more places for its residents to connect to the Internet via wireless, or Wi-Fi, hot spots than any other U.S. city."

Reuters. Seattle Tops List of Wireless Web Communities. June 7, 2005.

See also:
Tricia Duryee. Seattle No. 1 in "Most Unwired Cities" Survey. Seattle Times. June 7, 2005.

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June 07, 2005

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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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 04, 2005

Groups Wary of Search Log Retention

"When Google Inc.'s 19 million daily users look up a long-lost classmate, send e-mail or bounce around the Web more quickly with its new Web Accelerator, records of that activity don't go away.

"In an era of increased government surveillance, privacy watchdogs worry that Google's vast archive of Internet activity could prove a tempting target for abuse.

"Like many other online businesses, Google tracks how its search engine and other services are used, and who uses them. Unlike many other businesses, Google holds onto that information for years."

Reuters. Google's Long Memory Stirs Privacy Concerns. CNN. June 3, 2005.

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Anonymous Library Patrons

"As fans of classic radio and TV know, the Lone Ranger wore a mask to hide his identity from the outlaws he brought to justice. While the people he helped asked, "Who was that masked man?" the audience knew that John Reid was safe only because his mask afforded him privacy.

"Privacy has come a long way since that show was first popular. As technology for making and breaking codes has improved, our ability to keep secrets has waxed and waned. One constant, however, is the fact that you can't retrieve information that you've never stored.

"Like the Lone Ranger's mask, a good information retention policy can safeguard personal identity information. Librarians want to be sure that patrons will return what they borrow, and they want statistics that quantify the library's value to its community. Librarians also want to protect customers' privacy; we usually don't keep personally identifiable information unless we have to."

Ben Ostrowsky. Anonymous Library Cards Allow You to Wonder, 'Who Was That Masked Patron?'. Computers in Libraries. June 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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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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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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June 02, 2005

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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June 01, 2005

Real ID Act: Bolster or Compromise Security?

"A federal law designed to make it harder to assume someone else's identity may instead have the opposite effect, critics of the measure say. The Real ID Act, attached to a crucial bill for military spending and tsunami relief that was signed by President Bush on May 11, sets new rules for issuing driver's licenses and requires states to share electronic access to their records.

"The standards are intended to weed out impostors applying for licenses, in part by requiring state employees to check on the validity of birth certificates and other supporting documents."

"To some industry experts and activists concerned about the fast-growing crime of identity theft, putting so much data before more eyes guarantees abuse at a time when people are increasingly concerned about who sees their personal information and how it gets used."

Joseph Menn. Federal ID Act May Be Flawed. LATimes.com. May 31, 2005.

See also:
Erik Larkin. Coming Soon: National ID Cards?. PC World. May 31, 2005.

Dibya Sarkar. Panel Debates Real ID. FCW. May 31, 2005.

Noah S. Leavitt. The REAL ID Act: How It Violates U.S. Treaty Obligations, Insults International Law, Undermines Our Security, and Betrays Eleanor Roosevelt's Legacy. Find Law's Writ. May 9, 2005.

Tod Newcombe. Invasive ID. Government Technology. June 2005.

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Times Online Offers RSS Feeds

"Times Online has become the latest national UK newspaper site to offer a free RSS news feed for readers.

"The Times site today introduced four feeds covering Britain, world, sport and business news, each offering 20 stories per day. More specialist news feeds will be introduced according to demand."

Jemima Kiss. Times Online Joins the Feeding Frenzy. Online Journalism News. May 31, 2005.

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FCC Offers Public E-Mail Notices

"The Federal Communications Commission has begun offering individuals interested in its regulatory actions and related developments customizable news briefs delivered directly to one's inbox.

" Subscribers can customize the newsletter to stay informed of information on a variety of issues as it is made available to the public.

"The topics include access to emergency information, broadband deployment, digital TV/HDTV, disability issues, emergency management/E9-1-1/public safety, homeland security, intergovernmental coordination, rural and tribal telecommunications issues, among others."

Corey McKenna. FCC Offers Customizable E-Mail Notification. Government Technology. May 31, 2005.

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Outcry Over E-Gov Student Database

"A growing number of groups concerned about privacy rights are fighting a Department of Education plan to require colleges to place personal information on individual students into a national database maintained by the government.

"The plan could be part of the spending bill for the Higher Education Act that the Senate will vote on next month. If included in the spending measure, the plan would radically change current practice by requiring schools to provide personal information on all students, not just those receiving federal aid.

"Submissions would include every student's name and Social Security number, along with gender; date of birth; home address; race; ethnicity; names of every college course begun and completed; attendance records; and financial aid information."

Michael Janofsky. Plan to Gather Student Data Draws Fire. News.com. May 27, 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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May 28, 2005

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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Are You Addicted to E-Mail?

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

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

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

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

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

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May 27, 2005

Online Memorial for Vietnam Veterans

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

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

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Patriot Act Debate to Continue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Librarian Echos Real-Life Patriot Act Consequences

"It was a moment that librarians had been dreading.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May 26, 2005

Donald Trump Launches Online University

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

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

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

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

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Database Hackers Explain Intent

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

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

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

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May 25, 2005

Benefits of Open Access, Source Software & Standards

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

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

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

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

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May 24, 2005

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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GAO: Feds Fail to Implement Wi-Fi Security Measures

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

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

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

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

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

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New Arrivals to Digital Music Market

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

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

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

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House Passes Two Spyware Bills

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

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

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

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

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

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May 23, 2005

Electronic Reserves Stir Copyright Dispute

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

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

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

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

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US Plans Sex Offender Web Registry

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

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

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

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

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Businesses Slow to Adopt Wi-Fi

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

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

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

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

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

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May 21, 2005

Copyright Group Addresses Digital Media Issues

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

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

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

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Library to Require Fingerprint ID System

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

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

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

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

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Quick Overview of Search Engines

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

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

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

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May 20, 2005

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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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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May 19, 2005

NewsGator Acquires FeedDemon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Americans Turn to Net to Stay Healthy

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

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

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

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

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Students Become Mini-Brokers

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Digital Divide Between U.S. & Others Broadens

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

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

"It did not have to be this way."

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

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May 16, 2005

University Library Goes Digital

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

"Books.

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

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

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Video Ads Link Customers Online

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

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

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

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

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CNN to Provide Free Video Online

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

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

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

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Study: Search Engines Not Created Equal

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

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

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

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

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Google Library Project May Expand to Europe

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

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

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

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

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May 14, 2005

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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May 13, 2005

FirstGov.gov Provides RSS Library

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

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

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Dutch Allow Access to All Academic Research

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

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

"Obviously, commercial publishers are not amused."

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

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Google 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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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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May 12, 2005

Google Scholar Expands to All Libraries

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

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

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

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

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

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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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May 11, 2005

Liability: Open Source v. Properietary

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

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

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

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The Truth Behind Google Web Accelerator

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Stanford Launches GATT Digital Library

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

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

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

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May 10, 2005

N.Y. Times Releases Credibility Report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Congress to Closely Examine Patriot Act

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UCLA Libraries to Phase Out Print Subscriptions

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

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

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

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May 09, 2005

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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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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Oxford University Press Expands Open Access

"The drive to make scientific, medical and academic research more freely available on the internet got a shot in the arm yesterday as Oxford University Press widened its trial of open access publishing.

"In a separate move, a new plan was announced yesterday to digitise thousands of core legal judgments and law reports, making them available free over the web."

Richard Wray. OUP Widens Open Access Trial. Guardian Unlimited. May 6, 2005.

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May 07, 2005

Search Engine Reveals Personal Data

"A search for personal data on ZabaSearch.com -- one of the most comprehensive personal-data search engines on the net -- tends to elicit one of two reactions from first-timers: terror or curiosity. Which reaction often depends on whether you are searching for someone else's data, or your own.

"ZabaSearch queries return a wealth of info sometimes dating back more than 10 years: residential addresses, phone numbers both listed and unlisted, birth year, even satellite photos of people's homes."

Xeni Jardin. Your Identity, Open to All. Wired News. May 6, 2005.

See also:
David Lazarus. It's Impressive, Scary to See What a Zaba Search Can Do. San Francisco Chronicle. April 15, 2005.

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May 06, 2005

Google Launches Web Accelerator Beta

"Now that it's mastered loading search results in fractions of a second, Google has opened up its massive computing power to the masses with one goal in mind: to speed up Web surfing. The company has released the Google Web Accelerator, which routes browser activity through Google machines to make Web pages load faster.

"Google Web Accelerator employs a number of different methods to speed up Web browsing, including caching frequently looked at pages to make them more accessible. Google will only refresh a Web page when it has been updated, saving the user from reloading content when unnecessary."

Nate Mook. Google App Speeds Up Web Surfing. Beta News. May 5, 2005.

See also:
Tim Gray. Google Offers Jump in Search Speed. InternetNews.com. May 5, 2005.

Loren Baker. Blocking Google’s Web Accelerator. SearchEngineJournal. May 5, 2005.

Gary Price. New Google Software Attempts to Speed Up Your Web Browsing Experience. SearchEngineWatch. May 4, 2005.

Updates:
Matt Hicks. Google's Accelerator Breaks Web Apps, Security. eWeek. May 6, 2005.

TNL.net. Google Accelerates Search. May 5, 2005. (Author hypothesizes that the Web Accelerator is another Google foray into distributed computing, where the company leverages the Accelerator into a way to observe new content not found by the Googlebot on its own.)

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Yahoo Preparing Music Search Engine

"Web giant Yahoo is developing a search engine for finding downloadable songs and music data from across the Internet, CNET News.com has learned.

"The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company plans to introduce the music search engine within the next couple of months, according to a source familiar with the service.

"The specialty engine will let people search on an artist's name, for example, and retrieve all the available songs from other music services, as well as album reviews and band information from Yahoo Music."

Stefanie Olsen. Yahoo Developing an Audio Search Engine. News.com. May 5, 2005.

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Search Inside the Book Tools

"Google, Amazon and others offer really useful 'search inside the book' tools, but they're not always the easiest features to use. Here's a closer look at getting the most from online book search services."

Gary Price. Going Under Cover with Book Search Tools. SearchEngineWatch. May 4, 2005.

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May 05, 2005

Webby Awards are Announced

"Google, the BBC and a blog entitled Boing Boing are among the websites honoured at this year's online Oscars.

"The winners of the 9th annual Webby Awards have been chosen by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and will be recognised at a special ceremony in New York on June 6.

"The awards cover more than 60 categories - from popular favorites like community, fashion, film, and politics to new categories making their debut this year, such as blog, beauty, real estate, retail, and social networking."

Rachel Sharp. Online Oscars Revealed. 999 Today. May 4, 2005.

See also:
Stefan Lovgren. Webby Awards Founder on Internet "Oscars," Web's Future. National Geographic News. May 4, 2005.

BBC News. BBC Triumphs in Online Oscars. May 3, 2005.

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Web Changes Rules for Disseminating Information

"It seems there are no secrets any more... even when you try to keep them.

"NPR's Vicky O'Hara reported on a Defense Department document, which exonerated U.S. military personnel. The document was highly edited , with about 20 percent of the original information removed. Over the past weekend, NPR placed the document on its Web site.

"But some NPR listeners and cyber-savvy bloggers soon discovered if they downloaded the document from npr.org and translated it into another format, the edited portions could be restored.

"NPR removed the document from its Web site. But the information, available from many media sources, had already been disseminated around the Internet."

Jeffrey A. Dvorkin. When Those Pesky Blogs Undermine NPR News. National Public Radio. May 3, 2005.

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May 04, 2005

Municipal Battle Over Broadband

"A hundred years ago, when Louisiana was still literally in the dark, residents of Lafayette banded together to build a city-owned electric utility where once there was little more than swampland. Today, at the dawn of the 21st century, it is hatching plans to lay out its own state-of-the-art fiber-optic broadband network.

"This time, the city's futuristic ambitions are challenged not by the rigors of geography but by obstacles of business: specifically, telecommunications giant BellSouth and cable provider Cox Communications, which claimed the region as their own years ago.

"After a legal skirmish earlier this year, the two sides are preparing for a citywide election slated for mid-July that will decide the issue.

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

See also:
Marguerite Reardon. Lafayette Hits Snag in Fiber Build. News.com. Feb. 24, 2005.

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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.

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Pamela Parker. Study: Online Ad Budgets to Swell to $26 Billion by 2010. Click Z News. May 3, 2005.

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NSF to Fund Digital Initiatives

"The National Science Foundation's Information and Intelligent Systems Division plans to award up to $12 million in grants for basic research related to digital government, universal access and digital libraries in fiscal 2006."

Florence Olsen. NSF to Fund Digital Government. FCW. May 2, 2005.

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May 03, 2005

Ourmedia.org Makes Web Video Accessible

"So far, the world of online video is full of walls. In order to see video, you need a variety of media players, you might have to register or pay for a service, and of course you need bandwidth. But a raft of startups and search engines are here to help bring down those walls, allow anyone to upload their amateur video and other media, and make it more searchable than ever before.

"Of the grassroots video hubs, the veteran site would be Ourmedia.org.

Mark Glaser. Search Engines, Startup Media Sites Dream of Becoming Video Hubs. Online Journalism Review. April 26, 2005.

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Online Advertisers Seek Local Opportunities

"To many Internet companies, Dwin Ngo represents the future.

"The owner of a Los Angeles day spa, Ngo has routinely spent thousands of dollars on print ads, each without concrete results. But recently, she found a better deal with Insider Pages, an online social network and reviewers' guide to services in the L.A. area: Ngo pays only $2 each time someone calls her spa for an appointment from an 800 number set up by the service.

"'I would pick the Internet over print in a heartbeat, because of the cost,' she said. 'People who turn to the Internet are looking for you.'"

Stefanie Olsen. Online Ad Sellers Think Local. News.com. May 2, 2005.

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Yahoo 360 to Broaden Capabilities

"Yahoo plans to add the capability to import content, such as photos and music, from non-Yahoo applications to its new Yahoo 360 social networking and blogging service, according to an executive of the company.

"'Some of the things that people very much want to do is to share content from other sources outside of Yahoo,' says Paul Brody, director of community products at Yahoo.

"To expand that capability, Yahoo 360 initially will allow users to include RSS feeds from other sources, according to Brody, who says Yahoo wants its Yahoo 360 service to be an 'open' product."

John Ribeiro. Yahoo Blogging Service Boosts Content. PCWorld. May 2, 2005.

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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

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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DHS Mulls Collecting Private Citizen Data

"Call it Total Information Awareness, homeland-style.

"Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff this week floated an idea to start a nonprofit group that would collect information on private citizens, flag suspicious activity, and send names of suspicious people to his department."

Siobhan Gorman. DHS Chief Floats Idea for Collecting Private Citizens' Information. GovExec. April 29, 2005.

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Music Expands IR Research

"Sun Microsystems has unveiled a technology that will recommend songs to users based on an analysis of the music that they already enjoy.

"The technology analyses features such as rhythm and beat strength to categorise the music. It then searches for files with similar attributes."

Tom Sanders. Sun Unveils All-knowing Music Library. vnunet.com. April 29, 2005.

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Study: TV Phones Common By 2010

"About 125 million consumers will be watching television on their mobile phone in five years from now, a new survey found on Thursday.

"Mobile television is not yet commercially available, but trials are carried out around the world, and consumers are expected to be able to pick up the first TV phones by the end of the year. Handset makers will sell 130,000 TV phones this year, rising to 83.5 million by 2010, research group Informa said."

Reuters. Survey: TV for Mobile Phones Set to Reach Masses. April 28, 2005.

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April 30, 2005

GPO's Policies Have Ripple Effect on Libraries

"The Government Printing Office prints some of the nation's best-known publications: the Congressional Record, the Ronald Reagan funeral condolence books, the U.S. budget, the Sept. 11 commission report--even your passport.

"At its peak in the 1980s, before the days of Web sites and e-documents, the office printed more than 35 million documents a year, sending copies to libraries across the country, some of which kept everything the GPO produced and made it available to anyone who asked.

"But now to cut costs, government agencies are increasingly putting documents online rather than printing them and do not always provide an electronic copy to the GPO.

Dawn Withers. Librarians Worry Important Information is Being Lost. Chicago Tribune. April 29, 2005.

See also:
Aliya Sternstein. Librarians Air Frustrations. FCW.com. April 27, 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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Terrorists Booked Flights at Library

"The Bush administration revealed on Thursday that some of the September 11 hijackers booked their tickets on the Internet using a computer in a college library in New Jersey.

"The disclosure by Ken Wainstein, U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia in testimony to the House of Representatives subcommittee on crime, terrorism and homeland security, was intended to bolster the government's argument that Congress should renew a law allowing it to seize library and bookstore records."

Alan Elsner. 9/11 Hijackers Booked Airline Tickets at Library. Reuters. April 29, 2005.

See also:
Alan Elsner. Congress Pressed to Renew Library-Search Powers. Reuters. April 28, 2005.

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. Sensenbrenner Statement Regarding Today’s Revelation that 9/11 Hijackers Used U.S. Public Libraries Prior to 9/11. (.pdf) (Press Release.) April 28, 2005.

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary. PATRIOT Act Oversight Hearing Thursday on “Roving Wiretaps” and the “Library” Provision. (.pdf) (Press Release.) April 27, 2005.

Deroy Murdock. Check This Out. National Review Online. April 25, 2005.

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California Passes Bill to Limit RFID

"While civil libertarians battle the federal government's decision to embed RFID chips in new U.S. passports, a California bill is moving swiftly through the state legislature that would make it illegal for state agencies and other bodies to use the technology in state identification documents.

"The bill, which California lawmakers believe is the first of its kind in the nation, would prohibit the use of radio-frequency identification, or RFID, chips in state identity documents such as student badges, driver's licenses, medical cards and state employee cards. The bill allows for some exceptions."

Kim Zetter. State Bill to Limit RFID. Wired News. April 29, 2005.

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Alorie Gilbert. California Bill Would Ban Tracking Chips in IDs. News.com. April 28, 2005.

Related:
Eric Lipton. U.S. to Alter Design of e-Passports. News.com. April 27, 2005.

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Wiretaps Jump: Target Mobile Devices

"The number of court-authorized wiretaps jumped 19 percent last year as investigators pursued drug and other cases against increasingly tech-savvy suspects. Every surveillance request made by authorities was granted."

Devlin Barrett. Wiretaps in U.S. Jump 19 Percent in 2004. SFGate.com. April 28, 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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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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FCC To Mandate VoIP-911 Plan

"The Federal Communication Commission said it will move ahead with developing a plan to require emergency 911 calling capability on VoIP phones.

"The FCC's announcement to have 911 in place for all phones comes after Verizon and SBC already have stated that they will speed the process of providing VoIP access to 911.

"Despite such movement within the industry, FCC chairman Kevin Martin said he still will propose requirements for providers to ensure that the actions are going forward."

Elizabeth Millard. FCC To Require 911 for VoIP. NewsFactor. April 28, 2005.

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April 28, 2005

Verizon Grants 911 Access to VoIP Providers

"In another sign of detente between traditional phone companies and upstart VoIP businesses, Verizon Communications, the largest of the Baby Bells, said it plans to open its 911 emergency calling infrastructure to providers of Net-based phoning.

"Verizon announced on Tuesday that it would start making its 911 network in New York City available to all voice over Internet Protocol providers this summer. How well things go in the Big Apple will determine whether Verizon will open the rest of the emergency network."

Ben Charny. Biggest Bell to Hand 911 Access to VoIP Operators. News.com. April 26, 2005.

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European Libraries Retaliate Against Google

"Nineteen European national libraries have joined forces against a planned communications revolution by Internet search giant Google to create a global virtual library, organisers said Wednesday.

"The 19 libraries are backing instead a multi-million euro counter-offensive by European nations to put European literature online."

TurkishPress.com. European Libraries Join Forces Against Google Global Virtual Library. April 27, 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

Brewster Kahle Seeks Universal Access to All Knowledge

"Nine years ago, Brewster Kahle embarked on a project of monumental proportions: archiving the internet. A recent profile in Slate reminded us that it's probably time to check in with Kahle. When we did, we found out that archiving the largest information machine in the history of the world wasn't enough for the man Slate called an "evangelical librarian."

"He wants archive everything - the billions of pages on the internet, but also music, movies and books. It's an awesome undertaking, and Brewster Kahle plans to get it done."

On the Media. The Internet Forever. (Real Audio version) April 22, 2005.

See also:
Paul Boutin. The Archivist. Slate. April 7, 2005.

The Internet Archive.

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Open Media Network Shares Video, Audio

"Mike Homer sees the future of public broadcasting, and it's on the Internet.

"Or rather, it is the Internet.

"Homer and erstwhile Netscape wunderkind Marc Andreessen are using file-sharing technology to distribute audio and video files for free online. Unlike Kazaa and other popular 'peer-to-peer' programs, however, Open Media Network allows only authorized sharing and weeds out bootlegged goods."

Jon Healey. Network Shares Audio and Video, Screens Out Bootlegs. LATimes.com. April 26, 2005.

See also:
Benny Evangelista. Startup to Offer Digital TV, Radio Shows Online for Free. San Francisco Chronicle. April 26, 2005.

John Borland. Netscape Pioneers Launch Free Content Network. News.com. April 25, 2005.

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Yahoo Beefs Up Personal Search

"Yahoo has beefed up its personal search with a number of new features and tools, expanding the capabilities of the My Yahoo personal search features that the company launched last October.
"'We feel that this is another step for us for personal search, and will really resonate with our users,' said Tim Mayer, director of product management for Yahoo Search.

"Most notably, the new My Web service now allows you to save a cached copy of a page in addition to saving just a link to the page."

Chris Sherman. Yahoo Launches My Web Personal Search. SearchEngineWatch. April 27, 2005.

See also:
Neil Rubenking. Yahoo My Web (beta). PCMag.com. April 26, 2005.

Matt Hicks. Yahoo Launches Personalized Web Search. eWeek. April 26, 2005.

Chris Sherman. Yahoo Introduces Personal Search. SearchEngineWatch. Oct. 5, 2004.

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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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Feds to Reconsider RFID Privacy Issues

"Following criticism from computer security professionals and civil libertarians about the privacy risks posed by new RFID passports the government plans to begin issuing, a State Department official said his office is reconsidering a privacy solution it rejected earlier that would help protect passport holders' data.

"The solution would require an RFID reader to provide a key or password before it could read data embedded on an RFID passport's chip. It would also encrypt data as it's transmitted from the chip to a reader so that no one could read the data if they intercepted it in transit."

Kim Zetter. Feds Rethinking RFID Passport. Wired News. April 26, 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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Verizon Launches 911 Services for VoIP

"In another sign of detente between traditional phone companies and upstart VoIP businesses, Verizon Communications, the largest of the Baby Bells, said it plans to open its 911 emergency calling infrastructure to providers of Net-based phoning.

"Verizon announced on Tuesday that it would start making its 911 network in New York City available to all voice over Internet Protocol providers this summer. How well things go in the Big Apple will determine whether Verizon will open the rest of the emergency network, according to spokesman Mark Marchand."

Ben Charny. Biggest Bell to Hand 911 Access to VoIP Operators. News.com. April 26, 2005.

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April 26, 2005

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 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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April 25, 2005

Video Search Stirs Rivalry

"As millions of broadband subscribers who missed a wardrobe-malfunction moment on TV can attest, the internet can be a convenient resource for finding much-talked-about events on video.

"Whether it's Janet Jackson's Super Bowl breast exposure or The Daily Show host Jon Stewart's explosive appearance on a political talk show, video clips of high-profile moments have sent millions of net users scrambling to search engines for footage.

"But until recently, internet users who don't patronize peer-to-peer sites had few options for tracking down video content outside of entering a query in a standard search box.

Joanna Glasner. Search Battle Heads to Video. Wired News. April 23, 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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Blinkx Offers 'Customizable' Smart Folders

"Blinkx has improved its Web and PC search software's Smart Folders by turning them into an online content distribution tool and allowing users to share them, the company announced this week.

"The Smart Folders functionality, introduced last November, automatically populates topic folders in users' PCs with documents the Blinkx tool collects from users' hard drives and from the Internet."

Juan Carlos Perez. Blinkx Smart Folders Get Smarter. PCWorld. April 22, 2005.

See also:
Neil Rubenking. Blinkx's Hitchhikes to Smarter Folders. PCMag.com. April 20, 2005.

Juan Carlos Perez. Blinkx Unveils Smarter Desktop Search. PCWorld. Nov. 15, 2004.

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April 23, 2005

Google Feature Raises Privacy Concerns

"Google Inc.'s new tracking tool that keeps a detailed history of a person's web search has raised privacy concerns among experts who complain that information collected can't be permanently deleted by the user.

"Google allows people to remove any listing from the history, and to pause the feature at anytime, so searches can't be recorded. The remove feature, however, doesn't go far enough, according to some experts."

Antone Gonsalves. Google Personal-Search Tracker Raises Privacy Concerns. Tech Web News. April 21, 2005.

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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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The Missing Sync Now Available

"Software maker Mark/Space announced on Thursday the availability of The Missing Sync software for the T-Mobile Sidekick cellular device and Apple Computer's Mac OS X operating system."

Richard Shim. T-Mobile Sidekick, Mac OS X Sync Up. News.com. April 21, 2005.

See also:
Mark/Space. Mark/Space Ships The Missing Sync for Hiptop. (Press Release.) April 21, 2005.

Peter Cohen. Missing Sync comes to T-Mobile Sidekick. MacWorld. April 20, 2005.

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Expanding Role of Libraries

"The public library, once the sole keeper of knowledge - collections of books, art, papers and journals - has undergone radical changes in the new, Google world.

"The chief executive of the British Library, one of the largest national libraries in the world, said public libraries had evolved dramatically with the advent of new and emerging technologies, so the role of librarian had been refashioned too.

"Lynne Brindley said tertiary courses had adapted to this new role and now prepared students for careers in 'knowledge management' and dissemination."

Ebru Yaman. Libraries Much More Than Books. Australian IT. April 20, 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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Rresearchers to Help Blind Access Web

"A three-year project to improve blind access to the internet has started at Queen's University in Belfast.

"Researchers at the university are working to devise ways to guide the blind and visually impaired through the web, as part of the Enabled initiative.

"As well as schemes involving tactile display screens and audio cues, there is also the potential to use mobile devices as audio guides for the blind."

BBC News. Project to Open Internet to Blind. April 19, 2005.

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April 22, 2005

Evaluating Provisions of USA Patriot Act

"On December 31, sixteen portions of the USA Patriot Act are set to expire - or, in legal parlance, "sunset." Currently, Congress is holding hearings on the Act. It is considering, among other issues, whether to amend it to curb the broad surveillance powers the Act bestowed on the federal government.

"For example, under the Act, the government can now monitor an individual's web surfing records. It can use roving wiretaps to monitor phone calls made by individuals 'proximate' to the primary person being tapped. It can access Internet Service Provider records. And it can even monitor the private records of people involved in legitimate protests."

Anita Ramasastry. The Important But Flawed USA Patriot Act: Why Congress Should Allow Certain Provisions to Expire This Year. Find Law's Writ. April 20, 2005.

See also:
U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Chairman Roberts Issues Statement on the USA PATRIOT ACT. (.pdf) April 19, 2005.

American Civil Liberties Union. Testimony of Associate Director Gregory Nojeim and Legislative Council Timothy Edgar at the Hearing on the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 Before the Select Committee on Intelligence of the United States Senate. (.pdf) April 19, 2005.

American Civil Liberties Union. Testimony of ACLU National Security Policy Counsel Timothy H. Edgar Before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on the USA PATRIOT Act: Effect of Sections 203 (b) and (d) on Information Sharing. April 19, 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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Utah's Historic Newspapers Available Online

"Thanks to new technology, digital pictures are making old newspapers readable from the comfort of your home computer.

"On Tuesday, the University of Utah's Digital Technology Division began loading onto the Internet digitized copies of 19th century editions of The Salt Lake Tribune.

"Starting today, computer users can begin reading pages of The Tribune from the 1870s. Next month, plan on pursuing The Tribune's 1880s news accounts and by early July, read and browse news stories from the 1890s."

Shinika A. Sykes. Old News is Brand New at U. Library Project. Salt Lake Tribune. April 13, 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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Drawbacks from Information Overload

"David M. Levy, a computer scientist who loves technology and gets more than 100 e-mail messages a day, makes a point of unplugging from the Internet one day each week to clear his head. Even so, with all the e-mail messages flooding in, with academic blogs bursting with continuous debate, and with the hectic pace set by an increasingly wired world, Mr. Levy says he cannot help but feel an occasional sense of information overload.

"And that, he says, is something to stop and think about.

"Mr. Levy, a professor at the University of Washington's Information School, is one of many scholars trying to raise awareness of the negative impact of communication technologies on people's lives and work. They say the quality of research and teaching at colleges is at risk unless scholars develop strategies for better managing information, and for making time for extensive reading and contemplation."

Jeffrey R. Young. Knowing When to Log Off. Chronicle of Higher Education. April 22, 2005.

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Citizens Reap Benefits of Increasing Access

"Citizens' access to federal information is increasing thanks to best practices of federal depository libraries, federal-funded community technology centers, public libraries, and the National Archives and Records Administration, according to the Office of Management and Budget."

Jason Miller. OMB Highlights Best Practices in Federal Information Dissemination. GCN.com. April 19, 2005.

See also:
Office of Management and Budget. Section 213 of the E-Government Act Report to Congress: Organizations Complementing Federal Agency Information Dissemination Programs. (.pdf) April 15, 2005.

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April 21, 2005

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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Content on Demand: Full Text Newsfeeds

"A new company officially joined the world of content providers when it chose to launch its premium newsfeed service at the recent Buying and Selling eContent conference.

"Newstex, founded in late 2004 by president Larry Schwartz and CEO Steve Ellis, has announced Content On Demand, which offers full-text newsfeeds to content redistributors and enterprise customers.

"Content sources include branded newswires, newspapers, magazines, financial and business sources, official government feeds, and Weblogs."

Paula J. Hane. Newstex Launches Content On Demand. Information Today. April 18, 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

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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Impact of Electronic Documents on Libraries

"Some federal depository librarians are upset about the Government Printing Office's move to significantly cut the distribution of printed government documents.

"GPO's shift to electronic formats, which will redefine the librarians' role as government information gatekeepers, will be an issue at this weekend's Depository Library Council meeting in Albuquerque, N.M."

Aliya Sternstein. Librarians Face Existential Crisis. FCW. April 15, 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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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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Verizon Offers 'Naked DSL' in Northeast

"Verizon customers in 13 states can drop their wireline phone service while retaining their broadband connection, a spokeswoman for the regional telecom said.

"Standalone digital subscriber line (DSL), sometimes called 'naked' DSL, is aimed at subscribers who are happy with Verizon DSL but want voice service from a wireless carrier, Voice over IP startup or cable operator."

Colin C. Haley. Verizon Offers DSL Straight Up. InternetNews.com. April 19, 2005.

See also:
Matt Richtel. Some Verizon Customers to Get 'Naked' DSL. News.com. April 18, 2005.

Barb Dybwad. Verizon finally Gets Naked DSL, But is Still Too Modest Outside the Northeast. Engadget. April 18, 2005.

Jan Dawson. "Naked DSL" - Much More Important Than Many Realise. Ovum. No date.

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April 19, 2005

Sony to Convert Films for Digital Library

"Sony Pictures Entertainment is expected to announce today the creation of an all-digital library for its valuable video footage, the first of its kind for a major Hollywood studio.

"The library, which Ascent Media Group Inc. of Santa Monica is running with technology from Hewlett-Packard Co of Palo Alto, stores Sony's films and television shows as high-quality digital files on computers, not videotape or reels of film."

Jon Healey. Sony Is Building a Digital Library. LATimes.com. April 18, 2005.

See also:
Chris Marlowe. Sony Pictures, HP, Ascent in Digital Deal. Reuters. April 18, 2005.

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AOL to Offer Music Videos

"Amid pressure from the Universal Music Group, America Online has struck a deal to pay for the use of Universal's music video libraries for its online service, people involved in the deal said.

"The licensing agreement, expected to be announced today, sets a potentially lucrative precedent for the music industry in the evolution of online and video-on-demand business. The major record companies have been trying to avoid a repeat of what they think was a costly error in the early 1980's, when they agreed to provide videos free to a fledgling MTV."

Jeff Leeds. AOL Said to Reach Deal to Use Universal Videos. The New York Times. April 19, 2005.

See also:
Chris Marlowe. Music Vids Get Free Rein at AOL Music. Reuters. April 19, 2005.

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VoIP Companies Crisscross Boundaries

"The 800-pound gorillas of VoIP--Skype Technologies and Vonage Holdings--have so far been addressing different markets, but each firm is finally beginning to move into the other's space.

"Vonage has primarily targeted North American public switched telephone networks (PSTN) but its paid service has been creeping into international markets. Skype, in the meantime, which is primarily used for international calling, has been making big inroads into the U.S. market."

W. David Gardner. Vonage And Skype Turn Up The Heat--On Each Other. Advanced IP Pipeline. April 18, 2005.

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New Cell Phone - Just for Spies

"Just by looking at it, you'd think that the Meganet VME Spy phone XP was just your like a typical Siemens or Nokia cell. It uses the exact same case. It acts just like a regular mobile phone, too--you make and receive calls and send text messages in a normal fashion.

"All's normal, that is, until the intelligence agent across town calls it, using a special code. You won't feel it vibrate, you won't hear it ring, in fact, you're not even using it. But now your phone is a bug, and the agent who called you can listen in on anything you say--on the phone or off-- to anyone."

Erik Larkin. Is Your Cell Phone Ratting on You?. PC World. April 14, 2005.

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April 18, 2005

Detailed Look at Google Library Project

"The digitization of the world’s enormous store of library books—an effort dating to the early 1990s in the United Kingdom, the United States, and elsewhere—has been a slow, expensive, and underfunded process.

"But last December librarians received a pleasant shock. Search-engine giant Google announced ambitious plans to expand its 'Google Print' service by converting the full text of millions of library books into searchable Web pages.

"Most librarians and archivists are ecstatic about the announcement, saying it will likely be remembered as the moment in history when society finally got serious about making knowledge ubiquitous."

Wade Roush. The Infinite Library. Technology Review. May 2005.

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Are Libraries Still Relevant?

"'Within two decades,' says Michael A. Keller, Stanford University’s head librarian, 'most of the world’s knowledge will be digitized and available, one hopes for free reading on the Internet, just as there is free reading in libraries today.'

"Can that really be possible? If so, where exactly does it leave libraries? More important, where does it leave culture?

"On the one hand, the digital revolution represents the ultimate democratization of knowledge and information, of which Carnegie likely would have approved wholeheartedly. On the other hand, libraries perform an essential function in preserving, organizing and to some extent validating our collective knowledge."

Daniel Akst. Do Libraries Still Matter?. Carnegie Reporter. Vol 3., No.2, Spring 2005.

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Orphan Works FAQ

"What are 'orphan works,' why are they important, and why I have I heard so much about them recently?

"This FAQ is answered by Peter Hirtle, Technology Strategist and Intellectual Property Officer for Cornell University Library."

Peter Hirtle. Adopting "Orphan Works". RLG DigiNews. April 15, 2005.

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U.S. Cell Phones to Get Visual Radio

"'Visual radio' is coming to the United States--and no, that's not just a newfangled name for a TV set.

"Radio giant Infinity Broadcasting is working with Hewlett-Packard to bring a kind of Net-enabled FM radio to U.S. markets, sending information such as album art, concert dates and buy-this-album buttons alongside broadcasts.

"The broadcasts will be aimed at a new generation of FM radio-enabled phones, as well as the digital information carried over cellular phone carriers' airwaves, rather than on the one-way FM broadcasts. The companies hope to turn the service into a new advertising and revenue source for traditional radio, which is facing increasing competition from satellite radio and Internet Webcasts."

John Borland. 'Visual Radio' Headed for U.S. Cell Phones. News.com. April 18, 2005.

See also:
Sue Zeidler. Infinity Plans to Broadcast to Cellphones in U.S.. Reuters. April 18, 2005.

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Controversy Over British Library's Wi-Fi Fees

"Wireless internet access at the British Library (BL) has come under fire after details of the service's provision emerged using the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act.

"Author and library user Heather Brooke has obtained the service agreement documents for wi-fi access at the BL, and is campaigning for costs to be slashed.

"Brooke is unhappy that wireless internet access at the St Pancras site is supplied by a private company and expensive to use."

Mark Chillingworth. British Library Wi-fi Access Under Fire. Information World Review. April 15, 2005.

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Verizon CEO Claims Municipal Wi-Fi is Dumb Idea

"The head of the country's largest phone company ridiculed San Francisco's interest in building a municipal Wi-Fi network that is designed to offer cheap or free Internet service throughout the city.

"'That could be one of the dumbest ideas I've ever heard,'' said Ivan Seidenberg, chief executive officer of Verizon Communications, during a meeting with Chronicle editors and writers on Friday.

"Seidenberg said private companies like Verizon, which already run data networks, are much better positioned than government agencies to offer high- speed Internet service."

Todd Wallack. Verizon CEO Sounds Off on Wi-Fi, Customer Gripes. San Francisco Chronicle. April 16, 2005.

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April 16, 2005

Skype Enhances VoIP Services

"Skype has enhanced its popular voice-over-IP application with today's official public beta launch of two new paid-for features: SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail.

"Both have been available in limited tests but are now ready for widespread use for the Windows, Linux, Pocket PC and Mac OS X versions of the VoIP software, which has just reached the 100 million download mark and boasts 35 million registered users."

Sylvia Carr. Skype Spruced Up with Paid-for Services. Silicon.com. April 15, 2005.

See also:
Reuters. Skype Adds New Services for Internet Phoning. April 15, 2005.

Associated Press. Skype Nears 100M Downloads for Software. Forbes.com. April 15, 2005.

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Study: China Leader in Net Censorship

"China is the world's leading censor of the Internet, filtering web sites, blogs, e-mail, and online forums for sensitive political content, according to a study (.pdf) released Thursday.

"The OpenNet Initiative said that China employs thousands officials and private citizens to build a 'pervasive, sophisticated, and effective' system of Internet censorship."

Paul Eckert. Study Finds Pervasive Chinese Internet Controls. Reuters. April 14, 2005.

See also:
Jonathan Krim. Web Censors In China Find Success. WashingtonPost.com. April 14, 2005.

OpenNet Initiative. Internet Filtering in China in 2004-2005: A Country Study. (.pdf) April 14, 2005.

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April 15, 2005

Land of 1,000 Lakes Snips the Wire

"Days after Philadelphia rolled out its plans to go wireless, Minneapolis unveiled plans to provide wireless Internet access to the city's business, residents, governmental officials and visitors.

"The city's RFP, to be issued Wednesday, is expected to call for a privately owned, $15 million to $20 million citywide wireless and fiber-optic network. Contracts are expected to be issued later this year. The service should be available to residents late in 2006."

Carol Ellison. Minneapolis Plans to Go Wireless. eWeek. April 13, 2005.

See also:
Carol Ellison. Philadelphia: Muni Wi-Fi's Worst-Case Scenario. eWeek. April 11, 2005.

Carol Ellison. Municipal Broadband Bills Come Under Fire. eWeek. March 16, 2005.

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U. Minnesota Conference on Open Access

Scholarship means little without publication. But the definitions of 'publication' are undergoing major changes.

The digital age has brought unprecedented opportunities to share research discoveries with a global audience, prompting a revolution some have compared to post-Gutenberg times. Yet as the Internet and World Wide Web have unleashed new resources and capabilities, they have also challenged the conventions of how research is published and shared.

Featuring presentations by leading thinkers from the scholarly community, this conference explores:

  • Current challenges in scholarly communication and publication
  • The ways in which research is shared and exchanged
  • The role of the public university in sharing the products of research
  • Alternative publication systems, including “open access” publishing
  • Recent movements to legislate free access to the products of research
  • and
  • The changing landscape of copyright and intellectual property

University of Minnesota. Publication, the Public University and the Public Interest. Tuesday, April 19, 2005, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota (East Bank Campus), 300 Washington Avenue S.E., Minneapolis, MN.

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Murdoch Warns Editors to Embrace Internet

"Rupert Murdoch has admitted he 'didn't do as much as [he] should have' to confront the digital challenges faced by his newspaper business, which owns the Sun, Times and News of the World in the UK as well as titles in the US and Australia.

"Describing himself as a 'digital immigrant' in contrast to his young daughters, who would be 'digital natives', he said the internet was "an emerging medium that is not my native language".

"In a speech to American editors in Washington, Mr Murdoch issued a stark warning to the industry, arguing that the web was 'a fast-developing reality we should grasp'."

Chris Tryhorn. We Ignore Internet at Our Peril, Murdoch Warns Editors. Guardian Unlimited. April 14, 2005.

See also:
Aline van Duyn. Murdoch Says Newspapers Must Embrace Web. MSNBC News. April 13, 2005.

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AIM Plays Nice With Others

"AOL Instant Messenger moved instant messaging interoperability a step forward Thursday by announcing that it will work in conjunction with four mid-tier business IM systems.

"America Online Inc. launched a partner program with Jabber Inc., Omnipod Inc. and Parlano Inc., all of which sell enterprise software or services for presence and IM.

"Through the program, AOL handles the translation and routing of IM traffic among the systems so that AIM users and users of each of the four enterprise systems can conduct IM sessions, share contacts and view presence information, the Dulles, Va., company announced."

Matt Hicks. AIM Connects with Enterprise IM Vendors. eWeek. April 14, 2005.

See also:
Ben Charny. AIM Knocks on Offices' Doors. ZDNet. April 14, 2005.

Tim Gray. AOL Expands IM Network to More Partners. InternetNews.com. April 14, 2005.

Juan Carlos Perez. AOL Extends AIM's Interoperability. PC World. April 14, 2005.

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Google Maps Reveal Surprises

"For many years, Mike Leeds has been road-tripping from his home in Portland, Oregon, to Nevada's Black Rock Desert for the Burning Man arts festival.

"So last week, when Google announced its new Maps service, which includes the ability to view and navigate with high-resolution satellite images, Leeds couldn't resist tracing his 500-mile route, one screen at a time, to see what he drives by on his annual round trip. He never expected that the last of his '45 miles to the click' route images would show, in great detail, the early setup of Burning Man."

Daniel Terdiman. Surprises Lurk in Satellite Snaps. Wired News. April 14, 2005.

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Moore's Law Magazine Disappears from Library

"A day after Intel said it would offer $10,000 for a copy of a magazine in which Moore's Law was first announced, a University of Illinois engineering library noticed that one of its two copies had disappeared.

"There was a glaring space on the shelf where the bound volume containing the April 19, 1965, edition of Electronics Magazine sat for years, said Mary Schlembach, assistant engineering librarian at the Grainger Engineering Library at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

"Another librarian heard a student talking on a cell phone about the volume the same day, Schlembach said. Ordinarily, the magazine is not a popular item."

Michael Kanellos. Librarians Fuming Over Intel Magazine Bounty. ZDNet. April 14, 2005.

See also:
Michael Kanellos. Intel Offers $10,000 for Moore's Law Magazine. ZDNet.

Update: BBC News. Moore's Law Original Issue Found. April 22, 2005. (A British engineer found his original copy of the magazine under floorboards.)

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Bush Fears Personal Email Would be Public

"President Bush said on Thursday he does not send e-mail, not even to his twin daughters, because he fears 'my personal stuff' would be made public.

"'There has got to be a certain sense of privacy,' he told the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

"Bush volunteered his aversion to e-mail during a discussion on whether his administration is sufficiently responsive to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act.

Reuters. Bush: 'I Don't Want You Reading My Personal Stuff'. April 14, 2005.

The White House. President Addresses American Society of Newspaper Editors Convention. April 14, 2005.

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Google to Go Local in UK

"Rumours that Google UK is planning to take on local area information suppliers such as the Yellow Pages at their own game were confirmed as fact this week.

"Head of Google Germany, Switzerland and Austria, Holger Meyer, went on-the-record and stated that the UK was to receive a new 'local' button to its search engine 'later in the year.'"

Peter Hayes. Google.co.uk Goes Local. The Register. April 12, 2005.

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April 14, 2005

Tagging Systems Flourish

"As you read this, millions of individuals are working under their own volition to create a new Dewey Decimal System for the internet.

"In the process -- perhaps without even realizing it -- they are laying the groundwork for a new contextual online advertising paradigm called 'Tagvertising.'

"The consumer phenomenon is called 'tagging' or 'folksonomies' (short for folks and taxonomy). Tagging is powerful because consumers are creating an organizational structure for online content. Folksonomies not only enable people to file away content under tags, but more importantly also share it with others by filing it under a global taxonomy that they created."

Steve Rubel. Tagvertising = Blogging 2.0?. Webpronews.com. April 13, 2005.

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Faculty Council Encourages Open Access Publishing

"The Internet has provoked sweeping changes in music, journalism, medicine and personal communications.

"Now, the research community is seeing the beginnings of similar changes.

"The UNC Faculty Council recently passed a resolution asking professors to publish their research in open-access journals that offer articles free of charge, another unique spawn of online innovation."

Greg Steen. Faculty Touts Online Journals. DTH Online. April 11, 2005.

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House Bill Bars FEC's Power Over Bloggers

"Political bloggers and other online commentators are gaining more support in the U.S. Congress.

"Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Texas Republican, introduced a bill Wednesday that would prevent the federal government from extending campaign finance laws to the Internet.

"The bill mirrors a companion measure in the Senate that was introduced last month by Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat. Both would effectively rewrite a 2002 campaign finance law popularly known as McCain-Feingold in a way that would bar the Federal Election Commission from regulating political Web sites."

Declan McCullagh. New House Bill Protects Political Bloggers. News.com. April 13, 2005.

See also:
RedState.org. Online Freedom of Speech Act Introduced in House. April 13, 2005.

Declan McCullagh. Feds Get Set for Net Rules. News.com. March 24, 2005.

Declan McCullagh. Internet Election Rules Could be Blocked. News.com. March 21, 2005.

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Has the Internet Rendered Press Bans Futile?

"A Canadian publication ban and an American blogger clashed last week. The court-ordered ban did not survive the impact. The blogger was overwhelmed with visitors.

"And what had been Canada's own private scandal - so private Canadians had been prevented from hearing about it in full - fast traveled the borderless blogosphere."

Rondi Adamson. Borderless Blogs vs. Canada Press Ban. Christian Science Monitor. April 13, 2005.

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VoIP Pioneer Faces Competition

"Who becomes the 21st century equivalent of Ma Bell is anybody's bet right now. The current U.S. Internet telephony leader, Vonage, launched in 2001 and says it has about 600,000 lines in service.

"But Vonage's advantage, a recently unleashed TV and online advertising blitz notwithstanding, may not last long.

"Among rivals nipping at its heels are cable TV and traditional phone companies that already have relationships with millions of consumers and are well positioned to bundle together TV, Internet access and telephony."

Matthew Fordahl. Vonage to Get Internet Phone Competition. USA Today. April 13, 2005.

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April 13, 2005

How Google Print and Scholar Will Change Librarianship

"Within one month Google announced two projects that will have profound implications for the future of librarianship.

"First up in November 2004 was Google Scholar, which aims to provide access to scholarly materials via the crisp and familiar Google search box. Soon the Scholar buzz was overshadowed by the December announcement that Google has entered into a partnership to digitize the materials of five leading research libraries: Harvard, Oxford, Michigan, Stanford, and the New York Public Library. The principal rationale for this project is that it will democratize access to the intellectual resources of elite institutions.

"The library material represents a radical expansion of the Google Print program. Google Print continues to generate significant discussion. One recent example is the March 2005 issue of American Libraries, which features a colloquium entitled, "Google at the Gate." Because of this, it is essential that we critically examine both the benefits and shortcomings of Google Scholar and Google Print."

Marcus A. Banks. The Excitement of Google Scholar, The Worry of Google Print. Biomedical Digital Libraries. March 22, 2005.

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Good News for Open Access Journals

"Despite concerns about the ethics of pay-for-play publishing, the number of open-access academic and medical journals is growing at a fast clip.

"In January, an open-access pioneer announced it would more than double the number of journals it offers. Meanwhile, Blackwell Publishing, the world's largest publisher of academic society journals, is dipping its toes into open access, and the number of free journals has grown by about 300 over the last few months.

"At least 1,525 journals provide free access, making up 5 to 10 percent of the world's journals. The free journals are gaining influence too: Thomson Scientific, which tracks academic publishing, found they're commonly cited by other journals, suggesting that they're well-read. Meanwhile, other journals are opening their archives to readers for free."

Randy Dotinga. Open-Access Journals Flourish. Wired News. April 11, 2005.

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Copyright Law's Impact on Orphan Works

"Veteran filmmaker Robert Goodman is working on a documentary about the first pop culture phenomenon of the 20th century: American picture postcards. But securing permission to use many of these works -- photos and illustrations that are around 100 years old -- is an impossible task, as many of the original owners are unknown or dead, or the publishing companies no longer exist.

"The uncertainty of copyright ownership means Goodman, an Emmy-nominated director with a long career in film, photography and writing, is facing substantial costs, a lot of tedious research and, if he's really unlucky, lawsuits."

Katie Dean. Copyright Reform to Free Orphans?. Wired News. April 12, 2005.

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How to Keep Google Searches Confidential

"One of the most common questions I see about Google is 'How do I clear my search history from the Google search box?'

"If you're one of the many it seems that have search terms you'd prefer to hide from other users of your computer, this article is for you."

Mark Fleming. Maintaining Privacy In Google. WebProNews. April 12, 2005.

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Search Engine Copywriting Tips

"Search engine copywriting has become an extremely important part of the overall search engine optimization process. However, in addition, search engine copywriting has developed into a misunderstood craft.

"Shoving keywords in anywhere they can possibly go is not considered search engine copywriting. The process is more defined than that. Successful SEO copywriting takes planning.

"Any half-hearted efforts at writing copy geared strictly toward the engines will usually result in a decline in your customer's experience at your site."

Karon Thackston. Creating A Search Engine Copywriting Plan. ISEDB.com. April 11, 2005.

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Forrester Predicts Digital Audio Growth

"Satellite radio subscriptions are likely to climb to more than 20 million in the next five years, driven by early adopters of the technology with above-average incomes, according to a study released on Tuesday.

"After that, however, the industry will have to consider price reductions or other measures to sustain rapid growth, the study concluded."

Paul Bond. Digital Audio's Future Loud, Clear. Reuters. April 13, 2005.

See also:
Dinesh C. Sharma. Study: Digital Audio to Surge. ZDNet. April 12, 2005.

Forrester. Forrester Research Defines The Future Of Digital Audio — New Report Forecasts Growth Of Satellite Radio And Podcasting. (Press Release.) April 12, 2005.

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Yahoo Launches Free Business Web Site Program

"Yahoo is expanding its Yahoo Local search service by providing a free web site to business owners that will automatically be integrated into Yahoo Local listings.

"The new program is available to any U.S. business that has a physical presence and serves a local area. Yahoo is specifically targeting the estimated 50% of businesses in the U.S. that do not have a web site—more than 10 million in all, according to the Kelsey Group."

Chris Sherman. Yahoo Offers Free Business Web Sites. SearchEngineWatch. April 13, 2005.

See also:
Stefanie Olsen. Yahoo Offers Free Hosting to Small Businesses. News.com. April 12, 2005.

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Survey: Censor Blogs Yet Provide Journalist Protection

"Most Americans believe bloggers should not be allowed to publish sensitive personal information about individuals, according to a new survey.

"Web hosting company Hostway this week released the results of its poll of 2,500 respondents on blogging. Eighty percent of respondents did not believe that bloggers should be allowed to publish home addresses and other personal information about private citizens.

"A further 72 percent favoured censorship of personal information about celebrities, and 68 percent information about elected or appointed government officials such as judges or mayors."

Renai LeMay. Blog Censorship Wins Support. ZDNet Australia. April 13, 2005.

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Stage Set for Digital Newspaper War

"As Yahoo Inc. editors plan updates this week to their popular online news service, a computer program at Google Inc. tirelessly scours the Web for items to display on the company's competing news site.

"Few endeavors highlight the differences between Yahoo and Google — two of the most popular destinations on the Internet — more than their approach to news.

"Although Yahoo News is the most visited news site by U.S. Web surfers, Google News is one of the fastest growing, setting the stage for the Digital Age equivalent of an old-fashioned newspaper war."

Chris Gaither. Web Giants Go With Different Angles in Competition for News Audience. LATimes.com. April 12, 2005.

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April 12, 2005

Tagging as a New Classification System

"Melvil Dewey had it easy. In 1876, when he created his famous system of ordering information, the Dewey Decimal Classification System, there weren't Web sites, video clips or blogs. Today's digital world—where millions of items are generated on an hourly basis, and even fantastic search engines can't find all the good stuff—is tougher to organize than a herd of Democrats.

"But Internet pundits now claim a solution: let the people do the categorizing. Using a practice called tagging, we can collectively label everything from great literature to pictures of your puppy. Bye-bye, Dewey. Hello, do-it-yourself."

Steven Levy. In the New Game of Tag, All of Us Are It. Newsweek. April 18, 2005.

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More Cities Adopt WiFi Plans

"Nobody doubts the benefits of Wi-Fi broadband technology. No longer is a computer user tethered to a wire in order to surf the Web. All you need is to be within range of a Wi-Fi hotspot, and thousands are sprouting up—at airports, parks, hotels, bookstores, coffee shops, college campuses. Business travelers rely on them. Students need them. Everybody with a PC likes them.

"The telecoms, while deploying Wi-Fi in ever more places, won't likely be solving the problem soon because they target lucrative, high-density markets to make a profit. Instead, municipalities have begun creating hotspots themselves, as a way to reach lower-density and lower-income areas that a profit-making company would ignore."

John Ness. Wi-Fi Clouds Arrive. Newsweek. April 18, 2005.

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Media Supports Bloggers in Apple Squabble

"A collection of media organizations has urged a California appeals court to overturn a ruling that would allow Apple Computer to subpoena records from a Mac enthusiast site.

The 'friend of the court' (.pdf) filing follows a decision last month by a California superior court judge who ruled that Apple could subpoena the e-mail records of PowerPage in an attempt to uncover who at Apple leaked confidential information about an unreleased music hardware device code-named Asteroid. The judge's ruling is being appealed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on behalf of three online journalists whose records Apple is seeking.

Ina Fried. Media Groups, ISPs Side Against Apple in Dispute. ZDNet. April 11, 2005.

See also:
Ina Fried, and John Borland. Judge: Apple Can Pursue Fan Site Sources. ZDNet. March 11, 2005.

John Borland. EFF Appeals Apple Fan Site Ruling. ZDNet. March 22, 2005.

Electronic Frontier Foundation. Bloggers Speak Up in Apple Case. Deep Links. April 11, 2005.

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Reporters Committee Files Brief Supporting Journalists Subpoenaed by Apple Over Marketing Plans. (Press Release.) April 11, 2005.

Court of Appeal of the State of California Sixth Appellate District. Jason O'Grady, Monish Bhatia and Kasper Jade v. Superior Court of the State of California, County of Santa Clara. (.pdf) April 7, 2005.

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BBC to Launch Creative Archive Project

"The word archive has an old, dusty feel about it; there seems nothing very dynamic, nothing much to stimulate young people or spark anyone's creativity. But in the world of UK television and film, the impact of archive material is about to take on a new dimension.

"The BBC, Channel 4, the British Film Institute (BFI) and the Open University have joined together to create the creative archive licence, which launches later this week."

Kate Bulkley. Creative Licence. Guardian Unlimited. April 11, 2005.

Informitv. BBC Creative Licence on Archive Copyright. April 11, 2005.

Update: Creative Commons. Creative Archive Licence Group Launches. (Press Release.) April 13, 2005. (The Creative Archive Licence Group is available online here.)

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RSS for Automated Web Surfing

"The way people find websites, blogs, and other content they like on the net is changing.

"While the majority still seek out sites of interest through search engines and keep addresses bookmarked, others increasingly use 'RSS' feeds. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It is a way of keeping automatically aware of website updates.

"Like sushi restaurant conveyor belts, it delivers content to people so they can easily pick what they want to read."

Jo Twist. Turning the Web into 'Sushi Belts'. BBC News. April 11, 2005.

See also:
BBC News. RSS Feed (Really Simple Syndication).

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April 11, 2005

National Library Week 2005

National Library Week is underway this week and libraries throughout the nation are celebrating with special events.

The Marin County Free Library has posted several links available this week, including songs about libraries and librarians and an annotated filmography of librarians in the movies.

The Herb Society of America has posted interesting facts and quotes about libraries.

Thompson Gale is offering free access to 30 databases for library patrons this week.

LexisNexis has a has continued with a sixth edition National Library Week "Toolkit" available for libraries to promote a partnership.

Also, ebrary is offering libraries free access to a unique collection of library science titles for a year.

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Yahoo! Finance. ebrary Supports National Library Week, Provides ALA Members with Free Access to Library Science Collection. (Press Release.) April 7, 2005.

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File Sharing Discussion at NYPL

"The tickets for the event Thursday sold out in five minutes on the Internet, and on the evening itself the lines stretched down the block. The reverent young fans might as well have been holding cellphones aloft as totems of their fealty.

"Then again, this was the New York Public Library, a place of very high ceilings and even higher cultural aspirations, so the rock concert vibe created some dissonance. Inside, things became clearer as two high priests of very different tribes came together to address the question of 'Who Owns Culture?' - a discussion of digital file-sharing sponsored by Wired magazine, part of a library series called 'Live From the NYPL.'

"Both Jeff Tweedy, the leader of the fervently followed rock band Wilco, and Lawrence Lessig, a Stanford University law professor who has opposed criminalizing file sharing, seemed to agree that just about anybody who owns a modem also owns - or at least has every right to download - culture products."

David Carr. Exploring the Right to Share, Mix and Burn. The New York Times. April 9, 2005.

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XM, AOL Partner for Online Radio Service

"America Online, the world's largest online service, on Monday plans to announce a deal with XM Satellite Radio to launch a new online radio service that will deliver about 200 radio channels.

"The service, which will offer 200 channels streamed over the Web in CD-quality sound for a monthly fee beginning this summer, will be a combination of existing stations from both partners, AOL said."

Kenneth Li. AOL, XM to Launch Online Radio Service. Reuters. April 11, 2005.

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Gannon/Guckert Agitates Panel

"Jeff Gannon, the former White House reporter for Talon News, a conservative online news outlet, has once again roiled the Washington journalism establishment.

"Gannon, whose actual name is James Dale Guckert, resigned two months ago after gaining notoriety for using a fake name while working as a reporter covering the White House. Though he had no journalism experience and previously worked as an escort, he managed to ask President Bush a question at a nationally televised news conference.

"On Friday, with an invitation from the National Press Club, he appeared on a panel about bloggers and journalists."

Dawn Withers. Ex-White House Reporter is Lightning Rod on Panel About Blogs. Chicago Tribune. April 10, 2005.

Joe Strupp. 'Gannon' Appears at National Press Club, Draws Heat. Editor & Publisher. April 9, 2005.

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MTV Tests Internet Channel

"MTV is launching a free 'channel' on the internet that will show some of the station's TV programmes, including reality hit The Osbournes.

"The MTV Overdrive website will let users with high-speed computer connections watch music videos and extended programmes on demand."

BBC News. MTV to Launch Internet 'Channel'. April 7, 2005.

See also:
Kathleen Anderson and Chris Marlowe. MTV Site Revs Into Overdrive. Reuters. April 7, 2005.

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April 10, 2005

A9.com CEO Offers Views on Search's Future

The WashingtonPost.com has published a transcript of a live chat session with A9 Search's CEO Udi Manber. The chat session occurred Thursday at 1 p.m. EST.

Question: Is fostering a sense of community, or social bonds between users, a goal for A9?

Or do you envision search remaining a solitary activity?

Udi Manber: I am a strong believer in developing communities on the web. In fact, the web is what it is today mostly because communities were encouraged right from the beginning. One example of what we are doing in this area is our OpenSearch initiative, where we allow anyone to publish and syndicate search results though an extension to RSS. As a result, more than a hundred different search columns were added by users to A9, and every user can select any one of them as part of their search results.

Leslie Walker and Udi Manber. The Future of Web Search. WashingtonPost.com. April 7, 2005.

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Search Becomes Semantic

"Imagine you were suffering from a bad case of tennis elbow and wanted to find a doctor who could see you on Saturday. A simple Google search for "doctors" would find some referral services, but it would also produce pages of doctor jokes and medical associations.

"To solve that problem, we need a search system that doesn't just process and parse our language, but understands it; programs that don't just match your search terms but intuitively recognize context to deliver what you're really looking for. Fortunately, engineers and researchers around the world are already at work to bring about this system, and they call it the semantic Web."

David M. Ewalt. The Evolution Of Web Search. Forbes.com. April 6, 2005.

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April 09, 2005

EFF Publishes Guide to Safe Blogging

"Blogs are like personal telephone calls crossed with newspapers. They're the perfect tool for sharing your favorite chocolate mousse recipe with friends--or for upholding the basic tenets of democracy by letting the public know that a corrupt government official has been paying off your boss.

"If you blog, there are no guarantees you'll attract a readership of thousands. But at least a few readers will find your blog, and they may be the people you'd least want or expect. These include potential or current employers, coworkers, and professional colleagues; your neighbors; your spouse or partner; your family; and anyone else curious enough to type your name, email address or screen name into Google or Feedster and click a few links.

"The point is that anyone can eventually find your blog if your real identity is tied to it in some way. And there may be consequences."

Electronic Frontier Foundation. How to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else). April 6, 2005.

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Slate Profiles Brewster Kahle

"Search-engine wiz and dot-com multimillionaire Brewster Kahle founded the Internet Archive in 1996 with a dream as big as the bridge: He wanted to back up the Internet. There were only 50 million or so URLs back then, so the idea only seemed half-crazy. As the Web ballooned to more than 10 billion pages, the archive's main server farm -- hidden across town in a data center beneath San Francisco's other big bridge -- grew to hold a half-million gigabytes of compressed and indexed pages.

"Kahle is less the Internet's crazy aunt than its evangelical librarian. Like it or not, the Web is the world's library now, and Kahle doesn't trust the guys who shelve the books. They're obsessed with posting new pages, not preserving old ones. Every day, Kahle laments, mounds of data get purged from the Web: government documents, personal sites, corporate communications, message boards, news reports that weren't printed on paper. For most surfers, once a page disappears from Google's cache it no longer exists."

Paul Boutin. The Archivist. Slate. April 7, 2005.

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Google Adds Natural Language Q&A; Feature

"Google Inc. on Thursday began delivering factual answers for some queries at the top of its results page, to save users from having to navigate over to other sites and look for the information.

"For example, if a user enters the query 'Portugal population,' Google returns the answer -- 10.5 million -- along with a link to the Web page where the information came from, which in this case is the population page of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's Factbook.

"A small percentage of queries currently trigger these factual answers, but the service, called Google Q&A;, is in its early stages, said Peter Norvig, Google's director of search quality."

Juan Carlos Perez. Google Intros Q&A; Service. MacWorld. April 7, 2005.

See also:
Susan Kuchinskas. Google Adds Answers, Augments Maps. InternetNews.com. April 7, 2005.

Jonathan Betz. Just the Facts, Fast. Google Blog. April 7, 2005.

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Philly Unveils Public Wireless Plan

"The city of Philadelphia on Thursday unveiled a plan to transform its streets and neighbourhoods into a gigantic wireless Internet hotspot.

"If approved, the project (.pdf) will offer low-cost wireless broadband access throughout the city's 135-square-mile area. The city will build out the infrastructure and then sell wholesale access to Internet service providers, telecommunications companies and non-profit organisations.

"ISPs and other providers will handle all billing, marketing, customer service and the at-home equipment needed to pick up the signals."

Jim Hu and Marguerite Reardon. Philadelphia Pushes on with Wi-Fi Plan. ZDNet. April 8, 2005.

See also:
Michelle Chen. Philly to Defy Telecom Giants, Set Up Public Wireless Network. The New Standard. April 8, 2005.

Michael Hinkelman. Mayor Unveils Plan for City to Go Wireless. Philly.com. April 8, 2005.

John Hurdle. Philadelphia Plans First U.S. Citywide Wi-Fi Network. Reuters. April 7, 2005.

MuniWireless.com. Philadelphia Announces Business Plan and RFP: Interview with Dianah Neff. April 7, 2005.

Philadelphia Business Journal. Philadelphia Lays Out Plan for Wireless City. April 7, 2005.

Wireless Philadelphia Executive Committee. Business Plan. (.pdf).

Wireless Philadelphia Executive Committee. Request for Proposal. (.pdf).

Wireless Philadelphia Executive Committee. Fact Sheet.

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Patriot Act Specifics Not Known

"Time isn't easing concerns over the enhanced law-enforcement powers of the USA Patriot Act, judging by the debate that's firing up on Capitol Hill over the renewal of its expiring provisions.

"President Bush calls the Patriot Act an invaluable tool in the war on terror, but, until this week, little was known about where, why, or how often the law has been applied.

"At the same time, confusion persists over what the law actually does. Critics sometimes conflate Patriot Act provisions with other controversial moves, such as indefinite detentions at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, that have nothing to do with the act."

Gail Russell Chaddock. Patriot Act: What's Not Known Feeds Debate. Christian Science Monitor. April 7, 2005.

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Search for Consumer-Posted Thoughts & Opinions

"A new category of software tools has emerged that uses search engine technology to find and organize consumer-posted thoughts and opinions. These tools not only help marketers discover what is being said about their companies and brands, they also allow them to use that insight to drive new campaigns and even develop new products.

"You can't use Google News or Yahoo News to find this content, typically posted to blogs, message boards or opinion sites. The major news search engines don't consider most of these types of sites to be news sources.

"This was the main topic addressed by 'Blogs, Boards, and Posts: Capturing Consumer Buzz Online' panel."

Greg Jarboe. Blogs, Boards, and Posts: Capturing Consumer Buzz Online. SearchEngineWatch. April 7, 2005.

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Blogger's Malfunctions Frustrate Users

"What's up with Blogger, the institution that is eponymous with the media phenomenon it helped spawn?

"Lately, it seems like almost every time you tune into your favorite Blogger-hosted blog to catch up on the latest gossip, meme, political diatribe or cybersnark, you find that the site is frozen in time. Or, there are multiple posts with identical content. Since Blogger, which is owned and operated by that sleek geek machine, Google, is a lot like a public utility, when it goes down, so do the lights on a large swatch of the blogosphere.

"The result: a lot of irate netizens."

Adam L. Penenberg. Bloggers Pitch Fits Over Glitches. Wired News. April 7, 2005.

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April 08, 2005

Microsoft Launches Blogging, Messenger Services

"Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled new versions of its instant messaging and blogging services with beefed-up community, video, search and advertising features.

"In partnership with Logitech, MSN Messenger now offers full-screen videoconferencing capabilities with new technology that promises to establish connections between two people more easily, including across firewalls.

"MSN Messenger users can now share in the IM window search results from Microsoft's proprietary search technology."

Evan Hansen. MSN Mixes Advertisers with Blogs. News.com. April 7, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hicks. MSN Moves Blog Service Out of Beta. eWeek. April 7, 2005.

Allison Linn. Microsoft Makes Big Advertising Push. HeraldNet. April 7, 2005.

Kim Peterson. MSN Spreads Its Message. Seattle Times. April 7, 2005.

Loren Baker. MSN Spaces and Messenger Open Up to Advertisers. SearchEngineJournal. April 7, 2005.

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Newspapers Brand RSS Tools

"Online news aggregators like Google News are a blessing and a curse for the newspaper industry.

"On one hand, news aggregators can deliver big traffic when they link to a site. On the other, consumers are turning to Google and Yahoo for their news, rather than to the individual newspapers the aggregators link to.

"But now several newspapers are about to take on news aggregators at their own game, offering their own branded newsreaders."

John Gartner. The Need for Feed(s). Wired News. April 7, 2005.

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AOL Launches Internet Phone Service

"America Online Inc. today plans to offer local and long-distance phone service via the Internet in Washington and 43 other cities, the latest entry in an increasingly crowded market that includes the major cable and telecommunications companies.

"AOL's new product is designed to work like regular phone service except that calls are routed over high-speed Internet connections. Setting up the service requires users to have AOL software on their computers."

David A. Vise. AOL to Introduce Internet Phone Service. WashingtonPost.com. April 7, 2005.

See also:
Tom Spring. AOL Answers the VoIP Call. PC World. April 7, 2005.

Sam Diaz. AOL Enters VoIP Arena. San Jose Mercury News. April 7, 2005.

Chris Richardson. AOL Introduces VOIP Service. WebProNews. April 7, 2005.

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Growth of VoIP Poses Risk

"Dr. Shashi Phoha, director of the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, said she thinks that the growth of VOIP technology brings with it some significant risks that users need to be prepared to address.

"'The vulnerabilities are severe,' she said, pointing to a list that included ways to spoof or spy that aren't easily available on regular phones."

Wayne Rash. 'Severe' Vulnerabilities Are Possible in VOIP, Official Warns. eWeek. April 5, 2005.

See also:
Wayne Rash. SPIT Into This, Please. eWeek. March 16, 2005.

Wayne Rash. VOIP Panel Seeks Standard. eWeek. April 5, 2005.

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BlogRunner's Back with Distributed News Site

"A resource for news junkies reappeared overnight offering an encyclopedic portal of online news sites.

"BlogRunner.com first launched in late 2003 and then went offline last year. Now it's back offering links to news stories and the Web logs that mention them. It returned with a new special section called the New York Times Annotated, which monitors blog postings referring to articles in the Times."

Frank Barnako. BlogRunner a rival to Google News. MarketWatch. April 5, 2005.

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April 07, 2005

U.S. Blogger Breaches Canadian Publication Ban

"Canada's long-standing practice of barring news organizations from disclosing what's happening in certain court proceedings is being tested by Internet bloggers.

"A Canadian commission that's investigating charges of high-level wrongdoing in the nation's Liberal Party has ordered news organizations not to reveal details from the proceedings, which are open to the public.

"But Ed Morrissey, a conservative Web logger in Minneapolis, has been gleefully violating the ban by posting detailed reports of the verboten 'Adscam' testimony.

"Public revelation of Adscam, which involves allegations of corruption and illegal campaign contributions, could end the Liberal Party's precarious grasp on power and force new elections this summer."

Declan McCullagh. U.S. Blogger Thwarts Canadian Gag Order. News.com. April 5, 2005.

See also:
Stephanie Rubec. AdScam Leak on Web. Toronto Sun. April 4, 2005.

Update: Clifford Krauss. A Blog Written From Minneapolis Rattles Canada's Liberal Party. The New York Times. April 7, 2005.

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More Patriot Act Disclosure Needed

"More information is dribbling out about the exercise of extraordinary powers granted to federal police nearly four years ago as part of the war on terror.

"As the Bush administration this week called on Congress to expand the USA Patriot Act, it disclosed how two of the most controversial sections of the law have been wielded by police."

Declan McCullagh. Feds Uncloak the Patriot Act. News.com. April 5, 2005.

See also:
National Public Radio. Senate Panel Debates Patriot Act Provisions. Day to Day. April 5, 2005.

Eric Lichtblau.Justice Dept. Defends Patriot Act Before Senate Hearings. The New York Times. April 5, 2005.

U.S. Department of Justice. Fact Sheet:USA PATRIOT ACT Provisions Set for Reauthorization. April 5, 2005.

U.S. Department of Justice. Department of Justice Releases New Numbers on Section 213 of the PATRIOT ACT. April 4, 2005.

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Hacking for PSP has Begun

"Sony Corp.'s new PlayStation Portable is turning into a great tool for Web browsing, comics reading and online chat -- and it also happens to play video games, movies and music, if you prefer that sort of thing.

"The $249 PSP handheld video game player went on sale in the United States on March 24, and it took very little time before techies added the kinds of functions to the PSP that Sony did not include -- and may never have intended."

Ben Berkowitz. Hackers add Web, Chat to PSP. Reuters. April 5, 2005.

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Google Maps Adds Satellite Imagery

"Google has added satellite technology to its mapping service, in a move to outdo competitors Yahoo, Ask Jeeves and others.

"The new satellite feature allows consumers to get an aerial photo snapshot of the location for which they are searching. People can enter an address and click on the 'Satellite link to view an area, zoom in or see neighboring locations by moving the cursor."

Dawn Kawamoto. Google Adds Satellite Images to Maps. News.com. April 5, 2005.

See also:
Associated Press. Google Adds Satellite Maps To Search. InternetWeek.com. April 5, 2005.

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Wikis Speed Information Flow

"There is a public Web site where people can find a Web log written by some prominent members of the government information technology community. Visitors can view a list of officials in the CIO Council's Communities of Practice and read ongoing revisions to a major government document, the data reference model. Members of the public also are contributing to the discussions.

"An emerging technology called 'wiki' makes this collaboration possible. Wiki technology creates what is essentially a public Web log, one which anyone with a Web browser can add to or modify."

Aliya Sternstein. Wiki Means Fast. FCW. April 4, 2005.

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Google Adds Advertising Channel Tool

"Google recently introduced a 'cross-channel conversion tracker' feature to AdWords that allows search marketers to track the campaigns for both Google and non-Google advertising in the same interface."

No author. Google Intros Cross-Campaign Tracking. MarketingVOX. April 4, 2005.

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WiFi Projects to Serve Mobile Workforce

"As more workers discover the joys of becoming connected and, simultaneously, untethered, IT execs are expanding WiFi projects to better serve this growing constituency.

"To accommodate a growing mobile workforce, more companies are installing wireless LANs (WLANs). While organizations initially deployed wireless on a trial basis or to meet the needs of just a few users, now they are making it a standard part of their IT infrastructure."

Drew Robb. Coping with a Mobile Workforce. CIO Update. March 30, 2005.

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April 06, 2005

Google Plans Video Upload

"Google will begin archiving personal video clips as part of its ever-expanding search service, company co-founder Larry Page said Monday.

"'We're going to start taking video submissions from people' in the next few days, Page told a crowd at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association show here. Later, in response to a reporter's question, he called the move an 'experiment in video blogging.'"

Jim Hu. Google Queues up Video. News.com. April 4, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hicks. Google to Expand Video Search. eWeek. April 4, 2005.

Paul Kapustka. Google To Host Home-Video Uploads. Advanced IP Pipeline. April 4, 2005.

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Practice of Tagging Catches on Fast

"Joshua Schachter used to be a lot like the rest of us online. When he surfed the Web, he'd zip through interesting articles only to find that days later he couldn't remember where he had seen the stories or sites that had caught his interest. Unlike most of us, though, the 30-year-old New Yorker is a software programmer -- so he did something about this lapse in memory.

"A little over two years ago, Schachter created a program that let him tag Web links using words he would remember and then store them for easy access. So when Schachter saw a story about, say, the music videos of Icelandic singer Bjork, he would slap a 'music' tag on it and file it away.

"What makes tags more powerful than a Web bookmark is that they can be shared easily with other people."

Heather Green and Robert D. Hof. Picking Up Where Search Leaves Off. BusinessWeek Online. April 11, 2005.

See also:
Hans-Peter Brøndmo. How Will Tags Color the Web?. ClickZNews. April 4, 2005.

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Archivists Campaign for NARA's Grant Program

"Archivists and historians nationwide are mounting a major campaign to stop the dismantling of the National Archives and Records Administration's grants program, which is responsible for electronic records research.

Office of Management and Budget officials slashed all funding for the 70-year-old National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) in President Bush's proposed fiscal 2006 budget. In addition to e-records research, NHPRC funds historical projects.

Aliya Sternstein. E-records Research in Jeopardy. FCW. March 28, 2005.

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Despite Outcry Private Data Widely Available

"Want someone else's Social Security number?

"It's $35 at www.secret-info.com. It's $45 at www.Iinfosearch.com, where users can also sign up for a report containing an individual's credit-card charges, as well as an e-mail with other "tips, secrets & spy info!" The Web site Gum-shoes.com promises that "if the information is out there, our licensed investigators can find it."

"Although Social Security numbers are one of the most powerful pieces of personal information an identity thief can possess, they remain widely available and inexpensive despite public outcry and the threat of a congressional crackdown after breaches at large information brokers.

Jonathan Krim. Net Aids Access to Sensitive ID Data. WashingtonPost.com. April 4, 2005.

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April 05, 2005

Yahoo Moves Toward Multimedia

"Five years ago, a handful of companies with names like Pop, Pseudo and Icebox promised a future when original shows produced for the Internet would replace traditional TV viewing. The dot-com bust deflated those grand ambitions.

"But the vision of creating unique, interactive multimedia programming for a generation weaned on video games is very much alive at Yahoo Inc.

"The giant Internet portal isn’t talking about its plans for content. But analysts suggest a profound shift may be at work, with Yahoo using its enormous reach to force Hollywood studios, among other video creators, to produce programming with the Internet in mind."

Associated Press. Yahoo Raises Eyebrows with Hollywood Push. MSNBC News. April 3, 2005.

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An Experiment in Citizen Journalism

"Bluffton will get its own hometown newspaper next month.

"A new Web site, www.blufftontoday.com, will be launched in conjunction with the new paper."

No author. New Paper Coming to Town. LowcountryNow.com. April 4, 2005.

See also:
Bluffton Today. About BlufftonToday.com and the Bluffton Today Newspaper. March 25, 2005.

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Pope Embraced Modern Technology

"While Pope John Paul II will largely be remembered for his influence on social issues ranging from euthanasia to AIDS, he also earned a place in history as the first pontiff to embrace computer technology."

CNET News.com Staff. Pope's Influence Includes Technology Firsts. News.com. April 2, 2005.

See also:
Ben Charny. Pope to Ping the Faithful. News.com. April 6, 2004.

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MSpot Unveils Multimedia for Phones

"Start-up MSpot hopes to take on the fledgling satellite radio industry with a new service that delivers streaming news, talk and music programming to mobile phones.

"Palo Alto, Calif.-based MSpot is set to launch its MSpot Radio service on Monday, initially targeting customers of Sprint's PCS Vision mobile phone service."

'David Becker. New Service Brings Radio to Phones. News.com. April 3, 2005.

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Patriot Act Debate Begins This Week

"If you thought the congressional debate over Terri Schiavo was intense, wait until the one over the Patriot Act begins this week.

"Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are kicking off what promises to be a tumultuous series of hearings about whether to renew key sections of the controversial 2001 law.

"Roughly half of the law is set to expire on Dec. 31."

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

Related:
Mark Sherman. Record Number of Teror Warrants Approved. SFGate.com. April 1, 2005.

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Google Hacking Unveils Confidential Files

"Insecure websites are not the only venues at risk from Google-hacking. Network hardware can be hacked, cached printing pages can be perused and security cameras snooped on thanks to evolutions in attack techniques that are dumbing down network attacks.

"So-called Google hacking - named after the search engine - relies on employing carefully crafted combination of search terms to unveil potentially confidential files. The technique not particularly recent (we first wrote about it more than two years ago); but it's evolving to become an even greater source of mischief."

John Leyden. Hacking Google for Fun and Profit. The Register. April 4, 2005.

See also:
Thomas C. Greene. The Google Attack Engine. The Register. Nov. 28, 2005.

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April 04, 2005

SMS, E-mail Used to Announce Holy Father's Passing

"It took just minutes for the Vatican to alert the world's media of Pope John Paul's death -- using text messages and email so the 2,000-year-old Church could meet the new demands of real-time news.

"Just a quarter of an hour after the Pope was pronounced dead Saturday at 9:37 p.m., the Vatican sent journalists an SMS message alerting them to a pending statement."

Phil Stewart. Vatican Used SMS, Email to Announce Pope's Death. Reuters. April 3, 2005.

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Copyright Office Posts Orphan Works Comments

The U.S. Copyright Office has posted 711 unique comments in response to the "Orphan Works" inquiry.

Attribution: SNTReport.com first discovered news of these comments through a posting in Lessig Blog, edited by Lawrence Lessig.

U.S. Copyright Office. Orphan Works Comments.

See also:
Federal Register. Library of Congress, Copyright Office: Orphan Works. Jan. 26, 2005.

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Search Engine Watch Announces Awards

"The Search Engine Watch Awards recognize outstanding achievements in search via the web. The winners for accomplishments during 2004 are below:

Danny Sullivan. 5th Annual Search Engine Watch Awards. SearchEngineWatch. March 31, 2005.

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Vertical Search Narrows Target Info

"Many search engines remain daunting as users try to find the most relevant information from the hundreds of thousands of pages that can be produced by a single search. This broad approach is gradually giving way to narrower searches, with even the biggest companies, such as Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft's MSN, offering separate searches for shopping and local information.

"It's a huge task, but vertical-search engines are finally helping people narrow their searches to find the kind of targeted information they're seeking."

Michael Cohn. Vertical Search Engines Target New Niches. InternetWeek.com. April 1, 2005.

Related:
Mike Shields. LookSmart Adding Five Vertical Search Engines. MediaWeek. March 29, 2005.

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Viacom Launches CBS Digital Media

"Viacom's CBS has reorganized all of its Web and digital properties under a single, newly created division. It has hired MarketWatch founder Larry Kramer to head the unit.

"The division, called CBS Digital Media, will unify both programming and ad sales for CBS.com, CBS SportsLine.com, CBSNews.com, and UPN.com. Kramer will work closely with JoAnn Ross, president of CBS Network Sales, to bring together existing ad sales operations."

Pamela Parker. CBS Forms Digital Media Division. ClickZNews. April 1, 2005.

See also:
Paul Bond. MarketWatch's Kramer to Head CBS Digital Media. Reuters. March 31, 2005.

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April 02, 2005

Judiciary Committee to Analyze Patriot Act

"The tumultuous process of reviewing portions of the USA Patriot Act is about to begin. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Penn., said Thursday that his Judiciary Committee will begin a series of three hearings starting April 5 to examine the 2001 law and consider which sections should be renewed before their Dec. 31 expiration date."

Declan McCullagh. Patriot Act to be Scrutinized. News.com. March 31, 2005.

See also:
No author. PATRIOT Act Goes Too Far. Patriot-News. March 31, 2005.

American Library Association. USA PATRIOT ACT of 2001. Aug. 31, 2004.

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Future Holds Promise for Yahoo News

"There are two ways to view Yahoo News. One is to dismiss it as simply a collection of other people's journalism, slapped together and considered just another feature of a big Internet portal.

"The other is to sit in awe of a site that includes some of the best journalism created, packages it in a simple way with links to outside sources and balances human judgment with technological innovation."

Mark Glaser. Inside Yahoo News: The Aggregator Brings RSS to the Masses. Online Journalism Review. April 1, 2005.

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April 01, 2005

'Ramble' Allows Blogging from Cell Phones

"A new technology expected to launch in April promises to turn cellular phones into mobile blogging tools.

"The application, called 'Rabble,' streamlines the now-cumbersome process for publishing text or images from a cell phone to a Weblog. It also creates a way to search mobile blogs for items of interest -- from homes for sale in a particular neighborhood to updated tour information for a favorite band."

Dawn C. Chmielewski. Mobile Phones as Blog Tools. San Jose Mercury News. March 31, 2005.

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Sony Plans iTunes for Movies

"Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment is trying to develop and own the next iTunes--but for films.

"We want to set business models, pricing models, distribution models like (Apple Computer CEO Steve) Jobs did for music, but for the film industry," Michael Arrieta, senior vice president of Sony Pictures, said at the Digital Hollywood conference here."

Stefanie Olsen. Hollywood Seeks iTunes for Film. News.com. March 30, 2005.

No author. Sony Wants an 'iTunes for Movies'. BBC News. March 30, 2005.

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Bloggers Prefer Firefox

"While Firefox's global share of the Internet browser market remains in the single digits, according to widely cited Web-site statistics firms, the upstart browser is doing considerably better in the blog community.

"On Feb. 28, Web-analytics company OneStat.com reported that Firefox's global usage stood at 8.45% while Internet Explorer commanded 87.28% of the browser market. Ten days earlier, WebSideStory.com, another Web-analytics company, puts Firefox's figures at 5.69% and Internet Explorer's at 89.85%.

"Meanwhile, blogs tell a different story, which can be read as a sign of things to come or an aberration among the partisan minority."

Thomas Claburn. Firefox Thrives Among Bloggers. InformationWeek. March 30, 2005.

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March 31, 2005

Government Record System Raises Concerns

"An effort to digitize federal employees' personnel records is receiving a mixed response from organized labor leaders, who cite the easy access of the Internet as both a blessing and a curse.

"The National Treasury Employees Union issued a statement saying that union officials think that the Office of Personnel Management's plan to centralize agencies' personnel records in an online database makes sense, but they want more information on exactly how the system will work."

Daniel Pulliam. Unions Raise Concerns About Online Personnel Records System. GovExec. March 28, 2005.

See also:
Daniel Pulliam. OPM to set up centralized personnel records system. GovExec. Jan 21, 2005.

National Treasury Employees Union. NTEU Supports Planned Government Transition to Electronic Employee Personnel Files, But Seeks Briefing and Demonstration. (Press Release.) March 25, 2005.

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VeriSign Retains Control of .net Domain

"VeriSign has taken a major step toward retaining control of .net after beating out four rivals in a rating of the contenders seeking to run the Internet's third-largest domain.

"VeriSign Inc., of Mountain View, Calif., ranked the highest in a report (.pdf) released late Monday by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the main oversight body for the domain-name system. ICANN now will begin negotiating a registry agreement with VeriSign, a process that is expected to last about two weeks.

"Once an agreement is reached, the selection of VeriSign as the registry for .net could go before ICANN's board of directors as early as its scheduled meeting in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on April 8. ICANN also has begun accepting public comments on the report."

Matt Hicks. VeriSign Favored to Run Major Internet Domain. eWeek. March 29, 2005.

See also:

Jim Wagner and Michael Singer. VeriSign Retaining Stewardship of .net. InternetNews.com. March 29, 2005.

Anick Jesdanun. Panel: VeriSign Should Retain Domain Name Control. Globe and Mail. March 29, 2005.
ICANN. ICANN .net RFP Evaluation. (.pdf). March 2005.

ICANN. ICANN Publishes Telcordia Report on their Findings and Rankings for .NET. (Press Release.) March 28, 2005.

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Brazil Choses Linux Over Microsoft

"Since taking office two years ago, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has turned Brazil into a tropical outpost of the free software movement.

"Looking to save millions of dollars in royalties and licensing fees, Mr. da Silva has instructed government ministries and state-run companies to gradually switch from costly operating systems made by Microsoft and others to free operating systems, like Linux.

"On Mr. da Silva's watch, Brazil has also become the first country to require any company or research institute that receives government financing to develop software to license it as open-source, meaning the underlying software code must be free to all."

Todd Benson. Brazil: Free Software's Biggest and Best Friend. News.com. March 29, 2005.

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Juniper Buys VoIP Technology Company

"Juniper Networks announced on Tuesday that it plans to buy start-up Kagoor Networks for $67.5 million in cash to expand its portfolio of carrier products.

Juniper, a rival of networking giant Cisco Systems, will use technology from Kagoor to sell its communications equipment to telephone companies that plan to use Internet Protocol instead of traditional telephony technology to carry phone calls.

Marguerite Reardon. Juniper acquires IP telephony gear start-up. News.com. March 29, 2005.

See also:
Paula Musich. Juniper Buys VOIP Vendor for $67.5M. eWeek. March 29, 2005.

Paul Kapustka. Kagoor Buy Gives Juniper VoIP Smarts. InternetWeek. March 29, 2005.

Associated Press. Juniper to Buy Kagoor for $67.5M Deal. Forbes.com. March 29, 2005.

Juniper Networks. Juniper Networks, Inc. to Acquire Kagoor Networks. (Press Release.) March 29, 2005.

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March 30, 2005

Forrester: Usability Problems Curb Doctor Handheld Usage

"U.S. physicians are five times as likely as general consumers to use handheld computers, but less than a third of physicians who have mobile electronic medical records actually use them. That's the conclusion of a new report by Forrester Research that surveyed 1,331 physicians."

M.L. Baker. Doctors Using Handhelds, But Not for Medicine. CIO Insight. March 27, 2005.

See also:
Brian Fonseca. Medical Records' Digitization Offers a Quick Cure. eWeek. March 1, 2005.

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Software Searches VoIP Calls

"For the price of tailored advertisements, an Internet ad company is peddling free add-on features, including search capabilities, for conversations on Skype and other voice over Internet Protocol services.

"Privately held United Virtualities, based in New York, on Monday introduced downloadable software for recording and searching phone conversations via voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP--a relatively new technology for placing phone calls over a broadband connection.

"The application, called HotRecorder, also allows people to create a voice mail box for VoIP calls and to forward messages to e-mail in-boxes or cell phones."

Stefanie Olsen. Software Lets People Search VoIP Chitchat. News.com. March 28, 2005.

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IETF's Plans for the Net

"The body that oversees how the net works, grows and evolves says it has coped well with its growth in the last 10 years, but it is just the start.

"'In a sense, we have hardly started in reaching the whole population,' the new chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Brian Carpenter, says.

"With broadband take-up growing, services like voice and TV will open up interesting challenges for the net."

No author. Rolling Out Next Generation's Net. BBC News. March 26, 2005.

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Del.icio.us Screencast Available

"You had to know this was coming. Today's five-minute screencast is a whirlwind tour of del.icio.us from my own perspective as a power user."

John Udell. Del.icio.us: the Screencast. InfoWorld. March 14, 2005.

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March 29, 2005

Grafedia Connects the Web and Offline World

"What if the internet extended beyond computers and high-speed connections, with web pages expanding down city streets and onto the sides of buildings?

"This is the vision behind an interactive new media project called grafedia, which enables folks to make the world their canvas by publicly posting e-mail addresses or keywords that, when punched into certain mobile phones or an e-mail account, retrieve corresponding images.

"Created by John Geraci, a graduate student in New York University's interactive telecommunications program, grafedia is part public art, part advertisement and part subversion. It's also a newfangled take on old-fashioned graffiti.

Rachel Metz. It's Not Graffiti, It's Grafedia. Wired News. March 25, 2005.

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Desktop Search Tool's Key Differences

"The file-search tool in Windows XP is a dog, and not just metaphorically -- a little animated puppy appears on screen to indicate your query's status by wagging its tail, panting, scratching itself and other actions.

"If only Microsoft's programmers had put such effort into the rest of this software! Its searches run painfully slowly and routinely yield masses of unrelated files.

"A gaggle of contenders has recently put forth replacements for Microsoft's search."

Rob Pegoraro. Seeking a More Intuitive Search Tool. WashingtonPost.com. March 27, 2005.

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Amazon's Data Gathering Raises Concern

"Amazon.com Inc. has one potentially big advantage over its rival online retailers: It knows things about you that you may not know yourself.

"Though plenty of companies have detailed systems for tracking customer habits, critics and boosters alike say Amazon is the trailblazer, having collected information longer and used it more proactively.

"It even received a patent recently on technology aimed at tracking information about the people for whom its customers buy gifts."

Allison Linn. Amazon.com Knows, Predicts Shopping Habits. Yahoo! News. March 27, 2005.

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March 28, 2005

Supreme Court to Hear Broadband Case

The peer-to-peer case is not the only important social software case on Tuesday's Supreme Court docket.

"When Brand X, a California ISP, gets its day in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, there will be a lot more at stake than whether the company can get access to cable lines. In fact, depending on the details of the court decision, the case could determine the way in which the Federal Communications Commission regulates phone and information companies.

"At the core of the case is Brand X. The ISP wants the FCC to require cable companies to sell access to their networks at wholesale in much the same way that EarthLink Inc and other ISPs are sold access over DSL networks.

"The FCC has ruled that cable is an information service, and as such is not regulated by FCC rules. Because of this concept, the FCC has preempted rules that would tax phone service using cable lines, and state laws that require 911 access for people who use VOIP over cable."

Wayne Rash. Supreme Court Will Rule on ISP Cable Access. eWeek. March 25, 2005.

See also:
Jim Hu. Broadband Scuffle Reaches Supreme Court. News.com. March 25, 2005.

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Bloggers Evade FEC Crackdown

"Political bloggers and other online commentators narrowly avoided being slammed with a sweeping set of Internet regulations this week.

"When the Federal Election Commission kicked off the process of extending campaign finance rules to the Internet on Thursday, the public document was substantially altered from one prepared just two weeks earlier and reviewed by CNET News.com.

"The 44-page document, prepared by the FEC general counsel's office and dated March 10, took a radically different approach and would have imposed decades-old rules designed for federal campaigns on many political Web sites and bloggers."

Declan McCullagh. Bloggers Narrowly Dodge Federal Crackdown. News.com. March 24, 2005.

See also:
Declan McCullagh. Feds Get Set for Net Rules. News.com. March 24, 2005.

Siobhan McDonough. FEC Weighs Limited Internet Activity Rules. WashingtonPost.com. March 24, 2005.

Federal Election Commission. Draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Internet Communications. (.pdf) March 23, 2005.

Update: Declan McCullagh. Blog Rolling? D.C.'s New Spin on Net Rules. News.com. March 28, 2005.

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Yahoo! Launches Creative Commons Search Tool

"Yahoo took another step toward fulfilling a promise to make its portal a platform where communities develop, rather than a stagnant site limited to serving information.

"The latest feature, released Thursday as a beta, allows users to search content hosted by Creative Commons, a nonprofit group that specializes in copyrighting material made available for limited reuse.

"While most material on the Internet comes with a copyright, Yahoo Creative Commons will help developers and site owners find content published by authors willing to share or reuse it, according to the company."

Tim Grey. Yahoo Offers Creative Commons Search. InternetNews.com. March 24, 2005.

See also:
Larry Lessig. Larry Lessig on Searching Creative Commons. Yahoo Search Blog. March 23, 2005.

Editor's note: See also SNTReportcom's prior story on the Creative Commons Search Engine.

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2005 Technology Trends

"Wouldn't it be great to have a good handle on what will happen this year to make sure you could plan around it? asks Mitchell Levy, CEO and executive editor of Happy About, a US publisher of books for corporations.

"In his latest book, Knowing What to Expect in 2005: Predictions from Over 50 Executives, Levy offers ten trends that he says software vendors need to factor into their business plans for the year ahead."

NevOn. Ten Trends to Watch. March 25, 2005.

See also:
Mitchell Levy. Ten Trends for 2005. Sandhill.com. March 21, 2005.

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World's First Podcast-Only Novel Released

"At three miles below the surface of the Earth, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting ... and guarding.

"That's part of the description of what is being billed as the world's first 'podcast' novel, 'EarthCore,' written by Scott Sigler of San Francisco.

"Mr. Sigler, who narrates his novel, which was first published in 2001, plans to release an hour of audio each week, creating a format similar to weekly television suspense shows with continuing storylines, such as '24' and 'Battlestar Galactica.'"

No author. 'Podcast-only' Novel Released. San Jose Business Journal. March 24, 2005.

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James Madison's Papers Available Onlin

"James Madison, often called the 'Father of the Constitution,' did not think it needed a bill of rights. Public pressure was so great that he decided it would be politically necessary, so he made a speech in the First Federal Congress proposing 19 changes, 10 of which passed.

"Beginning Friday, Madison's "Notes for a Speech in Congress" of June 8, 1789, will be available online, along with about 12,000 other pages from his papers preserved in the Library of Congress."

Carl Hartman. U.S. Library to Put Madison Papers Online. ABC News. March 24, 2005.

See also:
Library of Congress. The James Madison Papers.

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March 26, 2005

Groups Seek Patriot Act Changes

"Representatives from the FBI and the privacy community on Tuesday clashed over how provisions in a 2001 anti-terrorism law known as the USA PATRIOT Act are being used to access information.

"'We at the FBI do not want your secrets, unless of course you are a terrorist or a spy,' Valerie Caproni, general counsel for the FBI, said at a conference sponsored by the American University National Security and Law Society.

"Caproni downplayed the controversy surrounding the law, which has been criticized as giving the government too much investigatory and surveillance powers."

Chloe Albanesius. FBI Official, Privacy Advocate Clash Over PATRIOT Act. GovExec. March 22, 2005.

See also:
Edward Epstein. Left and Right Unite to CChallenge Patriot Act Provisions. San Francisco Chronicle. March 23, 2005.

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DRM and 'Trusted Computing'

"If you have recently bought an IBM ThinkVantage computer, a Dell Optiplex, or one of a whole range of laptops from Toshiba, HP/Compaq or Samsung then you may have got more for your money than you realised.

"Inside your shiny new PC is an extra chip called the trusted platform module (TPM) that can be used for a range of hardware-based security features.

"Eventually the TPM will be built into the main processor itself, and if the trusted computing group has its way then you will find one in every piece of hardware you own, from mobile phones to TV set top boxes to children's toys."

Bill Thompson. What Price for 'Trusted PC Security'?. BBC News. March 18, 2005.

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Librarians Battle to Digitize Perishing Images

"If the thought of backing up e-mail evokes feelings of dread, spare a thought for Australia's librarians who are racing against the clock to digitize millions of decaying photographic images before nature has its cruel way.

"While IT managers may worry about whether their document management solutions are legally up to scratch, photographic curators - charged with the safekeeping of Australia's pictorial history - have to deal with a pervading smell of vinegar as their cellulose assets shrivel and die."

Julian Bajkowski. Race Against Time to Digitize Decaying Images. ComputerWorld. March 23, 2005.

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Study: Enterprises Lack IM Security Policies

"Many businesses are leaving themselves vulnerable to the emerging crop of IM-borne attacks because they aren't managing employee use of instant-messaging software, a new report finds.

"A report released Wednesday by SurfControl contends that a sizeable number of U.S. businesses have yet to formulate or put into practice any official guidelines for dictating how workers may use IM on their networks.

"A recent survey conducted by the IT security company found that 90 percent of the 7,500-plus businesses it spoke with have established policies to manage the use of e-mail, but 49 percent have no official rules in place to govern IM and peer-to-peer software usage."

Matt Hines. Report: Companies Unprepared for IM Attacks. News.com. March 23, 2005.

See also:
SurfControl. SurfControl Study Finds Majority of Enterprises Unprepared to Manage Instant Messaging Threats. (Press Release.) March 23, 2005.

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March 25, 2005

Ireland's Cinemas Go All Digital

"Digital Cinema Limited (DCL), the Irish subsidiary of the digital cinema technology firm Avica Europe, will be installing new technology into 500 screens in 105 sites throughout the country at a cost of EUR40 million, making Ireland the first country in the world to convert all cinemas to a digital format from 35mm film."

Deirdre McArdle. Irish Cinemas Go Digital. ElectricNews.net. Mrach 22, 2005.

See also:
Laura Rohde. Ireland Putting Digital Films in Every Cinema. PC World. March 21, 2005.

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Study: P2P Usage Declines

"About 36 million Americans—or 27% of internet users—say they download either music or video files and about half of them have found ways outside of traditional peer-to-peer networks or paid online services to swap their files, according to the most recent survey of the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Mary Madden and Lee Rainie. Music and Video Downloading Moves Beyond P2P. Pew Internet and American Life Project. March 23, 2005.

Mary Madden and Lee Rainie. Music and Video Downloading Moves Beyond P2P (.pdf) March 2005.

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Dutch AG Upholds Free Speech Decision

"Today, Attorney-General Verkade delivered his opinion regarding the Scientology case to the Dutch Supreme Court. In this case the Church of Scientology accuses Karin Spaink of copyright infringement for making parts of their course material available on her website. By publishing this material, Spaink wants to inspire a public debate about the nature of the cult."

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Attorney-General Confirms Ruling for Xs4All in Scientology Case
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March 24, 2005

VoIP Services Attract Fraud

"Internet phone services have drawn millions of users looking for rock-bottom rates. Now they're attracting identity thieves who want to turn stolen credit cards into cash.

"Some internet phone services allow scam artists to make it appear that they are calling from another phone number -- a useful trick that enables them to drain credit accounts and pose as banks or other trusted authorities, online fraud experts say.

"'It's like you've handed people an entire phone network,' said Lance James, chief technology officer of Secure Science, who sees such scams daily."

Reuters. Scammers Snag Money on Net Phones. Wired News. March 20, 2005.

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ZoomInfo Launches People-Finding Search Engine

"A new search engine focused on people can automatically identify online information on individuals and weave it into detailed summaries.

"Just like Google and Yahoo, ZoomInfo crawls and indexes the web. But instead of serving up the pages in response to a query, it attempts to identify and extract specific information on people.

"After entering a name into the search box, a user is presented with a list of matching individuals. Clicking through to their resume-like summaries, can reveal their job title, company name, past jobs and universities attended."

Celeste Biever. Automated Web-crawler Harvests Resume Info. NewScientist.com. March 21, 2005.

See also:
Jay Lindsay. Startup Helps Control Personal Info on Web. BusinessWeek Online. March 21, 2005.

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PyMusique Opens iTunes Again

"A group of underground programmers has posted code online they say will reopen a back door in Apple Computer's iTunes store, allowing Linux computer users to purchase music free of copy protection.

"The release comes just a day after Apple blocked a previous version of the program, called PyMusique, in part by requiring all iTunes customers to use the latest version of Apple's software.

"In a blog posting, Norwegian programmer Jon Johansen, who was previously responsible for releasing software used to copy DVDs online, said he had been successful at reverse engineering the latest iTunes encryption."

John Borland. 'DVD Jon' Reopens iTunes Back Door. News.com. March 22, 2005.

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New Music Video Download Services

"Fans will be able to build libraries of their favorite music videos because of deals set to be announced Wednesday (March 16) involving digital entertainment companies CinemaNow and MediaPass Network.

"CinemaNow announced agreements with Warner Music Group, Epitaph Records and TVT Records to sell music videos on a download-to-own basis.

"This marks the first time music videos will be made available specifically for Microsoft's Windows Mobile-based secure devices, a category that includes Portable Media Centers, Pocket PCs and Smartphones from many different manufacturers."

Chris Marlowe. Download Deals Play Music Videos. Yahoo! News. March 20, 2005.

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UK to Equip Lampposts with Wi-Fi

"In what sounds like a tale from the heady days of the dot-com boom, a British company plans to roll out high-speed wireless networks and location-based services using street lampposts.

"Last Mile Communications says the humble lamppost can be used to provide broadband Internet access and also to store useful information about their location.

"On Tuesday, Last Mile announced that it will work with security company Qinetiq to commercialize its plans. Trials are scheduled for later this year at an undisclosed location, and Last Mile said it is confident that its service can be rolled out on a large scale."

Graeme Wearden. Lampposts to Provide Location-based Services?. News.com. March 23, 2005.

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World's Oldest Bible to be Digitized

"On Friday 11th March, the British Library in London announced an ambitious historical international project to reinterpret the oldest Bible in the world, the Codex Sinaiticus. A team of experts from the UK, Germany, Russia, Egypt and the United States will combine efforts to make the Bible accessible to a global audience using innovative digital technology.

Eunice K. Y. Or. British Library Heads Project in Digitalising the World’s Oldest Bible. Christian Today. March 14, 2005.

See also:
The British Library. World’s Oldest Bible Goes Global: Historic International Digitisation Project Announced. (Press Release.) March 11, 2005.

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March 23, 2005

Google Removes AFP Content

"Google has decided to remove Agence France Presse from Google News after the global news wire filed a lawsuit (.pdf) last week seeking to bar the display of its content on the news search engine.

"France-based AFP sued Google in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, alleging that Google News infringes on its copyright by displaying AFP headlines, images and story leads without its permission.

"But on Monday, a Google spokesman confirmed that the AFP will be dropped from the Google News index. Google also will retroactively remove AFP content from the news index."

Matt Hicks. Google to Drop AFP from News Index. eWeek. March 21, 2005.

See also:
United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Agence France Presse v. Google, Inc.. (.pdf) March 17, 2005.

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March 22, 2005

Sprint Introduces Video Ring Tones

"Sprint is offering music video ring tones to customers who use some multimedia phones, the company said this week.

"The service is available now on Sanyo's MM-5600 multimedia phone and will be released for other multimedia handsets later.

"Customers will be able to download music videos and store them on their phones. The videos then play when subscribers get calls, Sprint said."

Dinesh C. Sharma. Sprint: Forget Audio Ring Tones, Try Video Ringers. News.com. March 16, 2005.

Sprint. A First in the United States: Music Videos Now Rock Sprint PCS Vision Calls. (Press Release.) March 14, 2005.

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March 21, 2005

France Investigate Google-Like Digitization Effort

"Jacques Chirac told France's national library on Wednesday to draw up a plan to put European literary works on the Internet, rivaling a similar project by U.S.-based Web search engine Google.

"The French president gave the go-ahead for research into the project after Jean-Noel Jeanneney, who heads the national library, expressed concern that Google's plan to put books from some of the world's great libraries online would favor the English language."

Reuters. Paris Match for Google's Library Plan?. News.com. March 17, 2005.

Related:
Reuters. Google Book Plan Sparks French War of Words. News.com. Feb. 21, 2005.

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AFP Sues Google for Copyright Infringement

"Agence France Presse has sued Google, alleging the Web search leader includes AFP's photos, news headlines and stories on its news site without permission.

"The French news service is seeking damages of at least $17.5 million and an order barring Google News from displaying AFP photographs, news headlines or story leads, according to the suit filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia."

Reuters. Agence France Presse Sues Google Over News Site. News.com. March 18, 2005.

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Programmers Hack iTunes Store

"A trio of independent programmers has released new software that allows people to tap into Apple Computer's iTunes music store and purchase songs free of any anticopying protections.

"Joined by Jon Johansen, the Norwegian programmer responsible for distributing DVD-cracking code in late 1999, the programmers say their PyMusique software is a "fair" interface for iTunes, primarily aimed at allowing people who use the Linux operating system to purchase music from Apple's store."

John Borland. Hackers Build Back Door into iTunes. News.com. March 18, 2005.

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Japan's Cell Phone Users Turn Pages

"Your eyes probably hurt just thinking about it: Tens of thousands of Japanese cell-phone owners are poring over full-length novels on their tiny screens.

"In this technology-enamored nation, the mobile phone has become so widespread as an entertainment and communication device that reading e-mail, news headlines and weather forecasts -- rather advanced mobile features by global standards -- is routine.

"Now, Japan's cell-phone users are turning pages."

Yuri Kageyama. Japan Cell-phone Users Turn to Literature. Boston.com. March 18, 2005.

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March 19, 2005

Google Formally Launches Desktop Search 1.0

"Google Inc. on Monday moved its desktop search tool out of beta, formally launching version 1.0 with support for more browsers and file types and better protection of sensitive documents.

"Available for free download, Google Desktop Search improves upon the beta version with the ability to search over the full text of PDF files and the meta-information stored with music, image and video files.

"In addition, the software supports Firefox and Netscape browsers, as well as Thunderbird and Netscape e-mail clients. The search tool is also available in Chinese and Korean languages."

TechWeb News. Google Desktop Search Leaves Beta. InformationWeek. March 7, 2005.

See also:
Chris Sherman. Google Desktop Search Moves Out of Beta. SearchEngineWatch. March 7, 2005.

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Will Grokster Case Suffocate Legitimate Innovation?

"As the bitter debate over computer file sharing heads toward the Supreme Court, the pro-technology camp is growing increasingly anxious.

"Some technologists warn that if the court decides in favor of the music and recording industries after hearing arguments in the MGM v. Grokster case on March 29, the ruling could also stifle a proliferating set of new Internet-based services that have nothing to do with the sharing of copyrighted music and movies at issue in the court case.

"Some of those innovations were on display here at the Emerging Technology Conference, attended by about 750 hardware and software designers. The demonstrations included Flickr, a Canadian service that has made it possible for Web loggers and surfers to easily share and catalog millions of digital photographs."

John Markoff. As File Sharing Nears High Court, Techies Worry. News.com. March 17, 2005.

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SEOs Exploit Search Loopholes

"Greg Boser manipulates search engines for a living, and there's little the Googles of the world can do about it.

"Boser, who owns and operates WebGuerrilla, a web marketing outfit based in Valencia, California, is not alone. An entire industry of search engine optimizers, called SEOs, has sprung up, many of which take advantage of loopholes in the way rankings are calculated."

Adam L. Penenberg. Search Rank Easy to Manipulate. Wired News. March 17, 2005.

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Mobile Internet Requires Better Web Design

"A mass market exists for the mobile Internet, but it will remain untapped until designers make simpler Web pages that can be viewed properly on handsets, the inventor of the World Wide Web said.

"'(The mobile Internet) will be a huge enabler for the industry ... and for big profits,' Tim Berners-Lee told a seminar on Thursday on the future of the Web. "

Daniel Frykholm. Web Design Hampers Mobile Internet, Pioneer Says. Reuters. March 17, 2005.

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Pew Study: More Parents Use Net Filters

"More than half of American families with teenagers use filters to limit access to potentially harmful online content – a 65% increase from the number of those who used filters in 2000. But big majorities of both teens and parents believe that teens do things on the internet that their parents would not approve of."

Amanda Lenhart. Protecting Teens Online. Pew Internet & American Life Project. March 17, 2005.

Amanda Lenhart. Protecting Teens Online. (.pdf) Pew Internet & American Life Project. March 17, 2005.

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March 18, 2005

Lessig Invites Readers to Update 'Code'

"Further nudging outward the boundaries of online publishing, Stanford University Professor Larry Lessig will put his 1999 book 'Code' online today and invite Internet users to help him write an updated version.

"A noted copyright expert and proponent of free software, Lessig is putting the 297-page treatise about technology, culture and regulation on the Web in the form of a 'wiki,' a site that can allow people to freely edit its contents. The law professor will take the contributions at http://codebook.jot.com and edit them into a printed version of the book."

Michael Bazeley. Professor's Online Publishing Experiment. San Jose Mercury News. March 16, 2005.

See also:
JotSpot. Lawrence Lessig and JotSpot Invite the Internet Community to Update 'Code'. (Press Release). March 16, 2005.

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FAST Launches Search for Mobiles

"Searching from a mobile device is about to get a whole lot easier, thanks to a new mobile search service from FAST. Called 'amsearch,' the service promises to provide mobile users relevant search results from within their carrier's networks, including applications such as ringtones.

"The msearch initiative is based on FAST's Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP) and empowers mobile carriers to deliver search results from within their own network's content as well as going outside of their network when appropriate to deliver relevant results."

Sean Michael Kerner. FAST Into New Mobile Search. InternetNews.com. March 15, 2005.

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Online News Embraces RSS

"Online news is shifting once again, as consumers turn to blogs, Really Simple Syndication (RSS) newsreaders and RSS-based search engines as new platforms to access information. More than 6 million Americans – 5 percent of all Internet users - are now getting news and classified information via RSS feeds, according to a January 2005 report from Pew Internet & American Life Project, 'The State of Blogging.'

"The growing popularity of RSS among information-hungry consumers is having a direct impact on publishers’ audience acquisition and Web monetization strategies. Although journalist/blogger Tom Biro reports that 160 newspapers in the U.S. are offering RSS feeds of their content, only a few have comprehensive strategies for distributing and monetizing the feeds. Most, like the Ventura County (Calif.) Star, are experimenting and watching carefully to see what’s next."

Susan Mernit. RSS Providers Analyze Newspapers’ Opportunities. The Digital Edge. March 2005.

See also:
Susan Mernit. Guardian Unlimited Embraces RSS. The Digital Edge. March 2005.

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Online Fraud Escalates

"First came phishing scams, in which con artists hooked unwary internet users one by one into compromising their personal data. Now the latest cyberswindle, pharming, threatens to reel in entire schools of victims.

"Pharmers simply redirect as many users as possible from the legitimate commercial websites they'd intended to visit and lead them to malicious ones. The bogus sites, to which victims are redirected without their knowledge or consent, will likely look the same as a genuine site. But when users enter their login name and password, the information is captured by criminals.

"'Phishing is to pharming what a guy with a rod and a reel is to a Russian trawler. Phishers have to approach their targets one by one. Pharmers can scoop up many victims in a single pass,' said Chris Risley, president and chief executive officer of Nominum, a provider of IP address infrastructure technology for businesses."

Michelle Delio. Pharming Out-Scams Phishing. Wired News. March 14, 2005.

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March 17, 2005

Creative Commons: A Major Impact on Copyright

"When Chuck D and the Fine Arts Militia released their latest single, 'No Meaning No,' several months ago, they didn't try to stop people from circulating free copies on the Internet. They encouraged it.

"They posted the entire 3-minute, 12-second song and its various vocal, drum and guitar components online and invited everyone to view, copy, mix, remix, sample, imitate, parody and even criticize it.

"The result has been the creation of a flood of derivative work ranging from classical twists on the hip-hop piece to video interpretations of the song. The musicians reveled in the instant fan base. They were so pleased that they recently decided to publish their next entire album, due later this spring, the same way, becoming the first major artists to do so."

Ariana Eunjung Cha. Creative Commons Is Rewriting Rules of Copyright. WashingtonPost.com. March 15, 2004.

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Amazon's Patent Raises Privacy Flags

"Post a review of a book or other product on Amazon.com, and the information may find its way into the company's file on you.

"That's one key feature, anyway, of a system Amazon has invented to gather clues about customers' gift-giving habits in order to suggest future gifts and reminders. The company was granted a patent last week for the system, which also profiles gift recipients and guesses their age, birthday and gender.

"Amazon says it hasn't put the 'systems and methods' covered by the patent to use, so it isn't monitoring customer review pages yet. But that fact gives little comfort to consumer advocates, who have hounded Amazon for years over its customer-profiling practices."

Alorie Gilbert. Privacy Advocates Frown on Amazon Snooping Plan. News.com. March 14, 2005.

See also:
Matthew Broersma. Amazon Patent Thinks Pink. News.com. March 9, 2005.

Troy Wolverton. Privacy Groups Target Amazon Again. News.com. Oct. 2, 2002.

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Google Adds Self-Service Tool for Businesses

"Google Inc. released on Tuesday a free tool that allows businesses to add or update business listing information, such as operating hours and addresses, that appears within its local search results.

"Google, the leader in the Web search sector, said its new Local Business Center tool is available to U.S. businesses, including those that do not operate an Internet site, potentially expanding the reach of its service."

Lisa Baertlein. Google Adds New Tool Amid Local Search War. Reuters. March 15, 2005.

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A Look at Web Conferencing Services

"Imagine that only certified and trained employees could make phone calls. And that each phone call took 15 minutes to initiate and cost 75 cents a minute, plus 25 cents per person if you wanted a conference. Do you think this might bog down your business?

"That's how the vast majority of Web conferencing services, such as WebEx and Genesys Meeting Center, work. Most are difficult to use, the meter is always running, only licensed and trained organizers can create meetings, and the services are generally not conducive to spur-of-the-moment collaboration.

"For Web conferencing to move beyond sales and marketing presentations and into everyday confabs for project teams, some things need to change. In this story, we look at services that offer low, flat-rate pricing, simple interfaces, and in many cases, innovative ways to start meetings and invite participants on the fly."

Robert P. Lipschutz. Instant Meeting: Easy Web Conferencing. PC Magazine. March 2, 2005.

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Online Personal Health Records

"Carolyn Odio had a longtime wish granted for her 60th birthday: her very own online medical record.

"The Herndon resident, who has diabetes and other medical conditions, now has a personal health record (PHR) on the Web. The site contains her long medical history, including diagnoses, symptoms and medications. She has scanned in doctors' notes, test results, CT images and insurance information. She's given her doctors a password so they can log on, and permission to share her records with other medical professionals and members of her family.

"For her birthday, Odio asked her 20-year-old son, Samuel, to create a digital medical record for her. It took the computer whiz less than 30 minutes to create a secure Web page. Gathering and entering her medical information took much longer."

Christopher J. Gearon. A Personal Record. WashingtonPost.com. March 15, 2005.

See also:
Christopher J. Gearon. Personal Health Record Options. WashingtonPost.com. March. 15, 2005.

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March 16, 2005

BlackBerry to Include AOL, Yahoo IMs

"BlackBerry maker Rearch In Motion is broadening its menu of instant-messaging options.

"New services for the iconic handheld communications device include instant-messaging offerings from Yahoo and America Online, the companies announced on Monday in conjunction with the CTIA Wireless show in New Orleans. RIM also announced software deals with Sybase and High Tech Computer.

"The BlackBerry will be preloaded with Yahoo's IM software 'in the coming months,' the companies said, without getting more specific. Yahoo Messenger users will have full wireless access to their contacts and be able to carry on multiple chat sessions."

Dinesh C. Sharma. RIM to Bring AOL, Yahoo IMs to BlackBerry. News.com. March 14, 2005.

See also:
Tony Smith. RIM Signs IM Pacts. The Register. March 14, 2005.

CNET News.com Staff. Overload for the Wireless Industry?. News.com. March 14, 2005.

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AOL Addresses AIM's Privacy Concerns

"America Online said late Monday that it plans to revise its user agreement in response to concerns that instant messages sent through the company's service could be monitored.

"The new policy for AOL Instant Messenger, or AIM, will stress that the company does not eavesdrop on customer's conversations except in unusual circumstances such as a court order, an AOL spokesman said.

"AIM's terms of service have been in place since at least February 2004, but nobody appears to have raised an alarm until a few days ago. Over the weekend, a brushfire of sorts flared among bloggers alarmed about six words embedded deep in the policy: 'You waive any right to privacy.'"

Declan McCullagh. AOL Clarifies IM Privacy Guarantee. News.com. March 14, 2005.

See also:
Ryan Naraine. AOL: AIM Conversations Are Safe. eWeek. March 14, 2005.

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BitTorrent's Strength Focuses on Legitimate Use

"Most file-sharing programs aren't the most upstanding citizens of the computing world. Yes, the entertainment industry hates them for the way they're used to download movies and albums without paying -- but many of these programs also fail to treat their own users well, often installing an unadvertised, unwanted load of advertising and spyware.

"BitTorrent is different. This free, open-source program offers a spyware- and nuisance-free installation. And while it is certainly handy for downloading movies and other copyrighted material for free, it's also increasingly used to distribute software and entertainment legally.

"This makes BitTorrent (www.bittorrent.com) not only a fascinating test case for legal experts, but it also looks a lot like the logical fusion of peer-to-peer file-sharing and traditional downloading. It's too robust to stamp out with lawsuits, but too effective not to adopt for commercial use."

Rob Pegoraro. BitTorrent May Prove Too Good to Quash. WashingtonPost.com. March 13, 2005.

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Internet Transforms Library World

"Public libraries have always operated on the democratic principle that all Americans should have equal access to public information, with librarians serving as expert guides to the labyrinth of reference materials. But the Internet's emergence as a mainstay of modern life has forced the profession to rethink its role."

Anddrew Clevenger. Internet Revolutionizes Life in the Library. Times Argus. March 13, 2005.

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Who Will Cover Cost For Open Access?

"If open access —a movement gaining momentum in academic publishing that proposes journal articles be made universally available online to all readers for free—becomes reality, the results could dramatically reshape the activities of all scholarly publishers, including the IEEE.

"Three events last year rocketed open access from the realm of the hypothetical to that of a hard-nosed practical concern.

"'Good or bad, open access is happening,' declares John Vig, IEEE's 2005 Vice President of Technical Activities and the past chair of the Technical Activities Board's Strategic Planning and Review Committee. 'It’s not a matter of 'if,' but 'when.'"

Trudy E. Bell. Information Free-for-All?. The Institute. March 2005.

See also/:
House of Commons Science and Technology Committee. Scientific Publications: Free For All?. (pdf). July 20, 2004.

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Newspapers Debate Economics of Web Presence

"Consumers are willing to spend millions of dollars on the Web when it comes to music services like iTunes and gaming sites like Xbox Live. But when it comes to online news, they are happy to read it but loath to pay for it.

"Newspaper Web sites have been so popular that at some newspapers, including The New York Times, the number of people who read the paper online now surpasses the number who buy the print edition.

"This migration of readers is beginning to transform the newspaper industry. Advertising revenue from online sites is booming and, while it accounts for only 2 percent or 3 percent of most newspapers' overall revenues, it is the fastest-growing source of revenue. And newspaper executives are watching anxiously as the number of online readers grows while the number of print readers declines."

Katherine Q. Seelye. Can Papers End the Free Ride Online?. News.com. March 13, 2005.

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March 15, 2005

VoIP's Hidden Charges

"I am a huge fan of all-you-can-eat buffets. Quite shamelessly, I'll pile up my plate with an embarrassing mound of various foods--talk about heaven.

"However, I do get ticked off when I find that I'm being charged for things I wasn't expecting--soft drinks, multiple mugs of coffee, and dessert, for example. It's not that I mind paying for these extras; I just like to know what's included and what isn't.

"In the world of Voice over IP phones, you'll face a similar situation. You'll find lots of terrific all-you-can-eat monthly plans, but almost all have hidden extra charges."

Aoife McEvoy. The Hidden Costs of Cheap Phone Service. PC World. March 8, 2005.

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Search Engine Finds CC Licensed Materials

"Looking for photos, music, text, books and other content that's free to share or modify for your own purposes? The Creative Commons search engine can help you find tons of (legally) free stuff on the web.

"The Creative Commons was founded in 2001 to introduce a new form of copyright that's less restrictive than the 'all rights reserved' approach generally in practice today. The goal was to restore 'balance, compromise, and moderation—once the driving forces of a copyright system that valued innovation and protection equally.'

"By using a Creative Commons license, content creators adopt a 'some rights reserved' form of copyright that encourages sharing and modifying content by others."

Chris Sherman. Finding Free Content in the Creative Commons. SearchEngineWatch. March 3, 2005.

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Disgruntled Employee Posts Medical Records on Blog

"In a troubling episode involving medical privacy in the digital age, Kaiser Permanente is notifying 140 patients that a disgruntled former employee posted confidential information about them on her Weblog.

"The woman, who calls herself the 'Diva of Disgruntled,' claims it was Kaiser Permanente that included private patient information on systems diagrams posted on the Web, and that she pointed it out.

"The health care giant learned of the breach from the federal Office of Civil Rights in January, said Kaiser spokesman Matthew Schiffgens. Kaiser has been investigating ever since, Schiffgens said, but it wasn't until Wednesday that it asked the Internet service provider hosting the blog to remove the information."

Barbara Feder Ostrov. 140 Kaiser Patients' Private Data Put Online. SiliconValley.com. March 11, 2005.

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Gallop Poll: Blogs Have Minimal Impact on Public

"Whether they are seeking immortality or just letting off steam, Web bloggers are multiplying in number and are seemingly affecting American media and political insiders, at the very least. But whether bloggers are directly influencing the broader public is questionable. According to a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, relatively few Americans are generally familiar with the phenomenon of blogging, in which individuals, ranging from famous to anonymous, post running narratives of their thoughts and observations on whatever interests them.

"Three-quarters of the U.S. public uses the Internet at work, school, or home, but only one in four Americans are either very familiar or somewhat familiar with blogs (the shortened form of the original "Web logs"). More than half, 56%, have no knowledge of them. Even among Internet users, only 32% are very or somewhat familiar with blogs."

Lydia Saad. Blogs Not Yet in the Media Big League. Gallup Poll. March 11, 2005.

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Bloggers Reach Out to Mainstream Media

"Even as online pundits criticize traditional news organizations as slow, biased and technologically challenged, a group of bloggers is trying to use old-fashioned telephone conference calls to share their ideas with newspaper and television journalists.

"The bloggers, who describe themselves as liberal or progressive, say the conference calls are intended to counter what they regard as the much stronger influence of conservative pundits online. Bob Fertik, president of Democrats.com, the host of the two calls so far, views them as a step toward getting their reports out to mainstream news organizations.

"While there is no way to know precisely who dialed in, reporters from news organizations including CBS, The Washington Post, Newsweek, MSNBC and The National Journal asked for a call-in number, according to one participant.

"'We hope to build a bridge,' Mr. Fertik said, adding that different bloggers would be invited to share their reporting on each call. 'We hope that good credible stories that are broken on the Internet find their way into coverage in the mainstream media.'"

Jonathan D. Glater. Liberal Bloggers Reaching Out to Major Media. The New York Times. March 14, 2005.

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AOL's Terms of Service Raises Privacy Concerns

"America Online, Inc. has quietly updated the terms of service for its AIM instant messaging application, making several changes that is sure to raise the hackles of Internet privacy advocates.

"The revamped terms of service, which apply only to users who downloaded the free AIM software on or after Feb. 5, 2004, gives AOL the right to 'reproduce, display, perform, distribute, adapt and promote' all content distributed across the chat network by users.

"'You waive any right to privacy. You waive any right to inspect or approve uses of the content or to be compensated for any such uses,' according to the AIM terms-of-service."

Ryan Naraine. AOL's Terms of Service Update for AIM Raises Eyebrows. eWeek. March 12, 2005.

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March 14, 2005

Congress Tackles Identity Theft Laws

"An amorphous political debate over how to respond to recent data mishaps at ChoicePoint, Bank of America and Reed Elsevier Group's LexisNexis service is beginning to take shape.

"In what could mark a turning point in the legislative process, both Democratic and Republican politicians on Thursday decried what they called poor security for Americans' personal information held by data brokers such as ChoicePoint and LexisNexis.

"During a Senate Banking committee hearing, Sen. Jon Corzine, D-N.J., said he plans to introduce a bill next week that borrows concepts from securities regulation. The measure would require 'the chairman or chief enforcement officer to attest to the effectiveness of the systems that provide for control of information' and provide notification to consumers of security breaches, Corzine said."

Declan McCullagh. Congress Edges Toward New Privacy Rules. News.com. March 10, 2005.

See also:
Declan McCullagh. Senator Predicts 'Overdue' Changes to Privacy. News.com. March 10, 2005.

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Workplace E-Mail Snooping Becomes Commonplace

"It still isn't known how the e-mail that cost Harry Stonecipher his job as chief executive at Boeing Co. was intercepted or by whom. Boeing directors ousted the CEO earlier this week after they learned about an e-mail he had sent to a female employee with whom he was having an affair.

"But what every employee ought to realize by now is how completely nonprivate their office e-mail is. In a recent survey of 840 U.S. companies by the American Management Association, 60% said they now use some type of software to monitor their employees' incoming and outgoing e-mail, up from 47% in 2001. Other workplace privacy experts place the current percentage even higher.

"And in most states, companies don't have to tell employees their e-mail is being monitored. Only Connecticut and Delaware have laws requiring companies to notify employees, says Jeremy Gruber, legal director at the National Workrights Institute, a Princeton, N.J., workplace privacy advocacy organization."

Pui-Wing Tam et al. Snooping E-Mail by Software Is Now a Workplace Norm. WSJ.com. March 9, 2005.

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Viral Marketing Flourishes Through Entertainment

"If you had Internet access last fall, odds are that someone sent you a link to JibJab Media's irreverent cartoon "This Land," a musical parody of the presidential race. Now the Internet is a-tingle with short video clips meant to repeat the phenomenon.

"Organizations as disparate as Burger King and Greenpeace are producing offbeat video, hoping it will prove so entertaining that people will forward links to one another around the Web - and cut through the clutter of marketing messages bombarding Americans. But will this 'viral' technique just create new clutter online?"

Natives.Catching the Online Cartoon Virus. The New York Times. March 13, 2005.

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March 12, 2005

Yahoo! Offers Mobile RSS

"Yahoo Inc. on Thursday launched a service that allows mobile phone users to access news and other information either from the portal's personalized news and information service or from websites that offer RSS content syndication.

"The new service extends the Sunnyvale, Calif., company's My Yahoo desktop service to mobile devices, which the company has targeted as a growth area for its Internet services. In addition, users can access content from websites that the support really simple syndication, or RSS, a lightweight format based on extensible markup language that's designed for sharing headlines and other Web content, such as weblogs."

TechWeb News. Yahoo Launches Mobile RSS News Feed. InternetWeek.com. March 10, 2005.

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Don't Get Goggle-Eyed Over Google Project

"If you haven't heard about Google's plan to digitize millions of books, you must live in another galaxy. Hardly a news outlet in the country, digitized or no, missed the story at the end of last year.

"Most people were pleased by the news. It seemed that books would finally be available at your fingertips. Google had embarked on a grand scheme to digitize the world's greatest works, in cooperation with the world's greatest libraries. Break out the champagne!

"Not a few bean counters at colleges and universities around the world must have thought, 'At long last. We can kick the library in the archives and be done with that financial black hole.' Some librarians may have had a similar vision of the future and been dismayed, although most of them were optimistic about Google's plan."

Mary Y. Herring. Don't Get Goggle-Eyed Over Google's Plan to Digitize. The Chronicle Review. March 11, 2005.

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Flash Drives Bypass CDs or Disks

"Call it memory on a stick - or maybe on a key chain. In the past two years tiny devices about the size of a pack of gum have begun to revolutionize the way people use computers. Stick one into a slot in nearly any computer and you can download or upload music, games, photos, graphics, text, even video - anything that can be stored on a computer's hard drive.

"Business people use them to transport documents and presentations. Students take school projects with them in their pocket. These tiny devices are almost certain to make floppy discs and CDs quickly obsolete as ways to transfer data from computer to computer.

"More than 60 million of these USB (Universal Serial Bus) flash drives - also know as pocket drives, thumb drives, jump drives, memory sticks, or pen drives - are expected to be sold this year. Prices range from under $20 to several hundred dollars, depending on the amount of memory and features."

Gregory M. Lamb. Computer Files in Your Pocket. Christian Science Monitor. March 7, 2005.

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March 11, 2005

Personal Data at LexisNexis Division Compromised

"Identity thieves have penetrated another company that collects and sells personal information on millions of U.S. consumers, the latest in a series of breaches that is throwing a spotlight on the practices and safeguards of a booming data-collection industry.

"LexisNexis, a worldwide provider of legal and business data, announced yesterday that information about 32,000 consumers was fraudulently gathered in a series of incidents. The data include names, addresses and Social Security and driver's license numbers.

"The breaches occurred at the company's recently acquired Seisint Inc. subsidiary, a Florida firm that sells data amassed from extensive public records searches to law enforcement agencies, businesses, private investigators and others."

Editor's Comment: Forget steroids use in baseball: if Congress really wants to be useful, it needs to corral the problem of security breaches at information brokers. If any situation cried out for investigation and regulation, it is the gathering, purchase, sale and flow of personal information.

Jonathan Krim and Robert O'Harrow Jr. Data Under Siege. WashingtonPost.com. March 10, 2005.

See also:
Reed Elsevier. LexisNexis Investigates Compromised Customer IDs and Passwords to Seisint US Consumer Data. (Press Release.) March 9, 2005.


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McCain, Feingold Dispel Blog Regulation Rumors

"Senators John McCain and Russ Feingold reassured the Internet community that bloggers will not be regulated by federal campaign finance laws.

"The senators, who authored the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 known as the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance reform law, issued a statement on Tuesday in response to comments made by a Federal Elections Commission commissioner in a CNET News.com interview last week.

"'The latest misinformation from the antireform crowd is the suggestion that our bill will require regulation of blogs and other Internet communications,' they said. 'This issue has nothing to with private citizens communicating on the Internet.'"

Marguerite Reardon. Senators Reassure Bloggers. News.com. March 9, 2005.

See also:
Ellen Weintraub. Bloggers, Chill Out Already!. News.com. March 7, 2005.

Declan McCullagh. The Coming Crackdown on Blogging. News.com. March 3, 2005.

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Debate Over Downloading

"Copyright infringement may not sound like a hot topic, but for the generation of Americans born in the Internet age, the ability to download music and films off the Internet has brought the issue front and center, along with confusion, thousands of lawsuits and now a Supreme Court case.

"The entertainment industry is suing makers of software that allow computer users to find and download files from each other's computers, not just Web sites.

"The question for the Supreme Court: How to protect copyrights without stifling the innovation that has brought new technologies such as MP3 players and TiVo?"

Terence Smith. Downloading Debate. Online NewsHour. March 7, 2005.

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PC Magazine Reviews Desktop Search Tools

"To search the World Wide Web, you simply visit a site like Google, MSN, or Yahoo! and type in a keyword or two. But if your PC is like most, it's stuffed with huge numbers of e-mail messages, documents, spreadsheets, and the like, with no quick, easy way to find any of it.

"Thankfully, this is changing. In recent months, several companies introduced free applications that let you search your desktop as easily as you search the Web—and in some cases, even more quickly. We put eight of the most notable free products to the test in PC Magazine Labs, as well as four programs that still cost money.

"Two of them, blinkx and Filehand, are start-ups, but the rest are familiar names from the world of Web search: Ask Jeeves, Copernic, Google, HotBot, MSN, and Yahoo!."

Cade Metz. Total Recall. PC Magazine. March 2, 2005.

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Blogstreet Offers Tools to Explore Blogosphere

"There's a lot of great content out there on those millions of blogs, but finding the good ones related to your own interests can be a challenge. A set of tools from Blogstreet can help.

"Finding good blog content can be a challenge. One way is to explore the 'blogrolling' links that many bloggers create to other blogs. But you're never really sure if someone has linked to another blog because they like the blog, or out of obligation or some other reason.

"Another approach is to use one a blog search engines, such as Daypop, Bloglines, Technorati, Feedster and many others (see Peter Scott's excellent Weblogs Compendium for links).

Chris Sherman. A Cool Blog Discovery Tool. SearchEngineWatch. March 9, 2005.

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March 10, 2005

OBM Releases 2004 Progress Reports

"The Office of Management and Budget released two reports last week touting the progress agencies have made in e-government and cybersecurity during fiscal 2004.

"The congressionally mandated reports citing achievements over the last fiscal year come at a time when members of Congress have issued dismal cybersecurity grades to key agencies and expressed dissatisfaction with development of the various e-gov projects.

"OMB pointed to the A FirstGov Web site, which provides information and services in both English and Spanish, and Regulations.gov as examples of ways agencies are opening up to the public and encouraging more participation in government."

Daniel Pulliam. OMB Optimistic About E-gov and Cybersecurity Progress. GovExec.com. March 7, 2005.

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Bloggers Bring Text to Visual Life

"When the dot-com bubble burst five years ago, the promise of interactive TV - or the convergence of TV and the Internet - seemed to pop with it. The failure of Yahoo's business channel on the Web, called Finance Vision, underscored the hefty costs and little audience demand there was at the time for online TV.

"That's all changed as distribution, production and talent (thanks to bloggers) costs have declined, and more people are on high-speed connections. What's more, Democrats may be able to lay claim to being the first channel on the Web dedicated to their political cause.

"DemsTV.com, a new Web Video Show, produced by and featuring Democratic bloggers, consultants, and activists, is a cross between a political talk show and a game show."

Bambi Francisco. DemsTV.com Launches. MarketWatch.com. March 8, 2005.

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March 09, 2005

Landmark Day: Blogger Gets White House Access

"Another signal moment for bloggers is to occur Monday morning, when Garrett M. Graff, who writes a blog about the news media in Washington, is to be ushered into the White House briefing room to attend the daily press 'gaggle.'

"Graff, 23, may be the first blogger in the short history of the medium to be granted a daily White House pass for the specific purpose of writing a blog, or Web log. A White House spokesman said Sunday that he believed Graff was the first blogger to be given credentials.

"He is being given a press pass as the editor of FishbowlDC, a blog that is published by Mediabistro.com, which offers networking and services for journalists."

Katherine Q. Seelye. White House Approves Pass for Blogger. News.com. March 7, 2005.

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Lines Blur Between Net Radio & P2P

"A new generation of start-ups is taking a page from Apple Computer's iTunes playbook, allowing Net radio listeners to draw their programming at will from one another's hard drives.

"At the head of a movement that could transform online radio, Live365 and start-up Grouper are the latest to blur these lines between Internet radio and online song-swapping, with an alliance aimed at turning the older companies' stable of amateur broadcasters into the hubs of peer-to-peer communities.

"The model looks to Apple's iTunes software, which lets people on the same network, such as in a dorm or office building, listen to songs from one another's music collections. Grouper's peer-to-peer service lets people stream songs at will to one another over the open Internet."

John Borland. Start-ups Blur Lines Between Radio, Music Swapping. News.com. March 4, 2005.

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Wikipedia: Open Source in Purest Form

"Four years ago, a wealthy options trader named Jimmy Wales set out to build a massive online encyclopedia ambitious in purpose and unique in design. This encyclopedia would be freely available to anyone. And it would be created not by paid experts and editors, but by whoever wanted to contribute. With software called Wiki - which allows anybody with Web access to go to a site and edit, delete, or add to what's there - Wales and his volunteer crew would construct a repository of knowledge to rival the ancient library of Alexandria.

"In 2001, the idea seemed preposterous. In 2005, the nonprofit venture is the largest encyclopedia on the planet. Wikipedia offers 500,000 articles in English - compared with Britannica's 80,000 and Encarta's 4,500 - fashioned by more than 16,000 contributors. Tack on the editions in 75 other languages, including Esperanto and Kurdish, and the total Wikipedia article count tops 1.3 million."

Daniel H. Pink. The Book Stops Here. Wired. March 2005.

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Google Adds Weather Search

"Google noted on their blog yesterday that they have added a shortcut which allows users to search for weather forecasts in various areas by typing in 'weather' and then their zip code.

"Google Weather results are also available on the cell phone via Google Mobile."

Loren Baker. Google Adds Weather Forecast. SearchEngineJournal. March 6, 2005.

See also:
Ben Sigelman. Searching for Weather, by Web or Phone. Google Blog. March 4, 2005.

Gary Price. Google's New Weather Shortcut and Similar Services. SearchEngineWatch. March 5, 2005.

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March 08, 2005

Infinity Will Stream Radio on Web

"Radio broadcaster Infinity is making 11 of its news and news-talk stations available online and will have its existing national and local sales forces sell commercial spots on the streams. Infinity Broadcasting is a unit of Viacom.

"'We have a very aggressive sales strategy that we'll be rolling out in the next couple of weeks as we move toward launch,' said David Goodman, president of marketing at Infinity. 'We really believe that we have a tremendous opportunity to dominate the at-work audience.'

"Industry-watchers have painted the move as an acknowledgement of the competitive environment that could be dragging audience away from radio broadcasting."

Pamela Parker. Infinity to Stream, Sell Ads Online. ClickZNews. March 3, 2005.

See also:
Heather Green et al. The New Radio Revolution. BusinessWeek Online. March 3, 2005.

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AARP Links Mature Workers with Employers

"The AARP launched an online service Monday designed to link workers aged 50 and older with job opportunities from a group of preselected employers - the latest in AARP's efforts to draw attention to the concerns of an aging work force.

"The program, which AARP calls its Workforce Initiative, centers on a Web site that highlights 13 employers, including information about their benefits programs, locations and work conditions. The site also allows members to link to the employers' Web sites for further information or to fill out job applications. Several of the selected employers are also staffing agencies that will attempt to link job searchers with their clients."

Associated Press. Web Site to Link Older Workers with Jobs. SeattlePI.com. March 1, 2005.

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March 07, 2005

Apple Bloggers Await Judge's Decision

"A state judge in California heard arguments on Friday in a lawsuit brought by Apple Computer to force three Web site publishers to reveal the names of confidential sources who disclosed to them Apple's plans for future products.

"The outcome of the lawsuit, which was filed in December, could have far-reaching ramifications for the ability of bloggers to maintain the confidentiality of unnamed sources, which news gatherers often depend on for information."

Laurie J. Flynn. Apple Asks Judge to Order Web Sites to Name Sources. The New York Times. March 5, 2005.

See also:
Dawn Kawamoto. Tentative Ruling Favors Apple in Blog Case. News.com. March 4, 2005.

Electronic Frontier Foundation. No Ruling Issued Yet in Apple Case. March 4, 2005.

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Turn Your Screen Into a Work of Art

Can't get to the New York Public Library to view 16th-century maps of North America or Russian Civil War posters from the early 1900s?

No problem. They'll come to you via your computer.

On Thursday, the library launched its NYPL Digital Gallery, which offers 275,000 images online, from Civil War photographs to renowned manuscripts to early American maps.

Dawn Kamamoto. NY Library Hangs Gallery of Images Online. News.com. March 3, 2005.

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March 05, 2005

Google's AutoLink Raises Eyebrows

"Look out, surfers: there's a wave of controversy headed your way over the latest version of the Google Toolbar, a popular Web browser add-on that attaches a search box and an extra row of buttons onto Internet Explorer.

"The new version (available at google.com) includes a feature called AutoLink, which can transform plain text on any Web page into a link that sends users to a related site for more information.

"AutoLink, though still in beta, has many Web watchers crying foul because it gives Google--not users or publishers of sites in which links are embedded--the power to decide which sites it sends you to."

Anita Hamilton. Google Tricks. Time. March 7, 2005.

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Oscar Surprise: Unsafe Mobile Phones

"According to a Los Angeles security consulting firm that went skulking outside the Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood on Sunday, as many as 100 people who walked the red carpet were carrying cell phones vulnerable to the kind of privacy invasion that recently gained Hilton a new round of unwanted notoriety.

"Three employees of the company, Flexilis, positioned themselves in the crowd of more than 1,000 people watching celebrities arrive at the Kodak Theater.

"The Flexilis researchers said they were able to detect that 50 to 100 of the attendees had smart cell phones whose contents--like those of Hilton's T-Mobile phone--could be electronically siphoned from their service providers' central computers."

John Markoff and Laura M. Holson. An Oscar Surprise: Vulnerable Phones. News.com. March 1, 2005.

Related:
Gizmodo.com. IMterview With Bluetooth Hacking Flexilis's John Hering. Aug. 4, 2004.

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Library Offers Audio Books on iPod Shuffle

"Checking out a new iPod now applies to more than shopping trips or web browsing. This week the South Huntington Public Library on Long Island, New York, became one of the first public libraries in the country to loan out iPod shuffles.

"For the past three weeks, the library ran a pilot program using the portable MP3 devices to store audio books downloaded from the Apple iTunes Music Store. They started with six shuffles, and now are up to a total of 10. Each device holds a single audio book.

Cyrus Farivar. Library Shuffles Its Collection. Wired News. March 3, 2005.

See also:
National Public Radio. iPod Shuffle at a Public Library. Talk of the Nation. March 3, 2005.

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PATRIOT Act Ruling Overdue

"Nearly 15 months have passed since U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood promised a prompt ruling on whether an important challenge to part of the USA Patriot Act should proceed.

"Back in July 2003, several Muslim community groups and the American Civil Liberties Union challenged Section 215 of the post-9/11 law, which broadened the federal government's ability to obtain secret surveillance and search warrants. Back on Dec. 3, 2003, Hood heard oral arguments on the Justice Department's motion to dismiss the case.

"At the time, Hood said she understood the importance of the case. Yet still, she has not ruled."

No author. PATRIOT ACT: Court Ruling on Key Section is Long Overdue. Detroit Free Press. Feb. 25, 2005.

See also:
American Civil Liberties Union. PATRIOT Act Fears Are Stifling Free Speech, ACLU Says in Challenge to Law.

Related
John Darling. Librarians, FBI Official Debate the Patriot Act. Mail Tribune. March 3, 2005.

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March 04, 2005

Beware of the Blogs

"Bloggers frighten me.

"Well, a little, anyway.

"I haven't reached the point where I can completely trust them to be accurate or comprehensive or analytical or, especially, fair. Sometimes, I'm not even sure if they worry about such conventions of journalism."

Jon Friedman. Why the Bloggers Frighten Me (a Little). MarketWatch. Feb. 28, 2005.

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Mobiles Weave Into Social Fabric

"Mobile phones are the essential accessory most of us never leave home without. At 3GSM, Europe's premier mobile phone show, Stephen Cole assesses the real role they play in our lives, and the problems users face.

"What exactly do mobile phones mean to us in this day and age?

"The short answer, it seems, is more than ever."

Stephen Cole. Mobiles 'Part of Social Fabric'. BBC News. Feb. 28, 2005.

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March 03, 2005

AIM Extends its Outlook

"America Online Inc. on Monday rolled out a beta of AIM Sync, a tool that effectively turns the Outlook e-mail client into a massive Buddy List. With AIM Sync, AOL adds presence awareness to Outlook by allowing users to see a contact's availability when users address a new e-mail in Outlook.

"The software embeds the AOL Running Man icon into the "To" field next to the e-mail address."

Ryan Naraine. AOL Takes AIM at Outlook. eWeek. Feb. 28, 2005.

See also:
Anick Jesdanun. AOL Integrates Buddy Lists with Outlook. The Boston Globe. Feb. 28, 2005.

Edward C. Baig. AOL Instant-Message Service to Expand. USA Today. Feb. 28, 2005.

America Online Inc. The AOL Instant Messenger ''AIM'' Service Teams with Top Sites and Services to Help Users Connect and Communicate in Real Time. (Press Release.) Feb. 28, 2005.

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Hush is the Word on Google's Digitization Project

"Beyond vague talk about Google having developed a much more efficient process, the project's specifics are secret. At Harvard, for instance, Google won't allow reporters to visit or photograph the scanning currently being done -- of 40,000 volumes as a kind of pilot project, just to make sure the books don't get damaged or lost -- at the university library's 5-million-volume off-campus storage facility.

"But the aims seem transparent enough. It will bring to the masses these great research institutions, full of books one would normally need a plane ride and permission to access, and make them as easy to search for and within as a particular city's restaurant listings."

Steve Johnson. How Google Will Scan the World, 1 Book at a Time. Chicago Tribune. Feb. 25, 2005.

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March 02, 2005

ALA President-Elect Calls Out Bloggers

"I had heard of the activities of the Blog People and of the absurd idea of giving them press credentials. I was not truly aware of them until shortly after I published an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times ("Google and God's Mind," December 17, 2004). Then, thanks to kind friends with nothing but my welfare in mind, I rapidly learned more about the blog subcultures.

"My piece had the temerity to question the usefulness of Google digitizing millions of books and making bits of them available via its notoriously inefficient search engine. In the eyes of bloggers, my sin lay in suggesting that Google is OK at giving access to random bits of information but would be terrible at giving access to the recorded knowledge that is the substance of scholarly books.

"It is obvious that the Blog People read what they want to read rather than what is in front of them and judge me to be wrong on the basis of what they think rather than what I actually wrote."

Michael Gorman. Revenge of the Blog People!. Library Journal. Feb. 15, 2004.

Related:
Kevin Drum. Google and the Human Spirit. Washington Monthly. Dec. 17, 2004.

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The 'Copyfight' Battle

"There will be no winners if we do not sort out copyright, argues columnist Bill Thompson. But let us not forget moral rights.

"Amidst all the 'will they?, won't they?' excitement over whether European patent law should be updated, and whether the version currently on offer will allow US-style software patents, it would be easy to forget that another, bigger, battle continues around the world.

It is the 'copyfight' - the continuing dispute over what sort of legal protection creative people or the companies that employ them should have over the ways in which their works are used."

Bill Thompson. The Copyright 'Copyfight' Is On. BBC News. Feb. 18, 2005.

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March 01, 2005

Business Week Interviews del.icio.us Creator

"Josh Schachter is a true techie. Though the 30-year-old New Yorker is a programmer at a financial-services company, in his off hours he writes a blog and works on his own software as a hobby. When he runs into a problem, Schachter's answer is to cobble together some software to fix it.

"Which is exactly what he did a little over two years ago. As Schachter began collecting links he wanted to write about for his blog, he needed a place to store them. By the end of 2003, Schachter had turned his own creation into a service called del.icio.us."

Heather Green. A Tag Team's Novel Net Navigation. Business Week Online. Feb. 28, 2005.

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Interview With Founder of Blogdigger

"As I’ve mentioned in the past, Blogdigger is one of my favourite RSS search engines, and since I had the chance to interview Greg Gershman, founder of Blogdigger itself, I couldn’t let this chance go by."

Sid Yadav. Interview With Greg Gershman, Founder of Blogdigger. The Daily Rundown. Feb. 22, 2005.

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February 28, 2005

World Bank Report: Digital Divide Closing Fast

"The 'digital divide' between rich and poor nations is narrowing fast, according to a World Bank report.

"'People in the developing world are getting more access at an incredible rate - far faster than... in the past,' said the report.

"But a spokesman for the UN's World Summit on the Information Society said the digital divide remained very real."

No author. Global Digital Divide 'Narrowing'. BBC News. Feb. 25, 2005.

See also:
Thomas Atkins. 'Digital Divide' Narrowing Fast, World Bank Says. Reuters. Feb. 24, 2005.

Global Information and Communication Technologies Department. World Bank Highlights Role of Private and Public Sectors in Closing Digital Divide. (.pdf) (Press Release.) Feb. 28, 2005.

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ChoicePoint Sued Over Identity Theft

"A California woman has sued ChoicePoint Inc. for fraud and negligence after criminals gained access to a database of personal records compiled by the company.

"The suit, which seeks class-action status, was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last Friday and claims that for at least five months the company failed to adequately protect people's financial records and confidential information."

No author. ChoicePoint Sued Over Identity Theft. Reuters. Feb. 23, 2005.

See also:
Kim Zetter. California Woman Sues ChoicePoint. Wired News. Feb. 24, 2005.

Jesse J. Holland. Congress Holding Hearing on Identity Theft. Yahoo! News. Feb. 24, 2005.

Reuters. Lawmakers to Act on Identity Theft. News.com. Feb. 24, 2005.

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February 26, 2005

Will the Wall Street Journal Survive?

"The Wall Street Journal is not only the best-written, most elegantly edited newspaper to cover business, it may be the best paper period.

"Because of its immense clout and vast resources -- the Journal might assign half a dozen reporters to the telecommunications beat while The New York Times and Washington Post each have one -- publicists feed it exclusives, sources leak it information and corporate chieftains plead for the privilege of having their cartoon portraits grace Page 1. All of this helps the Journal maintain its competitive edge.

"Given all of this, it might be hard to believe that The Wall Street Journal is in danger of becoming irrelevant, but it is."

Adam L. Penenberg. Whither The Wall Street Journal?. Wired News. Feb. 24, 2005.

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February 25, 2005

Russian Police Investigate MP3 Site

"A Russian digital-music site offering high-quality song downloads for just pennies apiece is the target of a criminal copyright investigation by the local police, recording industry groups said Tuesday.

"AllofMP3.com has been operating for several years, asking consumers to pay just 2 cents per megabyte of downloads--usually between 4 cents and 10 cents per song. Alongside the catalogue available at traditional stores like Apple Computer's iTunes, the site offered access to songs from the Beatles and other groups that haven't yet authorized digital distribution.

"The Russian site claimed it had licenses to do so from a local clearing house, but record labels have maintained that the licenses weren't valid. After long-standing complaints, the Moscow City Police Computer Crimes division completed an investigation earlier this month and recommended that prosecutors charge the site's operators with criminal copyright infringement."

John Borland. MP3s for Pennies? Russian Cops Say No. News.com. Feb. 22, 2005.

See also:
International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Recording industry Welcomes Police Investigation of Allofmp3.com. (Press Release.) Feb. 22, 2005.

John Leyden. Russian Police Probe Cheap Downloads Site. The Register. Feb. 22, 2005.

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Panel: Cultural Change Needed to Share Data

"Health researchers are rewarded for hoarding data as opposed to sharing it, concluded experts on a panel on intellectual property and information access in the genetic age. The panel was part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's larger conference, which explores how scientific issues impact society, here this week.

"Alan Herbert, a geneticist at Boston University, said that the natural tendency of companies and universities is to lock up data contained in electronic medical records or banked tissue samples. The databases become a unique resource that can be curated to generate revenue, so there is a huge disincentive to release data, even though such access would improve the quality of everyone's research.

"Science is usually done in 'small groups that hold data in small silos,' said Carol Kovac, general manager of IBM Healthcare. She said that multiple experiences in IT showed the advantages of open access for the general community and for IBM in particular. She cited Linux as a culture that 'rewards people for contributing, not holding back.'"

M.L. Baker. Panel: Cultural Shift Needed to Make Health Data Valuable. eWeek. Feb. 19, 2005.

See also:
M.L. Baker. Bush's Science Advisor, Congressman Clash Over Computer Models. eWeek. Feb. 18, 2005.

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February 24, 2005

Tension Builds Over Use of High Tech

"In 2002, a young software programmer in Seattle named Bram Cohen solved a vexing Internet problem: how to get large computer files such as home movies or audio recordings of music concerts to travel rapidly across cyberspace.

"Among the benefits of the invention, called BitTorrent, was that millions of users could quickly see lengthy amateur videos documenting the devastation of the December tsunami in the Indian Ocean, helping to spur an outpouring of charitable aid.

"But BitTorrent also is wildly popular because the technology makes it easier to freely trade Hollywood movies and television shows, putting it in the cross hairs of the entertainment industry.

Jonathan Krim. High-Tech Tension Over Illegal Uses. WashingtonPost.com. Feb. 22, 2005.

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A New View of the News

"Want to stay up on the latest news but think Google News is dry and boring? For something a little more visual, try 10x10. The site lets viewers scour the top headlines using photos, which combine to create a broad snapshot of the world every hour on the hour.

"News at a glance has never been so literal, thanks to information architect Jonathan Harris, 25, creator of the site. 10x10 takes the most common words from major news outlets like BBC World Edition and New York Times International and couples them with pictures. The site lets users interactively search for the top stories by scrolling over pictures and the words associated with them.

"The idea for 10x10's design and ever-changing content came to Harris while traveling in Greece. He started to wonder "what a moment in the world would look like," and it was from this question that he came up with the idea for 10x10."

David Cohn. A Fluid Look at the News. Wired News. Feb. 21, 2005.

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Airbus Proposes In-Flight Cell Phone Use

"European aircraft manufacturer Airbus plans to include in its new Superjumbo A380 planes an optional voice and data system that can allow passengers to use their mobile devices in flight, the company says.

"The service, including onboard mobile telephony and Internet access for passengers, will be offered through the OnAir joint venture to airline companies purchasing the A380. The system could be fitted on other models from Airbus as well as on planes from U.S. rival Boeing, OnAir says.

"Airbus last year successfully completed an in-flight trial of mobile phones and infrastructure equipment based on GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) technology using an Airbus A320 flight-test plane. Tested services included GSM telephony, Web browsing, e-mail, and connectivity to a VPN. The trial, announced last September, also tested several wireless computing services."

Laura Rohde. Coming Soon: Cell Phones in Flight?. PC World. Feb. 16, 2005.

See also:
John Blau. Mobile Phones Cleared for Takeoff. PC World. Sept. 26, 2004.

Bradley S. Klapper. Cell Phone Use Coming for Airbus Fliers. SeattlePI.com. Feb. 16, 2005.

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February 23, 2005

Librarians Value Online Communities

"Last February I was introduced to Bob Spence from the Carnegie Library in Ballinger, TX. Ballinger is a town of about 4000, smack-dab in the middle of the state. Right off, Spence told me he'd been 'cramming to learn the how-tos' ever since he'd started in his new role as library director, only six months before.

"In subsequent months, Spence shared his goal to have Ballinger's library become "the most practical public library in West Texas." He asked for advice on involving his library board, cataloging relevant web sites, and, in true Texas form, his struggle with 'wearing so many hats.'

"Since the onslaught of Internet services, all librarians have been struggling to incorporate new types of information, formats, and skills into our work, for both ourselves and our patrons. We exercise our professional skills, judgments, expertise, and even "share" an awful lot online, but perhaps we've missed an important point in all the technology hubbub—one that's fundamental to our ethics and practice in librarianship: we must be present and connected with our patrons and each other. What if we were all 'here, listening and learning,' like Bob Spence, in our online community?"

Chrystie R. Hil. Everything I Need To Know I Learned Online. Library Journal. Feb. 15, 2005.

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NGA Considers Restricting Access to Maps

"Officials at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency want to bar the public from viewing the agency's aeronautical and navigational data and publications, a decision that has upset many who use that information. Some librarians, commercial mapmakers and public-interest group members say they will launch a campaign to retain access.

"Without seeking public comment, NGA officials announced plans in November 2004 to stop selling and distributing the aeronautical and navigational data because of copyright concerns and worries about terrorist attacks. Last December, however, they said they would seek comments before making a final decision.

"Jim Mohan, an NGA spokesman, said the agency is considering the action partly because an increasing number of foreign source providers are claiming intellectual property rights or warning agency officials that they intend to copyright their source material."

Frank Tiboni. A Publishing Dilemma. FCW. Feb. 7, 2005.

See also:
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. NGA Invites Public Comment on Proposal to Remove Aeronautical Information from Public Sale and Distribution. (.pdf) (Press Release.) Dec. 3, 2004.

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February 22, 2005

Cryptographers to Hollywood: Design DRM to Fail

"Movie industry representatives at RSA 2005 in San Francisco today called on the IT industry for help in thwarting illegal file sharing before the problem threatened its revenues. But they were told that they must recognise the limitations of digital rights management in their fight against digital piracy.

"Speaking on the RSA conference panel Hollywood's Last Chance - Getting it Right on Digital Piracy, Carter Laren, security architect at Cryptographic Research, noted that cryptography is 'good at some problems, such as transmitting data so it can't be eavesdropped or even authentication, but it can't solve the content protection problem. If people have legitimate access to content, then you can't stop them misusing it.

"'Anyone designing content protection should design for failure and if it fails update it,' he added."

John Leyden. Cryptographers to Hollywood: Prepare to Fail on DRM. The Register. Feb. 17, 2005.

See also:
Cryptography Research. Cryptography Research Security Experts to Speak at RSA Conference 2005. (Press Release.) Feb. 14, 2005.

Michael A. Einhorn and Bill Rosenblatt. Peer-to-Peer Networking and Digital Rights Management: How Market Tools Can Solve Copyright Problems. (.pdf) Cato Institute. Feb. 17, 2005.

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E-Mail Service Extended to Wounded Troops

"The Defense Department's Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP), developed to help federal employees with disabilities use computers, has added wounded troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to its portfolio so that they can use e-mail.

"CAP Director Dinah Cohen, speaking here at the annual Healthcare and Management Information Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, said the fit between CAP and the mostly young, wounded troops is a natural fit 'because these are kids who have grown up in a computer environment.'

"When the troops are evacuated to a stateside hospital, Cohen said, they often want to communicate with family, friends and military colleagues via e-mail."

Bob Brewin. Wounded Vets Get E-Mail Aid. FCW. Feb. 18, 2005.

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February 21, 2005

10 Copyright Myths Explained

"An attempt to answer common myths about copyright seen on the net and cover issues related to copyright and USENET/Internet publication.

"Note that this is an essay about copyright myths. It assumes you know at least what copyright is -- basically the legal exclusive right of the author of a creative work to control the copying of that work. If you didn't know that, check out my own brief introduction to copyright for more information."

Brad Templeton. 10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained. Templeton.com. No date.

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AOL Updates Winamp Copy-Prevention Features

"America Online is disabling a feature of its popular music software that had been used to evade copy-prevention features of digital music services, the company said Friday.

"The company's Winamp software was identified by bloggers this week as part of a process that transformed copy-protected music downloads into songs that could be burned by the thousand to CD. The tool had potentially affected any subscription service that used Microsoft's media format, including Napster, Virgin Music and even America Online's own music subscription plan.

"AOL programmers are taking a series of steps to prevent its software from being used in this way, a representative said."

John Borland. AOL Blocks Music-Copying Feature. News.com. Feb. 17, 2005.

See also:
John Borland. Napster Hack Leads to Free Downloads. News.com. Feb. 15, 2005.

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NOAA to Launch Enterprise Architecture Portal

"Enterprise data architects at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration this week said they are piecing together an online portal that can navigate 99 disparate systems observing more than 500 environmental parameters.

"The NOAA Observing System Architecture, or NOSA, provides:

  • An integrated view of the agency’s data
  • A framework for examining future data needs, costs, gaps and duplication
  • Broad accessibility."

Susan M. Menke. NOAA Links its Architecture Online. GCN.com. Feb. 18, 2005.

See also:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA Web Site Provides Huge Inventory of Earth Observing Systems. (Press Release.) Feb. 14, 2005.

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February 19, 2005

ChoicePoint Warns 145,000 of Possible Fraud

"One of the nation's biggest information services has begun warning more than 100,000 people across the country they may be targets of fraud, following disclosures the company inadvertently sold personal and financial records to fraud artists apparently involved in a massive identity theft scheme.

"ChoicePoint Inc. electronically delivered thousands of reports containing names, addresses, Social Security numbers, financial information and other details to people in the Los Angeles area posing as officials in legitimate debt collection, insurance and check-cashing businesses.

"At least 700 victims have had their mailing addresses changed, apparently by people connected to the scheme, authorities said. Identity thieves often change the addresses of victims in order to gain control of credit card offers and other mail. No one knows the extent of the fraud or the financial impact, authorities said. Only one suspect has been arrested.

"Earlier this week, ChoicePoint officials said the records of about 35,000 people in California may have been disclosed. But yesterday, the company said the scope of the scheme is probably much wider than it originally reported. Company officials said they were sending out more letters to 110,000 addresses throughout the country that may be connected to the reports delivered to the fraudsters."

Robert O'Harrow Jr. ID Data Conned From Firm. WashingtonPost.com. Feb.17, 2005.

See also:

Matt Hines. ChoicePoint Data Theft Widens to 145,000 People. News.com. Feb. 18, 2005.

Todd R. Weiss. State Officials Push ChoicePoint on ID Theft Notifications. ComputerWorld. Feb. 18, 2005.

Bob Sullivan. Database Giant Gives Access to Fake Firms. MSNBC News. Feb. 14, 2005.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Company Should Notify Illinoisans About Any Breaches of Security of Security of Personal Information. (Press Release.) Feb. 16, 2005.

ChoicePoint. ChoicePoint Update on Fraud Investigation. (Press Release.) Feb. 16, 2005.

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. Alert: The ChoicePoint Data Security Breach: What It Means for You, and How to Find Out What ChoicePoint Knows about You. (Press Release.) Feb. 19, 2005.

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EFF Creates Endangered Gizmos List

"Endangered animals lists are familiar to those who care about nature, but now technology has its own list of gadget 'species' under threat of extinction.

"High on the endangered list is the file-sharing network, Morpheus, which is about to fight for survival in court.

"The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) list highlights what it says is the grip industry holds over gadgets."

No author. Gizmos Under Threat of Extinction. BBC News. Feb. 18, 2005.

See also:
Electronic Frontier Foundation. Endangered Gizmos List.

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Google's Toolbar Angers Critics

"Google's browser toolbar is raising eyebrows over a feature that inserts new hyperlinks in Web pages, giving the Internet search provider a powerful tool to funnel traffic to destinations of its choice.

"When Web surfers install the toolbar in their Microsoft Internet Explorer Web browser and click the AutoLink button, Web pages with street addresses suddenly sprout links to Google's map service by default. Book publishers' ISBN numbers trigger links to Amazon.com, potentially luring shoppers away from competing book sellers such as BarnesandNoble.com. Vehicle ID licenses spawn links to Carfax.com, while package tracking numbers connect automatically to shippers' Web sites.

"Google, the world's most widely used search engine, denied that the AutoLink feature is an attempt to control which destinations Web surfers visit. People can already choose between several map services, including Yahoo and MapQuest, and choices for book retailers may be added in the future, a company representative said on Friday."

Stefanie Olsen. Google Landgrab Raises Online Ire. News.com. Feb. 18, 2005.

See also:
Gary Price. A New Version (Beta) of the Google Toolbar is Now Available, Still No Firefox. SearchEngineWatch. Feb. 16, 2005.

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February 18, 2005

Next Generation Web Searches

"In less than a decade, Internet search engines have completely changed how people gather information. No longer must we run to a library to look up something; rather we can pull up relevant documents with just a few clicks on a keyboard. Now that 'Googling' has become synonymous with doing research, online search engines are poised for a series of upgrades that promise to further enhance how we find what we need.

"New search engines are improving the quality of results by delving deeper into the storehouse of materials available online, by sorting and presenting those results better, and by tracking your long-term interests so that they can refine their handling of new information requests.

"In the future, search engines will broaden content horizons as well, doing more than simply processing keyword queries typed into a text box. They will be able to automatically take into account your location--letting your wireless PDA, for instance, pinpoint the nearest restaurant when you are traveling. New systems will also find just the right picture faster by matching your sketches to similar shapes. They will even be able to name that half-remembered tune if you hum a few bars."

Javed Mostafa. Seeking Better Web Searches. ScientificAmerican.com. Feb. 2005.

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3G Linux Phone Boasts New Features

"Several leading mobile technology players are cooperating on a project to explore Linux's potential as the major software component in smart phones of the future.

"At the 3GSM World Congress taking place here this week, Infineon Technologies, Samsung and embedded-Linux specialist Trolltech said they have created a 3G, or third-generation, smart phone built around the Linux operating system.

"The prototype uses Linux software from MontaVista Software, a company that creates versions of the open-source operating system that can be embedded into special-purpose computing devices such as telecommunications equipment. The prototype features services such as video calling and streaming, Web browsing, stereo speakers and Java-based 3D gaming."

Andrew Donoghue. 3G Linux Phone Allows Video Calling, Web Browsing. News.com. Feb. 15, 2005.

See also:
CNET News.com Staff. Cell Phones Sound Off with New Skills. News.com. Feb. 16, 2005.

Stephen Shankland. MontaVista Aims to Simplify Cell Phone Linux. News.com. Feb. 7, 2005.

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TCP/IP Pioneers Win Turing Award

"Late in the summer of 1973, two young scientists in the nascent field of computer networks hunkered down in a conference room of the Cabana Hyatt Hotel in Palo Alto, Calif., a clean but bland stopping place for salesmen and the parents of students at nearby Stanford University. Their goal was to thrash out a way to make different, isolated computer networks talk to each other.

"They wrote, they sketched, they argued, all the while passing a yellow legal pad back and forth to capture ideas as they crystallized.

"When they emerged two days later, they knew they had the makings of a solid technical paper. What they did not know was that they had created the essential underpinnings of today's vast and sprawling Internet.

"For the work that began on that yellow pad, the Association for Computing Machinery plans to announce Wednesday that Vinton G. Cerf and Robert E. Kahn will receive the 2004 A. M. Turing Award, widely considered to be the computing field's equivalent of the Nobel Prize."

Katie Hafner. Laurels for Giving the Internet Its Language. News.com. Feb. 15, 2005.

See also:
Association for Computing Machinery. Internet Pioneers Cerf and Kahn to Receive ACM Turing Award. (Press Release.) Feb. 16, 2005.

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Napster Denies Flawed Copy Protection

"Less than three weeks after Napster Inc. began touting its all-you-can-rent music subscription service, the company finds itself refuting Internet claims that its copy-protection measures are flawed.

"The company posted a message this week, saying the service's digital music tracks are no more susceptible to unauthorized copying than any other licensed music service.

"The statement comes after word surfaced on the Internet about how subscribers of Napster To Go, which lets users play an unlimited number of tracks on their computer or on certain portable devices for about $15 a month, could make permanent copies of the songs."

Associated Press. Napster Refutes Flawed Protection Claims. SeattlePI.com. Feb. 16, 2005.

See also:
Sue Zeidler. Users Bypass Copy Protection on Napster To Go. WashingtonPost.com. Feb. 16, 2005.

John Borland. Napster Hack Leads to Free Downloads. News.com. Feb. 15, 2005.

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Vonage Says VoIP Calls Blocked by Provider

"Internet phone provider Vonage said it's asked U.S. utility regulators to investigate allegations that a 'major' broadband operator is deliberately blocking Internet phone calls.

"Any investigation and its findings will add more tension to the relationships between providers of high-speed Internet and voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), software that lets Internet connections double as inexpensive phone lines.

"Vonage recently met with Federal Communications Commission representatives, said Vonage spokeswoman Brooke Schulz, to discuss an instance of 'egregious, alarming and harmful port blocking.' Port blocking is when Internet providers prevent traffic of certain kinds from traveling through their Internet Protocol (IP) networks."

Ben Charny. Vonage Says Broadband Provider Blocks Its Calls. News.com. Feb. 14, 2005.

See also:
Ben Charny. Cell Phone to Double as Net Phone. News.com. Feb. 10, 2005.

Paul Kapustka. Vonage Complaining Of VoIP 'Blocking'. Advanced IP Pipeline. Feb. 14, 2005.

Paul Kapustka. Vonage Confirms 'Blocking' Complaint. Advanced IP Pipeline. Feb. 15, 2005.

Ben Charny. VoIP Provider Fears Predatory Practices. News.com. Sep. 20, 2004.

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Questel-Orbit Introduces New International Patent Database

"Questel-Orbit recently announced the release of FamPat, the family-based version of its international patent database PlusPat. An interesting feature of FamPat is that it gives searchers a choice of how broad a patent family they may display. Subject-searchable elements include:

"First, some background. Like PlusPat, FamPat has probably the broadest country and time coverage of any subject-searchable patent database. It covers 75 patenting authorities, and some countries go back to the early 20th century (or even earlier: Germany goes back to 1877). The very early records only have numeric information. However, this includes ECLA classes in some cases, so they can be retrieved in subject searches."

  • title and abstract text and (for some French patents) indexing terms
  • ECLA (European Patent Office) classifications, as applied by the EPO, including the ICO (in computer only) classes that cover non-inventive and other aspects of the patent
  • U.S. patent classes as applied by the USPTO
  • International Patent Classes as applied by most countries’ patent offices

Nancy Lambert. Announcing FamPat, A New International Patent Database from Questel-Orbit. Information Today. Feb. 14, 2005.

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Siemens Tests Mobile Phone Encryption

"Voltage Security is expected to announce on Monday that cell phone maker Siemens is putting its encryption technology to the test.

"Ten corporate customers of Siemens' communications group will take part in a beta of Voltage's identity-based encryption, or IBE, toolkit, set to be unveiled Monday. The technology takes identity information--such as an e-mail address, phone number or IP address--and uses that for the public key for a cryptographic system, said Matt Pauker, company co-founder."

Dawn Kawamoto. Siemens Tests Crypto for Cell Phones. News.com. Feb. 13, 2005.

See also:
Voltage Security, Inc. Voltage Security Announces Secure Email Solution for Siemens. (Press Release.) Feb. 14, 2005.

Voltage Security, Inc. Voltage Security Announces Growing Support from Industry Leaders for Securing Applications and Content with Identity-Based Encryption. (Press Release.) Feb. 14, 2005

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February 17, 2005

Cell Phone Industry Eyes Entertainment Downloads

"With a covetous eye on the success of portable music players, mobile phone makers are going after would-be iPod buyers by building high-quality players into their handsets.

"Sony Ericsson announced Monday it would soon market music-player mobiles under its parent's Walkman brand, drawing on the music catalogue of a sister company, Sony BMG, the world's No. 2 record company.

"And Nokia Corp., the world's leading phone maker, announced an alliance with Microsoft Corp. to allow mobile subscribers to load music from a PC onto their phones - much the way that a digital music player works."

Laurence Frost. Mobile Phone Industry Eyes Music Downloads. WashingtonPost.com. Feb. 14, 2005.

See also:
Chris Marlowe. Ring-a-Ding Ding for Mobile Music. Reuters. Feb. 15, 2005.

Sony Ericsson. Sony Ericsson to Offer Exciting Mobile Music Solution in Collaboration with Sony Group Companies. (Press Release.) Feb. 14, 2005.

Nokia. Microsoft and Nokia Collaborate to Help Ensure Consumers Can Enjoy Digital Music Anywhere. (Press Release.) Feb. 14, 2005.

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Microsoft, Flextronics Unveil New Mobile Platform

"Microsoft announced a partnership Sunday with phone maker Flextronics to market a new cell phone platform running Windows Mobile to phone makers and service providers.

"The two companies said they have jointly developed a new phone platform called Peabody--a blueprint that cell providers can customize and which is designed to cut production costs.

"Peabody runs on GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) networks, which is the world's most widespread wireless standard, and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service), the data delivery arm of GSM networks."

Steven Musil. Microsoft, Flextronics Partner on Cell Platform. News.com. Feb. 13, 2005.

See also:
Associated Press. Microsoft, Flextronics in Smartphone Venture. MSNBC News. Feb. 14, 2005.

Microsoft Corp. Flextronics and Microsoft Announce Windows Mobile-Based ODM Phone Platform for OEMs. (Press Release.) Feb. 14, 2005.

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IRS Offers Free E-File Progam

"There was a time when many people didn't really care how good tax software was, so long as preparing returns by computer was easier than getting out a No. 2 pencil and an 800-page taxpayer's guidebook to do it all by hand.

"But today, do-it-yourselfers have more choices than just buying - in stores or online - programs like TurboTax, from Intuit, or TaxCut, from H&R; Block.

"For example, if you go to the Internal Revenue Service Web site, www.irs.gov, and click on the link to a program called Free File, you will be directed to 20 different online tax preparation sites that let you compile and file relatively simple federal returns electronically - at no cost. Many of these sites impose some age or income restrictions, but some are open to all filers."

Paul J. Lim. So Much Software, But So Little Time. The New York Times. Feb. 13, 2005.

See also:
Yardena Arar. Get Free Online Tax Filing--While It Lasts. PC World. Feb. 11, 2005.

National Public Radio. A Look at Do-It-Yourself Tax Software. Morning Edition. Feb. 12, 2005.

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China Cracks Down on Illegal Net Cafes

"Chinese authorities closed 12,575 net cafes in the closing months of 2004, the country's government said.

"According to the official news agency most of the net cafes were closed down because they were operating illegally.

"Chinese net cafes operate under a set of strict guidelines and many of those most recently closed broke rules that limit how close they can be to schools."

No author. China Net Cafe Culture Crackdown. BBC News. Feb. 14, 2005.

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February 16, 2005

Impact of Bloggers on Mainstream Journalism

"Late Friday night, conservative web bloggers helped force the resignation of top CNN news executive Eason Jordan over remarks he made at the World Economic Conference in Davos. This, and other recent developments, have experts questioning the impact of Internet bloggers on mainstream journalism."

Jim Lehrer. Bloggers and Journalists. Online News Hour. Feb. 14, 2005.

See also:
Katherine Q. Seelye. Bloggers as News Media Trophy Hunters. News.com. Feb. 13, 2005.

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E-Mail: A Platform for Personal IM

"Stuart Anderson, Microsoft's Hotmail business manager in the UK, keeps online shopping receipts in his mailbox in case he has to query anything later.

"People are keeping a lot more information in their e-mail accounts for retrieval at a later date," says Yahoo!

"Web-based e-mail services like Hotmail, Yahoo!, Gmail and AOL Mail on the Web are becoming databases by default as a growing number of people use them, to store data and photos so they can retrieve them from anywhere."

Joia Shillingford. E-mail is the New Database. BBC News. Feb. 8, 2005.

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IAC Recognizes Excellence.gov Winners

"Industry Advisory Council members recognized five federal agency programs, from e-learning to registering food imports, for demonstrating best practices in federal e-government implementations.

"Judges selected the programs from 25 finalists that showed an impact on an agency's ability to fulfill its missions and satisfy stakeholders, participants and users.

"David Wennergren, the Navy's chief information officer and one of the program coordinators, said the winners were programs that helped an agency's ability to deliver its mission. 'It's about change,' he said."

Judi Hasson. IAC Selects Excellence.gov Winners. FCW.com. Feb. 10, 2005.

See also:
American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council. 2005 Excellence.Gov Awards. Feb. 9, 2005.

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February 15, 2005

The Next Music Format

"Classic-rock fan George Petersen doesn't need another copy of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" or Cream's "Disraeli Gears." He has spent the past four decades buying and re-buying his favorite music in a succession of new formats: vinyl, 8-track, cassette, compact disc, Super Audio CD, DVD-Audio.

Enough is enough. The basement is full.

"With tonight's 47th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles drawing attention to the ever-shifting world of the recording arts, Petersen and many other music-biz insiders agree that, in the next decade or so, the CD will very likely be surpassed as the album format of choice.

"'The new format is no format,' predicted Petersen, a 24-year industry veteran who also owns a record label, a recording studio and a music-publishing company. 'What the consumer would buy is a data file, and you could create whatever you need. If you want to make an MP3, you make an MP3. If you want a DVD-Audio surround disc, you make that.'"

Sean Daly. 10 Million iPods, Previewing the CD's End. WashingtonPost.com. Feb. 13, 2005.

See also:
Dinesh C. Sharma. Study: Fee-based Music Gains on Swapping. News.com. Feb. 10, 2005.

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New Web Tools Make Online Work Easier

"This scenario is all too familiar to office workers who collaborate electronically on projects: E-mails get passed around with differing versions of documents-in-progress attached. Instant messages whizz by. Web sites are cited, then lost. It's often a jumbled mess, with no central online location for shared data. There must be a better way.

"A new crop of tools aims to help turn the Web - be it on the public Internet or a company network - into much more than a collection of documents one visits like a museum: Look, but don't touch.

"'We're turning the Web into a conversation,' said Glenn Reid, chief executive and founder of Five Across Inc.

"Reid's startup and several other companies will offer their visions for accomplishing that on stage at the DEMO conference in Arizona, an annual showcase of tech innovation."

Associated Press. New Tools Making Online Work Easier. MarketWatch.com. Feb. 13, 2005.

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Napster Plans Marketing Campaign Against iPod

"Napster has revealed that it's planning an aggressive marketing campaign against Apple's iPod as part of its plans for a full launch of the Napster To Go portable subscription service later this quarter.

"The service, which soft-launched in the US in November, is likely to roll out in the UK in March. It's one of the first services enabled by Microsoft's Janus technology, which for the first time allows music files bought via subscription services to be transferred from a PC to a portable device."

New Media Age. Napster To Go Campaign Will Challenge Apple iTunes' Lead. Forbes. Feb. 10, 2005.

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New Site Improves Options for Vacation Renters

"Vacationers seeking a true home away from home have been fairly well served by the Web's many house rental services. But options have recently improved, thanks partly to the re-emergence, after a two-year hiatus, of one of the more useful vacation home sites.

"VacationSpot.com, which was owned by Expedia but suspended operations in 2003 because Expedia wanted to focus its attention on the travel package market, has recently reappeared - this time under the corporate flag of Expedia's sister company, Hotels.com, part of InterActiveCorp. The new site offers a refined complement to the array of less polished but increasingly useful sites in the category, like Rentalo, CyberRentals and VRBO.com."

Bob Tedeschi. More Choices for Vacation Home Renter. The New York Times. Feb. 13, 2005.

See also:
VacationSpot.com. Hotels.com Launches VacationSpot.com to Bring Vacation Rentals to the Desktops of Travelers. (Press Release.) Jan. 24, 2005.

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February 14, 2005

The Need for Information Literacy

"Information literacy seems to be a phrase whose time has come. Last month, the Educational Testing Service announced that it had developed a test to measure students' ability to evaluate online material. That suggested an official recognition that the millions spent to wire schools and universities is of little use unless students know how to retrieve useful information from the oceans of sludge on the Web.

"Clearly, 'computer skills' are not enough. A teacher of Scandinavian literature at Berkeley recently described how students used the Web to research a paper on the Vikings: 'They're Berkeley students, so, of course, they have the sense to restrict their searches to 'vikings NOT minnesota.' But they're perfectly willing to believe a Web site that describes early Viking settlements in Oklahoma.'

"But there is a paradox in the way people think of the Web. Everyone is aware that it teems with rotten information, but most people feel confident that they can sort out the dross.

"That level of confidence may not be justified, particularly when a search for information requires judging a Web site's credibility."

Geoffrey Nunberg. Teaching Students to Swim in the Online Sea. The New York Times. Feb. 13, 2005.

See also:
Deborah Fallows. Search Engine Users: Internet Searchers are Confident, Satisfied and Trusting – But They are Also Unaware and Naïve. (.pdf) Pew Internet & American Life Project. Jan. 23, 2005.

Editors note: See also SNTReport.com's prior story story on literacy assessment.

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Surround Sound for Cell Phones

"Are those tinny ring tones making you jumpy? How about a new kind of phone that can make it sound like you're literally in the middle of a soothing forest stream?

"A new line of multimedia phones has hit the streets in Japan over the past few weeks that incorporates three-dimensional sound technology from British start-up Sonaptic. As yet, the content for it is slim--a fishing game, a handful of sound and video clips--but the technology promises a substantial advance for mobile-phone audio.

"The company's developers previously created the 3D audio technology for the Xbox, and they are now aiming to create a similarly compelling experience even with the constraints of a little mobile phone, they say."

John Borland. Cell Phones Get Surround Sound. News.com. Feb. 11, 2005.

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February 12, 2005

Wikinews: An Experiment in Collaborative News

"You may, in the course of reading this article, spot a factual error that made it to press. A certain bit of grammar may makes you bristle, or you may think the writing is biased. But by now the ink has dried; all you can do is send an e-mail message or a letter of complaint.

"If this article had been published on Wikinews, a Web site begun recently, there would be something more you could do: change it, fix it, expand it or delete it.

"Wikinews (www.wikinews.org) is an experiment in collaborative news gathering and reporting, and the latest in a collection of Wikis (pronounced WIK-eez or WEEK-eez) under the umbrella of Wikimedia, which cultivates free and open information resources written by its users."

Aaron Weiss. The Unassociated Press. The New York Times. Feb. 10, 2005.

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Associated New Media Launches RSS Feeds

"Associated New Media has introduced a Really Simple Syndication feed for the Daily Mail and This Is Money websites, to help boost traffic and make it easy for readers to keep track of events.

"Mark Milner, chief operating officer of ANM, said: 'By implementing RSS, we are making it easier for our consumers to access our content in the most convenient way possible. And it means that we as a business can distribute our content updates to consumers instantly.'"

Julia Pearlman. Associated New Media Unveils RSS Feed for Newspapers. Digital Bulletin. Feb. 8, 2005.

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Facebook.com: The Latest College Craze

"Launched by five undergraduates at Harvard University in February 2004, the free Web site, www.thefacebook.com, has 1.5 million members, nearly all of them students, from more than 300 colleges and universities nationwide. More than half the users have signed up in the last two months, a spokesman said.

"Students post photos and information about themselves, including political views, tastes in music and movies, and their relationship status. They connect to members at their own schools or, in a more limited way, at others. They check out date prospects, join serious and silly interest groups, search for old friends and make new ones.

"The Web site's growing database intrigues sociologists, economists and other researchers, even as it raises privacy concerns among some college officials. Advertisers are eager to reach its lucrative young market."

Rebecca Trounson. Web Site Grows, Campus by Campus. DetNews.co. Feb. 6, 2005.

Update: Helosisa A. Nogueira. Students Launch Job Search Site. The Harvard Crimson. Feb. 8, 2005. (Eduardo L. Saverin, co-founder of thefacebook.com has launched a career recruiting website called joboozle.com.)

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FBI Publishes Cell Phone Spam Sites

"The Federal Communications Commission on Monday published a list of Web sites that the agency says transmits unwanted e-mail and text messages to cell phones.

"Sites on the list have 30 days to stop transmitting unwanted e-mail messages, unless the recipient has given permission to receive the message."

Associated Press. FCC Lists Sites That Send Cell Phone Spam. San Francisco Chronicle. Feb. 7, 2005.

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February 11, 2005

A New Look at Web Services

"Web services are poised to revolutionize the way content sites get their goods to the folks who want them.

"Joshua Tauberer is trying to render obsolete Web surfing to track congressional bills. People usually have to check out dozens of Web addresses, like the U.S. Congress site, OpenSecrets.org, and political blogs, to find out if special interests are putting money into the campaign coffers of a bill's sponsor, read what bloggers are saying about the bill, and find out if there's any related legislation.

"But last year Tauberer, a graduate linguistics student at the University of Pennsylvania, built GovTrack.us to automatically retrieve the latest news and blog entries related to federal legislation from hundreds of sites. Copyright law is one topic he's particularly interested in, and he wants to help others take advantage of all the information about it floating in cyberspace. He's doing so via a series of related software and Internet technologies people commonly call Web services."

Olga Kharif. All Your Info in One Place. BusinessWeek Online. Feb. 8, 2005.

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Google Launches Map Service

"In its latest play in the ongoing search wars, Google on Tuesday quietly launched a beta site for a new map service.

"Google Maps offers maps, driving directions and the ability to search for local businesses. The search giant appears to be working with TeleAtlas for the mapping products. Neither Google nor TeleAtlas could be reached for comment.

"The service offers a few tweaks to standard mapping products. Someone using the service can click and drag the maps, instead of having to click and reload, for example, and magnified views of specific spots pop up in bubbles."

Margaret Kane. Google Finds Its Map Service. News.com. Feb. 8, 2005.

See also:
Danny Sullivan. New Google Maps Now Live. SearchEngineWatch. Feb. 8, 2005.

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Verizon Avenue to Launch Wireless Broadband

"Verizon Avenue, a subsidiary of Verizon Communications, has bought equipment from Alvarion to make wireless broadband service available on a former military base.

Alvarion, one of the leading wireless broadband gear makers, announced Monday that Verizon Avenue had agreed to purchase about 2,300 fixed broadband units. Verizon Avenue has contracted the installation of the gear to Clark Pinnacle Family Communities, which plans to set up the gear and service at the former Fort Ord military base in Monterey, Calif.

"Alvarion said in a release that the wireless broadband equipment is based on the same technology that will be behind the WiMax specification when it is completed."

Richard Shim. Verizon, Alvarion Sign Wireless Broadband Deal. News.com. Feb. 7, 2005.

See also:
Alvarion. Verizon Avenue Deploys Fixed Wireless Broadband Services Using Alvarion Systems; Broadband Internet Services Being Provided to Revitalized Housing on Former California Military Base. (Press Release.) Feb. 7, 2005.

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February 10, 2005

The Power of Tagging

"Erik Benson, 28, is a man with plans -- 28 plans. He's posted these aspirations for the whole Web to see at '43 Things,' a site he and some friends launched at the beginning of 2005. The purpose of the site: Anyone can post their goals, resolutions and grand designs, and meet others who share the same ambitions.

"There are currently 119 other people on 43things.com decreeing their pledge to do a start-up that makes it past that two-year threshold.

"But what's intriguing about 43 things isn't the voyeuristic itch it scratches, as we get to see so many people baring their heart's desire. What makes the site work is how it connects all these people to each other. By a simple software tweak known as tagging, this site and many others, like the photo site Flickr and the bookmark-sharing system del.icio.us, have found a new way to organize information and connect people. The surprise is that the organizing itself is unorganized -- and yet it works."

Katharine Mieszkowski. Steal This Bookmark!. Salon. Feb. 8, 2005.

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A New Game Plan for Sony

"At the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas last month, Sony Electronics executives feasted at a five-star restaurant, toasting their businesses' double-digit growth and hoping the profits would lift the fortunes of the ailing conglomerate.

"But the boom in electronics wasn't enough to offset weak results for Sony's other properties, when the company reported its quarterly earnings a few weeks later. For the company's top brass, the disparity underscored the need for Sony to go double time with a convergence strategy that it has been incubating for nearly a decade.

"The strategy: Make its movies and games accessible on its gadgets, to help it beat Panasonic, Samsung Electronics and Royal Philips Electronics in an increasingly competitive consumer electronics market."

Richard Shim. Sony Hits Play for New Game Plan. News.com. Feb. 7, 2005.

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Podcasting Allows More Voices to be Heard

"After getting a taste of the radio business in college, software designer Craig Patchett never lost his interest in broadcasting. But without a job in radio, it seemed likely to remain one of those unfulfilled passions - until something called 'podcasting' came along.

"Now, Patchett's creating shows and sending them out to the masses every day - not over the airwaves to radios but over the Internet, from his personal computer in Carlsbad, Calif. His listeners download his shows to their iPods and other digital music players.

"Patchett, 43, is among a growing number of people getting into podcasting, which is quickly becoming another of the Internet's equalizing technologies."

Matthew Fordahl. 'Podcasting' Lets Masses Do Radio Shows. Boston Globe. Feb. 7, 2005.

See also:
National Public Radio. 'PodCasting' to Music, Talk Fans Online. Day to Day. Feb. 1, 2005.

Steve Rubel. Pondering Podvertising Possibilities. iMediaConnection. Feb. 8, 2005.

Cindy L. Chick. Invasion of the Podcasters. LawLibTech. Feb. 2, 2005.

On the Media. Podcasting. Jan. 7, 2005.

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VoIP Connects Developing Countries

"David Kovach and Nersi Zand are in a business that sometimes takes them where other telecommunications companies don't want to go.

"The company has built an Internet-phone network into developing countries such as Vietnam, India, Turkey; into combat areas such as Iraq and Afghanistan; and even into Iran, which does not have diplomatic relations with the United States.

"The two and a silent partner started Xyrous Communications LLC in Vienna in December 2003. The company is selling a new Internet-voice technology that is grabbing attention in the industry because it is less expensive than traditional calling technology."

Yuki Noguchi.