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July 22, 2005

SNTReport.com Takes Off One Week

Effective Saturday, July 23, SNTReport.com will take one week off for vacation.

We will return to our normal six-day publication schedule on Monday, August 1.

K. Matthew Dames
Executive Editor

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Congress Forges Ahead to Extend Patriot Act

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

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

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

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

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Open Source to Transform Software Business

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

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

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

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FCC: Broadband Top Priority

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

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

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

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

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

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July 21, 2005

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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Study: Many Internet Users Unfamiliar With Buzzwords

"A new data brief from the Pew Internet & American Life project titled: The average American internet user is not sure what podcasting is, what an RSS feed does, or what the term 'phishing' means, looks at the results of a just completed survey."

Gary Price. Survey Results Show Most Americans Have No Clue About RSS. SearchEngineWatch. July 20, 2005.

Lee Rainie. The Average American Internet User is Not Sure What Podcasting is, What an RSS Feed Eoes, or What the Term "Phishing" Means. Pew Internet & American Life Project. July 2005.

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Ice-Rocket to Become BlogScour

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

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

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

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

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Peerflix Creates DVD Trade Community

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

"Peerflix has the site for you.

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

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

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

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

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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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Pirates Digitize New Harry Potter Book

"The latest Harry Potter tome was not released as an ebook because of fears over piracy - a plan as cunning as any of Baldrick's.

"Unfortunately some committed fans/pesky pirates immediately scanned the book on its release last weekend and used optical recognition software to digitise the text. Copies were then proof-read, not very well from the bits we've seen, before being released.

John Oates. Harry Potter Hit by Pesky Pirates. The Register. July 20, 2005.

See also:
TeleRead. Illegal But Beautifully Read: Net.radio Performance of New Harry Potter Book. July 17, 2005.

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Supreme Court Nominee Bolsters Web Activity

"The nomination of Judge John G. Roberts to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court fueled feverish activity on dozens of Web sites and blogs Wednesday.

"The Supreme Court nomination quickly became the most popular search topic on Technorati.com, a service that says it monitors more than 13.6 million Web logs."

Frank Barnako. Partisans, Start Your Web Postings. MarketWatch. July 20, 2005.

See also:
Page Rockwell. So We Have a Nominee. What's Next?. Salon.com. July 20, 2005.

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Microsoft Unveils Business Scorecard Manage

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

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

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July 20, 2005

K. Matthew Dames Gives Virtual Presentation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webliography

The American Customer Satisfaction Index.

Basecamp

Salesforce.com

Google Labs

Google Short Message Service

Google Mobile

Google Code

Blogger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See also:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Panel Discusses Next Steps After Grokster

"Does Congress need to lay down new laws after last month's landmark Supreme Court decision on file swapping? Depends on whom you ask.

"A spectrum of outlooks came from lawyers who squared off at a panel discussion hosted Tuesday by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee."

Anne Broache. Time for Lawmakers to Act on Grokster?. News.com. July 19, 2005.

See also:
a href="http://www.netcaucus.org/">Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee. Interpreting Grokster: Protecting Copyright in the the Age of Peer-to-Peer. July 19, 2005.

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TiVo Launches Interactive Ad Features

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

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

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

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

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

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Search Start-Ups Continue to Expand

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Microsoft Sues to Keep Exec From Google

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

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

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

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

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LinkedIn Launches New Paid Service for Groups

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Intel Approves McCain Bill

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

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

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

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

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

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Gartner: A Billion Cell Phones by 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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Family Reunion Through Cable for Two Koreas

"Sixty years after telephone lines between South and North Korea were cut, communications officials from the world's most wired country and one of the least joined fibre-optic cables at the border on Monday.

"The cable linking Seoul and Pyongyang will be used next month for the first video reunions of families torn apart by the 1950-53 Korean War."

Reuters. Two Koreas Get Wired for Video Family Reunions. July 18, 2005.

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Carrier, Middleware Provider Collaborate to Create Higher Value

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

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

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

Cases are mentioned in this article.

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

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Computer Engineering Doesn't Attract Students?

"Speaking to hundreds of university professors, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates says he's baffled more students don't go into computer science.

"Citing statistics from UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, Klawe said students' interest in computer science fell more than 60 percent from 2000 to 2004, even though salaries have increased and more jobs have opened up."

Elizabeth M. Gillespie. Gates Puzzled by Computer Science Apathy . Yahoo! News. July 19, 2005.

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July 19, 2005

Yahoo's Management Turnover Slows Media Move

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

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

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

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UN Working Group Outlines Internet's Future

"A UN group charged with deciding how the net should be run has failed to reach a decision.

"The group's report (.pdf) suggests four possible futures for net governance that range from no change to complete overhaul.

"The proposals will go forward to a key UN net and society conference due to take place in November."

BBC News. UN at Odds Over Internet's Future. July 18, 2005.

See also:
Château de Bossey. Report of the Working Group on Internet Governance. (.pdf) June 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story the battle over Internet governance.

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News Corp. Acquires Intermix, MySpace

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

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

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

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TV Station Solicits Citizen Journalists

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

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

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

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

(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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Renewal of Patriot Act Up for Vote

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

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

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

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

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

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Google's Growth Stirs Privacy Fears

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

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

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

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

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

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Microsoft Eyes Entertainment Industry

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

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

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

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

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Yahoo, UC Berkeley Establish Research Facility

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

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

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

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

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Podcasting Attracts Major Media Companies

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

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

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

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

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The Vital Role of Forwarding E-Mail

"Forwarding a quirky email or an amusing link or video attachment to colleagues may seem innocent enough, but it is the modern equivalent of ritual gift exchange and carries with it similar social implications, say US researchers.

"Benjamin Gross at the University of Illinois, US, and colleagues studied email forwarding behaviour by conducting informal interviews among email users. He says forwarding emails plays a vital role in constructing and maintaining modern social ties, despite the phenomenon receiving scant attention from social scientists."

Will Knight. Email Forwarding Amounts to Ritual Gift Exchange. NewScientist.com. July 12, 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.

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Could Your Blog Find You A Job?

"A well expressed blog can do for a job seeker what a resume cannot — it provides insight into your thought processes, creativity, and communication skills.

"It can demonstrate to your reader how involved and interested you are in your field, and this presence can make all the difference to a potential employer."

The Virtual Handshake. Finding a Job with Your Blog. July 13, 2005.

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BBC May Sell Programs Online

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

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

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Groups Oppose Sites' Marketing Strategy for Predators

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

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

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

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

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

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July 16, 2005

P2P Projects Continue Despite Grokster

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

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

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

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Microsoft & Marvel Create Online Games

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

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

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

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

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Clear Channel Sees Potential in Podcasts

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

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

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

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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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Blog ROI Measurement

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

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

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

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

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In Taiwan, You Can Pay by Cell Phone

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

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

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

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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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TransFlash Is Adoped as MicroSD

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

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

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

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

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Fujitsu Develops Bendable Electronic Paper

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

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

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

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

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

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BBC Seeks to Change Multimedia Patent

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

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

"The BBC wants to change that."

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

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July 15, 2005

Australia Rules On Copyright & Linking

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

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

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

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

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Law Librarians Show Value

"In 1995 Baker & McKenzie fired all 10 members of its main library staff in Chicago, asserting that the move would save money and thrust its lawyers into the digital era. Fearing for their jobs, law librarians across the country mobilized to prove they were more than mere shelvers and shushers.

"Contrary to popular expectations, the digital age didn't supplant print. It complemented it. And it hasn't rendered librarians obsolete, either."

Heather Smith. Don't Count Out Law Librarians. The American Lawyer. July 14, 2005.

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Story Time Goes Digital

"For all those parents whose voices have grown hoarse sounding out the rhymes in their child's favorite picture book 'just one more time,' some reinforcements have arrived.

"One More Story is a new online library where children can choose a book - complete with narration, highlighted text, and the book's original illustrations - and listen as they read along on the computer."

Chelsea Waugaman. Read The Story Again? CSMonitor.com. July 11, 2005.

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IBM to Offer Free Software to Universities

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

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

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

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

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

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FAA Fights In-Flight Wirless Use

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

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

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

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

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

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior stories here and here on lifting the in-flight ban on cellphone use..

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Project Gizmo Rivals Skype

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

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

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

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

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Bloggers Take Commentary to Next Level

"It was inevitable: Bloggers who previously wrote endlessly about everything from politics to tech tips to how to fry an egg on a hot sidewalk can now take their commentary, advice and random experiments to the next level by filming and broadcasting their work, thanks to the latest web trend -- video blogging.

"Video blogs -- also known by their shorter, clunkier name, vlogs -- are blogs that primarily feature video shorts instead of text."

Katie Dean. Blogging + Video = Vlogging. Wired News. July 13, 2005.

See also:
Neeraj Saxena. Video Blogs Move Full Stream Ahead. Economic Times. July 12, 2005.

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iPod May Save Books

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

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

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

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Newspapers Face Cost Challenges

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

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

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

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

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Professor Seeks Online Patent Peer Review

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

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

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

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

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PalmOne Became Palm, Officially

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

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

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

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

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Sony Slices Into iPod's Market in Japan

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

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

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

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Congress Suggests 2009 for Digital TV Switch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

(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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Technorati Becomes Global Public Utility

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

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

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

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

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IBM to Add Enterprise Blogging Tool

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Technology Improves Mobile Phone Reading Efficiency

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

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

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

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

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Claria Launches Behavorial Search Platform

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

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

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

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

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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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Shareholders Approve Sprint & Nextel's Merger Plan

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

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

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

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

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EU Raids Intel

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

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

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

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

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

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Apple's Quarterly Profit More Than Quintuples

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Mark Cuban Offers Podcasting Advice

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

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

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

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

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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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CBS to Extend Online Reach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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AZ School Shelves Textbooks for Laptops

"A high school in Vail will become the state's first all-wireless, all-laptop public school this fall. The 350 students at the school will not have traditional textbooks. Instead, they will use electronic and online articles as part of more traditional teacher lesson plans."

Associated Press. Arizona School Won't Use Textbooks. MSNBC News. July 11, 2005.

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Study Proves Danger of Using Cell Phone While Driving

"A study of Australian drivers found that those using cellphones were four times as likely to be involved in a serious crash regardless of whether they used hands-free devices like earpieces or speaker phones that have been perceived as making talking while driving safer.

"The study, which is to appear in The British Medical Journal today, is the first of its kind to use actual crash data and cellphone records to show a link between talking on the phone and being seriously injured in an accident."

Jermy W. Peters. Hands-Free Cellphone Devices Don't Aid Road Safety, Study Concludes. The New York Times. 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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Skype & Boingo Wireless to Combine Strengths

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

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

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

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The Battle Over Internet Governance

"An international political spat is brewing over whether the United Nations will seize control of the heart of the Internet.

"U.N. bureaucrats and telecommunications ministers from many less-developed nations claim the U.S. government has undue influence over how things run online. Now they want to be the ones in charge."

Declan McCullagh. Will the U.N. Run the Internet?. News.com. July 11, 2005.

Declan McCullagh. United Nations Ponders Net's Future. News.com. March 26, 2004.

See also:
Working Group on Internet Governance. Internet Goverance Questionaire-Response. (.pdf) June 1, 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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Cell Phone Service Blocked in NY Tunnels

"New York's traffic tunnels went silent last week, figuratively speaking.

"Immediately after the terrorist bombings in London, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey abruptly cut power to the microcells that make it possible to use cell phones in the Lincoln and Holland tunnels under the Hudson River. Cell users in the heavily traveled tunnels, which connect Manhattan and New Jersey, lost service."

Leslie Cauley. NYC River Tunnels Lose Cell Service. USA Today. July 11, 2005.

Update: Reuters. Cell Phone Service Resumed in Two New York Tunnels. July 12, 2005.

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Site Blends Local Search & Social Networks

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

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

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

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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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Congress Overwhelmed with E-Mail

"You've got mail, members of Congress, about 200 million pieces of it.

"Nine out of 10 of those missives are e-mail, according to a report (.pdf) that chronicles the rapid shift from postal letters to e-mail as the means of communicating with lawmakers."

Associated Press. E-mailing Your Congressman? Join the Crowd. MSNBC News. July 11, 2005.

See also:
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum. On Capitol Hill, the Inboxes Are Overflowing. WashingtonPost.com. July 11, 2005.

Brad Fitch and Kathy Goldschmidt. Communicating with Congress. (.pdf) Congressional
Management Foundation
. July 11, 2005.

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Jumpstart Offers SEM for Local Auto Dealers

"Jumpstart Automotive Media, a media agency specializing in marketing programs for auto dealers, has launched a search engine marketing program to drive traffic to local auto dealers.

"Jumpstart trafficBUILDER will plan and manage SEM programs for auto dealers, with an emphasis on driving customers in that dealer's local market to its Web site."

Kevin Newcomb. Jumpstart Brings SEM to Local Auto Dealers. ClickZNews. July 11, 2005.

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July 11, 2005

Google Wins Domain Arbitration Case

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Sony BMG & iMesh Reach Licensing Deal

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

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

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

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

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Virgin Mobile Predicts Change in Wireless Music Service

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

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

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

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

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Sprint Rivals Blackberry with Goodlink E-Mail Service

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

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

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

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What is Workplace Cellphone Etiquette?

"In the great American debate about cell phone etiquette, some of the early turf battles seem to be settled, with winners and losers falling into camps familiar from Western Civ classes. Movie theaters, funerals and libraries appear to have been carried by the cell Rousseauists, who believe the social contract forbids such things as shouting intimate details into a piece of plastic in a room full of strangers.

"Restaurants constitute a middle ground, in a state of detente. Everyone knows it's rude to use a cell phone at dinner, but civilized people do it anyway."

John Leland. Just a Minute, Boss--My Cell Phone is Ringing. The New York Times. July 10, 2005.

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July 09, 2005

Yahoo Moves Toward RSS Search

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

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

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

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

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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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Dell, Napster Offer Colleges Music

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

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

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

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

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Groups Criticize E-Vote Guidelines

"In an effort to keep pace with changing technology and address widespread security concerns about electronic voting machines, the federal government has released new guidelines for voting systems.

"The guidelines, published in late June, call for vendors to follow better programming practices and make some suggestions for addressing problems with vote integrity."

Kim Zetter. E-Vote Guidelines Need Work. Wired News. July 7, 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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SourceLabs Launches Wiki-Based Open Source Catalog

"SourceLabs Inc., a service provider for open-source software, Wednesday announced a new community-based catalog of open-source projects that also serves as a wiki and features RSS technology.

"Seattle-based SourceLabs introduced the new technology, called Swik, as a service to the open-source community, said Brad Silverberg, managing partner at venture capital firm Ignition Partners—which has invested in SourceLabs—and a SourceLabs board member.

"'It's primarily for developers and end users to find out about all the different open-source projects, including documentation, download sites, reviews, descriptions, tips, tricks, all that kind of stuff,' Silverberg said."

Darryl K. Taft. SourceLabs Open-Source Catalog Boasts Wiki, RSS Support. eWeek. July 6, 2005.

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Yahoo Launches SMS Search

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

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

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

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

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

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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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High Tech Investors Launch VC Fund for RSS

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

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

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

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

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

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A Lifecycle Approach to Electronic Records

"Forget gigabytes or even terabytes.

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

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

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

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

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Podcasting Poised for Big Future

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

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

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

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

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

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Qualcomm Fights Back on Broadcom's Suit

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

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

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

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

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

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Qualcomm's lawsuit.

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Microsoft, France Telecom Partner for Wireless

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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EFF Includes Labor Section to Blogging Guide

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

Electronic Frontier Foundation. Bloggers' FAQ: Labor Law.

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Sony & McDonalds Team for PSP Deal

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

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

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

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Yahoo Launches Vertical Search Engine

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

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

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

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

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Intel, Morgan Freeman Form Internet Film Venture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Fifth of Japanese Businesses Use Open Source

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

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

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

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

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

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Disney, Sprint Plan Mobile Phone Service

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

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

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

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

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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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LG to Use Palm OS for Smartphone

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

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

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

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

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

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New Wireless Teachnology: xMax

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

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

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

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

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

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Vast Opportunities for Podcasting

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

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

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

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

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July 06, 2005

K. Matthew Dames Gives SLA Virtual Presentation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bloglines: Hosted RSS and news aggregator.

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

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

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

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

Technorati: A blog index.

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

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

Micro Persuasion: Blog of public relations executive Steve Rubel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Problems With Proposed Data Bill

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

"We should be worried.

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

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

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

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

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Time for Enterprise IM

"Enterprise instant messaging was one of those topics we thought was a no-brainer. Not only had we seen and embraced the productivity benefits of IM for editorial and management functions in our own (mostly) virtual enterprise. We also came across a few remarkable instances of organizational use of IM. Most notable was a fleet-wide deployment by the U.S. Navy that built operational communities of interest that performed beyond the call of duty.

"That was more than two years ago."

Jim Ericson. Enterprise IM: Needed, Neglected. Line56 News. June 30, 2005.

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Time for Enterprise IM

"Enterprise instant messaging was one of those topics we thought was a no-brainer. Not only had we seen and embraced the productivity benefits of IM for editorial and management functions in our own (mostly) virtual enterprise. We also came across a few remarkable instances of organizational use of IM. Most notable was a fleet-wide deployment by the U.S. Navy that built operational communities of interest that performed beyond the call of duty.

"That was more than two years ago."

Jim Ericson. Enterprise IM: Needed, Neglected. Line56 News. June 30, 2005.

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Time for Enterprise IM

"Enterprise instant messaging was one of those topics we thought was a no-brainer. Not only had we seen and embraced the productivity benefits of IM for editorial and management functions in our own (mostly) virtual enterprise. We also came across a few remarkable instances of organizational use of IM. Most notable was a fleet-wide deployment by the U.S. Navy that built operational communities of interest that performed beyond the call of duty.

"That was more than two years ago."

Jim Ericson. Enterprise IM: Needed, Neglected. Line56 News. June 30, 2005.

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The Value of Open Source Software

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

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

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

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Deutsche Telekom Mulls T-Mobile Sale

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Blogs Assist Authors in Writing Process

"When he has writer's block, John Battelle, author of the forthcoming book 'The Search: The Inside Story of How Google and Its Rivals Changed Everything,' keeps on writing. But not his book manuscript. Instead, he goes straight to his blog (battellemedia.com).

"Mr. Battelle, a founder of Wired and The Industry Standard magazines, sometimes makes quick notes on the blog about a topic related to his book, and other times posts longer essays. 'Writing for the blog is more like having a conversation,' Mr. Battelle said.

"For years, book authors have used the Internet to publicize their work and to keep in touch with readers. Several, like Mr. Battelle, are now experimenting with maintaining blogs while still in the act of writing their books."

Tania Ralli. Dear Blog: Today I Worked on My Book. The New York Times. July 4, 2005.

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Outlook for Podcast Advertising

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

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

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

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

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Business Blogging in the U.K.

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

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

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

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

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Search Engine's Interface Personalizes Results

"Last year French Kartoo presented its experimental search service Ujiko, with a new advanced user interface for Yahoo's search engine index.

"There is now a new version of Ujiko available, which looks like a oval game console. In the middle of the console you will find a circle displaying relevant information, like - for instance - color-coded suggestions for alternative search queries."

Lars Våge. Kartoo Presents New Exciting Version of Ujiko. Pandia Search Engine News. July 1, 2005.

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Broadcom Slapped Lawsuit on Qualcomm

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

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

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

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

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

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Wireless Carriers Seek to Suspend E-911 Deadline

"Some of the biggest U.S. wireless providers have asked regulators to suspend a December requirement for 95 percent of their phones to support e911 technology that allows emergency workers to pinpoint callers' locations, according to the CTIA mobile industry group on Friday.

"While new phones coming from these providers all have location technology, consumers are not changing their cell phones as quickly as the FCC had expected when it set the deadline more than five years ago, the CTIA said."

Reuters. Carriers Seek U.S. Mobile e911 Deadline Suspension. July 1, 2005.

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July 05, 2005

New iTunes Cell Phone

Commentary by K. Matthew Dames, executive editor

Over the weekend, Engadget published pictures of the new iTunes-enabled cell phone that Motorola will offer soon to the public. A few thoughts occur to me. First, I am glad that Engadget was the source to break this story instead of a mainstream press outlet.

I could wax poetic here about the viability and legitimacy of the blogosphere, but I will not waste my breath nor your time. It should be settled by now that good blogs are as viable and legitimate as a good broadsheet in breaking and providing news.

Second, I thought about a keen comment Stephen E. Arnold made to me the other day, namely that he is amazed at the extent to which Apple seems to be eating Sony's lunch in the consumer electronics arena.

While it is too early to tell how well or poorly Sony's new NW-HD1 digital music player will do on the market, one cannot argue that Apple has dominated this space since it introduced the iPod in 2001. Further, Apple has been able to galvanize some level of consensus on digital music where previously there was none.

Additionally, by galvanizing the music industry on digital music, it beat Sony at its own game, on its own block: converging consumer electronics with consumer entertainment.

The reason Sony bought Columbia Records in 1988 was so that the Japanese company would control both the hardware and software ends of the home entertainment spectrum. That Apple -- a company that was written off for dead as recently as 1997 -- has trumped Sony in this area is an amazing story.

My third and final thought is, "Why would anyone want to listen to music from a sound source so awful sounding as a cell phone?" Just as I am amazed at the speed with which Apple has come up with a palatable solution in the digital music space, I am similarly amazed that the consuming public has settled for such awful sound quality.

The sound quality of AAC, Apple's proprietary sound format with which it encodes tracks in iTunes, is better than that offered by MP3. Making that comparison, though, is like comparing the horror you might feel if you dipped your new pair of Alden loafers into freshly chewed gum instead of a Labrador's curbside dump. Neither option should be reasonably acceptable.

Now, we're being offered the chance to move our compressed music from the iPod to a cell phone, an instrument on which James Earl Jones can sound hollow and feeble. I will concede that I am probably in the minority on this issue, but I'd like the digital music evolution to provide me ways in which I can improve the way my music sounds at an affordable price, rather than paying less for the sonic equivalent of the Labrador's curbside dump.

Engadget. Say Hello to the Motorola E790 Apple iTunes Phone. July 3, 2005.

See also:
Yuki Noguchi. Moving Beyond Ringtones. Washington Post. July 2, 2005.

Martyn Williams. Sony's Walkman Ready to Rival the iPod. PC World. July 1, 2004.

Alec Hanley Bemis. The Digital Devolution. Wired. July 2005.

Olga Kharif, et al. iTunes Phones: Finally, Some Noise. BusinessWeek Online. June 30, 2005.

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

Arik Hesseldahl. Get Ready To Call iTunes. Forbes.com. December 16, 2004.

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Hurst Addresses TIFF Archive Debate

While catching up on some back reading, I discovered that Jill Hurst-Wahl has addressed an issue that should interest many who are involved in digitization, digital libraries, or preservation. Why does the library community insist on having images encoded in the Tag Image File Format (TIFF) instead of a high-quality file encoded in the much more popular (and portable) Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) format?

Jill and I discussed this recently while on a site visit to Kirtas Technologies, which produces a high quality book scanner that includes a Canon digital camera that shoots images at an astounding 16 megapixels. If you have that sort of quality, do you really need a TIFF image?

Digitization 101. Mega JPEG files vs. TIFF. June 30, 2005.

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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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Motorola Readies Linux Based Mobile Phone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Adult Publisher Sues Amazon Over Images

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

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

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

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

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Gates: Search Still Needs Improvement

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

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

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

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

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Lawmakers Strive to Ease Telecom's Video Service

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

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

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

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

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

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Online Retailers Test Power of Blogs

"Next on board the blogging bandwagon: e-tailer

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

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

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Survey: Replacements Will Drive Mobile Phone Market

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

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

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

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Harvard Scientists Digitize Records to Speed Research

"Harvard scientists are building a powerful computer system that will use artificial intelligence to scan the private medical files of 2.5 million people at local hospitals, as part of a government-funded effort to find the genetic roots of asthma and other diseases.

"The $20 million project -- which would probe more deeply and more quickly into medical records than human researchers are capable of -- is designed to find links between patients' DNA and illnesses.

"Although the effort could raise concerns about privacy, researchers say the new program, called ''I2B2' (for 'Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside') would respect the strict guidelines set out in federal and state laws, and could be a powerful tool for many kinds of research."

Gareth Cook. Harvard Project to Scan Millions of Medical Files. Boston Globe. July 4, 2005.

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Microsoft to Preview Latest CRM Suite

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 02, 2005

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.

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ChoicePoint Gets 5 Year IRS Contract

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

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

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

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

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

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Vodafone Connects to MSN Messenger

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

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

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

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

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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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PalmOne Gets a Bright Fiscal Result for Q4

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

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

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

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

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

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July 01, 2005

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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Feds Lead Global Crackdown on Piracy

"The government announced Thursday an 11-nation crackdown on Internet piracy organizations responsible for stealing copies of the latest 'Star Wars' film and other movies, games and software programs worth at least $50 million.

"FBI agents and investigators in the other nations conducted 90 searches, starting Wednesday, arresting four people, seizing hundreds of computers and shutting down at least eight major online distribution servers for pirated works.

"Called Operation Site Down, the crackdown involved undercover FBI operations run out of Chicago, San Francisco and Charlotte, N.C., and included help from authorities in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom."

Mark Sherman. Feds Target Internet Piracy Organizations. San Jose Mercury News. June 30, 2005.

See also:
Federal Bureau of Investigation. Justice Department Announces International Internet Piracy Sweep. (Press Release.) June 30, 2005.

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Google Sued Over AdWords

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Grokster's Impact on Podcasting

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

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

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

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

See also:

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

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

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Microsoft Publishes Desktop Search APIs

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

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

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

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

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

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Will Personalized Search Affect Ad Rankings?

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

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

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

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

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Blinkx Unveils Podcast Search Tool

"Search provider blinkx on Wednesday debuted a service to find podcasts and video blogs across the web, addressing the rapid proliferation of these new forms of content.

"blinkx has already introduced a search engine that finds video content, and the video blog and podcast search facilities add to its multimedia and desktop search capabilities. Users can also upload their own video blogs and podcasts to the search site.

"Like other companies, blinkx is recognizing the growing importance of podcasts as a way to bring their message to users of iPods and other portable MP3 players."

Red Herring. Blinkx Debuts Podcast Search. June 29, 2005.

See also:
Gary Price. Blinkx Now Offering Podcast Search. SearchEngineWatch. June 29, 2005.

Keith Regan. Blinkx Carves Out Niche With Podcast Search Tool. E-Commerce Times. June 29, 2005.

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Yahoo Tests Social Search Engine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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