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posted in January 2007

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Demo 07 Conference Showcases Encrypted Messaging, Inkless Printing
News  |  1/31/2007
A wide range of products shown at Demo 07 -- new encryption technology, inkless printing, a Web-based shipping system for small businesses, and even some enterprise applications -- hightlight a new trend in technology.
Reporter's Notebook: The Road to Demo 07
News  |  1/30/2007
The theme this year seems to be sharing, as opposed to last year's, which was searching.
Poll: Parents Prefer A Trekkie To A Date Met Online
News  |  1/30/2007
The Zogby survey also found 35.6% of 18- to 24-year-olds queried consider someone posting a picture of them in a swimsuit an invasion of privacy.
Demo '07: Zink Debuts Inkless Photo Printing
News  |  1/30/2007
Remember Polaroid's photos? Now there's printing paper based on the same technology.
Google Mini Upgrade Focuses On Security
News  |  1/29/2007
Google's low-end enterprise search appliance offers improved security and can restrict access to information to authorized users only.
Newspapers Smell Profit In Scented Ads
News  |  1/29/2007
Scentisphere will give The Wall Street Journal and USA Today an odiferous experience.
Spam Made Up 94% Of All E-Mail In December
News  |  1/29/2007
The Postini report says the rise of botnets and image spam is causing e-mail systems at some companies to melt down.
Adobe Turns PDF Over To Standards Body
News  |  1/26/2007
The submission comes as the specification must now compete with Microsoft's XPS format.
My Dinner With Google
Commentary  |  1/26/2007
I drove from San Francisco down to Mountain View last night to attend a dinner with members of the Google Apps and Google Enterprise teams. I rented a Zip Car for the occasion, since my car wasn't available and public transport wasn't an option. The car was a Cooper Mini. It's a fun little car. It had XM Radio and I have to say I was impressed with the sound quality. But I digress.
Corporate Blogging Pays For GM
News  |  1/26/2007
Forrester analysts recommend that companies similarly measure the return on investment that blogging brings.
Google 'Bombs' Defused
News  |  1/26/2007
Concerned about perceptions of bias, Google engineers write an algorithm that minimizes manipulation by pranksters.
Google Defuses Googlebombs
News  |  1/26/2007
Notable victims of Googlebombing have included George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Michael Moore, Tony Blair, Rick Santorum, and John Kerry, to name a few.
Diebold Compromised Its Own Voting Machine Security
News  |  1/25/2007
A photo of the key on its Web site helped reproduce real duplicate keys that can open the controversial voting machines.
AOL And Intellext Release Safe Search Software For Kids
News  |  1/25/2007
The companies are offering a search engine and an index of more than 48,000 screened educational sites.
Los Angeles Times Plans To Reinvent Itself To Compete Online
News  |  1/25/2007
The challenge is to make as much money from its online services as it's losing from the print side.
Users Bash New Google Groups
News  |  1/24/2007
The discussion service sheds its "beta" status with a look and feel of Gmail and therein lies the problem for an irate few.
Swedish Bank Taken for Over $1 Million by Cyber Crooks
News  |  1/24/2007
Customers were duped by a phishing scam coupled with a version of the Haxdoor Trojan installed on their computers.
National Retailers Hard To Find In Search Results
News  |  1/24/2007
Brick-and-mortar stores were represented only 5% of the time compared with Web-based shops.
Yahoo To Debut Improved Search Ad Ranking Model Next Month
News  |  1/24/2007
Ad quality -- how effectively the ad elicits consumer interest -- will be considered when determining where ads are placed on search results pages.
GeoCommons Promises Free Data for Map Mashups
News  |  1/23/2007
A new social network looks to tap into auto-generated maps to allow for various analyses.
Yahoo Revenue Rises But Profits Fall
News  |  1/23/2007
CEO Semel is pleased with the launch of the company's new "Project Panama" ad platform.
Appeals Court Shoots Down Copyright Challenge
News  |  1/23/2007
The case impacts how out-of-print and orphaned works may, or may not, be viewed online.
SuccessFactors Launches Simplicity Lab
News  |  1/22/2007
The online human resource management software provider takes a different approach to end user experiences.
Google May Get Game
News  |  1/22/2007
If Adscape Media is acquired, expect to see more in-game ads take a slice of the industry's expected $732 million in ad dollars by 2010.
Minor Google Security Lapse Obscures Ongoing Online Data Risk
News  |  1/22/2007
Finjan confirmed earlier reports that Google's anti-phishing blacklist, containing private user names and passwords, was accessible without protection on Google's servers.
MySpace Lawsuits Called Losers
Commentary  |  1/19/2007
Four families are suing MySpace for failing to prevent adults from contacting and subsequently sexually assaulting their daughters. The lawsuits charge MySpace and parent company News Corp. with negligence, gross negligence, fraud, fraud by nondisclosure, and negligent misrepresentation. As InformationWeek's Antone Gonsalves reports, the assaults occurred in late 2005 and early 2006. Auth
Brief: Google Far Behind PayPal At The Online Checkout
News  |  1/19/2007
To close the gap, it's paying people $10 to try it.
Watch The Watch List
News  |  1/19/2007
Yahoo Finance Gets Personal
News  |  1/19/2007
The company courts consumers and advertisers to compete better against rivals MSN Money, AOL Money & Finance, Dow Jones, and CNN.
TSA To Clean Up "No Fly List"
News  |  1/19/2007
The Senate reviews the agency's plans to cut the list in half by February and avoid misidentifying citizens as terrorists.
Google Moves Checkout Promotion To Main Page
News  |  1/18/2007
It may be the king of the search engines, but customers say Google's fledgling online payment system is no match for PayPal.
Pew Report Records Rise Of Blogosphere Political Elite
News  |  1/18/2007
During the 2006 campaign, 23% of those using the Internet to access political news created and shared political content through blog, video, or audio posts, or by forwarding such commentary to others.
Blog Traffic Triples at Newspapers' Web Sites
News  |  1/18/2007
Opportunities abound for staff writers that have expertise in certain areas, according to Nielsen//NetRatings.
Terrorists Tap Info On Google Earth
News  |  1/17/2007
British Army intelligence sources suspect the mapping software is being used in some rogue attacks.
Apple Reports Record Revenue
News  |  1/17/2007
Demand for iPods exceeds expectations on the heels of Apple's iPhone announcement.
Study Finds Open Source Benefits Business
News  |  1/17/2007
'Free' software makes economic sense.
Netflix Debuts PC Video Streaming Service
News  |  1/16/2007
The DVD-by-mail company is testing the service on a random subset of its customers, and plans to roll it out to all customers over the next six months.
Google And Yahoo Gain Search Share
News  |  1/16/2007
Microsoft saw its U.S. search share slip half a percentage point from 11% to 10.5%, despite its ongoing effort to win more of the online search market.
Adobe Updates RoboHelp
News  |  1/16/2007
RoboHelp 6 has been designed to facilitate the creation of help systems, knowledge bases, and various kinds of documentation for computer desktop environments.
Analyst: Apple Will Use iPhone Trademark Lawsuit For Publicity
News  |  1/12/2007
Hours before Apple announced the iPhone, Cisco -- which later sued Apple, claiming to own the trademark -- issued a statement saying they expected to reach an agreement over the product name.
Open Source Developers Build on Amazon Web Services
News  |  1/11/2007
Programmers are using the Lucene search engine library, a Web search crawler called Nutch, and Hadoop, an implementation of Google's MapReduce algorithm.
Major Newspaper Publishers Plan Joint Online Ad Sales Initiative
News  |  1/11/2007
Gannett, McClatchy, and Tribune are joining forces to sell online ads.
Defense Department Report Warns Of RFID-Enabled Spy Coins
News  |  1/11/2007
James Bond would be impressed by these Canadian coins.
Is A Closed iPhone Doomed To Fail?
News  |  1/10/2007
Apple made a closed system work for the iPod. Can it do the same with wireless phones?
Google SketchUp Gets Upgraded
News  |  1/10/2007
Google SketchUp 6 includes a new feature called Photo Match that adds the ability to create a 3D model from a 2D photo.
Counting Down To June For The iPhone
Commentary  |  1/9/2007
It's going to be a long wait until June. That's when Apple says it will release its newly announced iPhone. But it may be July or later before I actually get one (or two, since I assume my wife will want one). Given the universal praise I've been hearing for the device, I suspect they may be hard to get ahold of initially.
Apple Drops 'Computer' From Corporate Moniker
News  |  1/9/2007
After introducing the iPhone at Macworld, Steve Jobs declared that his company was dropping the word Computer from its name and henceforth would be known as Apple Inc.
Cisco Teams With Jabber For Collaborative Messaging
News  |  1/8/2007
The deal gives Cisco's communications platform a capability -- multiuser chat -- missing from competing offerings from IBM and Microsoft, says Jabber.
Keywords And Metatags Don't Infringe Trademarks
Commentary  |  1/8/2007
In a recent blog post, law professor Eric Goldman noted that a ruling in J.G. Wentworth SSC Ltd v. Settlement Funding LLC reinforces other judicial opinions that using trademarked terms as keywords and metatags does not constitute a trademark violation. The plaintiff in the case, J.G. Wentwor
Sony Ties TVs To The Net
News  |  1/8/2007
Sony Electronics said its new line of Internet-ready televisions has been designed to receive Internet video content from providers including AOL and Yahoo.
More Than Half Of U.S. Teens Use Social Networking Sites
News  |  1/8/2007
Maintaining contact with friends and social planning are the top reasons teens use social networking sites.
IBM And Sears Build Second Life Store
News  |  1/5/2007
The online store is designed to help users visualize purchases planned for real homes.
Microsoft Interviews Itself About The New Word
News  |  1/5/2007
Microsoft corporate VP Peter Pathe explains how new features and a new user interface will benefit users.
Microvision's Tiny Display Promises Vivid Cell Phone Video Projection
News  |  1/5/2007
Company anticipates that the new technology will increase consumer demand for mobile data services like mobile TV
NewsTrust Aims To Go Deeper Than Digg
News  |  1/4/2007
The site is looking to judge news articles online by quality, rather than simple popularity, with a more finely grained evaluation of news stories than one gets from the gladiatorial thumbs-up, thumbs-down votes by which stories live and die on Digg.
Google Reader Adds Trend Analysis
News  |  1/4/2007
Google's browser-based RSS reader now includes a Reader Trends page.
Google Calendar Shows Major Market Share Gains
News  |  1/4/2007
Google Calendar may be a threat to Yahoo's dominance.
Google Search Appliance Gets New Technology
News  |  1/4/2007
Google updates its top-tier enterprise search hardware with several new capabilities designed to appeal to corporate users, including search results clustering and administrative source biasing.
Meet SGT STAR, The U.S. Army's Software Recruiting Agent
News  |  1/3/2007
During months of testing, the software agent has fielded more than a half a million questions and caused visitors to stay longer on the Army Web site.
Dash and Yahoo Empower Cars With Local Search Engine
News  |  1/3/2007
The Dash Express device, scheduled for release in California in the spring of 2007 and nationwide in the fall, boasts two-way connectivity to help keep map and traffic data timely.
Sony Files Patent for Segway-Like Skateboard
News  |  1/2/2007
The patent, filed in November, describes a vehicle that turns when the rider shifts his balance.
Apple's Jobs Keeps His Job, But Legal Perils Remain
News  |  1/2/2007
While Steve Jobs retains control of the Apple helm, the company faces other legal challenges this year, over patents and monopoly law.
Wikipedia Founder Refutes Claims That It Banned Qatar
News  |  1/2/2007
Officials say the IP address of Qatar was briefly blocked from editing, not from viewing, the site because of a burst of spam or vandalism.


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