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posted in March 2007

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ZoomInfo Search Engine Makes Business Information Free
News  |  3/30/2007
The business-oriented semantic search service, tailored for finding information about companies and their employees, is expanding its reach to any Internet user.
GPL: Third Time's The Charm?
News  |  3/30/2007
The third iteration of the third version of the General Public License backs off -- a little bit -- on some of its more controversial aspects.
Google Patent Application Promises Cleaner Data
News  |  3/30/2007
The application describes a system for verifying listing information submitted by users, such as a merchant might enter when providing data to the Google Local Business Center about his or her business.
TiVo Adds Sharing Of Internet Video
News  |  3/30/2007
TiVo this week announced a new way for subscribers to share personal videos using One True Media's online video post-production service.
If Only Second Life Were Entertaining
Commentary  |  3/29/2007
I am baffled by the popularity of Second Life, particularly the media's fascination with it. Lord knows I've written my share of stories about it. I'm starting to wonder why.
Does Disallowed DVR Service Foretell YouTube's Fate?
News  |  3/29/2007
The court accepted the plaintiff's contention that Cablevision, rather than its customers, was directing the copyright infringement. Will the same rules apply to YouTube?
You Have Zero Privacy And Maybe A Keylogger
News  |  3/29/2007
Keyloggers record what you type on your keyboard, sometimes openly and legitimately but more frequently surreptitiously and illegally.
New Draft Of GPLv3 Is Published, Extends Reach To More Than Software
News  |  3/28/2007
The new language also attempts to make covenants like the Microsoft-Novell agreement apply to all GPL users rather than just to those using a specific Linux distribution.
Citizendium Fancies Itself Wikipedia With Manners
News  |  3/28/2007
With just over 1,000 articles, Citizendium isn't yet enormous, particularly in comparison with Wikipedia's 1.7 million articles.
Yahoo Mail Promises Unlimited Storage
News  |  3/28/2007
Unlimited storage, if unanswered by Microsoft and Google, may help Yahoo maintain its lead in the free e-mail market.
Yahoo Launches Mobile Services For Publishers
News  |  3/27/2007
The search engine bolsters its offerings with Yahoo Mobile Ad Network, Yahoo Mobile Content Engine, Yahoo Mobile Media Directory, and Yahoo Mobile Site Submit.
Adobe Sets Creative Suite 3 Ship Date For April
News  |  3/27/2007
The launch is the largest in Adobe's 25-year history.
Google Pack Packs On The Applications
News  |  3/27/2007
Google continues to bundle free software with partners to confound its rival Microsoft.
PwC Study Sees Service As 'Key Differentiator' For Online Companies
News  |  3/26/2007
Rushing to market before you're technically or operationally mature may be hurting your bottom line.
Microsoft Brings Mercora's Social Radio To Phones
News  |  3/26/2007
The deal means exposure to some 6 million to 8 million Windows Mobile users through Microsoft's Windows Mobile sites online.
How Google Could Lose $2.1 Billion. Or Not.
News  |  3/23/2007
Online advertisers can spend 30% less and still get the same results, says the head of a search engine marketing firm.
UCLA Researchers Create Microscale Alphabet Soup
News  |  3/23/2007
LithoParticles could be used to develop tiny pumps and for medical applications.
Pump Audio and Snocap Make Indie Music Available for Commercials
News  |  3/23/2007
The partnership will let artists registered with Snocap license their compositions for use on TV and on the Internet through Pump Audio.
Google Launches Test Of Pay-Per-Action Ads
News  |  3/23/2007
Limited program lets advertisers predetermine what actions they'll pay for and how much they'll pay.
News Corp. And NBC Universal Challenge YouTube With Internet Video Network
News  |  3/23/2007
News Corp. and NBC Universal also plan to create their own media player that will appear on its new site, as well as on partner sites such as AOL, MSN, MySpace, Yahoo, and possibly even YouTube.
Yahoo Updates Widget Platform
News  |  3/22/2007
The fourth iteration features a new Widget Dock that can be hidden automatically and attached to any side or corner of the screen, even with multiple monitors.
Wikipedia Becomes Intelligence Tool And Target For Jihadists
News  |  3/22/2007
Last year, an Internet user posted a message to a jihadist Web site titled "Why Don't We Invade Wikipedia?"
Google News Thinks "Zune" Is a Typo
News  |  3/22/2007
And Zune isn't really taking a bite out of Apple's share: Most of Microsoft's success has been at the expense of smaller players in the industry.
Declaring Orc Loot On Your Tax Form
News  |  3/21/2007
A new paper about online game economies such as World of Warcraft suggests ways to avoid losing your shirt, your ax, and your Talisman of Ephemeral Power.
Judge Finds Google Isn't A Monopoly
News  |  3/21/2007
The court suggests Google's high prices, by themselves, are not anti-competitive or exclusionary, but critics see things differently.
UCLA Scientists Create Tiny, Wet Alphabet
News  |  3/21/2007
UCLA scientists have created the world's least filling bowl of alphabet soup: billions of florescent microscale "LithoParticles" shaped like alphabet letters in a liquid solution.
Google Adds Interface Improvements
News  |  3/20/2007
The search engine breaks out of its single-color routine with six new themes for personalized pages.
Google Offers Pay-Per-Action Ads
News  |  3/20/2007
The search engine addresses a new AdSense program that pays for completed actions that a subscriber defines.
Cognition Searches For Understanding
News  |  3/20/2007
The company's alternative search engine to Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo aims to enable the Semantic Web.
Apple TV Projected To Surpass TiVo And Netflix
News  |  3/19/2007
Mixing Apple TV with iTunes could become a disruptive technology to legacy video purchase-and-consumption behavior, according to ThinkEquity Partners.
Advertisers Corrupt Search, Microsoft Research Finds
News  |  3/19/2007
A study with help from UC Davis suggests advertisers should closely scrutinize syndicators and traffic affiliates that are profiting from spam traffic.
Spyware Puts Ads on Google.com
News  |  3/19/2007
Cingular Wireless and Travelocity ads appeared on Google.com last month, without Google's consent, thanks to spyware.
Google Acquires In-Game Ad Company Adscape
News  |  3/16/2007
The search engine is expected to integrate Adscape's technology with its AdWords and AdSense programs.
Adobe Releases Apollo Alpha
News  |  3/16/2007
The cross-platform runtime works both online and offline, and doesn't require a Web browser.
Colorado Woman Sues To Hold Web Crawlers To Contracts
News  |  3/16/2007
Web site owner Suzanne Shell's lawsuit against the Internet Archive poses a question: "Can software programs be held liable for their actions?"
Google Changes Privacy Policy For Search Data
News  |  3/16/2007
It will make logs anonymous after 18 to 24 months.
Microsoft Pays Enterprise Customers To Adopt Windows Live Search
News  |  3/16/2007
CEO Steve Ballmer outlines the company's new initiative to become an Internet, information, and advertising company.
If Viacom Wins Its Case Against Google
Commentary  |  3/15/2007
Viacom's lawsuit against Google for copyright infringement probably will be withdrawn when Google blinks and offers Viacom a major portion of the ad dollars it brings in hosting Viacom content. But on the off chance that the case makes it to trial and Viacom wins, Google should argue that any damages get reduced by the value of the traffic Google has sent Viacom's way, not to mention the brand awareness Google ha
Web 3.0 Survives The Wrath Of Wikipedians
News  |  3/15/2007
Despite its marketing overtones, a batch of technologies that make up the Semantic Web could give Google some serious competition.
Privacy Starts Making Sense for Google
News  |  3/15/2007
Privacy concerns prompted the search company to think about anonymizing selected server logs.
Glide Promises To Make Any Phone An iPhone
News  |  3/14/2007
TransMedia's latest software offers the potential to access more files than the iPhone and the chance to work with wireless carriers beyond AT&T.
IT Think Tank Thinks IT Is Good For The Economy
News  |  3/13/2007
U.S. IT is responsible for two-thirds of total factor growth in productivity between 1995 and 2002 and virtually all of the growth in labor productivity, the group said.
Viacom Sues Google For Massive Copyright Infringement On YouTube
News  |  3/13/2007
The media company's complaint asserts that almost 160,000 unauthorized clips of Viacom content have been made available on YouTube.
Adesso Connects Computers With Tubes
News  |  3/12/2007
Tubes establishes direct links between two or more computers; Adesso calls them instant personal sharing networks.
Spiceworks Updates Free IT Management Software
News  |  3/12/2007
The company also says its customer base has doubled, from 30,000 to 60,000 small and medium-sized businesses, in just two months.
Microsoft's Windows Vista Marketing May Benefit Apple
News  |  3/12/2007
The new operating system's hardware upgrade stigma and other Mac factors are pushing some people to consider the Apple alternative, ThinkEquity analysts muse.
A Scarlet Letter For Second Life
News  |  3/9/2007
Residents of Second Life will be able share their opinions of people in the form of a five-star rating, which is designed to establish which individuals are commerce-worthy.
Is DRM Doomed? The Case Against Digital-Rights Management
News  |  3/9/2007
In the wake of Steve Jobs' call to eliminate anti-copying technology, are the music and movie industries poised to move from protection to monitoring?
Google Engineers Never Sleep, They Just Keep Adding New Features
News  |  3/9/2007
And those engineers at Yahoo and Microsoft also have been busy enhancing a bunch of their own products.
Google Calls On Gmail Users To Report Spam
News  |  3/8/2007
The request comes as the Securities and Exchange Commission shuts down stock trading for companies believed to be involved in pump-and-dump e-mail scams.
Steve Jobs Challenged To Drop Copy Protection For Pixar Films
News  |  3/8/2007
DefectiveByDesign dares the Apple CEO, among other items, to fund a campaign to repeal the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for the benefit of customers.
Small Software Developer Challenges Microsoft And Google With Free Operating System
Features  |  3/8/2007
Xcerion's XML-based XIOS runs inside a Web browser.
Wikipedia Mulls Proof Of Credentials
News  |  3/8/2007
Meanwhile, detractors of the plan say edits should stand on their own merits.
C-SPAN Shares More Of Its Video Online
News  |  3/7/2007
Television station adopts liberal copyright policy based on a popular licensing format.
Apple And Microsoft Users Differ On Age And Bias
News  |  3/7/2007
Internet metrics firm Hitwise reopens a discussion into which of the companies has a monopoly on "cool."
Google Releases Google Desktop 5 Beta
News  |  3/7/2007
The sidebar now blends into the image on a user's desktop and the various Google Gadgets sport interface and design improvements.
Windows Vista Launch Hurts Yahoo, But Not Google
News  |  3/7/2007
Yahoo and Ask have lost market share, dropping from 23% to 21% and from 4% to 3%, respectively.
Sharpcast Releases Photo Sharing and Sync Service
News  |  3/6/2007
Users can automatically sync photo collections and access images from home, work, Web, or Windows phone.
Is The Google Phone Its Next Super-Secret Project?
News  |  3/6/2007
Insiders believe Google is planning to build distribution relationships with multiple carriers to help develop voice and data services.
Internet Use Up 10% Worldwide, comScore Study Says
News  |  3/6/2007
India, Russia, and China all showed double-digit annual growth.
Microsoft Attorney Accuses Google Of Copyright Violations
News  |  3/6/2007
Says Google systematically violates copyright and deprives authors and publishers of an important avenue for monetizing their works.
Has Social Networking Gone Too Far?
News  |  3/5/2007
Critics suggest USA Today's redesign and Cisco's acquisition of Utah Street Networks means we're either building a thriving social network or a forum ghost town.
Forrester Report Claims R&D Studies Are Biased
News  |  3/5/2007
Despite U.S. spending of almost $300 billion on knowledge, the analyst firm found common flaws: bias, flawed analysis, and shortsightedness.
VelvetPuffin Builds Carrier-Independent Social Networking For Phones On IM Platform
News  |  3/5/2007
VelvetPuffin isn't just for text messaging; it delivers videos, photos, blogs, and other content associated with social networking.
Z Corp. Unveils More Affordable 3-D Printer
News  |  3/2/2007
Long used for prototyping, 3-D printing is increasingly being employed for manufacturing as well.
Google Gets BBC Content For YouTube
News  |  3/2/2007
The BBC hopes exposure on YouTube will encourage online video viewers to avail themselves of its proposed iPlayer service, which lets viewers see BBC shows on their computers for seven days after airing.
A Do-It-Yourself Social Network
News  |  3/2/2007
Ning puts users in control of their social networks, letting them add videos, discussion forums, and more.
Xcerion's Internet Cloud Forms Over Google and Microsoft
News  |  3/2/2007
The company plans to offer an XML-based Internet operating system and development platform that replicates the desktop computing experience from inside a Web browser and adds the benefits of cloud-based computing.
Jellyfish Service Turns Shopping Into A Competition
Features  |  3/2/2007
Smack shopping lets sellers compete for buyers by offering increasingly bigger discounts
Adobe Photoshop Online Faces Disinterest From Photo Pros
News  |  3/1/2007
An online version of Photoshop should appeal to the average consumer in the same way that Google's Picasa or other online photo services.
Google Reports Minuscule Click Fraud Rate
News  |  3/1/2007
But ClickForensics' numbers suggest the rate of click fraud across different ad industry sectors and different search providers varies widely.


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