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posted in April 2007

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Google Gets Personal With iGoogle
News  |  4/30/2007
Google also introduced Gadget Maker and seven gadget templates, including a photo gadget, a greeting gadget, a blogging gadget, a list gadget, a countdown gadget, a YouTube gadget, and a free form gadget.
Google To Launch iGoogle
Commentary  |  4/30/2007
At a brunch for journalists (where I am typing this), Google today rolled out new personalization applications and features that are scheduled to go live first thing Tuesday morning. First, the Google Personalized Home Page, previously known as IG because those two characters are at the end of the Personalized Home Page URL (www.google.com/ig), has formally become iGoogle. If you thought Froogle was a poor product name, be thankful Google rejected Yougle, Fusion, and Mockingbird for the rename
Yahoo Buys Right Media In Answer To Google's DoubleClick Acquisition
News  |  4/30/2007
Yahoo's ability to compete with Google in coming months will depend largely on its ability to increase the relevancy of its ads. Access to Right Media's inventory of ads and content may prove helpful in that regard.
Dear Microsoft: Enough With The Interactive TV
Commentary  |  4/27/2007
Dear Microsoft, Thank you for your concern about the lack of interactivity in my television. I realize that your researchers have only my best interests at heart, but please tell them that interactivity isn't necessary. TV is passive entertainment and I'm fine with that. If I want to interact, I'll do so using the computer in my home office, or maybe, if I'm feeling decadent, from my laptop while watching TV.
The Cost Of User-Generated Content
News  |  4/27/2007
Quiznos' attempts to be hip backfired, when ads comparing its sandwiches to rival Subway's resulted in an online quandary.
NOAA Sets Up Shop In Second Life
News  |  4/26/2007
The Meteora island offers hurricane, submarine, and weather balloon rides, a tsunami-training beach, a planetarium, and other educational experiences.
Anti-Spam Company Files Billion-Dollar Spam Lawsuit
News  |  4/26/2007
Unspam Technologies is seeking damages on behalf of the members of Project Honey Pot, based on the Can-Spam Act.
The Wedding Of Green Science And Nanotechnology
News  |  4/26/2007
A report supports using the technologies to create ultra-efficient catalysts, detoxify wastes, assemble useful molecular machines, and efficiently convert sunlight into energy.
Adobe Opens Flex
News  |  4/26/2007
Adobe is set to release the source code for its Flex development framework under the Mozilla Public License.
IBM, Intel, And Microsoft Tout Technology Future
News  |  4/25/2007
Though each company is working on something different, together they paint a picture of life with faster and more ubiquitous computing technology.
Google, Intel, And Microsoft Fund Robot 'Recipes'
News  |  4/25/2007
Money from the three companies has enabled researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to create a series of Internet-connected robots that almost anyone can build using off-the-shelf parts.
Study Finds You Don't Have To Be Smart To Get Rich
News  |  4/25/2007
The study did find one benefit of intelligence: People with higher IQ scores tend to get paid more.
Too Many Writers Spoil The Story
Commentary  |  4/24/2007
Blogger Jason Calcanis recently refused to be interviewed over the phone by Wired contributing editor Fred Vogelstein. Calcanis prefers e-mail. As Calcanis explained in an e-mail to Vogelstein, "I'm an email guy like dave winer.. And I own my words as well, and often print them on my blog (after stories come out)."
Google Releases Improved MySQL Code
News  |  4/24/2007
While it does contribute to the project, Google uses the open source relational database internally for some applications that aren't search related.
'Kryptonite' Discovered In Serbia
News  |  4/24/2007
The new mineral contains sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide, but won't have any effect on anyone wearing Spandex and a cape.
3-D Voice and Server Ownership Coming to Second Life
News  |  4/24/2007
Philip Rosedale, founder and CEO of Linden Lab, also endorsed the idea of allowing users to export their Second Life content to other virtual worlds.
Google Surpasses Microsoft As Most Powerful Brand
News  |  4/23/2007
The search engine also posted the highest momentum with the shortest-term growth rate, along with Apple, Louis Vuitton, Starbucks, Porsche, eBay, Chanel, Hermes, and Rolex.
Gartner Calls On IT Heroes
News  |  4/23/2007
"Most IT organizations can't deliver new value because their DNA is fundamentally about control," says Gartner fellow Jennifer Beck.
Stat Fight Erupts Between Online Ad Groups
News  |  4/20/2007
Two leading Internet metrics firms are asked to submit to a third-party audit of their measurement processes.
IBM Nano Research Promises Better Drugs And Circuits
News  |  4/20/2007
Almaden Research Center Scientists have found a way to use MRI techniques to see nanoscale objects.
Privacy Groups Decry Google's Plans For DoubleClick
News  |  4/20/2007
The groups want the FTC to determine what data collected by Google and DoubleClick is personally identifiable.
Google Buys Videoconferencing Software
News  |  4/20/2007
While Google indicated that the software would be used to facilitate internal meetings, it eventually may be integrated into services like Google Talk or Google Docs & Spreadsheets.
Web 3.0 Gets Under Way
Features  |  4/20/2007
TopQuadrant and Franz team on semantic Web development environment and database.
Google Delivers Solid Earnings On Ad Sales
News  |  4/19/2007
Revenue from AdSense continues Google's momentum as the company looks forward to acquiring DoubleClick.
Google Rebrands Froogle, Adds Personalization Features
News  |  4/19/2007
Froogle has been losing traffic steadily for the last four months, so the company is rebranding it with the straightforward name Google Product Search.
Mozilla Releases Thunderbird 2
News  |  4/19/2007
A new find-as-you-type feature in the free e-mail client winnows displayed messages on the fly, making searches faster.
Media Execs See Peril And Promise In User-Generated Content
News  |  4/18/2007
Accenture and Hitwise stats released this week question whether user-generated content is really a threat to mainstream media companies.
Yahoo Exec: It's Not Who's Hot, It's Companies That Last
News  |  4/18/2007
In the shadow of lackluster financial performance, Yahoo explains how it plans to save its bottom line, along with the environment.
Microsoft, Adobe, Yahoo Tout Web 2.0 Hybrid Apps
News  |  4/17/2007
With or without a browser, large-scale companies suggest partners get rich Internet applications or die tryin'.
CEO Eric Schmidt Presents Google's Friendly Face At Web 2.0 Expo
News  |  4/17/2007
The DoubleClick acquisition, Schmidt said, will benefit both Internet users in the form of more relevant ads and publishers in the form of technology to serve relevant ads.
Do Analysts Matter?
Commentary  |  4/17/2007
If you want to make it as a Web 2.0 company, find a way to get a positive review from Michael Arrington, the well-known Silicon Valley entrepreneur and founder of TechCrunch. Arrington, it seems, has become the tech industry equivalent of Robert Parker, the influential wine critic whose tastes have shaped that industry. Not so long ago, Gartner could make or break a company. Not so much an
In Web 2.0 Keynote, Jeff Bezos Touts Amazon's On-Demand Services
News  |  4/17/2007
Bezos pitched Amazon's pay-as-you-go infrastructure -- including offerings such as Simple Storage Service -- as a cost-conscious way for companies to manage IT services for their e-commerce operations.
Transmedia To Make Linux On Intel Ultra-Mobile PCs
News  |  4/16/2007
The devices will run Glide, an online productivity platform for word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, photo editing, calendars, and contacts.
Web 2.0 Expo: Media Companies Confront Mortality
News  |  4/16/2007
Panelists offer troubling news to traditional media companies about the future of the online landscape.
CitizenHawk Takes On The Typo Economy
News  |  4/13/2007
It's clear that typo squatting is a real and growing problem. The World Intellectual Property Organization said in March that cybersquatting disputes in 2006 increased by 25% compared with 2005.
Adobe Joins Media Player War
News  |  4/13/2007
The beta version of the Flash-based video playback includes a variety of social features such as the ability to comment on, tag, rate, and share videos with friends.
Google To Buy DoubleClick For $3.1 Billion
News  |  4/13/2007
The purchase would give Google valuable demographic data, ad management technology, and advertising clients.
Viacom And Yahoo Strike Web Advertising Deal
News  |  4/13/2007
Yahoo will serve sponsored search and contextual ads across Viacom's 33 broadband Web sites, and the deal may later be expanded to cover some 140 Viacom sites worldwide.
Darfur Crisis Comes To Google Earth
Features  |  4/13/2007
Google Earth's new Global Awareness folder includes several other planetary problems that are turned off by default.
Web 2.0 Arrives to Find Web 3.0 Under Way
News  |  4/13/2007
TopQuadrant and Franz to announce development of semantic Web technology that aims to make computers smarter.
Google Search Share Rises To Its Highest Level
News  |  4/12/2007
Nearly two-thirds of U.S. searches went through Google in March, according to a new survey.
Facebook Gets A Face-Lift
News  |  4/12/2007
The new design features a redistribution and consolidation of menu options and the addition of drop-down menus on every user's profile page.
Google Dissects a Clickbot, And Discusses The Cost Of Click Fraud
News  |  4/11/2007
The Clickbot.A botnet described in the paper consisted of 100,000 machines when analyzed in June 2006, and Google's potential click fraud cost was put at approximately $50,000.
MySpace Blocks Photobucket
News  |  4/11/2007
An Indiana Court of Appeals decision enforces new restrictions on the popular social networking site.
Darfur Crisis Comes To Google Earth
News  |  4/10/2007
Google Earth's new Global Awareness folder includes several other planetary problems that are turned off by default.
Viacom And Yahoo Strike Web Advertising Deal
News  |  4/10/2007
Yahoo will serve sponsored search and contextual ads across Viacom's 33 broadband Web sites, and the deal may later be expanded to cover some 140 Viacom sites worldwide.
SanDisk Partners With Yahoo On Wi-Fi MP3 Player
News  |  4/9/2007
The partnership lets you listen to Launchcast Internet radio, browse Flickr photos, and send instant messages using Yahoo Messenger.
Google Apologizes For Copying Data
News  |  4/9/2007
In a post on Google China's blog, Google acknowledges that a thesaurus integrated into its Pinyin software "does contain some non-Google data sources."
Blogging Code Of Conduct Proposed To Tame The Net
News  |  4/9/2007
O'Reilly's recommendation to ban abusive or false online posts draws support, as well as criticism.
AOL To Open Ad Market Using Google Technology
News  |  4/6/2007
The AdWords deal focuses on the marketing benefits to the AOL community using coordinated search and display campaigns.
VeriSign Domain Price Increase Criticized
News  |  4/6/2007
The cost increases are necessary to pay for the increased volume of domain name system queries, the company asserts.
Mozilla Labs Adds Social Networking Features To Firefox
News  |  4/6/2007
Content sharing tools let people keep track of their friends and all their related pictures, blogs, and other information.
Brief: Google Brings Map Mashups To The Masses
Features  |  4/6/2007
The point-and-click interface helps nonprogrammers draw lines and shapes, and add place mark icons, text, photos, and videos.
Google Talk Gadget Adds New Features
News  |  4/6/2007
The update includes a "Pop out" function for those who want to embed a Google Talk button on their Web sites.
Azureus Debuts P-To-P Video Platform
News  |  4/5/2007
The company's new Vuze application looks to make it easier to view high-definition licensed and self-published content online.
Torrid Blog Growth Cools
News  |  4/5/2007
The founder and CEO of blog search engine Technorati details the slowing of blog proliferation in a new report.
Google Brings Map Mashups To The Masses
News  |  4/5/2007
The point-and-click interface helps nonprogrammers draw lines and shapes, and add place mark icons, text, photos, and videos.
Utah Ban On Trademarked Keywords Rankles Groups
News  |  4/4/2007
Consumer groups and search engines sometimes differ on prohibiting using a competitor's trademark when there's no likelihood of consumer confusion.
Google Desktop Goes Mac
News  |  4/4/2007
The software is based on the Windows version of search software, but Google says it spent considerable time rewriting the code for the Macintosh.
Firefox's 'The Coop' Tests Social Browsing
News  |  4/4/2007
The plug-in from Mozilla Labs allows the browser to become a content sharing tool and compete directly with sites like MySpace.
Reporter Josh Wolf Freed From Prison
News  |  4/3/2007
Wolf struck a deal with prosecutors to post online the videotape that he had withheld from authorities.
YuMe Injects Ads Into Downloadable Files
News  |  4/3/2007
The company's technology allows for targeted and customizable campaigns in content downloaded from online destinations such as BitTorrent to any device.
Google Adds TV Ads To Dish Network's Lineup
News  |  4/3/2007
Google's aim is to automate ad buying, selling, delivery, and metrics across the 13.1 million-subscriber Dish Network. Intel and E-Trade are said to be among the participating advertisers.
Steve Jobs And EMI End DRM And Start Price Gouging
Commentary  |  4/2/2007
The deal announced today between Apple and EMI to sell unprotected digital songs on iTunes for $1.29 isn't a deal. It's a 30% piracy tax, substantially more than the 3% tax levied on blank digital audio recording media in the United States. Never mind that Jobs is right and DRM should go. Charging a third more under the pretense of higher fidelity and greater freedom is just a rip-off.
Spam Costs $712 Per Employee Annually
News  |  4/2/2007
A survey by Nucleus Research and KnowledgeStorm suggests that nine out of 10 e-mail users are frustrated with spam and one in 100 "appear to be at the breaking point."
Google Restores Katrina's Scars To Google Earth
News  |  4/2/2007
Congressional accusations of "airbrushing history" for showing pre-hurricane imagery of New Orleans caused Google to expedite a planned update to Google Earth.


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