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posted in June 2007

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Making Work More Like EVE Online
News  |  6/28/2007
IBM ponders how enterprises can be rewired to be more like games, particularly massively multiplayer online games like fantasy-themed World of Warcraft.
Google Offers Cash For Gadgets
News  |  6/28/2007
The catch is that the cash is available only to those with gadgets already garnering 250,000 page views per week or more.
Cyberbullying Common, More So At Facebook And MySpace
News  |  6/27/2007
The most common form of online harassment was the forwarding of messages presumed to be private, experienced by 15% of teens surveyed.
Google Helps Nonprofits Conquer Google Earth
News  |  6/27/2007
The project also includes online forums to enhance communications and connect interested users of Google Earth with experienced developers.
Google And Yahoo Add Photo Features
News  |  6/27/2007
The two search engines upgrade their respective online photo services to give consumers a more integrated experience.
Google Strikes Distribution Deal With Ingram Micro
News  |  6/27/2007
Ingram Micro will distribute the Google Search Appliance and Google Mini enterprise search boxes around the globe.
iPhone Debate: Buy Or Wait?
Commentary  |  6/26/2007
Friday is almost upon us and there seems to be no way to avoid the absurd iPhone hype. Just this morning I received a pitch from VeriSign's PR agency, Weber Shandwick, that posed the question, "Will the iPhone crash the Internet?" (No, apparently. The question was just to get me to read the pitch.) Resistance, it seems, it futile. So in the spirit of Stephen Colbert's Formidable Opponent segment, it's time to debate myself about the pros and cons of buying an iPhone. Feel free to join in.
Migration From MySpace To Facebook Shows Class Divide
News  |  6/26/2007
Kids on Facebook are expected to go to college, while those on MySpace are expected to get a job when they finish high school, according to informal research by a Ph.D. student.
Internet Radio Observes Day Of Silent Protest
News  |  6/26/2007
The intent of the protest is to demonstrate what will be heard on July 15, the date that 17 months of retroactive royalty payments are due.
Google Seeks To Extend Microsoft Antitrust Oversight
News  |  6/25/2007
The search engine company asks the courts to force Microsoft to reveal the exact changes in Windows Vista that accommodate competing desktop search software providers.
Google Apps Opens Door To Migrating E-Mail Users
News  |  6/25/2007
The company reports adding new business customers at a rate of 1,000 per day since it launched in February.
Rumored Google, Grand Central Deal Shows Increasing Rate Of Acquisitions
News  |  6/25/2007
Google's purchase of online phone company Grand Central Communications would put it on track for tripling its 2006 acquisitions.
Google Renews Call For Govt. To Stand Up To Censorship
News  |  6/22/2007
The search engine and its lobbyists try to persuade the U.S. Congress to treat censorship as a barrier to trade.
Plaxo Introduces New Address Book With Better Sync
News  |  6/22/2007
The company offers to synchronize multiple online address books and services from companies and organizations like AOL, Apple, Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, and Yahoo.
Satellite Destruction Using Google Earth And Orbitron
News  |  6/22/2007
Researchers use off-the-shelf software as part of an experiment to demonstrate the vulnerability of critical space infrastructure.
Apple Patent Foretells iPod And iPhone Security
News  |  6/21/2007
The patent application envisions several possible tests that could be used to prevent a portable device from being recharged.
Google Turns Its Hardware Manufacturing Over To Dell
News  |  6/21/2007
Up until late last year, Google assembled its high-end enterprise search box on its own, from components supplied by a variety of white-box manufacturers.
Do Software Makers Have to Protect Rivals?
Commentary  |  6/21/2007
In "Microsoft Search Compromise Could Hinder Innovation," Boston University law professor Keith Hylton raised the issue of how the government's case against Microsoft appears to have expanded antitrust law to include an obligation on the part of software companies to protect rivals. This is not an endorsement of Microsoft's behavior or criticism of Google's complaint about how Vista handles search. Rather, it's
Online Video Becoming A Habit
News  |  6/21/2007
Watching online video is becoming a routine part of Internet-using Americans' lives, with more than half saying they watch videos online at least once a week.
Google Broadens Pay-Per-Action Ad Beta
News  |  6/20/2007
Advertisers currently in the beta test should see an alert in their AdWords account informing them that they can create PPA ad campaigns.
Microsoft Search Compromise Could Hinder Innovation
News  |  6/20/2007
An antitrust complaint filed by Google is forcing Microsoft to change the way its Windows Vista operating system handles desktop search queries ... and perhaps its future.
Google Offers Tech Talks On Video
News  |  6/19/2007
Google is making available a growing collection of technical lectures, but don't expect them to topple American Idol in the ratings any time soon.
YouTube Goes International
News  |  6/19/2007
Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom now all have local versions of YouTube.
Google Shows Hybrid Cars That Return Juice To The Grid
News  |  6/19/2007
The cars returned some of the solar power gathered from Google's newly completed 1.6-megawatt photovoltaic system, power stored in the battery of the car, to the PG&E electrical grid.
'Sicko' On Google Video
Commentary  |  6/18/2007
Michael Moore's latest film Sicko has appeared online. My wife and I watched it in its entirety on Google Video last night. It has been removed since then, though it's no doubt still available on various file sharing networks. I'm tempted to send Mr. Moore a check for the $20 we won't be spending at the movie theater this summer, but to do so would be to shortchange
YouTube Adds Adobe Online Video Editing Software
News  |  6/18/2007
The addition may prove particularly useful to those who upload videos from cell phones, which typically lack video editing software.
Sex Offenders With MySpace Profiles Arrested
News  |  6/15/2007
The two-week operation was conducted by the Attorney General's Cyber Crimes and Fugitive Units.
Microsoft, Yahoo Also Face Antitrust Review For Ad Buy Deals
News  |  6/15/2007
Proposed online-advertising company purchases by Google and others are keeping FTC acquisition reviewers busy.
Measuring The Widget Economy
News  |  6/14/2007
This atomization of Web pages, the new distributed Web, complicates the process of measuring and monetizing. And that's where comScore aims to help.
CNN, YouTube Take Electoral Debates To The People
News  |  6/14/2007
Rather than fielding questions from news anchors, the presidential hopefuls will confront videotaped queries.
Google Cancels 'Freedom' Party To Appease eBay
News  |  6/14/2007
The online auction site reportedly canceled its search ad purchases in response to Google's planned promotion of Google Checkout at an eBay event.
TransMedia Follows Google Gears Into Desktop Apps
News  |  6/13/2007
The company plans to release software that will let Linux users synchronize their files with remote copies on its Glide hosted file sharing and storage service to other platforms.
Google Analytics Leaves Beta
News  |  6/13/2007
Updated version of Web site analysis service has several new features to help site administrators measure traffic.
Google Plans Video Identification Test For YouTube Next Month
News  |  6/12/2007
Google and its partners such as Disney and Time Warner are looking to prevent the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted content.
Google To Scramble Server Log Data Sooner
News  |  6/12/2007
The company revises its policy and will now annonymize its server logs after 18 months.
Apple Clarifies Status of ZFS File System In Mac OS
News  |  6/12/2007
Apple has included a read-only version ZFS in Leopard as a future file system option for high-end storage systems.
Mac OS X: Leopard Lacks And Likes
News  |  6/11/2007
Apple's operating system includes some 300 new features, including a few notable omissions, minor disappointments, and hidden gems.
Apple Reignites Browser War With Safari for Windows
News  |  6/11/2007
Apple hopes that iPhone sales and Windows compatibility, not to mention faster performance on benchmarking tests, will boost Safari adoption by Windows users.
Google Calls For Raising H-1B Visa Cap
News  |  6/6/2007
Executives with the search engine testify that the current annual cap of 65,000 H-1B visas is not enough to fulfill Google's specialized skills requirements.
Google Introduces Calendar 'Galley'
News  |  6/6/2007
The feature contains an assortment of event listings filterable with checkboxes and other presentation management features.
The Disembodied Professor
News  |  6/6/2007
The Nursing Institute of West Central Ohio will use robots to allow nursing faculty to teach from remote locations.
Google Security Survey Finds Microsoft Web Servers Vulnerable
News  |  6/6/2007
Microsoft IIS Web servers were found to be twice as likely to distribute malware as open source Apache Web servers.
Google Acquires Multicore Programming Startup PeakStream
News  |  6/5/2007
PeakStream launched last September with $17 million in Series B funding and is helmed by executives from Nvidia, Sun Microsystems, and VMware.
Human Rights Group Turns To Satellite Images To Save Lives In Darfur
News  |  6/5/2007
The Eyes on Darfur Web site has been set up to display an ongoing series of satellite images of 12 villages deemed to be a risk from the Janjaweed militias backed by the Sudanese government.
Google Maps Gains Transit Info
News  |  6/5/2007
In some cities and for some types of public transportation, Google Maps can show the next departure time, what lines serve a specific station, and a link to the transit agency.
Ask.com Debuts New Look For Search Results
News  |  6/4/2007
The company has introduced Ask3D, a revised search service with a three-panel search results interface and a new search algorithm called Morph.
Six Apart Releases Movable Type 4 Beta
News  |  6/4/2007
MT 4 represents a new software architecture that combines the code bases of Movable Type 3.3, Movable Type Enterprise 1.5, and the core code from its hosted blog services.
Scientists Open Door To Laptop That Literally Screams
News  |  6/4/2007
The thermoacoustic engines convert wasted heat in electronic devices into sound and then electricity, promising cooler, greener, and perhaps louder machines.
Google's Mathematical Limit
Commentary  |  6/1/2007
How high can Google count? Very high it turns out, but there is a limit. Using the Google search box as a calculator, Google's ceiling appears to be 2.00135558564^1023, which Google says equals 1.79769313 × 10^308.
Google Unplugged: Why Its Offline Approach Is A Strategic Turning Point
News  |  6/1/2007
It's a challenge to the Microsoft business model, but also a new phase in the increasingly important courtship of Web developers.
Google Confirms FeedBurner Acquisition
News  |  6/1/2007
The content syndication and management service will let Google offer new tools for content creators and Web site publishers.
Google Street View Backlash Is Silly
Commentary  |  6/1/2007
With the launch of Google Maps Street View come the inevitable backlash stories. The New York Times has an article today that describes how a "Google map service can zoom in so closely on buildings that it has caused Ms. Kalin-Casey and others to complain to the company and on blogs." This description comes from the caption to a photograph of Ms. Kali


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