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posted in July 2007

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Laser Printers Linked To Health Risk
News  |  7/31/2007
A study classified 17 out of 62 printers as "high particle emitters" because they released so much toner powder into the air.
Amazon EC2 Lets Users Sell Software As A Service
News  |  7/31/2007
With Amazon's new Paid AMI Support, EC2 users can become a software or application service provider, selling access to their particular server configuration.
Zango Denies Claim That It's Flouting FTC Agreement
News  |  7/31/2007
Spyware researcher Ben Edelman charges that Zango, the adware company formerly known as 180solutions Inc., is distributing deceptive software without adequate consent or disclosure.
Second Life Loses Gamblers But Finds God
News  |  7/30/2007
An Italian Catholic priest is urging the faithful to use the virtual world to get in touch with reality.
Yahoo Testimony About Imprisoned Reporter Contradicted
News  |  7/30/2007
A document from the Beijing State Security Bureau suggests that Yahoo possessed more information than it has admitted to about Chinese journalist Shi Tao.
If AT&T Ran The Highway System...
Commentary  |  7/27/2007
If AT&T ran the highway system, things would be different. Only AT&T-approved cars would be allowed on the roads, all of which would be toll roads. Drivers would have to prepay their tolls, based on the estimated number of miles they expected to drive. Those who drove fewer miles than estimated would get no refund; those who drove more would be charged for the overage at a higher rate.
Wikia Search Gets Distributed Web Crawler
News  |  7/27/2007
Jimmy Wales buys Look Smart's Grub search engine and secures it under an open source license for a public release later this year.
Mozilla Gives Thunderbird E-Mail The Boot
News  |  7/27/2007
Proposed options include releasing the offline e-mail client as a community project similar to SeaMonkey.
Yellow Pages Publisher To Buy Business.com
News  |  7/26/2007
R. H. Donnelley's $345 million acquisition proposal is significantly more than the $7 million paid for the Business.com domain name in 1999.
Second Life Gambling Ban Gets Mixed Reaction
News  |  7/26/2007
Some residents feel cheated by rules that ban wagering on games of chance or real-life organized sporting events if they provide a payout in Linden Dollars.
Google Earth Enterprise Gains Web Browser Integration
News  |  7/25/2007
The updated software will allow IT administrators to embed a 2D view of Google Earth data into any Web application and to make enterprise mashups.
Digg And Microsoft Strike Ad Deal
News  |  7/25/2007
The two companies plan to work together on future technology and advertising initiatives.
S.F. Power Outage Ripples Across The Web
News  |  7/25/2007
Power fluctuations Tuesday set off a chain reaction that took down a data center that hosts Craigslist, Six Apart's blog sites, Technorati, Yelp, and others.
Google Tussles With Autonomy Over Search Criticism
News  |  7/24/2007
An Autonomy white paper that condemns Google's enterprise search technology ruffles feathers between engineers at the two companies.
Search's Dirty Money
Commentary  |  7/24/2007
Dirty money is a quaint concept because it's hard to imagine any other kind. Money is literally dirty -- some 18% of coins harbor pathogens, according to a 1998 study by Shirley Lowe, an assistant professor at the University of California -- and many great fortunes were made out of less-than-honorable work.
TiVo Announces More Affordable High-Def DVR
News  |  7/24/2007
At $300, the TiVo HD will be priced substantially less than the TiVo Series 3 HD Digital Media Recorder, which has an $800 price tag.
Spock's Social Search Engine
News  |  7/23/2007
The soon-to-be-public search engine declares it's now clear that social networks can help organize the world's information and make it personally accessible and useful.
Wi-Fi-Based Laptop Theft Protection Gains Customers
News  |  7/23/2007
CyberAngel Wi-Trac laptop recovery service encrypts data after a theft report or three failed login attempts.
Adobe Debuts Captivate 3 and FrameMaker 8
News  |  7/20/2007
The e-learning development application Captivate is being enhanced to be able to capture mouse movements. Framemaker, an authoring tool for complex technical documents, adds support for new file formats.
Ask.com Plans Anonymous Search
News  |  7/20/2007
AskEraser will provide Ask users with privacy controls that will prevent their searches from being retained on the company's servers.
Ooma Puts Unlimited Phone Calls in a Box
News  |  7/19/2007
For $399, Ooma offers a hardware appliance that connects to broadband Internet and offers VoIP service over regular phones.
Strong Google Revenue Disappoints Investors But May Ease Antitrust Scrutiny
News  |  7/19/2007
Performance was driven by the core search and ads business, the company said. But Microsoft is gaining market share, and regulators may soon have Google under the microscope.
Bots Driving Click Fraud
News  |  7/18/2007
Click fraud due to botnets doubled from the first to second quarter this year, says Click Forensics. And overall click fraud rates are up.
DNS Security Problems Widespread and Poorly Understood: Study
News  |  7/17/2007
Respondents attributed the DNS security problems to malware, denial-of-service attacks, cache poisoning, and pharming.
Virtual World Plans Expansion Based On Real-Life Cities
News  |  7/17/2007
Doppelganger Studios plans to expand its virtual world The Music Lounge based on real-life parts of Tokyo, Paris, New York, Milan, and Florida.
Google Cuts Back On Cookie Preservatives
News  |  7/17/2007
In the months ahead, Google will start distributing cookies that expire automatically after two years of inactivity.
Old Media More Trusted Than New When It Comes To Politics
News  |  7/16/2007
About three-quarters of people surveyed last month said they look to mainstream media, rather than the Internet, for political information.
Google Rolls Out Custom Search Engine for Businesses
News  |  7/16/2007
It's the same custom search available for consumers, but with no ads, and with APIs to allow enhancements such as adding a "buy it now" button for e-commerce sites.
Google Loses Search Share, Microsoft Gains
News  |  7/16/2007
The overall volume of U.S. search queries reached 8 billion in June, up 6% from May and 26% from June 2006, according to comScore.
Sony Re-Brands Online Video Site 'Crackle'
News  |  7/16/2007
The former Grouper site will become a showcase for high-quality filmmaking talent, says Sony Pictures.
Yahoo Loses Attention, Google And MSN Gain It
News  |  7/13/2007
Since December, Yahoo's share of user attention has declined 22%, while Google's attention share has risen 10%, which doesn't include YouTube's performance.
Google Gives Nonprofits Free Access To Google Apps
News  |  7/12/2007
Expanding the reach of its Education Edition portfolio is part of Google's greater effort to get the word out and help nonprofits, the company said.
Google Sites Still Most Visited, But Apple Grows
News  |  7/12/2007
Serial visitation appears to be the habit at the Top Ten sites, all of which offer search engines.
Bots Helped To Boost Microsoft Live Search Gains
News  |  7/12/2007
The good news for Microsoft is that more people are using Live Search. The bad news is that more bots are using it also.
Yoomba Introduces Free Internet Voice Calling Routed Via E-Mail
News  |  7/11/2007
The software allows people to call or instant message anyone with an e-mail address.
Apple, Amazon, eBay, RIM, And Google Lauded For E-Commerce Innovation
News  |  7/11/2007
The Software & Information Industry Association Wednesday named the top 10 most significant developments in e-commerce over the past decade.
No iPhone Nano for You
Commentary  |  7/10/2007
J.P. Morgan, the source of the rumor that a low-end iPhone based on Apple's iPod Nano is being developed, today issued a research note distancing itself from that claim. If you didn't see that denial coming, you were probably too busy admiring your reflection in your iPhone's lustrous screen.
Amazon And TiVo Launch PC-Free Download Service
News  |  7/10/2007
Only select TiVo subscribers with broadband connections can take advantage of Amazon's Unbox service.
Nielsen//NetRatings Looks Beyond The Page View
News  |  7/10/2007
Changes were needed since Web pages that rely on Ajax technology or present streaming media can serve new content without requiring the user to reload the page, analysts said.
Online Gaming Is Booming, Not Boring
News  |  7/10/2007
The number of unique visitors to online gaming sites grew 17% year over year to almost 217 million worldwide, according to a new ComScore survey.
Microsoft Search Share Rises With Prizes
News  |  7/9/2007
MSN and Microsoft Live's U.S. search query volume showed a 67% increase from May to June, according to a new report.
Linux-Based OpenMoko 'Anti-iPhone' Debuts
News  |  7/9/2007
The mobile smartphone includes a 2.8-inch VGA touch screen, A-GPS for location and navigation services, and GSM850/900/1800/1900 compatibility.
Google Strengthens Its Enterprise Play With Purchase of Postini
News  |  7/9/2007
Google aims to convince corporate IT managers that its software-as-a-service model can accommodate corporate security and compliance requirements.
FTC Clears Microsoft's $6 Billion Deal For aQuantive
News  |  7/6/2007
The deal is widely seen as an attempt to improve Microsoft's ability to compete against Google as a provider of search advertising.
Prototype Interfaces For Firefox Proposed
News  |  7/6/2007
After decades of GUI development and inspiration from Google and other search engines, Mozilla suggests the command line is again part of the interface discussion.
Fraudsters Use Charities To Prep Stolen Credit Cards For Sale
News  |  7/6/2007
Symantec learned of this trend by monitoring IRC channels specially set up to trade stolen credit card and identity information.
Facebook Traffic Takes Off ... Maybe
News  |  7/6/2007
The site saw 26.6 million unique U.S. visitors, a result that suggests Facebook's decision to drop registration restrictions in September was the right one.
Apple Puts a Camera Where Its Mouse Is
Commentary  |  7/5/2007
Apple just can't bring itself to make a two-button mouse. Partly it's an issue of aesthetics. "Unlike the conventional mouse, the unibody mouse does not include any mechanical buttons thereby making it more elegant than the conventional mouse (e.g., no surface breaks or lines)," a newly published Apple patent appl
eBay Quietly Launches Craigslist Competitor Kijiji
News  |  7/5/2007
In addition to its investment in Craigslist, eBay has acquired a number of classified marketplace sites over the years.
Google Loses Gmail Name in Germany
News  |  7/5/2007
The company says it will still provide Web e-mail in Germany, even though a German court ruled that another firm owns the Gmail trademark in the country.
Google Gets Green(er)
Commentary  |  7/3/2007
Google's been busy with a lot of environmental initiatives lately: The company just completed its 1.6 megawatt photovoltaic system, enabling it to power 1/3 of its corporate headquarters using solar energy.
Google Wants Inclusion In Microsoft Antitrust Deliberations
News  |  7/3/2007
The company petitions to Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly that the changes Microsoft has promised to make to Vista won't address Google's concerns.
Universal Refutes Apple's iTunes Negotiations Claim
News  |  7/3/2007
Whether or not it's walking away from profit, Universal's dissatisfaction with Apple may reflect Apple's push to eliminate DRM.
Is Google's Spam Fight a Sham?
Commentary  |  7/2/2007
Google may say it fights spam but I'm beginning to have my doubts. A recent post on Google's Webmaster Central blog offers advice on how to build "startpages." What is a "startpage"? "Basically, it's a Web page with a lot of links about a specific topic," explain Selina & Jos, two members of Google's Search Quality Team in Dublin. So here's the question: How is a "startpage" different from a
Yahoo Launches Personalized SmartAds System
News  |  7/2/2007
Yahoo said that, in tests, SmartAds resulted in click-through rates that were two to three times higher than similarly placed, untargeted display ads.
Google Confirms GrandCentral Acquisition
News  |  7/2/2007
The deal to buy the voice communications management startup marks Google's twelfth acquisition so far this year
TransMedia Makes Word Processor And More Storage Available Through Apple iPhone
News  |  7/2/2007
TransMedia has added iPhone support to its Glide Mobile online media sharing and storage service.
Universal Puts Apple On Notice -- No iTunes Renewal
News  |  7/2/2007
Universal plans to sell music at will, meaning that it could withdraw its songs from Apple's online store on short notice. The move is widely seen as an effort to obtain better contractual terms from Apple.


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