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Virginia Tech Shooting Covered Live By Wired Citizens

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Slimeball Typo Squatters Take Social As Well As Financial Toll
2. Today's Top Story
    - Cell Phones, Blogs Enable Live Reporting Of Virginia Tech Shooting
    Related Story:
    - At Least 22 Dead In Virginia Tech Shooting
3. Breaking News
    - Web 2.0 Expo: Media Companies Confront Mortality
    - Rolling Stone Planning Social Network
    - CitizenHawk Takes On The Typo Economy
    - Microsoft Data Center Powers Web Services Push
    - Web 2.0 Arrives To Find Web 3.0 Under Way
    - Adobe Joins Media Player War
    - Businesses Get Serious About Software As A Service
    - Nokia One-Ups Apple With $750 Smartphone
    - Darfur Crisis Comes To Google Earth
    - How To Manage Windows Vista Application Compatibility
4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
    - Is Google Both The Perfect Cash Cow And A Star?
    - Take 5: Socialight Combines Mobile Location And Social Networking For Something New
    - Google Lays Out its Mobile User Experience Strategy
5. Job Listings From TechCareers
6. White Papers
    - Achieving Business Agility With Application Life-Cycle Management
7. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
8. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"The essence of lying is in deception, not in words." -- John Ruskin


1. Editor's Note: Slimeball Typo Squatters Take Social As Well As Financial Toll

An anecdote: I finally agreed to buy my preteen daughter an iPod (after making her jump through hoops to convince me she wouldn't immediately lose it). As part of our due diligence, I set her on a Web quest to research our purchasing options.

One of the places I told her to check was Craigslist.org, always a favorite virtual first stop for information on a bunch of topics. I heard her typing, then a sharp gasp of horror. Which I promptly echoed as I looked over her shoulder. There, in living color, was an XXX site displaying some of the most explicit pornographic images I've ever encountered. (OK, I'm sheltered. But still.) She'd made a typo -- I won't dignify the site by linking to it here. We were victims of a particularly vicious example of typo squatting.

We apparently aren't alone in experiencing this. Typo squatting -- or purchasing a URL for the sole purpose of capturing ad revenue should someone mistype a popular domain name -- is a very real and growing problem. Indeed, the World Intellectual Property Organization said in March that cybersquatting disputes in 2006 increased by 25% compared with 2005.

Craigslist alone showed a whopping 680 potential typo squatting domains at the time this article was written.

This not only results in massive losses in advertising and e-commerce revenue for legitimate sites, it also has a social toll. There were those images that I worry might be burned too vividly into my daughter's brain. There's the potential embarrassment should such a site pop up while at work or in a professional setting. There's even a legal angle -- would stumbling on the kind of site that my daughter did count as illicit surfing for pornography and be grounds for being fired if it happened in the workplace? It seems to me that's a real danger.

What do you think? Have you ever had a particularly egregious typo squatting experience? Has it ever happened in a way that you thought compromised you? Tell us about it by responding to the InformationWeek Blog.

Alice LaPlante
Alice.laplante@gmail.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Cell Phones, Blogs Enable Live Reporting Of Virginia Tech Shooting
Students and faculty communicated with each other during the crisis through use of social networking

Related Story:

At Least 22 Dead In Virginia Tech Shooting
Campus police chief Wendell Finchum said the suspected gunman was dead and that police were trying to determine whether he killed himself or was shot by officers.


3. Breaking News

Web 2.0 Expo: Media Companies Confront Mortality
Panelists offer troubling news to traditional media companies about the future of the online landscape.

Rolling Stone Planning Social Network
A Wenner Media executive discloses plans for a social network that allows music fans to create profiles and post "best of" lists.

CitizenHawk Takes On The Typo Economy
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.

Microsoft Data Center Powers Web Services Push
In a century-old farming town in central Washington state, Microsoft has built a farm for the Internet age.

Web 2.0 Arrives to Find Web 3.0 Under Way
TopQuadrant and Franz to announce development of semantic Web technology that aims to make computers smarter.

Adobe Joins Media Player War
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.

Businesses Get Serious About Software As A Service
InformationWeek Research finds companies using the delivery model for a wider variety of applications.

Nokia One-Ups Apple With $750 Smartphone
"All-in-one multimedia computer" is packed with features, but will a critical mass of consumers buy into the ultra-high end?

Darfur Crisis Comes To Google Earth
Google Earth's new Global Awareness folder includes several other planetary problems that are turned off by default.

How To Manage Windows Vista Application Compatibility
Migrating to Vista means big changes in application support. Will your applications work in Vista? Here are some strategies and tools to mitigate the impact of moving to the new operating system.

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4. The Latest Google Blog Posts
http://www.informationweek.com/blog/google/

Is Google Both The Perfect Cash Cow And A Star?
Alex Iskold at Read/WriteWeb asks a great question: Is Google the ultimate moneymaking machine? Iskold argues that Google may have discovered the world's most perfect business model. Is Google both the perfect cash cow and a star?

Take 5: Socialight Combines Mobile Location And Social Networking For Something New
Welcome back to Take 5, my regular feature where I ask an industry insider five (or in this case six) questions about his or her company and the mobile business market as a whole. In this edition I throw the spotlight on a new mobile startup called Socialight. I spoke with the company's co-founder, Dan Melinger, about his new service, which combines mobile location, online local search, and social networking.

Google Lays Out Its Mobile User Experience Strategy
Just market the word "Google" with any event these days and you can pretty much bet it will sell out. Last night I was at a presentation by Google on mobile user experience. If any other company gave this talk, maybe 40 or so people would show up. But because the speaker was from Google and the event was in the company's New York City nerve center, more than 250 people packed out the Google auditorium. For those of us lucky enough to get a ticket, we received an up-front look at how Google designs its mobile applications.


5. Job Listings From TechCareers

Ernst and Young seeking Capacity Planning/Network Forecasting and Planning in Lyndhurst, NJ

Calypso Medical Technologies seeking Software Systems Manager in Seattle, WA

Ohio University seeking Information Security Director in Athens, OH

McCamish Systems seeking Documentation Imaging Analyst in Atlanta, GA

Ernst and Young seeking Associate Director Information Security Architecture in Lyndhurst, NJ

For more great jobs, career-related news, features and services, please visit CMP Media's TechCareers.


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Application life-cycle management enables the predictable delivery of software applications, boosting quality and reducing cycle times through the use of structured, repeatable processes. This in turn helps IT to be more agile and allows the business to react swiftly to changing market conditions.


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