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Content by Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn
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posted in July 2006

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Brief: U.S. Control Of Internet Expected To Continue
News  |  7/31/2006
Based on a recent U.S. Commerce Department hearing, there's a good chance its agreement with ICANN to administer the DNS will be renewed or re-crafted.
Brief: Microsoft Patent Envisions Free Hardware, Software
News  |  7/28/2006
Microsoft's latest patent application describes several possible applications for a targeted online advertising system under development.
Wikis Buttoned Down
News  |  7/28/2006
The Upgraded Dragon Speech Recognition Software: Almost Perfect
News  |  7/28/2006
Nuance Communications promises its Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 will transform the PC user experience. A test of the software indicates that while that's a fragile promise, it does hold some truth.
Apple's Copy Protection Isn't The Problem
Commentary  |  7/28/2006
Cory Doctorow, noted sci-fi writer and Boing Boing editor, marshals a strong argument against digital rights management in InformationWeek. But his assertion that there's no good DRM oversimplifies an issue that's best framed in compromises rather than absolutes. Apple's DRM has benefited the public and the music industry. It
Microsoft Patent Envisions Free Hardware, Software
News  |  7/27/2006
Microsoft's latest patent application describes several possible applications for a targeted online advertising system under development, including free hardware and software for subscribers.
Google Revamps Customer Support With New Help Center
News  |  7/27/2006
The new help page includes lists of links organized categorically and alphabetically. A search box is conspicuously absent.
Government Hearing Reinforces Push For U.S. Control Of Internet
News  |  7/26/2006
Loath though U.S. officials may be to surrender the Net to foreign bureaucrats, greater international involvement in overseeing the Internet has long been anticipated.
Spiceworks Introduces Free, Ad-Supported IT Management Software
News  |  7/25/2006
Now that Google has proved the viability of ad-supported online software and Microsoft is reluctantly following suit with Live service, it's possible companies will soon see more ad-supported applications like Spiceworks.
New JotSpot Software Aims To Make Wikis Less 'Nerdy'
News  |  7/21/2006
JotSpot Wiki 2.0 makes wikis behave and feel more like a Microsoft Office application, which could help propel them into the mainstream.
HP's Memory Spot Chip Brings The Bits-To-Atoms Connection Closer
News  |  7/21/2006
The chip joins technologies from RFID to smart cards in bridging the gap
New HP Wireless Chip Connects The Digital And Real Worlds
News  |  7/17/2006
The tiny chips can be attached to objects from photos to prescription bottles.
Online Sites Pay Producers To Post Videos
News  |  7/17/2006
Sites like and Eefoof are hoping to beat YouTube at the video game by splitting the money they take in with the people who produce the videos, like the recent Revver hit, "Diet Coke and Mentos Experiment."
Apple's MacBook: Hot Enough To Fry An Egg
Commentary  |  7/14/2006
No really, it is. At least it sure looks that way from this picture of someone cooking an egg on a MacBook. Unfortunately, the source link provided from the Unofficial Apple Weblog returns a page that doesn't contain the cited post or picture. So perhaps some skepticism is in order. It may be, however, that the site originally hosting the pi
Social Networking Sites For Businesses Set To Take Off
News  |  7/13/2006
As shows, people love to talk about themselves. Offering this opportunity to customers will give businesses a competitive edge.
Is Google Earth Falling Apart?
Commentary  |  7/12/2006
No. (Cheap, fear-mongering headlines should always be answered "Yes" or "No" to save readers from the certain inanity to follow.) But there's more to it than that. The story begins with an e-mail from a reader who wrote, "Google mapping technology is falling apart." If true, that claim would make an interesting story. Given that a similar report appeared this morning in The Register, stating that Goo
Companies Praise Financial Benefits For Amazon's Simple Storage Service
News  |  7/12/2006
Microsoft and photo-sharing site SmugMug say they've been able to cut costs drastically using the service.
Firefox Grows To 15% Of U.S. Web Browser Market
News  |  7/11/2006
Although Internet Explorer maintains dominant market share worldwide, one exception is Germany, where Firefox has almost 40% of the market.
Hollywood Victory In Film-Sanitizing Suit Imperils Mash-Ups
News  |  7/10/2006
A ruling against four companies that edit Hollywood movies to remove the dirty bits, without the studios' permission, could be trouble for mash-ups, as well as sites like Google Video and YouTube that host them.
Google's Gdrive Stands For 'Government Drive'
Commentary  |  7/10/2006
Blogger Corsin Camichel reports sighting Google's Gdrive, the company's long-rumored online storage service, following an expedition into Writely's directory structure. Camichel says he discovered a test page for Gdrive, code-named "Platypus," in the main directory of Google's Writely online word processor. And he kindly posted a

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