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posted in August 2007

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Google News Becomes A Publisher
News  |  8/31/2007
Instead of links, Google wants to carry articles from news agencies like The Associated Press to promote "the definitive original copy and give credit to the original journalist."
Popover Hate
Commentary  |  8/31/2007
Engadget managing editor Ryan Block struck a nerve yesterday when he posted a scathing attack on keyword popovers, such as those supplied by "IntelliTXT / Vibrant Media and like ad services whose entire business depends on polluting your content, confusing your audience, and tricking them into clicking on ads that just won't go away."
Yahoo Issues Yahoo Messenger Security Fix
News  |  8/31/2007
The patch addresses a buffer overflow vulnerability in an ActiveX control that could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code.
IBM's Computing Breakthrough Promises Chips The Size Of Dust
News  |  8/30/2007
IBM's new techniques may well lead to the use of atoms for digital storage, which could store the entire contents of YouTube -- about 1,000 trillion bits of data.
Apple And AT&T Sued For Third Time Over iPhone Battery
News  |  8/30/2007
The class-action suit charges that the companies violated California law by failing to inform iPhone purchasers that it costs $100 to replace the phone's battery.
Firefox Tries Viral Marketing At Schools
News  |  8/30/2007
Firefox Campus Edition includes version of the Firefox browser and three add-ons designed to appeal to the campus set. DRM Likened To Sony Rootkit
News  |  8/29/2007
A new report suggests that the site requires users to install an ActiveX control that limits coupon printing and adds tracking data to printed coupons.
Google Web Toolkit Leaves Beta
News  |  8/29/2007
The company estimates that recompiling applications with GWT 1.4 can result in software that has 30% less code and can run 20% to 50% faster.
Does Privacy Matter?
Commentary  |  8/28/2007
Donald Leka, CEO of New York-based TransMedia, maker of the Glide online media sharing and storage service, believes consumers care about privacy.
Google CFO George Reyes Stepping Down
News  |  8/28/2007
Reyes characterized his five and a half years at Google as "an extraordinary ride."
WebEx Links iPhone To Outlook, Remote PCs
News  |  8/28/2007
An upgrade to WebEx PCNow 3.0 remote access software will let iPhone users check their Microsoft Outlook e-mail and view the files stored on their remote Windows computers.
Amazon, Google, Yahoo, And Others Sued For Automating Their E-mail
News  |  8/28/2007
The companies are accused of violating a patent on automatic message routing held by Polaris IP. The patent has a long history in litigation, but all the cases have been settled out of court. Opens Its Ad Network To Users
News  |  8/28/2007
Inspired by a blogger's complaint, the AdShare Network aims to allow video site creators the flexibility to broker more lucrative deals with advertisers.
Digital Video Recorders Threaten Ad And DVD Revenue
News  |  8/27/2007
U.K. communications trends show only 58% said they fast-forwarded through commercials.
Yahoo Mail Adds Mobile Text, Microsoft To Its Mix
News  |  8/27/2007
Yahoo plans to roll out co-branded versions of the new Yahoo Mail to carrier partners like AT&T and Verizon.
What Orkut Really Needs
Commentary  |  8/24/2007
Google's software engineers report that they've been busy giving Orkut, the company's social networking service, a face-lift. But perhaps what the site really needs is a new name for the U.S market. It's true that short, memorable domain names are hard to come by, but if ever there was a Google product in need of re-branding, it's Orkut.
Internet Users Experience More Content, Less Talk
News  |  8/24/2007
As of May 2007, Internet users spent 47% of their time online consuming content, compared with 34% in 2003, according to the Center for Media Research.
Google Phone: Revolutionary Or Evolutionary?
News  |  8/24/2007
Google's acquisitions and patents support the suggestion that there's phone work going on.
Free Legal Search Engine Challenges Fee-Based Competitors
News  |  8/23/2007
The site offers access to about 170,000 decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Appellate courts going back to the early 1990s.
Intellectual Property Holders Press For Access To WHOIS Data
News  |  8/23/2007
The conflict pits individuals and groups that favor privacy protections against organizations and law enforcement agencies that favor data access.
Google Patent Points to Marriage Between Search and E-mail
News  |  8/23/2007
This marks a major strategic shift for Google, which appears to be looking to extend its power across other online channels like e-mail and instant messaging.
Yahoo Acquires Mobile Ad Firm Actionality
News  |  8/22/2007
The purchase gives Yahoo access to software technology that inserts ads in content for mobile devices, such as mobile phone games.
Google Puts Ads In YouTube Videos
News  |  8/22/2007
Google is selling overlay advertising on a limited number of YouTube videos to a select group of partners at a cost of $20 per 1,000 viewers.
Google Earth Adds Star Gazing
News  |  8/22/2007
Sky in Google Earth lets users turn their desktops into virtual telescopes.
Six Apart Releases Movable Type 4
News  |  8/15/2007
More than 50 new features are included to ease template and asset management, improve text editing, and enhance the online social experience.
Hollywood Blamed For Scientific Ignorance
News  |  8/15/2007
Some scientists are slack-jawed at the thought that people believe sinking in lava is even possible, not to mention leaping onto the wings of a hovering fighter jet.
Wikipedia Spin Doctors Revealed
News  |  8/14/2007
A new Web service searches the change logs of 35 million Wikipedia edits and attempts to identify the organization associated with the IP addresses recorded with changes.
Yahoo Surpasses Google In Customer Satisfaction Survey
News  |  8/14/2007
Diminishing satisfaction with Google may be the result of Google's failure to communicate effectively about changes to its services, analysts suggest.
Computer Glitch Strands Thousands At LAX; What Went Wrong
News  |  8/14/2007
Vendor support had to be called in after some 17,000 travelers in the airport were not able to be processed by immigration authorities.
ICANN Calls For Feedback On Domain Tasting
News  |  8/13/2007
In June, ICANN report issued a report that identified several possible consequences of domain tasting, including the destabilization of the domain name system.
Google Pack Picks Up Free Office Suite
News  |  8/13/2007
The addition of StarOffice to Google Pack shows Google confronting Microsoft more directly than before.
TransMedia Lets Linux Users Sync To Macs, PCs, And Mobile Phones
News  |  8/13/2007
The company's Glide Sync allows users to upload files to a hosted storage service and to synchronize with PCs running the most common operating systems.
Google Debunks Search Engine Blackle's Green Image
News  |  8/10/2007
A 2002 study suggesting black monitor screens require less power than white screens is fueling debate over an alternative to Google's vanilla-colored background.
Google Brings Premium Pricing to Online Storage Options
News  |  8/10/2007
A look at storage services shows that parking files with the Internet's big brands carries a premium.
Google's Greatest Act Of Charity
Commentary  |  8/9/2007
Google has been recognized for a number of positive environmental and public policy initiatives to benefit people around the world. But its most under-appreciated act of charity is the fact that it serves ad-haters.
Lawsuit Says Apple Store Receipts Raise Risk of Identity Theft
News  |  8/9/2007
Apple receipts allegedly show the purchaser's full name, full home address, full phone number and full e-mail address.
Search Privacy Report Calls For Federal Regulation
News  |  8/9/2007
The report calls for search companies to do some soul-searching about balancing advertising needs with user privacy.
Google Adds Comments To Google News
News  |  8/8/2007
Starting this week, the search engine is experimenting with a mechanism to allow newsmakers to publish their comments to prevent from being misquoted.
Internet Advertising Will Soon Top Newspapers, Study Finds
News  |  8/8/2007
Overall, communications spending increased 6.8% in 2006 to a record $885.2 billion, outpacing GDP growth for the fourth time in five years, the report says.
Apple Sued For Violating Power Adapter Patent
News  |  8/8/2007
Inventor Thomas Harvey claims the Apple Portable Power Adapter infringes his patents on an illuminated recharging device.
The Real Steve Jobs Introduces New iMacs And Software
News  |  8/7/2007
After months of iPhone hype, Jobs was eager to discuss his company's Mac-oriented hardware and software innovations.
Apple Upgrades iMacs, Software Suites, .Mac Online Service
News  |  8/7/2007
Apple CEO Steve Jobs made a point of contrasting the typical PC, tangled in cables, with the clean design aesthetic of the new iMac, which is housed in aluminum and glass.
Amazon Invests In DRM-Free Music Site
News  |  8/6/2007
AmieStreet combines social networking with music sales and features a variable pricing mode that starts free.
Fake Steve Jobs Unmasked
News  |  8/6/2007
Daniel Lyons, a senior editor at Forbes magazine and the writer of the Fake Steve Jobs blog, said he expected to be exposed months ago.
Java And .Net Come Together In Belgium
News  |  8/6/2007
Mainsoft's suite of .Net-Java software integration tools made it easy for University Hospital of Ghent to implement IBM WebSphere in its .Net environment.
Viruses, Spyware, Phishing Cost U.S. Consumers $7 Billion Over Two Years
News  |  8/3/2007
The survey, based on a national sample of 2,000 U.S. households with Internet access, suggests that consumers face a 25% chance of being victimized online
Animation Software To Focus On Bubble Technology
News  |  8/3/2007
New special effects software for animating fluids on display at SIGGRAPH is expected to take less computing power and deliver more realistic results. Tests Web Service For Flexible Payments
News  |  8/3/2007 is testing a set of new Amazon Web Services APIs for moving money between people or computers. Gears Up to Deliver Real Apples With Amazon Fresh
News  |  8/2/2007
Amazon has launched an invite-only beta test of a new online grocery delivery service called Amazon Fresh in a Seattle suburb called Mercer Island.
MP3 Audio Files Most Common On Computers
News  |  8/2/2007
The typical American PC also contained 197 Microsoft Word files, 100 PDF files, 77 Microsoft Excel files, and 36 Windows Media files, a new comScore survey finds.
Apple iPhone Being Sized for Voice Interface
News  |  8/2/2007
Apple's rationale for a voice-driven interface is easy to understand: Interfaces for portable devices demand attention and they're not always easy to read.
Sarbanes-Oxley Costs Drive Companies Away From Being Public
News  |  8/1/2007
Audit fees, board compensation, and legal fees continue to rise, despite an overall plateau in compliance costs, a new study finds.
Tech Group Fights Copyright Absolutism At The FTC
News  |  8/1/2007
The CCIA claims media and sports organizations have systematically misled consumers with regard to their legal rights to use content.
Data Center Blackout In San Francisco Caused By A Bug
News  |  8/1/2007
Backup generators at 365 Main failed to complete their start sequence because of a memory problem in the engine monitoring and control component.

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