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Content by Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn
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posted in September 2007

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Adobe Piles On Microsoft With Online Word Processor
News  |  9/28/2007
The company's acquisitions and product launches are designed to form the backbone of a free online document collaboration service.
Google Buys Mobile-Oriented Social Startup Zingku
News  |  9/28/2007
The acquisition marks the 11th company Google has purchased since it announced its intention to buy DoubleClick
Apple's iPod Linked To iCrime Wave
News  |  9/28/2007
"We propose that the rise in violent offending and the explosion in the sales of iPods and other portable media devices is more than coincidental," says a report from the Urban Institute.
New York Times Recoups After Network Failure
News  |  9/27/2007
A three-hour glitch of backup systems Wednesday afternoon put the newspaper's morning print edition at risk.
Google Fights To Save DoubleClick Deal; Microsoft Fights To Kill It
News  |  9/27/2007
Google's plan to buy DoubleClick is being reviewed by the Federal Trade Commission and was the subject of a Senate hearing on Thursday.
Waiting For Google's gPhone: What Will The Perfect Mobile Device Look Like?
News  |  9/25/2007
If Apple's iPhone isn't quite the last word in mobile design, will Google's expected gPhone deliver a user experience melding the best of hardware, software, and network technologies?
Facebook Investigated For Failing To Protect Users From Sexual Predators
News  |  9/25/2007
Facebook's troubles mirror those of MySpace, which addressed its security last year after a string of high-profile cases.
Amazon Kills DRM And Puts iTunes On Notice
Commentary  |  9/25/2007
Digital rights management, otherwise known as DRM, died today, at least as far as music is concerned. Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who deserves credit for calling for the elimination of DRM earlier this year, may come to regret that the competition has taken his advice to heart.
Microsoft Reportedly Eyeing Facebook Stake
News  |  9/24/2007
Independent of financial suitors, Facebook reportedly is developing its own advertising system that will target ads based on users' profile information.
Starbucks To Give Away 50 Million iTunes Songs
News  |  9/24/2007
The offer is good for users of Apple's iPhone, its new iPod Touch, or any wireless-capable laptop loaded with the Apple's iTunes software.
Startup Offers Free Calls In Exchange for Eavesdropping
News  |  9/24/2007
Pudding Media plans to offer free, ad-supported phone calls. The caller is presented with online ads targeted by keywords culled from the conversation through speech recognition technology.
Wikipedia Discredits Reports It's Abandoning Open Editing
News  |  9/21/2007
However, one possible change under consideration is a revision tagging tool that can be used to verify a Wikipedia article as accurate.
Google Shoots Down Reports Of Grand Telecom Ambitions
News  |  9/21/2007
It is unlikely that Google wants anything to do with selling increasingly commoditized connectivity. Quite simply, it's not a very appealing business to be in at the moment.
Google Debuts Online Tool To Design Newspaper Ads
News  |  9/20/2007
The software allows merchants to choose a newspaper from a list of participating publications and place a bid for the ad space based on a variety of criteria.
NBC To Offer Free, Ad-Supported Downloads Of TV Shows
News  |  9/20/2007
In a slight to Apple, NBC Direct will only be available for Windows computers initially and will contain ads that cannot be skipped.
Sixth Grade Game Programmer Nets $6.5 Million In Funding
News  |  9/20/2007
Venture capitalists bet large on the future of Arjun Mehta's system for selling virtual goods in games.
Ooma Tries to "Un-Fossilize" Telephony With Free Calls
News  |  9/20/2007
The $399 Ooma Hub routes U.S. phone calls over the Internet using a standard telephone, without monthly fees.
Google's Secret Patent Portfolio Predicts gPhone
News  |  9/19/2007
An analysis of Google's worldwide patent portfolio shows the search giant's filings include not only mobile-phone tech, but also video games and TV.
InformationWeek 500: Tech-Equipped Workers Give Retailers An Edge
Features  |  9/19/2007
Thirty-one percent of retailers said they plan to innovate with technology by equipping employees to better do their jobs.
Google Debuts 'Gadget' Ad Format
News  |  9/18/2007
Google built the XML-based applets to be used either as cost-per-click ads or as cost-per-impression ads, in conjunction with various targeting criteria.
Google Launches AdSense for Mobile
News  |  9/18/2007
There are about 6.6 billion people in the world and about half that many mobile phone subscriptions. Better still, ad blocking on mobile handsets isn't an issue. At least not yet.
IronPort Delivers Intel-Based Anti-Spam Acceleration
News  |  9/18/2007
The company revises its AsyncOS software for advanced mail servers as spammers attempt to evade filters with image-based messages.
Mozilla Forms E-mail Technology Company To Develop Thunderbird
News  |  9/18/2007
Mozilla committed $3 million in seed funding to support e-mail innovation and to develop the open-source Thunderbird e-mail client.
Microsoft PowerPoint Challenged By Google And TransMedia
News  |  9/14/2007
After months of internal testing, the companies are ready to introduce online presentation tools: Google's Docs and Glide Presenter.
Google Calls For Global Privacy Standards
News  |  9/14/2007
Executives with the search engine want to start a discussion about international privacy standards which work to protect everyone's privacy on the Internet.
Google Antes Up $30 Million For Moon Shot
News  |  9/13/2007
In conjunction with that announcement, Google released a new version of Google Moon, the company's browser-based moon viewer.
Google's Co-Founders Park Private Jet At NASA Airfield
News  |  9/13/2007
Google's co-founders are paying NASA $1.3 million to park their personal Boeing 767-200 jet next door to Google's corporate headquarters at Moffett Field.
InformationWeek 500: Cost-Sensitive Consumer Goods Firms Look To Outsourcing
Features  |  9/13/2007
Among 22 industry sectors in the InformationWeek 500, the consumer-goods category came in third in terms of the percentage of respondents planning to pursue new global opportunities this year.
Online User-Driven News Gives Mainstream Media A Run
News  |  9/12/2007
A new survey finds sites like, Digg, and Reddit give readers a more diverse choice of topics, but do they accelerate the "dumbing-down of news"?
Fair Use Worth More to Economy Than Copyright, CCIA Says
News  |  9/12/2007
Fair use exceptions to U.S. copyright laws account for more than $4.5 trillion in annual revenue for the United States, according to the Computer and Communications Industry Association.
Cell Phones Won't Kill Your Brain
News  |  9/12/2007
A U.K. study finds no correlation between short-term mobile phone use and cancers of the brain and nervous system.
Google Sued For Patent Infringement By Illinois Firm
News  |  9/11/2007
Illinois Computer Research claims Google Book Search infringes on its "Enhancing Touch and Feel on the Internet" patent.
Blog Search Engine Technorati Tries New Approach
News  |  9/11/2007
The initial reaction in the blogosphere tends toward damning with faint praise or outright dismissal.
Movable Type Gets iPhone Plug-In For Mobile Blogging
News  |  9/11/2007
The plug-in installs an alternate template set to make interacting with the MovableType application more efficient on an iPhone screen.
IBM Develops 100,000 DPI Printing
News  |  9/10/2007
Researchers make print particles about 100 times smaller than a human red blood cell to help make next-generation computer chips or money harder to counterfeit.
Steve Jobs' Other Mistake
Commentary  |  9/10/2007
Apple CEO Steve Jobs' decision to offer a $100 refund to early iPhone adopters following last week's $200 iPhone price reduction is a good start. But it's not enough. Jobs also needs to re-think whether his company wants to serve consumers or shackle them.
Reports Link RFID Implants To Cancer, Critics Are Skeptical
News  |  9/10/2007
RFID chip maker VeriChip says it will review several studies that link RFID implants to cancer in laboratory animals.
Facebook Exposes Users To Search Engines
News  |  9/5/2007
Facebook users who do not want public search listings can indicate as much on Facebook's Search Privacy page.
Google Calls For Patent Reform
News  |  9/5/2007
In light of legal action from Polaris IP, Google execs say the U.S. patent system has not kept pace with the changes in the innovation economy.
Looking Beyond The Portal, Yahoo Acquires BlueLithium
News  |  9/5/2007
Yahoo's effort to build the leading online advertising platform is bolstered by the $300 million cash deal for the "behavioral targeting" ad network.
Sony's Got iPod Envy
News  |  9/4/2007
The company's media push reflects efforts begun by Sony CEO Howard Stringer in 2005 to restore Sony's leadership in consumer technology.
Viral Marketing Isn't Catching On With Consumers
News  |  9/4/2007
A report from JupiterResearch found that in the past year only 15% of viral marketing efforts caught on with consumers and actually became viral.
IBM Automates Firefox With CoScripter
News  |  9/4/2007
The program is designed to automate browser-based tasks such as printing photos online, requesting a vacation hold for postal mail, or checking online bank accounts.

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