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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-21       Article Source : AP

NEW YORK - In the year 2009, on the 25th of April, a man named Greg is supposed to get an e-mail. The e-mail will remind Greg that he is his best friend and worst enemy, that he once dated a woman named Michelle, and that he planned to major in computer science.
 
"More importantly," the e-mail says, "are you wearing women's clothing?"

The e-mail was sent by none other than Greg himself — through a Web site called

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-20   

The utility TXU Corp. said Monday it will offer high-speed Internet service over power lines to several million Texans as part of a $150 million project aimed at improving its ability to monitor the power grid.
 
The "smart grid" buildout will enable what would be the nation's largest broadband-over-power line Internet rollout.

The 10-year partnership with Current Communications Group Inc., a privately held company in Germantown, Md., is not, however, expected to yield residental Internet service until the second

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-20       Article Source : AFP

Japanese Internet group Softbank and Yahoo Japan said they had set up a web portal to broadcast movies and television shows, aiming to link up content providers to broadband service customers.
 
Softbank said it aimed to make the joint venture, TV Bank Corporation, the biggest site of its kind in the world, adding that it was still securing agreements with major providers.

TV Bank will begin with 100,000 motion pictures -- including movies, television programs and news broadcasts --

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-20       Article Source : AFP

Japan's government, high-tech firms and universities will team up to develop their own Internet search technology, an official said, amid soaring profits for US giant Google.
 
A study group will meet this month with participation from more than 20 companies and universities, said the information policy official at the trade ministry.

The companies will include leading electronics firms Matsushita Electric Industrial, Hitachi, NEC and Fujitsu as well as telecom carrier Nippon Telegraph and Telephone and public broadcaster NHK, he

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-20       Article Source : AFP

From the Internet counter-culture which spawned blogs and podcasts comes the newest thing in new media: vlogging.
 
In short video diaries and homemade reality shows, vloggers are using the power of cheap online technology to invite strangers into their lives.

Topics range from in-depth discussions on the meaning of the universe to crude and jerky snapshots of everyday life.

In new vlogs uploaded this week, you could take a spin through teeming Mumbai in an auto-rickshaw, drop in

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-18   

It all seemed so promising for the music business heading into 2005. CD sales were up, albeit ever so slightly, for the first time in four years. Legitimate purchases of downloads and ringtones for the first time totaled in hundreds of millions of dollars. And file traders and peer-to-peer network operators were on the run from industry lawsuits. The seeds of recorded-music's recovery from  Napster, it appeared, had been sown at long last.
 
But a funny thing happened in year

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-18       Article Source : AFP

Singer Britney Spears topped a star-studded list of the top-10 name searches on popular Internet portal Yahoo in 2005, the Silicon Valley company revealed.
 
Spears' name has been the most searched term on Yahoo three of the past four years, having been displaced in 2004 by the television show "American Idol," the company said in a written release.

Rapper 50 Cent was the second most inquired about name on Yahoo this year, followed in the line-up by the Cartoon

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-17       Article Source : NewsFactor

Technology titans Google, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems will provide $7.5 million, collectively, to fund research at a University of California, Berkeley, laboratory that will use the money to focus on next-generation Internet technology.
 
The Reliable, Adaptive, and Distributed (RAD) systems lab is designed to create technology for use by inventors and entrepreneurs who will be developing broad-based services like the kind offered by eBay or Amazon, said David Patterson, a UC Berkeley professor and founding director of the RAD lab.

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-17       Article Source : NewsFactor

The Web search arena just became a little more crowded as Amazon.com has announced that it is opening programmer access to its Web crawler, Alexa, for a small fee.

Heretofore, Alexa has been known more for traffic rankings than searches, but the newly unveiled Alexa Web Search Platform will give developers access to online tools for searching, indexing, publishing, computing, and storing Internet data.

"Today, Alexa is releasing the Alexa Web Search Platform Beta, effectively opening up the Alexa Web

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-16       Article Source : Reuters

Google Inc. is introducing a music search feature that details the work of certain featured artists, the company said late on Wednesday.
 
"In analyzing our traffic, we found that a huge number of users conduct music-related searches," Google said in a statement.

The music search feature is prominently placed above the main search results in what Google calls its "one box" area -- where information such as weather, movies or books may also be highlighted.

When a user

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-16       Article Source : NewsFactor

Yahoo has upgraded its platform of tiny desktop applications, called widgets, to include better integration with the portal's mapping services and search offerings. Yahoo has a small army of developers working on new widgets in an effort to draw more users to the site.
 
In releasing Widget Engine 3.0, Yahoo made three significant upgrades, said Arlo Rose, director of the company's widget technology. The first is "frames" for streaming content feeds, such as RSS, to the scaled-down applications.
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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-16       Article Source : Reuters

AT&T Inc. on Wednesday said it had launched a news channel that would focus on Internet security issues for its business and government customers.
 
The largest U.S. telephone company, formed by SBC Communications Inc.'s purchase of AT&T Corp., said its 24-hour video Webcast, AT&T Internet Security News Network, would issue news updates twice a day on the latest Internet security and network issues.

The channel launches on Wednesday.

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-15       Article Source : NewsFactor

Applications designed to protect you from outside threats, such as adware and spyware, are becoming so rigid in their default settings that they can block you from accessing useful content online.
 
Most security software with built-in spyware protection identifies tracking cookies as problematic. While in most cases the security software is doing its job to protect you, the trouble here is that almost every major online portal relies on revenue generated by advertisers that use these third-party cookies.
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Posted by inet on 2005-12-15       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

America Online has begun testing a new service that lets users access their PC remotely from any computer that has a browser and is connected to the Internet.
 
The new service, called LinktoPC, became available on Friday to AOL subscribers interested in trying it out, an AOL spokesperson said Monday. "We haven't offered this type of service before," he said.

The technology behind LinktoPC comes from WebEx Communications, a company that specializes in online meetings and Web conferencing.

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-12       Article Source : TechWeb News

SAP AG has co-developed a product with Intel Corp. to speed search capabilities. Separately, SAP is working with Cisco Systems to ease application installation and networking, SAP confirmed Thursday.

The project with Intel, code-name Euclid, is being tested with several customers. Intel is contributing its 64-bit processor technology, which lets software keep large amounts of data on the chip in main memory. SAP is contributing search technology and related algorithms.

Euclid is the vehicle through which SAP will fold fast, Google-like

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