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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-16       Article Source : ExtremeTech

The debate over AOL's use of "certified" email as an anti-spam defense mechanism grew more pointed Thursday afternoon, as a protest group claimed emails sent using the group's web address were first blocked, then permitted after protests.
 
DearAOL.com, made up of businesses, non-profits, and advocacy groups, said Thursday that individual emails sent containing its URL were apparently blocked by AOL's spam filter. An email sent by PC Magazine to an AOL account also confirmed this.

AOL, for its part,

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-15       Article Source : NewsFactor

Google has launched a beta version of a Web-based calendar service that allows users not only to input and track events, but also to coordinate schedules with others and create automatic event alerts. The free online tool offers several other features, including invitation creation, Gmail integration, and, of course, high-powered search capabilities.
 
The calendar works with the Internet Explorer and Firefox Web browsers and is currently available only in English, but Google has noted that it is working on additional

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-13       Article Source : Reuters

Yahoo Inc. is introducing an upgraded travel service on Tuesday that blends the breadth of Yahoo search with handy travel-specific features, stepping up its challenge to dedicated travel sites.

Using Yahoo's central search site, consumers can receive instant airfare and hotel price comparisons, satellite overview maps and user reviews of restaurants and tourist destinations, features that previously existed in different corners of the Yahoo network or elsewhere across the Web.

Analysts say that by embedding travel features in its core search

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-13       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Skype Technologies has acquired Internet voice technology company Sonorit Holding and its U.S. subsidiary, Camino Networks, for about $27 million in eBay stock, Skype announced Tuesday.
 
Skype, which is owned by eBay, made the acquisition to add the companies' online voice engineering experts to its staff, it said. They will help design and develop future versions of Skype's VoIP (voice over IP) product.

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Skype described Sonorit and Camino as start-up companies building products for speech processing, coding,

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-12   

The number of online banking customers grew by 3.1 percent in the fourth quarter last year from the previous quarter, representing the lowest sequential growth in three years, a Web metrics firm said Monday.
 
Year-to-year, the number of online banking customers grew to nearly 40 million during the quarter, a 27 percent increase over the same period a year ago, ComScore Networks said. Usage of online bill payment services grew 36 percent during the same period.

Nevertheless, the quarter-to-quarter

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-12       Article Source : NewsFactor

In an effort to increase the relevancy of its search results, Google has purchased a new search algorithm created by a university student. Called Orion, the algorithm discovers relevant text by rating the content quality of the site on which the text appears.
 
Created by Ori Allon, an Israeli student at the University of New South Wales in Australia, Orion was designed to make searches less time consuming by focusing on relevance in text searches.

The idea is

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-09       Article Source : Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans rushed to sign up for .eu Internet domain suffixes on Friday, the first day for registrations by individuals, the European Commission said.
 
"The demand of European citizens and companies will show whether they believe in Europe," Commissioner for Information and Society Viviane Reding told reporters.

In addition to the .eu domain, each of the 25 member countries has its own domain suffix, as well as the familiar .com, .org and .int. names to choose

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-08       Article Source : ExtremeTech

Google has released the second version of Google Toolbar for the Firefox operating system, which includes support for RSS feeds and new Safe Browsing tools.
 
Interestingly, the new toolbar doesn't have the same feature set as the Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer.

"Meanwhile, you IE Toolbar 4 fans may notice that the feature sets aren't identical," Justin Voskuhl, a software engineer for Google, wrote in the official blog. "That's because Firefox and IE users have different needs. Rest assured

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-08       Article Source : Reuters

Online music service Napster Inc. on Thursday raised its quarterly outlook, citing strong subscriber growth, sending its shares up 16 percent.
 
For the fourth quarter that ended on March 31, the company said it would post more than $26 million in revenue, a "substantially narrower" net loss than earlier forecast, and a total subscriber base of more than 600,000 users worldwide.

Analysts, on average, had expected fourth-quarter revenues of $25.04 million and a per-share loss of 36 cents, according

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-07       Article Source : NewsFactor

Online DVD-rental firm Netflix has filed a patent-infringement suit against major rival Blockbuster, seeking to shut down the competitor's online movie-rental site. In the suit, filed in California, Netflix claimed that Blockbuster is violating two Netflix patents that are related to how its subscribers pay monthly fees and how it tracks what movies it has shipped.
 
The monthly-fee patent was filed in 2003, according to court documents, and covers the way in which customers can choose films and pay for

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-06       Article Source : Reuters

Research In Motion will put such Yahoo Inc. Web offerings as search, e-mail, instant messaging, and news on its BlackBerry devices, and will start rolling out the service in 60 countries in about two weeks, the two companies said on Wednesday.
 
The deal greatly expands RIM's relationship with Yahoo, the operator of one of the Web's most-visited sites. Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM is seeking to widen its sales to include everyday consumers and enhance services to its existing, mostly corporate, base.Read More...  

Posted by iMark on 2006-04-05       Article Source : TechWeb News

Harvard researcher Ben Edelman on Tuesday released a report tying Yahoo Inc. to adware vendors that he claimed were displaying pop-up advertising that appeared to commit click fraud. 
 
The online report, "The Spyware -- Click-Fraud Connection -- and Yahoo's Role Revisited," traces what appears to be click fraud that starts with the adware vendor and eventually leads to Yahoo. In between are online marketing companies that sell advertising.

Click fraud is a term used to describe a practice that

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-05       Article Source : Reuters

Online exchange service GoldMoney.com said on Tuesday its customers have purchased more than 1 million ounces of silver since it began offering the metal on its Web site at the start of 2006.
 
By the end of the first quarter, GoldMoney's customers owned 1.3 million ounces of silver bullion valued at $15.4 million and 4.9 tonnes of gold worth $91 million, it said.

The company's online platform allows investors and consumers to buy the two precious metals and "digitize"

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-04       Article Source : PC World

Browsing the Web on ordinary cell phones will become easier thanks to a new service unveiled by AOL today, in advance of the CTIA cell phone trade show in Las Vegas this week.
 
AOL's new "better browsing" service reformats complex pages into the simple WAP language understood by cell phones without full Web browsers. AOL's servers shrink down big pictures to a size viewable on small cell-phone screens, simplify tables, and even snap off navigational or advertising sidebars, providing instead a

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-04       Article Source : TechWeb News

The total number of Web searches in February jumped by more than a third, driven in part by people looking for photos on social-networking sites, a Web research firm said.
 
Overall searches in February increased by 38 percent to 5.3 billion, compared with 3.8 billion in the same month a year ago, Nielsen/NetRatings said. The increase was due to more searches per person, since the number of unique searchers remained stable. The average Web user conducted 43.1 searches in February,

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