What's New on the Net? 3-15-12
Red Light District on the Web?
3-15-12WSJ--Google Refreshes Its Search Algorithm
- Google Gives Search a Refresh - WSJ.com
Google is giving its tried-and-true Web-search formula a makeover as it tries to fix the shortcomings of today's technology and maintain its dominant market share.
3-12-12NYTimes--"A Code of Content for Content Aggregators" David Carr
- Guidelines Proposed for Content Aggregation Online - NYTimes.com
Two approaches to giving credit where credit belongs online were announced at the South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin.
2-9-12NYTimes--"Internet Piracy Debate, Deciding if the Sky is Falling"
- In Piracy Debate, Deciding if the Sky Is Falling - NYTimes.com
Media and Internet giants at odds over dealing with purloined content on the Web may need to agree first on exactly how bad the problem is.
2-5-12NYTimes OP-ED Bill Keller On Sopa and Wikipedia
- Steal This Column - NYTimes.com
The partisans of an unfettered Internet won the last skirmish in Washington. So is any attempt to police online piracy doomed?
11-27-11NYT EDITORIAL "Going After the Pirates"
- Going After the Pirates - NYTimes.com
Congress is right to address online piracy, but it must also protect online speech and innovation... The House bill is right to focus on payment systems and ad networks to cut off the money to rogue Web sites. But like its Senate companion...
11-10-11NYTimes--Larry Page is Trimming Google's Bloated Ship
- Google’s Chief Works to Trim a Bloated Ship - NYTimes.com
Larry Page returned to the helm of Google to find it bloated, unwieldy and hard to move quickly. He’s working to change all that.
11-4-11NYTimes--Google Changes Search Algorithm to Make Results More Timely
- Google Changes Search Algorithm, Trying to Make Results More Timely - NYTimes.com
Google made an unusually wide-reaching change to its search algorithm to show more real-time results.
11-3-11NYTimes--Cell Phone App Offer's Instant Hook-ups
- Cellphone Apps Give ‘Speed Dating’ a New Meaning - NYTimes.com
Services from sites like OkCupid and eHarmony make it possible to arrange a date with a stranger using location technology.
11-2-11NYTimes--"A Sister's Eulogy for Steve Jobs" by Mona Simpson
- A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs - NYTimes.com
At a memorial service for her brother, Mona Simpson recalled his love of beauty and his family, and his final moments.
1013-11NYTimes OP-ED "Prospero's Tempestuous Family" Maureen Dowd
- Prospero’s Tempestuous Family - NYTimes.com
If Shakespeare had an iPad, the poignant, prickly history of its magical inventor would have made the perfect family drama for the Bard.
9-28-11NYTimes--"TechCrunch's Backroom Deals Destroy its Credibility"
- How TechCrunchs Back-Room Deals Destroy Its Credibility - NYTimes.com
AOL-owned tech blog TechCrunch is often accused of trading favors for exclusives. Now we have proof. A startup founder recently confused one of our reporters for a TechCrunch reporter. Shed been introduced to him as a VentureBeat writer; at some
4-14 -11NYTimes--"How to Fix (Or Kill)Web Data About You" Riva Richmond
- How to Fix (0r Kill) Web Data About You - NYTimes.com
Marketers, employers and even thieves can piece together mosaics of who you are from your online activity. There are ways, however, to manage the way you look.
9-13-11NYTimes--YouTube Founders Revamping a Site for Link Sharing
What we plan to do, Mr. Hurley said in an interview here last week, is try to introduce Delicious to the rest of the world. Created in 2003, Delicious lets people save links from around the Web and organize them using a simple tagging system, as
9-5-11NYTimes Michael Arrington, A Tech Blogger Who Leaps Over the Line David Carr
- Michael Arringtons Audacious Venture - NYTimes.com
When Michael Arrington, the editor of TechCrunch, formed a company to finance the start-ups his site writes about, he stepped over the line. AOL executives would open up a lemonade stand in front of headquarters if it would help their bottom line.
9-3-11NYTimes--AOL Reverses Course On TechCrunch Blogger
- AOL Says Arrington No Longer Works at TechCrunch - NYTimes.com
A day after Michael Arrington, the TechCrunch blogger, introduced a venture capital fund, AOL said his editorial role was over. Mr. Arrington says that he is confused by AOL's back-and-forth.
7-20-11NYTimes--Open Access Advocate Arrested for Huge Download
- Open-Access Advocate Arrested for Huge Download - NYTimes.com
Harvard researcher and Internet folk hero Aaron Swartz has been arrested for allegedly hacking into networks at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to download articles.
7-9-11NYTimes--"Lead Gen" Sites a Challenge to Google
- Lead Gen Sites Pose Challenge to Google - the Haggler - NYTimes.com
Lead generation companies are crushing some local merchants in search results, presenting a real challenge for Google.
6-28-11NYTimes--Google Announces Social Network to Compete with Facebook
- Google Introduces Facebook Competitor, Emphasizing Privacy - NYTimes.com
The new service is designed to make it easy to share with groups, instead of all of ones friends or the entire Web.
Amazing High Resolution Photograph Linked Below
You used to be able to get lost in the crowd, but not anymore. Double click on any area in the picture to bring the person closer. Or, just click the mouse and use the mouse wheel to bring them closer.
This is a photograph of 2009 Inauguration. You can see IN FOCUS the face of EACH individual in the crowd !!! You can scan and zoom to any section of the crowd. . . Wait a few seconds. Double click anywhere . And the focus adjusts to give you a very identifiable close up.
The picture was taken with a robotic 1474 megapixel camera (295 times the standard 5 megapixel camera). Everyone attending could be scanned after the event, should something have gone wrong during it.
Here's an amazing example of high resloution photography.
- Fullscreen Gigapan Viewer: President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address by David Bergman
You used to be able to get lost in the crowd, but not anymore. Double click on any area in the picture to bring the person closer. Or, just click the mouse and use the mouse wheel to bring them closer. This is a photograph of Obama's inauguration.
6-21-11NYTimes "Upending Anonymity, the Web Unmasks Everyone"
- Upending Anonymity, These Days the Web Unmasks Everyone - NYTimes.com
Pervasive social media services, cheap cellphone cameras, free photo and video Web hosts have made privacy all but a thing of the past.
5-23-11NYTimes--Who Controls Online Photos?
- Fine Print Blurs Whos in Control of Online Photos - NYTimes.com
If you post a photo on the Web, it still belongs to you, right? Well, be sure to read the fine print. The terms of service agreements for Internet services often reveal the tenuous hold people have over what they post online.
5-8-11NYTimes--Damon Darlin--Streamline the Search Engine
- Blekko Tries to Best Googles Search Engine - NYTimes.com
The Blekko search engine aims to take on Google by having humans help rank its results.
5-5-11NYTimes--China Creates New Agency for Patrolling the Web
- China Creates New Agency to Regulate the Internet - NYTimes.com
The State Internet Information Office will regulate every corner of the nations vast Internet community, a move that appeared to complement a continuing crackdown on political dissidents.
4-24-11NYtimes Magazine--How to Un-mask the Internet's Vilest Trolls
- How to Unmask the Internet\'s Vilest Trolls - NYTimes.com
The law gives trolls far too much leeway right now.
5-3-11NYTimes--Enforcing Copyrights for a Profit
- Buying Copyrights, Then Patrolling the Web for Infringement - NYTimes.com
Righthaven, a Nevada company, finds newspaper material that has been republished on the Web and obtains the copyrights. Then it sues.
4-13-11Could alleged email cost Zuckerberg 50% of Facebook?
- Could This Email To Paul Ceglia Cost Mark Zuckerberg 50% Of Facebook?
Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg scored a major victory on Monday, when a U.S. appeals court ruled that the Winklevoss twins could not appeal their previous settlement with Facebook over claims that Zuckerberg had stolen their idea for a similar site
4-8-11NYTimes--Outsports.com, a New Website for Gay Athletes
- Site Provides a Rare Forum for Gay Athletes - NYTimes.com
The fact that Outsports.com could still seem so distinctive speaks to the enduring taboo of being a gay athlete.
- Site Provides a Rare Forum for Gay Athletes - NYTimes.com
The fact that Outsports.com could still seem so distinctive speaks to the enduring taboo of being a gay athlete.
4-8-11NYTimes--Start-up Founders Keep Control
- At Start-Ups, Founders Are Staying in Charge - NYTimes.com
As investors chase after the latest social network start-ups, company founders are in a better position to keep control and get rich while still attracting investors to their company.
4-5-11nytimes---Huge Security Breach
- After Security Breach, Firms Warn of E-Mail Fraud - NYTimes.com
A security breach has exposed the e-mail addresses of millions of customers for major banks and retailers.
Associated Content on Google's Content Farm Putsch
- Yahoo\'s (and Associated Content Founder) Luke Beatty Talks About Google Content Farm Attack | Kara
Yahoo's Luke Beatty said he is not worried. "We welcome the change," he insisted about Google taking aim last Friday at so-called "content farms," producers of low-quality content that spam up the Web and the search giant's results. "And we endorse w
3-31NYT--Microsoft Announces Complaint Against Google
- Microsoft Filing Antitrust Claim Against Google over Search Engine
In Europe, Microsoft is joining a chorus of complaints, but until now they have come from small Internet companies saying that Googles search engine unfairly promotes its own products, like Google Product Search, a price comparison site, over rival
3-31NYT--Paul Allen sticks a knife in Bill Gates's Back
- In Idea Man, Paul Allen Describes an Uneven Partnership With Gates - NYTimes.com
In a new book, Paul Allen describes the years with his co-founder, Bill Gates, hinting at disappointment in the way he was treated.
3-28-11NYTimes--Face Book Sued by Murder Victim's Family Over Photo of Victim's Body
- Facebook Sued by Murder Victims Family Over Photo - NYTimes.com
The family of a murder victim whose body was the subject of a photo posted on Facebook says it is suing to prevent other families from experiencing the same thing.
3-28-11NYTimes--Sulzberger on NYT Digital Subscription Program
- A Letter to Our Readers About Digital Subscriptions - NYTimes.com
Publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. announces details of the New York Times plan for subscriptions to nytimes.com and mobile apps. For more information, go to www.nytimes.com/digitalfaq.
3-28-11NYTimes--David Carr "Long-form Journalism Finds a Home on the Net"
- Long-Form Journalism and Multimedia at The Atavist - NYTimes.com
The Atavist has captured new ways to present long-form content for the digital age, mixing multimedia presentations and deep, engrossing articles.
3-28-11NYTimes--"New Tech Bubble? Investing Like it's 1999"
- Investing Like It's 1999 - NYTimes.com
Some investors are wondering whether a huge influx of Wall Street money spells trouble for the tech industry again.
3-27-11NYTimes--Social Network Sites Face Ethical Dilemma
- Social Media Sites Face Quandary Over Activists Use - NYTimes.com
Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube often have to choose: enforce their rules and remove content, or allow material by activists from the Middle East, North Africa and China.
3-22-11 Federal Judge Overturns Google's Digital Book Deal
- Judge Rejects Googles Deal to Digitize Books - NYTimes.com
A decision against a class-action settlement threw Googles plans into limbo and undid years of negotiation.
3-21-11NYTimes "Times's Internet Pay Model Many Years in the Making
- The Timess Online Pay Model Was Years in the Making - NYTimes.com
The New York Timess online pay model, which takes effect on March 28, may be the most watched experiment in American journalism.
3-21-11NYTimes--The Evolving Mission of Google--David Carr
- How Google Is Evolving Into a Media Company - NYTimes.com
Google will tell you insistently that it is not a media company it organizes and manages content, but does not produce it. Watch closely.
BBC--Digital Planet in Austin
- Is Openness on the Internet Killing Creativity?
Is openness in the digital space killing creativity? With so much amateur content online, there is a strong desire to consume it all for free. Culture is rotting away before our very browsers. Or is it? Isn't this a great time to be alive all this
3-17-11New York Times Announces Digital Subscription Program
- The New York Times to Begin Charging for Web Use on March 28 - NYTimes.com
Under the plan, which begins on March 28, visitors to NYTimes.com will be able to read 20 articles a month free. The most frequent users will pay $15 a month; print subscribers will have unlimited access.
3-15-11FreePress--Fatal 4-letter flub on Twitter
- Oh, (bleep)! Chrysler contractor\'s 4-letter flub a lesson | Detroit Free Press | freep.com
Scott Bartosiewicz is sorry. The Ferndale resident is the Chrysler contractor who dissed metro Detroit drivers March 9 with the F-word on Chrysler's official Twitter account. The tweet -- meant only for his friends -- cost Bartosiewicz, 28, his drea
3-13-11NYTimesMagazine--"All the News that's Fit to Aggregate" by Bill Keller, NYT Editor
- All the Aggregation Thats Fit to Aggregate - NYTimes.com
How much more of itself can the media consume?
3-13NYTimes "How the Internet Tried to Kill Me" Zick Rubin
- How the Internet Tried to Kill Me by Zick Rubin
WHEN I Googled myself last month, I was alarmed to find the following item, from a Wikia.com site on psychology, ranked fourth among the results: Zick Rubin (1944-1997) was an American social psychologist.
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3-7NYTimes--Net Neutrality Back in Court
- Net Neutrality, Back in Court - NYTimes.com
The lawsuits filed by Verizon and MetroPCS against the F.C.C.s net neutrality rules are disappointing.
2-26NYT--Google Moves to Eliminate Drivel
- New Google Search System Seeks to Weed Out Useless Results - NYTimes.com
Googles change is a tacit acknowledgment that an industry devoted to gaming search results had increasingly managed to pollute the search engine by pushing less relevant sites higher.
The Benefits and Risks of Content Farms
- The Benefits and Risks of Content Farms: Tech News and Analysis
AOL's recent acquisition of the Huffington Post for $315 million has centered a lot of attention on its content strategy automating and standardizing content that attracts search-related advertising. While there are some clear benefits to this "cont
2-6-11NYT Book Review--"The Net Delusion" by Evgeny Morozov
- "Twitter Can't Save You" Lee Siegel's review of "The Net Delusion" by Evgeny Morozou
As Morozov demonstrates in The Net Delusion, his brilliant and courageous book, the Internets contradictions and confusions are just becoming visible through the fading mist of Internet euphoria. Morozov is interested in the Internets political
2-12-11NYT--Dirty Secrets of Search Optimization
- Search Optimization's Dirty Secrets
The Google search, represents layer upon layer of intrigue. And the intrigue starts in the subterranean world of black hat optimization, the dark art of raising the profile of a Web site with methods Google considers paramount to cheating.
2-12-11NYTimes--Search Engine Optimization at HuffPo
- Web Words that Lure the Readers, Claire Cain Miller in the New York Times
It was an example of an art and science at which The Huffington Post excels: search engine optimization, or S.E.O. The term covers a wide range of behind-the-scenes tactics for getting search engine users to visit a Web site.
2-9-11NYTimes--AOL's Bet on Another Makeover
- AOL's Bet on Another Makeover
The new strategy in many ways resembles the old strategy: make acquisitions to attract traffic and reverse a continuing decline in advertising and revenue from its dial-up Internet service.
2-9-11NYTimes--Affter Huffington, Who's Next?
- After Huffington, Who's Next?
In agreeing to buy Huffington for $315 million, AOL is putting what appears to be a significant premium on the ability to attract and build a community of readers. The market for online advertising is expected to increase 14 percent, to $51 billion.
2-8-11NYTimes--AOL: Buys HuffingtonPost.com
- AOL Buys HuffingtonPost.com
But still the price turned heads: at about 10 times HuffPos revenue of $31 million, AOL paid a hefty premium for a new-media asset, perhaps because the merger creates a new behemoth with a combined audience of 117 million unique visitors in the US.
2-6-11 NYTimes--Yahoo Said to be Moving Toward Personalized Content
- Yahoo Moving to Personalized Content
Confronted by declining revenue and a steady stream of prominent departures, Yahoo plans to announce that it is developing a publishing platform for applications that would let users get personalized content on their phones and other mobile devices.
2-2-11NYT--Google says Microstoft Stealing its Stuff
- Google says Microsoft is Stealing its Search Resultsf
Google has weathered criticism in the past that it has copied some features of Microsofts Bing search engine, like background images. Now it has turned the tables, contending that Bing copies something much more important: search results.
1-17-11NYTimes--Steve Jobs Taking a Medical Leave
- Jobs Taking a Medical Leave from Apple but will retain CEO Position
Steven Jobs, the co-founder and CEO of Apple, is taking a medical leave of absence, a year and a half after a liver transplant, raising questions about both his long-term prognosis and the future of the worlds most valuable tech company.
1-12-11NYTimes--MySpace Cools in Clutches of Murdoch
- A Hot Social Networking Site Cools as Facebook Flourishes
As Facebook was negotiating a half-billion-dollar investment from Goldman Sachs recently, MySpace, once the dominant Web site for social networking, was preparing to fire nearly half its staff. The layoffs, cut nearly 500 from a payroll of 1,100...
12-5-11NYTimes---Anonymity and the Dark Side of the Iternet
- Anonymity and the dark side of the Internet by Stanley Fish
Withholding the identity of the speaker is strategic, and one purpose of the strategy is to avoid accountability for what one is saying...allows bloggers to create a shame-free zone in which they can inflitct pain on others.
12-16-10NYTimes--A Call for a Federal Office to Guide Online Privacy
- Federal Internet Privacy Proposal
A Commerce Department task force called for the creation of a Privacy Bill of Rights for online consumers and the establishment of an office within the department that would work to strengthen privacy policies in the United States and coordinate in
12-16-10 Mark Zuckerberg--Time Magazine's Man of the Year
- Time's Man of the Year--Mark Zuckerberg
At just 26, Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, is joining a select group of presidents, kings, popes, dictators, freedom fighters and other influential people selected by Time magazine as Person of the Year.
12-16-10NYTimes--An Android that Shuns Google
- An Android that Shuns Google David Pogue in the NYT
The 4-inch screen is bright, sharp and vivid. The case is all plastic, which makes it more of a scratch-and-fingerprint magnet than the glass-and-metal iPhone. Its sleek but fairly generic-looking; the only design eccentricity is a bulge on the...
12-13-10NYTimes--Facebook Wrestles with Free Speech and Civility
- Facebook Wrestles With Free Speech and Civility - NYTimes.com
With its prominence on the Web, the sites role as an arbiter of free speech is likely to become more pronounced. Facebooks decision in the WikiLeaks matter illustrates the complexities the company grapples with, on issues as diverse as gay baiting..
12-12-10NYTimes--Readers With Plenty to Say
- Readers With Plenty To Say--How the NYTimes Manages Mountains of Reader Comments
The system of commenting at The Times owes much of its success to the human beings who actually moderate comments read them, filter them and decide which ones to publish. This filtering process yields, in many cases, substantive commentary by a rea
NYTimes12-12-10 "Technology Outpaces Privacy (Yet Again)"
- To Track or Not to Track
Solitude and privacy have become more essential to the individual; but modern enterprise and invention have, through invasions upon his privacy, subjected him to mental pain and distress,...Warren and Brandeis, 1890
12-10-10NYTimes--Web Attackers Point to Cause in Wikileaks
- Web Attackers Point to Cause in Wikileaks
This is kind of the shot heard round the world this is Lexington, said John Perry Barlow, a co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties organization that advocates for a freer Internet.
12-7=10NYTimes--Online Seller Who Scared Customers Arrested
- Internet Seller Arrested
Federal law enforcement agents on Monday arrested Vitaly Borker,a Brooklyn Internet merchant who mistreated customers because he thought their online complaints raised the profile of his business in Google searches.
11-28-10NYTimes--"A Bully Finds a Pulpit on the Web"
- A Bully Finds a Pulpit on the Web--The Perils of Shopping on the Internet
This long article tells the story of Vitaly Borker an unscrupulous Internet marketer of eyeglasses and one of his victims Clarabelle Rodriguez who courageously fought back against harassment by Mr. Vitaly and unresponsive banks, including CitiBank.
12-4-10NYTimes--As Bullies Go Digital, Parents Play Catchup
- As Bullies Go Digital, Parents Play Catchup
It's hard enough to support ones child through a siege of schoolyard bullying. But the lawlessness of the Internet, its potential for casual, breathtaking cruelty, and its capacity to cloak a bullys identity all present slippery new challenge.
12-3-10NYTimes--Silicon Valley Showing Signs of New Bubble
- Silicon Bubble Re-inflating??
Less than a decade after the dot-com bust taught Wall Street and Silicon Valley investors that what goes up does not keep going up forever, a number of entrepreneurs and a few venture capitalists are wondering if tech start-ups are headed for a bust
12-2-10NYTimes--$6 Billion Groupon Deal a Bargain for Google
- Groupon a bargain for Google at $6 billion
As investors fret that Googles $6 billion bid for Groupon is too high a price to pay, new details about the companys sales and growth suggest that it might be more like one of Groupons cut-rate deals.
12-2-10NYTimes--FTC Backs Option to Limit On-line Tracking
- FTC Backs Plan to Limit On-line Tracking
Signaling a sea change in the debate over Internet privacy, the governments top consumer protection agency on Wednesday advocated a plan that would let consumers choose whether they want their Internet browsing and buying habits monitored.
11-30-10NYTimes--Anonymity Breeds Contempt on Internet Forums
- Some thoughts from Facebook on how to deal with internet forum trolls
Trolling, defined as the act of posting inflammatory, derogatory or provocative messages in public forums, is a problem as old as the Internet itself...Psychological research has proven again and again that anonymity increases unethical behavior.
- D8 Conference | AllThingsD
Speakers at the 2010 D Conference D8: Steve Jobs, Tim Armstrong, Steve Ballmer, Steve Burke, James Cameron, Steve Case, Peter Chou, John Donahoe, Carly Fiorina, Julius Genachowski, Paul Jacobs, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ted Leonsis, Alan Mulally, Ray Ozzie
11-20-10NYTimes--Growing Up Digital
- Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction
Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters. But computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.
- Technology News - The New York Times
Find breaking news, tech news and multimedia on the Internet, telecommunications, wireless applications, electronics, science, computers, e-mail and the Web.
11-16-10NYTimes--Google Search Leads to Brand Marketing
- GOOGLE Search App leads to brand marketing
A year ago, Google introduced a smartphone app that lets users take photos and get search results in return. Now, the company will take that capability into marketing with an experiment letting 5 national brands to use the app to promote their brands
11-16-10NewYorkTimes--Facebook Announces New Messaging Tool
- Facebook Challenges With New Messaging Tool
Mr. Zuckerberg introduced a new unified messaging system for Facebook that allows people to communicate with one another on the Web and on mobile phones regardless of whether they are using e-mail, text messages or online chat services.
11-3-10NYTimes--Facebook's Initial Crew Moving On
- Facebook Start-up Crew Moving On
Aa number of Facebooks early employees are giving up their stable jobs, free food and laundry service to build their own businesses. Many of them are leaving as wealthy, either on paper or after cashing in their ownership stakes to do.....
10-18-10NYTimes--Google Tries to Crack the Social Code
- Google is Determined to Crack the Social Code
Google has been stunningly adept at devising computer algorithms to help people search the Internet. But when it comes to building features for social networking, the company has been much less effective.
10-14-10NYTimes--Google Finds New Income Other than Search
Google said display ads nontext ads with images and video on YouTube and other sites will generate more than $2.5 billion in revenue in the coming year, while mobile ads are on track to to generate more than $2.5 bn and mobile ads another $1 bn.
10-10-10NYTimes--New Web Code Threatens Privacy
- New Internet Privacy Threat
A powerful new suite of capabilities will become available to Web developers that could give marketers and advertisers access to many more details about computer users online activities.
9-28-10 AOL Negotiating to Buy "TechCrunch" Technology Blog
According to today's Wall Street Journal AOL is in discussions to buy TechCrunch, Michael Arrington's technology blog. The sources didn't disclose the terms and conditions under discussion. AOL previously acquired on-line media companies Patch Media Corp. and Going Inc. as a part of its strategy to build out the company's position in the local on-line market. These acquisitions were priced at under $10 million each. The Wall Street Journal reported that in January 2010 AOL acquired online video company Studio Now, Inc for $36.5 million.
Based on a Wall Street Journal report by Jessica E. Vascellaro
The blog is valued by Website Shadow at $42.3 million based on ad revenue of $4.4 million per year.
9-4-10NYTimes--Craig's List Blocks "Adult Services" Ads
- Craig's List Drops "Adult Services" Ads
Craigslist, the popular Web site for classified ads, has blocked access to its adult services section and replaced the link with a black label showing the word censored. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/technology/05craigs.html?hp
9-4-10NYTimes--Joe Nocera Sums Up the Current Status of Net Neutrality
- Nocera on Net Neutrality
Net neutrality's in limbo because public interest purists believe any compromise is a sellout, and because the F.C.C. shot itself in the foot by pursuing the Comcast case. It's hard to see how were going to get neutrality rules...
8-13-10NYTimes--Web Photos that Reveal Secrets, Like Where You Live
- We Know Where You Live!
Security experts and privacy advocates are warning about dangers of geotags, embedded in photos & videos taken with GPS-equipped smartphones and cameras. Because the location data is not visible to the the viewer, many may not realize it's there.
8-12-10NYTimes--Web Priority Plan is Dividing the Industry
- Net Neutrality Issues Divide the Industry
Facebook said Wed. that it didn't support a proposal by Google and Verizon that critics say could let providers of Internet access chip away at that openness. AT&T, one of the companies that stands to profit from looser regulations, supported it
8-12-10NYTIMES--Pete Hamill Skips Print, Goes Directly to Digital for New Book
- Pete Hamill Goes Directly to Digital for New Book
Pete Hamill's next book will skip print altogether and be published only as an e-book.
8-10-10NYTimes--Who Comes First on the Internet--Lawrence Lessig, et al, Join the Discussion
- Who Gets Priority on the Web? - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com
Would a system that allows big content providers pay for faster transmission change access to the Internet?\ Can or should government enforce net neutrality in a Web 3.0 world where more content is accessed through mobile devices like the iPad?
8-5-10NYTimes--Google and Verizon Near Deal on Fees to Get to the Front of the Internet Line
- Internet Fees Coming for Faster Service?
Google and Verizon, two leading players in Internet service and content, are nearing an agreement that could allow Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the contents creators are willing to pay for the privilege.
8-2-10NYTimes--BING vs. GOOGLE
- Which Search Engine is Better, BING or GOOGLE?
Ed Perello discovered that Bing could find addresses in his rural Indiana town when Google couldn't. Laura Michelson was lured by Bing's flight fare tracker. Paul Callan, Paul Callan, a photography buff, fell for Bing's vivid background images.
7-30-10NYTimes--Obama Seeks Power for Warrantless FBI Access to Emails
- Warrantless FBI Access to Emails Sought by White House
The Obama administration has asked Congress to give clear authority to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to obtain records related to the context of e-mails and other Internet-based communications without first obtaining a warrant from a judge.
7-29-10NYTimes--Multimedia E-Books Coming
- A Revolution in Book Publishing is Under Way
Digital publishing opens up new opportunities for writers and publishers. Instead of offering print only with an occasional picture books will increasingly offer videos, more images, sound along with the printed word.
7-27-10NYTIMES--Amazon Drops Kindle to $130 in Price War
- Kindle Drops Price to $139
Amazon.com will introduce two new versions of the Kindle e-reader on Thursday, one for $139, the lowest price yet for the device. (Original price $399)
7-25-10 NY Times Magazine "The End of Forgetting on the Web by Jeffrey Rosen
This is a long, fascinating, thought-provoking article about the implications of the Internet for privacy. A must-read article.
6-6-10 NYTimes "An Ugly Toll of Technology: Impatience and Forgetfulness"
- Ugly Internet Toll
Are your Facebook friends more interesting than those you have in real life? Has high-speed Internet made you impatient with slow-speed children? Do you sometimes think about reaching for the fast-forward button, only to realize that life doesn't
7-18-10NYTimes--You Want My Personal Data--Reward me for it!
- Pay me for my personal data!
On the Net, users supply the raw material that helps generate billions of $ in online advertising revenue. Search requests, individual profiles on social networks, Web browsing habits, posted pictures and messages are mined for targeted online ads.
7-18-10NYTimes--As Older Users Join Facebook, Ghosts Reach Out
- Facebook Dilemma--What to do about dead Facebook Members?
Courtney got a shock from Facebook last month. The site was suggesting she get back in touch with an old family friend who played piano at her wedding four years ago. The friend had died 3 mos. before.
7-15-10 NYTimes Editorial "The Google Algorithm"
- The Google Search Algorithm
The potential impact of Google's algorithm on the Internet economy is worth exploring ways to ensure that the editorial policy guiding Googles tweaks is solely intended to improve the quality of the results and not to help Google's other businesses.
6-28-10NYTimes--Heedlessly Highjacking Content
- Rolling Stone Article on McChrystal Highjacked by Politico and Time, Inc.
A clear violation of copyright and professional practice, and it took money out of a competitors pocket. What crafty guerrilla site or bottom-feeder would do such a thing? Turns out it was Time.com and Politico, both well-financed, reputable media
6-26-10 NYTimes--A Red Light District on the Web?
- XXX Domains on the Horizon?
Thats what could happen now that the agency governing the Internet address system all but approved the creation of a new red-light district on the Web. The problem is that some of the biggest names in online pornography don't like the idea.
6-24-10 NYTimes--Twitter Settles Privacy Case
- Twitter Settles Privacy Case
Twitter, the rapidly growing Internet messaging service, has settled a Federal Trade Commission investigation into the security and privacy protections it offers its users, Brad Stone reports in The New York Times.
6-23-10NYTimes--Is Apple a Victim of Sour Grapes?
- "Rotten Apple or Sour Grapes?"
As the tech industrys perennial underdog, Apple was scorned and dismissed by larger and more successful competitors like Microsoft or Dell. Now, with growing frequency, the company is seen by competitors and other industry players as a bully.
6-24-10NYTimes--Judge Sides With Google in Important Copyright Case Involving YouTube Videos
- Google Wins Court Case Critical to YouTube and Other Internet Sites
The safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act generally protect a Web site from liability for copyrighted material uploaded by its users as long as the operator of the site takes down the material when notified.
6-22-10NYTIMES-E-Reader Price War
- In Price War, E-Readers Go Below $200
Barnes & Noble announced Monday that it was dropping the price of its six-month-old Nook e-reader to $199 from $259 and introducing a new version of the device, which connects to the Internet only over Wi-Fi networks, for $199 from $259......
6-9-10 NYTimes--Ex-CEOs Show Tech Plays in Politics
- Fiorina and Whitman Win Shows Tech Plays in Politics
This is Silicon Valley coming of age, said Larry Gerston, a poly sci prof. at San Jose State. The latest chapter in the industrys awakening. Whitman, ex-CEO of EBay, beat a tech entrepreneur and Fiorina beat a former congressman.
6-9-10 NYTimes New Iphone Apps Put You in the Mix
- State of the Art - Gotta Sing, Gotta Play - Apps to Put You in the Mix - NYTimes.com
Tone deaf? Dont know a half note from a whole rest? Doesnt matter. Two new iPhone apps help you perform with Taylor Swift and the Glee TV show.
5-31-10 NYTimes--Tech Innovator in Japan Sets Sights on China
- Softbank Sets Sights on China
Softbanks most promising ventures are in China, where it has made a series of strategic investments in some of the countrys most prominent Internet companies. It invested in the Chinese Web retailer Alibaba in 2000...
5-31-10 NYTimes: SLAPPED! Whan Online Gripes are Met with a Lawsuit
- When Companies Respond to Online Criticism With Lawsuits - NYTimes.com
Lawyers say that a growing number of businesses are suing individuals for posting critical comments online.
5-31-10NYTimes--Web Start-ups Offer Bargains in Exchange for Personal Data
- Webstart-ups Offer Lures for Personal Data
As concern increases about the amount of private data online, and as big sites like Facebook draw criticism for collecting consumers data in a stealthy manner, many Web start-ups are pursuing a reciprocal approach--bargains in exchange for data.
5-27-10--NYTimes--Apple Passes Microsoft as No. 1 Tech Company
- Apple Passes Microsoft
Wall Street has called the end of an era and the beginning of the next one: The most important technology product no longer sits on your desk but rather fits in your hand.
6-8-10 NYTimes---Facebook--Company on the Verge of a Social Breakthrough
- "The Facebook Effect" by David Kirkpatrick
The portrait of Mr. Zuckerberg, now 26, that emerges from this volume is that of a brilliant, sometimes nave, frequently prescient visionary, who has evolved over the years from an impulsive college student fond of baggy jeans, rubber sandals (even
5-26-10 Facebook Bows to Pressure Over Privacy
- Facebook Bows to Pressure Over Privacy
It has been a pretty intense few weeks for us, said Mr. Zuckerberg, who added that he had been huddled with other senior executives for the last two weeks to help shape Facebooks response.
WolframAlpha.com, an Amazing New Website
- Wolfram|AlphaComputational Knowledge Engine
Wolfram|Alpha gives you access to the world's facts, without searching. See what everyone is talking about.
5-24-10 NYTimes--Facebook Rivals Seize on Privacy Troubles
- Facebook Stumbles Over Privacy
FACEBOOK RESPONDS--NYTIMES EDITORIAL 5-24-10
Published: May 24, 2010
Facebook built its base of nearly 500 million users on the notion that it was a place for people to connect with each other and post their likes, dislikes, photos, activities with as wide a circle as they chose to define. Facebook, in turn, used that information to show users advertisements based on their tastes.
But Facebook has become the focus of an increasingly heated debate over whether it was keeping its end of the bargain and giving users an easy, straightforward and consistent way to set their limits. It has regularly revised its privacy settings, made them harder to find and massaged the way it describes the meaning of privacy. Leaving Facebook for good is a complex chore.
These are legitimate concerns. After a public outcry, Facebook is responding to them by revising some of its privacy policies.
Last month, the company caused an uproar among privacy advocates and attracted the scrutiny of lawmakers when it redefined many items on users’ profiles — including friends, current city and job, their school, listed interests and Web sites they liked — as public information, broadly visible on topical pages and accessible by applications running on Facebook. It did not matter how private users wanted to keep the information.
Facebook also started a program allowing Web sites to access the public information of users who clicked Facebook “like” buttons and another to share users’ public information with corporate partners such as Yelp and Pandora to allow them to personalize their services to users’ tastes. Users can opt out, but the process is far from straightforward.
On Monday, Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, announced in an op-ed article in The Washington Post that over the next several months the company would “add privacy controls that are much simpler to use,” and “give you an easy way to turn off all third-party services.” The company added that it would trim the information considered public by default. That would be the right decision for a company that has become a powerful force in the way people communicate online.
Last year, following another consumer backlash over changes to its terms of service, Facebook introduced a set of principles that included this: “People should have the freedom to decide with whom they will share their information, and to set privacy controls to protect those choices.” Facebook would do well to abide by this rule.
Indeed, Facebook should commit to give users full control over the use and disclosure of their data. That means asking for permission every time it wants to use the information for a new purpose. It also means providing users — in a simple, intuitive way — with the information they need to decide who can see their data and how those details can be used.
Facebook’s existence is predicated on people wanting to share information about their lives. It should trust that users who want to share everything will and not force the hand of those who don’t want to.
A version of this editorial appeared in print on May 25, 2010, on page A26 of the New York edition.
5-10 Businessweek--Facebook Privacy Snowball Keeps Rolling
- Facebook\'s Privacy Snowball Keeps Rolling - BusinessWeek
The company must get serious about the privacy controversy if it wants to maintain its momentum.
Privacy is an Increasing Internet Issue
Internet privacy continues to be an issue with Google in Europe and with Facebook here in the U.S. and elsewhere. Germany, the Czech Republic, France and Spain have raised issues over Google's collection of information from wireless networks in its Street View project.
Facebook privacy issues involving the use of personal data for commercial and legal purposes are coming in for criticism from several quarters. The difficulty Facebook users encounter in utilizing Facebook's privacy options is also coming in for criticism.
Twitter is fighting a subpoena in Pennsylvania seeking the names of two Tweeters who criticized the Pennsylvania attorney general, Tom Corbett. Civil liberties groups oppose the subpoenas as a violation of civil liberties.
Privacy is apparently not on the minds of users of ChatRoulette or on many Facebook users either.
Reclaimprivacy.org--Get your life back from Facebook
- ReclaimPrivacy.org | Facebook Privacy Scanner
Keep up with the latest news about privacy policies on Facebook. * The Erosion of Facebook Privacy eff.org * Facebook Privacy Changes eff.org * 7 Things to Stop Doing Now on Facebook yahoo.com * Facebook's Gone Rogue wired.com
Check Your Internet Profile
Do you know what your online profile says about you? Do you know what's private and what's not? Here are some resources to help:
Reputationdefender.com: For $14.95 a month you can use My Reputation, a service that will aggregate all online references to make you "totally aware of your online presence."
The site also has software that will monitor your personal information (My Privacy, $9.95 a month); a service that monitors your child's online activity ($14.95 a month), and a service that attempts to control search results in your name ($99).
Brand-yourself.com: this site has a free Google Grade tool that tells you if the top 10 search results for your name are representing you well or not. It also has services that allow you to monitor what others are saying about you online.
Profilewatch.org: Tells you your online privacy score based on how much information it can find from your Facebook profile. It includes what you have publicly shared on Facebook.
Youropenbook.org: Want to see what Facebook is making public? This site takes content from Facebook that includes the phrase "don't tell anyone" or "cheated test" and publishes it for all to see. It's a statement that shows that what you think is private isn't really so.
Krista Jahnke in the Detroit Free Press
Comment: You can probably figure out yourself what's online about you by doing an occasional Google search and cleaning up your Facebook page and not putting anything out there that might compromise a job or school application or a future election campaign. You shouldn't have to pay anyone to do this for you.
5-21-10 NY Times--Twitter Fighting Order to Reveal Names of Two Tweeters
- Pennsylvania Attorney General Subpoenas Names of Two Tweeter Critics of His Performance
Pennsylvanias attorney general is demanding that Twitter unmask two of its users, a move that civil liberties groups say violates free speech.
5-21-10 NYTimes--In Europe Google is Facing New Inquiries on Privacy
- Google faces privacy issues in Germany, Czech Republic, France and Spain
BERLIN Officials in Spain, France and the Czech Republic announced plans on Thursday to investigate Googles collection of data from wireless networks in their countries, raising the likelihood that the company could face sanctions in Europe.
5-20-10 National Public Radio--Protecting Your Privacy on Social Networking Sites
- Protecting You Privacy on Facebook and Other Social Networking Sites
Now that the Library of Congress is archiving tweets and lawyers are using Facebook status updates in cross-examinations, how private are our online musings? Ira Flatow and guests discuss ethical, legal and social issues involved in social networks.
5-20-10 NYTimes--German Prosecutors Investigate Google Data Collection
- German Prosecutors Investigate Google Data Collection
Prosecutors in Hamburg opened a criminal investigation of Google on Wednesday over its collecting of private Internet data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks in Germany.
5-20-10 NYTimes--Pakistan Bans YouTube and Some Social Networking Sites
- Pakistan Widens Online Ban to Include YouTube - NYTimes.com
The Pakistani government said it has blocked access to YouTube because of growing sacrilegious content on the video-sharing Web site.
Andre Ternovskiy's Chatroulette
- Andrey Ternovskiys Web site, Chatroulette : The New Yorker
LETTER FROM MOSCOW about Chatroulette. Andrey Ternovskiy, an eighteen-year-old high-school dropout from Moscow, has a variety of explanations for why he created the Web site Chatroulette. The most reliable version, however, centers on a shop called R
Punch on the Web--Avoiding Pitfalls of Social Networking at the Workplace
- Stop Sabotaging YOUR JOB!
With technology advancing it seems there are more ways to mess up at work than ever! A wrong post on Facebook, sending a fuming e-mail meant for your colleague to your boss or the wrong text message to a...
Eight Chatroulette Hotties
- Chatroulette Girls -- 8 Randomly Encountered Hotties - Asylum.com
Chatroulette is a great way to 'meet' girls, if your idea of meeting chicks is trying in vain to humor them via webcam and then
Funny or Die--iPhone 4 video--Deleted Scenes
- The iPhone 4 video--Deleted Scenes
Not for children.
3-12-07NYTimes--Wikipedia to Check Credentials of Contributors
- After False Claim, Wikipedia to Check Degrees - New York Times
Wikipedias co-founder has called for a voluntary system for accrediting contributors who say they have advanced degrees.