Thursday, August 30, 2007

Protect Yourself From Duplicate Content Issues

One of the standout sessions at SES this year involved duplicate content and the impact it has on rankings, linking and the competitive marketplace. Today’s While many experts have yet to weigh in on the matter, I will provide methods you can use to protect your content and ensure you get the credit you deserve from the search engines.

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Playing Dirty With PPC

In today's In-House column, "Playing Dirty With PPC," Rob Kerry gives in-house SEMs a few black hat PPC tricks, to help them keep up with competitors that choose to play dirty.

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Dungeons and Dragons Nerds Talk Sex

Between weekend-long stretches of D&D and foot-long stretch marks, GenCon geeks still have time for some awkward lovin'.

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Forbidden Color Combinations?

Color theorists and designers in fashion or computer graphics have coined phrases based around what colors shouldn’t go together.

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Church Deacon, OU Fan Tears Scrotum Of UT Fan In Bar Fight

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Aggravated assault charges have been filed against a church deacon and University of Oklahoma Sooners fan after officials say he grabbed a University of Texas fan between the legs during a scuffle in an Oklahoma bar.

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NBC, News Corp. Finally Name Their Baby:

NEW YORK ( -- Skeptics who have grumbled about the long genesis of the online-video joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp. won't have "NewCo," the project's operating name, to kick around any longer.

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Nissan's Rogue Joins Cast of 'Heroes'

DETROIT ( -- Nissan North America will have an encore performance on NBC's hit "Heroes," acting again as the sole TV advertiser, with limited interruption, during the show's sophomore season premiere Sept. 24.

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T-Mobile may go to court soon for early termination fees and phone lockouts

If the people are successful in this hopefully it could start a precedent in which phone companies could no longer lock phones are charge such heinous amounts for early termination fees.

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Legal or Not, iPhone Hacks Might Spur Revolution

In the past week, New Jersey teenager George Hotz published instructions for unlocking the iPhone. Meanwhile an anonymous group called iPhoneSimFree plans to sell its software-only solution, and a company called UniquePhones is set to sell a remote unlocking service. These offers generated buzz from iPhone owners, who are restricted...

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Point, Click ... Eavesdrop: How the FBI Wiretap Net Operates

The FBI has quietly built a sophisticated, point-and-click surveillance system that performs instant wiretaps on almost any communications device, according to nearly a thousand pages of restricted documents newly released under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Need Some Cash? Sue Google! Everyone Else is Doing It.

To the victor belong the spoils — and the lawsuits. With its $150 billion market cap, Google has become a prime target of the litigious, and we're not just talking about Viacom's billion-dollar YouTube assault.

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CCIA, Google & Microsoft Launch "Defend Fair Use" Web Site

Google, Microsoft-backed group ready to Defend Fair Use from Ars Technica reports Google and Microsoft are backing a new web site, organized by the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), named Defend Fair Use.

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Time of day calling it quits at AT&T - Los Angeles Times

"It's the end of time, at least as far as AT&T is concerned. The brief note in customers' bills hardly does justice to the momentousness of the decision. 'Service withdrawal,' it blandly declares. 'Effective September 2007, Time of Day information service will be discontinued.'"
Time of day calling it quits at AT&T - Los Angeles Times:

- lmao!! I wonder how long it will be when one of those emails comes out where it says...

You know you're a child of xxxx when you used to call time to get the time.....

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

IBM follows Microsoft with unified communications push - CNET

Siemens technology to be built into IBM's Lotus Sametime software to enable integrated telephony and presence features.

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Six Simple Steps To Image (SEO) Optimization

SEO pros have said that using a "holistic approach" to optimizing a site's entire inventory -- from text, to images and video -- is the best way to take advantage of the fact that the major search engines are blending more than just documents into their search results.

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Vint Cerf warns about reliability and security on the web

It’s a bit ironic that Vint Cerf is touting Google’s infrastructure and warning users about unreliable software and poor security when both Blogger and Google Analytics were reported unavailable this week.

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Civil-Rights Groups Miffed at Martin’s Response

FCC Chairman Remains Under Fire Over a la Carte Comments Despite Apology Letter

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Naughty Can Still Pay Nicely

Never mind caring for Sean Preston; can a "Britney" be trusted with your brand? Will Madison Avenue "always have Paris"? The answers might surprise you.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Video game sales up 37 percent in July - CNET

Sony's struggling PlayStation 3 console gets a major boost from a price cut in the month.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

VIDEO: "Anchorwoman" Crashes Hollywood Fluff into TV Journalism

NEW YORK ( -- "Anchorwoman," the new Fox reality show that collides real TV journalism with big blond gobs of Hollywood fluff, makes its debut tonight and here's the news: It's really bad. - hmm.. i watched it last night for a bit.. if the girl is really serious then let her do her time.. it's reality tv, she's nice to look at..

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Bush Supporters Launch Iraq Ad Campaign

Former White House aides are joining Republican fundraisers in bankrolling a $15 million, five-week advertising campaign putting pressure on lawmakers whose backing of President Bush's Iraq war strategy may be wavering.

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Web War I: How Europe's Most Wired Country Beat the Botnets

It is known as a botnet, and it had slipped into the country through its least protected border — the Internet. Ministers of defense develop strategies to combat the threat of missile attacks, naval bombardment, air raids, and tank advances. But a digital invasion?

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Washington Ignores Cyberattack Threats, Putting Us All at Peril

Insiders acknowledge that the Department of Defense is worried about the vulnerability of its networks and weapons systems, and defensive security is being tightened. Still, the Pentagon doesn't seem to fully grasp the dangerous potential of this new domain of warfare.

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When Bots Attack

If you want to bring down a country's information infrastructure and you don't want anyone to know who did it, the weapon of choice is a distributed denial of service attack.

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AT&T’s Overstuffed iPhone Bills Annoy Customers

When Justine Ezarik, a video blogger in Pittsburgh, saw that a box from AT&T had been delivered to her doorstep a couple of weeks ago, she thought that perhaps she had been sent a complimentary accessory for her new iPhone. Instead, she found a 300-page, double-sided, excruciatingly well itemized bill.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007 Hacked

US job website has suffered an online attack with the personal data of hundreds of thousands of users stolen, says a security firm.

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How to Get 6,312 Subscribers to Your Blog in One Day

Here's a great 7-step case study on getting a large amount of blog subscribers right at launch.

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Gaming Makes MySpace and YouTube its Bitch

While 19% of adult internet users spent their time on social networking sites and 29% watching short films (does porn count?), 34% spent their time playing video games. Over the last year, casual gaming has risen 79%, while social networks like MySpace and Facebook only rose 46%.

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New PS3 SDK 1.80 supports custom soundtracks, lowers OS memory usage

The new PS3 SDK drastically lowers OS memory usage, allows developers to integrate custom soundtracks, supports the psp as a second display and has a screenshot utility for gamers. Amazing news, can't wait till we see developers supporting these features.

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Can Prius top 100 mph? Ask Wozniak; Busted for doing 104 mph

The Prius, Wozniak said, handled great at 104. And that wasn't the first time he reached the speed that sends shudders down my I-like-60-mph spine.

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State Attorneys General Attack Marketing of Alcoholic Energy Drinks

CHICAGO ( -- The attorneys general of 29 states are going after Anheuser-Busch, Miller Brewing Co. and purveyors of alcoholic energy drinks and flavored malt beverages that the law-enforcement officers contend are marketed in a way that appeal to kids.

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YouTube tests viewer-friendly ad format

Google is finally rolling out an advertising format for YouTube that could succeed where many others have failed: it's not annoying.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Marketers Start to Use Social Networks for CRM Instead of Ads

NEW YORK ( -- For all the talk about how much money Facebook and MySpace are making off ads -- and whether or not those ads work -- there's a growing sense of concern that the promise of social networking as a marketing vehicle is

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Monster attack steals user data

"US job website has suffered an online attack with the personal data of hundreds of thousands of users stolen, says a security firm. "

BBC NEWS Technology Monster attack steals user data

Monday, August 20, 2007

Marketers Start to Use Social Networks for CRM Instead of Ads

NEW YORK ( -- For all the talk about how much money Facebook and MySpace are making off ads -- and whether or not those ads work -- there's a growing sense of concern that the promise of social networking as a marketing vehicle is

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Are Search Ads a Waste of Money?

Are Search Ads a Waste of Money?: "NEW YORK New research by Microsoft suggests a big chunk of search ad spending is wasted because advertisers pay top dollar for high ad placements clicked by consumers who are en route to their sites anyway. Listings tied to such 'branded' keywords, typically a company's name or products, eat up about half of search budgets, Atlas estimates."

American Airlines Faces Uphill Battle In Trademark Suit Over Google Keyword Ads

DESPITE ITS STRONG BRAND AWARENESS and deep pockets to pursue the litigation, American Airlines faces an uphill battle in its suit seeking damages from Google for allowing rivals to buy keyword ads triggered by its own trademarks.
The suit, which was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth, seeks unspecified damages from Google for allowing visitors who enter trademarked phrases such as its frequent-flyer program name "Aadvantage" or "" to see rival "sponsored links."
MediaPost Publications - American Airlines Faces Uphill Battle In Trademark Suit Over Google Keyword Ads - 08/20/2007

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Madden's Back

The release of the newest episode in gaming's popular franchise is accompanied with a huge brand campaign, including support from Visa, Pepsi, Snickers and others

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First Google Health Screenshots

"Google Health, codename “Weaver”, is Google’s planned health information storage program. Google’s Vice President of Engineering Adam Bosworth lobbies for the program for quite a while now. Adam said the current US health care system is challenged when it comes to “supporting caregivers and communicating between different medical organizations.” Adam went on to say that people “need the medical information that is out there and available to be organized and made accessible to all ... Health information should be easier to access and organize, especially in ways that make it as simple as possible to find the information that is most relevant to a specific patient’s needs.” Adam adds that this – making information accessible – happens to be along Google’s mission."

First Google Health Screenshots

The Great Advertising Share Shift: Google Sucks Life Out Of Old Media

Traditional media executives--especially in the newspaper business--often blame their current woes on "the real estate market" or "cyclical weakness." Economic weakness may be exaggerating the downturn, but it's not the real problem. Whatever weakness is hitting the newspapers is also hitting Google.

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British IAB And DMA Lead Way In Search Marketing Best Practices - 08/16/2007

"THE U.K.'S INTERACTIVE ADVERTISING BUREAU (IAB) has announced a joint initiative with the U.K.'s Direct Marketing Association (DMA) to develop best practices for search marketing. Neither organization is affiliated with its American namesake, and representatives from the U.S. IAB said that they were unaware of similar joint initiatives stateside. "
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IAB Tackles Lead-Generation Best Practices - 08/16/2007

"AMID CONTINUED CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING THE business of lead generation, the Interactive Advertising Bureau stepped in Wednesday with a list of best practices to help standardize the transfer and receipt of data between advertisers and lead-generation service providers. First on the IAB's list of priorities is security, imploring that all lead-generation data--the detailed information consumers give marketers online--should be transferred and received in an encrypted format. "
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Stuff's Ivanka Party Turns Out to Be a Wake

Stuff magazine's parties are usually big blowouts in cavernous West Side venues, but the party last night was a pretty subdued affair -- as you might expect on the eve of what everyone expected to be the magazine's shu

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Test Shows 41% Of Facebook Users Expose Themselves To Strangers

Sophos shows that some social networkers will readily reveal their personally identifying information -- to absolutely anyone or anything.

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Wall Street Journal Called Out On Ridiculous IT Security Article

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article looking at security on network systems and, more precisely, how to get around it so that the average employee can do the things they want that the network idoesn't allow. Is the tabloid ethos of Murdoch and News Corp. already rubbing off?

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Lifehacker's Top 10 PDF Tricks

Chances are you've already got a free PDF reader installed on your computer, but you can do a lot more with your PDF files than you might think. Hit the link for our top 10 list of techniques for converting, exchanging,sharing, managing and editing PDF documents

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Major copyright case to test First Sale Doctrine, possibly shrinkwrap EULAs

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has agreed to take the case of a California man who is locked in a legal battle with Universal music over the sale of "promo CDs" on eBay. The case will test the limits of the First Sale Doctrine and could have implications for the legal status of "shrinkwrap" licenses in the software industry.

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PubMatic Aims to Maximize Revenue for Web Site Publishers

PubMatic, which launched a limited alpha to the general public today, is a new service that helps web site publishers run the highest paying ads from top ad networks. Unlike ad auctions such as Right Media, in which ad networks bid against one another to fill inventory, PubMatic takes an algorithmic approach to determining which ads will pay....

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Waging War against Cybersquatting

A nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., with a roster of members, including the likes of Yahoo, AIG, Dell, Eli Lilly, Hilton, HSBC, Marriott, Verizon and Wyndham, the coalition has launched a national campaign against the fraudulent abuse of domain name registration that is at the core of cybersquatting.- yay!!! Finally!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

How To Win Friends And Influence People In Social News Networks

Still wondering why you submit an article on Digg or Reddit and it goes nowhere?

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How to Give a Kick Ass Presentation with a Hangover

Over 50 excellent tips on how to give a killer presenatation, including how to pull it off with a hangover

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How to REALLY Surf as Google (get into those pesky pay-for-access sites)

How to Piggy-back on Google's Own IP Addresses, GoogleBot User-Agent, And Even Mimic GoogleBot's characteristics (no script, no cookie, no referrer, etc)

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Bike Vending Machine could make bike rentals all the rage

Customers could pay a small fee to get a bike from one of the machines and then they'd be able to ride it where they pleased. They could then return it to another bike machine across town, allowing for easy one-way trips.

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A search engine that "listens" to music to help you find new tunes

Help for those looking for new music may be on the way in the form of a search tool funded by the National Science Foundation that is claimed to identify aesthetic similarities between pieces of music.

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Interactive Linux Kernel Map

This is a detailed image map that allows anyone from newbies to hackers to learn about the various devices and functions of Linux.

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iPhone Touch Screen Could Wear Out in 3 to 6 Months

Apparently, the technology uses chemical deposition to register touch-inputs based on heat, but 3 to 6 months of “extensive use” would start to degrade the technology and cause a lose of sensitivity to touch-inputs. This suggests that the relatively new iPhone fleet in the US could start to exhibit similar problems with time.

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RIAA: Pay as we say, not as we do

Despite the judge's ruling, laid down a month ago, Deborah Foster, who is waiting to receive $68,585.23 for attorney fees and costs, has yet heard back from the inglorious RIAA, much less received any money.

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E-mail stress slowing down workers, say researchers

The sheer volume of e-mail that comes in during the day, combined with the pressure to answer quickly, is stressing out employees. Researchers from Glasgow and Paisley Universities say that some employees check their e-mail up to 30 or 40 times an hour, despite reporting that they check it far less often.

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Yahoo puts the yokel in Local

Yahoo is making its biggest update in the last two years to its local search site, allowing customer reviews and proximity to influence results. To start with, the Yahoo Local site gets a whole new look. It's better organized and more visually appealing than before. The home page shows

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Madden '08: Roster upgrade or improvement? Thoughts inside

Madden 2008 may make for easy "roster update" jokes, but even after a few games the updates shine through.

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Kids in Europe justify piracy: "Papa pirates, so I do, too"

New survey results provided by the European Commission show that children across the entire European Union know that while they shouldn't download music, movies, and games illegally, they do so anyway. They are happy to provide plenty of justification, too.

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Why Wi-Fi Networks Are Floundering

Faced with weak user demand, AT&T and other telecoms are vowing to tear up their muni Wi-Fi contracts if cities don't foot more of the bill

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Why Google Inspires Diverging Case Studies

"WHAT A RUN for Google Inc. In its first nine years, it has built the dominant Internet-search engine, redefined advertising world-wide and jolted dozens of old-media companies. When Microsoft Corp. was this age, it hadn't yet gone public. By contrast, Google already boasts a $160 billion market capitalization."

Business -

Web Surfers Spending More Time With Content

NEW YORK ( -- Visiting content sites has become the predominant task among web surfers, according to a new four-year analysis of internet activity.

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Yahoo! rolls out smart ads

"NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--In the middle of Yahoo Inc.'s (YHOO) plan to reinvigorate its big, sluggish display-advertising business lies a new breed of diminutive, chameleon-like advertisements. The ads, which the Internet giant began offering to travel-industry advertisers a month ago, dynamically change colors, images and messages in response to what Yahoo knows about the Web surfer viewing them. For instance, a woman in New York who researched plane tickets to Miami on Yahoo Travel could be shown two days later an airline ad in a feminine hue including a fare quote for flights there. Dubbed SmartAds, the ad type could help make Yahoo's display inventory more competitive and lucrative. That's because targeted ads are more effective at engaging consumers and, therefore, more attractive and valuable to advertisers. If SmartAds are a success, Yahoo could also use them to bolster two other key display-ad initiatives, the Right Media ad exchange it recently acquired and a budding business providing display ads to partner sites like eBay Inc. (EBAY). "

Search Engine Ranking Factors

This document represents the collective wisdom of 37 leaders in the world of organic search engine optimization. Together, they have voted on the various factors that are estimated to comprise Google's ranking algorithm (the method by which the search engine orders results). The result is a resource of incredible value - although not every one of the estimated 200+ ranking elements are included, it is my opinion that 90-95% of the knowledge required about Google's algorithm is contained below.

- Rand Fishkin, CEO & Jeff Pollard, Web Developer Launched on April 2, 2007

- probably one of the best posts on SEO, try not to pay attention to the comments, a few are completely wrong. - paisley

Monday, August 13, 2007

Scorecard: How the Big 5 Search Engines Rate on Privacy

It's been difficult to make direct comparisons on the search engines privacy policies, in part because privacy policies tend to be written by lawyers for lawyers. So CNET did some of the work for you by surveying the five leading search companies.

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Geolocation: Core To The Local Space And Key To Click-Fraud Detection

Chris Silver Smith does a long, deep dive into geolocation -- just what it is, how it works, and how it's being used. Geolocation tends to be used to discuss various aspects of online marketing with location-specific components. It is becoming a vital component to the policing of fraud -- particularly credit card validation and filtering of PPC

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50 Cent promises to quit if Kanye outsells him

“Let’s raise the stakes,” the 31-year-old rapper told hip-hop Web site in an interview posted Friday. “If Kanye West sells more records than 50 Cent on September 11, I’ll no longer write music. I’ll write music and work with my other artists, but I won’t put out anymore solo albums.”

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Any car can use E85

Want a flex fuel car? Don't waste your money. You got one. Your welcome. The car companies don't tell you most cars can use E85 because they want to rip you off. That's how it works folks. Most batteries can be recharged. Most store brands are the same as name brand too.

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AT&T Lied, Employee Discounts Don't Apply To iPhone - Employee Letter

AT&T pulled the bait and switch on its own employees. One was repeatedly told that his employee discount would apply only towards iPhone calling plans, but not the iPhone itself, or its associated data plan. The employee twice verified the existence of a calling plan discount - at an AT&T store, and with AT&T customer support.

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Madden '08 Reviews are Out...

Football fans, your wives and girlfriends are about to hate you. Such is the engrossing quality of Madden NFL 08.

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Top 5 Black Hat Hackers of All-Time

# 5 : Kevin Poulsen - gained national recognition for his hack into Los Angeles radio's KIIS-FM phone lines. These actions earned him a Porsche among many other items.

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Kittens could solve spam problems

An executive at Microsoft Corp. has an unusual idea for beating spammers. Powerful software tools and supercomputers aren't involved, but kittens are. Or rather, photos of kittens.

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Top 5 White Hat Hackers of All-Time

Often referred to as Ethical Hackers, these non-criminal hackers are hired by companies to examine and test the integrity of their systems.

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White House High-Security Locks Broken: Bumped and Picked at DefCon

A group of researchers has cracked the security features in what are supposed to be the world's most secure locks -- locks that are used at the White House, the Pentagon, embassies and other critical locations.

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A fascninating documentary showing the dangers of searching on Google

When you make a search on Google, your ip address, the time, and what you searched for is stored in their database forever and this information can be used in a court of law against you. Google will willingly allow authorities to consult their database.

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Why You Should Encrypt *All* of Your Google Activities

Everyone loves Google. They want to be everything to everyone, and they’re getting pretty damn good at it. Once you start using their services it gets easier and easier to migrate more of your life to them. But there’s a slight problem. Google, like any other legitimate service provider, encrypts login traffic, but not your content...

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Take a peek at Firefox 3's new download manager

Mozilla Links has posted details and a few screenshots of how Firefox 3's new download manager will look and function.

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Bar Code Diagram

A break down of what all the lines in a bar code actually mean to the computers.

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Want to learn Php? Easy!

This website has some of the most helpful tutorials on php I have ever read. Reading all these tutorials will make you learn more about php than you have ever known, and humor is also included.

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Why would I pay Google for extra storage?

Google outlined plans to allow its customers to buy more storage if they run past their caps from posting photos or hoarding email. But why pay Google for storage when it’s basically free elsewhere? We’ve been continually told that storage costs are going down and Google rivals like Yahoo already...

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Google Adds Comments To Google News -- Google News -- InformationWeek

Starting this week, the search engine is experimenting with a mechanism to allow newsmakers to publish their comments to prevent from being misquoted.

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Month's Top 10 Most-Liked, Most-Recalled New TV Spots

NEW YORK ( -- Burger King's spot was the commercial most liked by viewers during the last month. See the full IAG lists of top-liked and top-recalled spots.

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Who needs journalists? Google News lets newsmakers comment on stories

Google News will now let those in the news post their own unedited reactions to stories that mention them.

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Finally We Get New Elements in HTML 5

HTML 5 introduces new elements for the first time since the last millennium. New structural elements include aside, figure, and section. New inline elements include time, meter, and progress. New embedding elements include video and audio. New interactive elements include details, datagrid, and command.

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Bar Patrons' Ad Recall (Surprisingly) Good

NEW YORK ( -- Here's one thing you might not expect to accompany a hangover: ad recall. A recent Arbitron study of bars and nightclubs found the average brand recall was 43% for an ad on the Ecast platform, an out-of-home ad-serving netw

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Competition is good for search privacy, report says - CNET

A Washington advocacy group funded in part by search companies applauds their recent policy changes.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Nine in 10 Americans say ban text while driving

Ninety-one per cent of Americans believe sending text messages while driving is as dangerous as driving after having a couple of drinks, but 57 per cent admit to doing it, a poll released yesterday said.

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Google's purchase of Postini gets antitrust OK - CNET

Review of $625 million deal to acquire Web-based security provider has been completed, says FTC.

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The Utility Belt: Google to pay users for filling in Maps

"Hoping to stock its database to get up-to-date information about local businesses, Google (GOOG) is trying to turn its users into paid contractors. The company has launched a program that will pay people to take digital photos of local shops and verify their operating hours and payment options – essentially, creating a digital Yellow Pages to layer on top of Google Maps."

The Utility Belt: Google to pay users for filling in Maps:

News Corp. Interactive Sales Chief Barrett: New MySpace Ads To Launch This

A year ago Mike Barrett moved from AOL to News Corp. (NWS) with a heady mission: Turn MySpace and the rest of Fox Interactive Media's properties (IGN, Fox Sports, and now Photobucket) into cash cows.

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Newsmaker: Spock: Search's final frontier? - CNET

As the search engine goes live, co-founder Jaideep Singh explains why he thinks the new search engine's people-related focus can spell the difference.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Want to make some extra money?

Google is looking to pay out some very decent commissions to Americans that become “Google Business Referral Representatives”. How much are they looking to spend? Well, up to $10 dollars for each business identified. It’s not hard work either — pull up to a business, take some pictures, and write...

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VIRUS ALERT: Greeting Card Spam Emails...

"LAS VEGAS — Like a summer cyclone gathering force, the Storm e-mail worm is casting an expanding shadow on the Internet.

Storm first spread to e-mail in-boxes in Europe and the USA in January — enticing recipients to click on a link for a fake news story about a deadly storm or other dramatic event. Clicking on the link turned the PC over to Storm's controller.

As security companies began blocking such e-mail, Storm instead started sending out links to tainted e-cards purportedly from family or friends."

Storm e-mail worm evolves as it wreaks havoc on Net -

Hackers: Social networking sites flawed

LAS VEGAS - Social networking Web sites such as are increasingly juicy targets for computer hackers, who are demonstrating a pair of vulnerabilities they claim expose sensitive personal information and could be exploited by online criminals.

The flaws are being demonstrated this week at the Black Hat and Defcon hacker conferences, which draw thousands of people to Las Vegas each year for five days of training and demonstrations of the latest exploits.

Hackers: Social networking sites flawed - Yahoo! News:

Jack Cole, creator of people locator, dead at 87 - CNET

Cole was a businessman who used early computer technology to sort the world--or at least millions of the people in it--by street address.The New York Times

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FAQ: How far does the new wiretap law go? - CNET

Protect America Act signed Sunday temporarily makes it easier for the feds to eavesdrop on calls and e-mail. But what are the privacy impacts?

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More parties join Google copyright lawsuit - CNET

Eight more parties join the lawsuit charging the search giant and its YouTube online service with deliberately encouraging copyright infringement.

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Monday, August 06, 2007

House panel approves legal shield for bloggers | Tech News on ZDNet

WASHINGTON--A congressional panel on Wednesday voted, against the Bush administration's wishes, to shield journalists including advertising-supported bloggers from having to reveal their confidential sources in many situations.

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Google tests a new suggest feature on result pages

In one of Google’s latest experiments, they are letting people suggest a better search result if they know of one. Honestly though, would this feature ever be used in a way that isn’t biased? The reason people use Google in the first place is because they don’t know the best result, right?

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Friday, August 03, 2007

WARNING! WordPress & Joomla; your theme might have malicious code

Templates Browser is re-distributing WordPress & Joomla blog themes which contain hidden spam and malware / phishing links. If you've downloaded a theme from Templates Browser, check your source code and re-download the theme(s) from the original author(s).

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Google Shows Phone Prototype to Vendors

"Google Inc. has developed a prototype cell phone that could reach markets within a year, and plans to offer consumers free subscriptions by bundling advertisements with its search engine, e-mail and Web browser software applications, according to a story published Thursday in The Wall Street Journal."

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Hamster plus Hotspot equals Web 2.0 meltdown!

Robert Graham (CEO Errata Security) gave his Web 2.0 hijacking presentation to a packed audience at Black Hat 2007 today.  The audience erupted with applause and laughter when Graham used his tools to hijack someone's Gmail account during an unscripted demo. 

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

The FCC eats half of Google’s $4.6b carrot

I guess $4.6 billion wasn’t enough money to persuade the US Government to attach rules to the 700mhz spectrum auction that would make it more of an open platform. They did however take two of the four conditions to heart — which is still a pretty big step forward. I’m sure they have successfully stirred the pot.

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Please don't steal this Web content - CNET

Movement is afoot to stifle "scraper sites," which copy content of blogs and repost it on other sites to profit from ad impressions.

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House panel approves legal shield for bloggers

Over objections from the Bush administration, a divided House committee approves bill allowing people doing journalism for "financial gain" to keep sources confidential.

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A concise overview of the architecture behind YouTube

Do you want to know what is under the hood of the most popular video site on the web? Here is a full rundown of the hardware, software, successes, and bottlenecks.

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ATT + iPhone int'l. roaming data horror story = $3K bill

Caveat Emptor...

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Researcher's Analysis of al Qaeda Images Reveals Surprises

Using a new program to analyze images and videos for changes may reveal hidden terrorist messages

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Eminem sues Apple for copyright infringement

Eminem is asserting that record companies do not hold these rights exclusively and that Apple needs his permission before selling his music on iTunes.

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