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FAQ Check

Friday, August 01, 2008

We've all become semi-experts in using search engines and search terms to get information on the web. But how easy is it to ask a question in normal language and get the right answer? Several new services are trying to do just that. OTM producer Mark Phillips ...

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Aren't We There Yet?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Roanoke Times editor Carole Tarrant says newspapers can't be online without reader comments. The comments section at her paper hosts an invaluable discussion. Anyway, she says, it's the paper's job to make sure the conversation stays civilized.

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Hellhounds On My Trail

Friday, July 25, 2008

If all commenters are ticking time bombs waiting to go off, then rule one is: don’t light the fuse by responding directly. But as a professional writer and critic, Lee Siegel had had enough. So he used a pseudonym to respond. He explains the hard-won lessons from ...

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Comments on Comments

Friday, July 25, 2008

There's been a bit of a backlash recently against the angry commenter on newspaper websites. Some are calling for newspapers to stop allowing comments sections all together. But what about democracy on the web? Bob, with the help of "This American Life"'s Ira Glass, ruminates on ...

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Unfair Use?

Friday, July 18, 2008

When the Associated Press busted a little-known website for posting excerpts from AP stories, the blogosphere responded with indignation. After all, appropriating content with a link back to its source is common practice. Media scholar Siva Vaidhyanathan looks at the ongoing battle between blogs and the mainstream media.

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The Google Defense

Friday, July 11, 2008

In a recently-settled obscenity lawsuit the defense lawyer planned to deploy Google Trends as a tool. By showing what locals were looking for on the web, he could prove that his client's website was in line with community standards, and therefore not technically obscene. Slate's William Saletan analyzed ...

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Resisting Google

Friday, July 11, 2008

What happens when a single company becomes the gateway to the Internet? Critics are raising concerns about Google, where over 60 percent of all internet searches in the U.S. originate. Boston Globe reporter Drake Bennett investigated the Google juggernaut.

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Google Can't Keep Secrets

Friday, July 11, 2008

Users of YouTube, which is owned by Google, are screaming mad because a judge has ruled that Google should hand over information about who is watching what to Viacom. Peter Kafka of Silicon Alley Insider looks into the case.

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Letter of the Law

Friday, May 09, 2008

Last November the FBI used a top secret National Security Letter to demand user information from the Internet Archive, an online library. Internet Archive co-founder Brewster Kahle decided not to comply. Instead he sued and the FBI backed down. Kahle describes what it's like to challenge ...

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The Pleasure Principle

Friday, May 02, 2008

Consuming the same media as your peers is what social scientists call homophily, better known as ‘birds of a feather flock together’. Ethan Zuckerman, blogger and internet theorist, has been trying to fight this instinct online. He offers techniques for surprising and challenging readers with news ...

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The Future Perfect

Friday, April 18, 2008

Despite the internet’s runaway success, its future is anything but clear. So says Jonathan Zittrain, professor of internet governance at Oxford University. He explains why the very devices and applications that have enabled internet ubiquity may now be limiting innovation.

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The Last Shall Be First

Friday, April 11, 2008

Few of the ambitious plans, promised by dozens of U.S. cities, for municipal wireless internet service have materialized. That is, until Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle turned on lightning-fast, free internet this week to hundreds of residents of San Francisco's public housing projects. ...

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The Internets

Friday, January 11, 2008

If there’s one essential quality of the world-wide web it's that it is, well, world-wide. But recent moves by the body that governs the net may be opening the door to individual webs, starting with countries like China and Russia. Tim Wu, professor of internet and ...

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The Persistence of Memory

Friday, January 04, 2008

Computer scientist Gordon Bell is at the vanguard of a movement called "lifelogging," digitally recording every moment of his day in an effort to create a complete virtual memory of his life. But why? We talk with Bell and also technology writer Clive Thompson ...

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Death Wish

Friday, December 07, 2007

Brooke interviews Bob about his one man crusade to take down cable-giant, Comcast. Bob talks about his recent campaign in the blogosphere, Comcast’s insatiable appetite for bad customer service and why a change might begin with one provocatively-named blog.

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Why Don't You Marry It?

Friday, November 02, 2007

On the occasion of a new Zogby poll of internet users/lovers, Bob muses on an unlikely romance in 1’s and 0’s.



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YouComment

Friday, November 02, 2007

The most viewed clip on YouTube has 62 million views, but the most-discussed clip has over 200,000 comments. The New York Times' Virginia Heffernan says virtual novels are forming on YouTube's comment section and that the conversation has surprising depth.

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Please Don’t Share

Friday, October 26, 2007

Many Comcast customers attempting to file share online are being thwarted by ... you guessed ... Comcast. It’s exactly the type of activity that net neutrality advocates warned us could happen. AP reporter Peter Svensson explains.

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Cutting the Cord

Friday, October 19, 2007

A year ago, publications were touting municipal Wi-Fi as free for all and coming soon to a city near you. In recent weeks, however, the euphoria has turned to eulogies. But CNET writer Maggie Reardon says reports of Wi-Fi’s death have been exaggerated.

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Spot Remover

Friday, September 21, 2007

While many media outlets hope that web advertising will provide a much-needed new revenue source, web users have already found a way to nullify ads' value - by making them invisible. C-Net's Declan McCullagh explains that new ad-blocking plug-ins raise serious problems for websites and maybe ...

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