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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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The Sex Drive

Friday, September 07, 2007

From early photography to the VCR to streaming video, innovations in communications technology have often been driven by porn. But sex and tech Wired correspondent Regina Lynn argues that porn may be losing its innovation mojo, at least online.

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Hackonomics

Friday, September 07, 2007

A group of Russian computer hackers, called the Dream Coders Team, are selling a user-friendly hacking kit. It’s called M-Pack and comes complete with one year of customer service. Are the days of the underground, anti-establishment, renegade hacker over? Technology reporter Robert Lemos says that ...

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Measuring the Web

Friday, August 03, 2007

Ratings are never easy to calculate. Especially on the web, where visits to sites can last mere seconds. But now Nielsen has released internet ratings that include “total minutes” and “total sessions.” Abbey Klassen, writer for Advertising Age, explains who benefits from the new system.

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Gated Social Networks

Friday, August 03, 2007

Teenagers are always ready for the next hip social networking site, many hoping that class barriers in the real world will vanish online. But after months of interviewing American teenagers, danah boyd has found that socio-economics help determine which site teens choose.

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Unbuckling the Beltway

Friday, July 20, 2007

A new website, makes it easy for anyone to search "DC Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey’s phone records. When ABC News producers had exclusive control of the list, they decided it wasn't news. So should the records be readily accessible? The site’s co-creator Daniel Silverman discusses the ...

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Street Photographer

Friday, June 15, 2007

Thanks to Google, we now have instant access to detailed photographic images of nearly every street in New York, Las Vegas, Miami and San Francisco. Tech and business consultant David Evans weighs in on whether “street view” is expanding our world or paving the way for ...

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e-Stonia

Friday, June 01, 2007

Last month, a disagreement between Estonia and Russia resulted in a debilitating attack on some of Estonia’s most-used government, banking and media websites. The attackers remain anonymous and many suspect Russia. Is it cyber-warfare? Arbor Networks' senior security researcher Jose ...

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Permanent Record

Friday, May 25, 2007

OTM producer Nazanin Rafsanjani is mortified that a letter she wrote when she was 19 is part of her permanent profile online. Despite her best efforts, it won’t go away. New York editor at large Emily Nussbaum offers some perspective on Nazanin’s web woes.

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Plotting Terror

Friday, April 27, 2007

From bomb scares to stolen radioactive material to rebel attacks, alarming things happen around the world, all day, every day. Morgan Clements, founder and publisher of the Global Incident Map, talks about why it’s important to map them.

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Horror Show

Friday, April 27, 2007

To help people visualize the genocide in Darfur, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum partnered with Google Earth to create a detailed map of the genocide there. Google Maps' John Hanke discusses the mechanics of bringing Darfur closer to home.

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Bowing Before the Royalty

Friday, March 16, 2007

Radio webcasting has proven to be a real alternative to the stultifying sameness of broadcast radio. But a new set of royalty fees could put many internet radio stations out of business. Media attorney David Oxenford explains the cost to online listeners.

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Bill of Goods?

Friday, March 16, 2007

A paperless world! TV online! Microsoft founder Bill Gates sits down with Bob and shares his vision for the future.

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Good Day, Sunshine

Friday, March 09, 2007

If you’re wondering what your Congressperson has been up to lately, you can spend hours poring over hard-to-find government databases. Or you can visit a brand new website, where it’s all in one place. Sunlight Foundation technology advisor Micah Sifry unveils OpenCongress.org.

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Lost Highway

Friday, January 12, 2007

A new social networking technology allows Internet users all over the world to get around government censors. It's called Psiphon. Developer Ron Deibert discusses the history and benefits of disappearing in plain sight.

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Spherics

Friday, January 12, 2007

Political bloggers often make a point of keeping the media honest. Take a recent case involving an oft-cited AP source, which the rightosphere claimed didn’t exist. It turns out he does, and now the leftosphere is crowing. Conservative blogger Ed Morrissey helps us plumb ...

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Wi-Fi America

Friday, January 05, 2007

For some time, wireless Internet has been available in places like coffee shops and airport terminals. But now municipalities are moving to expand WiFi networks city-wide. OTM’s Mark Phillips reports that how cities choose to build the networks could have a big effect on the end ...

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Web Thinks

Friday, January 05, 2007

Efforts are underway to create a new generation of the web that’s smarter and more intuitive than the web we use today. Artificial Intelligence expert Nigel Shadbolt explains “Web 3.0,” and just how smart we can expect the future Internet to be.

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Can’t COPA

Friday, November 17, 2006

Closing arguments are set for Monday in ACLU v. Gonzales, the latest chapter in the long saga of the Child Online Protection Act. Under the law, racy internet content would be put behind a virtual wall, which many websites argue would deter readers and slash ad revenue. But ...

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Whose Tube

Friday, October 13, 2006

Last weekend's $1.6 billion deal between Google and YouTube left some people scratching their heads over the enormity of the price-tag. New media consultant Rishad Tobaccowala tells Bob why the online video site is worth that much., despite the giant obsticles Google will face in making YouTube a money-maker.

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