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The Piper Wants to Get Paid

Friday, October 13, 2006

For people who spend a lot of time online, "network neutrality" is one of the most important issues pending in Washington. But the question of whether to create a "premium lane" on the information superhighway also has a lot of bearing on TV, too. This Wednesday, Rick Karr will examine ...

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Second Chances

Friday, September 22, 2006

Former Virginia governor and presidential hopeful Mark Warner recently took one small step for politicians, when he became the first major politician to deliver a press conference in Second Life, a virtual online world. Warner tells Brooke why his campaign schedule included Second Life, and why he’ll be stumping there ...

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lonelygirl Just Not Herself Anymore

Friday, September 15, 2006

As the summer draws to a close, so does the season-long Internet mystery of lonelygirl15. Sixteen year-old “Bree” posted regular video logs about her life on YouTube, where a half-million viewers tuned in to watch what happened next. But it turns out Bree, 16, is really Jessica, 19, an aspiring ...

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Video Blog Killed the Regular Old Blog Star

Friday, September 08, 2006

Last spring, blogger Ze Frank decided to try his hand at video blogging. He launched “The Show,” a two-minute daily webcast in which he riffs on whatever happens to be on his mind. And people are tuning in –at the tune of more than 100 thousand of them a day. ...

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Bayh Space

Friday, September 01, 2006

A recent gaffe by Virginia Senator George Allen suggested the ubiquity of YouTube may be a campaign liability, but to what extent can it be an asset? Indiana Senator Evan Bayh is trying to find out. He’s been posting videos of his speeches on the video-sharing site. And he’s created ...

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Lonely Girl And All Her Friends

Friday, September 01, 2006

For the uninitiated, lonelygirl15 is the summer’s internet superstar. YouTube users have been riveted as her story has unfolded over the course of twenty+ episodes. Fans are investigating lonelygirl15 and conspiracy theories abound but after a summer of investigation all the big questions remain unanswered. Virginia Heffernan is a TV ...

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Creep Beat

Friday, August 25, 2006

When the New York Times ran a series this week about the dark corners of online child pornography, the paper made a point of telling readers that it alerted authorities to illegal websites Kurt Eichenwald discovered in the process of reporting. It wasn’t the first time a child porn story ...

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The Kingdom and the Blogger

Friday, June 23, 2006

The hope of the internet to usher in free expression is being realized to some extent in Saudi Arabia where bloggers are openly debating the issues of the day. Rasheed Abou-Alsamh has a keen understanding of degrees of free expression – he blogs, is senior editor for Arab News, and ...

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Keystroke Constituency

Friday, June 09, 2006

Take the energy of the grassroots, add the connectivity of the Internet, and the result is “netroots,” an emerging political force on the left side of the web. This weekend, its core members are congregating in Las Vegas. And judging by the slate of speakers, which includes Harry Reid and ...

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Totally Tubular

Friday, June 02, 2006

If somebody forwarded you a link to a silly video recently, there’s a good chance you watched it on YouTube. The site has been around for only a year, but it already has more than 12 million visitors every month. Brooke speaks with San Jose Mercury News reporter Michelle Quinn ...

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Information Toll Road

Friday, May 12, 2006

A couple of months ago, we discussed the possibility that the Internet would become a two-tier system: a fast lane for websites willing to pay, and a slow lane for the rest. It appears that fateful day may be coming sooner rather than later, thanks to legislation making its way ...

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News You Can Choose

Friday, April 07, 2006

For the past two and a half months, the Wisconsin State Journal has been inviting readers to its website every day to vote on one of five stories they’d like to see featured. The winner winds up on the next day’s front page. Editors had been prepared for a spike ...

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Neutral Powers

Friday, March 10, 2006

Currently, all online information - be it a page from EBay or a porn site photo - travels at roughly the same speed. But watchdogs are warning that some data will encounter speed bumps if internet service providers can charge content providers for access to a fast lane. Advocacy groups ...

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Steady Mobbin'

Friday, February 24, 2006

In the summer of 2003, articles started popping up about a curious recurring phenomenon in New York City. Large crowds, organized via forwarded emails, were congregating in public places to perform absurd acts that were over almost as soon as they began. The so-called "Flash Mobs" were imitated in other ...

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The Longest Con

Friday, February 24, 2006

It's estimated to be the third largest industry in Nigeria, grossing hundreds of millions a year, and it may be the most successful confidence game in the world. It's the Nigerian e-mail scam. Victims are often left with no legal recourse, due to corruption in Nigeria and the high price ...

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Code Red

Friday, February 17, 2006

Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and Cisco were called to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, accused of collaborating with a repressive regime, namely China. These modern, forward-looking companies are not used to being pegged as the bad guys – Google’s unofficial slogan is “don’t be evil.” But with people being jailed because Yahoo ...

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Cloak and Swagger

Friday, January 27, 2006

With Google subpoenas and NSA wiretaps in the news, the struggle begins in earnest for what has long been privacy advocates' Holy Grail: online anonymity. The latest advance in "computer cloaking" was unveiled this month at a hacker convention in Washington, D.C. Brooke speaks with Wired News reporter Quinn Norton ...

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Anti-Viral Plug

Friday, January 13, 2006

Picture the scenario: computer users worldwide wake up one Tuesday morning to find their hard drives smoking, victims of a malicious virus designed to wreak the maximum possible havoc. Internet maven Jonathan Zittrain thinks it's not a matter of if, but when. He tells Brooke that unless we act now, ...

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Naming Right

Friday, December 23, 2005

Fiction authors spend a lot of time contriving the perfect title for their books – efforts usually unavailing, as most novels more or less wind up on the worst-seller list. But now there’s a way to improve a novel’s chances. Lulu.com, a company that helps authors self-publish their books, has ...

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Masters of the Universe

Friday, October 28, 2005

At the moment, the United States sets the rules for the Internet, through the non-governmental Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Whether the U.S. will retain its hegemony, however, is uncertain; it's up for debate next month at the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis. Kenneth ...

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