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French Provincial

Friday, April 01, 2005

Normally, we hear about companies trying to maximize their exposure on Google. But not everybody wants in. Recently, the world's most popular search engine was slapped with a copyright lawsuit by the world's oldest news organization, Agence France-Presse. Essentially, AFP is charging Google with stealing its news content. As University ...

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Google the Gaggle

Friday, March 11, 2005

This week, for the first time ever, a blogger was granted access to the all-important White House briefing room. And in true blogging fashion, Garrett Graff blogged all about it. Bob chats with Graff, editor of the gossip weblog "fishbowlDC."

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Generation Text

Friday, October 15, 2004

The advent of new communication technologies inevitably brings cries of horror from linguistic purists who fear for the sanctity of proper English. And so it is with cell phone text messaging, popular for years in Europe and gaining traction in America. The constraints of typing messages on a tiny screen ...

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Hoaxer Loses His Head

Friday, August 13, 2004

A few months ago, some pranksters in San Francisco set out to test the virility of video "evidence" in the era of terrorism. They filmed some grainy footage of what appeared to be a hostage beheading, and posted it on some file-sharing websites. The video languished until last week, when ...

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Steal this Login

Friday, July 23, 2004

You've probably had this problem: Somebody forwards you a story from a major newspaper, you click on the link, and the page opens up. But before you can read the story, you need to answer some basic, but increasingly irritating questions. Wired News reporter Rachel Metz tells Bob about a ...

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Private Eyes

Friday, July 23, 2004

How scared should we really be about thieves accessing our credit card bills? And how has the growing reach of the internet affected the limits of our privacy? Steven Rambam, a private investigator who makes heavy use of online databases in his daily work, has some disturbing answers. He gives ...

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ConText Clues

Friday, June 18, 2004

A year ago, the alleged rape victim of NBA star Kobe Bryant exchanged a few text messages. The judge in the Bryant case says those messages could be "highly relevant" to the case and wants the cell phone company to produce the messages. That is possible - text messages, like ...

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The Wonkette

Friday, June 11, 2004

The space inside the beltway has no shortage of wonks. And for every wonk, there's a wonkette - or rather, there's the Wonkette. The eponymous gossip weblog has recently become the talk of DC, what with its blow-by-blow documentation of the sex-for-hire exploits of a certain Hill staffer. Bob chats ...

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G-Bomb

Friday, June 04, 2004

Over the past few years, web-searchers worldwide have come to rely on Google to find the needle in the digital haystack. But at the same time, others have figured out ways to manipulate the search engine for their own ends. Type in "waffles," and up comes John Kerry's campaign site; ...

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Blog Jockeys

Friday, April 30, 2004

What do you get when you cross a blogger with college radio DJ? A whole new format for delivering obscure musical gems from the collection of twenty-somethings with a high-speed connection. Reporter Benjamen Walker looks at the emerging trend of MP3 blogs, and speculates on their future in a creative ...

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Googly Eyes

Friday, April 16, 2004

To its growing list of Internet services, Google this month launched its own free email service. But scarcely a day had passed before privacy advocates were railing against "Gmail." At issue is a function that scans incoming messages in order to deliver targeted advertisements with the email. Bob talks to ...

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Copy-Caught

Friday, April 09, 2004

Last month, the Hartford Courant discovered that Central Connecticut State University president Richard Judd had plagiarized widely for an op-ed piece he wrote for the paper. The Courant reached that conclusion with the help of iParadigms, new software originally developed to nail students for cutting and pasting term papers. Will ...

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The Virus Industry

Friday, February 06, 2004

The year is still young, but computer hackers are already hard at work, crashing our hard drives and clogging the net with worms and viruses. The latest outbreak, "Mydoom," has already penetrated some half million computers worldwide. For an article in this week's New York Times Magazine, Clive Thompson traveled ...

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Off-Target Treaty

Friday, February 06, 2004

While there are basic things computer users can do to avoid virtual virus infection, stopping the viruses at their sources is proving to be a much more daunting prospect. As law enforcement agencies struggle to combat hackers worldwide, President Bush is calling on Congress to ratify the Council of Europe ...

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Big Brother Grows Up

Friday, January 02, 2004

When it comes to the murky legal waters of freedom and privacy issues, the Internet was a virtual Pandora's Box in 2003. As email ushered all manner of spam and worse into our homes, some feared that wide-ranging invasions of privacy were just around the corner. But according to Stanford ...

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Telly Heads Unite

Friday, December 26, 2003

Back in the era of Beverly Hills 90210 an obsessive viewer named Daniel Drennan kept up a minute-by-minute account of the show on his website. He also hosted a chat room where other 90210 fans could get together and gossip about Brandon, Donna and the rest of the gang. That’s ...

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Towards a Virtual Alexandria

Saturday, December 13, 2003

This fall, a groundbreaking technology was quietly unveiled on the Internet. Visitors to Amazon.com can now search the entire contents of 120 thousand books, and view the pages with the corresponding text. Eventually, the online retail behemoth plans to extend its "Search-Inside-the-Book" feature to millions of its books. Wired Magazine ...

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Cybernetics for the People

Friday, September 12, 2003

While Al Gore was still but a cub reporter in Nashville, a precursor for the Internet was already in use…in Chile. That's according to MIT doctoral candidate Eden Miller, who says that in its short time in power, the Allende government developed a vast communications network in factories throughout the ...

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Friend of a Friend

Friday, July 18, 2003

Would it be possible to create a family tree consisting of friends rather than relatives? What would it look like? The growing ranks of people registered on social networking websites like Friendster.com are getting a glimpse. Friendster maps out the connections within groups of friends, and in doing so provides ...

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E-Democracy

Friday, July 11, 2003

Imagine, if you will, helping to make laws, and craft regulations, on the Internet. After all, we can trade anything through Ebay, and learn virtually everything from Google. So why shouldn't we have the capacity to order up political reform on line? On the Media's Susan Kaplan reports on the ...

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