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Don't mess with Google, unless...

Google has blacklisted BMW.de, the German carmaker's Web site for "deceiving... users or present[ing] different content to search engines than you display to users."

February 6, 2006 by Mitch Ratcliffe

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Neither a Linus nor a Bill be...?

FON, a global Wi-Fi sharing company, has garnered investments from Google and Skype, not to mention a ton of attention. What are the prospects for the project?

February 6, 2006 by Mitch Ratcliffe

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Success is simply complex in media

An Annenberg Center report on the unheralded successes in new media by old media companies makes an important point: Success is built on basics.

February 5, 2006 by Mitch Ratcliffe

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WikiProject on the History of Science

A group of historians is working to improve Wikipedia's history of science coverage. This is the kind of project that will improve the confidence readers have in the Wikipedia.

February 5, 2006 by Mitch Ratcliffe

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NSA Eavesdropping: Deep inefficiency

The NSA is admitting that most calls monitored by the warrant-less eavesdropping program are finding no terrorists on the line. The Bush Administration is casting its net so widely that it is wasting intelligence resources.

February 5, 2006 by Mitch Ratcliffe

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Conversational intensity

Stowe Boyd offers a simple algorithm for determining a blog's vibrancy and, by extension, whether it will "take off." It's a good idea, but it doesn't tell much of use.

February 5, 2006 by Mitch Ratcliffe

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The IRS' Gates-only computer

It must be running Windows, because Bill Gates complains that the IRS is always getting things wrong when calculating his taxes, which reside on a "special computer because their normal computers can't deal with the numbers."

February 2, 2006 by Mitch Ratcliffe

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Two takes on China

Google is out with an explanation of its decision to censor Chinese search results. In sharp contrast, another company, Anonymizer, is working on proxy services to provide unfettered access to information.

February 1, 2006 by Mitch Ratcliffe

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Google to $260

Google disappointed The Street, but the troubling portion of the report lies in rising costs that are returning less revenue than in earlier quarters. Google's costs rising almost as fast as revenue

February 1, 2006 by Mitch Ratcliffe

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