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Web Development Articles
(July 2002)



Getting Apache, PHP, MySQL, and phpMyAdmin to Work Together (ServerWatch, July 31st)
This two-part tutorial covers nearly every detail of one writer's quest to install and configure a Web server, server-side scripting language, database, and data administration application on Windows 2000. Part II of this tutorial may be found here.

Googling AOL While the DOJ Probes (internet.com, July 31st)
America Online on Wednesday lifted the wraps of its new search engine, announcing technology from search engine upstart Google would be digging for results for its millions of users.

FCC May Not Be Able to Stop WorldCom Internet Shutdown (MSNBC, July 31st)
The nation's top telecommunications regulator said the government might be unable to prevent WorldCom Inc. from abruptly terminating its Internet services, prompting calls in Congress for potentially sweeping legislation to expand the Federal Communication Commission's authority.

Meeting the Public in Mass (WDVL, July 31st)
Without question, the toughest task Web designers have to face is the promotion of their own business. Banging on random doors is only cost effective if you get lucky and hit the right doors, advertising can get expensive, and waiting on the phone to ring is a waste of time.

Big Increase in Job-Seeking Surfers (CyberAtlas, July 31st)
Almost half of all the adult Internet users in the U.S. surf the Web for online job information with many of them clicking onto Monster.com.

IBM's WebSphere vs. Microsoft's .NET - Who's Winning? (NewsFactor, July 30th)
IBM might continue to outpace .NET because its WebSphere possesse interoperability, whereas Microsoft's framework has developed a reputation for being difficult to integrate.

The Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P) (4GuysFromRolla, July 30th)
An in-depth look at P3P, the Platform for Privacy Preferences Project standard instituted by the W3C, including the purpose of P3P and what effects it can have on Web developers designing sites that utilize cookies.

CERT Warns of Multiple SQL Flaws (ServerWatch, July 30th)
CERT Advisory CA-2002-22 warns of several serious vulnerabilities in Microsoft SQL Server that enable remote attackers to obtain sensitive information, alter database content, compromise SQL servers, and, in some configurations, compromise server hosts.

Privacy on the Web (ABC News, July 30th)
A new set of Net standards as well as proposed regulations promise to help consumers grab control of what Web sites do with their personal information.

Don't Think Too Different (ClickZ, July 30th)
Don't reinvent the wheel on your Web site - or change the rules of the road.

Graphics All-Star Lineup (CNET, July 30th)
CNET evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the most popular graphics applications to find the one that's best for you.

PayPal Integrated into FrontPage (internet.com, July 30th)
Online payments company PayPal, persuaded that ubiquitousness is a key to online success, has struck a deal to integrate its service into the Microsoft FrontPage 2002 Web site creation and management tool set.

ICANN Ordered To Open Books (internet.com, July 30th)
ICANN has until Friday to give up documents it's been holding from one of its own directors.

Multi-Channel Shopping for Home Electronics (eMarketer, July 30th)
A Vertis study determined that 39% of US adults research a product online then buy it in a store. For MP3 players in particular, however, 62% will research the product online and then buy it in a shop.

Domain Name Disputes Taken Into National Courts (The Register, July 30th)
Disquiet over the domain registration dispute process involving .biz domains has led to court action on both sides of the Atlantic.

CafePress.com - E-Marketing for the Masses (E-Commerce Guide, July 30th)
You're stuck in traffic, your mind just idling along waiting for the weekend, when out of the blue comes a witty slogan that makes you say: 'If I could just put that on a t-shirt and sell it ...' Now you can.

Honeypots Turn The Tables On Hackers (EarthWeb, July 30th)
Honeypots are positioned to become a key tool to defend the corporate enterprise from hacker attacks, butsome security watchers worry they could bring a new set of security worries with them.

Dynamic Dreamweaver MX (WDVL, July 29th)
Get up to speed on using the advanced features of Dreamweaver MX. Produce dynamic web sites that comply with web standards and accessibility guidelines.

Is .NET Dead Yet? (E-Commerce Times, July 29th)
Microsoft has generated so much hype about .NET that many are wondering whether the software giant's technology for connecting information, people, systems and devices can live up to its billing.

Ziff Mulling Pre-Packaged Bankruptcy (internet.com, July 29th)
Surprise! After a year of restructuring in order to cope with the collapse in ad dollars, the tech publisher looks at an expedited reorganization. More on the development is noted within this NY Times article. Update: Ziff has managed to dodge yet another bullet by gaining support for a restructuring process that does not require it do declare bankruptcy, as this article highlights.

UDDI Gets Facelift (internet.com, July 29th)
The third version of the key Web services technology proffers more support for private implementations rather than focusing on public directories. At the same time, OASIS has taken the Uddi.org group and web address under its wing.

Online Retailers Continue to Grow Sales (eMarketer, July 27th)
US B2C retail e-commerce is on pace to reach $75 billion this year. eMarketer looks at some standout B2C players such as Amazon, Drugstore.com and J. Crew.

Hispanics Have Buying Power (eMarketer, July 27th)
Hispanic buying power will display strong growth over the coming years -- The Universtiy of Georgia's business school estimates a 315% leap in the demographic's buying power between 1990 and 2007.

ICANN Delays Naming .org Successor (internet.com, July 26th)
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) published a revised schedule for the migration of .org to its new owner Thursday evening, a delay that poses problems with the registry's current and succeeding operators. More on the turmoil caused by this delay may be found within this Washington Post article.

Web Radio Law Changes Introduced (internet.com, July 26th)
In a last-ditch effort to protect smaller Webcasters from what they describe as unfair royalty obligations, three influential U.S Congressmen on Friday introduced the "Internet Radio Fairness Act," a new law seeking to change existing Web radio laws.

Book Review: Cult of Personality (E-Commerce Guide, July 26th)
There's a genre of business literature best described as a kind of hagiography. It depicts not the actual lives of business leaders but graphic depictions of their exploits. By looking at how others have made it in the business world, the thinking goes, you too can find the path to fame and fortune.

When Search Engines Play 'Axis and Allies' (internet.com, July 26th)
In the world of search engines, where cross-promotional deals and competitive alliances are starting to become the flavour of the day, it doesn't seem to be what you know but whom you know that counts.

What Exactly Is A Blade Server? (EarthWeb, July 26th)
With server proliferation a constant problem in enterprises, IT departments are always on the hunt for ways to pack more computing power into a smaller space. Many are turning to blade servers.

Study: Google Tops in Brand Loyalty (internet.com, July 26th)
Google ranks the highest in consumer loyalty among online brands, according to a recent study by consultancy Brand Keys, but the researcher was quick to point out that room for improvement - and competition - remains.

ICANN Moves Against VeriSign Retired Domain Land Grab (The Register, July 25th)
The Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers may block a controversial proposed service from VeriSign Inc that would allow the company and its partners to offer customers chances to register expiring domain names.

Top E-Commerce Companies Analyzed (E-Commerce Guide, July 25th)
In what seems to be counter-intuitive, the future of success for e-commerce companies depends more on how companies conduct themselves offline that online.

Deep Linking Takes Another Blow (Wired News, July 25th)
Using a search engine to locate stories on newspapers' sites violates European Union law, according to a recent ruling by judges in Munich's Upper Court.

On Trial: Digital Copyright Law (CNET News.com, July 25th)
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Thursday in an attempt to overturn key portions of the controversial Digital Millenium Copyright Act. For more on the latest round of challenges posed to the 1998 copyright law, see this report from Reuters.

Microsoft's .Net Set to Link to Apache (CNET News.com, July 24th)
Microsoft on Wednesday will take a significant step toward expanding the appeal of its .Net software plan by linking to Apache, one of the most important open-source software projects. The firm also announced today that it has readies the Release Candidate 1 (RC1) version of its .NET operating system, as explored in this article.

Gates Outlines .Net Strategy's Wins, Losses (USA Today, July 24th)
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates Wednesday admitted the company's .Net strategy was behind schedule in some ways but that Microsoft remains committed to it.

Dreamweaver MX : The Hidden Tips (Intranet Journal, July 24th)
Intranet Journal's Troy Dreier reveals some tips and tricks, straight from the Dreamweaver developers, that you won't find in any manual.

Keylime Updates Web Analytics Tool (internet.com, July 24th)
Amid continuing competitive moves in the site tracking space, the ASP points to enhancements in its Web services support and impression tracking.

iVillage, Overstock Team Up (internet.com, July 24th)
A new co-branded shopping site extends the reach of discount retailer Overstock and aims to bolster revenues at the women's network.

FAST Complies with FTC Search Engine Advisory (SearchDay, July 24th)
Responding to recent FTC recommendations, FAST has added additional information about how it crawls web pages and displays search results, including information about paid placement and paid inclusion content.

Competitors Reap Jittery WorldCom Customers (internet.com, July 23rd)
Although there's little chance UUNet's service will go dark, nervous WorldCom customers are looking elsewhere for their bandwidth needs. Customers have received some reassurance of late, though, with industry analysts suggesting that WorldCom's backbone business is still in good shape.

E-Shopping Around the World (CyberAtlas, July 23rd)
The news is optimistic but the e-commerce industry needs to address security concerns, an annual global report finds.

VeriSign to E-Commerce: Listen Up! (internet.com, July 23rd)
With the culmination of the holiday season a mere 156 days away, experts remain concerned about the problem of online trust that still plagues the ecommerce arena.

Microsoft Wants Oracle Databases in the .Net Fold (internet.com, July 23rd)
Promising developers greater flexibility, Microsoft rolls out technology for integrating .Net applications with Oracle databases.

E-Commerce: Where Will the Axe Fall? (E-Commerce Times, July 23rd)
With companies looking to keep costs down, there will be less demand for "untested technology segments" that have not already achieved widespread acceptance.

WebTV Virus Dials 911 (ABC News, July 23rd)
A new e-mail virus has hit some WebTV devices, and its effects could have ramifications for the emergency phone network.

Coming Soon: Attack Of The Super Worms (Datamation, July 23rd)
The threat to computer networks from worms is multiplying in both sophistication and potential for damage, according to security experts.

New PHP Vulnerability Found (internet.com, July 22nd)
POST requests in PHP 4.2.0 and 4.2.1 leave networks open for remote and local hacks. Users should upgrade to 4.2.2 immediately.

Industry Group Wants 3D Web Standards (CNET News.com, July 22nd)
A consortium of hardware manufacturers and software developers has banded together to establish a standard for bringing the world's library of computerized 3D images to the Web. Read more about the push in this related article.

PayPal Befriends Stamps.com (internet.com, July 22nd)
Just days after Stamps.com won approval for a new form of e-postage that can be printed and used like regular stamps, PayPal did a partner deal to integrate the solution into its online payments service.

Web Services Missing a Key Ingredient (ASPnews, July 22nd)
Amazon.com's recently announced Web services developer toolkit and API represent major technologically leaps, but it's money that makes the world go round. And generating revenue remains the missing piece in the Web services puzzle.

RealNetworks Throws Down Digital Media Gauntlet (internet.com, July 22nd)
A week after Microsoft trumpeted its new Windows media software, RealNetworks Monday launched a counterattack in the form of new digital media software that pipes audio and video in a range of formats - including Windows Media. Meanwhile, some are questioning whether Microsoft's new product can live up to its ambitious hype and, if so, whether it will obliterate RealMedia's marketshare. More on that may be found here.

The Wonderful Wizards of Google (NewsFactor, July 22nd)
Ultra-popular search engine Google rose to dominance by combining powerful technology with common sense - an approach that put the company ahead fast.

Microsoft Embeds HailStorm Into .Net (TechNews.com, July 22nd)
Contrary to reports that Microsoft has abandoned its HailStorm technology, company officials have revealed plans to embed components of the XML schema and data-access technology throughout its .Net application, server, and client stack.

Review: Telera DeVXchange (VoiceXMLPlanet, July 22nd)
VoiceXMLPlanet takes a look at Telera DeVXchange, a hosted VoiceXML developer community, which allows developers to create and test VoiceXML-based applications using the combination of a browser-based interface and a standard phone.

Case Study: Buy.com (E-Commerce Guide, July 19th)
The popular e-tailer uses the Microsoft platform to run one of the Internet's leading e-commerce operations. But not without some serious tweaking.

Bracing for an Internet Disaster (ZDNet, July 19th)
Like many companies near seismic faults in Silicon Valley, eBay has emergency plans in case an earthquake destroys critical Internet connections. But these days another kind of tremor is a more imminent danger, and is prompting net companies to scramble in the development of contingency systems.

Security Expert: U.S. Companies Unprepared For Cyber Terror (Datamation, July 19th)
The man heading up the nation's top research institute on counterterrorism and cyber security says corporate America is vulnerable to attack, and he wants to create a team reminiscent of the Manhattan Project to tackle the problem.

Will Symantec Keep SecurityFocus' Disclosure Policy? (internet.com, July 19th)
Users express concern that Symantec's recently acquisition of SecurityFocus will mean an end to SecurityFocus' 'full disclosure' policy for security threats and exploits. Symantec counters with the reassurance that SecurityFocus will remain independent.

In an Ethically Muddled Environment, Transparency Wins (ClickZ, July 19th)
Practice full disclosure to win and keep customers.

ISPs Rave About Vircom's Anti-Spam Capabilities (ISP Planet, July 19th)
Enthusiasm for Vircom's spam-fighting software suite goes beyond its ability to sort through unwanted e-mails. ISPs small and large are rallying behind its suite of VOP products in a customer-based coalition that shows just how well the IETF's filtering language works.

Bare-Bones E-Commerce Versus Bells and Whistles (E-Commerce Times, July 18th)
Novice Web designers are often quick to play with jazzy features, but designers and engineers with more experience understand how design impacts usability.

Understanding UK Net Users Shopping Online (eMarketer, July 18th)
Unfortunately, UK online magazine Which? Online has concluded a survey of net use which found that 46% of British internet users believe it is unsafe to pay for products online with a credit card. This suggests that e-commerce players have not yet overcome the hurdles and misconceptions that have long-plagued the industry.

FTC Worried About Barriers to E-Commerce (internet.com, July 18th)
The Federal Trade Commission, concerned that some state regulations and private business practices may be having "significant" anti-competitive effects on e-commerce, is planning a three-day workshop on the matter.

W3C Makes XML Signatures More Portable (internet.com, July 18th)
The standards body's new XML specification works with the previously advanced XML Signatures specification to ensure the integrity and portability of digital signatures.

Parsing XML with Perl (ZDNet Australia, July 18th)
This article focuses on one of the earliest and most frequently referenced core modules, XML::Parser.

KPIG Snuffs Web's 1st Online Radio Simulcast (SiliconValley.com, July 18th)
The first commercial radio station to stream its programming over the Internet has suspended its Web-based simulcasts, saying it cannot afford to pay music royalty fees. This unfortunate development comes as many in the scene are folding under the burden of a new royalty fee structure to be introduced in September. For more on the 200 or so net radio stations that have shuttered already, see this report.

Software Development: Steps To Better Ensure Success (15 Seconds, July 17th)
There is never a guarantee of project success when endeavoring to build a sophisticated application. However, there are established steps to follow that will ensure a clear, concise scope, support for the team involved, and a solid opportunity for successful deployment.

.INFO Doing Better Than Expected (internet.com, July 17th)
Despite a rough start, maybe even because of it, Afilias' .info domain extension is gathering steam and might even one day supplant one of the original three top-level domains (TLDs) in popularity. This article charts the namespace's rise in popularity, and outlines how customers are putting these names to work.

Online Language of Choice for Hispanic Youth (eMarketer, July 17th)
Think it's Spanish? Think again - Cultural Access Group and Sapo Communications found in June 2002 that 91% of Hispanic young people in Los Angeles say the predominant language of the sites they visit is English.

China Scolded for Net Censorship (ZDNet, July 17th)
Tough new Internet regulations in China and a self-censorship pledge taken by major Web portals represented a major setback for freedom of expression in China, a New York-based press watchdog said.

Inktomi Narrows Focus, Appoints New CFO (internet.com, July 17th)
Narrowly missing analysts' forecasts for third quarter results, the search services firm cuts back on content networking.

It's Only Natural: Evaluating Natural Language Dialogs (VoiceXMLPlanet, July 17th)
The decision on whether to use a natural dialog approach instead of a directed dialog in an IVR application will directly affect the cost, effort, and maintenance of the system. Here's a process that you can use to make the right decision.

Will XML Kill HTML? (NewsFactor, July 16th)
Browsers currently have built-in formatting only for HTML. Once they can read XML (extensible markup language) or other markup languages, more Web authors may gravitate toward advanced HTML alternatives.

Soft Landing for Firms Caught in Web Host Fallout? (The Register, July 16th)
RampRate offers to "identify and weave together disparate, best-of-breed infrastructure technologies" to enable rapid migration from web hosting companies that have abruptly left the business, to established, stable service providers.

Sun Upgrades Network Identity Platform (internet.com, July 16th)
Sun Microsystems adds new software and services to its network identity platform, furthering its vision of a customer-centric approach to authorizing, authenticating and managing identity.

Biometrics Slow To Catch On In Networks (EarthWeb, July 16th)
Government institutions and airports increasingly are using biometrics devices like fingerprint, iris, palm and face scanners for physical security. Yet few of these entities - and even fewer large companies - are using such technology for network security.

Bringing Order to E-Mail Chaos (PC World, July 16th)
Relief may be in sight for corporate users who are struggling to manage overflowing e-mail in-boxes. A promising filtering technology called Sieve promises to organize messages before they reach your in-box.

Labels to Net Radio: Die Now (MSNBC, July 15th)
With the October 20th deadline for internet radio outfits to put up the controversially-high performance fees in order to continue netcasting their programs legally, it looks increasingly as though that date will mark the death of the web's diverse selection of indie radio networks.

Lasting Benefits of the Dot-Com Bubble (E-Commerce Times, July 15th)
For all the failures that dot-coms brought to the business world, they also were responsible for some truly astounding technological innovations and drastic changes in accepted business models.

Liberty Serves Up Alternative to Passport (internet.com, July 15th)
The Liberty Alliance, which is backed by major players like Sun Microsystems, AOL and Hewlett-Packard has unveiled version 1.0 of its long-awaited technical specifications for online "identity management" systems. The system is designed to compete directly with Microsoft's much-criticized Passport system. InternetWeek examines the promises, and present reality, offered by these internet identity services in this article.

OASIS Demos SAML 1.0 (internet.com, July 15th)
The fledgling Web services standard is key to the competition or the cooperation between Microsoft Passport and the Liberty Alliance.

Securing SQL Server for Web Applications (15 Seconds, July 15th)
If your SQL Server is exposed to the Internet, hackers are probing it. Probably right now. This article shows how to secure an SQL Server database that's being used with a Web application.

SOHO Startup (E-Commerce Guide, July 15th)
Depending on the size and type of business, you should be able to begin your home-based venture fairly easily if you've made the necessary preparations and done some research.

Positioned Elements and OS Controls, Applets and Plug-ins (WebReference, July 15th)
With their ability to cover your DHTML objects regardless of z-index, form elements, applets, and plug-ins can bring even the bravest JavaScript coders to their knees. DHTML expert Peter Belesis introduces you to these formidable foes.

Globalization & E-Commerce (eMarketer, July 12th)
It's time to reexamine the role e-commerce plays in globalization. The internet has helped increase the efficiency of transactions, but it is rarely used for opening up new, international markets.

Report Highlights Growing Threat Of Identity Theft (eSecurity Planet, July 12th)
A research group expects identity theft to rise dramatically in coming years as various online credit and payment systems make it easier to conduct 'faceless transactions.'

Security Wars: Can Intrusion Detection Even The Score? (CrossNodes, July 12th)
Intrusion detection systems provide reams of raw data, and plenty of false alarms. How do you assess an IDS, where do you use one, and when does a human need to step in and make sense of what it's telling you?

E-Mail Storage Issues Facing North American Companies (eMarketer, July 12th)
Osterman Research finds that 51% of North American companies using Microsoft Exchange message systems have e-mail retention policies in place and 84% say they enforce mailbox size quotas.

Standards Stalled Over Royalty Disputes (ZDNet, July 11th)
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is bracing for a vote next week that could decide once and for all how it will handle patented technology that comes with royalties attached.

Build or Buy? Retailers Rethink Packaged Applications (EarthWeb, July 11th)
IT shops in the retail industry, which for years have tended to write applications in-house, are in the midst of a migration away from home-grown custom applications and toward commercial software packages.

Mining for Riches: A Technical Look at Rich Media Platforms (WDVL, July 11th)
Here's a look inside the technology and architecture of the rich-media platform and how hurdles associated with using a wide assortment of digital assets are overcome - without the restrictions of proprietary systems.

Java JEFF Inches To Market (internet.com, July 10th)
JEFF, a new Java-language file format, is making noise this week after final consideration by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in Rennes, France.

Mirapoint Launches Multimedia Messaging Platform (internet.com, July 10th)
The Mirapoint platform provides a centralized storage and access hub for messaging services, so wireless carriers can rapidly integrate multimedia messaging with traditional desktop e-mail, short messaging service (SMS), WAP, i-mode, Web, and other revenue-producing services.

LivePerson Snaps up NewChannel Assets (internet.com, July 10th)
Real-time customer service ASP LivePerson has acquired all the customer contracts of NewChannel, a rival firm that provided real-time customer acquisition campaigns, for less than $1 million.

Securing the Mail: Lock Spam and Viruses Out of Sendmail (CrossNodes, July 9th)
Sendmail's still a popular mail server, but configuring it (let alone securing it) is sometimes considered a black art. Dee-Ann LeBlanc covers the best ways to clobber viruses, block spam, and close that relay you didn't know was open.

Your Passport to E-Commerce? (internet.com, July 9th)
Microsoft takes another step on the road to having Passport serve as a universal online ID, signing a deal with Arcot to integrate its TransFort credit card verification technology.

Newspapers' Web Traffic Exploding (CyberAtlas, July 9th)
Major local newspaper websites are growing fast - in many cases, faster than the rest of the Web, according to new findings by comScore Media Metrix.

Macromedia Server Brings Life to Web Sites (eWeek, July 9th)
Macromedia Inc. Tuesday announced the availability of Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX, its new server that unites communications and applications. Additional information concerning Macromedia's vision may be found at InfoWorld.com.

Jabber, Virtual Personalities Team for Customer Service (internet.com, July 9th)
Denver-based extensible IM developer Jabber Inc. said it is partnering with Malibu, Calif.-based Virtual Personalities to offer automated customer-service platforms that both improve customer relationship management (CRM) and cut costs.

Web Rebels Profit from Web Controls (BBC News, July 9th)
A crumbling concrete anti-aircraft tower off the east coast of England is home to a dot.com venture with a difference.

Flaw found in iPlanet Web Server (InfoWorld.com, July 9th)
A security vulnerability in the search feature of Sun Microsystems iPlanet web server can allow attackers to execute code of their choice on remote iPlanet servers, according to a security advisory released Tuesday by Next Generation Security Software. Responding rapidly, Sun issued a fix for the bug withing 24 hours.

IBM Wants to Shake Industry, Not Hard Drive (internet.com, July 9th)
In a move aimed at re-staking its claim in the high-end hard drive market, IBM Tuesday unveiled a new industrial-strength server hard disk drive that boasts anti-vibration technology.

W3C Publishes WSDL Drafts (internet.com, July 9th)
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) forged ahead in the creation of web services standards Tuesday with the release of the first public working drafts of Web Services Description Language 1.2 and WSDL 1.2 Bindings

Rescuing Linux Systems: Generic and Distribution-Specific Safety Nets (LinuxPlanet, July 9th)
The time comes when every Linux system administrator experiences a system failure. LinuxPlanet's Bill von Hagen reveals how you can regain access to your data when things go suddenly awry.

Using XML as an Application-Level Protocol (Developer.com, July 9th)
Learn how XML proves to be an excellent choice to represent and implement an application-level network protocol.

Transact-SQL Optimization Tips (SWYNK.com, July 9th)
Fourteen useful tips for ensuring your Transact-SQL queries are performing in the most efficient manner possible.

Director vs. Core Switch (Enterprise Storage Forum, July 9th)
Directors or core switches are essentially the heart of a company's data infrastructure. If that heart stops, your business flat-lines. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to deploy a Director or core switch as the heart of your company's storage network.

Sites Bow to Microsoft's Browser King (CNET News.com, July 8th)
Increasingly, web developers are creating and testing sites with the one dominant browser in mind, giving little thought as to how sites may render or function through competing browsers. This could prove self-deprecating in an environment in which AOL is once again pumping resources into its Netscape browser in an effort to boost its market share.

eBay Shells Out $1.5 Billion for PayPal (internet.com, July 8th)
Online payment service Paypal proved it had legs when it went public last February at $13 a share, and Monday the whole enchilada paid off as eBay agreed to pay $1.5 billion for the company, already used by lots of buyers and sellers at the giant auction site. The irony in this is that critics of PayPal suggested that the firm was likely pumping up IPO talk in a desperate attempt to lure a buyer such as eBay months ago. Just days later, the New York Attorney General issued PayPal with a subpoena concerning suspicious transactions made through its gambling product, which eBay has chosen to phase out following the acquisition. For more on that, see this Internet.com story.

Is the Dot Com Bust Coming to an End? (internet.com, July 8th)
A new report from Webmergers.com suggests that shutdowns and bankruptcies of internet companies are slowing dramatically. Of course, that could be a result of there being dramatically less pure-play online companies existing in the public markets these days.

Enews Joins Ranks of Shuttered E-tailers (TechNews.com, July 8th)
Barnes and Noble-owned enews Inc., a company that claimed to be the largest retailer of magazine subscriptions on the Internet, will be shut down, a spokeswoman for one of its parent companies confirmed today. This obviously also marks the end of the company's affiliate program, which was employed by thousands of indie web properties.

StarMedia Network Sells Internet Assets (internet.com, July 8th)
The former highflying Silicon Alley portal sells off its flagship assets for $8 million in order to focus solely on wireless markets.

Danish Court Bars Web Site's Links (MSNBC, July 8th)
Challenging the World Wide Web's fundamental premise of linking, a Danish court ordered an Internet news service to stop linking to Web sites of Danish newspapers. Copenhagen's lower bailiff's court ruled Friday that Newsbooster.com was in direct competition with the newspapers and that the links it provided to specific news articles damaged the value of the newspapers' advertisements. Commentary concerning the amazing decision and its likely ramifactions - or lack thereof - is noted in this edition of SearchDay.

Are we ready for Itanium 2? (ZDNet, July 8th)
The Itanium 2 processor marks a significant step in Intel's strategy to penetrate the upper echelons of the computing market. But analysts and others are asking whether it will thrive in the current economic ice age. Meanwhile, Intel has launched its largest ad campaign ever in an effort to bolster the new processor brand and Intel's image as a humanistic researcher and not simply a powerful enterprise.

The Search Isn't Broken - Part II (Intranet Journal, July 8th)
Toby Ward concludes his two-part look at how search effectiveness can be enhanced by people processes and rules, and examines how today's search challenges can be met by using a taxonomy and effective meta tagging.

The Great Heist (australia.internet.com, July 8th)
Americans are laying off employees en masse, creating a huge IT security risk for corporations.

The Essence of OOP using Java, Array Objects, Part 3 (Gamelan, July 8th)
Gamelan's latest instalment in their Java tutorial series designed to teach you Object-Oriented Programming using Java examines various details regarding array objects in Java, including members of an array object, interfaces implemented by array objects, Class objects and array objects, and more.

Dragonball Rolls Into First Place (CyberAtlas, July 3rd)
Completing its monthly round-up of the most popular search queries to be made through Lycos' various engines, the team from Lycos 50 have reported that anime fave 'Dragonball' has once again retained the top spot after tipping 'World Cup' off its pedestal. This month's report also notes which terms have been in the list for the long haul, and which have made the grade for the first time.

Another Contender in Free Shipping (internet.com, July 3rd)
Whether it's a true price war, an act of desperation, or simply a short-term marketing ploy, consumers likely are smiling all over the country as yet another online retailer enters the free-shipping game. BestBuy.com follows competitors Amazon.com and Buy.com into the fray in an echo of the free shipping promotions that were all the rage during the boom years.

Sun Redials Java for Cell Phones (internet.com, July 3rd)
Sun Microsystems and its allies are preparing a new release of Java software for cell phones that they hope will prevent a splintering of the Java market and stave off rivals such as Microsoft.

Nokia Technology Minimizes Failover Time (eWeek, July 3rd)
Nokia Corp. on Wednesday will introduce a new clustering technology for its firewall and VPN solutions that will preserve all user sessions if one of its security devices fails.

It's Time for ICANN to Go (Salon.com, July 2nd)
John Gilmore, original "cypherpunk" and all-around Internet supergeek, explains why the organization that runs the Internet is broken.

Bug Puts Unix Servers in a BIND (The Register, July 2nd)
Security watchers are warning that a security flaw affecting Domain Name System servers running Unix could prove difficult to fix.

Court Sees Appeal in Sex.com Case (Wired News, July 2nd)
One year after winning a $65 million judgment from the man accused of stealing the domain name sex.com, Gary Kremen is awaiting a new hearing that threatens to reverse the still elusive windfall. The case remains of great interest to the web publishing and domain registration camps as the landmark case could establish far-reaching precedents that govern how domains are managed in the future.

Guide to Enterprise IM Etiquette (Instant Messaging Planet, July 2nd)
Learn how to be well-mannered in one of the newest areas in cyberspace - enterprise instant messaging. In related news, a small startup has bolstered competition in the burgeoning enterprise-IM market, releasing a client especially designed for small businesses that puts network security at the pinnacle of its service priority list. For more on that development, see this article from Nando Times.

AltaVista Launches 'Prisma' (internet.com, July 2nd)
Search engine AltaVista, aiming to keep up with advancing search technologies like that of Ask Jeeves' Teoma, launched its Prisma technology, which provides a 360-degree spectrum of associated words, phrases, names and concepts related to a query.

A Death for Yahoo! Internet Life (internet.com, July 2nd)
After struggling through two years of losses amid a collapsed technology advertising market, Web lifestyle/culture publication Yahoo! Internet Life is ending its seven-year run, its owner said.

Minimizing Bluetooth Interference (80211 Planet, July 2nd)
In order for an 802.11 network to operate efficiently, you must minimize RF interference. Here's an assessment of the potential for hindrance from Bluetooth devices and some important tips on how to avoid it.

Consumer Protection (E-Commerce Guide, July 1st)
As an e-commerce site owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that customers are able to shop with confidence and safety in a secured, private environment.

Will Gamers Go for a Subscription Model? (internet.com, July 1st)
Streaming media software maker RealNetworks is taking the old-fashioned book club commerce model into the Internet age, launching a subscription-based games service for its online RealOne Arcade game site.

ICANN Board Adopts Reform Plan, Ditches Elections (The Register, July 1st)
The board of the Internet Corp for Assigned Names and Numbers on Friday unanimously approved an internal reform plan that dramatically changes how directors are selected and how internet domain name policies are made.

Taking Java to New Levels with Macromedia MX (Java Boutique, July 1st)
Earlier this year, Macromedia unveiled its MX initiative. ColdFusion MX now sits on top of the powerful Java 2 Enterprise Edition platform. Read this piece to find out what this means to you as a Java developer.

IBM Offers Processing Power as a Utility (internet.com, July 1st)
IBM Monday took the next step on the road toward realizing its vision of computing as a utility when it drew the curtain on Linux Virtual Services, which allows customers to utilize Big Blue's computing network to access server processing, data storage and resources on a pay-as-you-use basis.

Microsoft Unleashes Visual J# .NET (internet.com, July 1st)
Continuing its efforts to lure Java developers to the .NET platform, Microsoft on Monday launched the Microsoft Visual J# .NET development tool at Tech-Ed 2002 Europe in Barcelona, Spain.

UNIX Tools Track Down Hackers (ZDNet Australia, July 1st)
Catching malicious hackers isn't impossible. With the right tools, you can gather important information to help stop hack attacks. How can you use common UNIX tools to hunt down network attackers?


 
 
 

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