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Web Development Articles
(November 2002)



Online Gaming to Spur Standardization? (internet.com, November 29th)
With online gaming poised to take off, there are indications that game logic may migrate from the edge device to the server using standards that will allow multiple edge devices to connect to the same game.

Sun, ISPs Talk on StarOffice (internet.com, November 29th)
Sun Microsystems Inc is reportedly talking to major Internet service providers to include its StarOffice productivity suite of office software into the ISPs' respective services. According to a Friday report from Computerwire, the Santa Clara, California-based company is hoping to gain 10 percent of the market dominated by Microsoft Corp. and its Office suite by the end of 2004.

Can Micropayments Bolster Micro-Revenues? (australia.internet.com, November 29th)
For a number of years the position of micropayments has been put forward as a means of earning revenue to replace the deficit from other sources, especially advertising which was supposed to convert into dollars with all those eyes.

Tallying Q3 B2C Estimates (eMarketer, November 27th)
The US Department of Commerce and comScore Networks released their third quarter e-commerce figures. eMarketer assesses how well its own estimate holds up.

Open Source: The New Security Problem Child? (internet.com, November 27th)
Move over Microsoft, there's a new security punching bag in town: open source software.

CERT Warns of Solaris Font Flaw (internet.com, November 27th)
Sun confirms the security flaw in its X Window Font System offered a workaround until a comprehensive patch can be issued.

Microsoft Unveils Licensing Discounts To Counter Linux (E-Commerce Times, November 27th)
Microsoft has unveiled a new policy to discourage its business customers from switching to Linux or other open source alternatives. Called Open Value, the new offer is part of the software giant's Licensing 6 volume licensing program.

Tech Tips: Administering Windows from Linux (ZDNet Australia, November 27th)
Working in a cross-platform data centre is now the rule rather than the exception for the vast majority of administrators, as both Windows and Linux have made inroads into organisations around the world. But because the two operating systems are so different, allowing fluid communication between them can be a challenge.

Intel: Next Itanium to run at 1.5GHz (CNET News.com, November 27th)
Intel's next Itanium processor likely will run at 1.5GHz, a 50 percent increase from its predecessor and an indication the company is getting better at meeting development goals for its high-end chip family.

Paying To Play Online Games; Web Portals Play For Revenue (USA Today, November 27th)
Let the online games begin: Yahoo, America Online and Microsoft are in a cyber shootout for gamers willing to pay to play on the Internet.

Case Study: Priceline (E-Commerce Guide, November 27th)
Priceline became a major e-commerce success story by undercutting the airlines' retail prices. But now the airlines are fighting back, making things tough for the "name your own price" e-tailer.

UnitedLinux Momentum Mounts - Who's Coming Along? (LinuxPlanet, November 27th)
During Comdex this week, UnitedLinux officials claimed growing industry momentum for their new Linux platform, which is aimed in large part at giving developers and customers a well-supported alternative to industry leader Red Hat.

AOL's Photon Takes Aim at Microsoft (InstantMessagingPlanet, November 27th)
An experimental e-mail, AIM and ICQ client goes beta, with hopes of unseating Outlook.

US Holiday Shopping Already Going Strong (eMarketer, November 26th)
Shop.org surveyed 53 of its members and reports that during the first full week in November, 30% of US retailers reported online sales increases of between 25% and 49%. More on this early show of strength is reported at CyberAtlas.

Spam and Bounces and Broken Links, Oh My (CyberAtlas, November 26th)
Most of the 115 million active e-mail users will unfortunately be exposed to the disappointments of the popular communication app.

DDOS Attack 'Really, really tested' UltraDNS (The Register, November 26th)
A major provider of domain name system infrastructure services was hit by a distributed denial of service attack last Thursday morning described as bigger and more sophisticated than anything else it has previously seen.

It's Back: Sun Posts Download of Solaris 9 x86 (InfoWorld.com, November 26th)
Ending nearly a year of debate with its users, Sun Microsystems on Monday made available on its Web site an early-access version of its Solaris 9 operating system that runs on Intel-compatible processors.

Can Amazon Tune Up CDNow? (internet.com, November 26th)
German media group Bertelsmann, which has been steadily backing away from e-commerce, outsources the handling of its online music store to the e-tailing giant.

Renowned Computer Scientist Alan Kay to Join H-P (USA Today, November 26th)
Alan Kay, one of the founders of famed Silicon Valley research lab Xerox PARC and a computer-industry pioneer, is joining Hewlett-Packard's research lab, the printer and computer maker said Tuesday.

'Final' MPEG-4 Patent License Released (internet.com, November 26th)
MPEG LA, a group of patent holders pushing for the adoption of the MPEG-4 digital media distribution standard, has released the Visual Patent Portfolio License, officially setting the pricing terms for use of the technology.

A Holey Reality (internet.com, November 26th)
Three security holes found in the popular RealOne media player has put millions of users at the mercy of attackers, Seattle-based RealNetworks warned Tuesday. More on this issue is reported over at TechTV.

E-Commerce Goes on a Roll (internet.com, November 25th)
Despite the IT downturn, a ravaged stock market and the threat of war with Iraq, the e-commerce economy in the United States keeps growing, to the tune of a 34 percent year-over-year increase for the third quarter, government figures show.

Shoppers Flock to Internet's Ease: Holiday Forecast Looks Great for E-commerce (The Seattle Times, November 25th)
While analysts measure the online retail season in different ways, each has a green Christmas in mind. Forrester Research said online holiday sales between Thanksgiving and Christmas should reach $9.5 billion, a 14 percent jump compared with the same period last year.

Doubts Raised Over Microsoft Patches (vnunet.com, November 25th)
Security patches released by Microsoft last week may not completely protect users, according to a Danish security consultancy.

The Rogue DNS Phenomenon (NewsFactor, November 25th)
Unlike ICANN, alternative registrar OpenNIC is designed to operate in a democratic fashion, according to its founder, Robin Bandy.

It's Live! - WebSphere 5 (internet.com, November 25th)
As previously announced, IBM took its much ballyhooed new application server live Monday, packed with a number of advancements that are geared to appeal to IT workers seeking advanced Web services features.

Macromedia Readies Director Upgrade (internet.com, November 25th)
Macromedia this morning announced an upgrade of a workhorse product that helps developers build interactive content and applications once and deliver it to multiple formats including CD/DVD-ROMs, kiosks and the Web.

An Objective Look at Q4 Online Shopping Projections (eMarketer, November 25th)
Plenty of US online holiday shopping numbers have been published, but which ones are on the mark? eMarketer reviews the numbers objectively, with apples-to-apples comparisons. Internet.com provides more on the bevy of predictions for the season here.

Online Malls and Discount Retailers: The Future of E-Commerce? (eMarketer, November 25th)
Bargain hunters are surfing to shopping portals such as MSN Eshop and sites from offline stalwarts such as Wal-Mart. This could be the linchpin for e-commerce going forward.

Microsoft Leading Net Company, Yahoo! Best Brand (eMarketer, November 25th)
According to Nielsen//NetRatings, Microsoft was the leading online parent company in October with 92.62 million users. Yahoo! was the leading brand with 79.75 million users. More on this may be found at CyberAtlas.

Dell Delivers on Blade Server Promise (internet.com, November 25th)
Dell finally made good on its promise of delivering blade servers to the market Monday when it shipped its PowerEdge 1655MC, which is targeted for data centers, server consolidation projects, thin-client computing and high-performance clusters.

Best-Paying IT Jobs (E-Commerce Times, November 25th)
Analysts pointed to new technologies and programming - among them Java, XML, Web services, software on demand and Web-enabled applications - as areas in which good opportunities exist.

Are iSCSI and InfiniBand in Your Storage Future? (CrossNodes, November 24th)
InfiniBand and iSCSI will be making inroads in storage. What will these new technologies mean for network administration?

Wi-Fi Wireless Technology Goes Mainstream with Verizon Service (USA Today, November 22nd)
In a sure sign that the upstart wireless Internet technology called Wi-Fi is proving too powerful to ignore, Verizon Communications said Thursday that it will install such networks for small and medium-size businesses.

What's Hot This Holiday (eMarketer, November 22nd)
Toys for US children both big and small will be popular this holiday season (like Barbie and Playstation), reports BIGresearch for the National Retail Federation, but what about online shopping?

Holiday Fraud May Cost Nearly $300 Million (E-Commerce Guide, November 22nd)
The stakes get bigger and both the good guys and the bad guys are escalating their efforts in the ongoing online battle between merchants and thieves.

Holiday Bells vs. Security Alarms (eMarketer, November 22nd)
According to a CyberSource Corporation survey of US companies conducting e-commerce, 29% believe they will experience more incidents of online fraud during the 2002 holiday season than they did last year. It is no wonder then that the survey, conducted among 341 respondents in October 2002, found that companies have beefed up their protection against online fraud.

Dell, IBM Kick Off Battle of the Blades (InfoWorld.com, November 22nd)
IBM will officially begin shipping server blades next week, a technology that consolidates servers into a chassis integrating common functions such as management, networking, power supplies, cooling and, in some cases, storage. Dell was only talking under embargo last week, but is expected to make a similar announcement Monday.

Bandwidth Prices Low But Hidden Costs Remain (ISP Planet, November 22nd)
As backbone providers emerge from bankruptcy, ISPs in major metro areas are seeing prices drop significantly. Rural providers, however, are left with the same problems and even the same prices they faced five years ago.

MPEG-4 Becoming Louder, Clearer? (internet.com, November 22nd)
A new component that halves the size of digital audio files is up for adoption the MPEG-4 standard but questions about licensing prices and DRM shortcomings still linger.

How the Microsoft Network Operation Centre was Hacked (The Inquirer, November 22nd)
A website has published details of how it believes the Microsoft Network Operation Center was hacked.

Alternative Web Server: Mighty Zeus? (NewsFactor, November 22nd)
Despite its relatively low profile, Zeus Web Server is used by high-powered sites like Sony Online, Comic Relief and eBay.

FBI to Link Terrorism Task Forces (FCW.com, November 22nd)
The FBI is attempting to link its joint terrorism task forces located in various field divisions in a way that makes it easier for them to share data.

SCSI Performance for an ATA Price (ServerWatch, November 22nd)
3Ware's ATA RAID controller is, in most cases, an excellent solution for enterprises looking to save on hardware expenditures.

Six More IE Holes Patched (internet.com, November 21st)
Microsoft issues another cumulative patch for six new security holes in the Internet Explorer browser product, the most serious of which allows an attacker to execute commands on a user's system.

The Cult of Hackers (NewsFactor, November 21st)
Gartner research director Richard Stiennon told NewsFactor that those who are seen as taking on the establishment often win the admiration of onlookers.

Pan-European M-Commerce Trials to Begin (ElectricNews.net, November 21st)
In a bid to boost mobile commerce in the EU, trials will begin next year on a project that aims to harmonise European mobile payment and security standards.

Comdex: .Net Remains Point of Contention (InfoWorld.com, November 21st)
Microsoft's planned release of the Windows .Net Server 2003 operating system drew cheers and jeers here at the Comdex trade show, where a panel of developers and technology experts faced off in a debate over Microsoft's emerging Web-based development platform.

Backing Up Data - Permissions Intact (ServerWatch.com, November 21st)
Learn how to use NTBACKUP to copy data to an alternate location and preserve NTFS permissions.

Sept. 11 Lessons: Better Prepare For Direct Attacks (eSecurityPlanet, November 21st)
While the Internet proved itself resilient and an important communications resource on Sept. 11, a new report warns that ISPs need to further prepare themselves to handle future emergencies.

AOL Nation: Can You Trust AOL? (CNET, November 21st)
If America is really online with America Online, someone ought to be keeping tabs on this behemoth. CNET's new column aims to do just that. They poke holes in AOL's sphere of influence, highlight the good stuff, and keep you abreast with tips, exposes, and straight dope. This week: Can you trust AOL with your personal information? Robert Luhn investigates.

For Retailers, It Could Be 'Bleak Friday' (internet.com, November 21st)
Consumers have one-upped the big chain stores, as after-Thanksgiving sale prices on all kinds of merchandise leaked out on the Internet. Meanwhile, larger retailers are planning to strike back against such information-sharing websites using a variety of bizarre methods - including use of the DMCA in a claim that sale prices are proprietary information that should be protected by copyright. More on that here.

Giving 'The Suits' More Say Over IT Budgets (Datamation, November 21st)
To effectively match up IT's efforts with a company's business needs, CIOs might have to turn over at least some of their budget to the suits on the business side of the aisle.

Security at Stake (eMarketer, November 20th)
Computer systems are on their way to becoming a "utility," yet governments and businesses must work overtime to bolster security before the transformation is realized.

Microsoft Spills Customer Data (Wired News, November 20th)
Microsoft took a public file server offline Tuesday after Internet users discovered that the system contained scores of internal Microsoft documents, including a huge customer database with millions of entries.

Microsoft Fixes 'Critical' Flaw in MDAC (internet.com, November 20th)
In rare strong language, Microsoft warns that the MDAC buffer overrun flaw 'is very serious' and urged the immediate application of patches.

B2B or Boom 2 Bust? (internet.com, November 20th)
Of an estimated 1,500 B2B exchanges operating in 2000, only about 200 will survive through 2003 if the current shakeout trend continues, according to a new research study.

Betting on Web Search, Inktomi Unveils Upgrades (internet.com, November 20th)
One week after narrowing its focus to Web search, Inktomi has unveiled a new version of its flagship product that promises more relevant results and additional paid inclusion options.

Who Are Your Best Customers? (eCRMguide, November 20th)
Revenues are the tip of the iceberg. They often don't reveal the true value of your customers. Melaney tells you how to calculate customer profitability.

WebSphere Portal 4.2 Adds 'Presence' (internet.com, November 20th)
WebSphere Portal Version 4.2 adds presence management and upgraded usability features for portlet users.

Crossing the Pond With IPv6 (internet.com, November 20th)
Continuing its drive to evolve the Internet, Cisco Systems Wednesday said it has delivered the industry's first trans-Atlantic transmission of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

Google, Amazon Take Lead in Web Services (ZDNet News, November 20th)
After much hype, confusion and skepticism, a handful of Internet companies are trying to do something that has stubbornly eluded the high-tech industry: Turn the vague concept of "Web services" into a reality for the greater Internet.

Will Microsoft Play Nice Now? (E-Commerce Times, November 20th)
IDC research director Al Gillen said internal changes have produced a new sense of responsibility at Microsoft, and he credited the DOJ settlement with making the company more accountable.

Wireless LAN Security Assessments Steps (80211 Planet, November 20th)
Ensure your wireless LAN complies with the latest security mechanisms. Learn the steps necessary for conducting a wireless LAN security assessment.

Viewstate Optimization Strategies in ASP.NET (WebReference.com, November 20th)
Viewstate can help maintain a site visitor's information across multiple form hits. But if you're not careful it can also negatively impact your overall bandwidth and server response times.

Update: Retailers Use DMCA to Quash Leaked Sale Information (IDG.net, November 20th)
Several major retailers are looking to push the boundaries of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), using the law this week to stop Web sites from publishing advance details on upcoming sales by arguing that sale prices are proprietary information protected under the act.

Give Your Users the Power of the Press With Weblogs and Wikis (CrossNodes, November 20th)
Do your users need new ways to communicate and share besides shouting over the cube walls and rooting through networked drives? Maybe it's time to consider putting the intranet to work with weblogs and wikis. Even Microsoft is showing up at the micropublishing party.

Games Go Wireless (eMarketer, November 19th)
Mobile content will see a sizable boost from wireless gaming, as the number of wireless gamers is expected to grow tenfold from 2002 to 2007, according to IDC. The research firm's study, “Are We Having Fun Yet?: US Wireless Gaming Forecast, 2002-2007” predicts there will be over 70 million US wireless gamers in five years.

Jesse Helms: Web Radio's Hero (Salon.com, November 19th)
Small Internet radio broadcasters on the brink of financial disaster have won some breathing room, thanks to the senator from North Carolina.

Hot Rodding Your Slightly Dated Laptop For Fun and Profit (LinuxPlanet, November 19th)
Are you skittish about putting Linux on your laptop because the installation will be hard and it will be tough to find the right drivers? Try revving up your beat up old laptop, using Linux to get some serious performance from something that was once obsolete.

Microsoft to Limit 'Critical' Security Warnings (internet.com, November 19th)
The software giant will change the way vulnerability warnings are issued, particularly for non-technical end-users and cut down on the use of 'critical' bulletins.

ISPs Downplay Privacy Concerns of Court Ruling (internet.com, November 19th)
A secret federal court has granted law enforcement expanded surveillance authority but a leading Internet trade group said alarms aren't sounding yet.

Can M-Commerce Ride Wi-Fi Coattails? (E-Commerce Times, November 19th)
IDC has reduced its m-commerce revenue estimates for 2002 to a measly $500 million, down from an earlier estimate of $2 billion. Still, some products have m-commerce potential, according to analyst Keith Waryas.

Global E-Gov Parallel with E-Com (CyberAtlas, November 19th)
Paying parking tickets may not be quite as exciting as buying the very latest fashions, but globally, the proportion of Internet users who have made transactions using government services online is equal to the proportion of users who made online shopping purchases.

Tracking Visitors With ASP.NET (15 Seconds, November 19th)
Track visitors with IIS and ASP.NET without spending a fortune on costly log analysis applications.

Holiday Season Head Start (eMarketer, November 18th)
Consumers aren't waiting for Thanksgiving to start shopping. Toys and games are seeing the largest traffic boost so far.

Capturing Holiday Digital Dollars (CyberAtlas, November 18th)
The latest stats on who's buying what (and where) online this holiday season.

The Consumer Electronics Industry Gears Up for the Holidays (eMarketer, November 18th)
The peak week for consumer electronics is coming fast. Here's how CE e-tailers are marketing online.

eBay Takes a Shot at Amazon (internet.com, November 18th)
Taking a shot across Amazon.com's bows, eBay launched what it calls a new "electronics superstore site" for both consumers and IT buyers, and introduced free shipping on many items, a first for the auction giant.

Loose Links Sink Shipped E-Mails (eMarketer, November 18th)
Here's one way to increase the response rates of HTML e-mail: make sure it renders properly. E-mail marketing firm Silverpop reviewed nearly 700 HTML e-mails, and under 60% were properly formatted, meaning at least some links were broken in 4 in 10 messages.

Ups and Downs of Building an E-Commerce Site (E-Commerce Times, November 18th)
For both small and large companies, the price, number of people and amount of time required to create an e-commerce site all have decreased.

Design Really Matters (ClickZ, November 18th)
How much does your site's design matter? Probably more than you realize.

Red Hat Rival UnitedLinux To Debut at Comdex (E-Commerce Times, November 18th)
In an effort to challenge market leader Red Hat, four Linux vendors will announce the release of UnitedLinux 1.0 at this year's Comdex trade show, which kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas, Nevada. The four collaborating vendors are the SCO Group, Conectiva in Brazil, SuSE in Germany and Turbolinux in Japan. This consortium released a beta version of UnitedLinux in late September, which they claim has been favorably received, with more than 15,000 copies downloaded.

Capturing Holiday Digital Dollars (CyberAtlas, November 18th)
Consumers will continue to fill shopping carts online in 2002 as GartnerG2, a research service of Gartner, Inc., indicates that almost all (98 percent) of those who bought holiday gifts online in 2001 plan to do so again this year, and findings from Nielsen//NetRatings suggest that virtual department stores will get the bulk of those visits.

Experts: Don't Dismiss Cyberattack Warning (IDG, November 18th)
Security experts and two former CIA officials said today that warnings of cyberattacks by al-Qaeda against western economic targets should not be taken lightly.

Study: Parents More Likely to Use Net (MSNBC, November 17th)
While parents are believed more likely than single folks or empty-nesters to drive minivans or know how to spell Pokemon, a new study released Sunday found they are also more likely to be Internet users.

Create Flexible Custom Menus in Windows CE (Developer.com Wireless, November 17th)
Learn to create flexible custom menus in your mobile WinCE applications by using combo boxes and dropdown buttons.

BIND Flaws Reignite Security Debate (eWeek, November 15th)
An apparent delay in the availability of patches for the vulnerabilities in BIND that were disclosed earlier this week is once again highlighting the seemingly endless debate over when and to whom vulnerability data should be released.

AbiWord Up (Salon.com, November 15th)
Booms come and busts go, but open-source developers keep improving the alternatives to Microsoft's "standards."

Ask Jeeves Launches Outdoor Ad Campaign (internet.com, November 15th)
With competition heating up in the search space, Ask Jeeves returns to advertising after a one-year hiatus with an outdoor ad campaign.

.Kids Legislation Heads to White House (internet.com, November 15th)
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a new version early Friday morning of the "Dot Kids" legislation to create a "safe zone" for children on the Internet under the .kids.us suffix. The bill now heads to the White House, where President George W. Bush is expected to sign the measure.

Hacking the Xserve (NewsFactor, November 15th)
Mac Observer editor Brian Chaffin said an administrator must know what he or she is doing because the 'dummy proof' default configuration renders the Xserve secure -- and effectively useless.

Case Study: Walmart.com (E-Commerce Guide, November 15th)
Despite being America's top retailer, Wal-Mart's e-commerce effort is distinctly back of the pack. Yet the site has a major strength that's not to be underestimated.

Apache Flaws Being Exploited (internet.com, November 14th)
The Apache HTTP Server Project has warned that several security holes in the Apache source are being actively exploited on the Internet, urging IT managers to urgently upgrade to version 1.3.27 or 2.0.43 or higher.

Study Makes Less of Hack Threat (Wired News, November 14th)
Despite the panting about "cyberterrorists," and despite the scare mongering about venomous hackers preying on fragile federal networks, attacks on government computer systems are declining worldwide, according to a recently released report.

Search Engine Usage Ranks High (CyberAtlas, November 14th)
This piece reflects upon a series of studies into search engine usage to discover which listings receive the most attention, and how surfers respond when a search is deemed inaccurate.

What Is Lindows, Anyway? (NewsFactor, November 14th)
Lindows is a Linux-based operating system that promises to make using Linux as easy as Windows. Indeed, its name suggests a combination of Linux and Windows - but what exactly is this distribution that has found its way onto Wal-Mart shelves? Is it the next big thing or just good marketing?

Consortium Demos Secure Network (FCW.com, November 14th)
A public/private consortium in Oregon is developing a secure information network that was created as a direct result of homeland security concerns.

Online Buying: Everybody's Doing It (eMarketer, November 13th)
E-commerce may not be the most addictive activity (less than 40% do it often), but Ipsos-Reid reports almost all net users have made an online purchase.

UK Tipped for Bumper eChristmas (The Register, November 13th)
European online sales this Christmas are set to beat all records, according to Santa's little helpers at Forrester.

Service-centric Sites Survive (CyberAtlas, November 13th)
E-tailers that work hard to satisfy customers could be rewarded with a lucrative holiday season.

The Case for OpenOffice (E-Commerce Times, November 13th)
The freely available software is backed by a community of nearly 10,000 users, according to Scott Carr, documentation maintainer for OpenOffice.org. Besides being an inexpensive investment, OpenOffice is often a first step for businesses considering a switch to Linux or StarOffice on the desktop.

End of the Beginning: Internet Sales Tax (internet.com, November 13th)
Efforts to impose an eventual Internet sales tax reached the end of the beginning phase Tuesday when representatives from 32 states approved model legislation designed to create a system to tax Web sales.

Xandros Desktop - Not Your Father's Linux Distribution (LinuxPlanet, November 13th)
The decendant of Corel Linux has made a splash on the Linux desktop scene with its look-and-feel and WINE capabilties. Here, LinuxPlanet's Bill von Hagen has reviewed the new release of Xandros Desktop.

Legal Wars Have Changed Microsoft, CEO Says (Washington Post, November 13th)
Microsoft Corp. chief executive Steve Ballmer said yesterday that his company has "changed and grown" as a result of its lengthy antitrust battles and that it is "super-focused" on full compliance with terms of the settlement of its case with the Justice Department.

Inktomi Exits Enterprise Search (internet.com, November 13th)
Inktomi has sold its enterprise search product to Verity for $25 million and will focus exclusively on its web search and paid inclusion business.

AOL's Interactive Chief de Castro Departs (internet.com, November 12th)
Senior management shake up leaves former radio executive out of the troubled ISP and signals increased power of second-in-command Ted Leonisis.

Can AltaVista's Phoenix Help it Rise Again? (SearchDay, November 12th)
After years of continued transformation that in most cases resulted in decreased usability and increased 'clutter', the CMGI search engine seems to have finally seen the light. The new AltaVista, reformed under a plan suitably dubbed 'Phoenix' features a slick and simple interface not unlike that of Google, offers improved revelancy, useful geo features, and yet is still comprehensively monetized. Feel free to discuss the changes here.

New Web Portal Makes a Play for Yahoo Users (USA Today, November 12th)
Portal player Bulldog Holdings, who recently acquired the assets of the Excite Network for a steal at $10 million from bankrupt Excite@Home are now making a push to leverage their reach and a suspected movement in Yahoo user disenchantment to build usage of their newest portal. MyWay offers many of the same features as its competitors, but is devoid of popunders, banner ads and paid subscription services. These features are being touted as potential Yahoo-killers in the company's latest cross-channel marketing campaign.

Microsoft to Invest in India (internet.com, November 12th)
With $400 million earmarked for software and business development in India, the software giant will make the region its largest non-manufacturing investment outside of the U.S.

House OKs $903M for Cyber Security Research (internet.com, November 12th)
The U.S. House of Representatives made the approval of $903 million for cyber security research its first order of business Tuesday, unanimously passing legislation that will create scholarships, grants and research centers at American colleges and universities. The Senate has already approved the legislation, and the bill now goes President George W. Bush, who is expected to sign the measure.

W3C Advances XForms 1.0 (internet.com, November 12th)
Nearly 10 years after the introduction of HTML forms revolutionized transactions on the Internet, a new XML-based specification is set to reshape the nature of Web-based forms.

Three New 'Net Domains Could Be Added Next Year (TechNews.com, November 11th)
Internet users could get three new alternatives to "dot-com" next year, but those alternatives likely will be reserved for specific online communities.

E-Cards Delivering Nasty Greetings (ABC News, November 11th)
E-cards have proven their popularity in recent years. One unfortunate side-effect of this phenomenon has been revealed this year, with hackers and unethical marketers grabbing hold of the trend in the distribution of their own spyware products.

Terra Lycos Beefs Up InSite (internet.com, November 11th)
As economic woes continue to weigh on advertising budgets, Spanish Internet giant Terra Lycos is emphasizing paid services to provide sustainable, recurring revenues.

Email and Search: A Powerful Combination (ClickZ, November 11th)
Email's a powerful lure for motivated shoppers but only a first step in the buying cycle. If customers are still searching when they get to your site, deliver answers or prepare to lose a sale.

AOL Goes After Small Businesses (internet.com, November 11th)
SOHOs (small office/home offices) remain the fastest-growing segment in the business world. In a deal with VeriSign, AOL has positioned itself to offer small business owners a ready-made network of marketing and branding services.

Developer's Dilemma: Perl or PHP? (NewsFactor, November 8th)
Speed, quality, price. Pick two. You have no doubt heard that mantra before, but PHP and Perl offer all three. The question is, how do you choose between the two programming languages, which are both insanely popular for Web development?

MS Admits Its Linux-Bashing Jihad Is a Failure (The Register, November 8th)
The Beast has hired a research crew to do a bit of attitude sampling among the Great Unwashed in the US and abroad, and has found that slagging Linux is not winning it any points. In a company memo posted by The Reg we learn that regular folks are both eager for a Microsoft alternative and generally respectful of the open-source concept.

Gates To Lay Out Future of C++, C# (internet.com, November 8th)
After popping into New York City Thursday to launch the Tablet PC, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates headed back to Washington state to give developers, computer scientists and students a window into the future of the C++ and C# programming languages.

Interview: PaymentOne Dials P for Profits (eMarketer, November 8th)
A marketing catchphrase making its way to the lexicon of the web is "no credit card required!" PaymentOne CEO Joe Lynam explains how consumers are charging online content and internet access fees to their phone bills.

Oracle to Draw Curtain on Project Mozart (internet.com, November 8th)
Oracle will unveil a symphony of retooled software lines at next week's OracleWorld show. Don't expect to hear it in C#.

Just What Are Those Packets Doing? Network Tools To Tell You (CrossNodes, November 8th)
Don't know why everything on your network is moving at a crawl? Long before you consider upgrading hardware, you should invest in some decent tools. Beth Cohen covers your choices.

Pearl of an Anti-Spam Program (ISP Planet, November 8th)
Savvy Perl programmers appreciate the flexible nature of ActiveState's PeerMessage application, which uses probability modeling to determine whether or not a particular e-mail message is spam.

Online Holiday Shopping Starting in October (eMarketer, November 7th)
According to BizRate, online holiday shopping in the US has started early this year, with consumers spending $4.3 billion online in October.

The Internet's Evolution Continues (eMarketer, November 7th)
How did eMeta post revenue growth of 1,100% from 1999 to 2001? Look to IDC's research for an answer: organizations account for over 90% of online content spending.

Is Meta-Content the Solution to Your FTP Woes? (ServerWatch, November 7th)
Enterprises frustrated with the speed and reliability of FTP may wish to consider Transporter Fountain v2.0, a server appliance with a transport protocol not sensitive to packet loss or latency.

Experts Make Defensive Change to Key Internet Computers (USA Today, November 7th)
Experts have made an important change to the 13 computer servers that manage global Internet traffic, separating two of them to help better defend against the type of attack that occurred last month.

Hack Attacks on Rise in Asia (BBC News, November 7th)
Hackers based in Indonesia and Malaysia have been launching digital attacks on neighbouring countries, say computer security experts.

Pay-Per-View Coming to MSNBC.com (internet.com, November 7th)
The second most-trafficked news site plans to start charging for some of its online multimedia content but analysts doubt it can be a standalone success.

Yahoo! Renews With Google, Changes Results (ClickZ, November 6th)
Yahoo!'s results page got a new look this week. There's more Google evident, but don't count other partners out just yet.

Update on EU Internet Usage (eMarketer, November 6th)
Growth in internet usage and e-commerce has slowed in Europe, so what do the holiday season forecasts say? eMarketer makes sense of the mixed messages.

First Data Strikes Back at Visa (E-Commerce Guide, November 6th)
Nothing is sanguine in the payments business; lawsuit accuses Visa of monopoly practices for insisting that e-payments using its cards go through its processing network.

Patent Issues Could Cloud SOAP Standard (ZDNet News, November 6th)
A Web standards body is close to approving a key Web services specification, but concerns about patent rights may hold up the process.

Searching 'Round the World (CyberAtlas, November 6th)
Internet users around the world spent the past week looking for holiday and file-sharing information, with a few celebrities and video games mixed in.

Spam On the Rise Again (BBC News, November 6th)
The amount of junk e-mail in inboxes has risen by over 80% since the beginning of the year. According to a monthly report from filtering firm MessageLabs, one in six e-mails is now spam, an alarming 64% increase on September and up a massive 81% since January.

Bells Beginning to Jingle? (ClickZ, November 5th)
A none-too-spectacular holiday season is upon us, but online's under the mistletoe. A projected mild spending increase sure beats last year's lump of coal. E-Commerce Guide builds upon this theme, revealing data out of comScore that suggests this will be a season that marks impressive e-commerce spending gains over the same period last year. That report may be found here.

The Future of 3D E-Commerce (E-Commerce Times, November 5th)
Although 3D modeling applications have been used mainly in the retail clothing sector, Gartner's Jackie Fenn foresees wider use of video technologies that "explore spaces" -- such as interiors of cars, apartments or homes.

Red Hat 8.0: Past the Hype and Under the Hood (LinuxPlanet, November 5th)
We've all read about how nifty/weird/wonderful/bad the new desktop looks and how well it installs. But what's the distribution really like? LinuxPlanet digs up the dirt.

Taking Shipping out of the E-Commerce Equation (eMarketer, November 4th)
One way multi-channel retailers relieve shipping cost anxiety is by offering in-store pickup. eMarketer's Steve Butler surveys how that has fared for Sears and Circuit City.

Dell Touts Linux for High-End Systems (vnunet.com, November 4th)
Companies should use Linux as a replacement for high-end Unix systems, and move towards standards-based computing, according to Dell chief executive Michael Dell.

Future Hacking: How Vulnerable Is the Net? (NewsFactor, November 4th)
As a new safety precaution, the organizations that operate the Internet's root servers will add more servers to each system. This will make each location less vulnerable to DDoS attacks.

eBillit Bills Itself As PaymentOne (ISP Planet, November 4th)
Determined to change the way people pay for Internet service and content, PaymentOne eliminates obstacles and payment barriers traditionally associated with making online purchases.

Math Discovery Rattles Net Security (MSNBC, November 4th)
Will Manindra Agrawal bring about the end of the Internet as we know it? The question is not as ridiculous as it was just two months ago. Prof. Agrawal is a 36-year old theoretical computer scientist at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India. In August, he solved a problem that had eluded millennia of mathematicians: developing a method to determine with complete certainty if a number is prime.

RIAA Was Right... The Sky Is Falling (internet.com, November 4th)
It appears that some of the music industry's fears were justified; new figures show that e-commerce music sales are down 25 percent as file sharing and CD-burning become commonplace. eMarketer delves into just what this may mean for the future of digital music in this report.

World Wide Web Packed Full of Trash – Official (The Inquirer, November 4th)
A survey by Consumers International, which represents 250 consumer organisations in 115 countries and co-sponsored by US Consumer Web Watch said that finance, health and comparison prices clearly lack credibility.

Affinity for and Credibility of US Websites (eMarketer, November 1st)
Why do internet users value certain sites over others and how does a site gain credibility? This month, the OPA released a survey addressing the topic of users' affinity for websites and the Persuasive Technology Lab of Stanford released it full report on website credibility.

Analyzing Web Analytics (ASPnews.com, November 1st)
The web analytics market has shifted toward the ASP model, but will Web-based applications continue to offer advantages over licensed software when it comes to analyzing website traffic?

Supporting Server Clusters (NewsFactor, November 1st)
Server clusters - separate servers interconnected to provide high availability and able to be managed as a single system - have continued to gain popularity as IT budgets have shrunk to favor entry-level servers.

It's Official, It's Called Ruby, It's in Beta (E-Commerce Guide, November 1st)
Amazon is seeking feedback on its new multi-brand clothing store, which is now open, sort of, but not available via the main site.

Create A Linux Boot CD (ZDNet Australia, November 1st)
There are three constants in life: death, taxes, and system crashes. All three may be inevitable, but at least you can recover from a system crash. While it can be a painful situation, if you have the right tools, recovery can be much easier.

Case Study: US Search (E-Commerce Guide, November 1st)
The online vendor of personal background information has some bright prospects, but continues to struggle with the fallout of its dot-com boom era business practices - not to mention a tough economy.

Judge Approves Microsoft Antitrust Settlement (internet.com, November 1st)
Microsoft's four-year-long battle with the federal government over antitrust violations may be at an end, with a federal judge's approval Friday of the U.S. Department of Justice's settlement with the software giant.

Yahoo! Launches Pay Services Package (internet.com, November 1st)
For the first time, the portal bundles together a variety of its paid features, in a promotion aimed at turning more users into customers.


 
 
 

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