“Behavioral Marketing” Is Still “Spyware”

Wired: The spyware wars are over – and spyware has won. Back in 2002, Gator was one of the most reviled companies on the Net. Maker of a free app called eWallet, the firm was under fire for distributing what critics called spyware, code that covertly monitors a user’s Web-surfing habits and uploads the data […]

TiVo To Go

NYT: Beginning in 2006, TiVo owners will be able to watch recorded television shows on Apple’s video iPods and on Sony’s handheld PSP game machine. The announcement builds on TiVo’s release in February of an update to its video recorders that allows its users to transfer programs to personal computers and DVD’s, as well as […]

Theif Gives Spyware Even Worse Name

Wired: In the first U.S. prosecution of its kind, FBI agents arrested a 20-year-old Los Angeles man Thursday on charges that he cracked some 400,000 Windows machines and covertly installed pop-up-generating adware on them, in a scheme that allegedly brought in $60,000 in ill-gotten profits. Jeanson Ancheta faces a 17-count federal indictment charging him with […]

Here The Dreamers Be

Mobile technology evangelist and Yahooligan, Russell Beattie, went on one of his patented rants the other day. It’s good stuff. It just seems that no one is trying to change the world any more. No one is aiming to create “insanely great” products or do the impossible. Why not? Why are so many people grasping […]

First Cities Now Nations

Info World: Taiwanese government officials said on Monday they plan to make Taiwan the world’s largest testing ground for WiMax, and inked a pact with Intel to work together on the wireless broadband technology. WiMax, also known as 802.16, is intended to provide users with wireless, high speed Internet access at far greater distances than […]

Video And Voice Enter The IM Race

I rarely use Instant Messaging (IM), but maybe I would use it more if there weren’t so many cross-platform obstacles. Why can’t we all just talk to each other? USA Today: Sometime before mid-2006, MSN and Yahoo messenger users will for the first time be able to communicate with each other. Now, Yahoo users can […]

EarthLink Reinvents Its Supply Chain

ZD net: Internet service provider EarthLink is taking big steps to gain its independence from the cable and DSL providers it relies on for access to broadband customers. The company has taken some heavy knocks in the past few months. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an earlier ruling declaring that cable providers do […]

More Cha Ching For Blog Pioneers

Associated Press: VeriSign Inc., a supplier of Internet security products, said Friday it has acquired Weblogs.com, an Internet site that automatically notifies subscribers each time a blog or Web site is updated. Mountain View, Calif.-based VeriSign said it paid $2.3 million in cash to purchase Berkeley-based Weblogs.com, which was started by Web log pioneer Dave […]

RSS Not Doing That Many Pull Ups

Steve Rubel shares Yahoo’s data on RSS penetration. • Awareness of RSS is quite low among Internet users. 12% of users are aware of RSS, and 4% have knowingly used RSS. • 27% of Internet users consume RSS syndicated content on personalized start pages (e.g., My Yahoo!, My MSN) without knowing that RSS is the […]

ICANN Under Commerce’s Thumb