The "visual front end" for the Web2.0List shared database, as Rubel describes it, provides a way to search for news and background information about a company simply by clicking on its logo. This is probably most useful if you're already familiar at least with the names of the companies you're looking up, but it still serves to exemplify an emerging technology seeking … Read more
If you've ever wondered what drives the enormous popularity of Wikipedia, you might be interested in this WikiCharts page that supposedly shows the 100 articles viewed most often in the online encyclopedia. The most-read topics as of this posting include such entries as "Pluto" and "the United States," but half of the top 10 are sex-related--an indication that interest in Wikipedia may not be all that different from the rest of the Web.
Interestingly enough, the page contains a disclaimer that reads, "This tool is still being tested. Some of the results may be … Read more
The Internet Archive is off the hook in a lawsuit accusing it of negligence for allowing old Web pages to be viewed using the Wayback Machine, which archives pages unless Web site owners specifically ask that they be excluded from the database.
The case involves two patient-advocate groups in the Philadelphia area with similar names--Healthcare Advocates of Philadelphia and Healthcare Advocate, which the former sued for trademark infringement.
Lawyers for the defendant used the Wayback Machine to get access to old Web pages of the plaintiff. The plaintiff then sued both the defendant's law firm, Harding Earley Follmer & … Read more
While it remains the most popular search engine, Google's share of the U.S. search market dipped slightly in July to 43.7 percent from 44.7 percent the month before, according to the latest figures from comScore Networks.
Before that, Google's share had risen for 11 consecutive months. Behind Google is Yahoo at 28.8 percent, Microsoft at 12.8 percent, AOL at 5.9 percent and Ask at 5.4 percent, according to comScore figures released on Sunday.
Nielsen/NetRatings released its U.S. search market share figures on Monday and showed Google with 49.2 … Read more
AOL has fired two employees and its chief technology officer has resign Monday over the company's release of Web search data from 650,000 AOL members, according to a company e-mail and a source familiar with the matter.
The CTO, Maureen Govern, resigned effective immediately, according to an e-mail sent to employees by AOL President Jon Miller. Meanwhile, a researcher and a manager overseeing the research were fired, said a source, who requested anonymity.
A dating Web site for Dutch farmers--Farm Date--has sued Google for displaying what it says are sponsored links to pornographic sites when you type "Farm Date" into the Google search engine, according to the Agence France-Presse.
The sponsored links are "very damaging for Farm Date's reputation," the article says, quoting Dutch farmer union FNV Bondgenoten, which is defending the Web site.
Farm Date, which looks like your typical dating site, only in Dutch, bills itself as a "respectable meeting website for farmers."
A Google spokesman asked on Wednesday to comment on … Read more
Power to the shopper. That could be the credo that defines a new era in the retail industry, if sites like Crowdstorm succeed.
The latest service to enter the so-called social shopping market, Crowdstorm "measures the buzz around products and allows users to recommend products to each other." The site is born from the same concept that launched such services as Wists, Yub.com and ShopWiki. Major players have also gotten into the act, including Yahoo with its Shoposphere and eBay through its affiliation with Kaboodle.
If anything, it's curious that such sites haven't taken off … Read more
The site, which launched in beta version a few days ago, aims to be the ultimate source of video instruction on just about anything imaginable, from identifying cancer to cooking pasta. "We are building a living encyclopedia of life, on video," the site proclaims.
Unlike most video-sharing communities, VideoJug produces its own instructional work, as well as gather and index videos submitted by the public. Many of them are produced … Read more
The legal and political fallout from AOL's publication of some 650,000 users' search histories continues.
On Monday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the digital rights group in San Francisco, filed a complaint against AOL with the Federal Trade Commission.
Less than a month after "google" became a verb in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary the namesake is warning companies about using the trademarked word improperly.
In covering the new verb, The Washington Post wrote: "Google, the word, now takes its place alongside the handful of proper nouns that have moved beyond a particular product to become descriptors of an entire sector--generic trademarks."
The venerated Washington Post received a letter from a Google trademark lawyer who objected to that characterization as "genericide."
According to an article in the newspaper about the letter, Google lawyers then … Read more