The controvertial SiteFinder service run by Verisign has been shut down. Verisign has been given authority to administer the popular .com, .net and .org top level domains (TLD), and last month, they launched a so-called "Wildcard" service so...

Smart Business from MSN

As a long-time advocate for building communities and loyalty through message boards and chat, I do acknowledge the inherant risks and dangers associated with such endeavors. MSN has announced that it is shutting down its popular chat service,...
VeriSign, the company that has been given responsibility for assigning domain names (like www.joetek.com), is being crushed under complaints about their new "Site Finder" service. The service redirects users that misspell domains to their advertising-supported search site. Professor David...

An Internet Time Machine

Microsoft has lost its initial defence against Eolas and the potential outcome could send us back to the technology of 1995. Microsoft still has some post-trial options before the final judgement later in the fall. In a...
FoxSports.com, which had a partnership with Lycos to supply technology, hosting and advertising sales, broke its ties with the former portal powerhouse and took those responsibilities in-house. "At the time, the fit was perfect," Ross Levinsohn, senior vice...
Bell Canada and Microsoft have formed a strategic alliance today that begins a five-year move to join the MSN Portal with Sympatico's Canadian content. The advantages are clear. Bell gains a weapon to leverage their customer relationships...
Apple has yet to release its final 1.0 version of its web browser, named "Safari", but Microsoft has already announced it is stopping development of Internet Explorer for the Macintosh because of the new browser. Okay, reality check:...

Just Saying No

A new study shows that Internet usage has levelled off in the United States. Prior to 2001, Internet usage was growing exponentially, but since then, has levelled off between 57 and 61 percent of the population. Further, a shocking...
Yahoo! is getting set to launch it's new search tools in an attempt to put itselfa step ahead of search rival Google. Yahoo! and Google have been distancing themselves in recent months as they increasingly become direct competitors. The...
When ESPN.com relaunched its site a month ago, it pushed the browser technology further than any other mainstream site. It dropped support for older non-standards based browsers such as Netscape 4.7, and created a design entirely based on...
The April issue of FastCompany magazine has a great look at the mind, technology and culture behind Google. To be a fly on the wall of a datacenter that processes 150 million searches per day, each within 0.2...
Yahoo is launching Yahoo Platinum on Monday, offering video clips from FOX, CBS, and ABC for a monthly fee of $9.95. When RealNetworks launched its RealOne SuprPass service it locked previously free SuperPass content from MLB, NBA, ABC...

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