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    British BlogCasting - the new BBC?

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    Via John Howard (IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft UK): "...a blogcast is a mini webcast (certainly under 10 minutes) delivered through a blog, concentrating on a very specific topic. No frills added. By building a series of these, we hope to be able to take...
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    MSN Desktop Search vs. Google Desktop Search

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    Forrester's Charlene Li provides a comparison of MSN and Google Desktop Search offerings . " Overall, I found MSN’s desktop search to be fast and complete, if somewhat complex to manage. I believe that both MSN and Google (as well as their future competitors...
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    MSN Desktop Search goes Beta (officially)

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    MSN Desktop Search goes Beta, announced at MSN Search weblog ... Can be downloaded at http://beta.toolbar.msn.com If you have feedback, give it! Also, check out the interviews with the product teams over at Channel 9 .
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    Hacking Google Suggest

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    FeedDemon's Nick Bradbury spots Adam Stiles' post 'How Google Search Works' ... "At its simplest, Google Suggest is javascript code that looks at what you are typing in the Google search box. When you press a key, GS phones home and passes the current...
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    More RSS measurement

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    Further to my earlier posts, RSS Metrics & Reporting and FeedBurner answers my RSS metrics question ... Via Steve Rubel : " RSS Measurement Carries Benefits and Pitfalls Forrester analyst Charlene Li breaks down a new service from SyndicateIQ that...
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    Orange SPV C500 Smartphone wins UK award

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    Tech Digest Award for Indespensible Mobile "the winner was pretty obvious to all of us. The Orange SPV C500 was a surprise when it was first announced - after all those big, ugly handsets we were expecting more of the same, but the C500 defied all expectation...
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    Internet2 speed record: 101 gigs per second

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    In case you missed it, here is the announcement by Caltech who hold the record second year running at 101 gigs per second : "For the second consecutive year, the "High Energy Physics" team of physicists, computer scientists, and network engineers have...
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    Feedback on Feedback on Feedback

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    Thanks Chris, we're listening .
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    Blocking RSS advertising - the newsreader developers' view

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    Nick Bradbury points to an article at kottke.org that includes interviews with developers of RSS newsreaders. "Given that people who use newsreaders are still of the early adopter sort who are used to blocking ads with Firefox or fast-forwarding through...
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    MSN launches blogware beta

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    I've played with the MSN Spaces beta and like it...particularly the photo album functionality.. Showed my wife my new MSN Space ....she wants one! Seattle Post Intelligencer - Microsoft sees blogs for the masses "The service isn't likely to appeal to...
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    Geo-targeting, and the customer experience

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    I'm finding it really hard to find any decent online resources, research and best practices around how websites deal with international audiences, i.e. the ability to serve the user the right content in terms of geography and language... Is there any...
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    Good idea - SMS message per bank card transaction

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    Via Adverblog : "Spanish bank Bankinter has launched an sms based service to inform people each time their bank card is used. As MarketingDirecto (in Spanish) explains this service has the objective to let people know on time if their card has been stolen...
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    Microsoft's Kim Cameron outlines Infocard, new federated identity initiative

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    Via ZDNet 'Between the lines' : "Kim Cameron , Microsoft’s architect for digital identity (including Active Directory) and one of the key pioneers of metadirectories, talks with Scott Mace about lessons learned from Passport and Microsoft’s new Infocard...
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    PR professionals: Wake up to the blogosphere!

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    Steve Rubel has pointed to a 4 part " State of the Blogoshpere " report by David Sifry of Technorati . Sifry graphically illustrates the spikes in posts and their relation to news events and highlights how a piece of news generated by bloggers often pre...
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    Forrester Research RSS feed

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    Charlene Li reveals Forrester has an RSS feed... "it's at http://www.forrester.com/rss although we're not yet actually publicizing it yet on our site. "
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    How Microsoft is 'handling' the open source threat

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    Martin Taylor, global general manager of platform strategy at Microsoft, talks to vnunet.com about how the company is handling the open source threat: "I've hired quite a few people from the Linux open source world to run a research and development centre...
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    Firefox full-page ad to appear in New York Times

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    Via Steve Rubel : "Mozilla today launched a community effort to secure enough funds to take out a full-page advertisement in The New York Times. The full-page ad will include the names of everyone who supports the campaign along with a message about the...
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    Negroponte on the Future of Money...P2P2P

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    Information Week is running a 25 Years feature , that includes an article by Bill Gates ' The Enduring Magic Of Software ' and a typically whacky piece (via Techdirt ) by Nicholas Negroponte ' Peer-To-Peer Payoff ': "Without question, the generation of...
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    RSS advertising - it is about choice

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    Wired investigates how RSS is developing as an advertising medium in ' RSS Feeds Hunger for More Ads '. 'Purists' freak at the notion of incorporating ads into RSS . David Winer doesn't go quite this far in the Wired article, but cautions: "...let's be...
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    Lookout, Google launches desktop search

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    It had to happen, just a matter of when... The Register: Google launches desktop search for Windows PCs Boston Globe: Google search program gets jump on Microsoft There is an online help file...install is problematic: for me at least: 'not compatible...
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    Q: What is the meaning of life?

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    "Q: What is the meaning of life? A: The Meaning of Life is the title of a 1983 Monty Python film. Alternatively, according to Douglas Adams in the HH's Guide to the Galaxy, it is 42." This is the answer given by 82ask , a mobile text knowledge service...
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    Audi sponsors car blog

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    Via Signal vs Noise : "Gawker Media launches three new blogs today: Jalopnik , a car site; Kotaku , for video games; and Screenhead . The sponshorship model of Jalopnik is interesting too. Instead of selling a variety of ads, the site is starting out...
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    More CEO blogging

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    Via Steve Rubel , "Richard Edelman, CEO of Edelman, has started a weekly blog . PRWeek.com has the full story ." Also, "[Business 2.0], The venerable biz pub looks at CEO blogging, blog marketing and blog monitoring, writing: But in time, and as this...
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    Personalised RSS feed & web UI from MSDN UK

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    During my trip to Redmond last week, we launched MSDN Connection in the UK . The concept is simple enough: tell us what languages and technologies you are interested in and we'll aggregate the corresponding MSDN content for you . You can consume it 2...
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    On the interplanetary net there is no "now"

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    Vint Cerf gives an interview for BBC's Click Online (transcript and video) where he shares his thoughts on the interplanetary net. He points out the lag issue - an interesting design constraint for future interactive service designers... "When you get...
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