Month: November 2006

Wal-Mart Releasing Movie Downloads Versus TiVo Adding Commercials

Both Wal-Mart and TiVo had some big news today in the area of trying to commercialize the latest advances in digital media. Wal-Mart released its movie download service with a twist: you have to buy the DVD. But for a few bucks extra, you get a download too. TiVo decided to sell advertising space at

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Month: November 2006

Search 2.0: Customize & Refine Your Results Easily

Last week I pointed out that the easiest way for Google to improve search would be to allow one query to bring up separated results by regular sites, blogs, news, photos, and/or video. I mentioned that the big three for me would be regular search results, blog posts, and news. I’d be able to get

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Month: November 2006

The Rise (or Fall?) of In-Text Advertising: Is It News…or Is It an Ad?

The latest trend in online advertising (you know, that thing that feeds all these websites with otherwise free information) is in-text ads. If you see a word on a website with a double underline (supposedly the “double” part makes it so you won’t confuse it with a link), click on it and chances are an

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Month: November 2006

Month: November 2006

Month: November 2006

A Wii Workout: When Videogames Hurt

The Wall Street Journal (subscription not needed) has an interesting article out today describing the aches and pains of Wii players. For those who might have been hibernating this Fall, the Wii is the latest gaming console from Nintendo that was released just two days after Sony’s PlayStation 3. The Wii does not try to

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Month: November 2006

The Easiest Way for Google to Improve Search

The tech blogosphere is excited by the findings of Andy Boyd. He has a screen shot of a Google search that shows the search results giving up space for a separate section of blog results (see picture below). Among others, Techcrunch and Google Blogoscoped have their own take on what this means and where it

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Month: November 2006

Review of Carbonite: Online PC Backup Made Easy

Carbonite is an automated online backup service that is in the business of pleasing anyone who needs a computer backed up but who hates remembering to do it (that would be most of us). I’ve been giving the service a trial run for the last few days via the company’s two week free trial. Though

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