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Archives: February 2005

Open-source boycott

Posted by: Steve Hamm on February 25

Typically the hardcore proponents of open source software and their allies in the commercial software realm get along just fine. Look at how swimmingly Linux is going. But a flare-up...

Wind Turbine to Power Cell Phones?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 24

That bulky cell phone recharger is doomed, it seems. Students at the Indian Institute of Technology have just developed a tiny turbine, which is to be attached to cell phones....

Why PC makers still don't get it

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 23

I've been pretty happy with Dell Computer, having bought a home system several years ago and using a Dell laptop at work. But when the laptop keyboard's space bar stopped...

Blogging asbestos

Posted by: Stephen Baker on February 23

It made a big splash in the blog world earlier this month when Portland, Or., blogger Michael Buffington launched his asbestos site. Buffington's idea? He figured that asbestos was one... Taking Your Address Book to The Next Level

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 22

I first learned of a week ago, when a college friend living in Hawaii sent me an e-mail asking me to enter my contact information into the site's database....

Response to 'bloggers object'

Posted by: Stephen Baker on February 22

I think we should all be allowed to put a foot in the mouth and then take it out again. The story for Mr. Jordan was that it was such...

The Pez dispenser is only #98?!

Posted by: Stephen Baker on February 18

Here's a fun list from Mobile PC of the 100 top gadgets of all time. Sure, you'll have your quibbles. I, for one, would take the iPod over the Apple...

All the cool stuff in one place

Posted by: Steve Hamm on February 18

It seems awfully late in the hype cycle for a promising new dot-com to appear on the scene, but that's just what is happening with a Silicon Valley company with...

Bloggers object to BW commentary

Posted by: Stephen Baker on February 17

Lots of traffic this morning with critiques on my BusinessWeek commentary on blogs. A blogger who goes by the name of John Beck, for example, says that I was too...

A little more privacy, please

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 17

I didn't know much more about ChoicePoint than you until today, but I sure do now. That's the company that has dossiers on just about all of us, which it...

Mis-communication... ex-communication

Posted by: Stephen Baker on February 16

A gem by Jay Rosen commenting on the fall of CNN news exec Eason Jordan. Rosen says, "The solution when you mis-communicate has to be more communication, not ex-communication." In...

Citizen Journalists: Could Wikinews Become The Next Associated Press?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 15

Since late last year,, the site hosting the Wikipedia online encyclopedia created by collaborative efforts of millions of Web users, has been working on something that's making many journalists...

One more thing on 43 Things

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 14

A Tech Beat reader, Frank Ruscica, passes along an email he got from last December from Josh Peterson, CEO of Robot Co-op, the parent company of 43 Things. It offers...

Amazon's Prime Challenge

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 12's new shipping club, in which customers pay $79 a year for unlimited free two-day delivery and discounted next-day delivery on in-stock items, has gotten mixed reviews. Some say...

Marlon Brando on the Democratization of Acting

Posted by: Steve Hamm on February 11

I've been reading the blogosphere chatter about the democratization of journalism. Personally, I welcome non-professional journalists to the table. Blogalism is a powerful way for the truth--in its many flavors--to...

Phone home, Webb McKinney

Posted by: Peter Burrows on February 11

Among the many ironies of Carly Fiorina's ouster is that it was largely due to her refusal to hire a hands-on chief operating officer. Why ironic? Because until he resigned...

A Smarter Way to Merge

Posted by: Steve Hamm on February 11

This explosion of mega-mergers in the telecom, insurance, and consumer products industries is exciting, but who knows if any of them will really pay off. In contrast, check out IBM....

Break up HP? Not so fast...

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 09

Andrew Hargadon, an associate professor of technology management at the University of California at Davis, was an intern at Hewlett-Packard in the early 1980s. That's when the company released the...

In defense of Carly, sort of

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 09

You might think the executive search firm that placed now-ousted CEO Carly Fiorina at Hewlett-Packard would be hiding under a boardroom table right now. Hardly. Stephen Mader, vice chair at...

Tagging Amazon's secret investment

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 09's Katharine Mieszkowski just outed as the sole investor in an intriguing startup, 43 Things, that uses tagging to help people get important goals accomplished. Given that Amazon tried...

The Future of Blogs: Tagging

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 08

Blogs are about to grow up. As newborns, blogs were simply diary-like entries on which readers could comment. Then, blogs added Rich Site Summary (RSS) feeds, notifying readers when a...

Phun with phishers

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 07

I just got yet another one of those e-mails that asks me to verify my eBay account. It's bogus, of course. Anti-phishing experts rightly tell you not to respond at...

Everything you wanted to know about podcasting... in four minutes

Posted by: Stephen Baker on February 07

Curious about podcasting? It does for audio what TiVo does for TV. And it's easy to get started. Check out this four-minute how-to video by Lisa Williams...

eBay blinks

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 06

Well, just a little. Amid mounting anger by eBay sellers over recent fee hikes, the company early Sunday announced a small fee cut and expanded customer service. Will they be...

Ask Jeeves enters the blogosphere

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 05

The only way to keep track of the many good blogs out there is to use software or Web services such as Bloglines to capture the never-ending information feeds in...

Ads Gone Wild

Posted by: Steve Hamm on February 04

I pride myself on not being susceptible to advertising—yet here I am raving about a handful of the latest ad wrinkles and innovations. Check out the item in this...

Can you spell b-u-b-b-l-e?

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 04

Three recent clues: * A $300 price target on Google. Sorry, nobody's perfect. Not even Larry and Sergey. * Last year, 11,399 homes in the San Francisco Bay Area sold...

A silver lining in the clouds over Amazon?

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 03

Investors sure whomped Feb. 3, the day after it missed fourth-quarter profit expectations. But they may have overlooked an intriguing sign of better things to come. ......

A red flag for Google?

Posted by: Rob Hof on February 02

So Google thinks there are no signs of resistance to online ad rates that have risen 25% in the past year? Perhaps they need to keep their ears closer to...

Blogs for sale

Posted by: Stephen Baker on February 02

Anyone who thinks blogs can't make money should check out Gawker. This growing stable of blogs just added Lifehacker, a slick tech site sponsored by Sony. Dan Gillmor reports that...

The Misery of Living in 1992

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 01

The New Yorker magazine recently ran a fun story about living in 1992. It was written by a boy whose teacher asked his class to pick a year in history...

Municipal Wi-Fi networks? Forgeddabout it.

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 01

To prove their tech savviness, governments of cities such as Philadelphia and New York have decided, over the past year or so, to start providing wireless broadband services. Philadelphia, for...


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