Don’t call WolframAlpha a search engine, says its creator, mathematician and physicist Steven Wolfram. Call it a “computational knowledge engine.”
Guest: Frederic Lardinois, Read/Write Web
Yahoo announced last week it would shut down its GeoCities personal website service later this year. Yahoo paid about $3 billion for the company in 1999.
Geocities allowed users to design personal websites. but the pioneering service has long since been eclipsed by blogs and social networks.
What will become of the million-plus GeoCities home pages out there? Yahoo is saying only that it will provide details later this summer on how customers can save their own data.
Jason Scott believes GeoCities deserves saving. Scott runs textfiles.com, a site devoted to computer history. He’s lead organizer for a new group called the Archive Team, which is working to rescue a growing body of endangered Internet content, including GeoCities.
At a congressional hearing last week, Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) wondered aloud whether a technology called deep packet inspection needs to be outlawed. Deep packet inspection allows Internet service providers to examine in great detail an individual’s activity on the Internet – from email to Web surfing habits.
Google has unveiled a service that lets users fill out a profile to improve how they show up in search results. Filling out the profile will help users show up in a new feature at the bottom of a Google search page. Users can add pictures, a bio, and links to things like their Web sites and Facebook accounts.
Google says the feature is designed in part to allow people with the same names distinguish themselves.
So is confused online identity such a problem? I thought I’d investigate by asking some of the other top Jon Gordons on the Web – those who spell their first names J-O-N like me. I talked to Jon Gordon the author and motivational speaker, and Jon Gordon the acclaimed jazz saxophone player.
MP3 – iTunes Google has unveiled two new products: one for improving image searches; and the other to give users a timeline of stories appearing on Google News. The new services are not 100% finished, but the company says it wants to accelerate the release of projects in its lab. Google is still known primarily Read more →
Some newspapers and magazines have abandoned their print operations as a way to cut costs — most notably the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Christian Science Monitor and Blender magazine. What are the consequences when publications move to online-only? Some clues can be found by looking at Taloussanomat, a financial publication from Finland that stopped printing to focus on digital operations in December 2007.
Cyber crooks stole more data from financial institutions and other businesses last year than in the three year period from 2004 to 2007, according to a new report from Verizon Business.
MP3 – iTunes Snipers of the American military are already quite accurate and deadly — look no further than the recent standoff in which Navy Seal snipers killed three Somali pirates who were holding an American ship captain hostage. The Defense Department is investing in technology to take snipers to another level, to be able Read more →