Well, I'm not one to hype products, but the new version of Flash looks pretty darn cool.
There have been repeated accusations that Microsoft's monopoly of the desktop market prevents rivals from distributing their own "middleware", and Flash's success proves this claim is wrong. Not only is it possible, it has been done.
- Jack Schofield, The Guardian
The Guardian, by Jack Schofield
Commentary: Smart Web pages
Gartner Viewpoint (Special to CNET News.com)
Flash MX - review
Macromedia Unveils New Flash, ColdFusion
Internet.com, by Amy Newman
Computer Arts Reviews
Traffic jam accompanies Flash arrival
Tech News - CNET.com, by David Becker
Flash MX: From fluff to serious application builder?
Builder.com, review by Lamont Adams
Saturday, March 30, 2002
Survey Shows Internet Sites Collect Less Personal Data From Consumers
by Ted Bridis, Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- Internet sites appear to be collecting less personal information from consumers and doing a slightly better job explaining how Web sites use such sensitive data, according to a survey by an opponent of new privacy laws.
by Peter Loftus, Dow Jones Newswire
Wednesday, March 27, 2002
"We shouldn't be talking about pay versus free anymore," Martin Nisenholtz, CEO of The New York Times Digital division said of the shift away from ad-supported content online. "It's the wrong debate. The right one is about focusing on profitable businesses that can actually scale in the marketplace as more consumers turn to digital in a variety of forms."
Online Publishers Debate Free vs. Paid Content
AtNewYork, by Erin Joyce
Paid online content revenues to reach E6.58bn by 2006
Europemedia, by Duncan Alexander Kerr
Revenues from paid online content will grow to $5.8bn (E6.58bn) by 2006 – up from $1.4bn (E1.6bn) in 2002 according to new research from Jupiter Media Metrix.
Pay for Content? Whaddya, Nuts?
AtNewYork, by Beth Cox
The growth of paid online content is going to be slower than media companies would like, according to a new study, which found that a full 70 percent of Internet-using adults polled this month can't understand why anyone would pay for content.
Yahoo tests paid-programming waters
CNET News.com, by Jim Hu
Borrowing a page from RealNetworks' book, Web portal Yahoo is trying to get a read on how willing the market is to support a subscription-based streaming-media service.
Net users less willing to pay for content
Tue Mar 19, 6:03 PM ET
Jim Hu, CNET News.com
Even though consumers are growing more comfortable with buying stuff on the Web, people are hesitant about paying for online content, according to a study released Tuesday.
Wednesday, March 20, 2002
John Hiler riffs on Malcolm Gladwell's "tipping point" concept.
The Tipping Blog : How Weblogs Can Turn an Idea into an Epidemic
Corante, By John Hiler
Reading, Writing, and Blogging
The weblog revolution just might change journalism for the better. TV talking-heads, beware.
Weekly Standard, by Jonathan V. Last
Monday, March 18, 2002
This is a fun read.
How much ass does Google kick? All of it.
Remember when searching the Internet was hard? The dark days when we relied on dumb-as-sand machine intelligences, like those on the back-ends of AltaVista and Lycos, to rank the documents that matched our keywords? The grim era before Google, when searching was a spew of boolean mumbo-jumbo, NEAR this, NOT that, AND the other?
God, that sucked.
Lucky for the Internet, Google figured out the One True Way to make sense of the Internet, to defeat gamers of the system and send info-free brochureware plummeting to number n - 1 out of n results.
They did it with our help. Google's near-magical ordering of the Internet is built around the notion that computers are good at doing repetitive, uncreative things -- fetishistically counting things, for example -- and rotten at understanding why they're being asked to do these boring tasks. By contrast, human beings are great at understanding why they're doing something, but they're woefully deficient in the do-the-same-thing-perfectly-and-forever department.
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Panopticon
O'Reilly Network, by Cory Doctorow
Thursday, March 14, 2002
Backers of a next-generation multimedia compression technology want to charge a controversial fee -- but instead their plan is fanning interest in free, open-source alternatives.
On Jan. 31, the agency charged with licensing MPEG-4, a standard for digital audio and video compression, announced a series of new fees. Manufacturers of software programs that incorporate MPEG-4 would be required to pay 25 cents for each copy they sell (up to a cap of $1 million per year). More controversially, the alliance of companies pushing the MPEG-4 standard also proposed a "use fee" -- a 2 cents an hour charge that either users or manufacturers of the software would have to come up with.
Stop. Pay Toll. Download
by Damien Cave
Monday, March 11, 2002
Fifteen Favorite Films
Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
2001: A Space Odyssey
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
It's a Wonderful Life
Lawrence of Arabia
Friday, March 08, 2002
Since the 11th, this has been my personal choice for a rememberance. To me, it would serve as both an indestructible memorial and a visual reminder of what once was. They're calling it the "Tribute of Light."
NEW YORK -- Ethereal towers of light, visible for miles around, will pierce the Lower Manhattan skyline starting Monday evening, six months after terrorism changed the world as we knew it. A companion memorial also will be unveiled that day: the 27-foot bronze sculpture by Fritz Koenig called "The Sphere." An abstract work that symbolized peaceful global commerce when it stood on a black granite base and graced the plaza of the World Trade Center, the sculpture emerged from the fiery destruction of Sept. 11 somewhat crushed, like us all.
Six Months After, A Memorial Built On Beams of Light
by Lynne Duke
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 5, 2002; Page C01
Wednesday, March 06, 2002
A special report on e-mail and spam
Business Week Online, Technology Special
E-Mail: Killer App -- or Just a Killer?
This indespensible tool for business has a huge dark side that can bring mail servers -- and workers' productivity -- to a halt
Growing Pains for E-Mail Marketers
Too many pitches and an association with spam are threatening to slow this nascent business' development
The High Price of SpamTrying to stem its flood already costs businesses and ISPs plenty. And the problem is only going to get worse
Inside the Spammers' Arsenal
Here's a look at the weapons junk e-mailers wield -- and a few tips on how you can avoid their attacks
Clash of the Free E-Mail Titans
When it comes to the sending end of the business, it comes down to a war between two giants: Microsoft's Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail
Monday, March 04, 2002