February 15, 2009 |
Matthew Fisher, an assistant professor of English at UCLA, knew that libraries all over the world had been digitizing their holdings. But he was frustrated by the difficulty in finding what he was looking for -- in particular, medieval manuscripts. A Google search for "Edward the Confessor" might turn up 20 pages of results before the book, the oldest surviving Anglo-Norman history of the king, appears; it's at Cambridge University, and they've put it online. Rather than telling Cambridge it was time they hired an expert in search-engine optimization, Fisher decided to collect links to these works himself.
December 16, 2008 |
Yahoo Inc. is getting more open and more social. The Internet giant said Monday that it was rolling out features designed to make its e-mail service and other properties more like popular social networking sites Facebook and MySpace. The features, more than a year in the making, are the brainchild of Yahoo Chief Executive Jerry Yang, who previewed them in a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
December 11, 2008 |
Sony BMG Music Entertainment was sued by the U.S. on Wednesday for collecting and disclosing personal data about 30,000 children without informing their parents. The Federal Trade Commission filed the civil lawsuit in federal court. The suit, which alleges violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, seeks unspecified damages and an injunction.
September 29, 2008
Being sensitive to the environment is all well and good, but there can be another good reason to use green energy: cash in your pocket. Government agencies and utilities offer a variety of financial incentives to homeowners and businesses that incorporate renewable energy and energy-efficient features when building, remodeling or buying appliances. To see what's available, visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency, a website produced by the North Carolina Solar Center.
September 14, 2008 |
If you keep the details of your frequent-flier programs in an e-mail at the bottom of your inbox, don't feel bad. It's not as though those numbers roll off the tip of your brain. But if you can, dig them up, just this once, and put them in Placely.com for a consolidated home that's easy to access. What's hot: Placely is a travel social networking site first, but my favorite thing about the site is its ability to house all your frequent-flier log-ins and passwords in one place. It has 26 domestic and international programs available for tracking.
June 28, 2008 |
PBS.org, the Public Broadcasting Service website, attracted more U.S. visitors than any of the sites of the six commercial broadcast TV networks for four straight weeks, according to online monitor Hitwise. Among Web users visiting the broadcasters' sites, 24.2% chose PBS.org in the week ended June 21, followed by ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox, each with less than 20%, PBS said. CW and MyNetworkTV ranked sixth and seventh. For the 2007-08 television season, PBS.org ranked third behind ABC and NBC with 19% of U.S. viewers, up from 15% the previous year.