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Source/Author: Lizzie Buchen (Wired) You are how you e-mail: A new technique can tell people apart using only the timestamps in their Sent folders. In the interactive, real-time world of Twitter, blogs and World of Warcraft, timing is one of the most salient aspects of social behavior. Now, researchers at Northwestern University and Yahoo Research in New York show that they can distinguish and categorize people based solely on the timestamps of their e-mails, paving the way for smarter advertisements, spam filters and social networking sites. “You can’t track everything an individual is doing at every hour of the day,”…

The world of free hosting, data backups and storage has taken yet another blow as it shows more signs of a dying trend. Companies such as AOL (Xdrive & AOL Pictures), Hewlett-Packard (Upline), Yahoo (Briefcase), & Sony (Image Station)..have recently closed their doors to these services as the costs were not justifiable. Experts say that it costs these online companies about $100 a month per 1TB (Terabyte) of data managed, and due to growing competition from online services such as Flikr & Photobucket, they can no longer achieve the balance they need to keep up. Today’s current economy shows too…

Author: James Hrenak (Poc Network) The new Dev build of Google Chrome finally brings extension support to the browser. Although it isn’t available in the public version just yet (dev edition is pre-beta), this allows Dev users and application developers to start working on extensions to increase the capabilities of this great browser of hope. Recently we had posted a review on our thoughts regarding Chrome, and had mentioned the browser had a lot of hope…but one thing it lacked was the support for extensions. This little enhancement by Google takes this browser to a whole new level. Currently it…

Source/Author: Sean Michael Kerner (Internet News) Microsoft has been getting cozy with PHP for the last few years and is now getting expanding the relationship. Today Microsoft announced a new open source Software Developer Kit (SDK) for PHP on Microsoft’s  cloud services platform Windows Azure. The idea is to make it easier for PHP developer to hook into Azure. Microsoft is also aiming to make it easier for PHP developers to work with Silverlight and IE 8 with code samples and tools. PHP for Silverlight is a code sample and tutorial on Microsoft’ codeplex site which explains and gives examples…

Source/Author:  Alex Goldman (Internet News) NEW YORK — Google might be the undisputed leader in Web search, but its role in enterprise search is far less certain. But that’s not stopping the company from developing a vision for search in the enterprise that’s just as far-reaching as its role in the consumer market. Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) sees it ultimately touching business customers of all sizes through multiple product lines, from appliances to cloud-based applications. That’s according to Nitin Mangtani, lead product manager for Google enterprise search, who spoke here today at the Enterprise Search Summit in New York. Mangtani said…

Source/Author: Michelle Megna (Internet News) New guideline issued today by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) are aimed at reconciling what constitutes a legitimate click in terms of online pay-per-click campaigns, in which advertisers pay publishers for each time a user clicks on an ad. To an Internet user, a click is a simple action, but for online advertisers who pay for them, accurately counting those clicks is a complex task. In the past, advertisers have argued that often they pay for fraudulent clicks, usually conducted by malware programs, though publisher sites counter that they have steps in place to prevent…

Source: Alexei Oreskovic/Gary Hill (Yahoo) SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc unveiled a slew of new and future features on Tuesday, including one that will allow people to better coordinate Internet searches on their cell phones and computers and another that will produce sophisticated automated research reports. At a briefing at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, executives demonstrated tools to knit its search product on personal computers more closely with cell phones, as well as products to automatically troll the Internet for research topics and generate detailed spreadsheets. Google also showed off a new feature, available immediately, that lets…

Source: Yahoo Google Inc. is about to offer new ways to narrow its search results and dig deeper into the information stored in its index. The changes previewed Tuesday include options that will confine Google’s search results to a specific time period or category, such as product reviews. The Internet search leader also plans to roll out “Google Squared,” a tool that will present results in a format similar to a spreadsheet. The approach pulls data from other Web sites and assembles them into packages that could give people less reason to click away from Google. If that happens, Google…

Source/Author: Stuart J. Johnston @ Internet News Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) just shipped in late March, but Microsoft is already asking users for input on its replacement. The company has said it is trying to release updates to its venerable browser much more quickly than in the past. Meanwhile, some long-time Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) watchers contributed their own feedback as to what users should ask for in IE9. Microsoft has not referred to this “next” version as IE9, at least not yet, but it’s the designation that Web denizens immediately slapped on the future release. Microsoft earlier this week began…

The Ruby on Rails open source framework gets a boost from former rival. Source: Sean Michael Kerner (Internet News) The Ruby on Rails (RoR) open source framework is about to get more modular and faster — thanks to some benefits of its recent merger with Ruby rival Merb. With the upcoming RoR 3 release, Rails will be poised to deliver new features and functionality to the popular framework’s users, which has won converts among developers at high-profile sites like Twitter. For one thing, Rails 3 will bring in customization features from Merb, which had been a key area where Merb…

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