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Jimmy Wales wants YOU!

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday December 27, 2006 )

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, is looking for people to help continue the development of a user-driven wiki-type search engine to rival industry heavyweights such as Google and Yahoo. (more…)


All rights reserved?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday December 23, 2006 )

“All rights reserved” is a chunk of text you’ll see on many web pages as part of a copyright statement.

Perhaps you use the term yourself on your site. So where did the phrase originate; what does it mean and is it really necessary? (more…)


Want media with that?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday December 16, 2006 )

Adults and teens in the USA will spend over 3,000 hours in 2007 consuming media. That’s the equivalent of 5 months. Is it just me, or is this a rather scary comment on modern society? (more…)


163% increase in blog visits

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday December 15, 2006 )

In the fall of 2006, 6.7% of US adults had (knowingly) visited a blog sometime in the previous 30 days. This represents a 163% increase over fall of the previous year. (more…)


IRS phishing scam

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday December 4, 2006 )

It’s appeared again – I just received my first email notification for the season from the “IRS” stating I had a tax refund coming. I’m an Australian living in Australia and have never filed a tax return in the USA :).

Yes, it’s tax return phishing scam time again. (more…)


MySpace gone Google

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday December 3, 2006 )

In the last 24 hours or so, the search box on MySpace has begun displaying the Google logo and searches are returning Google results. (more…)


Spam increases 120%

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Wednesday November 29, 2006 )

How’s your inbox? It appears that spam volume continues to rapidly increase, with 91% of all emails now being classified as “unwanted”. (more…)


Patent obviousness to be tested

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Tuesday November 28, 2006 )

Read tech industry news on any day and you’re liable to run across a story about one company sueing another for patent infringement.

Often it’s a little guy or relatively unknown company taking on an industry giant and wanting a stack of cash, but it’s not unusual for the big boys of the online world to take cracks at each other over what seems to be silly patents for obvious things. (more…)


Anti-OCR filtering spam

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Monday November 20, 2006 )

Ah, the ingenuity of spammers never ceases to simultaneously amaze and frustrate me. As more companies begin to offer anti-spam software and services with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) features, spammers are now employing anti-OCR filtering tactics. (more…)


Phishing emails double

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Friday November 10, 2006 )

Approximately 109 million U.S. adults have received phishing e-mails, up from 57 million U.S. adults in 2004 according to a Gartner survey. (more…)