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New York Times: Technology, 12:17:17 AM.

Swiss Court Rebuffs a Motorola Request. Motorola's wide-ranging battle to recover about $2 billion from the wealthy family that controls Turkey's second-largest cellphone company hit a snag last week. By The New York Times.

Internet Challenges Newsroom Taboo on Naming Rape Victims. News stories on sexual assaults are establishing a divide between Internet news sources, which often name the victims, and offline ones, which do not. By Kate Zernike.

Scripting News, 8:17:13 PM.

Jake: "We haven't been able to get Radio to register incoming TrackBack pings from a Movable Type site."

Crimson: Harvard to House Blog Standards.

Charles Cooper: "Instead of opting for a proprietary land grab, a company that was an RSS tools builder freely gave up its guardianship to a nonprofit trust." Thanks!

Amazon is offering an RSS interface. Not sure how to find all the feeds. They have an example feed for top-selling DVDs.

The first confirmed presenter for the technology panel at BloggerCon is Susan Mernit.

Scott Rosenberg: "The only thing I could reasonably predict, going into this project, was how thoroughly unpredictable the range of bloggers and blogging would be."

Roger Benningfield: XML-RPC for Cold Fusion.

Deane asks if readers should strip styling from RSS items.

RFC: "Shall we run an experiment is to see if aggregators can work with RSS feeds that have a xmlns attribute at the top level, on the rss element?"

Frank Paynter interviews the avuncular Uncle Rageboy.

BBC: "A US music industry crackdown on internet music 'pirates' has sent subpoenas to allegedly unwitting parents and grandparents, court documents have shown."

A possible performance boost for Manila servers. Not for the faint of heart.

We had one of the best Thursday meetings ever. Quite a few newbies, so we spent much of the time with demos and Q&A, including text wrapping around pictures, permalinks, the difference between stories and newsitems. Chris Lydon and Bob Doyle explained how Blogradio works; Biz Stone was there from Wellesley, Wendy and I talked about BloggerCon. We talked about a cooperative cross-university site with case studies promoting weblog use in education. Lots of other good stuff. If you're in the Boston area, please come some Thursday. If you're an experienced geek or a total newbie, ages 9 to 90, it's fun for the whole family!

New York Times: Technology, 6:18:27 PM.

Techies by Necessity, Not by Choice. Faced with too many gadgets and too little help, some consumers are taking matters into their own hands. By Katie Hafner.

Amazon Plan Would Allow Searching Texts of Many Books. is negotiating with book publishers to assemble a searchable online archive with the texts of thousands of nonfiction books. By David D. Kirkpatrick.

A Fish Caught With Hook, Line and Sonar. Consumer electronics has discovered the fish finder. By James Gorman.

Alerts Were Lacking, NASA Shuttle Manager Says. In her first public statement, the official who ran shuttle management meetings during the fatal Columbia mission depicted an agency in which internal communications broke down. By Matthew L. Wald with John Schwartz.

Sun Posts a Small Profit but Misses Forecasts. Sun Microsystems disappointed investors when it posted a profit of only $12 million for the fourth quarter. By Laurie J. Flynn.

Amazon Reduces Its Quarterly Loss. Citing a 37 percent jump in sales,, led by Jeff Bezos, said that it cut its loss in half for the second quarter. By Saul Hansell.

Is It About to Rain? Check the Typeface. UNTIL fire destroyed the Northwestern National Bank building in 1982, Minneapolis citizens could receive an instant weather forecast by glancing at an illuminated sphere on its rooftop. When the By Matthew Mirapaul.

Georgia Plans an Utterly Virtual Encyclopedia. Encyclopedias published online or on CD-ROM are busting out all over, and the New Georgia Encyclopedia is a case in point. By Bonnie Rothman Morris.

Marking Your Place in a Book on Your IPod. Does the iPod offer a bookmark function? By J.d. Biersdorfer.

Forsaking Pixel Power for Shutter Speed. Nikon's latest professional digital camera, the D2H, promises a sharp reduction in the shutter lag that frustrates many consumers. By Ian Austen.

Find Brass Frames Too Boring? Try a Razzle-Dazzle Exhibition. If you think your digital photos are museum-quality, you now have the chance to prove it - in a three-dimensional virtual gallery right on your own computer screen. The 3D-Album program from Micro Research Institute lets you insert your own digital photographs into a variety of animated slide-show settings, including the surface of a rotating cube, the side of a hot-air balloon as it floats over the mountains or stylish frames in an interactive museum gallery. By J.d. Biersdorfer.

For Spiriting Away Spy Files, a Watch With Hidden Depths. The Laks memory watch is more than just a pretty face: it incorporates a flash memory chip of up to 256 megabytes in a slim quartz timepiece with a U.S.B. connector cord nestled in the watchband. By Roy Furchgott.

Net Tumbles at Electronic Data. Electronic Data Systems said that its second-quarter profit dropped 56 percent. By Bloomberg News.


Computer Voting Is Open to Easy Fraud, Experts Say. The software that runs many high-tech voting machines contains serious flaws that would allow voters to cast extra votes and permit poll workers to alter ballots undetected. By John Schwartz.

AOL Results Do Not Shake Investor Worry. Continuing troubles at America Online overshadowed an otherwise rosy report of second-quarter results at AOL Time Warner. By David D. Kirkpatrick.

Wrestle a Rapper to the Ground, Then Remix. Several hip-hop luminaries are re-establishing their masculinity by letting video-game geeks pound them into the mat. By Charles Herold.

A Budding Tumor Unmasked by the Vessels That Feed It. A computer imaging technique holds promise in the battle against tumors. By Anne Eisenberg.

Croquet, Anyone? (Civility Optional). Finding what you need when summertime thoughts turn toward lawn games. By Michelle Slatalla.

Software Rivals Vie for Pain-Free Burning. PC makers offer a variety of burning programs with their computers, but two popular software packages really raise the stakes. By Wilson Rothman.

Lucent's Chief Offers Bad News, and Optimism. Patricia F. Russo said the grim third-quarter earnings report was merely a "speed bump" for a company moving forward. By Matt Richtel.

In the Lecture Hall, a Geek Chorus. Enabling wireless technology in university auditoriums has led to a back channel of communication for students to reveal their thoughts. By Lisa Guernsey.

Judge Orders UBS to Pay to Retrieve E-Mail. A federal judge ordered UBS to pay the majority of the costs involved in restoring e-mail evidence sought by a former employee who is accusing the bank of sex discrimination.

SBC Sued by Web Service Providers. Four California companies that sell broadband Internet service over phone lines leased from SBC Communications filed an antitrust complaint against SBC. By Barnaby J. Feder.

Intel and Alzheimer's Group Join Forces. The Alzheimer's Association and Intel are forming a research consortium to explore the application of computing technologies and sensor networks to the care of patients with Alzheimer's disease. By John Markoff.

NEC Spinoff Starts Well as Its Stock Increases 29%. NEC Electronics, one of the world's largest chipmakers, rose 29 percent on its first day as a publicly traded company. By Bloomberg News.

Sony's Profit Falls 98% on Weak Demand. Sony reported quarterly profits plunged 98 percent. Nobuyuki Idei, the chairman, said the company has pledged to generate stronger profit margins by 2006. By Ken Belson.

Microsoft Moves to Weather Time of Slow Growth. Microsoft outlined a new corporate approach designed to allow the company to weather a period of slow growth in the computer industry. By John Markoff.

Tomalak's Realm, 6:18:14 PM.

Wired News: RIAA, Colleges Seek Piracy Fix. The universities are exploring technologies that would control illegal peer-to-peer file sharing. In addition, they are working with digital music and movie companies to offer downloading services tailored to universities.

InfoWorld: Gates: Longhorn is 'a bit scary'. Longhorn, the next version of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows desktop operating system, will be so different from its predecessors that users may not like it right away, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates said Thursday.

Apache Week 331, 6:18:14 PM.

Security Reports. New security issues affect Apache By (Cox, Mark J).

Apache 2.0.47 Released. Apache 2.0.47 was released on 10th July 2003. This release addresses recent security issues in Apache 2.0.46 By (Orton, Joe).

In the news. Reasoning with Apache 2.1-dev By (Tsan, Min Min).

Under development. Review of Code Inspection report By (Orton, Joe).

WebWord, 6:17:52 PM.

A Conversation with Jef Raskin -- (Ubiquity) "Using their and my methods, you can predict a lot about the performance...

Observing documentary reading by verbal protocol -- (Information Research) "Presents a theoretical investigation into "reading" and into formal methodological procedures...

Wheelchair moves at the speed of thought. Wheelchair moves at the speed of thought (via -- "Severely disabled people who cannot operate a motorised wheelchair may...

24-July-2003 -- July Bandwidth Report. July Bandwidth Report -- "As of June 2003, most users in the US connect to the Internet using dial-up modems...

24-July-2003 -- Advertising: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Advertising: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow -- "Advertising methods have remained the same for the last 50 years. However, customer-driven (as...

24-July-2003 -- Mailinator. Mailinator -- "No Signup. No waiting. No SPAM. Just email - your email - anytime you want it. No time...

22-July-2003 -- Make Corporate America Work for You. Make Corporate America Work for You ( -- "A good vendor can be a true partner and enhance your business...

22-July-2003 -- Adobe's Robert McDaniels responds (again) to Nielsen criticisms of PDF. Adobe's Robert McDaniels responds (again) to Nielsen criticisms of PDF -- "Many of the "PDF Usability Crimes" you cite have...

22-July-2003 -- WebWord Comment. WebWord Comment -- Why do so many people think that Dell's core business strength is selling cheap computers? That isn't...

Analysts To Cell Phone Makers: Keep It Simple. Analysts To Cell Phone Makers: Keep It Simple -- ( "Forget the digital bells and whistles. U.S. consumers want phones...

20-July-2003 -- Bluffers‚ Guide to ISO 9241. Bluffers‚ Guide to ISO 9241 -- "In the dusty institutions where usability standards gather to party with each other, ISO...

20-uly-2003 -- Why No One Lives Forever. Why No One Lives Forever -- "We should not pursue life extension in and of itself. That, in my opinion,...

This goes with that. This goes with that -- (The Age) "The upcoming service lets customers turn their lounge room, kitchen or bedroom into...

Fossil Watch Has Awkward PDA, But Comes With Cool Style Feature. Fossil Watch Has Awkward PDA, But Comes With Cool Style Feature -- (Mossberg) "The Wrist PDA is much harder to...

Internet Health Resources -- (PEW) "While many cited the maxim 'knowledge is power,' many more filled in a picture of...

Scripting News, 6:17:36 PM.

Dan Gillmor: Voting machines need paper trails.

NY Times: "The service seeks to capitalize on the popularity of iTunes, the music service that Apple Computer introduced in April."

Greetings from Boston, where there's a summer thunderstorm going on as I write this.

Writing without editors.

Excellent Jeff Jarvis piece about editors. I got the pointer from Scoble, who astutely points out that even in the weblog world we have editors, they just don't pay us as well as the ones in the print world.

At the end of the Jarvis piece he says: "And if I'm wrong, you'll tell me. For you are my editor." I used to say things like that, but it's naive, don't give up your power Jeff, they'll grind you to a pulp and leave you for dead. No editors, and that's an absolute, as far as I'm concerned.

Look at the comments on the Andrew Grumet post I pointed to last night, if Jarvis is right these are Andrew's editors. One says UserLand was a BigCo, the only one in RSS space. Another poster says that the world is more complicated than Dave says it is, but doesn't explain how.

We often wax poetic about how much better it will be when we wrest control from the ink-stained dinosaurs, but when we replace them with people whose main qualification is that they have a laptop and net connection, have we actually accomplished anything?

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