Catching The Surfer in a Blink

Interesting news for web site designers, bloggers and PR types: Web users judge sites in the blink of an eye.  An article in Nature (thanks, BBC) quotes a study by Gitte Lindgaard of Carleton University in Ottawa in the journal Behaviour and Information Technology, that “the brain can make flash judgements almost as fast as …

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Skype, PayPal and eBay

There’s quite a bit that’s interesting in all this Skype/eBay business. I know others have raked over all this before, but now it’s official I’ll weigh in too. The release is quite informative. It says “Skype, eBay and PayPal will create an unparalleled ecommerce and communications engine for buyers and sellers around the world.” How, …

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Ebay to buy Skype: It’s Official

eBay Inc. has agreed to acquire Luxembourg-based Skype Technologies SA, the global Internet communications company, for approximately $2.6 billion in up-front cash and eBay stock, plus potential performance-based consideration. Here’s the rest of the release: The acquisition will strengthen eBay’s global marketplace and payments platform, while opening several new lines of business and creating significant …

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The Tag Report I: A Chat With Gen Kanai

In today’s column (subscription required) for WSJ.com and The Asian Wall Street Journal‘s Personal Journal section I write about tags — the kind found on del.icio.us and Flickr. I spoke — or at least IMed — with some interesting people to research the story, and thought I’d post excerpts from some of the chats, with …

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Even Mayors Get Dialer Scammed

It’s not just small fry getting hooked in the great modem hijacking/dialer scam. The Derrick, a publication from Pennsylvania’s Oil City, reports the town’s former mayor has become embroiled, demanding Verizon forgive $1,200 in charges. Verizon has so far refused to forgive Malachy McMahon’s debt. McMahon is going after Verizon, who he sees as complicit …

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News: An End To Non-Sleazy Spam?

 While we talk about spam a lot, we don’t always acknowledge there are different kinds of spam: the incredibly sleazy stuff, and the less sleazy stuff. This second type is called opt-in, meaning that the spammers reckon they’ve asked your permission before sending you stuff. Sadly this is rarely the case: they just lie, by …

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Q&A: X1 and The Future of Finding Stuff

  Full text of email interview with Mark Goodstein of X1 (see my column in WSJE and FEER this week)   — Who are you aiming at with this product?   Not to be too simplistic, we’re aiming at two groups: consumers and professionals, specifically those who have a lot of email and files and …

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