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Study: Fear of Losing Drives Auction Prices
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Psychology researchers have suggested fear of losing drives up auction prices, not more “rational” economic principles. So the next time you sense you’re overbidding on eBay, you probably are, not due to any theoretical “price the market will bear,” but instead due to some competitive wiring in your brain that says win at all costs.
Fear of Losing Drives Auction Prices

Father of the Internet Talks About His Child’s Future
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Vint CerfVint Cerf, who is commonly known as the "father of the Internet", has posted an article on the Official Google Blog, as part of their series of experts predicting the future, such as Marissa Mayer did for search and

Ballmer Calls Search A Five-Year Task
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The latest Microsoft-related news has been more about Seinfeld, Vista, and Windows 7 than anything else.  Steve Ballmer recently made some public comments on another subject, though, and it turns out that the CEO remains as committed as ever to competing with Google in search.

Lee Newspapers Sees Jump In Readership And Online Use

Lee Enterprises, newspaper publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a number of smaller papers across the United States says the reach of its papers and online sites among young adults has grown from 54 to 64 percent over the last year.

The findings are from a comprehensive audience study by Wilkerson & Associates in Lee’s 10 largest markets. It measured the seven-day reach of newspapers and their online sites from January to June in 2007 and 2008.

Google Wants to Clarify This Deal With Yahoo!
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Do you have questions about the proposed search advertising deal between Google and Yahoo!? If so, you might find some answers at YahooGoogleFacts.com, a site Google has launched to clarify just what is going on, and probably to help clear the air of controversy, which has surrounded the deal since it was first brought into the public eye.

Eric Schmidt

AT&T Pledges To Protect Internet Users Privacy
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AT&T is calling on all companies that track and collect data on Internet users search and browsing activity to give consumers more control over how their online habits are collected and used.

Governator Terminates Texting While Driving
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Ten bucks says in a hundred years this law is going to make as much sense as Kentucky’s anti-carrying-an-ice-cream-cone-in-your-back-pocket law.* California governor Arnold Swartzenegger signed legislation outlawing texting while driving, at least until cars drive themselves.

Yahoo Pays $15M For Nebraska Building

Suppose you’re going to start a diet on Sunday.  That means a fill-the-trunk trip to the bakery is in order on Saturday, right?  So Yahoo seems to think, as word has come that it paid about $15 million for a space in La Vista, Nebraska.

EU Aims For Broadband Access For All Europeans
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The European Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding said today that all people in the European Union should have broadband access.

"High-speed Internet is the passport to the Information Society and an essential condition for economic growth. This is why it is this Commission’s policy to make broadband Internet for all Europeans happen by 2010", said EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding.

Americans Anxious Over Online Privacy
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The majority of Americans are concerned about what is being done with their personal information online according to a new poll from Consumer Reports.

The poll found that 82 percent of people are concerned about their credit card numbers being stolen online, while 72 percent are concerned that their online activity is being tracked and profiled by companies.

Yahoo Establishes Research Center In Grenoble

Talk about adding insult to injury.  Even as rumors spread about another round of layoffs at Yahoo, the company has created a batch of ultra-enviable positions by opening a research center in Grenoble, France.

Microsoft Adds Features to Live Search Maps
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We often get so caught up in what Google is doing with Google Maps that we sometimes forget there are other map services out there like Microsoft’s Live Search Maps. Well, they have reminded us today with the release of a bunch of new features.

Google Helps Presenters Prioritize Questions

Google has released a tool (in beta of course) called Google Moderator to help you prioritize questions for Q&A sessions. It’s hosted by the Google App Engine and lets users submit questions directed toward certain people. Then others can vote on the question’s worth.

Google Platform Engineer Taliver Heath talks a little bit about how the tool came to fruition:

Aerosmith Lead Singer Sues Blogging Imposters
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Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is suing a pair of bloggers who impersonated him online and wrote about "intimate details" of his life including his mother’s death.

Microsoft Introduces adCenter Learning Center
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Instructions can sometimes be a little overwhelming; what comes with a new cell phone will keep you occupied for about as long as Stephen King’s "The Stand."  It never hurts to have some help available, though, and so Microsoft has introduced the adCenter Learning Center.

MySpace Music Finally Shows Up!
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After much anticipation and hype (a good deal coming from myself), MySpace Music has finally launched. They’ve got a few more friends on board as well. Besides the aforementioned Sony BMG, Universal, and Warner Bros, EMI and Sony ATV have joined the site now too.

Google Wants to Protect Old People
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Google has made an effort to help educate senior citizens about online safety and privacy issues. The company has teamed up with AARP, for an online safety video series on display on the Google Privacy YouTube channel.

Online Video Goes Back to the TV
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Jason Miller and I were having a conversation a week or two ago about how set-top boxes might become the norm in the future, with online video becoming so popular. Because of that popularity, it only makes sense that people would like to transfer their online video viewing experience to their living rooms.

eBay Terminates Checks and Money Orders
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Today eBay announced via FAQ that starting in late October, the only acceptable payment methods to use when purchasing items on the auction site will be:

A Closer Look At Kentucky

In a follow up to an earlier story, "Kentucky Governor Cracks Down On Online Gambling," WebProNews spoke to Governor Steve Beshear’s deputy communications director Jill Midkiff.

A Closer Look At Kentucky

In a follow up to an earlier story, "Kentucky Governor Cracks Down On Online Gambling," WebProNews spoke to Governor Steve Beshear’s deputy communications director Jill Midkiff.

A Closer Look At Kentucky

In a follow up to an earlier story, "Kentucky Governor Cracks Down On Online Gambling," WebProNews spoke to Governor Steve Beshear’s deputy communications director Jill Midkiff.

A Closer Look At Kentucky
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In a follow up to an earlier story, "Kentucky Governor Cracks Down On Online Gambling," WebProNews spoke to Governor Steve Beshear’s deputy communications director Jill Midkiff.

Canadians Spending More Time Online
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Canadian Internet users are spending more time online but it is not significantly changing other media habits.

According to a new report by The Canadian Internet Project, Canadians find the time to be heavy Internet users while maintaining their level of use of other media forms.