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FAST & Infospace Team Up For Mobile Search

In a statement released this morning, Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) and Infospace have announced a partnership aimed at delivering an ASP mobile search service, enable carriers to assert more control over their content business models while providing mobile search to customers.

Simplicity Marketing from Apple, Nintendo, & UPS

Like anyone else, I find Steve Job’s product launch presentations to be mesmerizing.

Is Google Losing Money Too Fast?

JP Morgan has published a report on how Google Checkout did in 2006, and their findings show that Checkout reached 6% of the 1,100 consumers they surveyed, compared to 42% for PayPal, what I call a good, but not massive, start.

Troubleshooting WordPress Errors

One of the great things about the WordPress community is the amazing number of people who develop plugins for the blog platform and make them freely available to anyone.

Playing w/ del.icio.us Web Badge JSON API
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Niall Kennedy wrote on his blog that The Yahoo Developer Network provided a short preview of the soon to be released del.icio.us webbadge.

Success of Fast Loading Websites

I covered Marissa Mayer’s talk at the Web 2.0 Summit that focused on how Google has really learned the value of speed in their web applications. It seems as if there was much more said about this topic years back when everyone was on dialup modems.

Things I Learned at the Web 2.0 Summit

After a weekend to reflect, I’ve come up with the Top 10 Things I Learned at the Web 2.0 Summit that was put on by O’Reilly and hosted by John Battelle.

ASP.NET 2.0: Submit Disabled Controls
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I recently built a JavaScript function in HeadLight that filled a textbox from JavaScript and then disabled the textbox to prevent the user to alter its contents.

Why AJAX Websites Taste Like Fast Food

If you have ever bought a hamburger and fries from an efficient fast-food outlet, you will easily understand the web development concept called ‘AJAX’ (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML)…

My Adventure at BlogHer

This past weekend was BlogHer. I only was able to make it down for the Saturday sessions, but overall, I think it was a great event. In a sentence, it was the most valuable blogging-related event I have attended in the past year.

Ted Stevens Tries To Pull a Fast One
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Senator Ted Stevens may not have a grasp on how, exactly, the Internet works, but the veteran politician could teach Congressional rookies a thing or too about getting your way in Washington. Net Neutrality supporters are hitting the phones trying to prevent Stevens from orchestrating a backdoor vote.

Soft Underbellies

Tim Manners writes about the “vulnerable soft underbellies” of Apple and NetFlix in a recent Fast Company article.

Burn Hot, Burn Fast – Skype’s PR Demise?

I like Skype. I like the woman that initially launched the service via PR, and she did an amazing job.

B-Ball Fans Fast Break To Madness Sites
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Thanks to CBS’ decision to broadcast games via the Web, nearly 10 million people flocked to sports-related websites on the first day of March Madness, the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. The largest increase was during working hours, where employees could watch at their desks.

Say Hello To The Google Chick

Let’s say I’m a Stanford Computer Science student with one class slot left to fill. Do I take Search Master Battelle’s class? Or Google VP and Larry Page ex-lady Marissa Mayer’s? Decisions, decisions. As Dad always said: when in doubt, choose the blonde.

Real Time News?

I’m in a press conference with about 15 journalists for the LIFT conference. It’s 2:30 a.m. my time, so hopefully I sound competent.

Blog Relations 101: Don’t Try to Pull a Fast One

Over at MobHappy comes word of some PR professionals who tried to pull the wool over these bloggers’ eyes and now are paying dearly for it.

Ask Jeeves What’s The Word

As IAC/InterActive’s search engine prepares to make debuts in Europe in 2006, the Ask team has implemented some new features for searchers.

Technorati Moves Into the Fast Lane

Like a hot car, speed and performance are a standard many businesses shoot for, especially when the business is competitive. Back in July, David Sifry, CEO at Technorati, had his folks start working under the hood. The results are becoming apparent as his crew begins to turn up the idle and rev the engine.

Japan Preps Fast, Cheap Mobile VoIP Network

The Japanese government will roll out mobile Voice over Internet Protocol and blazing 15Mbps connections by 2007.

Chirac Helps Fund New European Search Engine

Telegraph reported that French president Jacques Chirac has pledged to aid the funding of a new European Internet search engine to compete with Google and Yahoo.