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The Internet is Messing with Everybody

For The Seattle Times, Jerry Large writes...

\"The Internet is messing with everybody: businesses trying to make money off of it, businesses trying to figure out how not to be killed by it, book publishers, record companies, newspapers, everybody. Rules that have held for decades, or in some instances centuries, don\'t cut it in cyberspace... Because libraries are deeply embedded with a First Amendment sensibility, they have, at their best, fought for the broadest inclusion. But as a practical matter, their job has always included selectivity. They make judgments about which books and other materials they will keep in their limited space. The Internet upset that role. The Internet, while not boundless, is too vast to be policed or cataloged...\" more...

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Indian Street Kids Crack the Internet

An initiative by the Indian government and the World Bank is giving illiterate, homeless kids in Delhi access to computers, with interesting results:

In the slums of Delhi, an experiment has shown how illiterate street children can quickly teach themselves the rudiments of computers and the internet.
The aim of the experiment . . . was to see what role computers might play in educating India\'s illiterate millions. . . [researchers] found that within days the children were able to browse the internet, cut and paste copy, drag and drop items and create folders. One of the things they particularly liked was drawing, discovering how to use the MSpaint programme to create paintings.

More from BBC News. Thanks to Robot Wisdom.

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Pirated books herald the new Napster

British Internet monitoring company Envisional have carried out research which shows that over 7,000 copyrighted books are now available free on the internet. These pirated works are being swapped \"on Napster-like file-sharing systems\". The most popular are apparently science fiction and fantasy. Read the full story from Excite News.
Internet monitoring - hmm, sounds like what I do all day!

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Internet Makes Research \'Too Easy\'

Yahoo News reports on the results of a new survey conducted for the Associated Press showing half of respondents rating Internet skills as very important for school. Most students were able to find the majority of the resources they need for writing assignments on the internet:
``Most students depend on the Internet to get their stuff,\'\' said 16-year-old Jeff Sands of Horsham, Pa. ``You can most find anything by going onto Yahoo,\'\' an Internet search engine.
``The Internet makes it too easy sometimes,\'\' said Campbell, a 17-year-old from New London, Pa. ``I still think you should go to the library.

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Come Browse the Weird Wide Web

For The Dallas Morning News, Tim Wyatt writes...

\"Truth is stranger than fiction because it would take way too much effort to conjure up half the stunts people pull off in the real world everyday. That\'s why we went out in search of connoisseurs of odd news – those who dedicate too much time to mining nuggets of strangeness buried in the daily news cycle. Wire services for the truly weird, if you will.\" For a list of links pertaining to the weird but true, Click Here.

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Nonprofit Firm Could Guide \'.us\'

For The Washington Post, Jonathan Krim writes...

\"Three companies bidding for the right to manage \".us\" Internet addresses have agreed to let a coalition of nonprofit and quasi-governmental groups help set policy for the little-used domain-name suffix. The .us domain is used primarily by state and local agencies and quasi-public organizations, including government departments, schools, libraries and museums. But with \".com\" and \".net\" addresses reaching saturation, and with domain-name registration becoming big business, the Commerce Department is seeking new management to make greater commercial use of the domain.\" more...

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Public access computer used to send nude photos to teen

This one isn\'t exactly the type of story I normally post, but it has some interesting details.

A 20-year-old man sat at a public access Internet computer above the West Side branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library and e-mailed nude photos of himself to a 14-year-old Cedar Springs girl.

On May 9, Mullin used a Media Center computer to create a \"Fans of John Mullin\" Yahoo Club site. The free home page contains an archive of photos and a profile of Mullin that lists his occupation as \"giving women foot massages for free.\"

Thanks to the great and powerful Bob Cox for this one.

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What\'s Doing With The Web

A gaggle of web related stories I\'ve collected and not used so far this week.

The digital divide: Ignore it at our own risk is a CNet story by who says the web is not a luxury item but is the key that opens the door to the knowledge economy, if we fail to provide access we essentially deny them an opportunity to participate in the new economy of the 21st century.

The NYTimes reports Government Sites for Children Aren\'t the Coolest, they basically stink.

Taming the Wild, Wild Web is a pathetic LA Times story that says corporations contend the Internet\'s freewheeling design kills moneymaking opportunities, so some idiots want more control so they can make more money, because they can\'t seem to figure out how to now.

Reps Warn Parents About Porn and Mom: ISP Should Pay for Kid Porn are two Wired stories on the web/porn thing.

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Attack of the Masked Cyberdudes

Melba Tomeo writes \"New York Times Magazine cover story \"Attack of the Masked Cyberdudes\" on 15-year old, who posed as a legal expert at Askme.com and gained a #3 rating. He gained his legal \"knowledge\" by watching Court TV and Judge Judy. A very provocative and well-written story, with some fascinating insight on the internet phenomenon. The NY Times requires registration but, this is the link I have
The story was in the July 15, 2001 NY Times Magazine. \"


There\'s also a Panel Discussion: \'Faking It\'

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Et Tu Yahoo?

I accidently turned off my pop-up killer this morning, and noticed that even Yahoo is running those stupid pop-up ads now.

If you surf the web as much as I do, you should be running something extra to help cut all the crap out of sites you don\'t want to deal with.

Below I have links to a bunch of handy dandy little programs that block ads and cookies, and kill those annoying pop-up ads that seem to be everywhere.
If you\'re not already running something, give one a try, they are all free, and really make things much nicer.If you know of others, feel free to tack them on to the list!

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