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Studies On The Web

A couple of interesting studies have been making the rounds that ya\'ll might be interested in.

Nature.com has Prosperity through punishment, where they learned Cooperation can flourish if the public-spirited majority can punish freeloaders.

The Small World Research Project seeks to answer the question, Can anyone in the world reach anyone else through a chain of only 6 friends?

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Are pop-up ads allowed on Google?

I was just greeted by This Page at google.

They say \"Google does not allow pop-up ads of any kind on our site. We find them annoying\"

So many reasons to love them....

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Googlewhacking: The Search for \'The One\'

Mefi pointed me to Googlewhacking: The Search for \'The One\'.

Your goal is to find that elusive query (ideally two words) with a single, solitary result.

eg. \"hellkite flamingo\", \"cuneiform meatspace\", and one I just found, \"cohen stinks\", in honor of Steven.

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How the Wayback Machine Works

oreillynet.com tells us how How the Wayback Machine Works.

There are 10 billion Web pages, collected over five years, they say a book is a megabyte, and the Library of Congress has 20 million books, that\'s 20 terabytes. The total gathering speed when everything is moving is about 10 terabytes a month, or half a Library of Congress a month.


\"How big is 100 terabytes? Kahle, who serves as archive director and president of Alexa Internet, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon.com, says it\'s about five times as large as the Library of Congress, with its 20 million books.\"

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Yahoo to put price on searches

CNET Says Yahoo! plans to unveil a pay-per-view search product tomorrow.

Dubbed \"Yahoo Premium Document Search,\" the service is designed to expand on an existing agreement with search technology provider Northern Light, which last year created a premium search engine for Yahoo\'s corporate clients.

I\'m not sure if they knew Northern Light Was Bought or not when they annouced this.

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60 Sites in 60 Minutes

LLRX writes \"Leanne Battle\'s list of useful sites for researchers covers topics including: books and articles online, genealogy, personal/personnel development, and reference.
Published in the January 15, 2002 issue of LLRX.com.\"

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The Internet Under Siege

The Internet Under Siege, an article at foreignpolicy.com

\"Who owns the Internet? Until recently, nobody. That\'s because, although the Internet was \"Made in the U.S.A.,\" its unique design transformed it into a resource for innovation that anyone in the world could use. Today, however, courts and corporations are attempting to wall off portions of cyberspace. In so doing, they are destroying the Internet\'s potential to foster democracy and economic growth worldwide.\"

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`Google Effect\' reduces need for many domains

siliconvalley.com has an Interesting Story on what the author calls the \'Google Effect\'.

He says search tools are so good now the need for a highly specific domain names has practically disappeared. Google is so good at finding stuff, a good domain name, or site, is no longer needed.

Any implications here for libraries and librarians?

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Updates on Blogs, Training and Legal Portals

LLRX writes \"Cindy Curling suggests some additional Weblogs for your consideration; shares written feedback from Web trainers about how research should not be conducted; and details additional legal portals that are well worth a look. Published in the January 15, 2002 issue of LLRX.com\"

She missed LISNews again, but it\'s still a good read.

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Bon Voyage, Northern Light

Anne writes \"There is An Articlein Searchday on the end of the public Northern Light general search engine.
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They say news search and search alerts, as well as access to Northern Light\'s Special Collection will remain available to all users, but The company is eliminating its free search engine as part of an effort to concentrate its focus on enterprise customers.

There\'s also some related Words from Ask.com, where they say they\'ve successfully completed the integration of Teoma search technology into Ask Jeeves.

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