The geeks who saved Usenet

Bob Cox sent along This Story on Google\'s restoration of digital history and how some packrat mentality [you may think of that as librarianship] and a mountain of decaying mag tapes brought back some old messages.

Oreillynet has another story, as seen on slashdot.

There seems to be no shortage of Other USENT History info out there as well.


More On The Death Of Free

americanpressinstitute and CNET both have year-end collections of stories on the bust, and how it has changed what we read for free on the web.

CNET notes To keep their businesses afloat, a number of dot.coms turned on the charm by giving advertisers just about anything they wanted, not a good sign.


SearchDay 2001 Year in Review

Ryan passed along SearchDay 2001 Year in Review from
It\'s a personal and admittedly idiosyncratic look back at some of the most newsworthy or notable stories from SearchDay\'s first year of publication.

They also ran 2001\'s Most Wanted Search Terms, which covers all the major search sites, and more.

If you like the \"year in review\" kind of things, Year in Review 2001 from Yahoo is pretty spiffy.


Appeals court upholds anti-spam law

SFGate and CNET both have stories on the California appeals court thatupheld the state\'s anti-spam law, ruling that it does not violate a clause of the U.S. Constitution.

California\'s anti-spam law requires unsolicited messages to include a viable return address or a toll-free phone number that recipients can use to tell the sender to stop sending documents. The statute also requires unsolicited e-mail to include \"ADV:,\" for advertisement, in the subject line of the message--or in cases where the advertisements relate to adult material, \"ADV:ADLT.\" Violating the law is a misdemeanor.


It\'s a smaller World Wide Web after all

Bob Cox passed along A Story on The Web Server Survey from Netcraft that found that the number of Web sites dropped by 182,142 from November to December last year. That decline marks only the second time the company\'s survey, first released in 1995, has found fewer sites online in a monthly period.

The BBC has a story as well.


Commercialization May Limit Internet

Here\'s An AP Story that says big corporations have a significant and growing presence on the Internet. In March, just 14 companies controlled 60 percent of users\' online time, down from 110 companies two years earlier.

\"There is a role for commercialism The concern is how the commercial interests might want to change the features of the Internet to better protect themselves.\"


Good Googling To You

Google\'s Press Area has added a Nifty Timeline that shows how events in the real world influenced what people searched for on Google.

I love these year in review things, anyone know of any more good ones out there?


Expedition to the lost net

Bill passed along This BBC Story on a study that found up to 5% of the net - potentially 100 million hosts - is completely unreachable.

They found that the number of sites an individual surfer can see depends on their starting point. The researchers found that net sites are cut off because of wrongly configured routers or malicious hackers and computer vandals abusing loopholes in net software.


The seven wonders of the web

The Gaurdian has picked The seven wonders of the web.

#1 is google, 2 is Yahoo! and 3 is Project Gutenberg.
Strangely, LISNews is not on the list, maybe next year.


Court further strengthens the right to hyperlink

2600 has won a case that seems to be good news for the right to link.

\"The court further strengthens the right to hyperlink by stating that \"Trademark law does not permit Plaintiff to enjoin persons from linking to its homepage simply because it does not like the domain name or other content of the linking webpage.\" Finally the court held that given the lack of \"connection with goods or services,\" the standards for unfair competition are \"not satisfied simply because a prospective user of the Internet may face some difficulty in finding the home page he is seeking.\"

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