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This Story from Digital Mass puts an interesting spin on a new web site that offers to respond to a typed-in question with an answer and an attributed source, usually in as little as a tenth of a second. The Web site is Factcity.com and if they do indeed pull this off, could put a few Reference Librarians out of work. Check it out and let us know what you think. -- Read More
\"The Chicago-based group, a consortium of 3,000 university professors who consult on high-tech startups, found in a nationwide phone survey that the Net has replaced television and newspapers as the top source of key information for young adults, 67% of whom are already online.
In the survey of 1,014 households, nearly 70% of Americans aged 14 to 24 live in households that use the Net to gather important information, compared to a nationwide average of just 46%.\" -- Read More
The Standard has a rather interesting Article on what the future holds for the web. The author presents several reasons why in the future we may move away from web pages. Technologies like wireless access, napster, and zaplets could change the way we interact with one another -- Read More
The Project for Excellence in Journalism notes that political news is still produced mainly by \"old media.\" Personalized home pages such as My Yahoo tend to shunt important materials off in favor of newer items. Some web-based media, such as Salon.com and MSN, are given higher marks for their efforts to combine shallow linking with original reporting. See Currents for the full story. -- Read More
Chicage Tribune columnist James Coates gets all hot and heavy describing his recent experience personalizing the Excite portal. He\'s so excited, he throws out his style guide, tacking a .com on the end of every second word. -- Read More
Biz-Tech has an interesting Story on a verdict
handed down by the Osaka District Court states that,
under certain sets of conditions, links used to connect
one Web page to another could be considered an
infringement of the law.
The court\'s ruling means that if somebody creates a
Web page that includes a link to another page, and if
that other page is in violation of the law, then the person
who creates the link can be charged with aiding and
abetting the crime. This is regardless of whether or not
they are aware of the illegality of the page they linked
to.\" -- Read More
\"When a federal judge
issued a decision last week in a case involving \"deep
linking,\" many reports suggested that the controversial
Internet practice was now unambiguously legal. But the
story is more complex than that. In fact, deep linking --
the practice of linking to a page deep inside another
Website, bypassing its home page -- still appears to be
in legal limbo.\" -- Read More
ZDNet has a rather interesting story on a cool new email trick.
\"FireDrop is unveiling a new e-mail service that will let you update your message -- even after it was sent.\"Today\'s e-mail is dead on arrival,\" said FireDrop co-founder Brian Axe. \"It\'s current when it\'s sent, but not when it\'s read. We want to change that.\"
The system, called Zaplets, incorporates programming hooks that request updated information from FireDrop\'s central server once a user opens his or her e-mail. The information requests make it possible for the reader to see the original message, along with all the replies to that message, in a single screen. \" -- Read More