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Archive: June 2007

iPhone Fever Lights Up Blogs

The iPhone is here! The iPhone is here! In case you missed it, today is the day that Apple's iPhone arrives. If you're like me -- a daily reader of way too many blogs -- you know there was no way you could miss this news. Over at Valleywag, a...

By Sam Diaz | June 29, 2007; 3:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

How Do You Use Your Phone?

The way you use your cellphone is changing rapidly. Now, Nielsen, the company that analyzes how we watch television, is getting into the business of tracking how we use our mobile phones. Yesterday, the company announced plans to acquire Telephia, a private San Francisco company that tracks just about everything...

By Sam Diaz | June 28, 2007; 9:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bye-Bye, Landlines

Mobile phones are replacing landlines faster than ever these days, and T-Mobile is tapping into the trend. Today, the company launched its HotSpot@Home service, which lets people use their mobile phones over a wireless Internet connection at home without using any of their minutes. T-Mobile developed a technology that hands...

By Kim Hart | June 27, 2007; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sports Leagues Lobby on the Hill

Representatives from just about every major sports league are descending on Capitol Hill today for a series of meetings with Federal Communications Commission officials. The issue at hand: white spaces. As television broadcasters move from analog signals to digital, the FCC is planning to open up white spaces, or unused...

By Kim Hart | June 26, 2007; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

YouTube Goes International

Video sharing Web site YouTube announced today it will launch local versions of its popular Web site in nine new countries. Users will be able to access the Web sites and search for videos in the natives languages of Brazil, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United...

By | June 19, 2007; 5:01 PM ET | Comments (6)

Web Royalty Battle Continues on the Hill

Nate Query, the bass player for the Decemberists, is in town this week because he's worried about the future of Web radio. The Decemberists are a popular band these days -- and they got that way partly with support from Internet radio stations and online music review sites like Pitchfork...

By Mike Musgrove | June 19, 2007; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

E-commerce Government Sites Show Customer Satisfaction Gains

Federal Web sites have long trailed private sites in customer satisfaction. But a new study released today shows that government Web sites that allow people to make payments or complete other transactions online have a leg-up when it comes to customer service. The report by the American Customer Satisfaction Index...

By Kim Hart | June 19, 2007; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Internet Review for Patents Goes Live

After months of anticipation, the agency responsible for issuing patents has started opening its doors to the Internet, launching a wiki-like review process for patent applications. As of last Friday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office began allowing applicants for patents -- specifically in computer technology -- to post their...

By Alan Sipress | June 18, 2007; 2:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

More Ways to Mingle

Connections are key in a town like Washington. In any tech community, networking is an essential way to meet investors, fellow techies, entrepreneurs, bloggers and other movers and shakers about town. I caught up with Ross Karchner, a local blogger who writes about technology in and around the Washington area...

By Kim Hart | June 18, 2007; 6:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Judge Dissents on Patent Reform

As Congress wrestles with legislation aimed at overhauling the U.S. patent system for the first time in half a century, the chief federal judge assigned to patent cases has weighed in. And he's raised serious concerns about one of the most far-reaching proposals. The patent reform bill now being considered...

By Alan Sipress | June 14, 2007; 3:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

And They Say We Newsies Don't Have Fun

Since they're too shy to point this out themselves, I feel obligated to brag about two of our Post I.T. members who helped bring the Business section to victory in our first-ever Guitar Hero contest at The Washington Post newsroom. The battle of the virtual bands happened last week, when...

By Sara Goo | June 14, 2007; 1:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Another Blog to Keep Tabs on the Local Scene

Of course, lots of businesses are ramping up their blogging efforts to boost their presence on the Web. But now even the Greater Washington Board of Trade has launched its own Regional Biz Blog, which shares tidbits of information about the economic condition of the area. The Board of Trade's...

By Kim Hart | June 14, 2007; 7:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Look Out For The Street View Camera

If you're out on the streets, be on the lookout for Google's Street View camera. You might recall that Google launched a Street View perspective in Google maps a couple of weeks ago, a version of the map that gives you a sense of actually physically being there. That's literally...

By Sam Diaz | June 12, 2007; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

AOL's New Web Mail

Our neighbors over at AOL stopped by the other day to demonstrate the new look of its Web mail service, which recently went through a facelift. It's a nice look - but not terribly different from what Yahoo and Microsoft have done with their revamped versions of free Web mail....

By Sam Diaz | June 11, 2007; 2:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Calendar Add-ons

I'm hardly the diehard NBA fan. For me, there are far too many games to track during the season. (Football. 17 weeks. One game per team per week. That's my speed.) But now that the NBA Finals are here - it's time to start paying attention. (Yeah, I'm one of...

By Sam Diaz | June 8, 2007; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bowie, McCartney and Now Prince

Maybe the recording industry finally is getting hip to the idea that music lovers want to listen and buy on their terms. This week, the first single off Prince's new "Planet Earth" album, due out this summer, was made available through the Song ID service for Verizon Wireless VCast customers....

By Sam Diaz | June 6, 2007; 5:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

A TiVo Replay at Venture Firm

Ten years ago, New Enterprise Associates, a venture capital firm with offices in Baltimore, helped revolutionize the way Americans watch TV by putting a sizable investment in a small Silicon Valley start-up called TiVo. Now Michael Ramsay, the co-founder and former CEO of TiVo, has joined the firm as a...

By Kim Hart | June 5, 2007; 8:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Apple iPhone. June 29.

The TV ads make it official. Just as Apple promised - June. There's been a lot of excitement around it and it appears to be something of a breakthrough, a touch-screen phone and iPod. Reminder that it's available only through AT&T (remember that multi-year agreement between the Apple and then-Cingular.)...

By Sam Diaz | June 4, 2007; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (16)

Check Out Our New Online Project: Teens

I hate to get all promotional on you but I wanted to make sure you saw our very cool Teen Shopping project, an ambitious effort to get inside the heads of teens and understand what they buy and why. It was retail reporter Ylan Mui's baby, but it ended up...

By Sara Goo | June 4, 2007; 9:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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