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Archive: May 2008

CDs Not Dead Yet

Grim predictions about the music industry don't seem to be coming true just yet. According to the results of a survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project released last week, only 7 percent of consumers said the Internet plays a major impact on their music purchases. In contrast,...

By Kim Hart | May 27, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Google's Page Talks Wireless Policy

Google's billionaire co-founder, Larry Page, is in Washington this week talking up one of his biggest passions these days: spectrum policy. Pretty wonky stuff for an Internet search engine that makes its money from online advertising. But the Mountain View company doesn't want to become the next AT&T or Verizon...

By Cecilia Kang | May 22, 2008; 1:53 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Digital TV: Missed Signals

Having trouble with your digital TV reception? Join the club. After I wrote this story about the challenges some TV watchers are having in getting a reliable digital signal, I received dozens of emails from readers claiming they were experiencing similar problems. The main issue has to do with what's...

By Kim Hart | May 22, 2008; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (15) | TrackBack (1)

E-Commerce in a Slow Economy

Is the slow economy affecting e-commerce growth? According to figures released by the Commerce Department last week, online sales grew by only 13.4 percent during the first quarter of the year, compared with the same period last year. That's a decent drop from the 19.8 percent growth e-commerce experienced in...

By Kim Hart | May 19, 2008; 3:10 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Colossal Cave Adventure Lives Again at UMD

A text-based computer adventure game from the '70s, regarded by some to be the first work of interactive fiction -- or even the first virtual world, came to life again yesterday for an hour or so at the University of Maryland. "You are standing at the end of a road...

By Mike Musgrove | May 16, 2008; 1:35 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

The All-Things-Social Craze

The race is on to make social networks much more open and portable, all in the quest to let users spread their profile information across other Web sites. It's been a steady drumbeat of announcements over the past few days. MySpace announced its plan to let people share their profiles...

By Kim Hart | May 12, 2008; 6:04 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (1)

Wi-Fi Warning: That Person Next To You May Be A Hacker

Next time you flip open your laptop as you wait for a flight or work at a coffee shop, beware, says the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The person next to you may be stealing your personal bank account information, address book and other files from your computer. The agency warned...

By Cecilia Kang | May 9, 2008; 4:34 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

MySpace Makes Your Profile Portable

Do you have a MySpace profile? If you do, your personal information on MySpace could soon be made available to a number of other Web sites. The largest social network in the U.S. said today that it is making its members' data available to third-party sites. The first partnering sites...

By Kim Hart | May 8, 2008; 6:25 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Mobile Ads: Useful or Annoying?

The promise of mobile marketing has been talked about for several years now, yet we still haven't seen the flurry of cellphone ads that have long been predicted--let alone the sophisticated ads consumers see in other countries. This week, the Federal Trade Commission held a "town hall" meeting to discuss...

By Kim Hart | May 8, 2008; 2:16 PM ET | Comments (9) | TrackBack (1)

Nintendo's "Mario Kart Wii" at Union Station Today

Some folks from Nintendo's public relations team are in town today showing off the company's new "Mario Kart" racing game for the Wii at Union Station. The video game company is the middle of a 12-city tour to drum up some buzz for its latest title, and is, at the...

By Mike Musgrove | May 8, 2008; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

GTA IV: 6 Million Sold

Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two Interactive Software announced today that the latest version of the popular and controversial game has sold 6 million units globally in its first week on the market. Put it another way, that's $500 million in sales. The company says it sold 3.6 million copies of...

By Mike Musgrove | May 7, 2008; 3:40 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Eddie Izzard's IPhone

British comedian Eddie Izzard isn't famous for his consumer tech humor, as far as I know, but he worked many observations and riffs about technology into his act last night at DAR Constitution Hall. Izzard, known by some for his role on the TV program The Riches, and to others...

By Mike Musgrove | May 2, 2008; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)

Another Jab At 'White Spaces'

Today, several sports leagues, including the NFL, NASCAR, and NBA, formally challenged the "white spaces" proposal put forth by tech companies including Microsoft and Google. In a filing, the leagues asked Federal Communications Commission require the technology companies that want to sell wireless white space devices to prove that their...

By Kim Hart | May 1, 2008; 3:34 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


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