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Archive: June 2008

DC Public Library Offers MP3 Downloads

The D.C. Public Library announced yesterday that it has a new online collection of audiobooks available for download in the MP3 format. It's a first for a public library system, according to a statement from the system's chief librarian. While public libraries have offered audiobooks online before, the standard move...

By Mike Musgrove | June 27, 2008; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Online Advertising Still in a Lurch

The Digital Media Conference hosted by Digital Media Wire was held yesterday in Tysons Corner and brought together a decent number of entrepreneurs, investors and executives. I try to attend as many of these events as I can, especially when they're in the DC area. I ran into a lot...

By Kim Hart | June 27, 2008; 8:17 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Craigslist Founder Talks Newspapers, Obama

Craig Newmark takes his day job pretty serious. The founder of Craigslist, the online classified site, stopped by the Post yesterday and told us how he spends a lot of his time doing customer service -- especially watching out for anything offensive that might get posted to the site. He...

By Washington Post editors | June 20, 2008; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (8) | TrackBack (0)

Craigslist Founder Chats with The Post

Craig Newmark, the founder of online classified site Craigslist, stopped by The Post today to proclaim his admiration and support for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. And in case we weren't convinced of his conviction, Newmark proved it by showing off his Obama wristwatch with gold hour and minute hands...

By Cecilia Kang | June 19, 2008; 5:24 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Bringing Down the Volume of Loud Commercials

Ever get sick of those commercials that seem to be a lot louder than the show you're watching? Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss) sympathizes with you. The senator yesterday introduced legislation that would require the Federal Communications Commission to bar commercials from being broadcast at louder volumes than the program material...

By Kim Hart | June 19, 2008; 2:52 PM ET | Comments (95) | TrackBack (0)

NebuAd Takes Heat for Spying on Web Surfers

NebuAd, a company that provides targeted advertising for Internet Service Providers, is altering the basic coding of Web sites to spy on consumers' Web habits to create detailed profiles for advertisers, according to an investigation led by Public Knowledge and Free Press, two Washington consumer interest groups. The findings, which...

By Kim Hart | June 18, 2008; 5:02 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

iPods Take Flight, At A Cost

Travelers heading to Europe are getting a new tech goody -- well, some of them are. United Airlines today said it would offer first and business class travelers cords to connect their iPods to seats equipped with video screens.The service will be unveiled today on the daily 5:40 pm nonstop...

By Washington Post editors | June 16, 2008; 4:37 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Social Networking Peeve: "Bad Manners"

How polished is your social networking etiquette? A survey released last week by the Consumer Internet Barometer, a production of TNS and The Conference Board, found that common pet peeves among social networking regulars include lack of privacy and, more interestingly, lack of "manners." The news release sharing the results...

By Kim Hart | June 16, 2008; 1:36 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sleeping Beauty in Blu: Disney Shows Off New Blu-ray Features

Disney is in town today showing off the bells and whistles the entertainment company is incorporating into its upcoming Blu-ray release of Sleeping Beauty. The new features show Disney taking a page from the popularity of just about every consumer electronics trend, from text chatting to YouTube. Owners of the...

By Mike Musgrove | June 16, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

E-Commerce on Facebook

Facebook said today that it is working on an e-commerce platform that will let users pay application developers for virtual goods, premium services and other offerings. Ben Ling, who runs Facebook's platform, said that "a transaction mechanism will enable new business models" for developers. He shared the news today at...

By Kim Hart | June 11, 2008; 6:23 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Webcasters Take On Capitol Hill.

The fight over how much Internet radio stations should pay in royalty fees heats up again today on Capitol Hill. At a hearing that is scheduled to start shortly, lawmakers will try to decide if traditional radio stations should have to pay more in royalties to performers of the music...

By Kim Hart | June 11, 2008; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Facebook Widgets Take on New Life

Lee Lorenzen is betting his business that Facebook widgets and applications will continue to spread. As CEO of Altura Ventures, which he says is "the first Facebook-only VC," he keeps tabs on the top widget makers on Adonomics.com, one of his portfolio companies, and tries to figure out where social...

By Kim Hart | June 9, 2008; 5:08 PM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Apple Delivers Cheaper, Faster iPhone

Well, they did it. Apple, the Silicon Valley master of marketing, managed to deliver on the hype that led up to the unveiling today of a new iPhone. Steve Jobs unveils the new iPhone model in San Francisco on Monday. (Bloomberg) Standing in front of a large interstate road marker...

By Cecilia Kang | June 9, 2008; 2:59 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Google News, or Lack Thereof

Google chief executive Eric Schmidt made a quick stop downtown today to speak at a luncheon held by the Economic Club of Washington. I was there with about a dozen other reporters, hoping he'd talk about the company's spectrum policy or drop a few juicy tidbits about its Android operating...

By Kim Hart | June 9, 2008; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

iPhone iNsanity

Few product announcements have been as overplayed and overanalyzed as Apple's release of its next generation iPhone. And that's even before anyone outside of the Cupertino campus has seen it. (Courtesy Apple) Today, in less than two hours, folks, the company may unveil a new version of the phone at...

By Cecilia Kang | June 9, 2008; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Spore: New Game From The Creator Of The Sims On The way

Will Wright, the famous game designer behind The Sims, has a new game on the way and it's enormous. Also, it borrows a few ideas from the social networking world. Called Spore -- and scheduled for a September release -- players control the evolution of a species from its earliest...

By Mike Musgrove | June 6, 2008; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

More Steve Ballmer

If you haven't seen it already, check out the video and expanded notes from our discussion with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. He had lunch with Post editors and reporters yesterday and gave an overview of the directions in which Microsoft is heading, as well as his own predictions for digital...

By Kim Hart | June 5, 2008; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Steve Ballmer Swings By the Post

Steve Ballmer's favorite TV show is "Lost," but he refuses to pay a buck to get it on iTunes--he'd rather deal with a few ads. He still isn't sure what "Web 2.0" really means. And he predicts that in 10 years, everything will be delivered over the Internet in an...

By Kim Hart | June 4, 2008; 2:25 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

War of the Words

The rhetoric in the battle for Yahoo just got a little more personal. If he is successful in electing his slate of directors to the Yahoo board this summer, billionaire investor Carl Icahn says he will seek to remove Yahoo co-founder and CEO Jerry Yang, according to the Wall Street...

By Peter Whoriskey | June 3, 2008; 4:42 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

A More "Open" Facebook

Facebook announced today that parts of its platform will become open-source, allowing outside developers to have more access to its technology -- and its users. fbOpen, as it's called, squarely competes with the OpenSocial initiative led by Google, MySpace, Yahoo, hi5, LinkedIn, Friendster and a slew of other social media...

By Kim Hart | June 2, 2008; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

Search Deal for Microsoft, HP

Now Microsoft really, really wants consumers to use their search engine. In another bid to lure consumers away from Google and to Microsoft Live Search, Microsoft announced today that it has signed a distribution deal with Hewlett Packard, the world's largest personal computer manufacturer, that will put its brand in...

By Peter Whoriskey | June 2, 2008; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (1)

Translating Digital Body Language

It used to be that when you were interested in buying, say, a computer, you'd go to the local electronic store and talk to a salesman. That salesman would be able to tailor his pitch based on your reactions to the merchandise. He'd be able to accurately gauge whether you...

By Kim Hart | June 2, 2008; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0) | TrackBack (1)

 

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