When you are dealing with a populations as large as China's, even when you take into consideration that three quarters of the population doesn't have internet access, you are still talking about a very large number of those who do. So it's no surprise that Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! want a piece of this rather large and likely growing pie. So far at least though, it's not one of the big American search engines making the biggest impact in China. According to [URL="http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2009/1005/technology-baidu-robin-li-man-whos-beating-google.html"]an article in this month's Forbes Magazine[/URL], it's Chinese search engine called [URL="http://www.baidu.com/"]Baidu[/URL] that's a run-away number one. …

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It’s bad enough, as an individual, to discover that the domain name you wanted has been snapped up by some corporate pirate looking to make a mighty profit by sitting on it and selling it on. It is even worse when these cyber-squatters snap up a domain you had been using but somehow managed to let lapse by not renewing the registration in time. However, the problem gets a whole lot more complicated when you are a corporate whose brand and business is being devalued by a typo-squatter. Type-squatting is, as the name suggests, the practice of using the misspelling …

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Here we go with the mobile phone beat-down again: Cingular Wireless, in a move boiling over with distasteful corporate hubris, has had the unmitigated effrontery to announce that they are going to charge folks with "older phones" an additional five bucks a month (OK, $4.99, but who's splitting hairs here?) Now, it's not really the older phones they are targeting, but rather those based on the old, analog TDMA technology. Their reasoning for this is that they want to phase out their older, analog network, which isn't a problem in and of itself, but why beat down the customer in …

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FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Association committed acts of browser discrimination by only allowing people with Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer 6.0 to file electronic claims in response to Hurricane Katrina. This means that if I was an affected citizen of the US, and had my Mac laptop with me and a valid internet connection, I could not file a claim. Nor could my friend running Linux who uses Firefox, or perhaps Konquerer. According to FEMA's website, at [url]http://www.fema.gov/help/registration_faq.shtm[/url] the minimum computer is a Windows unit with IE 6. No other OS / browser combination will be supported / available. …

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The End.