• Opera: Cell Phones to Operate TV Recorders (CNET)
    Mobile phones can soon be used to control a video recorder for people away from home when their favorite programs are on, according to Norwegian browser maker Opera Software.
  • VML, Wunderman Bolster Ties (DMNews)
    VML, a Kansas City, MO, ad agency owned by WPP Group PLC, will partner with another shop in the holding company's portfolio to offer interactive marketing services, especially technological.
  • Political Attack Ads Already Popping Up on the Web (Los Angeles Times)
    A rise in Internet users coupled with federal laws limiting funds for TV and radio spots are luring campaigns to the online option.
  • $pam, $pam, Lovely $pam (CNN)
    Fighting unwanted e-mail is a lucrative business but will anti-spam companies be the next bubble? Wall Street can't seem to get enough of the taste of spam...the e-mail kind.
  • San Francisco Ballpark Makes Pitch for Wi-Fi Fans (Reuters)
    The old ballgame is getting some new technology. Baseball fans bored by the slow pace of a game or wanting more statistics and information will be able to connect computer devices via Wi-Fi at San Francisco Giants home games this year, the team announced Tuesday. The Giants' ballpark is, after all, called SBC Park, for telecommunications giant SBC Communications.
  • Good Riddance, Gigahertz (Wired)
    When Intel said last week that it plans to stop using gigahertz figures to market its microprocessors, analysts said it was about time. A chip's clock speed is almost irrelevant in determining the overall performance of a computer. But while Intel won praise for the move, industry analysts in the same breath said it's now even harder for consumers to shop for computers that fit their needs -- mainly because none of the chipmakers can agree on how to measure performance.
  • AOL to Give Away 2002 Porsche Boxster S (New York Times)
    Finally, some payback for all that spam: It's a 2002 Porsche Boxster S that will be the grand prize in an America Online sweepstakes launching Tuesday. AOL obtained the car in settling a lawsuit against ''a guy who by our estimates made more than a million dollars from spamming,'' said Randall Boe, AOL executive vice president and general counsel.
  • MSN Plays Catch Up with Newsbot, Blogbot (ClickZ)
    Microsoft's MSN plans to launch a handful of new search features in the next year, including engines that will search news sites and blogs, and another that offers natural language Web search results.
  • A Superman Campaign for American Express (New York Times)
    Look Down on the PC. It's a banner ad. No, it's a pop-up ad. No, it's Web-only advertising for American Express that reteams Superman with Jerry Seinfeld.
  • Google Introduces Personalized Search Services and Site Enhancements (EContent)
    Google Inc. has released three new features: a search engine that uses user preferences to match search results to their interests, a service that delivers search results via email, and an enhanced interface for Google Web sites worldwide. Google Personalized Web Search and Google Web Alerts, both debuting on Google Labs, are designed to enable searchers to specify what interests them and to receive customized results based on those interests.
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