• Just An Online Minute... AOL Merger Speculation
    In August, AOL decided to stop charging broadband users for e-mail addresses, software and other long-time premium services, in hopes of stemming the tide of defectors. As of today, it looks like the effort was successful....
  • Just An Online Minute... Sony's Spyware Mistake
    Sony has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle spyware charges in California and Texas stemming from surreptitiously packaging anti-piracy software with its music CDs. Once loaded onto consumers' computers, the software sent information back to Sony and prevented some consumers from copying music and loading tracks on their iPods.
  • Just An Online Minute... Is E-mail Losing Political Ground?
    E-mail played a less important role in the mid-term elections than in last year's presidential race, with just 12% of American adults receiving political messages in their inbox this year, compared with 15% in 2004.
  • Just An Online Minute... Google's Returns Of The Season
    The strong online retail showing this holiday season should spell good news for Google, according to a new report from Merrill Lynch. The brokerage house reported this week that Google search queries appear to be increasing between 30% and 50%, surpassing page view growth on Yahoo and other major Web companies.
  • Just An Online Minute... Your Year
    It's official. You are the person of the year. At least, you are if you keep a blog, upload your own songs, share videos, or otherwise contribute to the troves of material now available online.
  • Just An Online Minute... Dove's Amateur Hour
    Unilever's Dove is asking consumers to create a 30-second spot for a new Dove Cream Oil Body Wash. The company promises that the ad that "best captures the essence of the new products and the brand's philosophy" will air during the Oscars.
  • Just An Online Minute... Fakes Don't Make It In Blogosphere
    Sony has finally come clean about creating a fake blog to promote its PSP. The site, alliwantforxmasisapsp, went live at the end of last month. But the blog was so obviously phony that readers immediately voiced suspicions.
  • Just An Online Minute... Companies Still Cautious About CGM
    Have the burgeoning ranks of consumer-critics now posting their complaints online inured large companies to public bashing? Not a chance, at least judging by some marketing executives' comments at a recent Yahoo forum.
  • Just An Online Minute... Seasonal Sales Boom
    This holiday season is shaping up to be a strong one for e-commerce, according to a variety of recent reports. At the same time, there's still a lot of room for online retail to grow.
  • Just An Online Minute... Times Adds Links To Social Media
    The NYTimes.com today unveiled a new Web 2.0-ish feature designed to encourage users to spread the paper's stories. Alongside links to e-mail, print or save articles, the Times has added links enabling readers to post articles to social media sites including Digg and Facebook.
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