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Latest Innovations in Web Search Technology

Andrew Goodman wrote in to point out an interesting series from Traffick.com \"A Six-part series on innovations in web searching begins this week. At Traffick.com

First instalment is on \"popularity engines.\"
Here


For the next six weeks: (1) popularity engines; (2) better meta-search; (3) meaning-based search; (4) natural language interfaces; (5) on the labor-intensive side, live human help that finds you information while you wait; and finally (6) pay-for-placement search engines.

Yahoo Was Hacked

YAHOO! was down on
2/7/99 due a denial of service attack.
News.com has The
story.

These pranks have generally targeted much
smaller sites to date. But
Yahoo\'s outage today shows that even Internet giants with
ostensibly
enormous networking resources are not immune from such
attac -- Read More

Incorrect Internet Health Information

Chris Rodas writes \"Yahoo Health

Summarizes an article from PEDIATRICS about a study done in Italy on the accuracy of medical information on pediatric health sites.

Kind of scary!

\"Of the 19 Web pages that contained information on cough in children, 10 pages received a negative score for the quality of health information supplied because they contained more incorrect than correct information. None of the pages fulfilled all the criteria, five pages didn\'t show the name of the author, and only two pages revealed the date the information was last updated, which is important to include because rapid changes in health care recommendations make frequent updates necessary.\"

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Is Usenet Becoming Yesterdays News?

The Washington Post has a very interesting Article on how Usenet newsgroups are being used less and less.

For many Usenet denizens, this low-tech meeting place is an effective resource for person-to-person advice. \"My main use of Usenet . . . is consumer research,\" e-mailed Maria Post Rublee, a doctoral student at George Washington University and a regular in the misc.consumers.frugal-living, dc.dining, rec.food.cooking and rec.birds newsgroups. \"What Usenet adds is the real-life \'scoop\' that you won\'t get in books or magazines.\"

Everyone is an expert on the web

The NYTimes has a story on the proliferation of so called expert sites on the web. They liken it to a virtual library, with out the \"intimidation\".

\"I think sometimes people are looking to avoid going to a professional,\" Mr. Russo said. \"Sometimes it\'s easier to not be face to face with someone.\" Visitors to most of these expert sites can disguise their identities by adopting screen names and can even choose to have their questions and answers hidden from public view.

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What is Cyber Space

A good read from Boston.com discussing just what this thing called Cyberspace is. I\'m not sure what or where it is, but I know I\'m there an awful lot.


No one had even heard of cyberspace until William Gibson coined the term in his 1984 cyberpunk novel NEUROMANCER. Now just about everyone in the industrialized world seems to know about it. But even scholars who have spent years studying it can\'t agree on what it really is. -- Read More

Malicious HTML

CERT has issued a Report warning internet uses of malicious HTML.
They also posted a Solution Here


A web site may inadvertently include malicious HTML tags or script in a dynamically generated page based on unvalidated input from untrustworthy sources. This can be a problem when a web server does not adequately ensure that generated pages are properly encoded to prevent unintended execution of scripts, and when input is not validated to prevent malicious HTML from being presented to the user. -- Read More

Internet promises salvation

--or an even bigger knowledge gap


The Daily Mail and Gaurdian in South Africa, has a Story on the promise, and problems, the internet brings.

The internet is being proposed as a cure-all for the developing world\'s education problems ... but barriers of electric power, telephone lines and basic literacy put it beyond the reach of most third world pupils. -- Read More

Long Domain Names: How Long Is Too Long?

Internetnews
is
Reporting that you can now register a domain name up to 67 characters long.

With the most recent count of Web sites reported to be a whopping 9 million and growing, the demand for domain names is exploding as well. To supply more choices to those looking to label their Web sites, a number of domain name registrars have enabled users to register names as long as 67 characters.

Copyright Decision Threatens Freedom to Link

Could hyperlinks become illegal? The NYTimes has a story on a ruling that may cause all linking to be considered illegal.

In a ruling that could undermine the freedom to create links on the Web, a federal judge in Utah has temporarily barred two critics of the Mormon Church from posting on their Web site the Internet addresses of other sites featuring pirated copies of a Mormon text. -- Read More

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