AOL FLATTERS YAHOO

Imitation is the sincerest form – you know the drill, right?America Online has just unveiled the new design for its home page, after years of development, feedback, and testing.The problem is, all the development was done by Yahoo, the page that AOL copied for...

ZE FRANK & THE SHOW

Ze Frank has just finished a year of producing The Show, three-minute video monologues that appeared online five days a week. Slate, the Los Angeles Times, and others are writing paeans to a project that blossomed into something unique and special. The audience turned...

PROBLEMS WITH 1AND1

Yet another tale of woe.1and1.com is one of the largest web hosting companies in the world. They established themselves in Europe before making a big splashy entrance in the US a couple of years ago, with huge advertising sections on thick glossy paper in dozens of...

SECOND THOUGHTS ON SECOND LIFE

Second Life looked like it was poised to be the Next Big Thing when the media gave it blanket coverage a few months ago. (I got caught up in the hype and wrote a description of it that was way too enthusiastic. I’m sorry.) It’s still growing and making its...

VIDEO MAY OVERWHELM INTERNET

Google is running more than 450,000 servers around the world. It’s building “Project 02,” which will be one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, to be housed at a data center in Oregon the size of two football fields, with four-story...

AMAZON’S SECRET PRICE GUARANTEE

I can’t vouch for this, but Timothy Noah at Slate writes that Amazon has a 30-day price guarantee – if the Amazon price drops on any item within thirty days after you purchase it from Amazon, you can get a refund of the difference just by asking....