Part 1: The Birth of Yahoo Answers — I've been thinking about how to handle the writing this article about the introduction of the new Yahoo Answers service that just launched moments ago and is now live. With the help of someone named Danny S., (-: I've decided to divide my comments into two posts.
Asking the Internet — The popularity of web search has changed the way we think about the Internet in some pretty odd ways. I've heard more than a few people struggling to answer a question who turn to their keyboard and proclaim, "I'll just ask the Internet..." while typing something into a search box.
Yahoo Answers — We chatted with Ofer Shaked and Caterina Fake at Yahoo today about yet another service the company rolled out. This one is called Yahoo Answers. It's not to be confused with Google Answers, which allows people to ask a pool of experts to research questions for them for a price.
Part 2: Other Q&A Services, Most Available For Free! — Here's a short list of a few, only a few services of many services, that offer online Q&A services. Like all answers found on the web or really anywhere, it's important to use your critical info skills and take a step back and look …
Microsoft offers a new angle on maps — update Microsoft on Thursday will unveil a beta version of Windows Live Local, which is based on its Virtual Earth aerial image application and integrates local search, mapping, driving directions and yellow pages with a bird's-eye view of major U.S. cities.
For Skype, One More Headache Called Yahoo — The ink on the $4.1 billion eBay-Skype deal is almost dry and already competitors are lining up to rain on Skype's parade. If the regulatory/incumbent problems were not enough, here comes news that Yahoo will soon upgrade its Messenger's dialout/dial …
Best Buy holding 360 shipment for sale? — A (allegedly) leaked insider document from Best Buy shows they are stockpiling 360 consoles to go on sale on December 18th. — A scanned copy of this document is above, and it is not verified, but does seem legit. — Click on the photo for the hi res copy!
Public transit via Google — One of the best things about working at Google is a policy known as "20 percent time," which you can read about on our jobs page or in this post. Having the freedom to pursue projects during 20 percent of our work week means engineers can pursue a breadth …
Apple faces iPod patent dispute — Apple could be in for a bruising legal fight with rival Creative over the technology used in iPod music players. — Creative boss Sim Wong Hoo has told the BBC he plans to "pursue aggressively" a US patent it owns on a system used to navigate music on digital players.
Mena Trott Implodes Onstage. News at 11. — I've just returned from Paris after attending Les Blogs, a weblogging conference organized by our European office. I'm still a bit jet-lagged and, at this moment, I haven't the energy to write up a long post about the morning talk I gave (plus the heated Q&A).
Is Wikipedia safe from libel liability? — If someone accuses you on Wikipedia of being responsible for killing a person, don't expect much relief from the courts. — That's a lesson that's emerging from former journalist John Seigenthaler's run-in with an article in the online …
The Neopets Addiction … Every day after school, 11-year-old Tyler Gagen hurries home down the country roads of Hastings, Minnesota, to play with Buddy. "He likes hot dogs and cake," Tyler says of his pet. "I haven't brought him to the grooming parlor yet, but I will. He gets the royal treatment!"
A Kinder, Gentler Blogosphere — Wow. I have been traveling back and forth across the US the past two days, and completely missed this piece. Apparently Mena Trott gave a sort of odd (to be kind) talk at Les Blogs (again, I am glad I didn't go), where she called for a "nicer" blogosphere.
AIM Worm Mimics Talking IM Bots — A new malicious worm squirming through America Online Inc.'s AIM network has the ability to carry on an instant messaging conversation with potential victims. — Researchers at IMLogic Inc.'s Threat Center spotted the new threat and warned that virus writers …
COMCAST CONNECTION BLUES — I woke up this morning... connection was down. — Nothin' left to do — but to drive all over town. — Then I found me a hotspot, — and I got me online. — The waiter offered bread so fresh — to complement my whine. — I've got the blues.
Wrap Up a Holiday Hack — NEW YORK — Remote-control cars are so over. If you really want to be on the edge of holiday hipness this season, try a home-hacked version that drives itself. — Artist Federico Muelas is a remote-control-car-hacking expert. He cracks open the remote …
Revolution Controller: Touch It — Use your mouse to play with the Revolution controller, just like in your dreams. — December 7, 2005 - In a videogame industry focused on the latest and greatest graphics, Nintendo's new console is something of an enigma. Revolution represents a bold new direction for the company.
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