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Want to read all about it online? It may cost you

September 21, 2009 5:07 am | Comments

With their advertising revenue drying up, newspaper publishers spent much of the spring and summer debating whether to cut off free online access to some of the material they run in their shrinking print editions. It looks like the talk will turn to action this fall, when some large newspapers are expected to put up Internet toll booths. They'll be testing readers' willingness to pay for information and entertainment that mostly has been given away online for the past 15 years.

Regulators Scrutinize Microsoft-Yahoo Deal

September 18, 2009 7:57 am | by Patricia Resende | Comments

The 10-year search-engine deal between Microsoft and Yahoo is under scrutiny. The July 29 deal between the two behemoths is being closely monitored by U.S. antitrust regulators, and both companies are in talks with officials in the European Union.

Phone exclusivity limits may make sense, says Sprint CEO

September 18, 2009 7:15 am | by Reuters | Comments

The head of No. 3 U.S. mobile service Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N) said on Thursday that it is fair for the U.S. government to ask whether handset exclusivity deals should have time limits. Sprint Chief Executive Dan Hesse said

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Google Joins Display Ads with Search Marketing

September 18, 2009 7:04 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Comments

Google Inc. is counting on the crown jewel of its online advertising empire to burnish a diamond in the rough. Hoping to take an even bigger bite out of ad budgets, Google has melded the technology powering its lucrative search marketing network with a system that it bought 18 months ago to sell online billboards and other more visual commercials, including video.

Microsoft files lawsuits against 'malvertisers'

September 18, 2009 7:01 am | by Reuters | Comments

Microsoft Corp on Thursday filed five civil lawsuits in Seattle, Washington against alleged "malvertisers." Malvertising is the term used to describe harmful online advertising and works by camouflaging malicious code as harmless online advertisements, Microsoft's associate general counsel Tim Cranton wrote in a blog.

Coldest place in the solar system? The Moon

September 18, 2009 6:06 am | Comments

Astronomers have found the coldest spot in our solar system and it may be a little close for comfort. It's on our moon, right nearby. NASA's new Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is making the first complete temperature map of the moon. It found that at the moon's south pole, it's colder than far away Pluto. The area is inside craters that are permanently shadowed so they never see sun.

Variety trade Newspaper to charge for online site

September 18, 2009 5:56 am | Comments

Ending a three-year flirtation with free online content, Variety newspaper plans to put some of its Web site content behind a "pay wall" that will require a paid annual subscription, its publisher said Thursday. The changes at the Hollywood trade publication will take place early next year and come with new online features such as a better archive, publisher Brian Gott said.

Google CEO Questions Murdoch's Online Pay Plan

September 18, 2009 5:18 am | by by Kate Holton and Richard Chang | Comments

Publishers of general news would find it hard to charge for their content online because too much free content is available, the chief executive of Google Inc said on Thursday.

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Cablevision unveils interactive banner ads on TV

September 17, 2009 6:07 am | Comments

Cablevision Systems Corp. is bringing interactive banner ads to television, allowing viewers to order samples and brochures and even purchase products by clicking the remote on their TV sets. Banner ads will run at the bottom of select TV commercials, in collaboration with at least half a dozen consumer brand advertisers. When viewers click on the ad, the screen will shrink to a quarter of its size and the rest will feature product information.

Device Creates North-Finding Artificial Sense

September 17, 2009 5:54 am | by Quinn Norton | Comments

I am beta testing a new sense. My new sensory organ is a small anklet strap with a LiPo battery and circuit board attached to an electronic compass on the anklet’s side.

Google to reincarnate digital books as paperbacks

September 17, 2009 5:47 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

As part of a deal announced Thursday, Google is opening up part of its index to the maker of a high-speed publishing machine that can manufacture a paperback-bound book of about 300 pages in under five minutes. The new service is an acknowledgment by the Internet search leader that not everyone wants their books served up on a computer or an electronic reader like those made by Amazon.com Inc. and Sony Inc.

Adobe to Buy Omniture

September 17, 2009 4:28 am | by Patricia Resende | Comments

Adobe Systems, the maker of Flash, Acrobat and Photoshop, plans to acquire Utah-based Omniture for $1.8 billion, or $21.50 per share, the companies announced late Tuesday. The deal would combine Adobe's Web design tools with Omniture's Web analytics tools.

X-Prize Contender Performs Lunar-Landing Simulation

September 17, 2009 4:21 am | by JOHN ANTCZAK, | Comments

A privately built rocket vying for NASA prize money lifted off in the Mojave Desert and flew half of a simulated lunar lander mission Wednesday before an engine problem forced its developers to call off the attempt until next month.

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Femtocells Expand in the Marketplace

September 17, 2009 4:05 am | by by Gareth Willmer | Comments

Vodafone UK’s femtocell launch in July appeared to be a significant breakthrough for the technology in Europe. The timing of the move by such a large operator took many in the industry by surprise, and some vendors have spoken of a significant rise in activity since the launch.

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Return-to-moon plan gets boost on Capitol Hill

September 16, 2009 9:10 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN | Comments

WASHINGTON – NASA's weakened return-to-the-moon program got a lift Tuesday on Capitol Hill. The head of a special expert panel conceded to Congress that the moon program could work if given enough money.

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