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The Bandwidth Shortage That Stole Christmas

They have been making their lists and checking them twice. As a result, consumers will soon learn which retailers have been naughty or nice in planning for their most important part of their year: the holiday rush. "So much of retailers' business rides on the holiday season that they want to be sure...

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Rules for E-Commerce Startups to Live By, Part 2: What Not to Do

While many companies are focused on their business online, they tend to put up sites that turn off rather than turn on potential customers. Because there are so many potential options, a business needs to be careful about how it designs its e-commerce site. For instance, a visitor can't purchase wha...

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NASA’s Foam Quandary, Part 2: No Easy Solutions

Before the space shuttle Columbia's disastrous mission in 2003, NASA did not fully recognize the safety risk posed by the shuttle's protective foam. Following that tragedy, however, NASA buckled down and set to work, trying to come up with solutions. "As soon as NASA saw the foam as a safety problem...

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NASA’s Foam Quandary, Part 1: Anatomy of a Disaster

As the world watched the progress of the space shuttle Endeavour's mission to the international space station and back last month, it was hard not to suffer from flashbacks to past space disasters. The presence of Mission Specialist Barbara Morgan, for one, evoked memories of the 1986 space shuttle ...

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10 Great SEO Tips, Part 2

Search engines have taken on the role of parents doling out rewards as well as punishment to companies building Web sites. The punishment comes from two sources. The search engines are flawed, often unable to work with various types of information. "At one time, search engines could not make sense o...

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10 Great SEO Tips, Part 1

As evidenced by the phenomenal success of Google, search has evolved from an interesting sideline into a primary function for many, if not most, Internet users. Consequently, more and more companies are putting content up on their Web sites to attract the attention of search engines. "You can have r...

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Search Engine Wars – A Shifting Battle Plan?

The fact that the name "Google" is often used interchangeably with the verb "search" today speaks volumes about the current state of the search market. "Right now it's Google's game to lose," Kevin Lee, executive chairman and cofounder of search marketing company Didit, told the E-Commerce Times. "T...

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Online Pharmacy Brandjacking: Buyer Beware

Dubious pharmacies abound on the Internet, and they're posing a threat to both pharmaceutical companies and consumers. That's the main finding in brand-protector MarkMonitor's summer edition of its Brandjacking Index, released this week. "The data shows brandjackers are profoundly exploiting brands,...

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Web Services Security: Beauty and the Beast

Lately, corporate interest in Web services has been rising -- and justifiably so. The advent of this new way of building applications promises to almost magically allow organizations to exchange information within their own systems with partners and customers. While the potential benefits are notewo...

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Bringing P2P File-Sharing Out of the Shadows, Part 1

The growth rate for illegal downloading of copyrighted material via peer-to-peer file sharing services slowed somewhat during 2006, while use of their legal counterparts picked up, according to recent research. Nonetheless, open and walled-off P2P services -- so-called darknets -- remain the primary...

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Dumping DRM: Will iTunes’ Rivals Follow Suit?

This year, the world may see the results of a new experiment in selling online digital music, and major record label EMI is at the center of the testing. Sandwiched between the current market-dominating Apple iTunes music store and the Amazon.com DRM-free digital music store set to launch this fall,...

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Beware of Data Dumpster Divers

Some 30 percent of businesses in the UK leave data, some of it sensitive, on their PCs when they dispose of them, according to research findings released this week by computer maker Lenovo. In the survey of 300 businesses commissioned by the UK-Ireland arm of the company, 29 percent of IT managers i...

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Hiring With Biodata: Risky Business?

A method for screening new hires that counts the likes of Google among its adherents may create some fertile ground for future employment lawsuits. That's the opinion of two attorneys writing the New York Law Journal this week. The attorneys, Robert Ottinger and Carrie Kurzon, of The Ottinger Firm i...

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Online Rx, Part 3: No Paradise for Pushers

With all the press rogue Internet pharmacies have received in recent months for selling prescription drugs illegally, it's tempting to assume that there must be similar sites -- or maybe even the same ones -- trafficking in illicit drugs as well. After all, with all the anonymity the Internet provid...

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Online Rx, Part 2: Bad Medicine

It may be against the law for U.S. consumers to import prescription drugs into the United States, but that isn't stopping the growth in rogue Internet pharmacies. In fact, the number of such sites is skyrocketing: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University found a to...

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