:: One Million Complaints
The Internet Crime Complaint Center
(IC3) says that it received its 1 millionth
complaint earlier this week.
Launched seven years ago as a clearing house
for reports of online fraud, the IC3 is jointly
run by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
and the National White Collar Crime Center.
It passes on information to law enforcement
agencies, and keeps track of trends in cybercrime.
To date, it has referred nearly a half-million
complaints representing almost $650 million
in losses to federal, state and local law enforcement
:: Trademarks and
Copyright is a type of intellectual
property. A copyright is a set of exclusive
rights granted by the government for a limited
time to protect the particular form, way or
manner in which an idea or information is expressed.
Copyright is the legal protection given to artists
or producers of creative work which protects
them against unauthorized copying of their work.
All copyrighted material must be produced in
a tangible medium (photo, paper, CD, or video).
Concepts, processes and ideas can not be copy
protected in the United States. If a statement
is made yet not recorded or published it is
not protected under the US copyright laws. In
other words things must be recorded in a physical
form in order to be protected under the copyright
laws in the United States.
Trademarks and Copyrights
:: Google Threatens Microsoft
US search engine titan Google has complained
to antitrust authorities that Microsoft's Windows
Vista operating-system software puts rivals
at an unfair disadvantage, the Wall Street Journal
Google Inc. sent a roughly 50-page white paper
to the US Justice Department and state attorneys
general in April, alleging that Microsoft Corps
latest version of its market-dominating operating
system violates Microsoft's antitrust settlement,
the Journal reported, citing lawyers close to
Google Files Suit Microsoft
:: Competitive Edge
Gives the Competitive Advantage!
This aptly named newsletter Competitive Edge is one of my favorites.
In the April issue two Google AdSense experts
answer questions from advertisers. The newsletter
has in depth explanations that detail the ins
and outs of the AdSense system.
The May issue exams three successful companies
that discuss their journey to software success.
:: How Unique is Your Business
All business owners like to believe
that their business is in someway unique or
unlike any other business. At its core though,
how different are small businesses really? Nearly
all small businesses struggle with relatively
similar issues. Most owners wear multiple hats
and have had to become jack of all trades in
order to succeed and survive in the business
world. While it is important to recognize the
differences between various small businesses
it is equally important to recognize the similarities.
How Unique is Your Business
:: RSS and Academics
Academia has embraced RSS as a means
to educate, but scrutinizing how educational
institutions are using RSS feeds in their daily
routines show RSS is utilized can vary across
RSS and Academics
:: Users Frustrated with Google
The Google Analytics Web site monitoring
service suffered an outage that affected some
users for more than 24 hours this week, prompting
many to vent on blogs and forums their frustration
with the situation and with what they perceived
as unresponsiveness on Googles part.
Most affected users reported problems on Tuesday
and Wednesday, although some still experienced
problems on Friday. In seemingly all cases,
users could access their accounts but found
that the Analytics dashboard reported significantly
reduced or even zero traffic to their sites.
:: Google Adwords
- All the Answers
The Competitive Edge Newsletter really
does a great job digging into the issue of Google
Adwords. Shareware Promotions invited Adword
users to send in their questions then two Adwords
qualified specialists responded with their answers.
Google Adwords Questions and Answers
:: Common Search Misspellings
Everyone has certain words they struggle
to spell correctly. When it comes to spelling,
we are not perfect—you can count on us to
occasionally botch recieve (sic), accomodations
(sic), and relavant (sic). With the Scripps
National Spelling Bee on the horizon Yahoo posted
the most commonly misspelled words in search.
Rachel Ray (Rachael Ray)
Hillary Duff (Hilary Duff)
Katherine McPhee (Katharine McPhee)
Britany Spears (Britney Spears)
Jaime Pressley (Jaime Pressly)
William Sonoma (Williams-Sonoma)
Elliot Yamin (Elliott Yamin)
Kiera Knightley (Keira Knightley)
Kelly Pickler (Kellie Pickler)
Brittney Spears (Britney Spears)
Avril Lavinge (Avril Lavigne)
Jordan Sparks (Jordin Sparks)
:: Why Musicians
Independent artists have long struggled
to gain recognition and attract an audience.
Without the backing of a major label it can
be very difficult for independent artists to
obtain radio play time, that is, until now.
Podcasting a revolutionary new medium, has opened
new distribution channels for independent artists.
Podcasting is the process of distributing audio
files using the RSS format and has become very
popular with the younger generations.