More news and details on the technology and language front:

Most Internet users know the difference between Internet spam and the popular canned ham. But the vast majority don’t know the terms “phishing,” “podcasting” and “RSS feeds,” according to a recently released study.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project survey quizzed online users about their familiarity with Internet buzzwords such as spam, firewall and Internet cookies. The results reflect how many of those terms have worked their way into mainstream consciousness.

Microsoft reportedly has deleted images of Apple’s Cupertino-based headquarters from its mapping software. Interesting:

Google shows the Apple Cupertino HQ – a lovely, shiny building probably full of iPods. MSN on the other hand shows an apparently empty field. Not as much as a black turtle-necked jumper remains of Apple’s headquarters. This could be no more than an old picture taken before Cupertino was built or a glimpse of an imagined future.


The Blog Herald examines a Pew Internet report that finds 91 percent of Americans don’t know what RSS is:

A new study from those whacky folks over at Pew Internet has found that 91% of Americans have absolutely no idea what RSS is.

The study of 2001 Americans also found that 87% of Americans have no idea what podcasting is as well. Interestingly though 88% of people knew what spam was, and 78% knew what spyware and a firewall was, so it could be concluded that these certainly weren’t a sample of stupid people.

The Wall Street Journal today has an interview with FCC Chairmain Kevin Martin. You might find some of his views on loosening up broadband rules interesting:

In an interview, Mr. Martin, a 38-year-old Bush loyalist, says his top goal is to increase Americans’ access to high-speed Internet. Late last week, he began circulating plans to loosen rules so neither phone nor cable companies will be required to share their Internet connections with competitors like America Online, a change that essentially would create a duopoly in many local markets. He also embraces the idea that local governments should be allowed to offer wireless Internet services, at least in rural areas where some phone and cable companies balk at providing high-speed service.

TechWorld on Enterprise Blogging and IBM:

IBM sees blogging as a key way for companies to promote information sharing. “In an enterprise, corporate knowledge is in employees’ heads most of the time. We are providing tools that help to capture that knowledge and share it through the organization,” said Ed Brill, business unit executive for Lotus and Domino sales at IBM. Brill himself is well known as a blogger.

Read the whole thing here.