Internet Technology

We look to the Internet for news, socializing, shopping, research and more. From HTML code to instant messaging, we'll break down what's really going on whenever you log on, send an e-mail, visit a popular Web site or post to a blog.

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How Campus Alerts Work

Campus alerts are notifications used to warn students and professors of emergencies. Learn about campus alerts in this article.

How much time do we spend on MySpace at work?

A study suggests that some businesses are losing $260 million a day from employees on MySpace and Facebook. Should companies block social networking sites altogether?

How Pop-up Blockers Work

It's happened to almost all of us at some point in our Web surfing experience -- you're visiting a new site when all of a sudden your screen begins to fill with boxes advertising goods and services. Enter the pop-up blocker.

How MySpace Works

One of Web's most explosive phenomena, MySpace grew to 54 million profiles seemingly overnight. Find out what MySpace really is, how it blew past the competition and why Rupert Murdoch thought it was worth $580 million.

How the Wikipedia Scanner Works

Someone at the CIA is editing Wikipedia entries about lightsabers. How do we know? The Wikipedia Scanner. Virgil Griffith created the WikiScanner to catch politicians, corporations and government agencies in the act of trying to change their Wikipedia entries anonymously.

How Product Recall Notifications Work

Notifications can save consumers time and money by providing information about safety issues. Learn more about how product recall notifications work.

How Automated Reminders Work

Automated reminders keep you on top of your to-do list. Find out how e-mail, text and phone notifications can save you time and money.

How Emergency Notifications Work

Emergency notifications can alert people in seconds. Find out how these powerful systems work and how your cell phone may just save your life.

How Mobile Ticketing Works

With mobile ticketing on your cell phone, you'll never have to worry about losing another paper ticket again. Find out more about this cool new technology and how it works.

How Electronic Notifications Work

Electronic notifications keep large organizations and individuals informed and in touch 24/7. Learn more about benefits and applications.

What is this click fraud that is costing Google billions?

In recent years, Google has faced lawsuits related to its response to click fraud, a practice that leads to increased ad revenue for Google. Find out how click fraud works and how it affects the search-based advertising industry.

Can I make my living in Second Life?

What is revolutionary about Second Life is that it's not only legal to make real money from your character's virtual endeavors -- it's encouraged. The exchange of your accumulated virtual dollars into "real" dollars is built into the system.

How Broadcast Messaging Works

Broadcast messaging delivers information to lots of recipients at once. Learn about broadcast messaging service providers, different kinds of broadcast messages and do-not-call lists.

How to Create Your Own Podcast

Podcasting may be the ultimate democratization of radio. Anyone with an Internet connection and some inexpensive audio equipment can produce their own podcast and make it available online.

What's new about Internet Explorer 7?

Five years after the debut of IE6, Microsoft released the first truly upgraded version of its Web browser. Take a look at what made it such a dramatic improvement.

How did a programmer find sex offenders on MySpace?

When MySpace claimed there was no way to patrol its own profiles for sexual predators, Wired News editor and former hacker Kevin Poulsen took it as a challenge.

How Photo Sharing Works

Online photo-sharing sites let you upload and share your digital photos with anyone you choose. There are quite a few sites you can use, but check out an example in this article.

Net Neutrality Primer

Net neutrality can be summed up by a familiar saying: If it's not broken, don't fix it. But how you define "broken" determines in where you stand. Find out why telecom providers are duking it out with content providers like Google and Amazon.

How Digg Works is a user-driven news Web site that lets people find, submit, review and feature stories from every corner of the Web.

How Pandora Radio Works

Pandora Radio is different from other Internet radio sites. Instead of relying on genre, user connections or ratings, it uses a Music Genome. What is this Music Genome and how does it know what songs you like best?

How the Ultra-Mobile PC Works

Learn what Microsoft has planned for the Ultra-mobile PC and what is still to come.

How Municipal WiFi Works

Learn about the amazing things that these networks can do and how they may provide free or cheap Internet access. We'll walk you through the technology behind "Municipal WiFi" and tell you why this term can be a misnomer.

How the Webbys Work

The Webby Awards are the premier awards honoring excellence on the Internet. But at this ceremony you won't hear anyone breathlessly thanking the academy for one of the spiral statues.

How Semantic Web Works

Even though they're central to creating and maintaining the Web, computers can't make sense of all this information on their own. They can't read, see relationships or make decisions like you can. Learn how the semantic web could change that.

How eBay Works

Where can a person get $28,000 for a partially eaten grilled cheese sandwich that may or may not contain the image of the Virgin Mary? On eBay, of course. Find out all about the largest auction site in the world.