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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 Computer Addiction Works

Obsessively checking e-mail. Playing online games for 12 hours or more at a time. Placing more value on chat-room friends than real ones. Just what is computer addiction, and why do some doctors disagree over whether it exists at all?

How Google Earth Works

Online maps are great for people who get lost easily, and they're just plain fun for figuring out where stuff is. But Google Earth is no ordinary map.

How Streaming Video and Audio Work

Streaming video and audio has come a very long way since the mid-to-late 1990s, when streaming media suffered from poor quality and slow load times.

Can Facebook make me rich?

Can Facebook get you $10 million? It can if you're a software developer who's generous with his ideas. The fbFund is offering grants to creative developers, but how do you get one? And if you're not a developer, how else can you make money on the Web

How Pricing Alerts Work

Pricing alerts can help you get the most for your money. Learn all about pricing alerts in this article.

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?