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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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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

Digg.com 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.

How SMS Works

SMS is a common method of sending short messages between cell phones. Find out how SMS works and learn about the advantages of text messaging.

How does the e-mail notification in my Web browser work?

Getting your emails in a prompt fashion can help with efficiency in the workplace. Learn how to get email notifications sent to your web browser in this article.

How Wikis Work

The basic idea behind any wiki is very simple: It's a collection of articles that multiple users can add to and edit freely on-line. Learn all about wikis and the communities that keep them alive.

How Podcasting Works

Now almost anyone can be a disc jockey, talk show host or recording artist. Find out what tools you need to record and receive podcasts and see what industry analysts have to say about the future of podcasting.

How Firefox Works

In June 2008, the Mozilla Foundation released the third version of its popular Firefox Web browsing software. Why has it been eating away at Internet Explorer's market share?

How WiMAX Works

WiMAX has hit technology news in a big way. This networking system can blanket a 30-mile radius with broadband access, compared to WiFi's 300-foot range.

How RSS Works

Short for Really Simple Syndication, RSS is a way to subscribe to a source of information, such as a Web site, and get brief updates delivered to you. So what should you subscribe to, and what happens next?

How Broadband Over Powerlines Works

Imagine plugging your computer into any electrical outlet in your home and having high-speed Internet access instantly. Power line broadband is offered in a few U.S. cities, but there are groups and government agencies fighting to block further development. What's the controversy about?

How High-speed Dial-up Works

Under the impression that dial-up modems are out of style? Actually, tons of folks still use dial-up Internet access. Find out how high-speed dial-up makes the most of the original connection method.

How Spam Works

You block it, you filter it, you unsubscribe from lists you actually want to be on, and still it lands in your inbox. If you have an e-mail account, chances are you also have spam. Learn where spam comes from, who's doing the spamming and how to stop it.

How Blogs Work

Blogs serve as online journals and communities, often linking to news stories and other sites. Learn the basics of blogging, explore the blogosphere and find out how to create your own.

How Web Advertising Works

Most of us encounter Internet-based ads on a daily basis, and some of us have the misfortune of being utterly bombarded. Does anyone actually click on those things? Find out all about the world of Web advertising.

How Penny Per Page Might Work

The World Wide Web is known for its nearly unprecedented "free content." But can it stay that way? Learn how the penny-per-page revenue model might work.

Which is better to use for a cable modem -- a USB connection or an Ethernet card?

There are too many variables to make a generalization about whether Ethernet or USB is the better way to connect your home computer. Read this article to learn how to pick the right one for your system.

How VDSL Works

If you've been holding your breath for the next best thing in Internet connections, get ready to exhale. VDSL has five times the speed of regular broadband.

How WiFi Works

Wireless networks are easy to set up and inexpensive. They're also increasingly common, and have even become a value-add for many businesses. Whether you're at home or out and about, odds are you can connect to the Web via WiFi.

How the Airborne Internet Will Work

Imagine using a high-speed wireless Internet connection originating from an aircraft flying over your city. Learn about the airborne Internet and how you might use this technology in the near future.

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