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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Top 5 Richest Internet Entrepreneurs

Being an entrepreneur requires a good idea, strong business acumen and a willingness to put in long hours until your idea pays off. For some, hard work has paid off in ways the rest of us can barely imagine.

What would happen if the Internet collapsed?

Now that the Internet has become such an important part of our everyday lives, it's hard to imagine what life would be like without it. Could the Internet collapse? What would happen if it did?

How Google Books Works

Among Google's goals is a project to scan books and make them available to anyone with access to the Internet. The idea is to spread knowledge, so why are so many people upset with the company's method for going through with the project?

What algorithm could save Internet companies billions of dollars?

Everyone knows that conserving electricity also saves money. But what do you do if you work at a large company with many data centers that must stay online? As it turns out, there's a formula to help you with that.

How Foursquare Works

Smartphones enable us to interact with the world around us in many different ways. Foursquare turns a night on the town into a great big game with real rewards.

Popular Web Site Pictures

Sure, you consider yourself the king of the Interwebs, but we bet you aren’t familiar with all of the sites that made our gallery. Or are you? Guess there's only one way to find out.

How Classmates.com Works

How many of you have lost touch with an old school friend? Classmates.com was founded to help people reconnect with one another. But why is the site so restrictive?

How Alltop Works

Search engines aren't always the best tools for finding the information you need. Sometimes you need human intervention. That's when it's time to visit Alltop.

How WiGig Works

Wireless networking sure is convenient, but it can be slow. An emerging standard known as WiGig may make a difference -- you can transfer 25 GB of data in less than a minute! Will WiGig outlast its competitors?

How EasyNews Works

USENET has been offering Internet users the chance to talk to one another since 1979. But true USENET fans want more. What does EasyNews offer them that their ISPs don't?

How Microsoft Bing Works

As it lost ground to Google, Microsoft decided to do more than just upgrade Live Search. Instead it created Bing, a "decision engine." Can Bing be the new no. 1?

Fiber Optics

Fiber Optics, the technique of transmitting light through transparent, flexible fibers of glass or plastic.

How Ravelry Works

Social networking sites on the Internet have brought people with all kinds of interests together. Knitting and crocheting enthusiasts hang out on Ravelry. But what can you do on the site?

How Quizilla Works

One craze that's taken off across many social networking sites is the ability to create quizzes for your friends and followers. Quizilla helps you do just that.

How MiGente Works

MiGente is a social networking site with a focus on Latino culture in the United States. What services does the site offer that helps people make new friends?

How Orkut Works

Orkut is a social network that's popular in many parts of the world, though it lags behind many others in the United States. How did this Google site get its start?

How Google Groups Works

Google Groups has several features that can help you keep in touch with friends, connect with people who have similar interests, and organize projects and presentations.

How Hi5 Works

Hi5 is a social networking site that's based in the United States but more popular in other countries around the world.

How MocoSpace Works

Want to make friends and keep them with you on the go? MocoSpace may be just the social networking site for you. And you don't even have to have a fancy smartphone to use it.

How WeeWorld Works

Have you ever thought about designing a cartoon character of yourself? Well, you're not alone. In fact, more than 26 million people have already done just that -- in WeeWorld.

How Xanga Works

Xanga is a blogging community -- in fact, it says so right on the site's home page. But does Xanga offer more to users than simply a place to post their daily musings?

How Zwinky Works

Imagine walking around Zwinktopia's Zwinchester mall with your Zcard in-hand -- loaded with Zbucks. If you don't recognize any of these terms, then you must not be one of Zwinky's more than 16 million users.

How to Start a Social Networking Site

Everybody's heard of Facebook, MySpace and Friendster. But that wasn't always the case. How do you start your own social networking site?

How to Use Social Networking for Your Business

Most of the time, people think of social networking accounts as recreational. But others see them as a novel way to reach out to their customers and business contacts.

How GenForum Works

Millions of people are using Internet resources to research their roots. GenForum is one of the many resources available to both budding and seasoned genealogists alike, though unlike many other sites, it depends heavily on its users to function.


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