Women outnumber men online; Amazon adds author blogs...

Slashdot has had some pretty insightful posts in the last few days, so I'm taking a moment to play like PEEK and give you all a little poli-cultural tech roundup courtesy of my favorite geek news site:
  • Let's hear it for the ladies! "There are now more American women than men using the Internet, according to a new study from the Pew Center on the Internet and American Life on gender and use of the Net. While a slightly larger percentage of men than women are online (68 percent vs 66 percent), the larger population of American women tips the balance."

  • "The New York Times is reporting that Amazon is now providing the ability for authors to reach out to their fans via blogs in a program called Amazon Connect." Gawker notes that the Amazon author chosen to be the subject of the article just happens to be a writer for the Times.

  • Bad news for video blogs, and I happen to agree whole-heartedly: "Web Usability Guru Jakob Nielson has recently written a piece for his Alertbox Blog that does not bode well for video bloggers: Static, talking heads are even more boring on the internet than they are on TV. Nielson backs up his ideas with data from a study done on eyetracking while watching web video."

  • For the policy wonks out there: "Ars Technica provides some insight into technology legislation scheduled for congressional review in 2006. From the article: 'Congress plans to cover some important tech issues in 2006 [...] like digital communication, intellectual property law, and computer security. [...] Patent reform is also on the menu.'"


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