Daily Archives: February 21, 2007

Every now and then, it’s worth pausing to take stock of just how far the technology of the Web has come in the past few years – and, with imaginative application, what the impacts might be on business and everyday life.

Take this example, about the use of XML in financial reporting. Back in 2000, when I first wrote about this, it sounded nice in theory but remote in practice: if financial reports posted to the SEC were created using a proposed mark-up language known as XBRL, then the information in those reports would become machine-readable. Want to compare the research and development spending of all companies in the oil industry? No longer any need to dig through the reports, just hit a button.  Read more

Lycos Europe, the German-based internet company, is starting another push to put European internet development  back on the map.

Christoph Mohn, chief executive, said the company is to begin rolling out a pipeline of websites and services, among which he hopes will be a challenger to the dominant US companies like Yahoo, Google, MySpace and Facebook. Read more