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 Added: +400 Entertainment MSN Display Pictures
Added: +400 Entertainment MSN Display Pictures

dwergs says ( 13 Oct 2006 ):

 

Messer lpchick did another night shift and uploaded more than 400 MSN Display Pictures into several of our top TV-series categories like Prison Break and Lost. Have a look...

msn display pics>> Browse 90 Grey's Anatomy MSN Display Pictures.

>> Browse 149 Prison Break MSN Display Pictures.

>> Browse 544 Lost MSN Display Pictures.

>> Browse 45 Evangeline Lilly MSN Display Pictures.

>> Browse 390 Hilary Duff MSN Display Pictures.

>> Browse 71 Supernatural MSN Display Pictures.

>> Browse 106 Nicole Richie MSN Display Pictures.



 Microsoft acquires bot technology company Conversagent
Microsoft acquires bot technology company Conversagent

dwergs says ( 13 Oct 2006 ):

 

Colloquis, formerly known as Conversagent (or even ActiveBuddy in a very distant past) and one of three partners in the Invasion of the Robots contest, has been acquired by Microsoft.

As a result of this acquisation, Microsoft will offer Windows Live Service Agents, based on the Colloquis Automated Service Agent. An Xbox agent will be the first application of the hosted Web-based customer service application that interacts with end users in conversational language. Microsoft then later plans to launch Windows Live Agents, which are basically Messenger bots based on the Colloquis bot technology.

J-Thread reviewed the bot SDK here (scroll down a bit).

[Reported by: Todd Biggs] [Source: PressPass]



 5Sai debuts Messenger nickname advertising in China
5Sai debuts Messenger nickname advertising in China

dwergs says ( 10 Oct 2006 ):

 

msn names advertisingWouldn't it be easy peasy to quickly sign into Messenger before leaving to school or work, passively spam your contact list all day until you return and collect a bit of extra cash on the way? 5Sai, a Chinese social networking site, has introduced such an opportunity to its users, at the same time offering a promising new channel to its advertisers.

Interested members with more than 50 people on their contact lists can sign up for the program and are then expected to put preformatted commercial messages in their Messenger names for at least 3 hours (in total) between 9:00-18:00 on working days and Saturday (except on holidays). Their participation is verified and monitored by a Messenger Bot, which also suggests advertising messages based on the members' and (as far as they know) their contacts' age, gender and location profiles.

msn ad names

When the nickname exposure reaches certain objectives, the user will get paid or enter prize draws for magazine subscriptions, iPod nanos, etc. Those who are already thinking up evil schemes that involve our Mess Patch's polygamy option and dozens of new Messenger accounts, note that cheaters will (somehow) be tracked downed and removed from the program without remorse.

I'm sure many teens would be interested in earning extra pocket money this way, making it an interesting channel to target young, web-savvy people. But I'm afraid the fact that Messenger names can't be turned into hyperlinks will make it hard for 5Sai to sell ads this way.

[Source: 5Sai.com via China Web2.0 Review]



 New Office Live Beta tab for U.S. Messenger users
New Office Live Beta tab for U.S. Messenger users

dwergs says ( 10 Oct 2006 ):

 

windows live messenger office live tabBrandon LeBlanc spotted a new Office Live Beta tab in Messenger two days ago. The tab, which only appears to Passport accounts set to U.S., looks like this. Unfortunately, Brandon nor I were able to test its features.



 Microsoft forced to revoke Patchou's MVP award
Microsoft forced to revoke Patchou's MVP award

dwergs says ( 09 Oct 2006 ):

 

When Patchou last week proudly announced his freshly acquired Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status, the news spurred so much criticism from fellow MVPs and security experts that Microsoft decided to take back the award on Friday. The whos, whats and whys can be found eg. here and here.

Microsoft today issued the following statement: "Cyril Paciullo was awarded with MVP status this year on the basis of his technical expertise and strong community contribution. However, his active MVP Award status was revoked as soon as the extent of the connection between his application and spyware was made apparent to the MVP Program.".

While one could easily understand the company's reaction in this matter, the very fact that Patchou was awarded the MVP award in the first place proves that Microsoft has acknowledged his extraordinary product expertise and significant contribution to the MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger, now and in the past. Once again it's been proven that all the criticism regarding the optional adware doesn't devalue the quality of the addon in the eyes of its millions of users.

[Source: Microsoft Informer] [Reported by: Mr. V]



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