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Posted by inet on 2006-02-22       Article Source : Reuters

Mobile telephone text messaging has become so popular in Britain that millions of users now suffer injuries to their thumbs and fingers because of their love of keeping in touch, according to a survey on Tuesday.
Over 93.5 million text messages are sent every day but all this digit action has lead to an explosion in people reporting cases of repetitive strain injury (RSI).

Thirty-eight percent more people suffer from sore wrists and thumbs due to texting than five

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-21   

EarthLink Inc. said Monday it will offer DirecTV and Dish Network satellite television service in bundled options in select markets across the United States.
The Atlanta-based Internet service provider said the offers will begin by the end of the first quarter. It did not say in which markets the options will be available nor offer any pricing details.

Atlanta-based BellSouth Corp., the dominant local telephone provider in nine southeastern states, also has a partnership with DirecTV Inc. to offer

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-21       Article Source : Reuters

Rupert Murdoch saw a Web site with monster growth potential in MySpace.com, the online music and dating phenomenon that makes it easy for teens to find friends and express themselves.
The media mogul's News Corp Inc. paid $580 million for MySpace last July. And even as he figures out how to turn more than 56 million MySpace members into higher Internet revenue for News Corp., there is another concern: the safety of its teen denizens.

The phenomenal growth of

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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-21       Article Source : AP

NEW YORK - The social networking site MySpace, hugely successful among teenagers and twenty-somethings, is about to become more ubiquitous with the launch of a cellular service that will let users read and post to the site for free.

The service and two accompanying phones will be launched in a few months by Helio LLC, a joint venture of Internet service provider Earthlink Inc. and South Korean carrier SK Telecom Co.

On MySpace, users keep personal pages with journals, communicate with

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-18       Article Source : Reuters

Chinese Communist Party elders and U.S. lawmakers fired shots at China's powerful censors this week, but Li Xinde says muck-raking campaigners like himself are undermining the country's barriers to free speech every day.
Li is one of just a handful of Internet investigative reporters, exposing corrupt officials and injustice on his China Public Opinion Surveillance Net (www.yuluncn.com).

Then he spreads his often outrageous, sometimes gruesome stories on some of the 49 blogs he uses to slip past

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-18       Article Source : NewsFactor

Google is looking to beef up its corporate-search presence by inking a partnership with global management and consulting firm BearingPoint.
As part of the deal, BearingPoint will launch a search-solutions service that will emphasize bringing Google's search technology to complex enterprise environments. The consulting firm will give Google's enterprise customers the opportunity to customize their search technology for specific business needs.

The strategy could be especially appealing to industries such as pharmaceuticals, banking, brokerage, high-tech, and aerospace, the

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-17       Article Source : InfoWorld

Amazon.com plans to launch its own Internet music service to rival Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing unidentified sources.

The world's largest online retailer also plans to sell its own-branded portable music players and a subscription service that would offer deep discounts and preloaded songs to users of its music players.

The company is in advanced talks with four global music companies about a digital music service that could be launched as early as

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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-17   

An online message board dedicated to Indian and Pakistani cricket fans on the BBC Web site has been shut down after some users began posting racist and religious abuse, the broadcaster said on Wednesday.
Some contributors on BBC's Test Match Special South Asian board had written messages supporting the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, another glorified Hitler and others insulted the Hindu and Muslim faiths.

A BBC spokeswoman said the site had been busier than usual

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-17       Article Source : InternetWeek

America Online Inc. in January had the best rate for shoppers becoming buyers out of the four top search engines, a Web analytics firm said Wednesday.

AOL Search's conversion rate at business-to-consumer e-commerce sites was 6.17 percent, followed by Microsoft Corp.'s MSN, 6.03 percent; Yahoo Inc., 4.07 percent; and Google Inc., 3.83 percent, according to WebSideStory Inc.

A reason for the higher conversion rates was in the demographics of the search engines, Ali Behnam, senior digital marketing consultant for WebSideStory, said.Read More...  

Posted by iNext on 2006-02-16       Article Source : Reuters

A video on demand movie service spun out of Walt Disney Co. is introducing on Tuesday the first U.S. home delivery service for high-definition films, backed by top Hollywood and Silicon Valley partners.

MovieBeam, of Burbank, California, said it plans to begin offering first-run films this week from six of the seven film studios in standard digital video format and high-definition films from Disney and Warner Bros. studios.

The video-on-demand service is aimed at heavy movie renters and initially will be

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-15       Article Source : TechWeb News

VeriSign on Monday unveiled a new security system to protect online buyers from identity theft, and said it had signed up PayPal, eBay, and Yahoo as the first sites to support the authentication service.
Called VeriSign Identity Protection (VIP), the system will let consumers use a single security device to authenticate themselves to any VIP-enabled Web site. Using a shared authentication network operated by VeriSign, VIP allows e-tailing sites and enterprises to provide customers or users with one authentication credential

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-15       Article Source : AFP

British telecoms operator BT Group announced a deal with Endemol that would see the Dutch production company providing part-content for BT's new broadband Internet television service.

Endemol, the firm behind the "Big Brother" reality television format, will produce "high-quality programming and compelling interactive content", according to BT. Neither company released financial details of the deal.

Customers of the service, which launches in late 2006, will tune into on-demand film, music and television programming, as well as interactive and communications

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-15       Article Source : InformationWeek

U.S. communications regulators said on Friday they will investigate whether tougher protections are needed to safeguard telephone customer information.

The Federal Communications Commission voted to examine the security measures that telephone carriers have in place and "what kind of security measures may be warranted to better protect consumers' privacy."

The move comes at the request of a privacy watchdog group amid pressure to clamp down on online data brokers that offer to obtain and sell telephone subscriber information. Some Internet sites have

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-14       Article Source : AFP

Takafumi Horie, the flamboyant founder of Japan's Livedoor Internet firm, was indicted with three associates for alleged securities fraud to cap a spectacular fall from grace.
Horie, 33, who just a month ago was one of Japan's most high-profile business leaders, and his fellow former executives each risk five years in prison and fines of up to five million yen (42,500 dollars).

"During the court proceedings, we will clarify that the key to Livedoor's rapid growth was criminal acts

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-14       Article Source : AFP

US government agencies have staged a simulated cyber attack on the country's power grid and other critical infrastructure to test Internet security measures and emergency preparedness.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said on Friday in a statement that the exercise, dubbed "Cyber Storm," set out scenarios in which a "large-scale cyber incident" threatened the energy, IT, telecommunications and transportation sectors.

The DHS said 115 public, private and international agencies took part, including the departments of defense, state, justice,

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