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Posted by inet on 2006-02-13       Article Source : AdWeek.com

Google, now the world's most highly valued media company, finds itself stepping on the toes of established players as it tries to extend its Web dominance into new domains.
 
The World Association of Newspapers last week accused Google and other search engines of not paying for the excerpts of news sites they display in search results. The accusation mirrored recent complaints from book publishers over Google indexing their copyrighted material, and points to more skirmishes with the traditional media industry

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-13       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Though the new head of Microsoft's MSN division has been calling the company's MSN portal "MSN Media Network" internally, Microsoft has no formal plans to rebrand the site, a Microsoft spokesperson says.
 
Rumors and published reports surfaced earlier this week that Microsoft would change the official name of its MSN portal to reflect a ramp up of services on the site offering more access to digital media and entertainment content. However, Microsoft spokesperson Kathy Gill says that while there will be

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-08       Article Source : USA TODAY

America Online will begin charging businesses to send commercial e-mail to its users in the first wide-scale use of authenticated e-mail to reduce spam. But some marketers affected by the plan, set to start in several weeks, call it e-mail taxation designed to create a new stream of revenue for AOL.
 
The certified e-mail system would require advertisers to pay $2 to $3 per 1,000 messages. The plan is optional, though AOL and its tech partner, Goodmail Systems, cannot guarantee

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-08       Article Source : Reuters

Television networks took a leap into the unknown when they started selling their shows on Apple's iTunes online store, but even in these early days, it's starting to look as if that faith in digital downloads was well placed.
 
Apple CEO Steve Jobs welcomed Walt Disney Co. and Pixar Animation Studios content to the service in October. Now there are 40 different series, each episode of which costs a standardized $1.99 to purchase, and more are on the way.
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Posted by inet on 2006-02-07       Article Source : AP

NEW YORK - Google Inc. and eBay Inc.'s Skype are investing in a startup that plans to help hotspot owners charge for Wi-Fi access, a plan that could face significant opposition from Internet service providers.
 
The Internet heavyweights were joined by venture capital firms Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital in making a $22 million investment in FON, the Spanish startup. In its announcement Sunday, FON did not say how much each investor was contributing.

FON's idea, floated just three

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-05       Article Source : Reuters

Online video game playing is growing up. A new generation of game consoles is ushering in online features that promise to make playing with others over the Internet easier and more compelling than sitting on the couch and playing solo or with a friend.
 
Eyeing a much larger market, console makers are stealing a page or two from the PC gaming playbook.

Hard-core PC game enthusiasts spend a fortune "tricking out" their machines with lightning-fast memory, bleeding-edge video cards

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-05       Article Source : Reuters

Once upon a time, you checked your local newspaper's film critic for advice about what to see on any given weekend. Or maybe you read the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly or the New Yorker, or checked out TV critics with national clout such as Roger Ebert or Gene Shalit.
 
Not anymore. With the advent of the Internet, geography is history. Today, more than 90% of the target moviegoer demographic ages 13-34 go online to get their movie information, says

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-04       Article Source : Reuters

No. 1 U.S. video rental chain Blockbuster Inc. on Thursday said it was doubling the number of free in-store rentals given to subscribers to its online rental service, which it will promote with its second Super Bowl ad in as many years.
 
The offer, effective immediately, gives online subscribers one free in-store rental per week, up from two free rentals per month. The offer applies to all the company's online rental plans, which start at $9.99 per month.

As

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-04       Article Source : Reuters

AOL, the online division of Time Warner Inc., on Thursday said it has landed a deal with cable operator Charter Communications Inc. to offer low-cost, high-speed Internet service.
 
It is the fourth new deal since last week, when it struck similar agreements with phone companies BellSouth Corp., AT&T Inc. and Qwest Communications International Inc.

AOL, which has lost more than 7 million subscribers to its dial-up modem Internet service since 2002, is now seeking to offer low-cost high speed

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-04       Article Source : InformationWeek

Stung by bad publicity over their respective efforts to do business in China, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo on Wednesday asked the government to take a stand against censorship.

In a statement prepared for a meeting held Wednesday by the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, Andrew McLaughlin, Google's senior policy counsel, asked the U.S to go to bat for American values overseas by extending the definition of free trade to include the free flow of information.

"[A]s a U.S.-based company that deals

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-04       Article Source : USA TODAY

Blogs. 99-cent music downloads. Podcasts. Phoning home via the Internet. Online social networking. It's the golden age of the Internet.
 
But you wouldn't know it if you've just been watching Internet stocks. Outside of Google and a few other choice names, it's hard to find an Internet company that gets investors' juices flowing - let alone gets them to pull out their wallets. From a technological standpoint, the Internet has lived up to and even surpassed its wildest expectations. But

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-03       Article Source : Reuters

CBS will make episodes from the next edition of its "Survivor" franchise available for download on CBS.com, marking the first time a network has offered its programming for purchase from its own Web site, the network said Wednesday.
 
For $1.99 per episode, visitors to http://www.CBS.com can download full episodes of "Survivor: Panama -- Exile" starting at midnight following each episode's premiere on the broadcast network. "Survivor: Panama" debuts Thursday night in its regular 8 p.m. time slot. The

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-21       Article Source : NewsFactor

Online banking is suffering through a withdrawal phase. A study last fall by I.T. security firm Entrust found that 18 percent of Americans who bank online plan to do so less often because of security concerns. A third of the respondents said they were worried about their bank's Web site being spoofed by a fraudulent facsimile that would trick them into divulging their logon information.
 
"Consumer confidence in online banking security has been damaged," said Chris Voice, vice president of

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-21       Article Source : USA TODAY

There has been a subtle yet incredibly important change with the way the Internet is used. It's been going on for at least a couple of years, but lately we're beginning to feel the enormous cumulative effects.
 
The result is a very different kind of Net - one that has even earned its own name: Web 2.0.

This isn't a separate Web. In fact, chances are you've been using it. Unlike Internet2, which is a separate entity, when people speak

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-21   

As befits its indie roots, the Sundance Film Festival has long played host to innovations that have spread elsewhere.
 
Blogging is one of them. Personal blogs, millions of them, are spreading on the Internet like kudzu, from LiveJournal.com to MySpace.com. Professional blogs such as Gawker Media's gossipy Defamer.com draws some 270,000 page views per day.

As blogs become more successful, they are challenging traditional media, and this year's Sundance marks a fascinating juncture as newly powerful blogs like Read More...  

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