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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-21       Article Source : Reuters

A possible merger of the Walt Disney Co. and Pixar Animation Studios Inc. , if successful, could give Pixar chief Steve Jobs the power to break down barriers that have long existed between online content, computer hardware and digital distribution.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Disney was in talks to buy Pixar for $6.7 billion in stock, making Jobs -- who is chief of both Apple Computer Inc. and Pixar -- Disney's largest individual shareholder and possibly

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-15       Article Source : Reuters

A U.S. Congressman said on Friday that federal agencies were looking into whether telephone companies were sufficiently protecting consumers' records amid concerns that Internet sites were selling cellphone call information.

Rep. Edward Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, said the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) told him the agency was investigating whether phone companies were adequately protecting consumer records. He said in a statement "the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission were coordinating efforts to combat this rising fraud."


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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-15       Article Source : TechWeb News

America Online Inc. on Friday said it had partnered with the Game Show Network LLC to create a blackjack site for AOL.com, the latest addition in AOL's growing number of casino games.
The new "blackjack hub" is expected to launch in April and offer free playing of blackjack, tips from the pros, and, during GSN's World Series of Blackjack TV show in June, exclusive behind-the-scenes video.

In addition to the blackjack TV show, GSN is making its online and

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-14       Article Source : Reuters

Two Indonesians in their 50s exchanged wedding vows this week without ever meeting by using the Internet to make up for the oceans that separate them.
Wiriadi Sutrisno works as a physiotherapist in California, and Rita Sri Mutiara Dewi is from the Indonesian city of Bandung.

They met through the Internet. Sutrisno proposed that way and finally they exchanged wedding vows in a ceremony using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) which was supervised by a Muslim religious official, the

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-14       Article Source : Reuters

Web search leader Google Inc. on Thursday said it was now offering U.S. mobile phone users a personalized version of the Google home page tailored to work on most recently introduced mobile phones. 
The Google Personalized Home page for mobile phones will allow consumers to conduct Web searches and check Gmail e-mail, news headlines, local weather reports or a list of stock prices -- all from one central page on their phones.

Google is racing with Internet rivals such

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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-13       Article Source : TechWeb News

A new collaborative Web site offers tips on blogging more anonymously for people who live in countries that restrict free speech -- or for those who want to write freely about their companies without the risk of getting fired.
The wiki, launched this week, is called anoniblog.

The site offers no guarantees of complete anonymity but bills itself as a starting point. Users, like those who visit Wikipedia, are encouraged to add and edit guidelines. It warns that bloggers

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-12       Article Source : Reuters

Online shoppers picked Google Inc. as their search engine of choice this December while making their holiday Web purchases, according to a report issued on Wednesday.
Internet measurement firm Hitwise found that 11.1 percent of all December shopping-related visits originated with Google, a 28 percent jump over last year. But online auction giant eBay Inc was the biggest driver of traffic to shopping sites, generating more than 13 percent of retail traffic.

Search engines Yahoo! Search and Microsoft Corp.'s

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-12       Article Source : USA TODAY

Responding to the rising cybercrime threat, the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday unveiled an online tool designed to help consumers avoid becoming victims of Internet scams.
At the website, www.onguardonline.gov, consumers can take interactive quizzes designed to enlighten them about ID theft, phishing, spam and online-shopping scams.

If the user selects a wrong answer, the program explains why that particular misconception about Internet security can lead to trouble.

Elsewhere on the site, consumers can find

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-12       Article Source : AFP

Internet downloading and MP3 players are creating a generation of people who do not seriously appreciate songs or musical performances, British researchers said.
"The accessibility of music has meant that it is taken for granted and does not require a deep emotional commitment once associated with music appreciation," said music psychologist Adrian North.

North led a team from the University of Leicester, central England, that monitored 346 people over two weeks to evaluate how they related to music.
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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-11       Article Source : Reuters

Online company AOL on Tuesday said it had closed a deal in December to purchase Truveo Inc., a video search company.
Financial terms of the deal were not provided.

The deal was the largest purchase by the Time Warner Inc. division in 2005 and smaller than the $435 million purchase of Advertising.com in 2004, an AOL spokesman said.

AOL, which is in the process of relying less on subscription revenue from a declining membership to its online service,

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-11   

Sprint Nextel Corp.'s wireless, long-distance and Internet customers along the West Coast were without service for several hours Monday after a fiber-optic cable was cut west of Phoenix.
The problem was compounded by network repairs near Reno, Nev., that had forced the company to route calls from that region through the Phoenix lines, spokesman John Taylor said.

Taylor said both cables were repaired by 7 p.m. EST, and that service had been restored in the affected areas. He said

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-10       Article Source : Reuters

The Walt Disney Co on Monday said online and retail sales during the 2005 holiday season rose by double digits year over year.

The entertainment conglomerate said strong sales of its Mix Stick MP3 player and Tumble Time Tigger, among other items, boosted online sales by 30 percent.

Giant retailers Target Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. saw double-digit incremental growth in sales of Disney products during the same period, Disney said in a statement.

More complete information about holiday retail

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-10       Article Source : AP

SAN JOSE, Calif. - TiVo Inc., the digital video recorder pioneer, made headlines a year ago in vowing to take TV to the next level with support for high-definition video, software that can sling shows outside the box and a plan to pipe movies over the Internet.
But at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the company was unusually quiet despite the event's major focus on big changes in how TV is distributed and watched — something TiVo helped start but

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-09       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

LAS VEGAS-- With some help from Hollywood stars Ellen DeGeneres and Tom Cruise, Yahoo Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Terry Semel launched a new service Friday that connects users to all of their Yahoo Internet-based services through multiple devices.
The service, comprised of the Yahoo Go Desktop, Yahoo Go Mobile, and Yahoo Go TV interfaces, will serve up all of a user's Yahoo content, such as photos, e-mail, and address books, no matter what device a consumer is using as long

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-08       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

LAS VEGAS-- As expected, Google today launched a new video download service during a keynote here by co-founder and President Larry Page at the International Consumer Electronics Show.
The service, called Google VideoStore, allows consumers to buy and download video content from providers such as CBS Broadcasting and the National Basketball Association (NBA) from its Web site.

The service will act as a marketplace and lets the content providers decide in what capacity and for how much they want

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