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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-08       Article Source : AFP

High-tech companies are scrambling to get a piece of the action of Internet telephony as the new technology gains more ground against traditional phone service.
 
The shift by consumers to Internet-based calling systems -- referred to as "Voice over Internet Protocol" (VoIP) -- is prompting makers of hardware, software and Web portals to adapt to the new landscape, and is creating a buzz among industry leaders at this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Skype, a VoIP pioneer recently purchased

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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-07       Article Source : USA TODAY

Yahoo will dramatically leap out of the PC Friday.

At the giant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the search-engine giant plans to announce a set of popular Yahoo tools - including movie listings, trailers and online music - for televisions. It's free, though it requires the TV be hooked up to a PC running Microsoft's Windows XP or Media Center operating system. The Yahoo tools can be accessed by remote control if the PC has one. Otherwise, users navigate with the

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-07       Article Source : Reuters

Users of Intel Corp.'s new entertainment platform will soon be able to use Google Inc.'s search technology to locate Internet video, one of several new partnerships as the top chip maker moves from microprocessors into digital home entertainment.

The agreement, announced by the companies on Thursday, will give users of Intel's Viiv-branded products a way to search, organize and view Internet video on their televisions and portable devices.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

"With the explosion of digital entertainment

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-06   

LONDON - Landmark BBC television reports of major world events from the past half-century will be available free online to British computer users.
 
Footage of the fall of the Berlin Wall, protests in Tiananmen Square and the famous 1984 dispatch detailing famine in Ethiopia, which prompted the Live Aid charity concerts, are included in a trial project being tested on the British Broadcasting Corp.'s Web site.

Users will be able to view an initial 80 packages in their original

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-05       Article Source : NewsFactor

Internet giants Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft are set to dominate the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which takes place in Las Vegas every year at the beginning of January.
 
Terry Semel, chairman and CEO of Yahoo, and Larry Page, cofounder and president of Google, are delivering keynote speeches along with Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and Sir Howard Stringer, chairman and CEO of Sony.

"This is the first time that Yahoo is taking a booth at CES," said Nicole

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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-05       Article Source : Reuters

BellSouth, the No. 3 U.S. local telephone company, said on Wednesday it signed a deal to receive satellite video services from SES Global as it moves ahead with test plans to deliver television over the Internet.
 
The deal with SES Global's U.S. arm, SES Americom, expands on a trial BellSouth began last year with Microsoft Corp to launch a new Internet-based TV system in mid-2006.

"SES Americom enables us to make additional content available to BellSouth's IPTV trial participants

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-05       Article Source : AFP

Asian governments attempting to control the free flow of information face a struggle as their citizens increasingly turn to the Internet for alternative views.

As Internet penetration rates surge across Asia, governments, including those in China and Vietnam, are finding it harder to deal with political challenges arising from the availability of information through the Web, the Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC) said.

"Governments that attempt to control the free flow of information are fighting an uphill battle," the Hong

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-03       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Holiday shoppers spent more online in 2005 than they did in 2004, continuing to steadily steal market share from brick-and-mortar shops, according to a report released last week by Goldman Sachs, Nielsen/NetRatings, and Harris Interactive.
 
Holiday shoppers in the U.S. spent $30.1 billion from late October until December 23, a 30 percent increase over the 2004 holiday season, according to the report, which surveyed 8600 shoppers in the U.S.

Online spending made up 27 percent of total spending during the

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-03       Article Source : Reuters

Cable network Starz Entertainment Group LLC said it plans to launch an Internet movie download service on Tuesday, backed by partnerships with Microsoft and Sony, amid a race to offer more videos over high-speed Internet connections.
 
The service, called Vongo, follows the debut of Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes video service, which ignited interest across the media sector to make more video programming available at any time and anywhere outside of the living room.

Vongo is not the first movie

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

For years ESPN has thrived as one of the most lucrative franchises on U.S. cable TV, commanding high license fees for the loyal viewers who expect to see the sports network in their basic subscription packages.
 
Now, ESPN parent the Walt Disney Co is out to replicate that success in the broadband Internet market as it pursues on-demand delivery of content ranging from sports and news to hit TV shows like "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives."

In addition to its

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-31       Article Source : eWeek

Google Inc.'s search features will be included within the Opera Mini, a new browser for cell phones due next month from Norway-based Opera Software SSA.
 
The one-year agreement with Google, unveiled Thursday, also calls for Google to be the default search engine for Opera Mobile, a cell phone Web browser now available from Opera.

The deal is no surprise. Google is also the default search engine for Opera's Web browsers meant for personal computers. In fact, the two companies'

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-31   

Canadian music labels Wednesday called for tougher laws against illegal Internet music downloading in an appeal to politicians at midpoint of a federal election campaign.
 
The Canadian Recording Industry Assn. called attention to an opinion poll on Internet downloading that indicated 91% of Canadians surveyed favored copyright protection for music artists and creators to ensure that everyone gets paid for copies of their work.

"This should put some steel in their spine," CRIA president Graham Henderson said of federal

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-30       Article Source : Reuters

Norwegian Opera Software has agreed that Google Inc. will be the default partner for its mobile Internet browsers, Opera said on Thursday.
 
"Google will be the default search partner for the mobile browsers: Opera Mobile and Opera Mini," Opera Software ASA said in a statement. "Under the one-year contract, Opera will make Google Search a major part of the browsers home screen."

Oslo-based Opera Software is a tiny competitor of Microsoft in the Internet browser market, but the fast-growing

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-29       Article Source : Reuters

An Oregon man has pleaded guilty to using a computer worm to launch attacks against Internet auction site eBay Inc., the U.S. attorney's office handling the case said on Wednesday.
 
Anthony Scott Clark, 21, pleaded guilty to intentionally damaging a protected computer, a crime with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to twice any losses incurred, according to the U.S. Attorney for the northern district of California.

In July and August 2003,

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-29       Article Source : NewsFactor

CBS has hooked up with Internet portal Yahoo to deliver two of the network's prime-time sitcoms in a joint promotion dubbed "Comedy Bowl" that will run for one week.
 
Full half-hour episodes of CBS's "Two and a Half Men" and "How I Met Your Mother" on Tuesday began streaming, without commercials, on Yahoo TV (tv.yahoo.com) and will continue showing through the afternoon of Monday, January 2.

The two episodes from each series, which were broadcast earlier this season,

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