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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-28       Article Source : InfoWorld

Government leaders attending a contentious Internet summit in Tunis, Tunisia, last week decided one thing: The way the Internet is governed will change eventually. What attendees of the World Summit on the Information Society didn’t agree on, however -- and what will remain the focus of much debate moving forward -- is how, and when, the current governance structure should change.
For now, the United States remains in control. From both an economic and security perspective, the U.S. government is

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-28   

One in six U.S. Internet users have sold goods and services online and 2 percent do so on a given day, a new study found.
Sales are typically done through such online classifed ads sites as Craigslist or through an auction like eBay, the Pew Internet and American Life Project said Sunday.

Those who use the Internet more frequently, have high-speed broadband connections or have been online longer are more likely to be an online seller, the study found.Read More...  

Posted by iNext on 2005-11-28   

DENVER - Initially, the great thing about Internet mapping programs was their swiftness and ease for obtaining directions, printing them and driving the course you plotted.
Now those Web maps can travel with you, too. And get updated on the road. And, on some wireless handhelds, show you exactly where you are and if, say, an Ethiopian restaurant is anywhere near.

MapQuest Inc., acquired by America Online Inc. in 2000, was the first mover and remains tops in Internet

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-27       Article Source : Reuters

U.S. online holiday sales are expected to hit nearly $20 billion this year and should take off on Monday, when consumers return to work and their fast Internet connections after the long Thanksgiving weekend.
"Cyber Monday," the term coined for the Monday after Thanksgiving, comes on the heels of the busy "Black Friday" shopping day when many brick-and-mortar retailers begin turning a profit.

The good news for online shoppers this year, is that "Cyber Monday" is becoming the Web

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-26   

Netherlands - The Dutch Supreme Court on Friday ordered Internet company Lycos to reveal the identity of a client in a benchmark decision on privacy that was praised by copyright groups as a way to go after illegal swapping of music and movies online.
It is the first ruling of its kind in the Netherlands on Internet privacy and could have far reaching consequences for other Internet providers.

The country's highest court ruled that Lycos had wrongly protected the

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-26   

Sweden - There won't be any cotton candy, but most other treats of a world fair would be available in an Internet version of the global exposition being prepared in Sweden.

The Swedish government and the organization responsible for running the World Expo want to attract younger people and others without the means to travel across the globe to visit a fair, officials said Friday. They hope to have it up and running in three years.

"With an Internet World Expo,

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-26       Article Source : USA TODAY

For the big day-after Thanksgiving shopping stampede: How about going online to give the fanatic in your life a way to watch sports on a 2-inch screen costing $400?

While the $400 ESPN Mobile cellphones won't be in stores nationwide until February, they go on sale online Friday at mobileespn.com, whose homepage headline hypes that phone with ESPN's usual understated tone - "The Greatest Invention in the History of the World. Ever."

Mountains of sports information is available through cellphones. But Manish

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-26       Article Source : Reuters

The 57,000 inhabitants of the Arctic island of Greenland will soon have access to the fastest Internet connections available in Europe, German engineering conglomerate Siemens said on Friday.
Siemens said it would supply broadband access of up to 24 megabits per second to Greenland's settlements by the end of the year -- fast enough for transmission of TV signals to supplement the island's one national and few local channels.

Under the deal with Greenland's state telecoms operator Tele Greenland,

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-25       Article Source : AFP

More American consumers are leaving their cars at home and shopping online for the holidays in the face of high fuel costs, giving an extra boost to Internet shopping, analysts say.
A report by comScore Networks projects online spending for the holidays growing by 24 percent from last year to a total of 19 billion dollars.

A separate forecast by Forrester Research projects online sales of 18 billion dollars, a 25 percent increase over that firm's estimate.


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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-24       Article Source : NewsFactor

Hollywood's efforts to combat the illegal online distribution of protected video content got a shot in the arm with this week's decision by file-sharing software provider BitTorrent to cooperate on antipiracy efforts.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) said BitTorrent has agreed to remove certain links in its popular search engine. These links point users to copies of pirated content owned by MPAA companies.

The pact represents not only a victory for the film industry, which is determined

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-24       Article Source : NewsFactor

Internet phone service provider Skype has hooked up with retailer RadioShack in a deal that will put Skype hardware and software in thousands of RadioShack stores and boost the profile of an emerging VoIP market.

Among the equipment to be offered at some 3,500 RadioShack outlets is an Internet calling kit consisting of a Bluetooth-enabled wireless headset and USB adapter from Motorola, a Linksys cordless Internet telephony kit, and other equipment to support the Skype service.

The Skype Starter Pack, priced

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-24       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Microsoft is extending the popular RSS 2.0 Web syndication format to make it "multidirectional," allowing it to be used for synchronizing information such as contacts and calendar entries across different applications, the company says.

RSS 2.0 is best known as a way to let Internet users subscribe to content from Web sites that support Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds. When content on a site is updated, the RSS feed informs the subscriber, often with a summary of the updated content and a

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-24       Article Source : Reuters

The online travel search market is fast filling up with Web sites offering the cheapest bookings, and experts warn that the smaller entrants without partnerships with major service providers are sure to fail.
Unlike full-service online travel agencies such as Expedia Inc. that sell tickets and make reservations, travel search engines sniff out bookings and direct users to Web sites where they can make purchases. Some travelers use search engines to avoid booking fees that travel agencies charge.


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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-24       Article Source : TechWeb News

American Online Inc. is investing in online video distributor Brightcove, and plans to offer the latter company's content publishers the option of showing their video on the AOL network, the companies said Tuesday.

In the investment deal, Dulles, Va.-based, AOL, a division of Time Warner Inc., joins e-commerce giant IAC/InterActiveCorp, Hearst Corp. and Allen & Co. LLC in investing a total of $16.2 million in Brightcove. In addition, media mogul Barry Diller, chairman and chief executive of IAC, is joining the Brightcove

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-22       Article Source : AP

Joining the herd of Web sites jostling to cash in on the holiday shopping season, online search engine leader Google Inc. is adding a tool designed to make it easier for consumers to map out their local trips to the mall.

The feature, to be unveiled Tuesday at Google's Froogle shopping site, will pinpoint the merchants selling a specific item within a designated ZIP code. Besides displaying a map showing all the local stores carrying the merchandise, Froogle also will list price

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