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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-19       Article Source : AFP

Chinese Internet firm Alibaba.com has vowed to defeat US giant Google in the battle to become the dominant search engine for the potentially lucrative Chinese market.

Alibaba.com chief executive Jack Ma said his company was the undisputed king of the web in China after seeing off e-Bay and taking over Yahoo's Chinese operations in an August deal that secured a billion dollars of investment.

Ma said Google was vulnerable in China and that Alibaba would focus on building up its search

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-17       Article Source : AP

BUSAN, South Korea - Wireless technology capable of letting Internet users surf the Web at speeds almost as fast as wired connections, even while moving about, was among innovations exhibited this week at an Asia-Pacific summit.
World leaders and other delegates to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit witnessed the first-ever trial of wireless high-speed Internet access called WiBro, which is based on the emerging WiMax standard.

The service will be offered to South Korean consumers next year, in the

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-17       Article Source : AFP

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called for the Internet and information technology to be used to help build a better life for people in some of the world's poorest countries.

Annan warned the 170 countries and some 23,000 scheduled participants from government and industry at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) that, "for far too many people, the gains remain out of reach".

"There is a tremendous yearning, not for technology per se (in itself), but for what technology

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-17       Article Source : AP

An ambitious new Google Inc. service lets anyone upload most anything to a publicly searchable database, potentially laying the groundwork for a foray by the Internet juggernaut into classified advertising.

The venture, Google Base, could lead to a vast expansion of its content and signal grander ambitions for the king of online search-related advertising. Google's stated mission is, after all, nothing less than organizing the world's information.

Launched as a ``beta test'' early Wednesday, Google Base has the potential to make

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-16       Article Source : Reuters

Forex Capital Markets LLC's deal to take over the foreign exchange business of futures brokerage giant Refco Inc. should help shore up the flagging reputation of the online retail currency industry, FXCM's chief executive officer Drew Niv told Reuters in an interview.
Refco on Friday agreed to sell some of its retail foreign exchange assets to online currency broker, Forex Capital Markets, in a deal worth $110 million.

Forex Capital Markets is registered with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-12       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Uber-auction site eBay has rolled out RSS-based content syndication capabilities to all eBay Stores, letting buyers subscribe to feeds from specific stores and in that way receive new information about items for sale, the San Jose, California, company announced this week.
Owners interested in activating this RSS capability on their eBay store can find more information on how to do it here.

The RSS (Real Simple Syndication) button will appear on the lower left corner of any specific store's

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-12       Article Source : AP

Web logs, more often the domain of alienated adolescents and home to screeds by middle-aged pundits, are gaining a foothold as a new leisure-time option for senior citizens.

There's Dad's Tomato Garden Journal, Dogwalk Musings, and, of course, the Oldest Living Blogger.

"It's too easy to sit in your own cave and let the world go by, eh?" said Ray Sutton, the 73-year-old Oldest Living Blogger and a retired electrician who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. "It keeps the old head working

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-12       Article Source : Reuters

Celebrity heiress Paris Hilton, whose Bentley was damaged in a videotaped crash that spawned an Internet sensation and a police investigation, was the "only victim" of the incident, her spokesman said on Thursday.
The videotape released by celebrity Web site TMZ.com shows Hilton's companion, Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos, slamming her luxury car into a truck as the couple left a Hollywood nightclub with at least two other people.

The car is then seen speeding away from the scene

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-12       Article Source : AFP

Internet giant Google is offering to cloak its home city in Silicon Valley with free wireless "Wi-Fi" computer service, the company confirmed.
Google's proposal to "unwire the city" will be considered by the Mountain View city council on Tuesday, according to Ellis Berns, manager of economic development in the town where Google has its headquarters.

"Right now, we can't see a downside," Berns told AFP. "It seems like a pretty positive deal for the city."

Berns said his

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-12       Article Source : NewsFactor

Fears of identity theft have left increasing numbers of consumers wary of banking online, according to a survey released by Entrust, an Internet security firm.

The report, presented in New York Tuesday at a forum on identity theft claimed that 18 percent of Americans who have banked online now do so less, or not at all, due to security concerns.

The survey -- based on data collected from 710 people during the week of October 17 -- found that roughly one-third

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-12       Article Source : NewsFactor

During the heady days of the Internet in the 90s, e-commerce platforms featuring shopping carts were all the rage. But when the dot-com bubble burst, sales of e-commerce technology flagged. The market no longer could support the plethora of vendors that were out there, and even the survivors did little to enhance their platforms for several years thereafter.

These days, however, the big retailers are giving e-commerce a second look with an eye toward replacing aging technologies. "What we are really looking

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-12       Article Source : TechWeb News

Amazon.com has agreed to include SideStep Inc.'s search engine to the online retailer's travel store early next year, the latter company said Thursday.
SideStep, based in Santa Clara, Calif., made the deal through Amazon Services, which is owned by Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. Financial details were not disclosed.

SideStep searches more than 100 travel-related sites, including airlines, hotels and rental car companies, and has alliances with a variety of brands, including JetBlue Airlines, American Airlines, Hyatt Corp. and Thrifty Car

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-11       Article Source : TechWeb News

EBay Inc. on Thursday launched a service that gives sellers and buyers access to listing, bidding and pricing trends.

EBay Marketplace Research, launched in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season, provides customizable data, charts and graphs that show historical and real-time transaction trends among users of the online marketplace. EBay has 168 million users and 60 million listings, according to the San Jose, Calif., company.

For the shoppers, the new tool can check average sold price to determine how much they

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

The United States will not heed requests by the European Union and other countries to accept a multinational approach to running the Internet, a French government official said on Thursday.
An international summit next week on how the Internet should be run was likely to end in stalemate, the official said.

A U.N. report has put forward the multinational approach to running the Internet which serves a billion users worldwide, saying this would be more democratic and transparent, a

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-11       Article Source : eWeek

The Federal Trade Commission has pulled the plug on a massive spyware operation that allegedly used Google Inc.'s BlogSpot service to trick millions of computer users into downloading spyware and adware programs.
The FTC on Thursday announced a court order to shut down three California-based companies—Enternet Media Inc., Conspy & Co. Inc. and Networld One—that allegedly used free lyric files, browser upgrades and ring tones to push spyware programs on consumers' computers.

The charges stem from the discovery earlier this

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