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Posted by inet on 2005-10-26       Article Source : NewsFactor

Motorola's Rokr is not living up to the hype that accompanied the recent launch of the first iTunes mobile phone, according to an American Technology Research (ATR) study that indicates consumers might have been misled by the market blitz that accompanied the launch of the new handheld.
ATR telecom analyst Albert Lin said that, on the basis of information from resellers, retailers, and call-center staff at Cingular, which is selling the device, the return rate for the Rokr thus far

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-26       Article Source : Reuters

Excitement over a new class of programs that help consumers customize how they use the Web has fueled fears in the Internet industry that a second dot-com investment bubble may be taking shape.
But new data on U.S. venture capital investments from Thomson Venture Economics suggests that the actual amount of Internet investments is falling, despite the wave of interest in what industry insiders refer to as "Web 2.0."

Financing of pure-play Internet companies dropped to $596.3 million during

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-26       Article Source : Reuters

Internet telephony firm Skype, which is being bought by eBay, reported accelerating subscriber growth on Tuesday and said it is adding a new service that makes it easier for employees to make all calls over Skype.
Skype is adding 170,000 new subscribers every day to its 61 million person user base, up from 150,000 a day until September, when Skype announced it was to be taken over by eBay for up to $4 billion.

"We definitely, coming out of

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-26       Article Source : AP

NEW YORK - The Internet's key oversight agency said Monday it had tentatively agreed to settle a longstanding legal dispute with VeriSign Inc., a company that exerts significant control over how people find Web sites and send e-mail.

VeriSign's accord with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers could pave the way for the revival -- after an outside review -- of a controversial search service the company created in late 2003 for guiding Internet users who mistype Web addresses. Read More...  

Posted by iMark on 2005-10-26       Article Source : Reuters

VeriSign Inc. said on Monday it would maintain control of the lucrative ".com" Internet domain until 2012 in return for dropping an antitrust lawsuit against the nonprofit body that oversees the Internet's addressing system.
The agreement settles a long-running dispute between the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, and the most powerful company under its jurisdiction. The settlement comes at a time when ICANN is under attack from China, Iran and other countries that want more direct

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-25       Article Source : TechWeb News

Enterprise search vendor Fast Search & Transfer ASA has designs on your desktop, onscreen real estate that's still hotly contested by the likes of Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, not to mention a slew of enterprise search competitors including Autonomy, dtSearch, Intellext, X1 Technologies, and (soon) Verity.
FAST Monday introduced the FAST Personal Search Platform (PSP), software that allows customers to create and deploy -- internally or for external customers -- their own branded, customizable search service that unifies desktop, intranet,

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-25       Article Source : AP

ROSEVILLE, Calif. - A company that has linked more than 80,000 Northern California homes to a fiber-optic network plans to launch a TV service that relies on Internet technology to deliver programs, including high-definition shows.
Roseville-based SureWest Communications said it will be the first broadband provider in the nation to deliver commercial HD programming with the technology known as Internet Protocol.

Trials of the services were expected to get under way on Tuesday, with a full commercial rollout expected

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-25       Article Source : TechWeb News

A trio of lawmakers in the House of Representatives has joined a Senate colleague in calling for the U.S. to retain oversight control over the Internet, as a showdown looms with countries wanting more say in how the Web is run.
Rep. John Doolittle, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, and Rep. Rick Boucher introduced a resolution with language similar to Sen. Norm Coleman resolution introduced earlier in the U.S. Senate.

"The authoritative root zone server should remain physically located in the

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-25       Article Source : PC Magazine

A company created by mapping and instant message pioneer Perry Evans is set to make a deal that highlights the importance of commercial real estate to the Internet search industry.
Evan's local search provider, Denver-based Local Matters, Inc. is in the final stages of buying some, or all, of a company with access to extensive listings of commercial real estate for sale, according to a source familiar with the deal.

The acquisition, expected to be announced sometime next

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-25       Article Source : Reuters

United Parcel Service Inc. on Monday said it will stop delivering cigarettes to consumers in the United States in an agreement aimed at reducing Internet access to cigarettes by underage smokers.
The agreement between the world's largest package shipping company and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, follows a similar deal made with Deutsche Post unit DHL, the attorney general's office said in a news release.

The decision came as UPS has had to deal with a patchwork of

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-25       Article Source : Mercury News

Google unveiled its first significant partnership with a television network Monday, a deal that allows it to show the entire first episode of UPN's sitcom ``Everybody Hates Chris'' on its Web site.
The move is more familiar to online portals such as Yahoo and AOL. And it hints at what might be yet to come from the Mountain View technology giant, which wants to maximize the amount of the world's video that is searchable.

Internet users can find the

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-25       Article Source : Mercury News

AT&T said Tuesday that it will open a San Jose data center to double its Bay Area capacity for handling customers' Internet traffic.
The company declined to say how many employees the data center will have when it opens in November.

The center will ``host'' data traffic for thousands of businesses in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. Demand for such capacity is increasing as individuals and businesses do more and more through computers and the Internet.


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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-24       Article Source : USA TODAY

The Wyndales are a typical American sitcom family. Dad is a dolt, and his college-age rock musician son writes all about his pop's antics on his blog.
But don't look for the animated gang on television. The Wyndales are starring in an Internet series, with weekly webisodes that are meant to entertain - and sell health insurance.

Remember webisodes? Original minishows for the Internet were all the rage online before the Internet bubble burst in 2001.

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-24       Article Source : Reuters

Movies.com, the Walt Disney Co. online destination for movie fans that once had ambitious plans to deliver feature films over the Internet, is getting another makeover, boosting editorial coverage and adding Hollywood gossip columnist Jeanne Wolf to its lineup.
The small but profitable http://www.Movies.com will continue making money by selling online advertising and through e-commerce relationships with MovieTickets.com and Amazon.com, though it will adopt a more independent editorial posture, said executive vp Ken Goldstein, managing director of Disney

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-24       Article Source : AP

NEW BERLIN, Wis. - Jalem Getz used to dislike the lack of seasons in his native California. Now he uses the extreme seasonality of the Halloween business to turn a big profit.
Getz, 33, founded online business Buycostumes.com in a warehouse in the Milwaukee suburbs in 1999 to take advantage of Wisconsin's central U.S. location and cheap rent.

Being an e-tailer also meant not having to open a retail space for just two months of the year, or stock

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