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

German publishers, keen to defend their copyrights as Internet search engines seek to put the world's literature online, aim to set up their own web-based database allowing readers to browse, borrow or buy books.
 
Search engine Google has angered publishers with proposals to scan copyrighted works without permission to make them searchable online. Critics fear the digital repository of books it would build up would give it a monopoly on culture.

The German association of book publishers is planning

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-23       Article Source : AFP

Football's world ruling body FIFA and the 2006 World Cup organizing committee have agreed to set up an internet ticket portal for fans desperate to get their hands on match tickets.
 
In total 2.93 million tickets are on sale for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, running from June 9 to July 9, and the OK have decided to set up an official site for fans wanting to trade or buy tickets.

"99.9 percent of ticket holders will

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-23       Article Source : Reuters

Prosecutors investigating the outing of a covert CIA operative opened a Web site on Friday to post possible indictments next week and were said by lawyers in the case to be focusing on whether top White House aides tried to conceal their actions from investigators.
 
Karl Rove, President George W. Bush's top political adviser, and Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, are at the center of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation into who leaked the identity of

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-22       Article Source : Reuters

Pictures of Britney Spears and her infant son surfaced on the Internet on Friday, but the singer said they were stolen and threatened legal action against anyone who showed the eagerly awaited images.
 
Photos of Spears holding a dark-haired child and another of the singer lying cheek to cheek with the baby had been removed from a number of Web sites by late on Friday.

"Anyone who publishes, sells or otherwise exploits any of these images in any way

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-22       Article Source : Reuters

The top 25 U.S. bestsellers, based on sales through Sunday, October 16, as reported by USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com).

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1. A Million Little Pieces, by James Frey

Last Week: 1

2. Knife of Dreams, by Robert Jordan

Last Week: New

3. Northern Lights, by Nora Roberts

Last Week: 2

4. London Bridges, by James Patterson

Last Week: 3

5. The Colorado Kid, by Stephen King

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-22       Article Source : AP

WASHINGTON - The Interior Department won a reprieve Friday from a judge's order to disconnect from the Internet all computer systems with access to accounts it manages for thousands of American Indians.
 
In a motion filed in federal courts, officials had said disconnecting the computers would cause "massive injury to the public interest and the operations of government."

An appellate court on Friday granted a stay allowing the department to appeal the judge's ruling.

U.S. District Judge Royce

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-22       Article Source : AP

SAN FRANCISCO - When Google Inc. commanded $85 per share in its August 2004 initial public offering, the prospect of the stock quadrupling in less than 15 months ago seemed inconceivable. It doesn't appear far-fetched now. The Internet search juggernaut provided another boost to its high-flying stock Thursday by announcing third-quarter financial figures that astounded even the most bullish analysts, as well as it own management team.
 
"We surprised ourselves this quarter," Google CEO Eric Schmidt said during a Thursday

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-21       Article Source : Reuters

Major book publishers have quietly begun selling directly to customers over the Internet, in a move that could transform the trade by putting them in competition with online retailers like Amazon.com.
 
The publishers, including Simon & Schuster, Random House and Penguin, claim to have limited retail ambitions and are simply trying to use their Web sites to help readers.

"We can offer features, services and guidance that might be difficult for another retailer to provide," Penguin Group Chairman John

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-21       Article Source : Reuters

SBC Communications Inc. sees little challenge to its traditional telephone business from services such as Skype that offer free phone calls over the Internet, SBC's chief financial officer said on Thursday.
 
"I don't see it as a significant threat," SBC CFO Rick Lindner said in an interview with Reuters. "The fears of what may happen there are overblown."

In recent weeks several tech giants, notably Google Inc. and Yahoo! Inc., have either launched or bolstered services offering free voice

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-21       Article Source : Mercury News

The Internal Revenue Service has asked a San Jose federal judge for access to eBay's PayPal customer records as part of a nationwide probe into whether scofflaws are using offshore credit card accounts to evade paying income taxes.
 
In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court earlier this week, the federal government is seeking permission to serve a ``John Doe'' summons on San Jose-based PayPal as part of an investigation into credit card holders who are exploiting bank secrecy laws

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-20       Article Source : Mercury News

Online trading company eBay on Wednesday reported another strong quarter, with profit surging 40 percent, but investors worried about its outlook for future quarters and drove down its stock in after-hours trading.
 
EBay earned $255 million, or 18 cents a share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30, compared with $182.3 million, or 13 cents a share, for the same period a year ago.

Excluding one-time items, the San Jose company earned $280.2 million, or 20 cents a share,

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-20       Article Source : Reuters

In a few short years, users can expect to make telephone calls for free, with no per-minute charges, as part of a package of services through which carriers make money on advertising or transaction fees, eBay's chief executive said on Wednesday.
 
Seeking to justify eBay's $4 billion purchase last week of Web-based communications phenomenon Skype Technologies, Meg Whitman countered criticism by a financial analyst during the company's quarterly conference call by agreeing with some of his points.

"The percentage

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-20       Article Source : Reuters
Netflix Inc. will postpone a test launch of its online movie download service indefinitely because of problems obtaining licensing agreements from Hollywood studios, Chief Executive Reed Hastings told analysts on a conference call on Wednesday.
 
Hastings said the company would continue enhancing its infrastructure and developing technology to deliver online movies so the service "will be ready to launch when the content climate begins to thaw."
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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-20       Article Source : Reuters

What's the better deal? Is free always better than cheap?

The two leading Chinese Internet auction sites escalated a bitter war of words on Wednesday by arguing the superiority of their respective strategies for conducting online auctions.

Taobao.com, the Alibaba auction site backed by Softbank Corp. of Japan, and in which Yahoo Inc. recently purchased a 40 percent stake, sparked the battle by saying its site would be free of charge for three more years.

"We call on eBay

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-20       Article Source : Reuters

Five major publishers filed suit against Google Inc. on Wednesday, seeking to block plans to scan copyrighted works without permission and derail Google's push to make many of the world's great books searchable online.
 
The complaint, lodged in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, names as plaintiffs McGraw-Hill Cos. Inc., Pearson Plc's Pearson Education and Penguin Group (USA) units, Viacom Inc.'s Simon & Schuster and John Wiley & Sons Inc..

The suit seeks a

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