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

SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc.'s popular online mapping service has become entangled in a long-running territorial dispute between China and Taiwan.
Until recently, Google's maps described Taiwan as a "province of China." That sparked protests from Taiwan's government, which has considered its island an independent state since ending a civil war with China more than a half-century ago.

Shortly after Taiwan's foreign ministry formally complained, the China reference abruptly disappeared from Google's Taiwan map last week. That change has

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

NEW YORK - Profits at online financial services company E-Trade Financial Corp. climbed more than 35 percent in the third quarter as customer transactions rose along with the stock market and the company expanded its banking and loan businesses.
For the quarter ended Sept. 30, E-Trade earned $107.5 million, or 28 cents per share, compared to $79.3 million, or 21 cents per share, in the third quarter of 2004, the company said Wednesday. Revenues were a record $422.8 million, up

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-20       Article Source : AFP

Internet "blogs" get a boost from the big search engines, which make the personal journals more accessible and move them toward mainstream journalism.
Yahoo this month said it would include blogs on all its news searches, saying it would give readers more access to "grassroots journalism."

Previously, search leader Google said it launched an engine tuned to scouring blog entries for fresh news and views.

While blogs have long been frowned upon by traditional media as amateurish, analysts

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

A U.S. court has ordered a Web site that bills itself as "  Napster's Number One Replacement Software" to stop promising customers that they won't face copyright lawsuits when they download songs for free, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.
MP3DownloadCity.com sells a tutorial service that tells consumers how to use "peer to peer" software like Kazaa to download movies, music and other files for free.

MP3DownloadCity led consumers to believe that they would not be sued if

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-19       Article Source : AP

BOSTON - Federal regulators will require banks to strengthen security for Internet customers through authentication that goes beyond mere user names and passwords, which have become too easy for criminals to exploit.
Bank Web sites are expected to adopt some form of "two-factor" authentication by the end of 2006, regulators with the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council said in a letter to banks last week.

In two-factor authentication, customers must confirm their identities not only through something they know,

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-19       Article Source : Mercury News

Yahoo's dominance in the online advertising industry continued to pay dividends as the Sunnyvale company Tuesday reported third-quarter earnings that beat the expectations of Wall Street analysts.
Yahoo said it earned $253.8 million, or 17 cents a share, for the three months that ended in September. That's about the same as the $253.3 million, or 17 cents a share, it earned in the same period a year ago. But the 2004 numbers were unusually inflated because Yahoo sold off part

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-19       Article Source : Reuters

Internet auction site eBay pulled the sale of Roche Holding AG's flu drug Tamiflu from its Web site on Tuesday, after prices topped 100 pounds ($174) on growing fears about the spread of bird flu.
A spokeswoman for eBay said the auction on its British site had been stopped because the sale of prescription drugs was not allowed under the company's rules.

"The Tamiflu listings on eBay.co.uk were removed from the site as soon as we became aware of

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-19   

Consumers in Europe and the United States are spending more online than ever. But Americans are more worried about fraud and identity theft than their counterparts across the Atlantic, a new survey shows.
Momentum Research Group reported Monday that market confidence was higher in Germany, France, and the United Kingdom than in the United States during September. The survey, which is part of a larger study, shows that spending appears to be influenced by fears of online fraud.


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Posted by inet on 2005-10-19       Article Source : Reuters

UltraDNS introduced an Internet security shield on Tuesday that the company said would help thwart denial of service attacks against its customers and keep the Web available to hundreds of millions of users worldwide.
The privately-held company has partnered with major U.S. Internet service and network providers, including Yahoo Inc., Earthlink, and Time Warner Inc.'s America Online, to offer what it calls the DNS Shield that gives a more secure underpinning to the Internet.

Analysts called the shield a

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-19       Article Source : Reuters

CBS.com is bringing viewers into the blog universe as a new way of giving its audience insider information and exclusive looks behind the scenes of some of CBS' biggest hits.
Nancy Tellem, president of CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group, said the blogs are a bonus for the network's viewers that reward their loyalty and interest. "Blogs are a great way to bring the millions of viewers who enjoy our programming into the creative process," she said.

Each show's

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-18       Article Source : Reuters

VeriSign Inc. said on Monday it has acquired Moreover Technologies, a Web-based distributor of news and online material such as Web logs, in a long-anticipated deal valued at about $30 million in cash.
VeriSign said the deal combines privately held Moreover's links to more than 12,000 news sources and millions of blogs, or Web logs, with VeriSign's own information delivery technology. Moreover's customers include MSN, AskJeeves and BBC.

The deal follows VeriSign's $2.3 million purchase last week of Weblogs

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-18       Article Source : AP

SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo Inc. and BellSouth Corp. are joining forces to sell high-speed Internet access, the latest step in a mating dance that has now united the owner of the Web's most popular destination with the three largest U.S. regional phone companies.
Under the partnership announced Monday, Yahoo and BellSouth will introduce their co-branded service late next year. It will provide BellSouth's subscribers with customized material from its Web site, which attracted an Internet-leading 99.3 million unique U.S. visitors

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-18       Article Source : AP

A New York man was sentenced Monday for sending more than 9 million spam advertisements in online instant messages to members of a networking Web site in a hearing that was closed to the public. The sentence is under seal and the session was closed at the defense attorney's request.
Anthony Greco, 18, of Cheektowaga, N.Y., agreed earlier this year to plead guilty in a deal that would result in a sentence of 18 months to two years in prison,

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-17       Article Source : Reuters

GameTap, Turner Broadcasting System's broadband-only video game entertainment network, will offer 300 games from 24 publishers along with original programing created specifically for the subscription service, which bows today.
GameTap general manager Stuart Snyder said that initial testing and market research had gone well. "Now we're ready to take GameTap to a mainstream audience," he said. "The game community, and for that matter the Internet itself, has never seen anything like it."

Consumers download a small software application and

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-17       Article Source : USA TODAY

At a recent industry conference in San Francisco, America Online CEO Jonathan Miller called his company the "largest swing voter" in a four-way battle to dominate the Internet: "It's a significant swing vote that could go many different ways, and people are aware of that."

Are they ever. AOL now is in play, with chief rivals Microsoft, Google and Yahoo all talking to parent Time Warner about a stake - for a price tag that reportedly starts at $10 billion. Google

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