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Posted by iTech on 2006-05-02   

If digital files are the new vinyl records, then term searching is the new crate digging. Background knowledge once helped collectors and connoisseurs plumb a local record store's stock. Now they might use it to pick the right keyword when they're online.
But even that know-how won't necessarily help them find the track they seek. "A year ago, I looked for (Odyssey's) 'Native New Yorker' on iTunes, and I couldn't find it," says Hosh Gureli, RCA Music Group vice president

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-29       Article Source : Reuters

Big media companies must keep finding ways to reach on-the-go users and make money doing it to stay relevant in an online marketplace that values convenience and novelty, the leaders of three of the largest U.S. media and tech companies said on Wednesday.
In a wide-ranging discussion on tech trends at the Milken Institute's 9th Annual Global Conference, Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger, News Corp Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer Peter Chernin and AOL Chairman and Chief

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-27   

AT&T Inc. and Yahoo Inc. Wednesday officially rolled out integrated Internet-based voice services.

The offering brings Yahoo Messenger with Voice to AT&T Yahoo high-speed Internet subscribers and Yahoo users in AT&T's 13-state local service area. Free voicemail and missed-call message retrieval are included. The Phone Out feature gives consumers in the U.S. voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) calls. Users may use their PCs to place calls to traditional or mobile phones in more than 180 countries. Consumers may call within the U.S.

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-27       Article Source : Reuters

Phone users will be a step closer on Wednesday to being able to make on-the-move calls over the Web in the latest effort by Internet-based telecoms firms to grab a share of the market from mobile operators.

U.S.-based Internet phone company Vonage and WiFi hotspot operator The Cloud have linked up to launch a service that will enable Vonage subscribers who have paid for a specially enabled WiFi mobile handset to make calls charged at landline rates from any of The Clouds

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-25   

As part of the Doors' 40th-anniversary celebration, the band will soon make 12 concerts from 1967 to 1970 available for download from its Web site, TheDoors.com.
Fans will be able to choose favorites from the quartet's performances, many of which are previously unreleased, rather than having to buy a complete show.

The initiative is powered by Basecamp Productions, which built Pearl Jam's successful concert download store last year.

Elektra released the Doors' first album in January 1967. The

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-24       Article Source : NewsFactor

Asia has overtaken North America to become the top spam-relaying region in the world, according to a report released on Thursday by Internet security firm Sophos. Nearly one-half the spam Sophos captured on its global spam-monitoring network originated in Asia, with North America coming in a distant second as the source of just over 25 percent of spam.

As recently as two years ago, the U.S. was responsible for the majority of spam sent around the world, said Graham Cluley, senior technology

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-24       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Google is testing a new page format for its general Web search results that lets users significantly expand the content provided below Web site links.
The new format gives users the option of viewing much more text than the usual line or two that Google now runs below each Web site link it returns after a query. Some of the results also include a photo from the Web site, something Google does on its other search services, such as Google News.

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-22       Article Source : NewsFactor

Activists, stirred up by Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to the White House, have vowed to disrupt the congenial atmosphere by hurling stinging criticisms at China's human-rights record and Internet-censorship practices.
The bilateral talks with President Bush will focus on a wide range of topics close to the hearts of both nations, including energy policies and trade issues. Human rights, an ever-present point of contention, also will be on the agenda as it is for every session of high-level talks

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-22       Article Source : TechWeb News

The IRS is making tracking a tax refund check online as easy as finding a ZIP code.
U.S. income tax filers who submitted their 2005 returns electronically and are expecting a refund may get a status on that payment by visiting the Get Refund Status page on the IRS website.

Users must enter three pieces of information: social security number, filing status, and amount of the refund due.

Nearly 54 million tax returns had been filed electronically as

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-21       Article Source : InfoWorld

Consumer search darling Google will share the stage with a gaggle of prominent enterprise application vendors Wednesday to announce Google OneBox for Enterprise, a new feature that will enable the company's Google Search Appliances to do real-time searches on business applications.
The OneBox feature will allow Google Search Appliances to find and present business data from applications by Oracle, Cisco Systems, Salesforce.com, SAS, and Cognos, which announced extensions for OneBox.

The news will shore up Google's enterprise bona fides

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-20       Article Source : NewsFactor

The long legal battle between Apple Computer and Burst.com just became more complicated. On Monday, Burst.com filed suit against Apple, alleging that Apple's iTunes software as well as the media-streaming technology used in QuickTime violate Burst.com's patents.
Filed in Federal District Court in San Francisco, the suit claims that Apple failed to license Burst's technology when it introduced iTunes in 2002. At that time, Burst had filed a similar patent lawsuit against Microsoft.

According to Richard Lang, Burst.com's

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-20       Article Source : Reuters

CNET Networks on Monday said it will launch "CNET TV," a new video on demand network over cable, on digital video recorders made by TiVo and on the Internet as it broadens its reach to viewers.
The company, known for its gadget reviews and technology industry news, said it has signed a deal with cable operator Cox Communications, TiVo Inc and TVN Entertainment to distribute its videos.

TVN provides on-demand videos to the cable industry.

Best Buy Enterprises

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-19       Article Source : Reuters

The U.S. Public Broadcasting System is considering making its television shows available on the Internet or portable devices like MP3 players, its new president and chief executive officer said on Monday.
PBS is also weighing whether to partner with technology companies, in the same way that Walt Disney Co. has teamed up with Apple Computer Inc. to sell episodes of some of its ABC television network series on iTunes for downloading to iPods, CEO Paula Kerger said.

"My goal

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-19       Article Source : TechWeb News

Already a pacesetter in broadband usage, South Korean small businesses are preparing to invest $1.6 billion to improve their Internet infrastructure and solutions this year, according to a report released Monday by AMI-Partners.

The amount will account for 13 percent of the total IT and telecom spending in Korea underscoring the importance both business and government there place in developing high-speed technologies.

"Korea is the most prominent emerging superpower in IT spending and particularly in Internet adoption," said Avimanyu Datta, an

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-16       Article Source : AFP

The credit card details of thousands of Britons are being sold on the Internet by hackers intent on committing identity fraud.
At least 400 credit card numbers are sold per day, along with other personal information such as dates of birth and mothers' maiden names, The Times said.

A credit card number fetches one dollar (0.83 euros) in Internet chatrooms, whereas a card with a three-digit code is traded for five dollars.

Additional security information can add 10

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