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Posted by inet on 2006-04-03       Article Source : NewsFactor

Online video site YouTube.com has been busy distinguishing itself from its rivals with a recent high-profile partnership and a new piracy-blocking initiative.
YouTube, a site just barely a year old, has developed a name for itself as a service that lets users upload video clips and share them with others, much like sites DevilDucky.com, AtomFilms.com, and others.

Currently, users download about 30 million videos per day from YouTube. But YouTube is leading the way in other areas as

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-02   

Google Inc. started displaying ads Thursday within its local maps as the online search leader tries to find more ways to make money from the free services it has been introducing.
Google already displays some text-based ads to the side of maps. The new ads will show up as part of balloons that float over the map itself and will also carry a small image — a hotel, for instance, can display a tiny shot of its pool.


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Posted by inet on 2006-04-02       Article Source : NewsFactor

Forget shredding your mail or worrying about who might have a copy of a recent credit card transaction. You have much bigger problems if you want to keep your personal information private.
In fact, personal information is now so readily available that a total stranger with nothing more than an online connection and a credit card could discover everything there is to know about you. He or she could compile a complete dossier on you, your family members, friends, work

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-01       Article Source : USA TODAY

Video games, music and TV mix it up on Turner Broadcasting's newly revamped GameTap service. Among the new offerings available on the broadband network (www.gametap.com, $9.95 per month) is the GameTap 10 TV show in which each month musicians count down their favorite games. Fall Out Boy is the first guest for host Dee Snider (former Twisted Sister lead singer); upcoming guests include Joe Nichols, Dem Franchize Boyz and Nick Cannon.

Also on the network's new music channel is Game

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-31       Article Source : Reuters

Citigroup Inc. has set up an Internet bank that offers higher interest rates, as part of its plan to attract more online customers and reverse a decline in consumer banking profit.
Citibank Direct is offering a 4.5 percent yield on savings accounts, with no minimum balances required, and in some cases no monthly fees. Customers, however, must open linked checking accounts to get that rate.

The largest U.S. bank is hoping to better compete with ING Group NV's ING

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-31       Article Source : Reuters

In another first for the fledgling world of "on-demand" television, NBC and the sister studio of rival network ABC have teamed up to make a prime-time show of shared interest, "Scrubs," available for Internet downloads.
The NBC hospital comedy, produced by Disney-ABC Television Group's Touchstone Television, has been added to the catalog of shows that can be purchased as a download from Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes music store for $1.99 per episode.

While TV series for network broadcast are

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-29       Article Source : InfoWorld

Cognos today joined the fray with those companies that seek to offer the enterprise better behind-the-firewall search capabilities. In recent weeks, Oracle launched a new in-house search engine and Google a new enterprise search appliance. 
The Cognos Go capability, which indexes all of the metadata in a report, will allow a non-technical user to dig out information embedded within a report. According to Dan Vesset, research director of analytics and data warehousing at IDC, this is not typical of business

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-29       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

Lycos plans to launch on Monday a VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) phone application, its first serious entry in years to the now red-hot market of Internet telephony.
Lycos Phone, which will compete directly with similar offerings from Yahoo and eBay's Skype unit, is based on technology from Axill Europe, whose Globe7 application Lycos is licensing.

The companies have entered intro a 3-year exclusive deal, during which Axill has agreed to not license Globe7 to any other major portal, including

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-29       Article Source : IDG NEWS SERVICE

EBay helped to shut down a Russian Web site last week that was offering to sell stolen customer account information for as little as $5 each.
Armed with an eBay customer's login and password, a fraudster could post items for sale, collect payments, and then never deliver the goods. The site was also offering to sell a handful of PayPal accounts.

Security vendor Sunbelt Software detected the site last Tuesday and reported it to eBay, which worked with the local

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-28       Article Source : USA TODAY

Seeing is believing when it comes to understanding how consumers surf the Internet.
And they see very little online - including pricey banner ads screaming for attention. That's one of the findings of a study out today by Nielsen Norman Group, an authority on making websites and products easy to use.

Using sophisticated eye-tracking equipment, the Fremont, Calif., firm was able to track what consumers really look at on the Web vs. what they say they look at.


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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-26       Article Source : Reuters

Already a leader in the digital marketing of classical music, Universal Classics is guiding orchestras into the download age with its new "DG Concerts" series, which rolls out March 28 on iTunes.
The first two orchestras to partner in the initiative are the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Both are teaming up with Universal's Deutsche Grammophon label to issue four digital-only albums per concert season, along with potentially one physical disc per year, recorded at live concerts.Read More...  

Posted by iNext on 2006-03-26   

Yahoo Inc. has dropped its premium broadband service.
Yahoo Plus offered subscribers additional security, such as parental controls and firewall software, than what's available through the free portal. In addition, the service, which cost $5.95 a month, included 2GB of email storage, premium video content, commercial-free radio and 100MB of file storage.

In dropping the service as of April 22, Yahoo said this week subscribers would still have access to their personal data, but would go through the same

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-25       Article Source : TechWeb News

The rapid growth of broadband adoption in U.S. homes has led to an increasing number of Americans turning to the Internet for news, a research firm says.
On a typical day, 50 million American get their news from the Web, a study released this week by the Pew Internet And American Life Project showed. This number has risen along with the number of adults accessing the Web with high-speed connections.

Over the last four years, overall Internet penetration rose

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-25       Article Source : AdWeek.com

Marketers on the hunt for ROI are increasingly using the same tools everyone else uses to search for stuff--Google, Yahoo! and MSN.

The most formal and high-profile effort so far has been by Pontiac, which in January took the unusual step of tagging its ads with a plea to "Google Pontiac," in part so it could measure the reach of the ads. Mark-Hans Richer, director of marketing for Pontiac, said since the ads ran, the auto brand's search requests are up about

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-24   

French lawmakers approved an online copyright bill Tuesday that would require Apple to break open the exclusive format behind its market-leading iTunes music store and iPod players.
The draft law — which also sets new penalties for music pirates — would force Apple Computer Inc., Sony Corp. and others to share proprietary copy-protection technologies so that rivals can offer compatible services and players.

Lawmakers in the National Assembly, France's lower house, voted 296-193 to approve the bill. The legislation

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