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News Date: Thursday 30th September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
E-Groceries - Nasdaq
  • Court to revisit encryption ruling
    Time: 18;03 EDT/23:03 GMT Source: News.com Posted By: Matt

    A U.S. federal appeals court will reexamine a trial court's decision to lift U.S. government restrictions on the export of encryption technology.

    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals withdrew a May decision by a panel of three of its judges, which had endorsed the trial court ruling. That indicates that a majority of the active 9th Circuit judges have reservations about the opinion or feel the encryption issue is significant enough to be revisited.

    In May, the panel of 9th Circuit judges concluded that the federal government could not limit professor Daniel J. Bernstein's efforts to distribute encryption software.

    Many companies, such as Network Associates, have been prevented by U.S. law from selling data-scrambling technology overseas.

     
  • CIA suffering James Bond envy?
    Time: 05:32 EDT/10:32 GMT Source: News.com Posted By: Matt

    The CIA said today that it has set up a company headed by a computer-game whiz to stay on the cutting edge of information technology advances.

    The Washington-based venture capital company, called In-Q-It, takes its name from "Q," the Ian Fleming-created master gadgeteer who supplied the fictional James Bond with lethal wizardry. The two other parts of the name stand for Intelligence and Information Technology.

    Unlike its Langley, Virginia-based sponsor, In-Q-It will recruit far from bars, back alleys, and exotic bazaars, turning instead to the burgeoning crop of Silicon Valley high-tech start-ups.

    The fund was formed to give the CIA a pipeline to the best information-technology talent to solve the most pressing intelligence problems, said William Harlow, the agency's chief spokesman.

    CIA director George Tenet said the unprecedented rate of technological change "dictates a change in the way the intelligence community does business."

     
  • Court: Freelancers deserve pay for electronic reproductions
    Time: 04:05 EDT/09:05 GMT Source: News.com Posted By: Matt

    Publishers might have to pay freelance writers, photographers, and artists an extra fee for work reproduced in electronic databases or face the daunting task of deleting the material, according to a new U.S. federal appeals court ruling.

    The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that publishers must get freelancers' permission before placing their work in databases. The decision is a blow to a variety of publishers that believed reproductions were actually "revisions" that were not protected by federal copyright laws.

    The timing of the ruling, dated Friday, is particularly tough on publishers because it comes as an increasing amount of information is being placed on the Internet. Under the decision, publishers could be forced to pay freelance authors retroactively for reproduced work or be forced to remove the material from their databases.

    Although the ruling by the appeals court is only binding in the federal circuit made up of New York, Connecticut, and Vermont, it has a broad impact because many book, magazine, and other types of publishers are based or have operations in New York. For example, defendants in the suit include the New York Times Company, Times Mirror's Newsday, and Time Warner's Time Incorporated.

     
  • Nasdaq delays providing stock quotes for late trading
    Time: 04:03 EDT/09:03 GMT Source: News.com Posted By: Matt

    The Nasdaq Stock Market postponed until October 11 a plan to offer its trade reporting and quotation systems to organizations that intend to provide after-hours opportunities to buy and sell stocks.

    Nasdaq, which had originally planned to make these systems available starting October 1, said it needs the extra time to work out final details with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    "I don't expect that it's a major problem," Nasdaq spokesman Scott Peterson said.

    On October 11, the Nasdaq systems are to be made available until 3:30 p.m. PT to brokerages, electronic trading networks, and stock exchanges that want to offer extended trading.

    Frank Zarb, chairman of the National Association of Securities Dealers, which owns Nasdaq, said last month that use of the Nasdaq systems would make after-hours trading prices more visible to investors and "give integrity to the marketplace."

     
  • 5,000 New Yorkers Sign Up For E-Groceries
    Time: 04:00 EDT/09:00 GMT Source: Tech Web Posted By: Matt

    Some 5,000 people in the New York area have signed up to buy groceries online, Jay Walker, the founder of Priceline.com, told a conference here Wednesday.

    Priceline.com, based in Stamford, Conn., is taking the Internet business model it has honed in name-your-own pricing for airline tickets into Web groceries with WebHouse Club, a website that will open in November.

    "The net is getting someone excited about going to the store," Walker said in an afternoon keynote to the Forrester Research conference and trade show, Selling To Digital Consumers.

    The new business, which was announced last week, will launch on Nov. 1. Customers will still have to go to a store to obtain grocery products they have purchased online. They will be able to choose from over 100 categories, indicating a price they are willing to pay per item. If a grocery seller agrees to the price, the consumer's credit card is immediately charged.

    Walker said 90 percent of people in the company's focus groups research said they would be willing to buy groceries in that manner -- if they could save from 30 percent to 50 percent on an item like diapers.


News Date: Wednesday 29th September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
AOL - Prodigy - Internet
  • Amazon offers cheap store space
    Time: 18:07 EDT/23:07 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Matt

    Amazon's zShops will let consumers set up an inexpensive shop through the retailing powerhouse. And it puts Amazon in competition with Yahoo and AOL.

    Continuing its metamorphosis from online bookseller to retailing giant, Amazon.com announced Wednesday a program that will allow small businesses and even consumers to inexpensively set up shops on its high-traffic Web site.

    The zShops program takes Amazon a step closer to a becoming a general purpose Web site, offering tools and services, not just products, to consumers.

    zShops will put Amazon in competition with portal sites including Yahoo Inc. and America Online Inc., in addition to its current head-to-head battles with eBay and Barnesandnoble.com.

    Amazon will charge a $9.99 monthly fee for Web space, and a transaction-based fee of between 1 percent and 5 percent for items sold through the site. Users will be able to take advantage of Amazon features like one-click shopping and transaction processing.

     
  • Prodigy Internet to Increase Network Capacity by 100% in the Next 100 Days
    Time: 05:39 EDT/10:39 GMT Source: Business Wire Posted By: Matt

    The number of new members getting online at Prodigy Internet is climbing fast and, in anticipation of even greater member demand, Prodigy Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:PRGY) unveiled new plans today to increase its dial-up network capacity by 100% by the end of the year.

    "Our number one priority is our members' online experience," said Prodigy's Chief Technology Officer Bill Kirkner. "Our plans are to increase dial-up capacity by one-third in the next two to three weeks alone. The member growth we've seen over the last two months requires an accelerated capacity plan to match our additional growth trajectory."

    The additional capacity goes beyond Prodigy's normal day-to-day expansion efforts. The planned increases would support a subscriber base considerably larger than Prodigy's current size. In addition to the network expansion, this effort includes additional local access lines that members use to dial through Prodigy to get onto the Internet.

    Prodigy also plans to increase its online and 800-number technical support staff to provide maximum support availability to the entire Prodigy member base. Additionally, the influx of new Prodigy members calls for expanded capacity for popular Prodigy services including Prodigy Chat, Prodigy Instant Messaging and community bulletin boards.

     
  • U.S. Reaches Deal on Internet Addresses
    Time: 04:38 EDT/09:38 GMT Source: New York Times Posted By: Matt

    Network Solutions Inc. on Tuesday ended its nearly yearlong stalemate with the Clinton Administration on terms for opening its monopoly on registering Internet addresses, winning a key battle to limit the authority of the Internet's new governing body while retaining control of the coveted .com registry for at least four more years.

    In return the company offered an immediate infusion of $1.25 million for the new governing body, the cash-strapped Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and agreed to drop the wholesale price it charges competitors for entering registrations into the global network's main directory.

    The company, which is based in Herndon, Va., also agreed to offer public access to what essentially has become the white pages for the Internet, although it will be allowed to charge companies licensing fees for bulk access to the information it has compiled as the sole registrar of more than 5 million names in the domains of .com, .net and org. And it agreed to let domain name owners transfer their registrations to other companies without a penalty.

    The agreement, which was hammered out during months of negotiations with the Commerce Department, is expected to be ratified at the next board meeting of ICANN in November.

     
  • America Online Unit to Reduce Subscription Costs in Britain
    Time: 04:07 EDT/09:07 GMT Source: New York Times Posted By: Matt

    Hoping to stem its market slide in Britain, America Online said Monday that it would lower the monthly cost of subscribing to its service here.

    AOL will charge users one British penny a minute, or 1.65 cents, in addition to the monthly subscription fee of £9.99, or $16.45, making it more competitive with Freeserve P.L.C., the British market leader, which requires only the cost of a local phone call to connect to the Internet.

    The move surprised some analysts because AOL U.K. had introduced Netscape Online, a subscription-free service similar to Freeserve, with considerable fanfare only a month ago. AOL U.K. is a unit of AOL Europe, which in turn is a joint venture between America Online and the German media conglomerate Bertelsmann.

    Unlike the United States, where Internet access over a telephone line is relatively inexpensive, access in Britain and most of Continental Europe can be prohibitive. Users pay by the minute for local phone calls, in addition to the charge levied by the Internet access provider.

     
  • Gates' donations drop his Microsoft stake to $71 billion
    Time: 04:05 EDT/09:05 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    Microsoft chairman Bill Gates' stake in Microsoft has fallen to $71 billion from $87.5 billion this year, after he donated billions of dollars in stock to his charitable foundation, documents filed Tuesday showed.

    Gates, 43, has reduced his holdings to about 787 million shares, or 15.3 percent of the world's biggest computer software company, according to the company's latest proxy statement. That's down from a split-adjusted one billion shares, or 19.8 percent, in January, the last time the company disclosed figures.

    Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated about $15 billion this year to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, now the nation's biggest, with assets valued at $17 billion, according to foundation officials. They said Gates was expected to continue adding assets to the fund, in line with his stated commitment to give away most of his wealth.

    Even with the reduced stake, Gates is still the world's richest individual by far, according to Forbes magazine. In June, the magazine reported that investor Warren Buffett was his nearest challenger, with a fortune of $36 billion.

     
  • Ancestry.com to feed family history to AOL users
    Time: 04:00 EDT/09:00 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    Ancestry.com, a Web service that traces family lineage online, will announce tomorrow that it has signed a deal to distribute its content on America Online's subscriber services and Web properties.

    With the deal, Ancestry.com's genealogy content will be featured on AOL's proprietary online service, its CompuServe service, Web portal AOL.com, Netscape Netcenter, and home-page community AOL Hometown.

    "This top-tier relationship is crucial to bolstering the Ancestry.com brand," Curt Allen, chief executive of Ancestry.com, said in a statement.

    Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Ancestry.com wants to tap the 36 million U.S. households that currently connect to the Internet, of which 87 percent use the Net to communicate with family and friends, the company said. The service is divided into two sites: Ancestry.com, a subscription-based service, and MyFamily.com, which is free.


News Date: Tuesday 28th September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
Dell - Y2K - Internet
  • Apple demands Web sites kill iMac II pics
    Time: 18:11 EDT/23:11 GMT Source: The Register Posted By: Matt

    Apple today set its lawyers at the heels of a pair of Mac-oriented Web sites following the publication of a series of pictures showing the upcoming 'C2' iMac in its three configurations.

    US-based AppleInsider and German site MacNews both posted a shot of the 400MHz special edition iMac DV, with is sleek metallic silver casing, early this morning. MacNews also posted full-frontal shots of the standard C2 iMac in each of the five colour schemes the consumer computer currently ships in. A selection of 'from the rear' pics completed the selection.

    Soon after, however, Apple demanded the sites remove the pictures alleging their publication breached the company's copyrights. The lawyers are also believed to have threatened to sue for damages amounting to any loss Apple might take to iMac sales before the C2 machines are officially released.

     
  • AuctionWatch nips at eBay's heels
    Time: 05:35 EDT/10:35 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    AuctionWatch has gone where eBay doesn't want sites to go, providing users with a search engine that combs the leading auction site for listings.

    AuctionWatch launched its search engine over the weekend with listings from eBay, as well as Yahoo, Amazon.com, Microsoft Network, and other auction networks using FairMarket and OpenSite technologies.

    But eBay has already crossed this bridge. Earlier this month, the company asked Bidder's Edge and eight other sites to stop searching its site for auctions. Bidder's Edge has since stopped listing eBay's auctions in its search results.

    The company's policies have not changed since the company contacted Bidder's Edge, said eBay spokesman Kevin Pursglove. eBay discourages sites from combing its auctions because the company wants to protect its users, Pursglove said.

    Search sites can bog down eBay's computers and slow bidding for users, he said. Pursglove also said eBay has received complaints from users that information on other sites often does not give full descriptions of items or doesn't have the most up-to-date bidding information.

     
  • Lycos to pay builders of popular home pages
    Time: 04:10 EDT/09:10 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    In a bid to increase its user numbers, Lycos said it will pay people who have free home pages on its Tripod Web site if they attract a certain number of visitors each day.

    Every time someone accesses a Tripod-based home page, an advertisement is flashed to the user. Lycos sells that space to advertisers. People whose Tripod home pages lure enough visitors to flash 100 online ads a day will be paid 50 cents for each 1,000 ads displayed.

    Lycos has sought to increase its number of visitors to gain more revenue and compete better with No. 1 Internet search service Yahoo. Tripod, which Lycos bought in early 1998, competes with Yahoo's GeoCities unit, which also lets people set up free Web pages.

    Tripod users whose home pages create at least 1,000 ads a day will be paid $1 for every 1,000 ads. Lycos said the smallest check it will write is for $25, so it will tally home-page visits and subsequent payments until they reach that amount.

     
  • Medicare Y2K readiness questioned
    Time: 04:06 EDT/09:06 GMT Source: Mercury Center Posted By: Matt

    Lawmakers and health care experts said Monday they were concerned that doctors, hospitals and other Medicare health insurance providers will not be prepared to handle the Y2K computer problem.

    "The outlook is alarming," said Rep. Stephen Horn, R-Calif., chairman of the House Government Reform subcommittee monitoring the year 2000 computer issue. As of last week, he said, less than 2 percent of the 230,000 hospitals, nursing homes, doctors and other health care providers who submit claims to Medicare had tested their computer systems with Medicare contractors.

    Gary Christoph, chief information officer for the Health Care Financing Administration, which oversees the Medicare program, told Horn's panel that the HCFA has fixed its internal computer systems and sees no interruptions from its end in servicing the 39 million senior citizens eligible for Medicare.

    But he agreed that "we now see our greatest risk to the program as the uncertainties in the readiness of our partners; namely, our Medicare providers."

     
  • CMGI to buy free ISP 1stUp
    Time: 04:04 EDT/09:04 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    Internet holding company CMGI said today that it has agreed to buy free Internet service wholesaler 1stUp.com, in a move that solidifies the company's moves toward creating a full-service Web access and content powerhouse.

    San Francisco-based 1stUp is the same company that provides CMGI affiliate AltaVista with its free ad-subsidized Internet access service, launched in August. The start-up also has signed a deal to provide its free service to Bolt.com, a teen-oriented Web portal.

    The deal comes as CMGI has been moving to more closely integrate its various Web properties in hopes of taking on established Web players like Yahoo and America Online. AltaVista, which the company agreed to buy from Compaq Computer in June, is turning into a kind of flagship for CMGI's properties. The portal has added several new services each month and is planning to launch a new version of its Web service next month.

    Executives from the two companies said 1stUp's service will be tightly integrated into the rest of CMGI's stable of Web properties, such as Internet infrastructure company NaviNet and Web ad companies Engage and AdForce.

     
  • Dell, IBM add $6B to their services deal
    Time: 04:00 EDT/09:00 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Matt

    The $22 billion service and technology-sharing pact is the largest ever in the computer industry's history.

    Dell Computer Corp. and IBM said today that IBM Global Services will provide worldwide service for Dell hardware in a deal valued at $6 billion over seven years.

    The arrangement makes Dell one of IBM's biggest customers and builds on the $16 billion technology deal the pair announced in March.

    IBM will begin offering services to Dell's corporate, government and education customers early next year. Initially, the services will be basic packages such as installation, warranty service and 2- to 4-hour response time for onsite service. But an IBM executive said the deal will likely evolve to include other services.


News Date: Monday 27th September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
eBay - Prodigy - ICANN
  • Ralph Nader renews criticism of ICANN
    Time: 17:22 EDT/22:22 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    Worried that corporate interests are wielding too much influence over the organization that manages the Internet's addressing system, consumer rights advocate Ralph Nader has launched a renewed attack on the nonprofit group.

    Nader, who has been critical in the past of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), called for an international watchdog to prevent corporate interests from taking control of ICANN and to keep it from overextending its authority.

    Nader made his comments over the weekend at a conference titled "Governing the Commons: The Future of Global Internet Administration." The Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility organized the event.

    ICANN was established last year in an effort to phase out the United States' governance of the domain name system. Its goal is to end a monopoly held by Network Solutions (NSI), which held the government contract for registering Net names ending in ".com," ".net," and ".org."

     
  • Software companies hope standard helps joint operation
    Time: 17:12 EDT/22:12 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    A group of leading software companies is pushing a new standard that would help businesses integrate e-commerce systems and exchange data.

    Oracle, Unisys, IBM, NCR, and Hyperion today announced the submission of the common warehouse metadata interchange (CWMI) standard to the Object Management Group (OMG), an industry consortium.

    Currently, the many software products used to create data warehouses and e-commerce systems are based on proprietary data formats, which often prevent information sharing between products and hampers access to data needed to make business decisions, the companies proposing the standard argue.

    The proposed standard, CWMI, defines a data format for all data warehouse and business intelligence products. By cutting both the software compatibility testing time and the costs associated with standard warehouse implementations, the CWMI standard ensures that mission-critical data required for business decision-making can be shared among all internal systems, supporters of the standard claim.

     
  • Nike, Long Wary of E-Marketers, Links Up With Fogdog
    Time: 05:11 EDT/10:11 GMT Source: New York Times Posted By: Matt

    Nike Inc., which has consistently blocked Web-only stores from selling its goods, has reversed its stand and will let Fogdog Sports, an online sporting goods dealer, sell the full Nike product line.

    But Nike extracted a high price for the right to buy its shoes: Warrants to acquire 12 percent of Fogdog's shares.

    Nike is the first of the big athletic shoemakers to forge a pact with a retailer that sells goods only on the Web. And its imprimatur may cast a favorable light on Fogdog, a 3-year-old company with less than $10 million in annual sales. Fogdog, based in Redwood City, Calif., filed for a public stock offering on Friday just as the Nike deal was closed.

     
  • In The Eye Of The Storm
    Time: 04:20 EDT/09:20 GMT Source: Internet Week Posted By: Matt

    Floyd, the most closely tracked hurricane of the Internet Age, is leaving a trail of lessons about how to prepare for and manage Web-site traffic spikes. Among the secrets to stability: on-the-fly site design modifications and proactive infrastructure upgrades.

    Weather.com, for instance, stripped its pages of graphical elements like multicolored maps so they could meet basic performance demands. It and other weather sites had already battened down the hatches with infrastructure upgrades in advance of the hurricane season. Those upgrades range from adding server and bandwidth capacity to activating redundancy measures, such as load balancing and caching at multiple sites.

    While none of the major weather sites suffered outages, performance degraded under the massive traffic volumes. The top five weather sites--accuweather.com, weather.yahoo.com, weather.com, intellicast.com and wunderground.com--experienced a threefold increase in traffic during the height of the hurricane, according to Internet research firm PC Data Online. Accuweather.com, the most heavily trafficked, saw the daily page views on its free site jump 400 percent, to 100 million.

    Service Metrics Inc., which evaluates site performance in a number of industries, found response times on the most popular weather sites lagging this week as storms continued forming in the Atlantic.

     
  • Child Prodigy Grows Up
    Time: 04:17 EDT/09:17 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Matt

    Prodigy Communications has asked its main dial-up provider to double its capacity to accommodate future explosive growth of its customer base, company executives said.

    Currently at 730,000 customers, the Internet service provider (ISP) plans to double its subscriber base in the near future. To accommodate this growth, Prodigy has asked its main dial-up facilities provider, Splitrock, to double the number of facilities assigned to Prodigy by the end of the year.

    "Thirty-three percent of this capacity will be online by Oct. 15," said Bill Kirkner, chief technology officer at Prodigy.

    Besides provisioning for the organic growth, Prodigy is expecting a healthy bump in its dial-up revenue once subscribers to Prodigy Classic convert to Prodigy Internet on Oct. 1 and the acquisition of some 200,000 dial-up customers from Cable & Wireless closes. Prodigy is also expanding its Spanish-speaking customer base, now at 150,000. These customers dial into the network provisioned by TelMex.

     
  • eBay sells for $1.25 in bogus auction
    Time: 04:15 EDT/09:15 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    Faced with a barrage of questionable and illegal auctions recently, online auction giant eBay finds itself in yet another predicament--being sold for a mere $1.25 in one of its auctions.

    "We're worth every cent," said eBay spokesman Kevin Pursglove, tongue placed firmly against cheek.

    eBay, which has been plagued by a rash of attempts by the unscrupulous to profit from illegal sales, received seven bids and closed at a high bid of $1.25. The company had a market valuation of nearly $18.8 billion at the end of the day today and earned roughly $2.8 million last year.


News Date: Friday 24th September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
Rambus - Net taxes
  • Free ISP NetZero worth $3 billion after IPO
    Time: 18:11 EDT/23:11 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    NetZero, which gives people free Internet access in exchange for their agreeing to see online advertising, rose 82 percent in its first day of trading.

    The company, based in this Los Angeles suburb, rose 13.13 to 29.13. About 19.5 million shares were exchanged, making it the seventh most active issue on U.S. markets. The company has a market value of $3 billion.

    NetZero's free service is seen by some as a challenge to the revenue model of giants such as America Online, whose subscribers pay a $21.95 monthly charge. But AOL has more than 18 million subscribers paying the fee, while NetZero said that in August, about 891,000 of 1.68 million registered users had accessed its service.

    Those who use NetZero's service see ads on a small window on their screens that cannot be closed or reduced.

     
  • AOL gets boost from MSN access fee hike
    Time: 18:06 EDT/23:06 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    Shares of America Online rose as much as 8.6 percent after Microsoft said it will raise its Internet access fee by $2 a month, relieving concern that a price war could erupt between the companies.

    AOL rose 7 to 94.5 in early afternoon trading after touching 95, while Microsoft fell 0.88 to 90.31. Last month, AOL shares tumbled after Microsoft said it was considering cutting or scrapping fees for its MSN Internet service. Yesterday, Microsoft said it would increase its monthly fee to $21.95 from $19.95.

    AOL, with more than 20 million subscribers, charges $21.95 a month for unlimited Internet access, about $2 more a month than most of its rivals, including Microsoft's MSN service.

     
  • S.E.C. Chief Wants One Site for Posting Stock Prices
    Time: 05:11 EDT/10:11 GMT Source: New York Times Posted By: Matt

    The chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a system on Thursday for displaying electronically all orders to buy and sell United States stocks and called such a central posting essential to preserve the integrity of the nation's stock markets.

    Arthur Levitt, the S.E.C. chairman, outlined his general vision for the financial markets on Thursday after months of wrenching changes in how stocks are traded. New electronic trading systems have emerged, on-line trading by individuals has exploded, trading by small investors has begun to occur outside the exchanges' hours of operation and the exchanges themselves have proposed becoming publicly traded for-profit companies.

    Levitt seems most concerned that if trading continues to migrate to the new electronic market systems, investors may not get the best prices. Information about orders and transactions across the entire market are not now available in any one place. Technology, he said, allows the creation of a central system in which investors will be fully informed about prices everywhere, from the New York Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq market, the American Stock Exchange and the new systems.

     
  • Consumers win in big ISP merger
    Time: 05:00 EDT/10:00 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Matt

    The marriage of EarthLink and MindSpring could increase competition among ISPs for your business.

    The big merger between EarthLink Network and MindSpring Enterprises doesn't just create a big Net player; it could also create a boon for Net consumers as Internet service providers scramble to sign them up.

    With about 3 million subscribers, the deal makes the combined EarthLink the second largest ISP. It is still far behind behemoth America Online Inc.'s near 19 million users, good for more than 50 percent of the market.

     
  • Bill would prohibit Net taxes
    Time: 04:50 EDT/09:50 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain doesn't want the Net bled to death by tax collectors--not now and not ever.

    While a congressional commission studies Net taxation, McCain (R-Arizona), who is chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, has introduced legislation to make a moratorium on "discriminatory" Net taxes permanent.

    The taxation debate is critical to the Net industry, especially the e-commerce sector, which is expected to rake in $1.3 trillion by 2003, according to Forrester Research. McCain said his bill would prohibit sales and use taxes on e-commerce transactions.

     
  • Costly new Rambus problem stings PC makers
    Time: 04:37 EDT/09:37 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    Intel has acknowledged a major problem involving Rambus memory technology that could delay for months computers that were scheduled to debut Monday, sources say.

    The problem could force PC makers to throw away critical parts of new high-end computers or face the prospect of shipping potentially faulty machines, CNET News.com has learned. Although it is too early to determine the extent of the damage, one analyst estimated that hundreds of thousands of computers are affected.

    Perhaps more important for consumers, sources say Intel's interim solution also limits Rambus machines to 512MB of memory, half the capacity of conventional systems.


News Date: Thursday 23rd September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
Big Apple - AOL - ICANN

    The companies join the 64 companies that have already been accredited by ICANN, starting in April.

    The deadline for the Shared Registry System testing is Sept. 30, when the remaining institutions in the testing phase should be able to begin registration. The deadline has already been through four extensions, however, as Network Solutions and ICANN work to solve disputes about how to handle the domain name system.

  • Sony's new Walkman to download Net music
    Time: 04:25 EDT/09:25 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    Sony plans to unveil the next generation of its Walkman personal stereos tomorrow here, including a new device capable of downloading digital music from the Internet.

    Sony will introduce at least two new models as well as several enhanced features for the traditional CD and cassette Walkmans. The new products will go on sale in the United States this holiday season. Tomorrow's event is meant to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the device.

    Tokyo-based Sony created the Walkman in 1979, changing the way people listen to music and becoming a popular-culture icon. Now the company is seeking to make the product relevant to the next wave of recording technology, which will be based on the distribution of digital music over the Internet.

     
  • RealNetworks: Devices Will Fuel Net Multimedia
    Time: 04:20 EDT/09:20 GMT Source: TechWeb Posted By: Matt

    Rob Glaser, CEO of Internet audio and video pioneer RealNetworks, sees a future where tens of millions of computer users have universal access to a deeply personal media experience at their desktops.

    Glaser, who drove the multimedia strategy at Microsoft before founding RealNetworks about five years ago, said the Internet is moving beyond the PC to other devices and streaming media will follow. "Today we have ubiquity, tomorrow we will have universality," said Glaser.

    Speaking at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, in Seattle, Glaser discussed trends in the Internet media. The expected adoption of television set-top boxes, telephone-based devices, and electronic books will all accelerate the adoption of more and more forms of audio and video on the Internet, he said.

     
  • FBI Net porn stings contested
    Time: 04:15 EDT/09:15 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    When a star executive at the helm of Walt Disney's Web sites was charged last week with soliciting sex from a 13-year-old girl he met on the Internet, the arrest was shocking--but not unprecedented.

    By trolling the Net disguised as young girls and boys, FBI agents have arrested more than 700 people on charges of trafficking in child pornography or luring minors across state lines for sexual encounters, according to the bureau. Moreover, the FBI's Innocent Images program, which focuses on these crimes, has received $10 million in funding in the last two years, and new investigative teams are being formed across the country.

    But as these local and federal Net stings proliferate, civil liberties groups and defense attorneys are closely monitoring the operations, and some convictions are being challenged on constitutional grounds.

     
  • AOL may invest billions for consumer access
    Time: 04:10 EDT/09:10 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    America Online may spend as much as $10 billion to gain access to consumers' homes through cable, electronically enhanced phone lines, and satellite and wireless technologies, said Ted Leonsis, president of AOL's Interactive Properties Group.

    Speaking at the PCS '99 trade show, Leonsis said the company will use a variety of technologies to reach potential subscribers. The company is looking at ways to take advantage of new networks that some consumers are setting up to link multiple computers in their homes, as well as alternatives to personal computers, such as screen phones.

    AOL, with more than 18 million people using its proprietary service, wants its members to use components of the service even when they're away from their home computers. The company wants to team with wireless phone and paging companies because so many people use those devices.

     
  • Big Apple New Year's Party Hits The Net
    Time: 04:05 EDT/09:05 GMT Source: TechWeb Posted By: Matt

    NEW YORK -- On Midnight, Dec. 31, 1999, a million people will assemble in Times Square to count down to a new millennium.

    For those not interested in braving the crowds or the cold at the section of mid-town New York where Broadway and Seventh Avenue meet, the celebration will be online at Timessquare.com.

    Like the websites built for the Super Bowl or for the Olympics, this site, which went live Wednesday, will be another test of Internet technology's ability to handle millions of users descending on a URL at one time.


News Date: Wednesday 22nd September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
Ziff-Davis - Y2K
  • Dell launches home-PC blitz
    Time: 18:12 EDT/23:12 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    Dell Computer unleashed a major consumer initiative today, positioning itself as a one-stop shop for home PC customers in an area that has not been a traditional stronghold for the computer maker.

    Dell, which made its name selling computers and servers directly to businesses, today introduced an array of products, services, and partnerships designed to appeal to the home PC user. The initiative, dubbed "Dell4Me," includes a partnership to make Excite@Home's broadband Net access available to Dell customers. The PC maker also touted its first cosmetically enhanced computers that depart radically from its usual beige boxes.

    The moves come as PC companies attempt to adapt to the changes rocking the industry. With rapidly falling PC prices and increasing demand for high-speed Net access, computer makers are beefing up Net access options with cable modems and digital subscriber line (DSL)--a high-speed Net technology that uses ordinary phone lines.

     
  • Business Site News
    Time: 05:21 EDT/10:21 GMT Source: Active Windows Posted By: Matt

    Just a quick reminder to all of you out there if you see any stories that you would like posted then feel free to drop me a line.

    I also look forward to seeing you all at our Active Windows Community Site. This is a great place to post your views, suggestions, post your own screensavers and backgrounds for other Active Windows readers to download, and chat with one another.

    You can also now sign up for the our ActiveSci-Fi community on MSN Communities if you are a Science Fiction fan.

     
  • Excite@Home ready to jump into Germany
    Time: 05:08 EDT/10:08 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    Excite@Home, the largest high-speed Internet-over-cable service provider in the United States, plans to launch its service in Germany by mid-2000, according to the company. It has formed a joint venture with Tele-Columbus and the cable operator's parent company Deutsche Bank Investor to create @Home Deutschland.

    The German Internet access market, with its 11.2 million Net users, is proving to be one of the biggest technological battlefields in Europe and a testing ground for new online business models.

    America Online is launching a flat-rate dial-up Net service there next month--a common service in the United States, but a rarity in the European market, where consumers pay for local calls and most Internet services by the minute. Sony Europe is also trying to establish a foothold in the country for its own free ISP service.

     
  • Paranoid Pentagon plans for possible Y2K sneak attack
    Time: 04:44 EDT/09:44 GMT Source: The Register Posted By: Matt

    Pentagon planners clearly have time on their hands, as well as their minds. A Defense Department planning memo sent from the Joint Chiefs of Staff last week deals with the possibility of a sneak attack on the US being made under cover of Y2K chaos.

    The memo apparently went out to US commanders throughout the world, and lists all sorts of things that are likely to make the local US peace-keeping forces twitchy come 31st December. The highest alert level, Y2K Posture Level One, anticipates widespread Y2K-related failures and the civilian authorities asking for military help. So careful about asking GIs for the time - you could get martial law.

    The document anticipates the possibility of "information operations attacks," i.e. hacking of the US infrastructure by enemy forces and agents, and "opportunistic engagements," meaning surprise attacks coinciding with Y2K problems.

     
  • Digital Dressing Rooms and Other New Twists
    Time: 04:24 EDT/09:24 GMT Source: New York Times Posted By: Matt

    The Internet has become a giant laboratory for new technologies intended to bring shoppers and sellers closer together, and consumers will encounter a much improved environment when they go shopping online this fall. As befits a marketplace based on technology, electronic retailers, or E-tailers, as they are known, are hurling technological solutions against many of the most common criticisms of Internet commerce.

    These new technologies -- which include three-dimensional graphics, interactive customer service using text and voice, new payment systems, improved search engines and automated shopping agents called "bots" (for robots) -- are among the many tactics merchants will be using this year to capture the interest of shoppers.

    More important in the long term are the technologies designed to keep the loyalties of those who have already shopped at a site. Much of the new online shopping technology will be hidden from view, including software systems that will enable merchants to better track the personal spending and shopping habits of customers, reward frequent shoppers, manage inventory up to the minute, fill orders quickly and maintain continuing relationships with customers who, after all, can move to a competing Web site with a click of a mouse.

     
  • Ziff-Davis plans online Learning community
    Time: 04:14 EDT/09:14 GMT Source: Mercury Center Posted By: Matt

    Ziff-Davis Inc., owner of the popular ZDNet Web site and best-selling PC magazine, is placing a bet on the growing number of virtual communities with plans to start a for-profit online learning community.

    Called SmartPlanet.com, Ziff-Davis is expected to unveil the effort Wednesday with a goal of opening the full site in October. Initially, membership will be free but starting in October, people can subscribe for $99 a year and gain access to myriad online courses.

    Backed by $10 million from Ziff-Davis, it will get at least that much next year as it adds more courses and links with more partners in the media, Internet service provider and e-commerce companies, said Chris Dobbrow, president and chief executive of SmartPlanet, in an interview.


News Date: Tuesday 21st September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
Internet
  • AOL sees record membership increase
    Time: 18:34 EDT/23:34 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    America Online said today that its AOL and CompuServe online brands are on track to post record membership growth for the first quarter of 2000.

    AOL said it expects its flagship online service to exceed last year's growth, but it did not provide details. In the fourth quarter of 1999, ended in June, AOL added 685,000 new U.S. members, up from 523,000 in the same quarter of 1998. AOL's flagship service has more than 18 million members worldwide.

    So far this quarter, AOL's other Internet service, CompuServe, with a new software version, has added more than 300,000 new subscribers in North America. CompuServe provides Internet access for more than 2 million members worldwide.

     
  • Mechanical Computers May Be Next
    Time: 18:23 EDT/23:23 GMT Source: TechWeb Posted By: Matt

    Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed the first stage of a mechanical computer. But they are not sure what they are going to do with it.

    Professor Kris Pister and doctoral student Zeke Kruglick have made a micro-mechanical logic gate. Logic gates are the smallest components of computer chips, and modern chips have millions of them, but they're electronic.

    Electronic components can suffer in high temperatures and radioactive environments, Pister said in an interview. So there could be applications for more robust mechanical relay-based chips in certain industrial processes, nuclear power plants, or in space.

     
  • Web sites' challenge to software makers heats up
    Time: 18:19 EDT/23:19 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    Web sites that offer desktop applications over the Net are revving up to challenge traditional software makers through new products and appeals to software developers.

    The sites offer a variety of applications such as electronic calendars and address books, file storage, and email management tools. Web-based email sites like Hotmail, now owned by Microsoft, led the charge, attracting users with a free service that users could access from any computer with Internet access.

    Now the trend is to offer an entire suite of applications to lure users to the site as their first and most frequent point of reference on the Web, much the way search and content aggregation sites such as Yahoo and Lycos have amassed some of the Web's largest audiences.

     
  • A cell phone to serve many masters
    Time: 05:33 EDT/10:33 GMT Source: Mercury Center Posted By: Matt

    As the wireless industry trots out the first Internet-ready ``smart phones,'' an even smarter breed lurks over the horizon: mobile phones that can add features and functions in the blink of an eye.

    These models, which aren't likely to be sold before 2001, will be able to adapt instantly to the different frequencies and transmission standards used around the globe. One San Jose company wants to go even further, creating chameleon-like cell phones that can change into portable Internet radios, game machines or pocket-size video players.

    The new approach, known as ``software-defined radio,'' could help consumers keep up with evolving wireless networks without having to swap phones. Instead of dropping $100 or $200 for a new handset, users could add new features on impulse through a phone call.

     
  • Taiwan Quake Seen Lifting World Chip Prices
    Time: 05:15 EDT/10:15 GMT Source: Yahoo! News Posted By: Matt

    The massive earthquake that rocked Taiwan overnight was expected to push world chip prices higher, at least in the short term, analysts said Tuesday.

    They generally shrugged off statements by Taiwan's major chipmakers, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co and United Microelectronics Corp, that the quake had caused electricity outages but no damage to their production lines.

    ``The exact damage there has not yet been disclosed but chip production lines are very sensitive to tremors and I think this will lead to another rise in chip prices,'' said Jon Chong-hwa, an analyst at Salomon Smith Barney KEB Securities in Seoul.

     
  • Amazon.com, Home Depot Eyeing Partnership
    Time: 05:05 EDT/10:05 GMT Source: Internet News Posted By: Matt

    Amazon.com Corp. and Home Depot are considering a partnership that would give the home improvement giant access to Amazon's 10.7 million customers.

    Home Depot spokesman Jerry Shields told TheStreet.com the two companies are talking, but he refused to detail what kind of alliance might be under consideration. Amazon.com refused to comment.

    The deal marks the latest in a new trend, dubbed "click and mortar" that represents the combining of the Internet's efficiencies with the much-needed assets of traditional retailers, including an established distribution chain.

     
  • Crackers get £1m ransom from banks
    Time: 04:49 EDT/09:49 GMT Source: The Register Posted By: Matt

    A disturbing new trend is emerging in the world of online finance. Crackers (naughty hackers) are holding banks to ransom, threatening to cripple their systems or make public sensitive information, demanding huge sums of money.

    In Germany last week, Noris Verbraucherbank offered a DM10,000 (£3,000) reward to catch a cracker who was demanding a ransom of £300,000 not to reveal the bank's customers' private access codes. An ATM machine is thought to have captured the man on camera. The picture appeared in the German press.

    But Germany is not alone. City investigators in London have confirmed two separate cases where financial institutions have paid out ransom totalling more than £1 million. Around 30 international banks said that they had been victims of serious cracker attacks in the last year.


News Date: Monday 20th September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
AOL - Emachines - eBay
  • eBay may be tough for auction rivals to hammer
    Time: 19:05 EDT/00:05 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    Microsoft Network, Excite@Home, and Lycos took aim squarely at eBay in launching their own online auction network today, but the auction leader may have little to fear in the near future.

    Despite the big names involved in the new online auction network--which also includes Dell, Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch, Xoom.com, and dozens of other Net companies--analysts and others in the industry say eBay will be tough to topple because of its vast market lead.

    eBay owns some 70 percent of the consumer auction market and an even higher percentage of the person-to-person auction category, according to Gomez Advisors. That has made eBay virtually synonymous with online auctions and one of the few that already has a critical mass of buyers and sellers, with some 2.6 million simultaneous sales.

     
  • New rental deals allow anyone to be an ISP
    Time: 18:52 EDT/23:52 GMT Source: New York Times Posted By: Matt

    It's only a matter of time before Joe's Hardware down the street starts offering its own Internet access service, and it might even be free.

    Joe isn't about to install a bank of modems or string high-speed wires connecting his store to the Internet. Instead, as prices for network bandwidth fall, telephone companies and start-ups have shown a new willingness to provide leased access to the equipment that connects users to the Internet. This combination is making it possible for virtually any firm to offer its own Internet service.

    This may shake up the ISP market, as more Web firms follow search directory AltaVista into the Net access business and as companies such as newspapers and banks begin pitching connection services to their customers. Already, companies like Microsoft and AOL have crafted cut-rate plans and other incentives to keep subscribers flowing in.

     
  • Bad news for Emachines at court, Wall St.
    Time: 18:42 EDT/23:42 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    Emachines suffered a double blow today with a legal defeat and a scathing analyst report that raises doubts about the success of its planned initial public offering.

    The cheap-PC maker has charged into the low-end of the computer market in the past ten months, rising from obscurity to take market share away from more established rivals such as Packard Bell. But not all of its moves have been met with praise.

    After introducing the eOne computer, with its iMac-inspired design, Apple Computer hit Emachines with a lawsuit, alleging trademark infringement. The company is also defending itself against a suit from Compaq Computer, which alleges intellectual property infringement regarding components.

    Today, Apple won a preliminary injunction from a Tokyo District Court barring K.K. Sotec, a Japanese distributor of the eOne, from manufacturing or distributing the PC, indicating that Apple's lawsuit may have a good chance for success in the United States.

    Adding to the Emachines' troubles, a blistering report from investment bank U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray raises doubts about the company's long-term viability, as well as its upcoming IPO.

     
  • Gateway bids to cut customer-support costs
    Time: 18:11 EDT/23:11 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    Gateway is aiming to raise the profit margins of its PCs by nipping customer service and support calls in the bud.

    The direct-sales manufacturer is looking to reduce operating expenses and improve customer support by introducing an electronic support initiative called E-Support Solutions.

    By pre-installing software from Wild File on consumer desktop PCs, Gateway will enable users to easily undo actions that could have caused a system to malfunction. For instance, if program settings are accidentally changed, they can be restored in one step, Gateway said.

    Eventually, the company hopes to gain revenues from providing support and services to Gateway and non-Gateway customers alike, executives say.

     
  • AOL Canada To Offer High-Speed Cable Access
    Time: 05:15 EDT/10:15 GMT Source: News Page Posted By: Matt

    America Online Inc.'s Canadian operation says it has inked a deal with a small regional Canadian cable operator to bring high-speed broadband Internet access to small towns across Canada.

    The deal struck between AOL Canada Inc. and St. John's, Newfoundland- based RegionalCablesystems Inc., will see service begin this autumn in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, population 6,200 and marks the introduction of AOL Plus, as the high-speed service is dubbed.

    A national rollout to Regional Cablesystems' 250,000 subscribers in 1,000 non- metropolitan areas across Canada is expected to follow, but a schedule has not yet been set, AOL Canada told the Wall Street Journal.

    US cable companies have resisted requests by AOL and other content providers to lease them bandwidth because of the huge investments involved in upgrading cable networks to accommodate two-way data communications.

     
  • Top U.S. brokerages spent over $1 bln on Y2K-SEC
    Time: 04:45 EDT/09:45 GMT Source: Mercury Center Posted By: Matt

    The top eight U.S. brokerages have spent more than $1 billion getting their computer systems Y2K ready, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Arthur Levitt said Friday.

    As a whole, Wall Street has tested and retested its systems in preparation for the new year and it appears as if all systems are go, Levitt said, repeating similar remarks he made recently.


News Date: Friday 17th September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
Encryption - Internet
  • Gateway shelves plans for new Amiga PC
    Time: 09:17 EDT/14:17 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    In another twist in the long saga of the Amiga computer, Gateway--the company's would-be savior--apparently won't be making a new Amiga machine anytime soon.

    Instead, the PC maker will focus on opportunities in the emerging information appliance market, according to sources, and its Amiga subsidiary is redefining itself as a software company. That was unwelcome news to long-suffering fans of the Amiga computer, which has become something of a cult-like icon with a following to match.

     
  • Leading Net sites team on auctions to catch eBay
    Time: 05:40 EDT/10:40 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    Microsoft, Dell Computer, Lycos, Excite@Home, and other leading high-tech companies will join together in a group of almost 100 Web sites offering a combined auction service intended to tackle market-leading eBay.

    The companies will share auction listings so that an item listed on one site can be found throughout the network, according to people familiar with the plans. The auction network is to be announced tomorrow.

    Woburn, Massachusetts-based Fairmarket will be responsible for managing the new network, which will mark Microsoft's first venture into online auctions. Fairmarket already conducts auctions for Lycos and Dell.

     
  • Business Site News
    Time: 03:31 EDT/08:31 GMT Source: Active Windows Posted By: Matt

    Just a quick reminder to all of you out there if you see any stories that you would like posted then feel free to drop me a line.

    I also look forward to seeing you all at our Active Windows Community Site. This is a great place to post your views, suggestions, post your own screensavers and backgrounds for other Active Windows readers to download, and chat with one another. Our membership continues to grow every day. So if you have not signed up yet why not give it a try.

     
  • Lands' End gives Web shopping the personal touch
    Time: 03:15 EDT/08:15 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    To help eliminate the isolation of online shopping, the catalog apparel retailer this week launched two new services on its Web site--"Lands' End Live" and "Shop With a Friend." The features will enable two people at separate locations to shop together and compare notes on what to buy through instant chat. The company said shoppers need no special software or plug-in to participate beyond a browser.

    The added features on the Lands' End site come at a time when customers are demanding human interaction from online retailers. A recent survey by market research company Jupiter Communications found that 90 percent of online customers prefer some sort of human contact during an e-commerce transaction

     
  • Encryption Technology Limits Eased
    Time: 03:05 EDT/08:05 GMT Source: News Page Posted By: Matt

    The White House agreed Thursday to allow U.S. companies to sell the most powerful data-scrambling technology overseas with virtually no restrictions, a concession to America's high-tech industry over law enforcement and national security objections.

    The move was a defeat for the Justice Department, which had forcefully argued that criminals and terrorists might use the technology to scramble messages about crimes or deadly plots.

    On the other hand, the decision should help U.S. companies in overseas competition _ and help consumers worldwide guarantee the privacy of their e-mail and online credit-card purchases


News Date: Thursday 16th September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
Apple - Hurricane Floyd
  • British Web use surges
    Time: 16:55 EDT/21:55 GMT Source: CNN fn Posted By: Matt

    Despite a record surge in the number of Britons surfing the Internet, 40 percent of the U.K.'s adult population -- 20 million people -- say they're perfectly happy to remain on the cyber-sidelines, with no intention of ever going online, according to a new survey.

    Today, more than a fifth of Britain's adult population, or about 10 million people, regularly log on to the Internet, a 50 percent increase from the same period last year, according to an annual study of Web trends by Which? Online, the Internet arm of the British Consumers' Association.

    Unlike their American counterparts, who tend to treat the Web as a portal to a world of endless virtual possibilities, British cyber-junkies are more frugal in their approach. Three-quarters of British surfers spend less than five hours a week online; the average number of Web sites visited over a seven-day stretch is a relatively scant 13.

     
  • US surfers want free ISP access
    Time: 11:27 EDT/16:27 GMT Source: The Register Posted By: Matt

    As if to prove a point about the popularity of this new model ISP the search engine-come-Net access provider published research which reveals that a staggering 78 million adults in the US no longer want to pay for Net access.

    In a survey of 1,000 adults conducted on behalf of AltaVista by International Communications Research, it found that forty per cent of US Net users want subscription-free access to the Net.

    What's more, it claims there are 15.8 million households with PCs that are not connected to the Internet -- no doubt many of which are reluctant to do so because of the cost of monthly subscription charges.

     
  • Hurricane Floyd Wallops Web
    Time: 08:17 EDT/13:17 GMT Source: PC World Posted By: Matt

    Hurricane Floyd's gale force winds and torrential rain are having an effect online as well as on the coastline.

    Floyd provides a defining moment for Web sites like Weather.com. The site reports record demand on its servers, which vigorously dole out the latest on Hurricane Floyd. Weather.com served a staggering 23.5 million page views on Tuesday, breaking all previous records, says Debora Wilson, president and chief executive officer of Weather.com, which is owned by the Weather Channel.

    Record usage caused delays and problems on hurricane and news sites across the country. Even the National Hurricane Center showed strain from heavy usage. Weather.com, AccuWeather.com, and Intellicast.com suffered brown-outs.

     
  • NBC and ValueVision to create SnapTV cable channel
    Time: 03:39 EDT/08:39 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    NBC will team up its consumer Internet business with ValueVision International to revamp the television home shopping channel into a blend of cable TV, Internet, and e-commerce, the companies said.

    Over the next six to nine months, the ValueVision home shopping channel will change its name to SnapTV, and its VVTV.com Web site will be renamed SnapTV.com. Snap is a joint venture between NBC and CNET, publisher of News.com.

    The new channel and site will be hosted by NBC's Snap.com, a shopping Web site and Internet gateway that will be merged with another direct marketing Web site, Xoom.com, to create NBC Interactive (NBCi).

     
  • Apple tries to get G4 export ban lifted
    Time: 03:35 EDT/08:35 GMT Source: Info World Posted By: Matt

    Apple Computer is trying to persuade the U.S. government to lift restrictions on exports of the new PowerPC G4 processor-based Power Mac systems, the acting head of the company said at Apple Expo on Wednesday.

    "The Power Mac G4 is so fast that it is classified as a supercomputer by the U.S. government, and we are prohibited from exporting it to over 50 nations worldwide," said Steve Jobs, Apple's interim chief executive officer.

    Apple, however, is working toward getting the U.S. authorities to lift the export restrictions to the listed countries, he said. "And fortunately this isn't one of them," quipped Jobs, addressing a crowd of European Macintosh-faithful on the first day of the Apple Expo trade show held annually in Paris.


News Date: Wednesday 15th September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
IBM - Internet
  • Visa forms separate Net unit
    Time: 10:35 EDT/15:35 GMT Source: New York Times Posted By: Matt

    Stepping up its e-commerce efforts, Visa USA today launched eVisa, a separate Internet unit.

    Visa said the unit is set to launch a new Web-based payment gateway that will accept all payment cards and process transactions over Visa's processing system, while providing Visa incentives to merchants who designate it as their default payment card for online transactions. eVisa also will focus on enabling more merchants to install a secure network for safer online transactions at a low cost.

    In addition, the new unit will enhance efforts to market digital wallet technology, which allows consumers to easily send secure payment information to online merchants from their PCs.

     
  • Web marketing plan: Getting paid to surf
    Time: 10:35 EDT/15:35 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Matt

    A Utah-based startup will launch a new service this week that pays users to surf the Web.

    But unlike some existing programs, PointClick.com doesn't require users to watch a constant stream of ads, or meet specific demographics qualifications to get their cash. Instead, users get paid about a penny a page view when they visit a specific network of sites from the PointClick home page.

     
  • Motorola, GI shake on $11 billion merger
    Time: 10:19 EDT/15:19 GMT Source: CNET News.com Posted By: Matt

    Telecommunications giant Motorola today announced it would buy General Instruments in an $11 billion stock swap.

    "This partnership will enable us to expand our portfolio for network access, delivering next-generation solutions along with 'home hubs' that will handle high-speed Internet access and video entertainment, as well as carrier-quality voice services," Motorola chief executive Christopher B. Galvin said in a prepared statement.

     
  • Why Consumers Switch Internet Service Providers
    Time: 05:15 EDT/10:15 GMT Source: Business Week Posted By: Matt

    Online services should pay better attention to the basics. That's the implication in a new customer satisfaction report on seven national Internet service providers from J.D. Power & Associates. MindSpring Enterprises topped the rankings, followed by EarthLink Network, AT&T WorldNet, and Microsoft Network, while such content-and-community services as America Online, Compuserve, and Prodigy all fell below the industry average. When asked for factors that would prompt them to switch ISPs, fewer than half of the 3,500 households surveyed listed content or customer service issues. The top reason was connection speed, followed by price.


    Connection speed 81%
    Price 68%
    Ease of use 57%
    E-mail service 51%
    Technical support 49%
    Customer service 41%
    Content 20%
    DATA: J.D. Power & Associates

     
  • There are some things money can't buy, for everything else there's a new electronic wallet from IBM and MasterCard.
    Time: 04:58 EDT/09:58 GMT Source: TechWeb Posted By: Matt

    IBM said Tuesday that its Consumer Wallet version 2.1 would expedite and enhance the online-shopping experience and MasterCard is aggressively promoting its use over the Internet.

    MasterCard, which claims 700 million debit-card holders and 23,000 financial institutions, has agreed to market the wallet to it member banks, said Art Kranzley, MasterCard senior vice president of e-commerce. It will be available to end users in time for this year's holiday season.

     
  • Time Warner Offers Access to the Internet Via TV Cable
    Time: 04:05 EDT/09:05 GMT Source: New York Times Posted By: Matt

    Seeking to capture a piece of the lucrative market in high-speed Internet services, Time Warner Cable announced Tuesday that it is starting to give computer users in parts of Manhattan and Queens fast access to the Internet through the company's cable-television wires.

    The Time Warner connection is the first modem service using a television cable that will be widely available in Manhattan, said Gerri Warren-Merrick, a Time Warner spokeswoman.

    Although the number of potential customers is huge -- Time Warner serves more than a million customers in Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn -- hooking them up them has proven difficult.


News Date: Tuesday 14th September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
IBM - Internet - AOL
  • Critics say self-regulation needs bite, not bark
    Time: 16:24 EDT/21:24 GMT Source: CNET Posted By: Matt

    A movement to encourage companies to regulate the Internet themselves ran into heavy skepticism only a day after an industry group released its initial set of proposals.

    Guidelines for protecting personal data of consumers, restricting access to pornography, levying taxes, and handling other issues in e-commerce are unlikely to stop abuses without some enforcement authority, a leading American economist said today.

    The group, called the Global Business Dialog on Electronic Commerce (GBDe), hopes to further the growth of online commerce by creating guidelines for responsible security, privacy, liability, consumer protection, and taxation policies.

     
  • Network Solutions Modifies Payment Policy
    Time: 16:15 EDT/21:15 GMT Source: internet news.com Posted By: Matt

    Network Solutions Inc. next week will implement a previously announced plan to require domain name seekers to pre-pay for their .com, .org or .net addresses.

    The move ends the company's current invoice system in an attempt to discourage cybersquatters, who sometimes take domain names off the market but don't pay the bill.

    "The benefit to legitimate Web address registrants is clear: thousands of Web addresses will be returned to the market as these non-paying entities are weeded out of the system," the company said in a statement.

     
  • Intel Boosts Computer Telephony Unit
    Time: 16:09 EDT/21:09 GMT Source: TechWeb Posted By: Matt

    Intel on Tuesday said it will boost the number of software developers working with its computer telephony unit and is planning to invest in companies that use the technology.

    The move in computer telephony is part of Intel's efforts to diversify beyond its core business as the world's largest semiconductor maker.

    Computer telephony lets hardware that is based on PCs interact with telephones. It is used in such services as voice mail, voice recognition, and banking by phone.

     
  • eBay to prohibit alcohol, tobacco sales
    Time: 05:05 EDT/10:05 GMT Source: CNET Posted By: Matt

    Six months after closing down firearm sales on its site, online auction leader eBay announced today that it will soon forbid sales of alcohol and tobacco products as well.

    However, unlike the uproar that surrounded the company's decisions on firearms--and more recently, reserve auctions--most eBay users seemed indifferent about the new policy.

     
  • Compaq Cuts PC Prices Up To 17 Percent
    Time: 04:55 EDT/09:55 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Matt

    Compaq Computer Corp. Monday said it was cutting prices on all of its business desktop computers by up to 17 percent, the latest move in a battle by the world's No. 1 maker of personal computers to regain momentum over faster-growing rivals.

    The computer maker did not cite competitive pricing in announcing the cuts, which come less than one week after rival Dell Computer Corp. said it was cutting prices on its business line of personal computers by up to 18 percent.


News Date: Monday 13th September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
IBM - Internet - AOL
  • 3Com Spinning Off Palm
    Time: 18:05 EDT/23:05 GMT Source: Wired News Posted By: Matt

    No, 3Com isn't cutting off its hand, but the networking company is splitting from its Palm.

    3Com confirmed Monday that it's spinning off its handheld computing unit and will take Palm public in a stock offering early next year.

     
  • Army Bombs NT, Buys Mac
    Time: 17:59 EDT/22:59 GMT Source: Wired News Posted By: Matt

    The US Army would rather switch than fight.

    Because of a wave of cracker attacks, the Army has at least temporarily replaced Microsoft's Web server software with an obscure Macintosh server on its flagship Web site.

     
  • AOL vies to become major search player
    Time: 17:35 EDT/22:35 GMT Source: CNET Posted By: Matt

    Called AOL Search , the service reflects AOL's ongoing attempts to keep its users from going to competitors for Web searches and services. The search service can be found online, though not on the main AOL.com page. AOL expects it will launch AOL Search within the next four weeks on AOL.com.

     
  • Bridging Two Worlds to Make Downloadable Music Profitable
    Time: 05:07 EDT/10:07 GMT Source: New York Times Posted By: Matt

    An Internet startup company plans to introduce a new Web site on Monday that is designed to bridge the competing worlds of online digital music and the traditional recording industry.

    Garageband.com will focus on the thousands of small and struggling musicians and groups in the United States. Many have found it impossible to sign with a major recording studio but have also discovered that they cannot make a profit by giving their music away over the Internet.

     
  • New IBM Computer Raises Pressure
    Time: 04:45 EDT/09:45 GMT Source: New York Times Posted By: Matt

    IBM is selling a powerful new business computer that fills an important gap in its product line and steps up pressure on rival sellers of machines that use the Unix operating system, a competitor to Microsoft's Windows program.

    IBM's move is a counterpoint to a recent flurry of publicity for Sun Microsystems Inc.'s popular line of Unix computers. Hewlett-Packard Corp. also is a major maker of Unix computers.


News Date: Friday 10th September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
Internet - HP
  • Internet Fuels Homeschooling
    Time: 18:05 EDT/23:05 GMT Source: TechWeb Posted By: Matt

    The Internet could be fueling a rise in homeschooling, but the revolution is in technology rather than content, experts say.

    Roughly 1 million students in kindergarten through 12th grade are said to be taught at home rather than in public or private schools. These homeschooled students are usually instructed by their parents, but sometimes, several families network to form a cooperative home school.

     
  • eMachines.net not just another ISP
    Time: 17:45 EDT/22:45 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Matt

    eMachines Inc. is about to make the jump from low-cost PC maker to low-cost PC maker and Internet service provider.

    The Irvine, Calif., PC company plans to launch its own ISP, eMachines.net, in the quarter.

     
  • Sears tooling toward Internet expansion
    Time: 17:40 EDT/22:40 GMT Source: CNET Posted By: Matt

    Sears is preparing to bulk up an already sizeable Internet presence by more than doubling the amount of tools it currently offers online sometime before Christmas, according to Andy Wetmore, project director for Sears.com.

    In another move that signals Sears' growing commitment to online expansion, the retail behemoth announced this week that it has hired BroadVision, an e-business applications provider, to streamline its site.

     
  • How was your 9999?
    Time: 05:05 EDT/10:05 GMT Source: webreview.com Posted By: Matt

    Yesterday was 9999; that is, 9/9/99, the day when programs that use 9999 as a stop code and store the date as 9999 were expected to have problems. My guess is that you got through the day just fine. Some people didn't have a good 9999, though.

     
  • HP Invests In Three E-Service Companies
    Time: 04:49 EDT/09:49 GMT Source: VARBusiness Posted By: Matt

    Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP), Palo Alto, Calif., continues to forge its new identity as a risk-taker by investing heavily in three entrepreneurial e-services companies. At the E-Services World Executive Conference today, HP struck up alliances with Colorado Springs-based e-mail outsourcer USA.NET; SAP application service provider eOnline Inc., Cupertino, Calif.; and Latin American Spanish and Portuguese language online network provider Star Media Network Inc.

     
  • Technology Has Music Cos. Singing A New Tune
    Time: 04:45 EDT/09:45 GMT Source: TechWeb Posted By: Matt

    Record companies claim that new technologies have left them so open to piracy that their very business in threatened. However, some industry watchers at the Digital Distribution and the Music Industry conference claim that just the opposite might be true.


News Date: Thursday 9th September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
Dell - Internet
  • Measuring the Web’s ‘diameter’
    Time: 18:59 EDT/23:59 GMT Source: MSNBC Posted By: Matt

    How big is the World Wide Web? A statistical survey has measured the Web’s “diameter,” finding that there’s an average of 19 clicks separating random Internet sites. The findings have implications for the future of Web searching as the global network grows.

     
  • Executive shuffle stirs Beyond.com
    Time: 18:55 EDT/23:55 GMT Source: CNET Posted By: Matt

    Beyond.com, which has struggled to build its consumer software business, is shaking up the executive ranks within its consumer division, News.com has learned.

     
  • Speech-enabled web surfing --- now that is cool
    Time: 18:50 EDT/23:50 GMT Source: The Register Posted By: Matt

    IBM's latest speech recognition offering, ViaVoice Millennium, made its US debut today. The recognition accuracy has been improved making it easier to use for every day tasks, the company said.

    The products learn the speech patterns of a number of users, so that accuracy improves with use and is not limited to one staff of family member. The Web Millennium and Pro Millennium versions also provide speech-enabled web surfing. Users can speak directly into AOL, IE and Netscape browsers.

     
  • Businesses Release Format For Digital Wallet
    Time: 18:45 EDT/23:45 GMT Source: TechWeb Posted By: Matt

    In an effort to increase e-commerce sales and simplify online shopping, a consortium of software, Internet, and financial services companies on Wednesday released a universal format for collecting shipping, billing, and payment information online.

     
  • Dell To Acquire Storage Area Network Vendor For $340 Million
    Time: 05:02 EDT/10:02 GMT Source: InformationWeek Posted By: Matt

    In a bid to strengthen its position in the enterprise storage market, Dell Computer has agreed to acquire storage system vendor ConvergeNet Technologies Inc. in a stock swap valued at $340 million.


News Date: Wednesday 8th September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
Internet - Sun - Y2K
  • Domain name ruling favors small businesses
    Time: 18:45 EDT/22:45 GMT Source: CNET Posted By: Matt

    In a significant win for small businesses on the Net, a federal judge has ruled that a registered trademark, even when held by a well-known company, does not automatically entitle its holder to own the corresponding domain name.

     
  • Lycos buys Quote.com for $78.3 million
    Time: 18:32 EDT/22:32 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Matt

    Internet portal firm, Lycos Inc. said Wednesday it signed an agreement to buy Quote.com, which provides financial information to subscribers on the Web, for $78.3 million in stock, plus assume the privately-held company's stock option plan.

     
  • American Express introduces Internet charge card
    Time: 18:25 EDT/23:25 GMT Source: Bloomberg Posted By: Matt

    American Express, known for its green charge card, has introduced a blue credit card with an embedded computer chip in an attempt to attract younger consumers who are active users of the Internet.

    The card's chip will be used for security in shopping on the Web. The company will distribute free card readers for customers to hook up to their computers. Customers who want extra security can swipe their cards through the readers before beginning an Internet shopping trip. Otherwise, they can simply type in their account number as they would with any other card. The card also has a magnetic strip for shopping at brick-and-mortar stores.

     
  • Washington Tackles Internet Law
    Time: 05:49 EDT/10:49 GMT Source: PCWorld Posted By: Matt

    The House and Senate are cooking up a stew of legislation on junk e-mail, privacy, and e-commerce--among other issues. Here's what you need to know.

     
  • First Y2K Trading Day To Be Business As Usual
    Time: 05:35 EDT/10:35 GMT Source: TechWeb Posted By: Matt

    The nation's investments will be safe and sound for the first trading day in 2000, Wall Street officials and securities regulators said Tuesday.

    "We have conducted all the tests we believe necessary to make certain that investors will consider the first trading day of the new millennium to be just another trading day," said Richard Grasso, CEO of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

     
  • Sun Unveils "Thinnest Client"
    Time: 05:28 EDT/10:28 GMT Source: TechWeb Posted By: Matt

    Sun fleshed out its slogan 'the network is the computer' on Wednesday when it unveiled what it described as "the thinnest client", a $499 network computer.


News Date: Tuesday 7th September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
Internet - iVillage - Tribal Voice
  • CBS, Viacom in blockbuster merger
    Time: 18:35 EDT/23:35 GMT Source: CNET Posted By: Matt

    In one of the biggest media mergers ever, CBS and Viacom today agreed to join forces in a deal valued at nearly $35 billion.

     
  • Broadband: Coming to a Hotel Near You
    Time: 17:35 EDT/22:35 GMT Source: PCWorld Posted By: Matt

    As hotel guests, particularly business travelers, grow more dependent on the Internet, large hotel chains are scrambling to install high-speed Internet lines in rooms and meeting spaces, industry sources and analysts say.

     
  • Tribal Voice plans to chat with AOL
    Time: 17:25 EDT/22:25 GMT Source: ZDNet Posted By: Matt

    Company's next rev of instant messaging service will PowWow with Instant Messenger -- whether AOL likes it or not.

    America Online says it will try to block Tribal Voice's upcoming version of its PowWow instant messaging service from connecting with its own Instant Messenger technology -- just as it has gone to war with Microsoft.

     
  • iVillage snags $22.5 million PlanetRx deal
    Time: 17:12 EDT/22:12 GMT Source: CNET Posted By: Matt

    iVillage, which runs Internet sites for women, said PlanetRx.com will pay it $22.5 million over three years to sell drugs and vitamins to iVillage customers.

    Closely held PlanetRx will provide information for iVillage users and be its exclusive online retailer of prescription and over-the-counter drugs and vitamins. iVillage invested $7.5 million in PlanetRx.

     
  • New Flavor of DSL Brings Faster, Cheaper Web Access to Your Door
    Time: 05:35 EDT/10:35 GMT Source: PCWorld Posted By: Matt

    By year's end, you could be surfing the Internet at speeds up to 11 times faster than the fastest dial-up connection permits, for about $50 to $80 a month. By the end of the year 2000, you could enjoy even higher speeds for less than you currently pay for that dial-up account. The reason: a new standard called G.Lite.


News Date: Friday 3rd September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
Apple - eBay
  • Shoppers bid millions for human kidney on eBay
    Time: 07:47 EDT/12:47 GMT Source: News.com Posted By: Matt

    Online shoppers bid more than $5.7 million for a human kidney offered on the Internet auction site eBay before the company intervened to block the illegal sale, executives said yesterday.

     
  • AOL, others plan global Net content rating system
    Time: 07:03 EDT/12:03 GMT Source: News.com Posted By: Matt

    Following the example of the film and television industries, major Internet companies may embrace a global framework for rating content next week, marking the most aggressive push so far toward a system to filter nudity, hate speech, vulgar language, and other material online.

     
  • Apple G4 upgrade block confirmed
    Time: 06:43 EDT/11:43 GMT Source: The Register Posted By: Matt

    Apple has given tacit confirmation that its now-defunct Power Mac G3 line of desktop PCs have been nobbled to prevent owners from installing the new PowerPC 7400 (aka G4) processor.

     
  • Copycat Amazon site changes name
    Time: 04:59 EDT/09:59 GMT Source: CNET Posted By: Matt

    Copycat online bookstore Amazon Greece has changed its name two weeks after Amazon.com filed suit against the company.


News Date: Thursday 2nd September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
Internet - BBC
  • Internet of the Future: Faster, Cheaper
    Time: 11:07 EDT/16:07 GMT Source: PC World Posted By: Matt

    The Next Generation Internet, commonly called NGI, will be faster, less expensive to use, and better able to accommodate more high-speed access options. But for NGI's benefits to be realized, vendors will have to agree to let products interoperate and establish standards, a networking executive says.

     
  • BBC free ISP blasted for stifling market development
    Time: 09:07 EDT/14:07 GMT Source: The Register Posted By: Matt

    The BBC's launch of its subscription-free ISP, Freebeeb.net, has been branded anti-competitive and an abuse of public money. Industry leaders have rallied together to criticise the BBC and the government has come under fire for not intervening to stop the operation.

     
  • High-Tech Businesses Need To Learn Old-Fashioned Service
    Time: 06:48 EDT/11:48 GMT Source: Fox Market Wire Posted By: Matt

    If banks and brokerages expect to convince average Americans to conduct business online, they had better concentrate less on flashy Web sites and more on old-fashioned customer service.

     
  • Quicken 2000 and Money 2000 duel for dollars
    Time: 05:57 EDT/10:57 GMT Source: CNET Posted By: Matt

    Attention, penny pinchers of the world: the millennium versions of the two biggest and baddest money managers have just hit the shelves. Microsoft Money 2000 arrived in stores today, while Quicken 2000 shipped late last week.

     
  • Business Site News
    Time: 05:45 EDT/10:45 GMT Source: Active Windows Posted By: Matt

    Just a quick note to let all of you out there know that my name is Matt and I am the new " newshound " here on the Business Page of Active Windows. I look forward in covering some High-Tech stories and if you see anything out there that might be of interest then just drop me a line at: matt@activewin.com. . I also look forward to seeing you all at our Active Windows Community Site. This is a great place to post your views, suggestions, and chat with one another. So if you have not signed up yet why not give it a try.


News Date: Wednesday 1st September 1999
Today's Top Business Headlines:
Internet - Unisys - Priceline

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