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Mixed news from economic downturn

While one in two business owners saw a bright future for e-commerce in July 2000, that optimism has declined noticeably as the IT industry and other economic sectors try to weather the current economic slowdown.

Napster to use Loudeye tracking technology

Digital music service provider Napster on Thursday said it will use Loudeye Technologies secured content delivery technology for its forthcoming digital music membership service to keep track of files shared on its network and to ensure it is in comp...

MusicNet gets first public showing before Congress

MusicNet, the digital music service being developed by BMG Entertainment, Warner Brothers Music Group and EMI Group, was put on display for the first time publicly before members of the US Congress on Thursday.

Roll out of '.info' and '.biz' TLD suffixes begins

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved plans for the .biz and .info top-level domain (TLDs) name suffixes and registration for at least one of them will start later this month, the Internet overseeing body said T...

Brazilian hackers target Microsoft sites

A Brazilian band of hackers known as Prime Suspectz defaced four Microsoft Web sites at the end of last week, according to, a Web site that documents hacks.

Report: Judge throws out claims in Rambus case

A federal judge has thrown out all but three claims made by memory systems designer Rambus in its patent infringement suit against Infineon Technologies, according to a report Tuesday in the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper.

E Ink demos first active matrix electronic ink display

E Ink, a maker of electronic ink technology, is one step closer to the creation of an active-matrix version of paper-like electronic-ink displays that could be used in cellular phones, PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) and reader devices, the compan...

IE flaw lets hackers take over user's PC

Microsoft late last week said it has discovered and created a patch for a new Internet Explorer (IE) vulnerability that could allow hackers to run a program of their choice on another user's machine.

Anti-spam bill passes US subcommittee

A US congressional subcommittee has approved legislation that would prohibit the sending of unsolicited junk or "spam" e-mail unless it is clearly marked as an unsolicited commercial advertisement and a way is provided for consumers to opt out of fut...

AMD pushes Athlon chip to 1.33Ghz

Advanced Micro Devices launched new versions of its Athlon processor Thursday running at 1.33GHz and 1.3GHz, increasing the speed limit from 1.2GHz on its chips for high-performance desktop machines.

Online ID thief caught in New York

A 32-year-old man from Brooklyn, New York, is alleged to have to used the Internet to open fraudulent brokerage accounts and steal millions of dollars from some of the most wealthy individuals in the US, including movie director Steven Spielberg and ...

AMD, Linux NetWorX help Boeing's rocket endeavors

Aerospace vendor Boeing has implemented a 96-server supercluster developed by Linux NetworX and powered by Advanced Micro Device (AMD) Athlon processors to run applications that support Boeing's latest rocket development program, the companies announ...

Another flaw exposed in TCP

Another security flaw has emerged with communications based on Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) that could be used to "hijack" a user's session on the Internet or a corporate network, a computer security services company announced Monday.

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