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2001: The year the Internet stopped being fun

Remember when you could barely resist the Internet's lure? When the rush of discovering a new Web site or stumbling across a nifty service kept you coming back for more; when the content was so rich and plentiful that you could read, read, read all d...

Adobe barred from distributing software

A U.S. federal district court judge filed a preliminary injunction order against Adobe Systems Inc. Tuesday, barring it from distributing its InDesign page layout software amid allegations of copyright infringement.

BMI grants music licenses to MSN, Yahoo

U.S. performing rights organization Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) said Tuesday that it forged a long-term deal granting music licensing rights to Microsoft Corp.'s MSN Music and Yahoo Inc., in a move that highlights the industry's desire to legitimize m...

Yahoo spins Launch music site

Not wanting to be left out of the band, Yahoo Inc. pulled music destination Launch out of its sleeve Monday, offering users streaming music, downloads, artist information and on-demand music videos.

Report: Tech execs to advise U.S. president

U.S. President George W. Bush will appoint an advisory panel of high-profile technology executives, including AOL Time Warner Inc. Chairman Steve Case, and Dell Computer Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael Dell, to help him shape...

Napster, RIAA head back to court

Napster is due to face off against the recording industry again on Monday during a federal appeals court hearing over the extent to which Napster has to clean up its file-swapping service in order to comply with a court-ordered injunction.

Smile! Yahoo launches video e-mail

Lights, camera, e-mail? Users of Yahoo Inc.'s mail service may be saying just that with the launch Monday of Yahoo's free video e-mail service, made possible through the company's alliance with personal video provider SpotLife Inc.

Web designers advised to stop searching

Web-site designers should understand their users' way of thinking, introduce them to content they didn't know they were looking for and most of all, keep them from using the search function, according to a report released Monday by Web research firm ...

AOL enjoined for nabbing MP3 technology

A U.S. federal judge has enjoined America Online Inc. (AOL) from distributing its AOL 6.0 client amid allegations that the company nabbed PlayMedia System Inc.'s AMP MP3 playback technology for use in its Media Player without permission, the digital ...

MS makes digital media blitz with Win XP

Hinting at a campaign to govern digital media, Microsoft Corp. announced Wednesday that more than 150 companies are supporting the digital media features in the software maker's new Windows XP operating system (OS), which is being unleashed today.

Snail mail squashed by anthrax anxiety

As anthrax anxiety spread around the globe this week, shuttering mailrooms in the U.S. and abroad and causing average citizens to purchase latex gloves and masks just to handle their mail, experts began to wonder if traditional mail would be squashed...

Jupiter: News sites flourish after attacks

Reflecting the public's insatiable hunger for news following the Sept. 11 attacks in the U.S., the most-visited sites on the Web last month were news sites, according to a report released Monday by Jupiter Media Metrix Inc.

IBM unveils power-paring chip

IBM Corp. unveiled an ultra-low power chip Friday that it said will reduce power consumption in battery-operated portable consumer electronic devices and improve power efficiency, both in active and standby modes.

Ashcroft to academics: DMCA not your problem

A group of scientists who filed a suit last June, asking for their research to be protected from reprisals under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), received a blow this week when U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft filed a motion to dismiss...

Jupiter: U.S. file swappers swell 500 percent

Fueled by word of mouth and more than a few young men, file swapping alternatives to Napster Inc. have experienced user growth of nearly 500 percent from March to August of this year, according to a report released Wednesday by Jupiter Media Metrix I...

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