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More headaches for Napster with Songbird launch

Songbird, a free software utility designed to help artists search the song database of beleaguered file-swapping service Napster to pinpoint whether their copyright songs are available for downloading, was made available to the public Wednesday.

Napster says sorry for 'overblocking'

As Napster's user numbers continue to decline, the embattled peer-to-peer file-sharing software company has issued an apology to its users for "overblocking" access to music files.

EMI, HitHive launch music file-sharing service

EMI and wireless music provider HitHive have signed an agreement which will enable digital music from EMI's catalogue to be distributed through wireless devices using HitHive technology, the companies announced Thursday.

IBM talks wireless partnerships, portal services

IBM stormed the massive CeBIT trade show here Thursday, showing off its WebSphere Portal Server alongside such high-tech goodies as a networked Porsche Boxster car, a new Linux watch and a high resolution computer display that Big Blue says is 12-tim...

Napster filter deadline looms as downloads continue

Fans of music-sharing service Napster continued to download music files by the likes of Metallica and Dr. Dre as the company attempts to implement its proposal for filtering out copyrighted music from its service.

Hackers deemed terrorists under new UK law

Hackers now have a new tag in the UK: cyberterrorists. Under the Terrorism Act 2000, enacted into law beginning Monday, people who endanger lives though the manipulation of public computer systems will be punished under the anti-terrorism law as woul...

FIFA offside on online World Cup ticket sales

Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) on Thursday announced it was forced to close down its just-launched Web site selling World Cup 2002 tickets to users in Japan and Korea after its database crashed.

University puts British Library on a chip

A professor at Keele University in Staffordshire, England, claims to have invented a memory chip which can hold enough information to fit the entire contents of the British Library onto a single chip.

Microsoft dubs new versions of Win, Office 'XP'

To paraphrase the term: it's about the Internet, stupid. With that in mind, Microsoft has anointed its new versions of its popular software programs Windows and Office with an "XP" at the end of the names, the software giant announced Monday.

Microsoft, Starbucks team on wireless Net services

Internet and caffeine addicts unite. Microsoft and coffee monolith Starbucks Coffee have agreed to jointly offer high speed Internet connections in Starbucks' stores throughout North America, the companies announced Wednesday.

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