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Google's Leap May Slow Rivals' Growth

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MSN and Yahoo! face new challenges as their share of search falls. "People haven't been given a good reason to switch from Google."

Web makes it easy to grow, sell pot

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The world of marijuana trafficking once existed mostly in shady places where the right dealers hung out, or in exotic locales such as Amsterdam. But technology, which has revolutionized almost every other aspect of our world, has changed that.

Teen on hacking charges

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Reuben - not his real name, because he is facing computer hacking-related charges in Auckland's Youth Court - is a new breed of digital delinquent: young, smart and with the power to unlock all your secrets.

Europe Goes Gently on P2P Piracy

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A law banning digital distribution of copyright movies and music went into effect last week in Sweden, but enforcing the new law and others like it around Europe isn't proving easy.

U.S. high-speed Internet use up 34 percent in 2004

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High-speed Internet use by U.S. businesses and households rose 34 percent in 2004 to 37.9 million lines, the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday.

Google Wins 'Typosquatting' Dispute

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An Internet arbitrator has awarded Google Inc. the rights to several Web site addresses that relied on typographical errors to exploit the online search engine's popularity so computer viruses and other malicious software could be unleashed on unsuspecting visitors.

ICANN to lift price caps on .net domains

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Owners of .net Web addresses may face higher registry fees in the future--but not until 2007.

Email traffic doubled after London bomb blasts

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Email traffic has doubled in Europe today after four bombs exploded in central London.

Safe browser an oxymoron?

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CERT security analyst Art Manion warns that all Web browsers now face similar threats--and some even share similar design features.

A Week Without Internet

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Cox Communications Inc. said yesterday that some of its Northern Virginia customers were unable to access the Internet after June 22, when the company began upgrading its high-speed service.

Blog Bares Sex Offender's Demons

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An ominous online journal maintained by accused kidnapper Joseph Duncan becomes a forum in the wake of his alleged crimes, as revolted web surfers condemn the convicted sexual predator.

More arrests, computers seized in FBI piracy bust

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The Justice Department seized hundreds of computers and arrested four people in an international crackdown on Internet pirates illegally distributing copyrighted video games, software and first-run movies, such as the latest episode of "Star Wars."

New tax for broadband customers?

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Many broadband customers will pay new universal service taxes akin to those on their telephone bills if Congress bows to suggestions from rural legislators.

States Move Forward on Internet Sales Tax

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Tax officials, state lawmakers and industry representatives agreed Thursday to establish an 18-state network for collecting taxes on Internet sales, a compact they hope will encourage online retailers and Congress to endorse a mandatory national program.

Barbecue chain buys porn Web site for $6G

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Surfers trying to find the barbecue chain Sticky Fingers on the Internet no longer face the possibility of ending up at a much saucier Web site.

Now playing on Google: Matrix, Family Guy

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Google's new video search tool is turning out to be a little more expansive than the company planned, with users uploading copyrighted content ranging from the last Matrix movie to the Family Guy cartoons.

U.S. Won't Cede Control of Net Computers

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The U.S. government will indefinitely retain oversight of the main computers that control traffic on the Internet, ignoring calls by some countries to turn the function over to an international body, a senior official said Thursday.

Adware companies not breaking law

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Adware companies do not break trademark laws when they use a retailer's Web address to trigger coupons and other ads for rivals' products, a federal appeals court has found.

Feds Target Internet Piracy Organizations

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The government announced an 11-nation crackdown yesterday on Internet piracy organizations responsible for stealing copies of the latest "Star Wars" film and other movies, games and software programs worth at least $50 million.

Web Content by and for the Masses

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The Internet is morphing yet again. A remarkable array of software systems makes it simple to share anything instantly, and sometimes enhance it along the way. Inexpensive to create and worldwide in reach, the new Internet services are having an impact far beyond the file sharing at issue in the Supreme Court's decision on Monday, which focused on copyright violations using peer-to-peer software.

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