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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.

50 Coolest Websites 2005

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How do we come up with our 50 best? Short answer: we take your suggestions, probe friends and colleagues about their favorite online haunts and then surf like mad. This year's finalists are a mix of newcomers, new discoveries and veterans that have learned some new tricks.

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Bloggers fighting government regulations

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Bloggers who built their Internet followings with anti-establishment prose are now lobbying the establishment to protect their livelihoods from federal regulations.

China's Internet Users Top 100 Million

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China's population of Internet users has surpassed 100 million, the government said Tuesday, coming in second behind the United States, which has 135 million.

Reinventing the Internet

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Originally developed by the Defense Department, the Internet is now a global electronic-communications network made up of hundreds of millions of computers. Because no one entity owns it, the network depends on goodwill to function smoothly. The Internet has become so huge — and so misused — that some worry that its power to improve society has been undermined. Now a movement to upgrade the network — to create an Internet 2.0 — is gathering steam.

Web Site Makes Gov't. Reports Available

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A new Web site aims to make widely available to the public certain government reports about topics from terrorism to Social Security that congressional researchers prepare and distribute now only to lawmakers.

Web Watch: Soul searching

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Soul searching: A creative intelligence is at work behind the scenes at soulbath.com. This is an intriguing interactive site in which you enter a world of abstract animation and rhythmic electronica.

Customers win in war of online DVD rental firms

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The battle between Netflix and Blockbuster for supremacy in the fast-growing online DVD rental business is a dream-come-true for consumers. Monthly fees have fallen as services have improved.

Expert Zone Going In The Fridge

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The expert-zone is shutting their doors. ...or more accurately, the staff is no longer coming to work - at least there. The boys at expert-zone are moving on to bigger and better things. This might be your chance to take over, or at least keep alive, an attractive looking computer site with a cool domain name.

9/11 'JET' For Sale on Ebay

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A creep posted an Internet ad claiming to be selling a piece of American Airlines Flight 11 - one of the planes that struck the Twin Towers on 9/11 - for close to $200,000.

E-Commerce's Growing Pains

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Most of Web commerce turns 10 this year, including eBay, Yahoo and Amazon.com. The next decade produced a boom and bust that left EBay, Yahoo and Amazon, along with younger rival Google, as the Internet's top survivors. All four have been on a tear over the past year as they rushed to copy one another, roll out new services and buy a string of start-ups.

'Virtual brewery' could float on stock exchange

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"A beer company by the people for the people"

A 'virtual brewery' started by former employees of Computer Associates and Red Hat could be listed on the Newcastle Stock Exchange by the end of the year.

Muppets move to center stage for Movies.com

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Curmudgeons don't come much more lovable than Statler and Waldorf, the grumpy old men who offered unsolicited and witty comments on "The Muppet Show." Now the puppet duo is getting a regular spot on http://www.Movies.com to share their inimitable reviews of upcoming films with online fans.

Australia outlaws using Internet to incite suicide

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People who use the Internet to incite others to commit suicide or teach them how to kill themselves face fines of up to A$550,000 ($430,000) under tough new laws passed in Australia on Friday.

World's "wild" web sparks fears for the future

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I spawned a monster, admits internet grandfather. David Farber, distinguished career professor of computer science and public policy, school of computer science, Carnegie Mellon University, said: "The next 10 years will be as wild as the last 25."

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