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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."

Library Internet Access Better Than Ever

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Virtually every U.S. public library now offers free Internet access but most ration it, inhibiting the ability of lower-income families to benefit from the Information Age.

Web site puts `johns' on the spot

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People seeking prostitutes in Chicago already face arrest and impoundment of their cars if they are caught, but now they risk something else: public embarrassment on a city Web site.

Websites alienate Firefox users

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One in 10 websites fail to work properly on the open source Firefox web browser, a study shows.

Black Market in Stolen Credit Cards

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"Want drive fast cars?" asks an advertisement, in broken English, atop the Web site iaaca.com. "Want live in premium hotels? Want own beautiful girls? It's possible with dumps from Zo0mer." A "dump," in the blunt vernacular of a relentlessly flourishing online black market, is a credit card number. And what Zo0mer is peddling is stolen account information - name, billing address, phone - for Gold Visa cards and MasterCards at $100 apiece.

MTV acquires virtual critter site NeoPets

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MTV, which also owns runs Nickelodeon and Nick.com, said the addition of NeoPets.com to its portfolio will boost its presence in the online entertainment segment for children and young adults.

Days of tax-free Net shopping may be over

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Those who believe that death and taxes are the only sure things in life have not spent much time with online retailers, who have largely avoided paying most sales taxes. But that situation appears to be near an end.

Higher studies via internet

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The number of people earning degrees online has more than tripled during the past four years to more than 1 million. As Americans seek to increase their training and climb the corporate ladder, for-profit universities are expanding on the Internet in what has become the fastest-growing segment of higher education.

A Web Hoax, Transformed

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In a classically surreal Internet moment, an e-mail campaign to save PBS that turned into a hoax has suddenly become true again.

1/5 of Web Users Prefer Online News

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Nearly one-fifth of Web users who read newspapers now prefer online to offline editions, according to a new study from Internet audience measurement company Nielsen//NetRatings.

Activist Faces Charges Over Web Posts

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A Chinese political activist goes on trial next week on subversion charges after posting essays and lyrics to a punk song on the Internet, a human rights group said Thursday.

Falling CD sales can't be blamed on P2P swappers

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Declining CD sales cannot be blamed on the rise of internet file-sharing networks, according to a new report into the state of the global online digital music industry.

The State Of Internet Security

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While the scams that daily flood our e-mail in-boxes show no signs of abating, there is some good news for the users who have to sort through them all. So says VeriSign in its latest "State of Internet Security" address covering the first three months of 2005.

Online rush for Jackson news

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Online news sites have been swamped by millions of people desperate to find out the verdict in the Michael Jackson trial. According to net measurement firm Hitwise, UK searches related to Michael Jackson soared in the last week to more than one in every 9,000 requests.

A new answer to Internet pornography proliferation

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A red-light district tentatively cleared for construction on the Internet — the ".xxx" domain — is being billed by backers as giving the $12 billion online porn industry a great opportunity to clean up its act. Anti-porn activist Donna Rice Hughes, however, remains unconvinced. "They are not going to give up their '.com' addresses," she said of porn sites. "It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure that one out."

Enough Keyword Searches. Just Answer My Question.

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SEARCH engines are so powerful. And they are so pathetically weak. When it comes to digging up a specific name, date, phrase or price, search engines are unstoppable. Yet for anything but simple keyword queries, even the best search engines are surprisingly ineffective.

YAHOO! Browsing

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Yahoo! Inc., owner of the most-visited Web site, may consider developing its own Internet browser to help attract more users and advertisers to its Web sites, Chief Executive Officer Terry Semel said.

VeriSign Dot Net Contract Begins July 1

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Owners of ".net" domain names could see lower prices when they renew, since VeriSign pledged fee reductions. VeriSign currently gets $6 annually for each ".com" and ".net" name, though it promised to settle for $4.25 in the new contract, 75 cents of which would go to ICANN.

China fights to control the net

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A CHINESE government threat to close down unregistered websites has convinced just 430,000 to make themselves known at the Information Ministry - suggesting that most of the country's estimated 4 million web loggers, or bloggers, are choosing to stay out in the cold.

A tidy option for data pack rats

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Millions of PC users have relied on Flash drives or other pint-size hard drive storage units to safeguard valuable files. But those portable drives can be broken or lost. Internet companies like Yahoo and America Online, as well as some smaller competitors, have taken aim at these problems by allowing users to store nearly any kind of file on their secure servers.

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