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Case study Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press (CUP) is one of the world's largest educational and academic publishers, as well as its oldest. It produces more than 2,000 titles annually in print form. Now, this venerable company has made its mark on the Web via a major information technology shake-up.
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UK broadband guide

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Visa e-tail awards rock its world

Updated Last night Visa held its first e-tail awards at some fancy hotel in London and the whole world held its breath. The event was a great success, as they always are, but just a handful of companies walked away with the prestigious awards.
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Big businesses are arrogant e-laggards

Corporate arrogance is holding back the e-revolution according to a report published by a European business school.
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Lastorders.com downs pint and leaves pub

Despite winning the "Door2Door" award at Visa's fantastic e-tail awards on Wednesday, Lastorders.com* - the online delivery booze shop - has gone titsup.com, or perhaps more appropriately, this time, into "liquidation".
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Web Communities Don't Bring in the $$$

One of the most depressing stories to come out of the Internet crash is the failure of community on the web. Like so much else online, sites that bring users in to discuss matters have been a commercial disappointment.
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Trad integrators rule e-business roost

In July last year. Morgan Stanley Dean Witter forecast a move by corporates away spending from traditional IT projects. Instead, the money would be shovelled into Web integration work.
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WIPO loads dice in domain dispute conference

WIPO made sure its views on domain name disputes were made clear at an international meeting in Geneva on Monday by stacking pro-WIPO speakers against critics.
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Govt must act to save broadband urges report

BT is responsible for the tardy roll-out of broadband services in Britain according to a report out today.

iomart hits 1,000 broadband users

iomart Group plc is glowing with pride today after reporting it now has 1,000 customers signed up its ADSL service.
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MSN to charge for portal content?

MSN is considering charging Net users £60 a year to access its content.
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E-minister rumbled by MPs

Britain's E-minister, Patricia Hewitt, floundered in front of a group of MPs yesterday as she answered questions about the Communications White Paper.
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UK Govt backs broadband

The British Government wants the UK to have the most "extensive and competitive broadband" market among leading industrial nations by 2005, it announced today.
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E-minister defends BT

The E-minister has defended BT's role as the dominant telco in Britain.

Govt considers tax pounds for ADSL roll-out

The Government is to assess whether it should use tax payer's money to fund the development of a broadband infrastructure in Britain.
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E-district.net CEO accused of inflating figures

The CEO of entertainment outfit e-district.net has been suspended ahead of an investigation into the dotcom's affairs.
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Software allows ISPs to control Web site ads

Technology which allows ISPs, instead of site owners, to control the adverts which appear on a Web page was released today.
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HP rejigs e-biz software

Hewlett Packard, which has spent much of the last decade in a swirling La Ronde of middleware partnerships, finally floated its own boat yesterday.
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Business which offered £50k recruitment bounty lays off staff

Ebusiness software developer Entranet has made 30 staff redundant.
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Americans flock online

Nearly two thirds of Americans have access to the Net either at home or work.
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Amazon One-Click patent injunction overturned

The US Court of Appeals has overturned an injunction taken out by Amazon against Barnes & Noble for its One-Click technology.

World Online cans LLU broadband trial

World Online has become the latest operator to lose confidence in local loop unbundling (LLU) in Britain.
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Americans flock to fast Net access

The number of American homes with high-speed Net access has doubled in a year, Nielson/Netratings says.
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Compaq files lawsuit after top staff go to Transmeta server start-up

Compaq has filed a lawsuit against RLX Technologies, the server start-up that's using Transmeta Crusoe chips to create low-power "dense" servers.

Broadband blinking expensive in UK

The cost of residential broadband services in Britain is 20 per cent more expensive than similar products in the US, according to an Oftel-sponsored benchmarking survey for October 2000.
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Britain's broadband crisis – The War of Words

Comment AOL UK and Freeserve claim they will take legal action against BT if the issue of ADSL installations is not resolved. BT claims it has nothing to hide and accuses AOL UK and Freeserve of "sabre rattling".
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Miramax in movie pay per view Net play

Miramax, the Hollywood film studio, is to offer full-length feature films for rent over the Internet, in an experiment designed to test consumer demand for pay-per-view services.

2001: the year when broadband takes off

At the Lisbon Summit in March 2000, the heads of Government throughout Europe voted to push for rapid improvements in Europe's IT and ecommerce sector.
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300 Sega workers in kamikaze mission

Games giant Sega is to chop 300 jobs in Japan following its decision to ditch the Dreamcast console.
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Electronics Boutique eyes BarrysWorld

Games retailer Electronics Boutique is in advanced talks to buy bust gaming website BarrysWorld.
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Barclays goes down on customers

Updated again: Customers of Barclays Bank online service will be having a tough time accessing their accounts this morning.
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ISPA: Oi, Oftel, Nooooo!

The Internet Service Providers Association - ISPA - has written an open letter to Oftel asking that the regulator sort out the rollout of high speed net access services.
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IBM/Sun/Bea standards group takes on MS SOAP

Standards group Oasis has agreed to integrate a Microsoft-backed ebusiness technology into its own efforts, so drawing the line under a technology dispute that has been rumbling for over a year.
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Brit music awards hit the Net

The Brit music awards (tonight at 9.30pm GMT) will be streamed live and uncut on the Internet tonight. The highlights are to be broadcast on TV tomorrow night.
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ISPs asked to unplug Napster cloners

A trade group for the US recording industry is targeting ISPs in its latest bid to rid the world of Napster-style devilry.
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Micron preps Copperhead Intel DDR chipset

Micron Technology has produced a prototype of Copperhead, its DDR SDRAM chipset designed for Pentium III processors. The memory maker says it will have customer samples ready in the first half of 2001, and will go into production later in the year.
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breathe's resuscitation is complete

So it's official: breathe is back. It has abandoned its flat fee unlimited surfing business model and, as anticipated, re-launched itself with new business model which it hopes will make some cash.
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VeriSign joins multilingual domain name party

VeriSign has joined the growing movement for foreign-language domain names. Existing customers will be allowed to register .coms, .nets and .orgs in French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Swedish (and another 56 languages).

3Com slashes 1,200 jobs

Networking equipment maker 3Com has announced the loss of 1,200 jobs as part of a plan to return its business to profitability.
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IBM using AMD in its servers?

A recent posting on a Yahoo! message board has sparked a rumour that IBM is planning to use AMD chips in its new server.
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Cube8 fledgling dies

Net investment outfit, Cube8, has revealed that Web Street Limited - which developed software to build online shops - has ceased trading and is looking for a buyer.
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LetsBuyIt trading again

LetsBuyIt.com is back in business in the UK, as well as in Germany, France and Sweden.
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Online security gaffe exposes consumers' bank details

An online retailer running a special promotion offer via the sites of prominent web retailers left customer details in plain view on an insecure Web server.
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Mr Legoland Windsor banged up

An Internet fraudster was jailed for a year today after wangling credit card details out of surfers by starting bogus sites under the names of famous companies.
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Microsoft lawyer hectored by appellate judges

MS on Trial "I don't see how you can get a reversal," Judge David Tatel flatly told Microsoft lawyer Richard Urowsky, early in Monday's round of oral arguments before the federal appeals bench. It was not an auspicious start.
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Napster alternative: hack people's hard drives

With the future of music-swapping site Napster looking grim, on Friday a tiny Nashville-based startup began touting an even more controversial milieu for peer-to-peer file sharing: random, unprotected hard drives on the Internet. ShareSniffer's newly-launched software, itself called ShareSniffer, allows people to hunt for …
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Intel hints Rambus coming to low-end P4 PCs

Intel Developer Forum Intel Developer Forum, San Jose Rambus-based Pentium 4 systems will be shipping for under $1000 by the end of 2001, Intel VP and General Manager of the Desktop Product Group, Louis Burns, predicted today, in the run up to the start of the latest Intel Developers Forum.