Friday, August 26, 2005

E-Commerce Minute


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Today's E-Commerce Minute
from the E-Commerce Times, Part of the ECT News Network
Friday -- August 26, 2005 -- http://www.ecommercetimes.com

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Headline Scan:
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1. What Are Businesses Doing With Your Personal Data?
2. Business VoIP Gains Momentum
3. VoIP Providers Again Ask FCC to Extend Deadline
4. Oil Prices Slide Slightly, Still Above $67 Mark
5. AOL Settles Claims It Wouldn't Let Customers Leave
6. Internet TV Fast-Forwards to Future as Ad Outlet
7. Microsoft Inks 'Halo' Deal in Hollywood
8. Vonage Reportedly Eyeing $600 Million IPO
9. Opinion: Court Okays Use of Trademarks in Google Searches
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1. What Are Businesses Doing With Your Personal Data?
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Some 72 percent of the businesses evaluated by a Boston-based research
firm scored poorly on their policies for re-using their customers'
personal data for marketing purposes, but the researchers maintain that
more companies are sensitive to privacy issues than ever before and are
acting on that awareness.

See the Full Story:
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45739.html

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2. Business VoIP Gains Momentum
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Driven by the pressures to reduce capital expenditures and increase
communication features and functionality, businesses are rapidly
embracing Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone services to unify
corporate communications.

See the Full Story:
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45428.html

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3. VoIP Providers Again Ask FCC to Extend Deadline
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A coalition of Internet phone providers asked federal regulators
yesterday to extend a disconnection deadline that could lead to tens of
thousands of customers losing service next week.

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http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45737.html

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4. Oil Prices Slide Slightly, Still Above $67 Mark
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Oil prices slipped today, a day after a record-setting session, but held
above US$67 a barrel as traders worried about short-term supply
disruptions watched Hurricane Katrina's path in the Gulf of Mexico.
Fears that Katrina would disrupt oil and natural gas production in the
region were the main catalyst pushing crude futures to new highs this
week on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

See the Full Story:
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45736.html

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5. AOL Settles Claims It Wouldn't Let Customers Leave
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America Online will pay New York state US$1.25 million and revamp its
customer service approach to settle charges that it continued to bill
some customers after they canceled their online access accounts.

See the Full Story:
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45726.html

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6. Internet TV Fast-Forwards to Future as Ad Outlet
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For two decades, U.S. media company executives and advertisers have been
talking about creating fully interactive television that would allow
viewers to watch exactly what they want, when they want it. Now it
appears that this future will arrive by way of the computer, delivering
Web-based video programming that is truly under the command of the
viewer.

See the Full Story:
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45423.html

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7. Microsoft Inks 'Halo' Deal in Hollywood
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After months of speculation, Microsoft has inked a deal with Hollywood
to make a movie based on its popular science-fiction video game series
"Halo." Universal Studios and Twentieth Century Fox agreed to pay
Microsoft US$5 million plus up to 10 percent of domestic box office
receipts.

See the Full Story:
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45723.html

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8. Vonage Reportedly Eyeing $600 Million IPO
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Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calling company Vonage Holdings
Corp. is reportedly putting the finishing touches on a plan to go
public, a move that could help it raise as much as US$600 million in
cash as it girds for battle with a slew of competitors.

See the Full Story:
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45720.html

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9. Opinion: Court Okays Use of Trademarks in Google Searches
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From the perspective of everyday Internet users, the Court was
essentially asked to strike a balance between the legitimate concerns of
trademark holders with potential confusion resulting from use of
trademarks by third parties, against the public's ability to use the
trademarks to search for items logically related to the trademarks.

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http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45641.html
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aspects of e-business, including data storage, network security,
databases, B2B and B2C e-commerce, the IT job market and the maneuvers
of high-tech businesses.

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