Wednesday, August 31, 2005

E-Commerce Minute


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Today's E-Commerce Minute
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Wednesday -- August 31, 2005 -- http://www.ecommercetimes.com

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Headline Scan:
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1. The Improbable Saga of Ma, China's New Internet King
2. Opinion: Cyber-Skating on One Flat Earth
3. Microsoft Buys VoIP Company Teleo
4. Oil Prices Drop on Planned Reserve Release
5. US Sees Solid Economic Growth in Second Quarter
6. Federated Completes Merger With May
7. Census Shows Poverty Rate Up
8. Yahoo Rolls Out More Robust E-Mail Search
9. Teleworking -- Is It Right For Your Enterprise?
10. Camera Phones: Digital Camera Boon or Buster?
11. Opinion: Spotting, Swatting Sources of Spam
12. Google Print Faces More Opposition
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1. The Improbable Saga of Ma, China's New Internet King
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Jack Ma is only 40, and he started out teaching English. But he is now
called the "grandfather of the Internet in China," even though he claims
not to know much more about computers than how to send and receive e-
mail. Yahoo's huge deal with him early this month has turned his
company, Alibaba.com, into the biggest Internet operation in China,
where Internet use is growing at an explosive pace.

See the Full Story:
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45672.html

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2. Opinion: Cyber-Skating on One Flat Earth
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Today's corporate flat-earth warfare is fast and very black and white,
like watching a hockey game. Skating in the game just requires a deeper
understanding of all the cutting edge rules, a very sharp set of cyber-
branding skills, tactical training of the entire frontline and a small
team with real courage, knowledge and a winning attitude.

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http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45796.html

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3. Microsoft Buys VoIP Company Teleo
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Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Teleo, a VoIP provider
which has developed technology to enable the placement of PC phone calls
to traditional phones. Financial details of the acquisition were not
disclosed. The Redmond giant said that it will use Teleo's technology to
extend its existing VoIP services.

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http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45826.html

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4. Oil Prices Drop on Planned Reserve Release
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Crude oil prices dropped today after the U.S. government's decision to
make petroleum available from its strategic reserve. Before the
announcement, prices had surged above US$70 a barrel on growing
recognition of the extensive damage that Hurricane Katrina caused to oil
platforms and refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.

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http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45829.html

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5. US Sees Solid Economic Growth in Second Quarter
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The economy grew at a 3.3 percent annual rate in the second quarter,
slightly less than initially estimated but still a solid performance,
especially given galloping energy prices. The slightly lower GDP figure
reflected the fact that consumers and businesses spent less briskly than
first thought.

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http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45836.html

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6. Federated Completes Merger With May
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Federated Department Stores yesterday said it completed its US$11.9
billion acquisition of rival May Department Stores, forming a retail
company with more than 1,000 stores and $30 billion in annual sales.
Federated said it will operate all of May's stores under their existing
names at least through the end of the year.

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http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45833.html

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7. Census Shows Poverty Rate Up
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Even with a robust economy that was adding jobs last year, the number of
Americans who fell into poverty rose to 37 million -- up 1.1 million
from 2003 -- according to Census Bureau figures released yesterday. It
marks the fourth straight increase in the government's annual poverty
measure.

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http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45830.html

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8. Yahoo Rolls Out More Robust E-Mail Search
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Bidding to one-up rival Google, Yahoo is rolling out enhancements to its
Yahoo Mail search functions, enabling users to search attachments and e-
mail text for specific words, phrases and photos. Yahoo said the upgrade
is an acknowledgement that many users are stuffing their mailboxes full
of messages, an outgrowth of the race to provide nearly unlimited
storage to users.

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http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45821.html

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9. Teleworking -- Is It Right For Your Enterprise?
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While companies can and do successfully assess how best to leverage
telework scenarios where employees work from home offices, hotels or
elsewhere, there is still apprehension on the part of some managers and
executives who fear employees will not work to their full potential when
not under the company's watch.

See the Full Story:
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45606.html

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10. Camera Phones: Digital Camera Boon or Buster?
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Will camera phones replace digital cameras for the average consumer? Not
by a long shot, according to a new study from IDC. The study refutes
what it refers to as a myth about the digital technologies and affirms
the notion of peaceful co-existence between the two. According to IDC's
Mobile Imaging Survey, the myth is suspect at best.

See the Full Story:
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45816.html

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11. Opinion: Spotting, Swatting Sources of Spam
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For many of us, the significance of the spam problem does not become a
concern until it results in blocking of legitimate e-mails. Then the
global -- and national -- problem of spam can instantly become an
individual problem. A 2004 survey estimated that spam costs the United
States economy US$21.58 billion per year in lost productivity.

See the Full Story:
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45789.html

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12. Google Print Faces More Opposition
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Publishers continue to line up in opposition to Google's ambitious
efforts to digitize and make public the content of several major
libraries, saying an olive branch recently extended by Google doesn't go
far enough to assuage copyright concerns. The Google Print project
includes several university libraries in the U.S. and the UK as well as
the New York City Public Library.

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http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/45817.html
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