sacks would-be Super Bowl pirates
Broadcasting a withering
electronic signal, DirecTV shook loose thousands of TV pirates who had been watching
its satellite TV channels without paying. Dubbing the event "Black Sunday,"
the signal thieves will now have to pull out the rabbit ears if they want to watch
the Super Bowl this weekend.
block access to Microsoft sites
Hackers blocked access
to several Microsoft Web sites on Thursday, one day after the software giant corrected
an employee's error that caused consumers to be blocked from its sites. The so-called
"denial-of-service attack" occurred Thursday morning, intermittently blocking
Web surfers from Microsoft sites like Microsoft.com and MSN.com.
may cut workforce by 15%
Telecommunications giant WorldCom
is expected to lay off as many as 11,550 people, or 15% of its workforce, the
Wall Street Journal reported. The cuts could be announced over the next
few weeks as part of a company restructuring.
Conger tires of privacy, moves online
In a move conspicuously
at odds with her continued pleas for privacy, Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire's
reluctant bride, Darva Conger, has launched her own Web site. Darva'sHouse.com
serves up health and fitness tips, peppered with photos of a skimpily-attired
Jordan to endorse Palm
Basketball star Michael Jordan
said he will be a spokesman for Palm's handheld line of computers. Jordan joins
model Claudia Schiffer as the latest celebrity to endorse the organizer.
Internet 'Survivor' snoops vie to outscoop
fans on the Internet are hoping they have better luck uncovering the show's secrets
this time around, after many of their "scoops" last season turned out to be wrong.
This season, there are three major Survivor fan Web sites. Two are involved
in a Survivor-like, mano a mano fight that would impress Survivor 1 winner
for the Super Bowl MVP online
The NFL will add a wrinkle
to Super Bowl history Sunday when it allows fans to help decide the game's Most
Valuable Player by voting on superbowl.com. At some point in the second half,
CBS TV announcers will invite fans to log on to the official Super Bowl site and
start voting. Fans' votes will count about 20% toward determining the award's
Alamos employee may have history
A 21-year-old former Los Alamos National
Laboratory employee charged with hacking into eBay and other prominent Web companies
also is under investigation for computer crimes while he was in college in Wisconsin,
a federal prosecutor said.
Q3 loss exceeds expectations
Troubled Internet retailer
eToys continues to lose money and is running out of cash to keep afloat. The company
said Thursday it had a net loss of $85.8 million in the third quarter or 62 cents
per share, compared with a loss of $75.5 million, or 63 cents per share, in the
same period last year.
Jessica Parker named Priceline pitchwoman
e-tailer Priceline.com, which gained notoriety from a series of quirky commercials
featuring William Shatner of Star Trek fame, is charting a new course for
its advertising. The company hired Sarah Jessica Parker, star of HBO's Sex
and the City, as its new pitchwoman.
gives Expedia search engine the edge
Online travel agent
Expedia.com this week rolled out its new "Expert Searching and Pricing"
search technology that lets consumers sort travel options by airline, lowest price,
shortest flights, and departure and arrival times. It also lets users buy discounted
air fare/hotel package deals.
Online brokerages should provide more info
firms offering online trading need to provide more information to customers and
closely monitor how quickly and well trading orders are executed, a new report
by federal securities examiners found. The report, released Thursday by the Securities
and Exchange Commission, also notes continued misleading advertising claims by
some online brokerages.
High-speed Internet access provider
Excite@Home reported fourth-quarter losses that were less than expected, and promised
a tighter focus on its services in 2001.
would target violent games
Lawmakers on Thursday said
they will push for a law next month to punish companies that market violent video
games to young people. Senators and watchdog groups blasted the industry for producing
such games but praised it for creating a review board to enforce voluntary industry
guidelines on advertising.
record label drops suit against Napster
one of the largest U.S. independent record labels, dropped its $1.5 billion lawsuit
against Napster, Newsbytes reported. TVT cited an agreement between Napster and
media giant Bertelsmann to create a for-pay online music-swapping service as its
reason for dropping the suit.
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