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Web Development Articles
(September 2002)

XML to Drive Office Update (eWeek, September 30th)
Code-named Office 11, the next version of Microsoft Corps.'s Office productivity suite will feature built-in support for XML in Word, allowing developers to create "smart" documents that automatically search for code or updates as needed.

Terry Semel Thinks Yahoo Should Grow Up Already (Fortune.com, September 30th)
This feature expands upon the Yahoo Chief's new strategy for the firm, which shall depend heavily on the successful deployment of its flagship broadband product in order to thrive in the short-term.

Broadband Users Believe in Net (eMarketer, September 30th)
According to the Yahoo!/ACNielsen Internet Confidence Index, in Q3 2002, broadband consumers' level of confidence in the internet stood at 156 -- 28 points higher than that of their narrowband counterparts and 43 points higher than general consumer net confidence.

LookSmart Revives Wisenut (internet.com, September 30th)
LookSmart has quietly relaunched its Wisenut search engine, bolstering its technology and refreshing its index with a brand new crawl of the Web.

Google Unveils Mid-Market Search Appliance (internet.com, September 30th)
Furthering its push into the corporate search market, Mountain View, Calif.-based Google Monday unveiled its latest search appliance model, along with updates to its existing corporate search technology aimed at easing deployment of its search services in secure computing environments.

SWIFT Makes Web Services Push (internet.com, September 30th)
The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications continued its XML-based Web services push with the announcement Monday of partnerships that will allow its 7,000 financial institutions to link payment processes.

Study: Consumer Confidence in Internet Grows (internet.com, September 30th)
While consumers' overall confidence in the economy continues to slide, their faith in the Internet seems to be growing, or at least remaining constant, according to new findings by ACNielsen and Yahoo!

Study Confirms CIOs Still Struggle (internet.com, September 30th)
Despite improvements made in corporate network infrastructures, IT officers still struggle to align complex business applications with company objectives and make sure it all works.

Spambot Countermeasure (The Javascript Source, September 30th)
Prevent spambots from harvesting email addresses from your website. This script cuts your e-mail address up into different sections and then reassembles them at the server level.

Review: Studio MX (WDVL, September 30th)
The WDVL team takes a close look at what's under the hood of Studio MX, including Dreamweaver MX, Flash MX, and Fireworks MX.

It's Just E-Tailing (eMarketer, September 27th)
Free shipping is making a comeback and in-store pickup for gifts bought online is picking up. What else should you expect this holiday season? eMarketer asks Lauren Freedman, e-tailing group president and author of It's Just Shopping.

Will There Ever Be Another Amazon? (E-Commerce Times, September 27th)
Many online retailers have spent considerable time and money trying to duplicate the success of Amazon.com, and some say the market is ripe for a new e-commerce giant to rise from the wreckage of the dot-com economy and take the market by storm.

Publishers Lag in Tech Arms Race (ClickZ, September 27th)
Pity the online publisher. The latest, coolest whiz-bang analytics technology rolling out is helping folks who manage e-commerce sites maximize revenues. Other applications are being designed to help agencies, advertisers, and email marketers optimize and target campaigns. What of the lowly publishers? What tools can they add to their arsenals?

DNS Server Choices Broaden (ISP Planet, September 27th)
As technology advances, equipment options proliferate, but so do security risks. ISPs now must choose between a variety of options when implementing DNS, one of the Web's basic services.

House to Vote on CARP Royalty Reprieve (internet.com, September 27th)
Internet webcasters facing massive copyright royalty fees could get a six-month reprieve if a bill introduced by House Judiciary Committee chairman James Sensenbrenner gets approval from Congress.

Possible PPTP Flaw Could Leave VPNs Open (internet.com, September 27th)
A possible flaw in the point-to-point tunneling protocol (PPTP) in both Windows 2000 and Windows XP could leave corporate intranets vulnerable to attack, German security firm Phion Information Technologies warned Thursday.

ABCNN.com? Not So Fast, Not So Easy (internet.com, September 27th)
If Disney were to merge its ABC News division with cable news channel CNN's operations - or even launch a joint venture - would the online properties be merged too?

Tech Veteran: Bad Times Breed Strong Companies (Datamation, September 26th)
As dot-coms die off and the high-tech sector continues to suffer, former Lycos CEO Bob Davis contends in this Datamation interview that now is the time for strong business teams and solid technologies to take hold.

The State of Linux in 2002 (NewsFactor, September 26th)
Sun Microsystems in August joined IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Dell in offering Linux as a server operating system. A month later, IBM expanded its prepackaged Linux server offerings. Even Apple computers can be purchased with Linux preinstalled. Clearly, the Linux bandwagon is gathering speed - Sun has said it anticipates a 30 percent annual growth rate - but where is it going?

Exclusive Preview of Red Hat 8.0: Bluecurve's Debut (LinuxPlanet, September 26th)
Users will get their first official look at Red Hat 8.0 upon its release on Sept. 30. Until then, here's a preview report of what to expect...

Profile of a Perfect E-Commerce Customer (E-Commerce Times, September 26th)
Just as in the brick-and-mortar world, some customers are not worth wooing. "E-tailers don't want customers who return items too often," Forrester analyst Carrie Johnson noted.

Critical Flaws Affront Microsoft's FrontPage (internet.com, September 25th)
Microsoft is warning system administrators Thursday morning that a new vulnerability is lurking in a FrontPage extention tool known as a SmartHTML interpreter that could be exploited to allow an attacker to cause a denial-of-service attack or run the code of their choice their servers.

US E-Buyers Increase Average Spending by $223 This Year (eMarketer, September 25th)
eMarketer estimates that US internet users will increase their annual online spending from an average $866 in 2001 to more than $1,089 by the end of 2002.

Register To Close Domain Reseller Afternic (internet.com, September 25th)
Two years after it acquired domain re-seller Afternic for $48 million, domain name registrar Register.com said it would close the lossy unit after finding the secondary domain name market failing to live up to expectations.

Meet the E-Commerce Gurus (E-Commerce Times, September 25th)
In the post-boom era of e-commerce, the gurus whose ideas and actions set the bar and tone for the industry may seem familiar. Although yesteryear's fast-growth mantra has been replaced by a different chant -- profits, profits! -- first-wave icons like Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Meg Whitman of eBay are still leading the way.

Yahoo! to Tech Shoppers: Research This! (internet.com, September 25th)
When it comes to purchasing electronics online, product information is often as important as price. And now Yahoo! has acknowledged that truism, launching a new comparison shopping site called the Yahoo! Shopping Tech Center that features objective editorial content from a variety of sources.

Fifth Release of Apache 2.0 Available for Download (internet.com, September 25th)
Apache HTTP Server Project late Tuesday announced the fifth public release of Apache 2.0. This newest release is primarily a bug fix that includes updates to the experimental caching module, the removal of several memory leaks, and fixes for a range of faults, one of which could have been used as a denial-of-service against mod_dav.

Remote Control for Everybody: VNC Crosses Networks and Platforms (CrossNodes, September 25th)
If you need a remote control package that manages multiple platforms with drop-in simplicity, then say hello to Virtual Network Computing.

Outsourcing (still) Valuable to Biz (CyberAtlas, September 25th)
Outsourcing hits the Web as 'e-sourcing' but analysts say it might not deliver the highest return on investment. However, conventionally outsourcing business functions is expected to continue to pay off.

New Industry Group to Pen Bug-Reporting Standards (internet.com, September 25th)
An unlikely alliance of vendors and security consultancies aims to release draft guidelines early next year for handling newly discovered security flaws.

Amazon Altering Privacy Wording (E-Commerce Guide, September 25th)
Attorneys general hail the clarifications, but the retail giant says it's nothing substantive; privacy critics are still unhappy.

P2P Payments: Who Controls the Play? (eMarketer, September 24th)
Even PayPal's competitors bank on the peer-to-peer payment service's success. Yet who stands to gain if consumer-to-business e-payments catch on?

Hint to Merchants: Start the Push Now (internet.com, September 24th)
Adding to a collection of earlier predictions, Jupiter Research said it is forecasting U.S. online holiday sales of $13.1 billion for November and December, up about 17 percent from last year.

Liberty Alliance Plans Interoperability with Passport (InfoWorld.com, September 24th)
The Liberty Alliance Project, which is developing Web technology to facilitate single-sign-on authentication, plans to support interoperability between its system and Microsoft's rival Passport system.

AOL Signs on for New IBM Blade Server (internet.com, September 24th)
Big Blue unveils its latest blade server product, accompanied by a major customer win in AOL Time Warner.

Sun Drives Java Beyond Handsets (internet.com, September 24th)
Sun Microsystems Tuesday said it is hoping to get developers to think outside the box (or handset) when it comes to Java.

WebSideStory Retools E-Commerce Service (internet.com, September 24th)
As demand increases for better ROI-tracking, the firm unveils a new version of its HitBox Commerce site analytics offering.

The New Era of High-Speed E-Commerce (E-Commerce Times, September 23rd)
Streaming video, improved and more frequent use of audio, 360-degree virtual reality tours and 3D modeling are likely to find their way into mainstream e-commerce experiences as broadband takes hold, Giga's Andrew Bartels said.

Google to Launch News Search Site (Reuters, September 23rd)
Google, the popular Internet search engine, on Monday launches a new site for searching news from 4,000 English-language sources, from The New York Times to small-town newspapers. More on this development is noted here.

Yahoo! Takes Chance on Pay-to-Play (internet.com, September 23rd)
Yahoo! is taking another step in augmenting shrinking ad-based revenue with the launch of a new premium gaming service Monday.

ICANN Reaffirms .org Appointment (internet.com, September 23rd)
Despite vocal criticism and numerous delays, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Monday re-affirmed its nomination of the Internet Society (ISOC) for management of the .org registry.

Case Study: LivePerson: Searching for the Personal in E-Commerce (E-Commerce Guide, September 23rd)
The chat vendor LivePerson is enjoying considerable success, yet at least one analyst sees key factors slowing chat's adoption in e-commerce.

Is Now a Good Time To Start an E-Business? (E-Commerce Times, September 20th)
The stock market and the dot-com world may be down for now, but that does not mean launching a new e-business is out of the question.

Dot-com Era Start-Ups Still Feeling Woes (internet.com, September 20th)
According to new research released Friday morning, companies that rode in on the "dot-com boom" of the late '90s are still feeling the woes of the "dot-com bust" harder than their associates at more established companies.

Business: The Ultimate Interview (eMarketer, September 20th)
In the forward to Business: The Ultimate Resource, Emotional Intelligence author Daniel Goleman argues it's time to understand "business intelligence" and figure out what separates a Henry Ford from a Dilbert. Do you have the tools to be a star performer?

VoiceXML 2.0 Grammars, Part I (VoiceXMLPlanet, September 20th)
This technical series provides programmers with a complete introduction to the VoiceXML 2.0 grammar format. In part I, this article discusses the XML and ABNF formats, as well as the structure and elements included in a VXML 2.0 document.

The State of E-Commerce Security (NewsFactor, September 20th)
Gartner research director Richard Stiennon told NewsFactor that recent SSL vulnerabilities were neither serious nor frequent enough to tarnish the protocol.

The Great Credit Card Bazaar (internet.com, September 20th)
The black market on the Internet for stolen credit card info and phony IDs is not only thriving, it's more brazen than ever. More info on the FTC's attempts to combat international online fraud of this type may be found here.

C# and VB Object-Oriented Programming in Visual Studio .NET (developer.com, September 19th)
Microsoft has pledged support for OOP by incorporating two major changes to the latest version of Visual Studio .NET. Here, the Developer.com team explore the significance of these changes to the Microsoft development community and offer tips for programming in VB.NET.

Active Internet Content Dangerous - Report (InstantMessagingPlanet, September 19th)
Invisible software microbes that silently enter computer networks and serve as ruthless digital moles for outside agents, also known as "active Internet content," now pose a greater threat to enterprises than viruses, according to a new report.

Microsoft Virtual Machine Has Real Problem (internet.com, September 19th)
Having Java applets running on Windows could allow an attacker to hijack your system.

Finding the Security Budget Sweet Spot (E-Commerce Times, September 18th)
Companies must first determine which threats they are vulnerable to, then figure out how much damage a breach could inflict, and finally sift through the abundance of security products on the market.

DoC Set to Renew Vows with ICANN (internet.com, September 18th)
The Commerce Department is getting ready to officially bless the "contract" extension of ICANN.

Does E-Commerce Need a Fiercer Watchdog? (E-Commerce Times, September 17th)
"Millions of credit card numbers have been compromised because of weak security on e-commerce sites," GartnerG2 research director Rich Mogull said. "The real goal should be to stop it before it hits that level."

Who Are the Hackers? (NewsFactor, September 17th)
Once there were "black hat" hackers and "white hat" hackers -- bad guys who broke into computers to wreak havoc, and good guys who tried to find and plug loopholes before the bad guys found them. Today, as opportunities for hacking have increased, the ranks of hackers have grown, and their activities and motivations are more diverse than ever.

NYT: Some AOL Directors Seek Case Ouster (Reuters, September 17th)
Several directors of AOL Time Warner Inc. are seeking to oust the company's chairman, Stephen Case, and he is resisting their challenge, The New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing people close to the board.

Palm Bows OS 5 Web Browser (internet.com, September 17th)
Palm kicks off the first of many announcements concerning its latest operating system with a fresh web browser release.

MSN 8 to Foist Fees on Outsiders (CNET News.com, September 17th)
Microsoft this week plans to move one step closer to launching MSN 8, a major overhaul of its online service that for the first time will charge people who use an alternative Internet service provider.

Wireless Text Alerts: Pulling for "Push" (WirelessAdWatch, September 16th)
A number of financial sector companies have been working to implement wireless text alerts, notifying customers of account activity via their phones and handheld devices. Now that the medium is being adopted for CRM applications, are customer acquisition campaigns next?

Mozilla Flaw Springs Privacy Leak (internet.com, September 16th)
Researchers have found a flaw in Mozilla-based browsers that exposes the URL of the page a user is viewing to the Web server of the site visited last.

Firms Cut Their Teeth on Blade Servers (internet.com, September 16th)
Blade servers are slicing into the market for better or worse. What can the world expect from this niche?

Handhelds Get Boost on Windows CE (internet.com, September 16th)
Microsoft developers continue to improve on tools for SQL Server and Visual Studio on .Net-enabled devices.

B2C Shopping Remains Modest in European Union (eMarketer, September 16th)
Only 35% of net users in the EU say they have bought something online for personal use, and the percentage in most member states is even lower in terms of frequent online buying. eMarketer reviews the numbers.

9/11 Effects on the Net (CyberAtlas, September 16th)
Reflection and commemoration were prominent September 11 anniversary activities as Nielsen//NetRatings measured increased Internet traffic to related sites.

Are Small E-Tailers Finished? (E-Commerce Times, September 16th)
In online malls, small businesses selling the same products as larger e-tailers may find themselves marginalized unless they can afford to purchase good placement.

Video-Conferencing Hole Exposed (Wired News, September 16th)
Even a relatively unskilled attacker can transform some video-conferencing systems into video-surveillance units, using the devices to snoop, record or publicly broadcast presumably private video conferences.

SparkLIST Questions Highlight Web Security Woes (internet.com, September 13th)
A number of SparkLIST's e-mail newsletter publishers are complaining that someone is spamming their proprietary e-mail lists - raising the question of how secure any data really can be in the hands of a third-party vendor. This article includes input from representatives of several leading email list brokers and/or managers concerning to just what extent they are working to protect consumer data while consequently conserving the value of customer assets.

Congress, Domain Manager Clash on Kids' Web Zone (USA Today, September 13th)
NeuStar, the manager of the United States' (.us) internet domain asked Congress Thursday not to interfere with its efforts to set up a kid-friendly zone free of violence, pornography and other adult material; feeling that such interference may render the project commercially unviable.

Web Site Design Factories Flourish (ASPnews, September 13th)
This growing breed of hybrid service providers offers small businesses in need of a website the best of both worlds: Low costs based on an economy-of-scale infrastructure and a personal touch.

ASP.NET, MVC Design Pattern (ZDNet Australia, September 13th)
In this article Builder.com looks at a simple pattern for developing .NET Web applications.

Who's Getting Rich on the Internet? (E-Commerce Times, September 12th)
Despite all the reports of bankruptcies and losses, some companies are doing just fine on the Internet. But the list of companies that are "getting rich" may be surprising. Aside from the obvious handful of bellwether e-tailers, such as Amazon.com and eBay, some seemingly unlikely candidates are raking in cash from online shoppers seeking hard-to-find items and deep discounts.

CMGI Selloff Continues (internet.com, September 12th)
Internet investor CMGI has bailed out of managed hosting firm NaviSite, just two days after selling its stake in another once-promising investment, online ad subsidiary Engage.

Open Source .NET Supports Office Challenge (The Register, September 12th)
A desktop challenger to Microsoft Corp's Office has adopted an open source version of .NET, potentially increasing its appeal to a cross-section of developers, Gavin Clarke writes.

Disaster Recovery: A Preparation Checklist (Datamation, September 12th)
Disaster recovery experts say a company's future literally can hinge on how well-prepared it is for a serious outage. Here are some recommendations for companies preparing for the worst.

Amazon.com Tests Oracle On Linux, But Windows Is Possible (LinuxPlanet, September 12th)
After espousing the cost-benefits that have come from switching many of its systems to the open source alternative, Amazon.com has begun testing the Oracle database, operating on Red Hat Linux, as a possible platform for its behemoth data center. LinuxPlanet's Jacqueline Emigh continues her look at the progress Linux is making with one of the world's largest on-line retailers.

Security Vulnerabilities Persist After IE 6 Patch (IDG.net, September 12th)
Only three days after the official release of the first service pack for Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer Version 6 Web browser, security experts are raising concerns about security vulnerabilities that were not addressed by the company.

Can Google Do Big Business? (E-Commerce Times, September 11th)
This article considers whether Google's immense popularity can translate into long-term profitability.

ActiveX Flaw Bugs Apple's QuickTime (internet.com, September 11th)
A buffer overrun vulnerability has been detected in the ActiveX component in Apple's QuickTime 5.0 media player, which is used to embed streaming media content in a Web page.

400 Pieces and Counting With Cross-Platform Net Tester Icrzoex (internet.com, September 11th)
If you like those big toolsets from Sears that contain hundreds of pieces - and what's not to like, more = better - you'll love geeking out on your network with Lcrzoex, the 400+ piece network testing toolbox. The author calls it "Swiss Knife For Network Developers."

E-Tail Customer Service: Finally Working? (E-Commerce Times, September 10th)
E-tailers have come to the costly understanding that providing a general e-mail address on a Web site is no way to handle customer queries, especially when many of those queries are never answered.

EPIC Asks FTC to Further Limit Passport (ITWorld.com, September 10th)
While applauding the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's recent efforts to rein in Microsoft Corp.'s Passport online authentication service, amid complaints of misrepresentation and slack security, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) lobbied the commission to take further actions to limit Passport this week, saying that privacy hazards still remain.

Can Yahoo Make 'em Pay? (BusinessWeek Online, September 9th)
This article takes a look at how Semel has performed at Yahoo's helm, while revealing that the portal's future may depend on its make-or-break bid to encourage its users to purchase broadband connectivity services through the firm. More on the firm's plan to convert free users into paying broadband customers is noted within this MSNBC article.

Internet Retailers Get Ready for the Holidays (eMarketer, September 9th)
E-tailers have come a long way from last year, when e-mail shipping confirmations were the most pervasive e-commerce trend. Here's what will be hot this December.

Study: Web Leads in Reaching Business Execs (internet.com, September 9th)
NetRatings, MORI Research and washingtonpost.com add to the body of research suggesting that the Internet is crucial in reaching at-work audiences.

Macromedia Joins Java Heavyweights (internet.com, September 9th)
Macromedia on Monday unveiled ColdFusion MX, its own scripting language for IBM's WebSphere and Sun's Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application servers.

I've Been Framed (internet.com, September 9th)
Israeli-based security firm Grey Magic Monday issued a warning that a new vulnerability discovered in Microsoft's Internet Explorer could allow attackers to compromise your computer through a Web site's frames.

Domain Firm Sets Rules for Children Internet Zone (Reuters, September 9th)
Washington-based NeuStar Inc., which plans to set up the kid-friendly Internet zone, said it would rely on existing guidelines for television and advertising to determine what material would be appropriate for the ".kids.us" domain.

Opera 7 Sneak Peek (internet.com, September 6th)
For millions of Web surfers, Opera is the best thing since sliced bread. The CTO of the company explains why the latest version will have Web developers saying the same.

When 'Pretty Good' Isn't Good Enough (internet.com, September 6th)
Network security firm Foundstone said Thursday that it had discovered a significant security vulnerability in PGP, the de facto commercial email encryption software. The flaw stems from an overflow that allows the attacker to take control of the recipient's computer, elevating his or her privileges on the organization's network.

Microsoft Airs Critical Identity Spoofing Flaws (internet.com, September 5th)
Microsoft Thursday issued critical patches for flaws in most of its Windows platforms that can leave the systems susceptible to identity spoofing.

E-Commerce: A Better Q3? (E-Commerce Times, September 5th)
According to Forrester research director Kate Delhagen, overall e-commerce sales have held up well in the third quarter, despite problems affecting the travel industry and reported drops in consumer confidence levels.

ICANN Threatens to Take Away VeriSign's '.com' Privileges (TechNews.com, September 4th)
VeriSign Inc. was threatened yesterday with the loss of its right to sell ".com" domain names if it fails to clean up its public database that records who owns which Web sites.

VeriSign Ignored WHOIS Warnings (internet.com, September 4th)
Dismissing a notice by ICANN weeks ago to fix its database problems, the registrar division's unwillingness to fix its violations point to a problem that is far more widespread than has been reported.

Book Review: The New Centaurians (E-Commerce Guide, September 4th)
While many great ideas on paper failed miserably on the Net, the good news is we are still in the very early stages of e-commerce and the best is yet to come. This article - a book review - looks back upon the elementary (through oft-overlooked) reasons key to the failure of several optimistics plans, and suggests that a vision grounded in reality is central to developing business plans and projections that are actually achievable online.

Appeals Court Supports Sex.com (internet.com, September 4th)
A U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit Friday gave credence to a landmark $65 million lawsuit over the sex.com domain. In a unanimous ruling, the Federal Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said appeals by defendant, Stephen Michael Cohen were an "egregious abuse of the litigation process." The court also said that since Cohen is a fugitive, he is not entitled to appeal the judgments rendered against him, including the award of $20 million in punitive damages.

Finding the Serious Buyer (internet.com, September 4th)
When it comes to shopping for cars, the Internet has put amazing new tools in the hands of consumers. But separating the serious buyers from those who are just kicking virtual tires has remained a problem. Now, Autobytel is trying to solve it.

I'll See Your Domain Name in (US) Court! (The Register, September 4th)
Two little-noticed and otherwise unremarkable decisions from the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, decided on 23 August 2002, now affirm a principle that is perhaps worrying for those 20 million or so .com domain name registrants who live outside the USA. The cases deal with the question of the geographical location of a domain name and which court can exercise jurisdiction over it.

UltraDNS to Manage Some .INFO Services (internet.com, September 4th)
Hoping to manage the recently made available .info global Top Level Domain (gTLD) as smoothly as possible, Irish-based Afilias Limited looked to the services of San Mateo-based UltraDNS to help with the management of its domain name system entries.

What Makes a Great CIO? (E-Commerce Times, September 4th)
Rather than creativity, ambition and technical expertise, CIOs will have to demonstrate dependability, efficiency and accountability in order to ensure success through tight times.

Intrusion Detection Systems: OKENA (ISP Planet, September 4th)
OKENA takes a new look at intrusion prevention, with a host-based system that uses behavior instead of signatures to look for attacks.

Bridge Windows and UNIX Networks With Andrew (CrossNodes, September 4th)
The OpenAFS network filesystem runs on UNIX and Windows machines and provides a way to share files that won't have you digging around in /etc/fstab or mapping herds of drive letters.

WebSideStory Launches New HitBox (internet.com, September 3rd)
WebSideStory is launching a new version of its HitBox Professional ASP, as the major players in web analytics look to debut tools that better track marketers' return on investment. Targeted at small and mid-sized businesses, Version 3 of the San Diego, Calif.-based firm's ASP offers improved e-commerce tracking and analysis features.

Case Study: Panasonic.com (E-Commerce Guide, September 3rd)
In a new twist on online retailing which reinforces the importance of the middle-man, Panasonic.com is using a new program that sends its customers to the sites of retailers carrying its products.

Microsoft Launches New E-Wallet (internet.com, September 3rd)
Giving up on its Passport online checkout function, Microsoft launched a brand new MSN Wallet service for shoppers seeking a fast and easy checkout mechanism that remembers their credit card and shipping address data from one e-commerce site to another.

MS Outlook Digital Sigs Easily Forged (The Register, September 3rd)
Digital signatures can easily be forged and therefore can't be trusted in Outlook because of the same certificate chaining issue plaguing Internet Explorer, researcher Mike Benham reports.

Password Protect Your Streams (Streaming Media World, September 3rd)
Protect your streams from prying eyes, or from those who wish to steal the stream, or to lock out users at certain times.

Google: Can The Marcia Brady Of Search Stay Sweet? (SearchEngineWatch, September 3rd)
In the 'Search Engine Bunch,' Google is Marsha Brady, the family member who seemingly gets more attention than the others. But while the Jans of the bunch might be envious of Google's popularity, there are also serious downsides to being at the top, as this article explores.

Bertelsmann Selling E-Commerce Assets (internet.com, September 2nd)
Bertelsmann AG is the latest big media company beating a retreat from the e-commerce jungle. The German company is reportedly in talks to sell some of its online book selling businesses, possibly to e-tailer Amazon.com. More on the abandonment of web strategies by late-coming media plays is noted within this Forbes article.


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