The next Net battle: Time.

The next Net battle: Time. The UK government wants to create a universal Internet time standard based on Greenwich Mean Time. They’re giving it a new name: “Get,” for Greenwich Electronic Time — although it’s not clear how Get differs from GMT. To get Get accepted as a standard, of course, the Brits will have […]

The next Net battle: Time.

Here’s an interesting review of

Here’s an interesting review of the year in Internet access appliances, from a site devoted to news about Net devices. As the review points out, wireless access to the Web really started to take off in 1999, with Sprint PCS introducing a Web phone service, and Nokia selling WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) cell phones like […]

Here’s an interesting review of

While the Internet economy booms,

While the Internet economy booms, the Linux and open-source software movements are thriving on a “gift economy” that values intellectual contributions over market share, Salon writer Andrew Leonard observes. Of course, Wall Street loves the gift economy too, pushing Red Hat and VA Linux shares into the stratosphere. Can Linux billionaires carry the free-software torch?

While the Internet economy booms,

Red Herring has a nice

Red Herring has a nice piece on the “unsung heroes of the Internet” — the ordinary working folks who make e-business happen through their decidedly un-virtual jobs. Profiled in the story are a DSL installer, a Webvan warehouse worker, a call center employee, and a manager at an Exodus data facility. Kudos to Red Herring […]

Red Herring has a nice

The U.S. Postal Service is

The U.S. Postal Service is in fact working on an “e-post office box,” as I suggested last month. This article has few details about the proposed service (the explanation of how it will work is a little confused and the article doesn’t say when it will be available) but it does indicate the service will […]

The U.S. Postal Service is

Online merchants may be throwing

Online merchants may be throwing away 25% of their business this holiday season, an Andersen report suggests. In the study, Andersen employees made 480 orders on 100 different e-commerce sites this month — and only 350 of those were completed. Web site crashes, buggy forms, and other problems familiar to Web surfers blocked transactions in […]

Online merchants may be throwing

In a survey of the

In a survey of the top 100 e-commerce sites, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) discovered that many of these sites aren’t adequately safeguarding the privacy of their customers. 18 of the 100 surveyed sites had no privacy policy at all, and many of the posted policies were confusing or inconsistent. What’s more, 87 of […]

In a survey of the

In the biggest domain sale

In the biggest domain sale yet, eCompanies bought the URL “business.com” for $7.5 million. Are they insane? Can an address really be worth that much? In a word: Yes. But let’s see what eCompanies can make of it. THE REGISTER: Big bucks URL is the business(.com)

In the biggest domain sale

It’s a bit more than

It’s a bit more than a week old, but if you missed this Thanksgiving week story on Amazon’s beleagered customer service staff, you’re missing part of the total Amazon picture: Not every member of the Net economy is a dot com millionaire. Washingtonpost.com: At Amazon.com, Service Workers Without a Smile

It’s a bit more than