CMGI building a vertically integrated online service (access + content)? Maybe this is the first step:
THE REGISTER: Lycos comes to US market with free Net access
First Union Bank wants to keep third-party online financial service companies (like Yodlee or Paytrust) from accessing customer bank account information — even when the customers specifically request it. SF Chronical writer Hal Plotkin gets mad, justifiably, at this latest example of the banking industry’s complete lack of clue:
Deposit This/On the Internet, your bank is not your friend
Affiliate programs in danger? Amazon has just received a patent on the idea of having affiliate sites sell a company’s products in exchange for a sales commission.
Amazon patents affiliate programs technology
A law proposed in California’s state senate would prohibit video service providers (e.g. your cable company, or TiVo) from disclosing information about your viewing habits without your consent:
New Bill Targets TV Privacy
From the New York Times, here’s the clearest, most understandable explanation of the DoubleClick cookie controversy I’ve seen yet. It also includes useful URLs to opt out of DoubleClick’s privacy tracking and links more information on privacy protection strategems:
State of the Art: Battling Cookie Monsters
The poster child of online business-to-business trading communities, Chemdex, is aiming to expand from its current focus on chemicals and lab supplies into pharmaceuticals, biotech, and medical supplies.
Chemdex forms parent to oversee its expansion (2/21/2000)
Who said EDI was dead? Telecom biggie SBC is buying Sterling Commerce, a big e-commerce software company whose revenues center on EDI technologies, for $3.9 billion.
SBC to Buy Sterling Commerce For About $3.9 Billion in Cash
A flurry of privacy bills are being introduced in Congress … is a blizzard on the way?
Government ponders Internet privacy issues
Fast online credit service aims to make it easier to drop large amounts at e-commerce sites:
eCredit expedites online financing
Quick! Call the Feds! We need to throw some serious R&D money at this critical problem, before it undermines the economy and the American way of life!
Gift, card sites break a few hearts