BetOnSports, the sports gambling Web site indicted by United States prosecutors last month for taking bets from hundreds of thousands of Americans, told employees yesterday that it planned to shut down most of its operations, a spokesman said.
Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks said it would buy Internet video and games company Atom Entertainment Inc. for $200 million as big media companies move to compete with online upstarts such as video leader YouTube.com.
A rights group accused Western Internet companies of complicity with censorship in China and called on Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. to resist Beijing's demands. New York-based Human Rights Watch called the blocking of politically s
Although he was alarmed by AOL's haphazard release of its subscribers' online search requests, Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt said the privacy concerns raised by that breach won't change his company's practice of storing the inquiries m
Two years. That’s how long Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez is requesting that internet service providers retain data concerning websites that users visit and logs of their online communication -- including both e-mail and instant messaging.
AOL's publication of the search histories of more than 650,000 of its users has yielded more than just one of the year's bigger privacy scandals. The 21 million search queries expose an number of life stories ranging from the mundane to the i
The cached copy of the page said the data comprised about 19 million Web searches performed by 658,000 users from March through May. The page warned of sexually explicit language in some of the queries, and said of the data, "This collection is
Antigua and Barbuda, population 69,000, is winning. The case has become an embarrassment to Washington, one that could result in economic pain.
The Convention on Cybercrime is a sweeping treaty that has been waiting in the wings of the Sentae for nearly 3 years. Now the adminstration is putting pressure on the Senate to ratify it in the next 2 days. If it does, it would mean the US
Some of the world's biggest record labels sued the makers of the file-sharing program LimeWire on Friday, saying the software allows users to download music without paying for it.
Once again, our esteemed legislators are acting as if something done online is somehow different than if it's done offline. [election year] A bill to ban libraries from offering access to MySpace is a perfect example. There are a lot of places in
The FCC commissioners affirmed that broadband-over-power-line technology providers have the right to provide data access using power transmission lines, provided they don't interfere with existing radio services.
Blake Ross was a teenager in 2002 when he and fellow software developer Dave Hyatt launched the Mozilla Firefox project
Together with Google and Real Networks, Firefox is now part of an alliance whose first consequence is the fact that the browser can be downloaded by anyone who gets Real Player, along with the Google Toolbar.
Mainstream media may be able to breathe a sigh of relief: A study finds that although the Internet has grown significantly in the past decade, it is supplementing traditional outlets such as newspapers and television, not replacing them.
Their nonprofit organization, Green Wi-Fi, is trying to bring Internet access to schools in developing countries via cheap, solar-powered Wi-Fi networks. The newly formed venture came out of a wish to which many parents can relate:
Google Earth community members have spotted a strange installation by the remote Chinese village of Huangyangtan. A 800x700 meter scale model of a mountainous landscape has been created right next to a military base.
When YouTube was sued on July 14 for copyright infringement, the shock wasn't that the video-sharing service was being yanked into court. Questions had been swirling for months about whether the upstart, which now dishes up 100 million daily vide
By a 410-15 vote on Thursday, politicans approved a bill that would effectively require that "chat rooms" and "social networking sites" be rendered inaccessible to minors, an age group that includes some of the Internet's most
The Commerce Department will hold a hearing on the government's September deadline to give up control over Internet domain names, a schedule that some high-tech industry advocates say should be delayed. The U.S. government controls the naming
Amnesty International accused Yahoo, Microsoft and Google of violating human rights principles by cooperating with China's efforts to censor the Web and called on them to lobby for the release of jailed cyber-dissidents.
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You're on the Acela high-speed train from Boston to Washington and you want to touch base with friends in Beijing and London. You pull out your laptop and moments later are catching up via video link -- even as the train thunders along at 150 mil
SPAIRLAIFS is the display name of someone that hacked into profiles of millions with MySpace web pages so that you are forwarded to his blog. (we'll be hearing about this very soon :)
The U.S. House approved a Republican-written bill to crack down on Internet gambling, in what critics said was an election-year appeal to the party's conservative base. The House voted 317-93 to impose a ban on most forms of Internet gambling
Gamblers who prefer their laptops to blackjack tables won't like what Congress is doing. On Tuesday, the House plans to vote on a bill that would ban credit cards for paying online bets and could padlock gambling Web sites. The legislation wou
The British music industry stepped up its campaign against illegal file-sharing by demanding that two Internet service providers suspend 59 accounts it believes are being used to swap copyrighted songs.
The FBI has drafted sweeping legislation that would require Internet service providers to create wiretapping hubs for police surveillance and force makers of networking gear to build in backdoors for eavesdropping, CNET News.com has learned. FBI A
The FBI has drafted sweeping legislation that would require Internet service providers to create wiretapping hubs for police surveillance and force makers of networking gear to build in backdoors for eavesdropping.
The full U.S. House of Representatives is expected to debate next week legislation that would attempt to ban Internet gambling, a $12 billion-a-year industry that gets half its revenue from American gamblers, two Republican lawmakers said.