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One Year Ago: eBay Broadens Scope with Half.com Buy

Online auctioneer eBay has expanded into the fixed-price marketplace by agreeing to purchase person-to-person Web marketplace Half.com in a stock deal valued at US$350 million.

Half.com sellers simply enter the ISBN code for a book or a UPC code for a CD, video or movie, describe the conditi...

One Year Ago: Hackers Plant Attack File in Home Computers

Network Security Technologies, Inc. announced the discovery Thursday of destructive software that has been clandestinely implanted into thousands of business and home computers.

The Herndon, Virginia-based company says the software is secretly loaded on computers when an unsuspected user ope...

One Year Ago: Why Webvan Will Win the Online Grocery War


Originally published on April 19, 2000 and brought to you today as a time capsule.

Just when it seemed that two Internet grocers were headed for the dot-com chopping block,...

One Year Ago: Honeymoon Over for E-Commerce Pure Plays


Originally published on March 22, 2000 and brought to you today as a time capsule.

A growing number of investors have come to believe that pure-play e-commerce companies ar...

One Year Ago: Is Russian E-Commerce Ready to Explode?


Originally published on March 6, 2000 and brought to you today as a time capsule.

Recently, it has been reported that Russia is on the verge of cashing in on a growing boom...

One Year Ago: Online Gambling Crackdown Long Overdue


Originally published on March 1, 2000 and brought to you today as a time capsule.

This week, a long-overdue precedent was set when the operator of a sports gambling Web sit...

One Year Ago: Latest Hacker Attack Cripples Online Brokerage


Originally published on February 25, 2000 and brought to you today as a time capsule.

In what has become a persistent problem for popular Internet sites of late, the Nation...

One Year Ago: Antitrust Judge Likens Microsoft to Standard Oil


Originally published on February 23, 2000 and brought to you today as a time capsule.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson dealt Microsoft Corp. a significant blow i...

One Year Ago: EU To Force Telco Competition


Originally published on February 16, 2000 and brought to you today as a time capsule.

In an effort to jump-start e-commerce, the European Commission (EC) has warned Europea...

One Year Ago: E-Commerce Sites Crippled by Hacker Sabotage

Just one day after a hacker attack on Yahoo! shut the giant portal down for several hours, several leading e-tail sites were similarly affected by what appears to be an orchestrated, Web-wide act of sabotage.

At last count Tuesday, Amazon.com, Buy.com and online auctioneer eBay had joined CNN...

One Year Ago: UPS Forms New E-Commerce Subsidiary

United Parcel Service, Inc. announced today that it has formed a subsidiary that will perform back-end fulfillment functions for e-commerce companies and also help companies develop their supply chain management operations.

This direct foray into e-commerce by the world's largest package deli...

One Year Ago: U.S. Justice Department Launches eBay Anti-Competition Probe


Originally published on February 4, 2000 and brought to you today as a time capsule.

The U.S. Justice Department is reportedly investigating online auctioneer eBay, Inc. to...

One Year Ago: IBM and Record Giants Test Online ‘Music Store’

IBM announced yesterday that a six-month experiment with five major record labels has successfully emulated a traditional music store online. According to the company, the store allows music to be downloaded, but prevents illegal copying.

The experiment, known as AlbumDirect, involved music g...

One Year Ago: Government Clamps Down on E-Commerce in China

The Chinese government is introducing new regulations that many analysts fear will put a chill on e-commerce in the world's most populous country.

According to lawyers and regulators, one set of rules will make it easier for the government to censor online content, while a separate set of ru...

One Year Ago: iVillage Sued by Former Executives

Two former executives of iVillage, Inc. filed separate lawsuits against the popular Web site Friday, alleging that the company lured them from established companies with promises of lucrative compensation packages that never materialized.

"This is a case in which a company and its chief execut...

One Year Ago: B2B Web Sites Fail Usage Test

According to a new report by Forrester Research, many business-to-business Web sites ignore customer goals and fail to meet the basic requirements of a good user experience.

Forrester came to this conclusion after grading 30 business-to-business Web sites and finding that every one of them fa...

One Year Ago: A Cure For Interest Rate Jitters


Originally published on January 5, 2000 and brought to you today as a time capsule.

Stocks plummeted yesterday, as fears of rising interest rates depressed blue chips for...

One Year Ago: Spanish Banks Partner To Launch Internet Bank


Originally published on January 5, 2000 and brought to you today as a time capsule.

Two of Spain's largest commercial banks have disclosed plans to launch Unoe Bank SA, t...

One Year Ago: Hall Of Fame Sports Heroes Join E-Commerce Game

Former NFL, NBA and NHL greats John Elway, Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky have announced that they will attempt to muscle into the competitive online sporting goods market by launching MVP.com next month.

The site will offer expert advice and insight from the world's top athletes, along w...

One Year Ago: Trends and Predictions for 2000


Originally published on December 20, 1999 and brought to you today as a time capsule.

With less than two weeks left until the next century, it seems like a good time to spe...

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