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One Year Ago: Wal-Mart Looking To AOL For E-Commerce Boost

According to published reports, Wal-Mart Stores and America Online are close to forging a marketing deal that would drive traffic to Wal-Mart's Web site and introduce millions of its customers to the AOL brand.

One Year Ago: Younger, Less Affluent E-Buyers Shop Around

Originally published on December 9, 1999 and brought to you today as a time capsule. According to a new study by ForresterResearch, online shoppers who visit three or four different Websites before making a purchase are younger and earn $6,000 (US$) less peryear than those who buy after visiting onl...

One Year Ago: eBay Opens Site To Search Service

Originally published on December 1, 1999 and brought to you today as a time capsule. Number one online auctioneer eBay, Inc.announced today that it has granted an external search service the right todisplay auction information from its Web site. The licensing agreement with AuctionRover.com, Inc.all...

One Year Ago: Holiday E-Commerce Sales Open Strong

Originally published on November 29, 1999 and brought to you today as a time capsule. The 1999 holiday season began with a bang over the Thanksgiving weekend,buoying hopesthat e-commerce sales will exceed even the loftiest of expectations. Adding fuel to the enthusiasm, Internet power brokers Jeff B...

Universal Music Leaps into Digital Downloads

Universal Music Group (UMG) said late Tuesday that it will begin offering digital downloads later this week.

The announcement comes less than one week after a U.S. appellate court allowed controversial music swapping site Napster to remain online until a trial in the landmark case is complete...

Napster Wins Reprieve

To the chagrin of the recording industry, a U.S. appellate court has allowed controversial music swapping site Napster, Inc. to remain online until its appeal of the landmark shutdown ruling against it is heard.

FTC Backs Away from Net Privacy Regulation

Despite the vociferous demands of consumer advocates for new laws to protect the privacy of online shoppers, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce (DOC) have endorsed an industry self-regulation plan developed by the Network Advertising Initiative.

Court Silences Napster

U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel granted a request by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for a preliminary injunction against online music swapping company Napster, ordering the company to stop making files of copyrighted music available for download as of midnight Frid...

eBay Q2 Results Top Estimates

eBay, Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) reported stronger than expected results for the second quarter, as revenue rose 97 percent and the number of people using the online auction service grew.

Online Giants To Lead Privacy Campaign

Twelve Internet industry giants are among a group of 36 firms that are partnering with non-profit privacy seal organization TRUSTe to kick off Privacy Partnership 2000, a grassroots public service campaign designed to teach consumers how to navigate the Web safely and effectively.

EMusic.com Unveils Subscription Plan

Amid the controversy over the sharing of digital music online, music downloading site EMusic.com, Inc. has launched a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to its musical library for a monthly fee of $9.99 (US$).

E-Commerce Powers AOL to Strong Q4

Easily exceeding Wall Street's expectations, America Online, Inc. announced Thursday that an upsurge in e-commerce and advertising income helped double its fourth quarter revenues.

Bertelsmann Swallows CDNow

German media giant Bertelsmann AG announced Thursday that it will acquire struggling online music seller CDNow, Inc. for about $117 million (US$).

CNET To Acquire ZDNet

Online media company CNET Networks, Inc., which provides information on tech products, news, and television programming, has agreed to acquire Ziff-Davis' tech news site ZDNet for $1.6 billion (US$) in stock.

Net Gambling Ban Stalls in U.S. House

The burgeoning online gambling industry won a political victory Monday when a bill to ban online casinos failed to pass the U.S. House of Representatives. A similar bill has already been passed in the Senate.

Equifax Trumpets Online Shopper ID Method

As part of the industry-wide effort to make e-commerce more secure, credit reporting giant Equifax, Inc. has announced plans to positively identify online shoppers through quizzes based on their credit reports.

eBay Backs Away from Live Auctions

Online auction giant eBay, Inc. is reportedly scaling back its live auction business and will instead concentrate on Web auctions of the high price art and antiques that were central to that operation.

Yahoo! Beats Expectations, Stock Soars

Santa Clara, California-based Yahoo! Inc. announced strong second-quarter earnings and better than expected revenue growth Tuesday, sending its stock soaring and calming investor fears.

Dell Pulls Plug on WebPC

Just seven months after rolling out its much-touted WebPC, Dell Computer Corp. has reportedly stopped selling the consumer-oriented product line.

FTC To Block Toysmart Data Sale

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint Monday in federal court to block financially strapped e-tailer Toysmart.com from selling customer data to help pay off its debts.

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