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The Future of Online Gambling

In part 1 of this article, "The High-Stakes World of Online Gambling," the E-Commerce Times looked at the state of the Internet betting industry and its remarkable popularity. Roughly half of the industry's revenues come from U.S. residents. Even with the potential for anti-gambling laws on the hori...

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The High-Stakes World of Online Gambling

Just as Las Vegas pioneer Bugsy Siegel imagined a city of dice games and slot machines in the middle of the desert, entrepreneurs looked at the Web a few years ago and saw an audience hungry for online gaming. They were right to suspect there was gold in all those clicks. A December 2002 report by t...

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BroadVision Bets on the New E-Commerce Upsurge

As BroadVision celebrates its first decade in the e-business arena, the company is breaking the silence it has maintained for the past several quarters, in which it flew under the radar as it reorganized and refocused its business. Now, the firm is fiscally healthier and hungry for new customers -- ...

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Breeding Grounds for Aspiring CIOs

So you want to be the boss -- the head technology honcho with the CIO title. But when you shake off that daydream, you look around and see the cubicle of a low- to mid-level IT manager. How can a garden-variety IT professional break into the ranks of C-level management? According to executives who w...

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The Future of Data Storage

One of the most important trends in today's data storage market will seem remarkably familiar to any longtime industry-watcher: ATA drive technology is catching on like wildfire in a forest of dry timber. The original version of ATA, also called IDE, has been around for many years, in countless mill...

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WiFi Economics: Into Thin Air?

Consumers finally are gaining more widespread access to WiFi high-speed wireless networks as vendors install this technology in airports, hotels and restaurants across the United States. The main challenge faced by these vendors is economic, rather than technical, in nature. The consumer market is n...

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Apple’s War for the Windows Mainstream

In Part 1 of this story, The Mac Observer publisher Bryan Chaffin told the E-Commerce Times that the market standing of Apple's iPod will play a critical role in determining iTunes' success. However, the iPod faces increasing competition. Dell recently announced a new hard drive-based music player, ...

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Apple’s New Bid for Insane Greatness

Before the year is out, Apple plans to launch a Windows version of its well-received iTunes Music Store. However, iTunes' success thus far -- Apple has sold 10 million songs through the Mac-only version -- has galvanized other sellers of digital music, which are launching Windows-based services at a...

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Does the Killer Worm Really Exist?

Although worms can create media furor and disrupt business, to date they have adhered to a strange dichotomy: A given worm may spread rapidly or deliver a destructive payload -- but no worm has accomplished both tasks with equal aplomb. August 2003 was the worst-ever month for malware attacks, than...

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The Newest Front in the Anti-Spam Wars

As spammers dream up new strategies for slithering into e-mail inboxes, their counterparts, anti-spam software developers, are on the lookout for new ways to stop them cold. The latest tactic, called challenge-response, requires an e-mailer to verify his or her identity before being added to a "whit...

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Web Performance Metrics That Matter – Part 2

In part 1 of this two-part article, the E-Commerce Times focused on Web metrics in general, and how they can boost a company's bottom line. In part two, we look at how one specific company -- Eddie Bauer, which has topped the Keynote Web performance rankings for three weeks straight -- has used Web ...

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Web Performance Metrics That Matter

As recently as the late 1990s, a simple counter provided the only metric most Web site operators were interested in -- how many people had visited their sites. However, as e-commerce has matured and evolved, so has Web performance measurement. With customers increasingly judging offline companies on...

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The Death of Dial-Up

Although the United States is still largely a dial-up country, it seems inevitable that dial-up will give way to faster DSL and cable technologies as time passes. Implications of this shift are significant for independent ISPs, which built their business around providing dial-up service. Because the...

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E-Commerce vs. T-Commerce: Who Will Buy?

Even as annual e-commerce sales storm past the $45 billion mark, according to U.S. Census Department figures, companies engaged in an older form of selling soldier on, using TVs and telephones to communicate with potential customers. One of the largest such firms, QVC, was founded in 1986 and earned...

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Sun in the Spotlight

Following a disastrous quarter in which financial results fell far short of analysts' expectations, Sun is trying to rebound from its slump by pinning its hopes on several new products. "If you'd told Scott McNealy three years ago that he'd be selling an x86 family, he would have told you that you ...

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