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ICANN Works To Split from Commerce Department

In a meeting in Kuala Lumpur, officials from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names are hammering out details for self-rule in an effort to separate itself from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The ICANN group, which is responsible for coordinating the Internet's naming and numbering systems, h...

TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL REPORT

Worlds in Transition: IT in Eastern Europe

Only 15 years ago, we watched in amazement while the rusty iron curtain collapsed and the formerly communist countries of Eastern Europe embarked on new lives in the global market. For most of us, this neglected region stretching from the Baltic to the Balkans then retreated to the fringes of our at...

U.S.: Robust Q2 E-Commerce Sets New Milestone

E-commerce posted strong double-digit growth in the second quarter, bringing in $12.477 billion total in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The bureau said sales rose 27.8 percent from the second quarter of 2002. By comparison, overall retail sales grew less than 5 percent. The ...

Merger Mania Could End High-Tech Layoff Respite

The number of high-tech job cuts fell sharply during the first six months of 2003, plunging 60 percent below 2002 levels, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. However, CEO John A. Challenger told the E-Commerce Times, "This may be something of the calm before the storm." ...

E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

Who’s Afraid of Internet Sales Tax?

Early this year, a half-dozen major multichannel retailers, including Toys "R" Us, Wal-Mart and Target, began collecting sales tax on online purchases. The transition came quietly, without much fanfare and, so far at least, without much fallout. Will this promising trend continue in the future, or w...

U.S.: E-Commerce Topped $45B in 2002

E-commerce grew at a pace that put the overall economy to shame in 2002, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, which said online sales surpassed $45 billion during the year. The DOC also said e-commerce is an increasingly large part of the overall retail economy, with 1.6 percent of the tota...

U.S.: E-Commerce Hit All-Time Q3 High

Compared with a year earlier, e-commerce retail sales in this year's third quarter skyrocketed to their highest dollar value since reporting began in 1999, according to a new U.S. Department of Commerce survey. The survey of 11,000 stores showed that sales, not adjusted for seasonal, holiday and tra...

U.S. To Seek Greater Control Over ICANN

Senator Conrad Burns (R-Montana) has announced plans to introduce a bill that would give the U.S. government more influence over ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the overseer of Internet addressing and traffic. Rick Villers, vice president of Internet research at Forre...

Sites with Substance Spark Online Retail

Despite concerns about privacy and fraud, recent U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) figures seem to confirm that consumers have gotten in the swing of shopping online, and the e-commerce cash register seems set to ring even more often in the future. The DOC recently reported that although U.S. onl...

Will eBay Strangle Online Commerce?

EBay may have an imperfect business model, as Yankee Group analyst Rob Lancaster told the E-Commerce Times, but users clearly are buying into that model, and the auction giant eventually could overshadow other e-tailers as it extends its reach into other areas of e-commerce. Andrew Bartels, an an...

Will E-Commerce Ever Beat the 1 Percent Problem?

The Internet accounts for just 1 percent of total U.S. retail sales, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. And e-tail's piece of the pie is not likely to swell much above 5 percent in the foreseeable future, according to experts. "There is a perceived risk with high-ticket items," Forrest...

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