• AOL, Microsoft Pact Shakes Up Web Rivalries (Reuters)
    AOL Time Warner Inc. AOL.N and Microsoft Corp.'s MSFT.O settlement of an anti-trust lawsuit brought against the software giant could redraw the lines in the competitive digital music and video arena.
  • Ask Jeeves Rekindles Web-search Merger Talk (Reuters)
    A pair of announcements from Ask Jeeves Inc. on Wednesday stirred simmering speculation that the Web-search space could see more consolidation after a burst of deals between November and March.
  • Financial Websites Rebound (Motley Fool)
    Take in yesterday's 15% gain for shares of online financial commentary specialist TheStreet.com and the stock's close of $5.22 may look out of place. After all, this company had been mired in penny stock heck for so long that you have to go back three years to find the last time its shares closed on this side of the $5 mark.
  • Online Newspaper Revenue: Puny AND Persuasive (to broadcasters)? (API)
    I've had a series of interesting conversations lately, keyed around a new report on local Web site earnings. The study pulled back the veil on who's making what on the Web.
  • US Lawmakers Unveil Long-Awaited Anti-Spam Bill (Reuters)
    U.S. lawmakers introduced a long-awaited anti-spam bill on Friday that is likely to move quickly through Congress, despite criticism from consumer groups who say it will do little to stop the plague of junk e-mail.
  • Online Ads Finally Click (Forbes)
    On May 5, the advertising industry was in the midst of one of the hottest TV-ad-buying seasons ever. That's why Madison Avenue types were stunned when Jack Klues, chief executive of Starcom Mediavest, the world's largest media buyer, chose that time to praise online advertising.
  • Consumer Groups Seek U.S. Law To Bar Bulk Spam (Reuters)
    Eight consumer groups sent a letter to U.S. congressional leaders on Thursday urging them to bar Internet advertisers from sending unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail and to let people sue if they get spammed.
  • Doonesbury team gets a new Slate (CBSMarketWatch)
    You could say the funny papers are perhaps beginning to turn into the funny Web pages.
  • Newspapers Run 5 of Top 10 Web News Domains (Editor and Publisher)
    Eight of the top 20 news Web sites or groups in the U.S. during April were affiliated with newspapers, according to audience statistics from Nielsen//NetRatings. Newspapers owned half of the top 10 spots.
  • Playboy and 3 Announce Wireless Service (Yahoo!)
    Playboy Enterprises, Inc. announced a global content deal has been signed to give 3 exclusive, multi-year rights to provide Playboy's print, online and broadcast libraries to wireless customers in markets operated by Hutchison's 3G Companies. The UK service, which launched last week, represents the first market that PEI will serve.
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