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Technology News Archive - July 06, 2005

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Days after the Supreme Court weighed in on digital copyright infringement issues in the MGM v. Grokster case, select consumer electronics chains began stocking a product some predict could spark the entertainment industry's next showdown over intellectual property rights. New to the shelves of Best Buy and CompUSA this month is Slingbox.

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Dell Inc., the world's largest personal computer supplier, and Napster Inc. on Wednesday said they will provide colleges with a legal online music hardware and software package.

Theme park and media company Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday said it would use Sprint's network to offer a mobile phone service geared toward families.

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Internet services company America Online Inc. plans to offer new services that can give its subscribers greater control over their personal data, the company said on Wednesday. AOL is undertaking the project with Plaxo, which supplies tools allowing Web users to automatically update electronic address books.

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Spotty teenage hackers who set off global email viruses are being replaced by serious online crooks whose stealth attacks don't make headlines but cause more damage, security software makers said on Tuesday.

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Several recent market studies by industry analysts suggest the demand for portable digital music players is poised to skyrocket this year, reaching the critical mass needed for online music services to thrive.

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Online auctioneer eBay Inc. said on Wednesday its plans to launch its PayPal payment service in China by the end of this year, joining a growing list of electronic payment services in the market.

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Clinical trials have already shown that an MIT robotic arm can help stroke patients regain movement faster. Now MIT pioneers in the field of robotic therapy are hoping a robotic gym full of machines targeted at different parts of the body will significantly improve stroke patients' movement in arms, wrists, hands, legs and ankles.

Word of the Day
bibliopole
  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
This word comes from a Greek phrase meaning 'book seller.'
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