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Will your Internet provider be spying on you?updated: Fri Jul 06 2012 10:03:00

This month, if everything goes according to schedule, your Internet service provider may begin monitoring your account, just to make sure you aren't doing anything wrong with it -- like sharing copyrighted movie or music files. While we might all agree that copyright holders need to be protected, we may not all be equally happy about all of our communications being checked for violations. People and businesses who are not doing anything illegal may still have some things they wish to hide from their Internet access providers.

Fortune: Aaron Levie: The best advice I ever gotupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 06:26:00

"Mark Cuban was an early investor in Box. At the time, we wanted to build two competing models for letting businesses and people share files: peer-to-peer based and cloud based. We didn't know which would succeed. Mark advised us not to hedge our bets; it's counterintuitive -- you learn not to put all your eggs in one basket. If you hedge, you take away resources from one activity for another, so it dramatically decreases your chance of succeeding in the area that will win.

Government's case against file-sharing site overreaches, attorney saysupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 11:30:00

U.S. authorities overreacted in shutting down the online file-sharing site Megaupload and seeking criminal charges against its executives, the company's American lawyer said Friday.

Police break up pedophilia ringupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 13:20:00

CNN's Atika Shubert explains the police operation to crack an internet pedophile ring.

Scores held in European pedophilia investigationupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 13:20:00

An investigation into an online pedophile ring spanning 22 countries has resulted in 112 arrests and the identification of 269 suspects, following an international investigation. Countless unidentified children are the victims, according to European police services.

PayPal launches Facebook app for sending money to friendsupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 15:22:00

Social payments are taking a giant leap forward. PayPal has unveiled a Facebook app that lets you send money to friends.

CNNMoney: Rhapsody buys Napster subscribersupdated: Mon Oct 03 2011 16:39:00

Streaming music service Rhapsody will buy Napster subscribers and other assets in a bid to boost its user base.

The skinny on peer-to-peer car rentalsupdated: Thu Aug 04 2011 11:32:00

Michael Monroe lives near Boston, so he doesn't need to own a car.

Most content online is now paid for, thanks to Netflixupdated: Wed May 18 2011 07:49:00

Netflix streaming movies now fill more of the U.S.'s internet tubes than any other service, including peer-to-peer file sharing, which long held the top spot -- to the consternation of Hollywood.

Why Google does not own Skypeupdated: Thu May 12 2011 07:13:00

So Microsoft is buying Skype for $8.5 billion, its biggest deal ever. It's too soon to make a pronouncement on whether the purchase is an idiot move, a brilliant one or just something in between. All the geniuses who ripped the investors who bought Skype from eBay in 2009 don't look so smart now.

A special perk for Google employeesupdated: Thu May 12 2011 07:13:00

Google is known for offering its employees terrific perks. Here's one that's never been seen before. Dan Simon reports.

Justices pass on chance to examine illegal music downloadsupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 11:02:00

Whitney Harper likes music and enjoyed sharing it with her teen-age friends. But that put her in deep legal trouble, and she has become the face of unresolved legal issue over so-called "innocent infringers."

Sharing is replacing owningupdated: Tue Nov 02 2010 17:32:00

Bill Ford, automobile giant Ford's executive chairman, admitted to CNN in 2009 that the "future of transportation will be a blend of things like Zipcar, public transportation and private car ownership."

'Sharing' replacing 'owning'updated: Tue Nov 02 2010 17:31:00

Bill Ford, automobile giant Ford's executive chairman, admitted to CNN in 2009 that the "future of transportation will be a blend of things like Zipcar, public transportation, and private car ownership."

Facebook acquires's file-sharing serviceupdated: Fri Oct 29 2010 19:23:00

Simple file-sharing service has been acquired by Facebook.

CNNMoney: LimeWire to shut down on court orderupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 18:08:00

A New York judge ordered LimeWire to stop distributing its file-sharing software, agreeing with the plaintiffs that LimeWire's service is used "overwhelmingly for infringement."

CNNMoney: Why your senator can't Skypeupdated: Wed Aug 18 2010 13:08:00

Internet video-chatting service Skype helps connect people across the globe -- but your representatives in Congress are banned from using it.

'Hurt Lockers' downloaders, you've been suedupdated: Tue Jun 01 2010 15:02:00

Producers of Oscar-winning film "The Hurt Locker" have made good on a promise to file copyright lawsuits against people who illegally shared the movie via peer-to-peer networks.

CNNMoney: Comcast prevails over FCC in Web traffic fightupdated: Tue Apr 06 2010 14:28:00

A federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Tuesday that the FCC does not have the authority to stop Internet service provider Comcast from interfering with its customers' file sharing.

CNNMoney: Music's lost decade: Sales cut in halfupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 09:52:00

If you watched the Grammy Awards Sunday night, it would appear all is well in the recording industry. But at the end of last year, the music business was worth half of what it was ten years ago and the decline doesn't look like it will be slowing anytime soon.

Digital piracy hits the e-book industryupdated: Fri Jan 01 2010 09:52:00

When Dan Brown's blockbuster novel "The Lost Symbol" hit stores in September, it may have offered a peek at the future of bookselling.

France targets Internet piracyupdated: Tue Sep 22 2009 22:52:00

Cyber-pirates in France may soon face huge fines, an Internet ban and even jail time. CNN's Errol Barnett explains.

France passes tough anti-piracy measureupdated: Tue Sep 22 2009 22:52:00

French lawmakers passed a tough new measure to crack down on illegal downloading.

French lawmakers target Internet piracyupdated: Wed Sep 16 2009 15:27:00

The French National Assembly gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a measure that seeks to crack down on Internet piracy.

File sharers hold vigil for Pirate Bayupdated: Tue Aug 25 2009 12:20:00

The Pirate Bay -- the BitTorrent tracker revered by file sharers across the globe and reviled by some of the world's biggest entertainment companies -- is under siege like never before.

10 sites to help you navigate the new world of musicupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 10:55:00

Online music is confusing these days.

Positive piracy?updated: Thu Jul 23 2009 09:17:00

CNN's Neil Curry talks to file-sharing guru and member of the European Parliament Christian Engstrom about video piracy.

Pro-piracy parties gain foothold across Europeupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 09:17:00

With his navy blue suit jacket and gray-tinged hair, Christian Engstrom barely stands out from the sea of delegates seated in the European parliament.

Fortune: Lend to a friendupdated: Tue Apr 28 2009 11:46:00

Last October, the nascent peer-to-peer lending industry nearly saw its demise when the SEC forced its most established player,, to stop brokering new loans temporarily while it determined whether Prosper's loans should be classified as securities.

A to Z of online piracyupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 14:53:00

If mention of The Pirate Bay conjures up images of parrots, peg legs and planks, or geeky jargon like BitTorrent and jailbreak leaves you all at sea, this handy A-Z will help you navigate the choppy waters of the online piracy debate.

Film piracy trial verdictupdated: Sat Apr 18 2009 20:15:00

A verdict is expected in a copyright battle between movie studios and Internet pirates. CNN's Neil Curry reports.

Four found guilty in landmark Pirate Bay caseupdated: Sat Apr 18 2009 20:15:00

Four men behind a Swedish file-sharing Web site used by millions to exchange movies and music have been found guilty of collaborating to violate copyright law in a landmark court verdict in Stockholm.

Verdict due in major Internet piracy caseupdated: Fri Apr 17 2009 02:52:00

The founders of a Swedish file-sharing Web site could face jail time and multimillion-dollar fines if convicted of copyright infringement.

Fortune: Is Skype on sale at eBay?updated: Wed Oct 15 2008 13:54:00

In its mere five years of existence the word "Skype" has taken on an unusual dual meaning in the Internet world - known equally as a stunningly successful example of consumer adoption and a dealmaking flop of multibillion-dollar proportions.

Fortune: Lime Wire seeks legitimacyupdated: Fri Oct 10 2008 14:44:00

Recently, Nat Hays, chairman of Brooklyn's independent +1 Records, wanted to break a record by one of his label's new bands, The Morning Benders. So he went straight to Apple's iTunes Music Store.

Principal Voices: Jimmy Walesupdated: Fri Oct 10 2008 04:58:00

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, tells CNN that he believes Wikipedia will give the world free access to the sum of human knowledge.

The man behind Wikipediaupdated: Fri Oct 10 2008 04:58:00

Jimmy Wales began the successful peer-reviewed encyclopedia Wikipedia in 2001.

Let the Games begin, onlineupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 00:39:00

The Beijing Games have officially become the first "YouTube" Olympics. British Net Firms in Music Piracy Dealupdated: Thu Jul 24 2008 13:00:00

British music fans sharing illegal files online can now expect a polite slap on the wrist in the form of a letter through the post from their Internet Service Provider

UK to clamp down on Internet piracyupdated: Thu Jul 24 2008 06:33:00

Britain's leading online service providers are Thursday expected to join a government--backed scheme to tackle the illegal downloading of music and films, despite concerns it could curb the freedoms of Internet users.

Illegal music file-sharers sent warning lettersupdated: Thu Jul 03 2008 07:27:00

Virgin Media stepped up its campaign to combat music piracy Thursday, when it issued letters to around 800 customers warning them against downloading illegal music files via file-sharing sites.

Fortune: Comcast-BitTorrent: The Net's finally growing upupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 07:41:00

Something remarkable happened on Thursday - an Internet service provider and a peer-to-peer software company announced a collaboration and agreed to work together. Harry Potter and the Leaked Pagesupdated: Fri Jul 20 2007 11:25:00

Pages of what appear to be the The Deathly Hallows are turning up online, but the publisher won't confirm if they're real

CNNMoney: Spike Lee, Italian billionaire take on YouTubeupdated: Wed May 09 2007 11:19:00

Chew on this. A startup called Babelgum is looking to make waves in the burgeoning world of online video.

Business 2.0: Free music downloads, lawsuit not includedupdated: Mon Apr 23 2007 06:42:00

The next user to download a song from a peer-to-peer file-sharing service like LimeWire could be in for a surprise. Not a recording industry lawsuit, but a pop-up asking him to look at an ad--eithe...

Business 2.0: Free music downloads, lawsuit not includedupdated: Fri Apr 20 2007 17:11:00

The next user to download a song from a peer-to-peer file-sharing service like LimeWire could be in for a surprise. Not a recording industry lawsuit, but a pop-up asking him to look at an ad--either text or video--in return for a free and legal copy of the music.

CNNMoney: Is BitTorrent the next big IPO?updated: Wed Mar 28 2007 09:23:00

Several Internet companies have gone public since Google did back in 2004. But none has made the kind of splash that Google has.

Business 2.0: P2P Gets Personalupdated: Tue Feb 13 2007 15:08:00

Sending Grandma a video of baby's first steps via e-mail is a bit like taking a horse and sleigh over the river and through the woods to her house: tediously slow and prone to freezing.

Business 2.0: Peer-to-peer gets personalupdated: Tue Oct 31 2006 17:42:00

Sending Grandma a video of baby's first steps via e-mail is a bit like taking a horse and sleigh over the river and through the woods to her house: tediously slow and prone to freezing.

Business 2.0: Social networking for dollarsupdated: Fri Sep 15 2006 16:25:00

The Disruptor: Zopa

CNNMoney: Need a loan? Skip the bankupdated: Wed Aug 30 2006 08:41:00

Cutting out the banking middleman has long been touted as the next big thing for consumer lending.

Business 2.0: Google patents free Wi-Fiupdated: Tue Mar 28 2006 11:43:00

More evidence has emerged that Google is getting ready to blanket the U.S. with free Wi-Fi, as Business 2.0 senior writer Om Malik reported last year. Now, the company has filed for three patents related to offering wireless Internet access. Search Engine Roundtable points out that the patents all have to do with serving up advertising through a wireless Internet connection maintained by a third party, whose brand Google would include in the presentation of those ads. Sounds a lot like Google's latest plan to unwire San Francisco, where it has teamed up with EarthLink. By teaming up with partners who would build the actual Wi-Fi infrastructure, Google could complete a nationwide Wi-Fi network much more quickly than if it had to build it itself.

Business 2.0: Skype sued over peer-to-peer technologyupdated: Mon Mar 27 2006 12:28:00

StreamCast Networks, the maker of Morpheus file-sharing software, is suing Internet telephone company Skype, claiming that Skype is using peer-to-peer technology that StreamCast says it owns. Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis also created the technology behind Kazaa, a popular file-sharing network which had battled over technology licensing with StreamCast in the past. If the allegations are valid, the lawsuit could pose a big threat to Skype, which was acquired by eBay for $2.6 billion in 2005. One of the things that makes Skype better than the competition is its use of the peer-to-peer technology: Skype takes advantage of its users' computers and Internet connections to efficiently connect and transmit calls.

Business 2.0: Skype backers make a new callupdated: Tue Mar 14 2006 16:22:00

SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - The venture capitalists behind Skype are placing a new bet on AllPeers, a startup based in Oxford, England.

Business 2.0: Reinventing the boob tubeupdated: Thu Mar 02 2006 16:30:00

SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0) - Dmitry Shapiro wants to reinvent television - and he's counting on help from the millions of fans of Internet video.

Business 2.0: The New Phoneupdated: Tue Feb 28 2006 17:18:00

For nearly a century, the phone, and voice as we know it, have existed largely in the confines of a thin copper wire. But now service providers can convert voice calls into tiny Internet packets an...

Fortune: Napster's ghost risesupdated: Mon Feb 27 2006 14:52:00

Steve Jobs helped save the music biz from file sharers like Shawn Fanning and Wayne Rosso. Now Fanning and Rosso--the creator of Napster and former president of Grokster, respectively--want to save...

CNNMoney: Dumb money moves people makeupdated: Thu Jan 26 2006 15:08:00

Some people just aren't that bright.

FSB: Who Else Does This?updated: Sat Oct 01 2005 00:01:00

Eriksen Translations employs some 5,000 freelancers all over the world to translate documents in 75 languages for business clients. Eager to trim its exorbitant overseas phone bills, the Brooklyn-b...

CNNMoney: Warner Music goes digitalupdated: Wed Aug 24 2005 06:58:00

Warner Music Group said it will launch a digital-only record label that will be a boon to new artists, amid industry struggles with copyright infringement created by file sharing.

CNNMoney: Hollywood wins Internet piracy battleupdated: Mon Jun 27 2005 07:48:00

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that software companies can be held liable for copyright infringement when individuals use their technology to download songs and movies illegally.

CNNMoney: Feds bite BitTorrentupdated: Wed May 25 2005 16:05:00

Federal agents launched a crackdown on users of a popular new technology used to steal the latest "Star Wars" movie and other large data files off the Internet, immigration officials announced Wednesday.

Business 2.0: Shawn Fanning's New Tuneupdated: Sun May 01 2005 00:01:00

Shawn Fanning is back--back in the news, back in business, back in the thick of the digital-music wars he unleashed six years ago with Napster. On this winter day, he's down in Austin for the South...

CNNMoney: BitTorrent as friend, not foeupdated: Fri Apr 29 2005 09:48:00

BitTorrent has been described as Hollywood's Napster -- a sinister software that makes it easy to steal movies off the Internet. And just like the recording industry response to the Napster scourge years ago, movie studios today are determined to stamp out BitTorrent.

CNNMoney: RIAA to sue hundreds of downloadersupdated: Tue Apr 12 2005 16:42:00

The recording industry intends to sue hundreds of college students accused of illegally distributing music and movies across Internet2, the super-fast computer network connecting leading universities for researching the next generation of the Internet, industry officials said Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Justices skeptical in song-swapping caseupdated: Tue Mar 29 2005 14:56:00

High-tech reached the nation's high court Tuesday as Supreme Court justices questioned whether online file-sharing networks could be held accountable for copyright infringement.

CNNMoney: The war over downloadingupdated: Mon Mar 28 2005 05:48:00

Who should pay for movie and music piracy on the Internet?

CNNMoney: Millions keep downloading free musicupdated: Wed Mar 23 2005 08:35:00

The online store that supplies 99-cent songs for your iPod just celebrated its 300 millionth sale. But a new study suggests that free music downloading is alive and well in the virtual world.

Companies at risk from cyber-crimeupdated: Mon Mar 21 2005 11:14:00

Bank robbery has come a long way since the days of Bonnie and Clyde.

File sharing goes before Supreme Courtupdated: Wed Feb 16 2005 13:57:00

On March 29, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., a closely-watched case involving peer-to-peer file sharing - a process in which people send or receive music or movies over the Internet.

CNNMoney: A fleeting victory for Hollywoodupdated: Fri Jan 07 2005 11:34:00

Shortly after Hollywood launched a major offensive against Internet pirates last month, two popular Web sites for stealing movies shut down.

Hollywood takes on Web piratesupdated: Wed Dec 15 2004 07:45:00

The Motion Picture Association of America on Tuesday has announced a campaign aimed at slowing the illegal downloading of movies off the Internet.

CNNMoney: Hollywood steps up piracy fightupdated: Tue Dec 14 2004 10:40:00

The Motion Picture Association of America announced a new campaign aimed at slowing the illegal downloading of movies off the Internet.

Fortune: ANDY LACK FACES THE MUSICupdated: Mon Dec 13 2004 00:01:00

This year's merger of Sony Music and Bertelsmann's record business created the world's No. 2 music company (behind Universal) and a new challenge for CEO Andy Lack. The risk-loving Lack, 57, joined...

CNNMoney: Hollywood wins one, but...updated: Fri Dec 10 2004 09:28:00

Can the Supreme Court help Hollywood put an evil genie back in the bottle?

CNNMoney: iPod in the middle on Capitol Hillupdated: Tue Sep 07 2004 11:08:00

As Congress got back to work this week after a summer break, legislative proposals to ban gay marriage and to revamp the nation's security appartus dominated headlines.

Feds launch Internet crime crackdownupdated: Thu Aug 26 2004 09:35:00

Federal agents armed with search warrants conducted raids in three states Wednesday as part of a nationwide crackdown on the theft of copyrighted materials through the Internet, the Justice Department announced.

Simple downloads, complex changeupdated: Wed Aug 18 2004 16:49:00

For tens of millions of people listening to digital music, there is no going back.

U.S. arrests dozens over Internet child porn distributionupdated: Fri May 14 2004 14:15:00

Dozens of people have been arrested in connection with an ongoing federal crackdown on the distribution of child pornography sent over the Internet using peer-to-peer file sharing applications, federal law enforcement sources said Friday.

CNNMoney: Survey: Fewer adults download musicupdated: Mon Apr 26 2004 12:31:00

More than 17 million Americans have stopped downloading music over the Internet following a recent crackdown on the practice, according to a new survey.

CNNMoney: RIAA sues 532 more file-sharersupdated: Tue Mar 23 2004 14:48:00

The U.S. music industry on Tuesday sued 532 more people for online copyright infringement, including 89 individuals using college networks.

Fortune: The Real War Over Piracy From Betamax to Kazaa A legal battle is raging over the "Magna Carta of the technology age." At stake: updated: Mon Oct 27 2003 00:01:00

In late February 2002, the users of an online file-sharing service called Morpheus found themselves suddenly cut off from their network. Their mass freezeout, it developed, had been engineered by a...

Fortune: Killer App Thanks to its ballyhooed Napster alliance, Bertelsmann faces more than $17 billion in copyright lawsuits. Now that's updated: Mon Sep 01 2003 00:01:00

Alas, there is no morning-after pill for impulsive acts committed in a state of dot-com-bubbleheadedness.

Fortune: Musicupdated: Mon Dec 30 2002 00:01:00

If you think record companies want nothing to do with Napster clones such as Morpheus and Kazaa--or with the listeners who download free music off the web--well, you're wrong. With help from BigCha...

Fortune: The New Napsters There's more free downloading of music than ever. The big labels hate it--but shutting down updated: Mon Aug 12 2002 00:01:00

To the big record labels, Napster wasn't just a nuisance; it was their worst nightmare--the online equivalent to everyone storming into record stores and making off with armfuls of CDs. So when an ...

FSB: Too Soon for P2P?updated: Mon Oct 01 2001 00:01:00

It was just a coincidence that Charles Martins started up his two-man law firm at the same time that a friend (and Groove Networks employee) persuaded him to download Groove's new peer-to-peer (P2P...

Fortune: Sharingupdated: Mon Jun 25 2001 00:01:00

Twelve months ago, peer-to-peer (P2P) technology was the next new thing; three months ago it was called passe. But the flameout of one particular high-profile company (read Napster) has overshadowe...

Fortune: Don't Call Them Napsterupdated: Mon Jun 25 2001 00:01:00

The Recording Industry Association of America may have won a legal victory against Napster, but now it's scrambling to keep up with the next generation of music-swapping software. The conventional ...

Fortune: Software's Humble Wizard Does It Again Ray Ozzie invented Notes, the software that inspired IBM to pay $3.5 updated: Mon Feb 19 2001 00:01:00

Ray Ozzie didn't need to do it again. Back in the days before the Internet explosion, back when Websites were still unknown and desktop software was all the rage, Ozzie invented Lotus Notes, one of...

FSB: Top Trends Of The New Year The business of predicting the future isn't pretty. We pick ten hot developments anyway.updated: Fri Dec 01 2000 00:01:00

Nostradamus had it easy. He could write cryptic four-line poems and make vague predictions, letting the generations to come debate whether he was a seer or a faker. We here at FSB are held to a hig...

Fortune: The Sad Truth About Napster How do you build a business from a piece of software? You don't, in the case of updated: Mon Nov 13 2000 00:01:00

Here's the sad truth about Napster. The company's legal argument is untenable, its business model is terrible, and its software isn't even all that good.

Fortune: Four Technologies That Will Shape the Netupdated: Mon Oct 09 2000 00:01:00

The Internet has taken off like a rocket because it's a great platform for innovation. As long as you conform to the basic rules of the Net's digital language, you can enhance it with all sorts of ...

Fortune: Life in the fast lane A guide to the Internet's best broadband destinations.updated: Mon Oct 09 2000 00:01:00

You've ditched your jet-age 56Kbps dial-up connection for one that delivers warp speed. It's called extra bandwidth. With your DSL, cable, T1, or T3 line, you're one of the lucky drivers cruising i...

Fortune: Napster: The Hot Idea Of The Year Lawsuits may kill Napster, but the concept behind the company could reupdated: Mon Jun 26 2000 00:01:00

Of all the people in all the world you'd expect to find engaged in a debate, one of the unlikeliest duos would have to be rap star Dr.Dre and Intel Chairman Andy Grove. Yet here they are, speaking ...

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