Air France Tests Cell Services

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Air France has become the first airline to offer international passengers e-mail and text-messaging service that's based on standard cell phone technology. The catch: It's only available on a single Airbus A318 aircraft in the...

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No. 1 movie rental chain Blockbuster Inc said on Thursday it was testing pricing for its rental formats and will experiment with its store layouts to add downloading stations, books or beverages in a bid...

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Next week may begin a test of non-English Internet addresses, enabling local users to create Web pages and domains. If successful, non-English top-level domains, such as ".com" or ".net", could be used by the finish...

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Detroit automaker General Motors Corp. says it is testing a new combustion process that could increase fuel economy in conventional engines by up to 15 percent. The announcement comes as fuel economy has become an...

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Nintendo is testing a pilot program this season at the Mariners' Safeco Field. For a fee, the Nintendo Fan Network will upload a program onto the user's DS Lite and allow fans to order food...

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Symantec is launching a software-as-a-service platform aimed at bringing security offerings to small- and medium-sized businesses. The Cupertino, California-based security company has announced that the Symantec Protection Network – Online Backup Service has gone into...

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Google has staged on-and-off again tests stretching back to 2002 of ways to allow phone users to use their voices to ask for information, rather than telephone keypads or other more cumbersome approaches. Now, the...

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Yahoo Incorporated is quietly testing a search engine which users can customize by adding, removing and rearranging components. Yahoo Alpha, which is hosted on an Australian domain, offers a default results page with a list...

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Microsoft has been quietly testing a new "pay-as-you-go" software rental service in South Africa, Mexico and Romania. The service allows users to pay a monthly fee of around $15 for the use of Office 2003...

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Deciding that 5.9% search share isn't enough, InterActiveCorp (owner of Ask.com) has launched a publically available search site with a new three-paned interface. The left pane of the search results provides a control panel that...

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Google has launched an experiment to speed Web site information and changes to its index. Web site administrators--whether they manage a single-page site or corporate Web site--can use the free program called...

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Yahoo Inc. is preparing to introduce a new service that blends several of its website's popular features with two of the Internet's fastest growing activities — blogging and social networking. The hybrid service, called "Yahoo...

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Microsoft is alpha-testing its upcoming antivirus product, according to industry sources. They claim the antivirus software works as a "behavior blocker" that monitors different events and actions on computers. If the event or action is...

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C|Net News.com reports that one of the webs most popular sites Yahoo is giving its home page a new look and feel. What's odd about this is how Yahoo is slowly making the changes....

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Microsoft and RSA Security on Wednesday started beta testing a product designed to phase out the use of traditional passwords and replace them with automatically generated passwords from a SecurID token. SecurID...

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Sony Ericsson has begun trials on a multiplayer mobile gaming system that will allow up to eight players to compete in real-time. The multiplayer mobile gaming service will initially include two games....

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. launched a bare-bones Web site Thursday to test its new 88-cents-per-song online music service, hoping that its cheaper price will lure listeners from more expensive competitors. Other sites, such as Apple Computer...

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Adobe Tests Anti-Piracy Technique

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Adobe Systems Inc. has begun testing online activation of its Photoshop 7.0 application in Australia as a way of stemming the illegal use of its software. If the pilot is successful, and so far it...

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An increasingly popular technique for preventing e-mail abuse is frustrating some visually impaired Net users, setting the stage for a conflict between spam busters and advocates for the disabled. Many companies have...

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Apple has defended its benchmark comparison of its new Power Mac G5 and two Dell Pentium 4 and Xeon-based systems, stating that the tests performed and the way those tests were conducted is all above...

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AOL tests secure IM

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VeriSign and AOL are testing a secure version of AOL's instant messaging service to sell into enterprises, it emerged during VeriSign's analysts day on Thursday last week. According to reports from the...

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The Poway, Calif.-based PC manufacturer is examining a number of strategies that could effectively turn the company into a player in the music publishing and distribution business. Gateway already maintains a site,...

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America Online said Thursday that it has begun testing technology developed by Netscape Communications within its software, fueling speculation that it may replace Microsoft's Internet Explorer as its default Web browser. In...

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