United Online's Classmates Media unit filed for a $125 million IPO in what could be a good litmus test for social media plays on Wall Street.Classmates isn't Facebook (all resources), but does have enough name recognition to garner interest for investors looking to buy into the social media hubbub.
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The latest build of Firefox 3 has a new download manager and other features that get the browser closer to beta.Images of the download manager are available on Mozilla Links, Ars Technica and CyberNet.
The parts that go into your PC are getting cheaper. And that's good news for Hewlett-Packard and Dell.
Bringing Web 2.0 technologies to the enterprise today is mostly an academic exercise.
Notable headlines:David Morgenstern: Better living without MS Office. Garett Rogers: Google kicks Microsoft where it hurts, again.
In a 102-page ruling, Judge Dale A. Kimball eviscerated SCO's claims that it owns the copyright to Unix (see Groklaw's coverage, NYT, WSJ).
The classified service edgeio is launching a new kind of paid content service at the Gnomedex conference in Seattle that facilitates 'in-place' transactions. Edgeio CEO Keith Teare calls them "transactional classifieds," and is targeting digital content.
Universal Music Group on Friday said that it will sell "thousands of its albums and tracks" without DRM for a limited time. Universal said in a statement that its test will run from August and January and track "consumer demand, price sensitivity and piracy in regards to the availability of open MP3s.
Google outlined plans to allow its customers to buy more storage if they run past their caps from posting photos or hoarding email. But why pay Google for storage when it's basically free elsewhere?
Notable headlines:Ryan Naraine: ATI driver flaw exposes Vista kernel to attackers.On deck: Critical Windows, Office, IE patches.