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Motley Fool: ASK THE FOOL

I'm interested in buying a small amount of shares in either Ericsson or Nokia. What is the best way to do this, especially since Nokia is listed on both the Nasdaq and the Finnish stock market?

Borrow-to-buy fear as investors surge online

People who fear they may be missing out on the stock market boom because of a lack of cash flow need worry no more. American online brokers are set to start lending money to help people buy shares. This practice, known as margin trading, will help boost volumes and allow people to buy more shares. If share prices continue to rise then investors will get their profits, minus the stockbroker's commission. However, it leaves people vulnerable if there is a sudden downturn.

Oftel gives BT deadline over line access for rivals

OFTEL, THE telecoms regulator, ruled yesterday that British Telecom will have another 19 months before it must provide local network access to competitors, such as MCI WorldCom and AOL, who wish to offer high-speed Internet services.

Motley Fool: Who'll bulge the net for us?

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Peter York on Ads: A cunning attack on Mr Stodgy

No 297: Smile

Second site: Bring on the empty hoaxes

"HELLO EVERYBODY! I am forwarding this because the person who sent it to me is a good friend and does not send me junk. Microsoft and AOL are now the largest Internet company and in an effort to make sure that Internet Explorer remains the most widely used program, Microsoft and AOL are running an e-mail beta test. For every person that you forward this message to, Microsoft will pay you $245.00. I thought this was a scam myself, but within days I received a cheque for $24,800.00."

Education: Stuck on your chemistry homework? Someone out there wants to help you

Homework help lines are exploding all over the Internet. School children are logging on to sites where, in theory, all their questions can be answered. But are they any good or just time wasting? By Hilary Wilce

Freeserve set for loss in its maiden figures

FREESERVE WILL celebrate its maiden first-quarter figures today with a share price which opens at exactly the same level as when the company was floated in July. After its recent battering the share price added 15p yesterday to close at 150p.

Slipped disc jolts the City

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Microsoft anti-trust suit returns to court

MICROSOFT AND the US government clashed again in court yesterday, as both sides presented their closing arguments in their long-running competition battle.

Porn-free Net accounts for schoolchildren

CHILDREN'S CHARITIES yesterday welcomed the first Internet accounts for kids which allow them to surf safely on the global computer network.

New Media: No such thing as a free launch?

BY NOW most people will have heard that AOL has "reinvented" Netscape as a free ISP, and if you haven't, then thank your lucky stars you've missed the advertising.
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