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It used to be just angry celebrities (and Moses) who wrote open letters. Now, even America's top businesses are taking the president to task, says Clare Dwyer Hogg

Dixons sues AOL over internet arm

World's largest service provider faces paying damages over slanderous claims by CompuServe

Key developers quit Netscape

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Sophie Parkin is an agony aunt for eight to 14 year-olds on the AOL Internet Kids Channel. She is also a writer, her second novel, Take Me Home, is published by Headline on 8 April

Network: Something evil in your inbox

E-mail is rapidly becoming many people's preferred method of communicat ion. But its growing popularity also brings the potential for abuse - both Steve Crawshaw, writing below, and Steve Phillips, right, have experienced the darker side of cyberspace

Web Design: Entering the fourth era

LAST WEEK saw the end of an era for Web design, when America Online (AOL) purchased Netscape Communications Corporation. Despite its short history, seven years at best, Web design has passed through three era's, distinguished partially by the browsers being used at the time but also by the parties producing those technologies.

AOL agrees $4.2bn Netscape deal

AMERICA ONLINE confirmed yesterday that it has reached an agreement to buy Netscape Communications, the browser pioneer, in a deal worth about $4.2bn.

AOL's talks with Netscape fuel battle for cyberspace

News Analysis: US government's case against Microsoft could be undermined by proposed deal between rivals

AOL and Netscape in $4bn talks

IN A STUNNING alliance that would change the landscape of the US technology industry, America Online is reportedly in talks to buy Netscape Communications in a deal that also involves Sun Microsystems

The Green Room: Where Every Surfer Wants To Be Fear and loathing in cyberspace

PRESIDENT CLINTON calls him "sludge" (according to Monica Lewinsky's evidence in the Starr Report). Penthouse calls him "the most dangerous man on the Internet", and US media journal Brill's Content cites him as a latter-day Tom Paine, a pioneer of the new journalism. Matt Drudge's website continues to upset the establishment, despite a pounds 30 million libel suit being brought against him by White House aide Sidney Blumenthal, accused, by the cybercolumnist, of serial wife-beating. Access the Drudge Report, and you will get the scandals other media are too lawyered-up to report.

Internet ousting the family album

AN ENGLISHMAN'S home may be his castle - but his website on the Internet is proving to be his window, with the curtains undrawn and the lights left on.

Court battle of the computer giants

News Analysis: Conspiracy or just the way business works? The evidence cuts both ways in the Microsoft antitrust case

Microsoft 'hard to refuse' says America Online

A TOP executive of America Online, the biggest internet service provider in the US, yesterday said his company reached a near-exclusive agreement to distribute Microsoft's web browser Internet Explorer because the software giant made an offer that was hard to refuse.

People and Business: The ultimate stress buster

DAVID KOMANSKY, the Merrill Lynch chief executive, has been under severe strain of late.

Network: Boys don't cry, they send e-mail

The Net is giving troubled teens somewhere to go for help. One person they turn to is Matthew Whyman, AOL's agony uncle

How to chat up a superstar

George Michael's done it. So has Noel Gallagher. It seems you can't log on these days without bumping into a celebrity in a chat room.
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