Internet Market Close Report for 1998.09.30



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  • (NASDAQ:AMZN) Website was offline from midnight to noon today as a scheduled maintenance ran over time by some four hours. Similarly, Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) mail service was down last night. Both occurrences highlight the need for multiple redundant systems to be in place to keep the “doors” open.

  • Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) again gets accused of disabling a rival multimedia Internet product, a video player by Digital Bitcasting, which claims 8 million users. Digital Bitcasting says Microsoft’s Media Player disables its player automatically without asking for user preferences. A few weeks ago RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser said much the same thing, only his words came before the U.S. Senate probing Microsoft’s practices.

  • @Home (NASDAQ:ATHM) wants to take its message to the home via CompUSA consumer computer retail outlets where it will demo its service and sell a startup kit in 25 areas where @Home service exists. With more than 4 million homes passed only some 300,000 have signed up for @Home, clearly leaving a marketing gap that its cable partners cannot fill.

    We hear that one of the problems is that cable operators don’t want to send out two technicians to do the install: one for cable and one for @Home. The cable install is a no-brainer but because of the diversity of PCs and software in existence configuring a PC cable-modem may take longer. Said another way, the cable guys seem to prefer to sell you more premium cable channels, flip a switch at the headend and be done with it, rather than be your network service provider. Are you an @Home user? What was your installation procedure like? Results printed in Internet Stock Report, eMailbag Monday.

    The superbowl of Internet investment conferences! Internet Investment Symposium ’98 @ Fall Internet World!

    New York City, Oct. 8-9 as Steve Harmon, Upside, CNNfn, PriceWaterhouseCooper, and more talk investments with some of the top names in the industry…top execs of GeoCities, CMG Info, DoubleClick, venture capitalists doing the $ billion deals, debuts hot startups at Startup Live! Sign up now

    LaunchPad Pavilion, part of Fall Internet World ’98, the world’s largest Internet industry trade show held Oct 5 – 9, offers exhibit space for startups ONLY at a reduced price in order to meet their often limited capital available at the startup stage. It is Mecklermedia’s way of letting the newbies get their voice heard. If you or a friend is at a Internet startup and want to exhibit at Fall Internet World (expected attendance is more than 50,000) in New York City’s Javits Center then contact Reed Bocchino 203-341-2826 or email: mailto:[email protected]

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