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Windows on the Web
News Briefs

-- Responding to a petition that drew widespread support, Microsoft and Netscape agreed to make nice on the browser front. The market leaders signed an interoperability pledge that promises cooperation on Internet standards. From now on, both companies will submit all HTML extensions to the World Wide Web Consortium before shipping them.

-- The Federal Trade Commission got into another tizzy over the Internet, this time regarding the kinds of information direct marketers can solicit online. Early indications were that the FTC will draw a distinction between information gathered from adults and that obtained from children.

-- Few countries have been as irksome for ISPs as Germany, which has even prosecuted some online services. This summer the country officially passed the Information and Communications Services Act to define which activities require regulation. The law outlines a legal framework for future Internet-related legislation.

-- The Internet Advertising Bureau reported online ad revenues rose to $129.5 million in the first quarter of 1997. That's $20 million, or 18 percent, more than in the preceding quarter, and a staggering 333 percent above the figures recorded in the first quarter of 1996.

Windows Magazine, September 1997, page 246.

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