Broadband penetration rose 25% in 2003, with cable accounting for 14 million households, compared with 7 million for DSL, according to a report from Jupiter Research. Jupiter says broadband providers must lower their prices for high-speed Internet to reach a critical mass.
While the Dodge car brand last year pulled its sponsorship of the "Lingerie Bowl" because it was deemed too racy, it's now embracing a somewhat similar marketing effort: it's sponsoring Maxim magazine's "Circus Maximus," an erotica-filled event held in Houston this weekend in connection with the Super Bowl.
Microsoft for now has scrapped plans for making key changes to its Explorer browser, saying it hopes the U.S. Patent and Trademark office will act to resolve relevant legal issues. The patent office has indicated it will examine whether Eolas Technologies, which has won a $521 million verdict against Microsoft for technology infringement, deserves its patent on the underlying browser technology.
Film studio Warner Bros. has filed lawsuits against several Internet users, alleging they illegally made digital copies of movies and distributed them via the Web. One of the defendants named is actor Carmine Caridi, who received advanced "screener" copies of "The Last Samurai" and "Mystic River" and put them on the Internet.