TALK.COM IS CHEAP

Reston-based long-distance carrier Talk.com announced this week that it will start giving away domain names--the .com, .net and .org identifiers in Internet addresses--as a promotion to new customers. President and CEO Gabe Battista (the former CEO of domain name registrar Network Solutions) said that customers will be able to buy their domain names from the company should they decide to stop being Talk.com customers down the line for a "nominal," but still undetermined fee; registering a domain name normally costs $70 for two years. Talk.com had 1.35 million users at the end of the third quarter of this year.

COOL APPS

This just in--according to Maeil Business Newspaper in Korea, LG Electronics Inc. has developed a refrigerator that can surf the Web and play MP3s. According to the report, LG employed 55 researchers working over three years to design the new Web appliance, known as the "Digital Dios," which will come equipped with a 15.1-inch color LCD screen and an Ethernet port.

STORY UPDATE

Creative Labs Supports Mac

The folks behind the Nomad portable MP3 player have announced that their multimedia products will now support the Macintosh platform and plan to show off their Mac-compatible hardware for the first time at next month's Macworld Expo in San Francisco. No word yet on whether future lines of Creative products will support the Digital Dios.

Top-selling products at Beyond.com

1. I-Jam MP3 Player, I-Jam Multimedia

2. Encarta 2000, Microsoft

3. Paint Shop Pro 6.0, Jasc Software, Inc.

4. Quicken Deluxe 2000, Intuit

5. McAfee VirusScan 4.0 and Y2K Survival Kit 1.0, Network Associates

6. Travel the World With Timmy, IBM Multimedia/Edmark

7. Office 2000 Pro Upgrade, Microsoft

8. Norton AntiVirus 2000, Symantec

9. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Jellyvision/Disney Interactive

10. Windows 98 Second Edition Upgrade, Microsoft

SOURCE: BEYOND.COM

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