Geneva - Everyone agrees that intellectual property protection must be brought up to Internet speed, but in two days of meetings here last week, the World Intellectual Property Organization was unable to gain ground on an international solution.
Analysts saluted, but privacy advocates squawked when Nortel Networks introduced a suite of smart switches last week designed to tap into users' Web surfing habits and learn things such as what banner ads would most likely seduce them.
Now that Web hosting has landed among the most strategic business units at giants such as WorldCom, the best minds in the companies are looking for ways to squeeze every drop of revenue from the large server farms at the heart of this new industry.
Williams Communications, hoping to focus its attention on its 33,000-mile fiber-optic network, will sell its enterprise services business unit, Williams Communications Solutions, to Platinum Equity Holdings.
The failure of many ASPs has created opportunities for their competitors, much like the death of elderly tenants in rent-stabilized New York City buildings once created opportunities for apartment seekers.