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A Harris poll shows only 33% interest in interactive home shopping and 40% in movies or sports specials on demand, but greater interest in email (50%), health-care information, lists of government services, a phone directory, product reviews, and customized news reports (75%). [WSJ, 10/5/94, B9. EDUPAGE.] (Empowerment. Disintermediation. Useful knowledge. There's hope for America yet.)

The median age of Internet users will drop from 26 to 15 in five years. [MIT study. BLP, 10/15/94, p. 10. EDUPAGE.] (Really? My kids have homework; no time for the net.)

Commercial versions of Mosaic, due soon, will be more than ten times faster. [Internet Business Report, 9/94, p. 1. EDUPAGE.]

IPv6, from the Internet Protocol next-generation group, will expand TCP/IP addressing from 4 bytes to 16. Protocols will include user authentication and a 28-bit flow label for time-sensitive packets such as audio and video. [Data Communications, 9/94, p. 16. EDUPAGE.]

Lawyers Canter and Siegel are publishing "How To Make a Fortune on the Information Superhighway" (HarperReference). The initial printing has been quadrupled, to 100K copies, due to spam-related controversy/publicity. [NYT, 9/21/94, B2. EDUPAGE.]

MeklerWeb has opened, with participants paying $25K/year membership and $25K for help designing online pages. Andersen Consulting was the first to sign up. [WSJ, 10/5/94, B9. EDUPAGE.] (Fortune 500 corporations selling to each other via WWW? OK, but for what exactly do they need the net?)

Reed Elsevier will pay $1.5B for Mead Corp.'s Lexis/Nexis online information business. [WSJ, 10/5/94, A3. EDUCORP.] (It was a "heated auction," so there's big money available for information services.)

Internet users in Australia will soon have to pay up to US$1.50 per MB sent or received. The fees will pay for network upgrades. [Chronicle of Higher Education, 10/3/94, A23. EDUPAGE.]

Free-net systems in Canada do not qualify as nonprofit charitable organizations under an 1891 tax rule because they do not have a location for education, nor do they offer therapy for shut-ins or counseling for the abused. [Peter F. Harter (, Communet, 9/18/94. Roy Turner.]

Santa Rosa Community College is working with DoE's Office for Civil Rights regarding hostile remarks on a male-only bboard about two women. OCR rejected First Amendment claims, saying the computer conference was an educational program rather than a public forum. [Chronicle of Higher Education, 9/28/94, A26. EDUPAGE.]