Published: Friday 15 March 1996

Wired books
Small-time publishers have come up with a novel way of reaching an enormous readership: netting out the material. Aptly titled E-zines, the electronic magazines number more than 750, ranging from the Abraxus Reader to the Zzone's Zmagazine. Categories include everything c('nceivable from paranoia and punk Marxism to classical music and silent era films. E-zine writers, moreover, can achieve what most writers publishing in the traditional format often dream of -ongoing communication and constant feedback from readers.

Net credit
Credit card giants Visa International and Mastercard Inc have agreed on a standardised system for accepting payments through Internet. Visa's scheme had been developed by Microsoft Corp, while Mastercard collaborated with Netscape Communications. Both have now pooled their software protocols and agreed to test-runa new technology blueprint dubbed Secure Electronic Transactions, to ensure safe transmission of sensitive financial data. "It's not going to favour anyone company... the winner here is the consumer," remarked Jim Bidzos, president of the RSA Data Security Incorporated.

All about politics
People all across the globe, eager to lap up the developments in the political scenario of the US in this year of presidential elections, can get what they need from the site, i http:11 -sponsored and fed by Time and CNN. The site offers news stories, opinion poll results, columns by political experts and links to relevant sites elsewhere on the Web. The team of journalists and technicians in charge of designing and delivering the AliPolitics site is headed by Tim Riley, a former Time Bureau chief and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where he explored the potential of digital journalism.

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