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Future of commerce, content relies on open standards for Internet distribution

News | 06/28/2001 4:00 am EDT

One of the signs of an industry maturing is a move toward open, interoperable technical standards. As the bloom fades on the IPO rose, the non-dominant players start to realize that proprietary intellectual property may not be the road to profitability. The future begins to look like a choice between open standards and a permanent role as a subsidiary of the dominant player.

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