From: Gregory Alan Bolcer (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Jul 21 2000 - 15:22:11 PDT
Hey, this is a really good idea. I wonder if there are any other
companies doing this type of p2p e-commerce via Napster/Gnutella/Freenet.
I like how they say they have ex-Google engineers. Obviously
not the good ones as their stock wouldn't have vested quite yet.
Start-up to fuse file swapping with
By John Borland
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
July 20, 2000, 12:55 p.m. PT
A new Internet company is hoping to turn the massive file-swapping
communities developed by technologies like Napster and Gnutella into
an e-commerce engine.
The company, called Lightshare, is preparing a service that will allow individual
computer users to sell digital goods directly from their computers rather than
going through centralized servers from companies like eBay or Amazon.com. It
is staffed largely with former Netscape, America Online and Time Warner
engineers and is funded by executives from Microsoft, Netscape
Communications and Google.
"We're taking the service of eBay but making it
point-to-point," said Clarence Kwan, chief executive
of the young company. "None of the information
actually resides in our computers. All we do is
facilitate the process."
The Mountain View, Calif., company will be Web-based, in the sense that
anyone who wants to sell or buy something will go through the Lightshare site
to make the transaction. But the products themselves--initially digital files like
songs or software--will actually be traded between individuals' computers, the
same way that songs swapped through Napster never actually touch a Napster
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