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Online song store BuyMusic.com will be folded "within several days" into the larger Buy.com e-commerce site, according to an e-mail sent to customers.
Although Opera's antitrust complaint against Redmond is new, Chairman William Raduchel in the late 1990s said Bill Gates was a lot like John Rockefeller.
Insiders say the e-commerce site may launch a kind of "iTunes for Windows," getting a jump on Apple and other companies aiming to offer digital music downloads through Windows.
Two members of Buy.com's board of directors have resigned, the company said Thursday. Scott Russell had served on Buy.com's board since August 1998, while William Burnham had been a director since September 1999. Both directors are partners with Softbank, which is an investor in Buy.com. The company did not immediately announce replacements for Russell or Burnham. In February, Chief Executive Gregory Hawkins and Chief Financial Officer Mitch Hill resigned their positions at Buy.com. Later that month, the company laid off 55 percent of its staff. Last November, former Apple Computer CEO John Sculley resigned from Buy.com's board.
Buy.com says a "denial of service" attack virtually shut down the site for nearly three hours, one day after Yahoo was struck.
A magazine autographed by Apple CEO Steve Jobs is up for auction on eBay--and it's drawing bids comparable to prices paid for John D. Rockefeller or George Washington signatures.