The Internet reborn If this year had a single theme, it would be rebirth.
Five years after the dot-com meltdown, the Internet's technologies, industries and culture are showing a kind of vigor and inspiration not seen since the 1990s.
Digital communities and interactive technologies are thriving as never before. The long-predicted
is finally taking place. At the same time, a convergence of television and computer technologies is coming of age and generation weaned on the Internet on the Web. inspiring social revolution
as technology harbingers, many other important developments can be found in such diverse areas as Google's moves are cited most often , digital photography and automobiles . Opportunities have spread around the globe, leading countries such as cutting-edge technologies like spintronics . India into a technology renaissance
Success also breeds competitive animosities, however, and the resulting disputes have taken a predictable path to Washington.
India's good fortune created new calls to rescind the
, for example. Appeals were made elsewhere in government to address issues such as controversial H-1B foreign labor program , identity theft and broadband's expansion . In light of the patent reform and other networks, file-sharing technologies were also disputed. Supreme Court's ruling against Grokster
For the technology industry, all of this translates to disruption--and companies have responded in kind.
and Microsoft underwent major reorganizations at their most senior ranks. The rush to keep up with the rapidly changing landscape also led to some conciliatory moves that seemed impossible only a few years ago: Microsoft Hewlett-Packard and even buried the hatchet with RealNetworks to help address security problems. reached out to hackers
But the most surprising alliance of all was
--the microprocessing half of the "Wintel" duopoly. If nothing else of note occurred in 2005, that decision alone would be reason enough to see that the technology universe has become a vastly different place. Apple Computer's decision to build computers with chips from Intel --Mike Yamamoto 2005 Highlights Picture this: A new breed of camera
The chip industry wants to bring PC-style economics to digital photography.
HP looks beyond Fiorina
As CEO Carly Fiorina departs, Hewlett-Packard confronts stubborn market realities.
Rocky road for car 'black boxes'
Tracking devices are touted for safety but raise fears of an Orwellian society.
Me TV: Television of the future
Viewers are gaining control over the tube with interactivity and custom networks.
New life for Moore's law
Emerging technologies may stall the long-predicted demise of the famed computing principle.
Political connections in broadband
Conflicts erupt as local governments try to create publicly funded services for all citizens.
Apple's switch: Intel inside
The Mac maker partners with Intel in a relationship once unthinkable in the technology world.
Microsoft meets the hackers
Outsiders are invited to the Windows empire for the express purpose of exploiting computer flaws.
India's tech renaissance
Once hired to run support desks, Indian companies are branching out to all sectors of technology.
The Supreme Court rules that Grokster can be held liable for piracy in a huge victory for the entertainment industry.
Staking a claim in the patent gold mine
Companies make a business of buying patents in what some call a form of legalized extortion.
Proposals to fix the U.S. Patent Office run a wide gamut, from forced licensing to the elimination of software patents.
A controversial bill has become a flash point about everything that's right--and wrong--with patents.
Makeover for Microsoft
Software titan sweeps away its old structure to execute faster.
Waging battle on foreign labor
With the rise of offshoring, critics say the controversial H-1B program is obsolete.
Real, Microsoft reach truce
Agreement on digital music ends years of legal disputes between the two companies.
Separating myth from reality in ID theft
Media reports have given rise to much misinformation and confusion about online fraud.
Taking back the Web
New technologies and the "millennials" generation are returning the Internet to its social roots.