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Ford, Qualcomm Form Telecommunications Venture
Ford Motor Co. and Qualcomm Inc. have formed a joint venture to snag a share of what they hope will be a lucrative market for wireless services such as Internet access in cars and trucks.  S F Gate

Car Makers Rush To Hook Drivers Up To Internet
The traditional AM/FM car radio is going the way of the Victrola and eight-track player. In fact, the company that pioneered radio in cars is one of many pushing to tune it out - pairing it with the Internet to provide a more useful, entertaining and plugged-in product. Motorola's iRadio prototype and a truckload of competitors, most still a year or more away from the market, are bringing the Web to your car.  Seattle Times

60 Percent Of U.S. On Web In January
Three out of every five people in the United States have access to the Internet at home or at work, with a total of 168 million people connecting to the Web in January, according to a report by Nielsen/NetRatings released on Thursday. The number of people with access to the Web at home or at work has grown only slightly since October. Internet penetration rose to 60 percent compared to 56.5 percent in October, according to the research firm that tracks Internet audiences. CNN

Internet Now A Vital Part Of Teens' Lives
The Internet has become a vital piece of teen communication, sometimes even displacing the telephone, a study released this week by the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows. About 17 million kids - or 73 percent - ages 12 to 17 use the Internet. Today's teens are the first to grow up around PCs, so it's no surprise that many are computer literate by the time they enter school. Close to 13 million teenagers use instant messaging, according to the report. SHNS

'NET GAIN FOR WOMEN SHOPPERS
Women have jumped ahead of men for the first time in using the Internet to do their holiday shopping, according to a study released yesterday. No longer the domain of young, wealthy white men, the Internet has also attracted more minority shoppers, the study said. Overall, 29 million American shoppers bought gifts online during the 2001 holiday season, spending an average of $392, up from $330 last year. A quarter of all U.S. Internet users did some of their buying online this year, versus one-fifth of them last year. Of those, 58 percent were women. New York Post