An icon of the dot-com era is making a comeback of sorts. The Industry Standard launched today in a new online-only format, with news and...

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An icon of the dot-com era is making a comeback of sorts.

The Industry Standard launched today in a new online-only format, with news and analysis on the Internet economy and a social-networking twist.

The resurrection comes 10 years after the weekly’s initial print launch in 1998. The magazine folded three years later after massive layoffs in the dot-com sector and a precipitous fall in ad revenues.

At its height in 2000, the self-proclaimed “newsmagazine of the Internet economy” garnered revenues of $140 million and boasted more advertising pages than any other consumer magazine.

At the time it folded, the magazine had 180 employees. The San Francisco-based site goes live today with a staff of four, along with about 50 outside contributors and bloggers.

Advertising sales will be handled by the Industry Standard’s parent, Boston-based International Data Group, a publisher of more than 300 magazines covering technology, digital entertainment and video games.


TV product update has been delayed

Apple said a software update for its Apple TV product will be available within two weeks, later than planned.

The update, which lets users rent online movies, isn’t finished, Apple said. The company said two weeks ago the software would be released in January.

Apple TV costs $229 for the 40-gigabyte model and $329 for the 160-gigabyte model. It requires a high-speed Internet connection and widescreen TV, the company said.


GPS included in new handset

Garmin, the nation’s leading maker of satellite-powered navigational devices, is getting into the wireless-phone business with a handset that incorporates GPS.

The Nuvifone, whose price has not been announced, will have a camera, wireless Internet surfing platform, MP3 player and 3.5-inch touch-screen display and give voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions.

Garmin and its chief rival, Netherlands-based TomTom, have been rumored for months to be working on cellphones.


U.S. ranked No. 1 in telecom study

Americans may look with envy on the super-fast Internet connections available in South Korea, Japan and parts of Europe, but they can take consolation from a new study that concludes that the U.S. makes better overall use of its telecommunications.

The U.S. ranks No. 1 in a study led by professor Leonard Waverman at the London Business School that compared 16 developed countries not just by the quality of their communications infrastructure but also how consumers, business and government use it.


Mall kiosks to close; focus is on stores

Dell, which is pushing its computers into more retail stores, said it will close its 140 mall kiosks in the U.S.

Dell now sells computers and other devices in more than 10,000 stores around the world, including Wal-Mart and Best Buy.

Compiled from Bloomberg News and The Associated Press