In Brief: Aug. 13, 2001

BOT DOG i-Cybie is a robotic puppy that can walk, bark, lie down, scratch his ear and do dozens of other things real dogs do. And unlike real dogs, i-Cybie, made by Tiger Electronics, doesn't relieve himself on the carpet. His 16 motors make him almost creepily lifelike. Human reactions range from "That's the cutest thing I've ever seen" to "Get it off me! Get it off me!" Judge for yourself. i-Cybie can be yours for $200--cheap compared with Sony's $1,500 Aibo.

LIGHT FANTASTIC Even as most Internet service providers are hiking their monthly rate--Earthlink bumped its rate $2 in June,...

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