IT'S A WIRED, WIRED WORLD

THE GLOBAL VILLAGE IS COMING, BUT EVERYONE WILL REACH IT AT A DIFFERENT PACE

London has a cafe called Cyberia that sells a cup of cappuccino for $2.35 -- and for $2.85 half an hour's access to the Internet on one of its 10 computers. Waiters there not only pour the coffee but also provide technical expertise for ``newbies'' who are making their first foray into the Net.

The Japanese call it ``maruchimedia'' -- multimedia -- and they plan to connect it to nearly every Japanese home by the year 2010. Their carrier: a nationwide supersophisticated fiber-optic system being encouraged by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. In Hong Kong 600 of the city's...

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