MAN BITES WEB

INFORMATION ONLINE IS A DIFFERENT BEAST THAT WON'T DEVOUR THE NEWS

When the U.S. fired cruise missiles at Iraq last month, Net users raced for their computers to get the news. At CNN Interactive, traffic tripled in minutes; the site's computers served up more than 18 million pages of info that week--CNN's record. "We went from zero to 60 like that," says the Website's executive producer, Jeff Garrard, snapping his fingers.

Since I make my living online--at Pathfinder, an enterprise that will be working mouse in glove with CNN thanks to the merger of Time Warner with Turner Broadcasting--I thrill to any evidence that people are turning to their information appliance, the...

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