In Brief: Nov. 6, 2000

GET THE GOODS After one too many "Sorry we missed you" notes from UPS, Tony Paikeday created the zBox. The sturdy plastic mailbox with an electronic lock lets carriers deliver when you're not home. Sign up for the service ($5 a month at zbox.com) and every package you buy online gets a number that the carrier uses to open the box. You access it later with a PIN code. The downside: one less excuse for being late to work.

DOUBLE TAKE Have America Online and Microsoft swapped playbooks? With the new AOL 6.0, you can get your address book...

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