In Brief: Feb. 12, 2001

THUMBS UP Entrepreneurs have wasted no time in seizing the business opportunity created by the Florida chad debacle. On Capitol Hill last week, Identix and EDS demonstrated a voting system that works only after you've verified your identity with a fingerprint scan. Since most voters haven't been fingerprinted, the first users are likely to be the roughly 2.5 million military personnel whose prints are on file.

PAY FOR NAPSTER? When Bertelsmann boss Thomas Middelhoff announced that the free music service would start charging a subscription fee by summer, a lot of people were surprised--including Napster CEO Hank Barry. "We haven't decided...

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