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Big news outlets battle for Internet news supremacy

Spectators of the U.S. war in Iraq are being offered an extraordinary virtual coverage from breaking e-mail news flashes to an interactive Internet “control room.” Heavyweight U.S. television networks such as ABC, CNN and CBS, and magazines such as Newsweek are joining battle with Yahoo!, America Online/Netscape and MSNBC to bring frontline action to the Internet. Armchair warriors can pay about $10 a month for ABCnews.com’s premium service, with an interactive control room linked to four cameras: one trained permanently to the destruction in Baghdad. The other cameras pan across news events from demonstrations in Washington to live news conferences in Doha, Qatar. It also offers a link to the ABC television news coverage. CNN.com matches ABC with a free live link to a camera in Baghdad and a “War Tracker” with a scorecard of battles, stikes, casualties and a day-by-day graph of Iraqi troop surrenders. Full Story

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