FOR bar and pub drinkers bored by their regular social company, Belgian beer company Stella Artois and Internet consumer-site have set up a network of web-cameras, called StellaCam. It is supposedly the world's first two-way interactive webcam and allows users to drink beer with punters all over the globe through high-speed connections with a video and audio link.

For the equivalent of US $7.00, (including tax and tip, which is charged to a credit card), pub and bar goers can buy a drink via cyberspace and chat with someone for 15 ...

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