So that's the sound of a bubble bursting. At press time, the Nasdaq had plunged 25.3%, the Dow-was down 5.6%, the federal government was punching out Microsoft and there was a general uproar over the derailment of the New Economy.

But lost amid the clamor surrounding the April "correction" in the stock market was this: Like nature, investment capital abhors a vacuum, which means the impending shake-out among Web retailers might spell good news for other Internet companies, notably those in the business-to-business sector.

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