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  May 1998  

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Sunday, May 24  

If you've been wearing out your keyboard posting site announcements to Yahoo, the NCSA What's New Page and everywhere in between, here's a tool for you. With NetCreations' new PostMaster service, you fill out one form, click on one button and -- presto! -- your announcement is automatically posted to approximately 100 of the most popular Web sites and publications on the Internet. Your announcement also goes out to several hundred key editors at print publications, TV and radio stations worldwide. I added 1998 on the Web and Internet Brothers to the PostMaster service yesterday and have seen remarkable traffic increases today. I will keep you posted in coming days about whether this is long-term or simply announcement day activity.

This week, Teledesic and Motorola announced they were combining their ambitious "Internet in the sky" projects, Teledesic and Celestri. The deal created a team of telecommunications and aerospace giants, with Motorola swapping places with Boeing as the primary contractor of the system, due mostly to the former's vast experience with wireless and satellite communications. Learn how it works here.

InfoSeek has developed technology that provides more relevant matches to simple, keyword searches than its competitors. The technology, called Extra Search Precision, "anticipates" which kind of information and services will be most useful to the searcher, rather than matching key words to words in website descriptions, the company said.

Thought for the day: "We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again---and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore." - Mark Twain



Saturday, May 23  

It's been a week full of ups and downs for Netscape Communications, with search deals beginning and ending, the browser war taking a turn, and the firm's software getting a boost from Citibank. The financial outlook for Netscape will show itself next week, when the firm reports its earnings. Check out c|net's News.com coverage here.

Apple has once again cut back its reseller channel after evaluating vendors and weeding out all but its most loyal. Some diehard fans are groaning, but most analysts applaud the move.
More information here.

Click here to read CMPNet's TechWeb review of the production version. Microsoft also announced the upgraded OS will now be available in retail stores on June 15th, 10 days earlier than previously stated. Could it be the sooner it sees the light of day, the less time the DOJ has for injunctions?

Thought for the day: "A clear conscience is most often a sign of a bad memory."



Friday, May 22  

If first impressions are lasting impressions, the city of Boston will remain in my heart forever. With all the traveling I have done in both my personal and professional lifetime, Boston is one place I have never managed to visit. Having just returned from a week of training at BMC Software in Waltham, Mass., I have fond memories of the evenings in the city they call Beantown. The streets are clean and safe, the people are polite and friendly, the food is superb, and the architecture combines the old and the new with a certain austere majesty. From Faneuil Marketplace to Inner Harbor, from Newbury St. to Beacon Hill, and from the Back Bay to the North End, Boston has something for everyone's tastes. I will be back.

As you know, a lot happened while I was gone related to the U.S. Department of Justice antitrust actions again Microsoft Corporation. The story has gained mainstream national news attention.
A newly set September trial date puts renewed time pressure on Microsoft in its legal turmoil with the Justice Department and 20 states, but the software giant says its plans for Windows 98 remain on track. Check out c|net's News.com coverage here.

Forgive me if that sounds a little partisan, but I am beginning to get fed up with recent revelations relative to campaign financing and the Democratic Party in the United States. Declassified documents show President Clinton OK'd a satellite deal with China even though the White House was aware of possible criminal action by the American company that worked with the Chinese.
More information here.

Thought for the day: "Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things." - Dan Quayle


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