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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.
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
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.
CONTINUES TO MOVE AND SHAKE
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.
GOLD IS READY
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?
the day: "A clear
conscience is most often a sign of a bad memory."
HATS OFF TO
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.
SELL LAUNCH CODES TOO?
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.
the day: "Verbosity leads
to unclear, inarticulate things." - Dan Quayle