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Thursday, September 10
INTERNET INFRASTRUCTURE TO GET REAL TEST
If large parts of Kenneth Starr's report to the American
Congress are made public tomorrow, the presidency isn't
the only thing that could come crashing down. The
public's hunger for sexy details about the Monica
Lewinsky scandal also could max out Congress' Web sites,
and even bog down the entire Net. Click
for full story.
of hype, store shelves are finally stocked with digital
TV sets, which have been widely touted as the single
greatest technical innovation in television since the
color picture tube. But what, exactly, is digital TV and
is it worth its steep price? Everything you want to know about DTV.
After two days of
"he said, she said" testimony, it is now up to
U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Whyte to help shape
Java's future. In a two-and-a-half-hour closed door
hearing in federal court today, lawyers for Microsoft
Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. argued the merits of
their case, pulling heavily from sealed documents and
referencing testimony by the two companies' executives
about conversations leading up to the signing of the Java
licensing contract as well as the events that then led
the two to face off in court. Details here.
the day: "Death is more universal
than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives." - A. Sachs
Wednesday, September 9
WHAT'S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE
Microsoft said today it subpoenaed its chief competitors,
including Netscape Communications, Sun Microsystems, and
IBM, seeking details meant to ward off allegations in its
antitrust case. The move marks the latest example of
Microsoft turning the tables on its rivals, who have
provided legal and political support to antitrust
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The creator of Sun Microsystems' Java programming
language testified today that he was "appalled"
when he learned that Microsoft had unilaterally written
extensions to the language outside the normal process for
doing so. More info here.
Industry observers were
unanimously impressed with IBM's 1-inch disk drive --
only 5.5 millimeters tall -- to be unveiled next summer
by the company's Storage Systems Division. But most were
uncertain of when the targeted portable markets for this
type of product will take off. Details here.
the day: "Do you want to trace your
family tree? - Run for public office." - Patricia Vance
Monday, September 7
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GATES IN PARIS
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said today that IBM
and Sun Microsystems were likely to provide the toughest
competition for the software giant in the future. Learn
Sosa and Mark McGwire continue their assault on Roger
Maris' home run mark, Ernie Roth is already breaking
single-season records of another kind. Roth, who oversees
the Chicago Cubs' home page on the Internet, says that
surging fan interest in the fortunes of the two sluggers
has already been a grand slam for Web traffic. More here.
Are we kissing SCSI
and ADB good-bye? Find out why the nifty Universal Serial
Bus promises to become universal on the Mac more quickly
than you thought. Click for full story.
the day: "A common mistake that people
make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate
the ingenuity of complete fools." - Douglas Adams