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Sunday, September 20
INTEL TOUTS NEXT GENERATION PC
Throughout the week at its developer forum in Palm
Springs, Intel officials encouraged hardware makers to
tear out old technologies to make way for new ones that
support ease of use, lower ownership costs, and better
performance from multimedia applications like games,
videoconferencing, and DVD. Click
here for full story.
For those uninitiated to the intricacies of design
theory, a toilet and a computer may seem to have little
in common. But for Jonathan Ives, vice president of Apple
Computer's Industrial Design Group and head of the team
that designed the futuristic, translucent aqua bubble
known as the iMac, there are many similarities. Learn more here.
When IBM scientist
Prabhakar Raghavan punches in a search on the World Wide
Web for suggestions of hot spots and must-see places, he
usually finds what he wants right away. The algorithm he
developed, dubbed "Clever" technology, will
spit out a few specific pages rather than the hundreds he
got doing it the "old-fashioned" way. Will we
see it soon? Find out here.
the day: "If olive oil comes from olives,
where does baby oil come from?"
Saturday, September 19
Microsoft is testing a new feature that will alert
Windows 98 users to critical updates as soon as they log
on to the Internet. Details
IN TIME FOR
A new venture between Korean conglomerates TriGem and KDS
aims to bring sub-$500 PCs to the U.S. market this fall.
The new venture, called emachines, will market minitowers
and desktops at $399 (with $50 rebate) and $499 systems
based on Cyrix MII and Intel Celeron microprocessors
later this year. More here.
FOR JAVA RELEASE
There's no doubt that
Java, for all its successes in certain areas, has lost
some of the momentum it enjoyed even as recently as a
year ago. Netscape technology officer Mark Andreessen
thinks that Sun Microsystems could give Java a huge boost
by following Netscape's open-source lead. Others agree.
the day: "What do little birdies see
when they get knocked unconscious?"
Friday, September 18
TOO MUCH WEB
The U.S. military runs about 1,000 Web sites, without any
clear guidelines on what can go on them, and some may
carry information useful to potential enemies. But plans
are afoot to plug the gap, with a comprehensive review of
the material available. Click
for full story.
JAVAGATOR WAS THROUGH?
On June 30, Netscape Vice President Marc
Andreessen made it clear that development of
"Javagator" -- the company's much-ballyhooed
all-Java version of its flagship Web browser -- was over.
Two groups are working to revitalize the project. Get
the details here.
LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE
The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary
Committee has voted to release President Bill Clinton's
videotaped testimony and transcripts on the Monica
Lewinsky affair. A variety of news sites, including ZDTV,
ABCnews.com and Broadcast.com, have announced plans to
offer streaming video versions of President Clinton's
grand jury testimony. More
the day: "In order to attract
non-millionaire residents, the town of Aspen, Colorado, now offers public
housing assistance even to those whose income is as much as
$115,000 a year."
Thursday, September 17
Senate Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch said today that the
Federal Trade Commission needs to be "careful"
as it pursues Intel for alleged violations of antitrust
law. Hatch, a Utah Republican, dwelled mostly on
potential violations of antitrust law by Microsoft in a
speech to a conference sponsored by Summit
BEWARE CDA II
A U.S. House of Representatives committee today approved
a bill designed to protect children from indecent
materials on the Internet. Had the law been in place
already, it would have made the Web posting of Kenneth
Starr's report about President Clinton's affair with
Monica Lewinsky a criminal offense. Get the latest.
The Internet Assigned
Names Authority and Network Solutions -- which have
shared responsibility for minding the Net -- released a
final draft proposal for the organization that will
govern the Internet of the future. Read all about it.
the day: "The test of tolerance comes
when we are in a majority; the test of courage comes when we are in a
minority." - Ralph W. Stockman
Wednesday, September 16
NEW ENCRYPTION POLICY
Drawing a new line in the sand over the export of strong
encryption, the White House updated its policy again
today, relaxing some of its rules for companies that use
or ship the security technology. Easing the export
restrictions on data-scrambling technologies is the
center of a long-standing political debate and considered
a crucial move in stepping up the security for e-commerce
transactions and global online communication. Get
the details here.
A new Intel
chip will use telephone lines to connect PCs, printers,
scanners, and more. And without any added networking
components. More information here.
With a landmark
antitrust case slated to go to trial next month, senior
officials from Microsoft Corp. and Netscape
Communications Corp. warmed up for the big event by
warning what might happen should the other guy win. Click for story.
the day: "If the universe is everything,
and scientists say that the universe is expanding, what is it expanding
Monday, September 14
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MICROSOFT OBTAINS DELAY
A federal judge denies a motion by the software giant to
dismiss the landmark antitrust case but delays its start
date to October 15. Full
Market indices close higher, calmed by polls that
show most Americans want the president to finish his
BELTS 61 & 62
Sosa's two homers in Cubs 11-10 win
ties slugger with McGwire for major league lead. Track the chase here.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
As you can see at left, Monday means the new weekly poll
begins. As indicated by today's headlines, there are a
number of news stories captivating the American public
these days. Why not tell us what your interests are? You
can view the results of last week's survey here.
the day: "Can atheists buy insurance
for acts of God?"