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  September 1998  

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Sunday, September 20  
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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.

iMAC DESIGNER TALKS
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.

CLEVER SEARCHING
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.

Thought for the day: "If olive oil comes from olives, where does baby oil come from?"

 

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Saturday, September 19  
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WINDOWS UPDATE
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 here.

IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
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.

CALLS 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.

Thought for the day: "What do little birdies see when they get knocked unconscious?"

 

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Friday, September 18  
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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.

THOUGHT 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.

SEX, 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 info here.

Thought for 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."

 

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Thursday, September 17  
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I'M CONFUSED
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 magazine. Full story here.

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.

ALMOST DONE
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.

Thought for 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

 

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Wednesday, September 16  
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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.

PERSONAL NETWORKS
A new Intel chip will use telephone lines to connect PCs, printers, scanners, and more. And without any added networking components. More information here.

WAR OF WORDS
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.

Thought for the day: "If the universe is everything, and scientists say that the universe is expanding, what is it expanding into?"

 

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Monday, September 14  
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1998 on the Web

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 story here.

UNPREDICTABLE
Market indices close higher, calmed by polls that show most Americans want the president to finish his term. More info here.

SAMMY 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.

In which American national news story do you have more interest?

The Clinton/Lewinsky saga
The MacGwire/Sosa homerun chase
The DOJ/Microsoft anti-trust matter
The volatile stock market


Current Results

Thought for the day: "Can atheists buy insurance for acts of God?"

 

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