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  September 1998  

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Sunday, September 27  
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SAY WHAT?
Intel chairman Andy Grove, codeveloper with Microsoft's Bill Gates of the industry standard "Wintel" PC, has seen the future of computing and it is... a Macintosh. Find out why here.

SPIELBERG CAVES
DreamWorks SKG, the only major U.S. film studio not to endorse the DVD format, finally relented, announcing three initial titles. The company said DVD versions of The Peacemaker, Mouse Hunt, and Small Soldiers will be released in December.
Full story here.

WISING UP
In a move welcomed by anti-spam activists, the U.S. Congress drops "spam-friendly" language from long-distance telephone legislation. This summer, they came close to officially sanctioning unsolicited commercial email.
Details here.

GEORGES THREATENS NET ACCESS
Killer hurricane Georges will hit the central Gulf Coast later today, endangering lives and property. Internet access providers face the added burden of trying to keep customers online. More info here.

Thought for the day: "Hardly a competent workman can be found who does not devote a considerable amount of time to studying just how slowly he can work and still convince his employer that he is going at a good pace." - Frederick W. Taylor

 

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Friday, September 25  
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SOUNDS GOOD TO ME
Intel is currently negotiating with Micron Technology to take a minor equity stake in the DRAM maker, a move that would give Intel a steady supply of memory, and Micron capital to pursue its expansion plans. Get the details here.

BLUES AT BIG BLUE
National Semiconductor pulls out of its agreement to have IBM make microprocessors on its behalf. It caps a lousy week for IBM on the chipmaking front. Full story here.

PAY CUT IN REDMOND
Ranked by Forbes magazine as the richest man in the world, Microsoft chief Bill Gates got lower compensation in the fiscal year just ended than in 1997. He received a base salary in fiscal 1998, ended 30 June, of $368,874 from the software giant that he co-founded. Combined with a bonus of $173,423, Gates had a total compensation package worth $542,297 in fiscal 1998, slightly lower than the $591,352 he earned in 1997. Get the rest of the story.

Thought for the day: "Man was made at the end of the week's work when God was tired." - Mark Twain

 

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Wednesday, September 23  
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SMOKING GUN?
Microsoft so feared that Java would undermine its Windows franchise that its highest executives cemented partnerships with influential companies to prevent Sun Microsystems from getting them first, according to evidence not yet public in the high-profile lawsuit between the two companies. Click here for full story.

BEST OF ALL, THEY'RE AFFORDABLE
IBM said today that it will equip new models of its consumer line of PCs with speech-recognition technology that lets users control PCs using voice commands. The Armonk, N.Y.-based company unveiled four Aptiva consumer PC models, three of which include the ViaVoice speech technology that takes dictation from a user and automatically translates it into computer text. More info here.

GLOBALSTAR NOT GIVING UP
Losing 12 satellites in one shot is a bitter pill to swallow. But the satellite-phone company has emerged with a revised plan that will still allow a 1999 launch of its satellite communications service.
Details here.

Thought for the day: "Pentiums melt in your PC, not in your hand."

 

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Monday, September 21  
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1998 on the Web

AN EYE-CATCHER
Wall Data today introduced a new version of its Rumba host-access product that offers traditional connections to mainframes and other hosts as well as access via the Web. Full story here.

TRAFFIC REPORTS
An overall view of speed, volume, and traffic congestion on the Net can help keep networks humming. One group is ready to provide the real-time quality reports that providers and consumers crave. Find out who here.

GOOD NEWS FOR SEARCH
While Disney and Infoseek are targeting the major portal sites with their upcoming "Go Network," the project doesn't mean the end for the existing Infoseek site -- but it will look much different once the new portal is launched. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based site will become primarily a search engine, with e-commerce and messaging functions transferred to the upcoming www.go.com site. More info here.

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Thought for the day: "Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine."

 

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