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Sunday, September 27
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
out why here.
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.
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.
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.
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
Friday, September 25
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
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.
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.
the day: "Man was made at the end of
the week's work when God was tired." - Mark Twain
Wednesday, September 23
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,
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
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.
the day: "Pentiums melt in your PC,
not in your hand."
Monday, September 21
on the Web
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
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.
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.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
As you can see at left, Monday means the new weekly poll
begins. Use your browser's back button to return here when you're done.
You can view the results of previous surveys here.
the day: "Change is inevitable,
except from a vending machine."