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Sunday, October 11
WEEK FOR APPLE
Big news due this week
from Steve Jobs. The Apple chief will announce the
company's Q4 earnings. The Wall Street crowd expects a
$66 million profit, which would put Apple in the black
for a full year -- for the first time in three years.
Amazing what can change in a year; in Q4 '97 Apple posted
a $161 million loss. Click for more. Also on the agenda this week: 1)
results of a new study on who is buying iMacs and 2)
announcement of a new Mac OS. (Apple ships Mac OS 8.5 on
According to reports, Microsoft may rename the
next version of its Windows NT operating system to make
it more consistent with its consumer Windows OS (Windows
98 and 95). In addition, Microsoft partners say the
software giant may move up the release of NT 5.0 to June,
then follow with "service packs" of other
INTERNET WORLD WRAP-UP
This year's show wasn't about the hot new trend.
There is no hot new trend on the Internet. Instead,
there's a dozen of them: E-business, community, security,
portals, market consolidation, domain registration,
government regulation, encryption, bandwidth, Web
television, standards, wired women. Get
a summary of the week here.
the day: "The most important single
ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with
people." - Theodore Roosevelt
Friday, October 9
At the final pretrial hearing today in Washington,
Microsoft substituted two new witnesses in their defense
from anti-trust allegations by the U.S. government, and
U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson pushed the
start of the trial back four days. He also ordered the
company to let government investigators have access to
its sales and pricing databases. Click
here for full story.
A new Internet Explorer bug allows a Web site to suck up
surfers' private files. One man tracking the recent spate
of similar problems says this one is the worst yet. Details here.
The Internet Tax Freedom
Act, S. 442, became a Christmas tree of Internet bills,
trimmed with privacy, Internet content, and
digital-signature amendments. The bill let several pieces
of legislation pass for the price of one. More info here.
the day: "Miracles do not happen in
contradiction to nature, but only in contradiction to that which is known
to us of nature." - Saint Augustine
Thursday, October 8
Intel detailed a road
map today for upcoming microprocessors that will extend
variations of its current technology well into the next
century and range up to 1000 MHz in speed. Click here for full story.
Microsoft has gone after
CNet's News.com site, serving a subpoena to reporter Dan
Goodin at his home for a Sept. 23 investigative report
holy war on Java." The story, which portrays a devious
Microsoft working to undermine the rise of Java, was
heavy with "evidence not yet public" --
including numerous internal Microsoft e-mails. Details here.
Perhaps the most telling
distinction between the two men who will debate the
future of the Internet, and perhaps Microsoft itself, in
a courtroom next week is that one surfs the Web and the
other doesn't. Learn who they are here.
the day: "The ultimate measure of a
man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at
times of challenge and controversy." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wednesday, October 7
Navigator users who
installed Netscape Communications' latest update to fix a
privacy bug may find themselves doing the exact same
thing in the next few weeks. The firm today acknowledged
the existence of a privacy bug in its Navigator browser
that could reveal users' cache, cookies, and file
directory information to a malicious Web site operator. Full story here.
As Justice Department
lawyers propose delaying the October 15 opening of the
government's antitrust case against Microsoft by four
days, the DOJ says it may need to take additional steps
to prevent the software giant from violating antitrust
laws in the future. More info here.
IN A NAME?
Domain names, URLs, and email addresses all need a more
consistent naming system, says Internet keyword company
Centraal Corp. To that end, the company has submitted a
proposal about a new-fangled -- and simpler -- naming of
all things Internet. Details here.
the day: "Consider the postage stamp;
its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets
there." - Joseph Billings
Monday, October 5
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SOON TO A DOWNLOAD NEAR YOU
Microsoft will deliver a
service pack for the Windows 98 operating system early
next year, the company said, confirming widespread
rumors. Almost since Windows 98 was released on June 25,
the rumor mill has been churning about when Microsoft
would deliver the first round of bug fixes for the new
operating system. More info here.
UNDER FIRE AGAIN
Prosecutors renew a
request for a court order requiring the giant to turn
over computer vendor databases relating to operating
systems. Gory details here.
GOVERNMENT DOESN'T LIKE HIGH-TECHS
The FTC is investigating whether Cisco tried to divvy up
the networking-equipment market with its rivals. The investigation focuses on
negotiations during the past year between Cisco, Lucent
Technologies, and Nortel Networks. At issue is whether
Cisco proposed the three companies split the networking
industry and agree not to compete with one another in
certain markets. Full story here.
the day: "Don't go around saying the
world owes you a living, the world owes you nothing; it was here
first." - Mark Twain