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  October 1998  

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Sunday, October 11  
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BIG 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 Saturday.)

WINDOWS 2K?
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 features.

FALL 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.

Thought for the day: "The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people." - Theodore Roosevelt

 

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Friday, October 9  
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WITNESS LIST
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.

CUT AND PASTE
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.

MIXED RESULTS
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.

Thought for 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

 

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Thursday, October 8  
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A GIG FOR WILLAMETTE
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.

REPORTER SUBPOENAED
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 titled "Microsoft's 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.

MEET THE LAWYERS
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.

Thought for 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.

 

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Wednesday, October 7  
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TALK ABOUT EMBARRASSING
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.

GETTING ANXIOUS YET?
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.

WHAT'S 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.

Thought for the day: "Consider the postage stamp; its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there." - Joseph Billings

 

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Monday, October 5  
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1998 on the Web

COMING 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.

MICROSOFT 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.

U.S. 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.

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Thought for the day: "Don't go around saying the world owes you a living, the world owes you nothing; it was here first." - Mark Twain

 

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