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  November 1998  

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Sunday, November 15  
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CHRISTMAS VOICES
The bottom is falling out of the voice-recognition software category. Top publishers are offering aggressive rebates, three-tiered pricing strategies, and bundling deals to steer consumers toward speech technology and fuel volume sales during the holiday season. Details here.

NOW A SHARED SYSTEM COMPONENT
Macromedia Inc. is expected to release a new version of its popular Shockwave Internet multimedia player Monday, but users might not notice. The company said its main goals for the new revision were to make it less noticeable to users, and more ubiquitous.
Good news here.

HIGH POWERED EMULATION
A patent issued to one of Silicon Valley's most secretive start-ups may herald a new kind of microprocessor -- one previously thought to be impossible. If Transmeta's product really delivers what the highly detailed patent says it will, we'll one day be looking at a fast and flexible "one size fits all" processor. Full story here.

Thought for the day: "I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do." - Robert Heinlein

 

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Friday, November 13  
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DEAD AIR
A cut in MCI Worldcom's fiber optic network temporarily threw the company's long distance service into disarray this afternoon.
MCI workers managed to splice the cable and restore service. The network outages lasted about three and half hours, a company representative said. More info here.

PARTNERS WANTED MORE
Feedback from development partners is the main reason Microsoft has decided to postpone the release of Chromeffects, its graphical multimedia layer for the Web. Chromeffects is part of Microsoft's "embrace and extend" effort, melding its DirectX graphics APIs in Windows 98 with the XML for adding graphics, audio, and video effects to HTML pages. Full story here.

SURF INCOGNITO
Just because there's no paper involved in Web browsing doesn't mean you can't leave a trail. But hopping from place to place on the Internet without leaving tracks is getting harder as technology develops and e-marketers hone their tactics. One way is to keep your personal information off the Web entirely. Here are the top ways to do just that.

Thought for the day: "I don't know any woman who doesn't feel guilty about something. That's the guilt gene, right?" - Hillary Rodham Clinton

 

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Thursday, November 12  
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ALPHONSE, GASTON
Glitches in the domain-naming network yesterday may have hampered access to some sites across the Net. But because the Internet is so vast and complex, it is impossible to know for sure exactly why surfers were unable to reach some Web sites at certain times during the day.
Full story here.

TOUGH NUT TO CRACK
Microsoft today painted a senior Intel executive as a disgruntled "prima donna" who fabricated allegations as part of a vendetta, but despite the sometimes dramatic cross-examination, Microsoft was unable to rebuff the executive's most damaging claim--that the software giant sought to use its dominance to suffocate competitors. More info here.

MORE BANG FOR OFFICE
PhotoDraw 2000 will be included in the Premier edition of Office 2000 and is included in the second beta of Office 2000 now being sent out to 700,000 testers. In designing PhotoDraw, Microsoft set out to create a graphics-design and editing package that doesn't require the skill set normally needed to run an advanced graphics program like Adobe Photoshop. Details here.

Thought for the day: "If you're feeling low, don't despair. The sun has a sinking spell every night, but it comes back up every morning."

 

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Wednesday, November 11  
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GEORINGS
GeoCities said today that it will acquire WebRing in an effort to link together the sites it hosts into communities of common interest. The community site signed a definitive agreement to acquire Starseed and its WebRing Technology, which allows so-called ringmasters to invite similar sites to link together. Full story here.

25 GIG HARD DRIVE FROM IBM
IBM will unveil today the largest hard drive available for personal computers, with roughly three times the capacity of typical storage disks now shipping in consumer PCs. More info here.

GATES FIGHTS BACK
Chairman Bill tells shareholders he has "incredible respect" for the US justice system, but wonders why the government is taking his enemies' side.
Details here.

Thought for the day: "A study in the Washington Post says that women have better verbal skills than men. I just want to say to the authors of that study: Duh." - Conan O'Brien

 

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Tuesday, November 10  
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WAVETOP TO INTEGRATE WITH IE
WavePhore has announced that it will launch the beta release of the next version of its WaveTop information delivery service. The release will expand its partnership with Microsoft by integrating the service into the Internet Explorer Web browser for the first time. WaveTop allows PC users with TV tuner cards to receive Internet content from providers via an unused portion of the PBS broadcast transmission, called the Vertical Blanking Interval (VBI). Full story here.

INTEL FEARED MICROSOFT
A senior exec at the chip giant testifies that Microsoft made "credible and fairly terrifying" threats against Intel if it did not kill certain projects.
More info here. Also Microsoft, after coming under fire in federal court last week for disabling a rival's multimedia software, yesterday released a bug fix to resolve the error. Find out about it here.

THE NEXT FASTEST
Silicon Graphics Inc. is set to unveil today a new supercomputer that it will boast offers the fastest performance in the world, both in raw calculating and graphic processing power.

Thought for the day: "You will always miss 100% of the shots you do not take." - Wayne Gretzky

 

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