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  November 1998  

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Sunday, November 29  
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HOT ISP
EarthLink Network shares rose as much as 43 percent on Friday on a report that Sprint, the third-largest U.S. long distance telephone company, may buy the remaining 71 percent of the Internet service provider it doesn't already own. More info here.

MP3 HAS COMPETITION
IBM has reached an agreement with Sony, Warner Music, EMI Group, Universal, and other U.S. record companies to participate in a digital music distribution system.
It would enable companies to deliver digital recordings directly to consumers' computers via the Internet and other networks. Details here.

NET-CENTRIC
The PC era will end in the next few years. Those who get it will build new markets, new empires, new fortunes. Those who don't will watch their power slowly dwindle. By the end of the year 2000 -- or even sooner -- our industry will center around three new devices. Find out what here.

Thought for the day: "The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances. If there is any reaction, both are transformed." - Carl Jung

 

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Saturday, November 28  
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SUN MAY SAVE THE TECHNOLOGY
Netscape's life as an independent company came to a surprising and sudden end Tuesday with its $4.2 billion acquisition by America Online. But Netscape's new life under AOL ownership may well solidify its shaky status as a provider of enterprise software, thanks to the third player in the historic deal: Sun Microsystems. Full story here.

SERVER SIDE CACHE
NetCognition, based in Ra'anana, Israel, has developed a Java-based product that speeds Web surfing -- without a faster connection. The product, SiteAccelerator, combines a prediction engine with server-side caching technology to fetch Web pages in the idle time between clicks. More info here.

PENTAGON AND WELFARE STILL HAVE Y2K PROBLEMS
A series of reports have turned up potential weaknesses in information systems that keep track of the Pentagon's weapons as well as state welfare benefits, due to the Year 2000 computer problem. If the systems fall prey to Y2K glitches, key governmental functions could be disrupted, experts say. Details here.

Thought for the day: "First things first, but not necessarily in that order." - Doctor Who

 

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Friday, November 27  
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NETWORK COMPUTER - ROUND 2
The PC of the future will be less a PC than it will be an extension of the Internet. As the Internet ineluctably continues to grow in importance, PC makers will follow, touting the latest and greatest Internet connection schemes, while some of the more traditional reasons for buying a PC may slowly get drowned out amidst the din of Internet-based marketing. Full story here.

iMAC - ROUND 2
Under increasing pressure from the sub-$1,000 PC market, Apple Computer in February will drop the price of its flagship iMac system to $999, several sources said today. They will also introduce a new iMac with a larger hard drive and faster processor. More info here.

WHAT GOES AROUND . . .
Even if Mozilla (Netscape’s code name for its Web browser) isn’t killed, submission of the company to AOL seems too much to bear for many Netscape faithful. If you use the term Mozilla, chances are you’ve also spent the last three years forwarding sarcastic notes about AOL “newbies” and their missteps, chuckling all the way. Imagine the humiliation of being bought out by your little brother! Details here.

Thought for the day: "A community is like a ship, everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm." - Henrik Ibsen

 

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Wednesday, November 25  
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LOOKING FOR MORE TRAFFIC?
A wonderful friend of 1998 on the Web, Beverly Miller of Silverleaf Design has contributed a guest article in the web site promotion section here. A valuable addition to my Tips and Tools, you can check out Beverly's advice here. While you're at it, give some thought to getting yourself some notoriety and free publicity with your own guest contribution.

FREE PATCH FOR AMD K6-2
The Windows 95 operating system was not originally designed for processors running at speeds of 350-MHz or more, say sources. As a result, computer users with Windows 95 and an AMD 350-MHz chip would occasionally get a "Windows Protection Error" when booting up. A similar problem existed with 333-MHz Pentium II chips that ran Windows 95, but it was fixed early on. Details here.

NADER'S GROUP ON THE WARPATH
America Online said this week that its proposed purchase of Netscape Communications will be a boon for consumers, but a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group said that it will make a worldwide appeal to block the deal. Full story here.

Thought for the day: "To all of you and yours, a happy and joyous Thanksgiving from 1998 on the Web."

 

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Monday, November 23  
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CLASS ACTION
Netscape Communications was sued by a shareholder who claims investors will be shortchanged by the possible $4 billion acquisition of Netscape by America Online, the world's largest online service.
More about it here.

IT CAN CHANGE OVERNIGHT
Microsoft used merger talks between America Online and Netscape Communications to discredit the testimony of a government witness, painting the potential union as an example of the software giant's precarious place in an industry that can radically change very quickly. Full story here.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH
In a precedent-setting decision, a federal court in Virginia today ruled that it is unconstitutional for a public library to filter Net access for all patrons. Siding with civil liberties groups, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema struck down Loudoun County Public Library's policy to install X-Stop blocking software on every computer with a Net connection in an effort to bar access to sites deemed "harmful to minors."
Details here.

Thought for the day: "You know you've been spending too much time on the Internet when every colon appears as a pair of eyes: (see what I mean?)"

 

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