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  November 1998  

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Sunday, November 8  
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ONE ENGINEER'S INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENT
Microsoft has posted an official response to the now-notorious Halloween memos about Linux, spinning the leaked documents as proof of "the vigorous competition that exists in the operating system industry." More info here.

GIGAMO
Japanese electronics giants Sony and Fujitsu announced last week that they have jointly developed a 3.5-inch magneto-optical disk capable of storing 1.3 gigabyte of data -- more than twice what other similar drives can hold. As part of the deal, Fujitsu will develop commercial drives while Sony will make the disks. Full story here.

WILL DOJ/MS BE FAST-TRACKED?
Any U.S. District Court judge who hears an antitrust case has the power under federal law to short circuit the case, potentially cutting out the U.S. Court of Appeals, if the matter is of "general public importance in the administration of justice.'' Learn more here.

Thought for the day: "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill

 

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Thursday, November 5  
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MICROSOFT BORING JACKSON
The presiding judge appears to run out of patience with the software giant as Apple charges that Redmond proposed "knifing" Apple's multimedia products.
Find out how here.

ON THE OTHER FRONT
More documents are released in the case contesting Microsoft's use of Java, clearing the way for a judge to rule on the matter. Full story here.

TERRORIST HACKERS
A man claiming to belong to a radical Indian separarist group has been prowling the haunts of crackers, trying to obtain information on US military networks, a Wired News investigation reveals.
Scary details here.

Thought for the day: "Courage is a special kind of knowledge; the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared." - David Ben-Gurion

 

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Wednesday, November 4  
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INTERNET EXPLORER 5.0 PUBLIC BETA AVAILABLE
With the first public beta release of IE 5--the browser already has been previewed to Web developers and to hardware and software vendors--Microsoft is launching its "Internet Explorer Web Accessories" initiative. Under the Web Accessories program, portals and other content sites can build extensions to the browser interface to serve content continuously regardless of where the user surfs. Full story here.

APPLE EXEC GIVES IN
On the tenth day of the antitrust trial, Microsoft attorney Theodore Edelman attacked a number of accusations made by Avadis Tevanian, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering and a witness for the government. More info here.

MORE EXCHANGED THAN LINKS
The Wall Street Journal today reported that Microsoft Corp. is planning to buy Link Exchange Inc., a privately-held advertising firm, for $250 million in stock. The Journal cited anonymous sources close to the deal. Microsoft and Link Exchange both refused to comment.

Thought for the day: "Live so that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip." - Will Rogers

 

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Monday, November 2  
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GOOD QUESTIONS RAISED
Expecting to bolster allegations made by a senior Apple executive, the government today began showing portions of a videotaped deposition of a sometimes combative Microsoft chief Bill Gates in the landmark antitrust trial. Full story here.

ANOTHER COUP FOR LINUX
Linux, that increasingly popular operating system, got another boost today as Sun Microsystems announced that it is porting the latest version of its Java Development Kit to the open source code operating system. More info here.

HUH, WHAT HAPPENED?
Couch potatoes barely noticed when the new, digital era of television dawned Sunday. The three major US networks introduced high definition television with special broadcasts.
Details here.

Thought for the day: "Scientists say there are over 3,000 spiders for every human being on earth. Does anybody want mine? I certainly don't." - Chuck Bonner

 

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