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Sunday, December 27
WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE
The television, computing, and telecom industries are
obsessed with talk of "convergence." But it's
more like a massive, head-on collision. Check out this c|net special report
to find out how they're all being thrown together.
MP3 ROCKS THE WEB
You can buy just about any CD online. But you no longer
need FedEx or even a stereo. The Net is loaded with
compressed song files representing every possible musical
genre. But some of those files aren't legit. Short for
Motion Picture Experts Group, audio layer 3, MP3
compresses music files at near-CD quality for easy
transmission over the Internet. To the big record labels,
MP3 spells piracy, and they're putting the issue on trial.
View the Wired News
special report to learn more about this emerging dog
BEST OF 1998
Before you get out those party hats and noise makers to
herald 1999, let's take a surf down memory lane with TechWeb's
Best Of '98 year-end coverage. It's been quite a year.
FOUR MORE DAYS
As the new year approaches, so too does the launch of the
new Internet Brothers web site. Titled Helpware for the
Cybercommunity, look for this new offering on these pages
beginning January 1st, 1999. I promise you won't be
the day: "Life's tragedy is that we get
old too soon and wise too late." - Benjamin Franklin
author was on holiday vacation during these intervening days.
Friday, December 18
Comments by the judge in Microsoft's antitrust
trial that a formidable new competitor might change
"the playing field" in the software industry
signals the government may not impose stiff remedies if
More information here.
The year is drawing to a close, and so is the U.S.
Department of Justice's portion of what experts say is a
convincing case against the most powerful software
company in the world. Come 1999, the Microsoft defense
team gets its turn at center stage in the historic
antitrust trial when it begins calling its witnesses. Holiday
MAC TO GET BETTER BROWSING
Microsoft is preparing an update to Internet Explorer for
the Macintosh that incorporates some of the technology
first used in the Mac version of Office 98 and emphasizes
ease of use for Mac's largely consumer customer base. Full
the day: "Read every day something no one
else is reading. Think every day something no one else is thinking. It is bad
for the mind to be always part of unanimity." - Christopher Morley
Wednesday, December 16
BAGHDAD UNDER FIRE
U.S. President Bill Clinton announced he had
ordered a "strong, sustained" series of
airstrikes on military and security forces in Iraq,
designed to degrade Iraq's ability to develop weapons of
mass destruction. Full
MORE IMPORTANT MATTERS
U.S. House Speaker-elect Bob Livingston has announced a
delay of the House debate on whether to impeach President
Bill Clinton. Sources at a House Republican caucus said
the debate could begin either Saturday or Monday. Full
the day: "The two news headlines above
are obviously related. Whatever your opinion of either matter, I suggest when
you read this you take a moment to reflect not for the politicians above, but
for the people of Iraq and for the men and women of the armed forces."
Monday, December 14
TAKE A NUMBER
Microsoft gets caught in the growing litigation storm
surrounding the Year 2000 technology problem, as the
software giant is sued by a developer over Y2K compliance
issues. Details here.
BRING 'EM ON
New devices with lower power demands, pervasive
connectivity, and new user interfaces, bolstered by
evolving standards, will radically change the face of our
environment with smart, cheap, small, wireless
information appliances within five to 10 years. More
VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORKS
The Internet we have now is too unreliable for remote-control
surgery, telemedicine, and collaborative research. A new
national backbone could change that.
Full story here.
the day: "Make yourself more