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News Date: Friday 31st December 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
Y2K - Windows Memory - Happy New Year
  • Microsoft Excel 2000 SYLK File Security Update
    Time: 13:07 EST/18:07 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft has recently become aware of a potential Excel SYLK file security vulnerability. When symbolic link (SYLK) files containing macros are opened in Excel 2000, users do not receive the usual macro warning dialog box.  These macros could potentially delete files or perform other malicious acts on a computer. You could encounter this problem by opening an SYLK file that contains an Excel macro sheet that is attached to an e-mail message or is linked to from a Web site. This patch corrects the SYLK file vulnerability by displaying the macro warning dialog box whenever you open an SYLK file containing macros. For more information, read the Microsoft Knowledge Base article XL2000: Macro Virus Warning Does Appear Opening SYLK File.

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  • Driver - Review
    Time: 13:04 EST/18:04 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Byron Hinson

    DriverI have posted my review of GT Interactive/Reflections Driver. Here is a snippet from the review:

    Driver's gameplay while being on the most part very impressive can be downright frustrating. The general gameplay consists of driving from point a to point b (although there are a few exceptions). For the first few games this is all well and good, but it does tend to bore you after a little while of playing. The frustration starts to appear from the very beginning (At least it did for me) In one mission you are asked to chase a car and try to out run and ram him down, but the AI was so hard that it was just too difficult.

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  • Happy New Year
    Time: 09:04 EST/14:04 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Alex Harris

    We would just like to wish you all a very happy and safe New Year. We would also like to thank you all for your continued support that you have given us over the years and we will try and make ActiveWindows even better than it is already for you in the New Millennium. 

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  • CIH virus author gets a job
    Time: 08:59 EST/13:59 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    A Taiwan technology firm keen to test its own hardware has hired the super-hacker who created the notorious Chernobyl virus -- which laid waste to hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in April.

    Wahoo International Enterprise Co. said it recently fought off a score of high-tech rivals competing to lure Chen Ing-hau after the 24-year-old completed Taiwan's mandatory military service.

    A remorseful Chen admitted he wrote the stealthy computer program during his tour of military duty, and was arrested in April but soon released because no complaints were filed in Taiwan.

    The virus, also known as CIH, wipes out an infected computer's hard drive data every April 26 -- the anniversary of the 1986 Soviet nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, Ukraine.

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  • CA warns of Trojan.kill virus
    Time: 08:57 EST/13:57 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    Computer Associates International Inc. said on Thursday a virus distributed through pirated copies of Windows 98 operating systems could wipe out information saved on computers when its date rolled past January 1.

    Computer Associates (NYSE: CA) said it was offering detection and cure downloads for the virus known as Trojan.Kill for personal use at its Website (http://antivirus.cai.com). 

    "Since Trojan.Kill is directly related to Y2K and carries a destructive payload, we're concerned about the damage it can do," said Simon Perry, business manager of security at Computer Associates.

    "Obviously this virus is specifically targeted at illegal software, and Computer Associates strongly recommends that all software deployed either in the business environment or for home use is a legal copy," Perry said in a statement.

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  • Windows memory issue clogs some Compaq PCs
    Time: 08:55 EST/13:55 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Compaq Computer today attempted to snuff out a problem with some of its consumer PCs that is caused by these systems' interaction with Microsoft's Windows 98 operating system.

    Many customers have been complaining that Compaq's Presario 5800 and 5900 models have been freezing up. The complaints increased around Christmas, and the computer maker's customer support operations--both telephone and online--have been swamped dealing with the problem, Compaq said.

    Too many software programs, including Windows 98, are competing for limited resources, causing the systems to slow to a crawl, Compaq and analysts said. But Houston-based company's consumer crisis may represent a much bigger issue: Almost all PC makers are struggling to balance the demands of Windows 98 and other programs intended to provide increased functionality.

    "If you're a manufacturer, you have to balance what you're going to put on there, what the customer is going to put on there and what performance they're going to get," said PC Data analyst Stephen Baker. "Obviously, manufacturers want to enhance the user experience, but unfortunately that doesn't always jive with what resources you can get out of Windows."

    Microsoft officials could not be reached for comment.

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  • Russian nuclear reactor survives date change
    Time: 08:53 EST/13:53 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    The first Russian nuclear reactor to cross into the new millennium survived the Y2K computer bug test, Russia's atomic power company said in Moscow today half an hour after the plant entered the New Year.

    "At 3:00 p.m. Moscow time (1200 GMT) the staff of the Bilibinsk nuclear power plant met the New Year. In connection with the change of date no shutdown in the work of the equipment was observed," the Rosenergoatom firm, which manages eight of nine civilian nuclear power plants in Russia said in a press release at 1230 GMT.

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  • No signs of Y2K hoarding in U.S.
    Time: 08:51 EST/13:51 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Americans show no signs of hoarding cash, food or other supplies one day before the technology-challenging Year 2000 dawns, President Clinton's top Y2K aide said.

    "As a general matter, there are no reports of any changes of any significance in consumer buying habits in either food, pharmaceuticals, or gasoline at this stage," the Y2K troubleshooter, John Koskinen, told reporters.

    Separately, the Federal Aviation Administration acknowledged that it had wrapped up an 11th hour upgrade to air-traffic-control computers to head off a possible Y2K glitch.

    It could have caused controllers' screens to show aircraft positions up to 10 seconds late if two related systems failed during the transition from 1999 to 2000.

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  • Sydney reports no problems in first hours of 2000
    Time: 08:49 EST/13:49 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Almost a million people crowded the shores of Sydney Harbor on Saturday as the Olympic city saw in the new millennium with the biggest firework display and party in its history.

    Twenty tons of fireworks lit up a crisp and windy summer's night as the Olympic city entered what will be a crucial year. Acrobats danced down the roofs of the Sydney Opera House and 18 giant sea creatures paraded around the harbor as the clock ticked down to midnight. Tens of thousands watched the spectacle from an estimated 5,000 boats moored within view of the Harbor Bridge.

    Among those reportedly watching the celebrations was Microsoft chairman Bill Gates. The world's richest man was a guest on the yacht of Australia's richest, media baron Kerry Packer.

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News Date: Thursday 30th December 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
Year 2000 
  • Exclusive: New Internet Time Standard?
    Time: 18:44 EST/23:44 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Exclusive Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    We have recently discovered that Tony Blair (the Prime Minister of Britain) and the British Government are developing a new initiative to establish a universal time standard for global e-commerce, Greenwich Electronic Time (GeT).

    Obviously, this will simplify Internet communications and commerce by putting Internet activities on the same time clock. British government hopes that GeT will be the virtual equivalent of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which was established in 1884.

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  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server Page Added
    Time: 13:13 EST/18:13 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have posted a comprehensive feature list for Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server in our new Windows 2000 Section; Windows® 2000 Advanced Server operating system contains all of the features and functionality of the standard version of Windows 2000 Server, plus additional features for organizations that require higher levels of scalability, reliability, and availability.

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  • Microsoft takes stake in messaging services provider
    Time: 11:17 EST/16:17 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft today said it has taken an equity stake in CommTouch Software, a provider of outsourced email and messaging services.

    Microsoft exercised its warrants to purchase 707,964 CommTouch shares at $28.25 per share, totaling $20 million and representing a 4.7 percent equity stake, the two companies said in a statement. The warrants were granted to the software giant by CommTouch two months ago.

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  • Internet Seminar for New Online Ventures
    Time: 09:17 EST/14:17 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft Corp., along with co-sponsors Dell Computer Corp. and AV Labs, today announced a free public seminar focused on creating Internet start-ups and putting existing businesses online. The event will provide practical business and technology advice for starting and operating a successful online company. The Business Internet seminar is scheduled for Jan. 20 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

    "Microsoft and its co-sponsors have carefully structured what we believe is one of the most comprehensive one-day e-business programs currently offered, bringing in technology experts, venture capitalists, legal experts and representatives from several successful e-commerce businesses to provide practical insight into launching a Web business operation in this rapidly growing industry," said Mohammed Kateeb, general manager of Microsoft's Gulf Coast District. "With competition among dot-com companies becoming more fierce every day, it's imperative that new Internet start-ups have the right tools and knowledge to succeed and be profitable."

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  • Bill Gates Keynotes CES 2000
    Time: 09:15 EST/14:15 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates will speak about his vision for technology in the new millennium on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Las Vegas Hilton Theatre.

    He will highlight Microsoft's vision of how the home of today and the future will deliver to consumers their own music, books, entertainment and communications, whether at home or on the go. Building on Microsoft's vision for creating software and services that empowers people anytime, anywhere and from any device, Bill will demonstrate how integrating software, electronics and services will make technology more personal and useful for consumers.

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  • Review: BUSlink USB Hard Drive
    Time: 05:16 EST/10:16 GMT News Source: Cool Computing Posted By: Alex Harris

    Cool Computing have posted a review of the USB Hard Drive by BUSlink. Here is a snippet:

    The USB Hard Drive ($189 street) by BUSlink (www.buslink.com) is basically a 2.5" notebook hard drive housed in an external case with an IDE to USB bridge.  The USB Hard Drive is available in three capacities: 3.2 GB (the version tested), 6.0 GB, and 10.0 GB.  The package is pretty much no-frills.  You get the drive, an USB cable, the power supply, driver diskette, and a 2-page "manual."   The drive is relatively small- about 2/3 the size of an external Zip drive.  There are two LED indicator lights at the front of the casing to indicate drive access and power. 

    To read more click here.

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  • Intel looking beyond Rambus?
    Time: 05:10 EST/10:10 GMT News Source: CPU Review Posted By: Alex Harris

    CPU Review have posted an article about Intel possibly looking beyond Rambus. Here is a snippet:

    For the last year Intel has been taking a lot of flack for its attempts to get the motherboard industry to standardize on Rambus.

    Certainly Intel's efforts were not helped by the delays in the introduction of the Camino (i820) chipset; and the subsequent recall of motherboards equipped with three Rimm sockets.

    Rambus appears to be positioning itself as a high speed inter-chip connection protocol (see RAMBUS: The Next Generation) and appears to want to diversify outside of the memory technology license business - in my opinion, a good move on their part. Their proposed next-generation Rambus looks potentially quite interesting.

    To read more click here.

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  • Site News: Domain
    Time: 05:00 EST/10:00 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Updated!!! Problem Resolved We have been having a few problems with the URL http://www.activewindows.com that should be resolved pretty soon. So we recommend using our main one - http://www.activewin.com which I guess you already are if you can read this.

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  • New mobile PIII to save on batteries
    Time: 04:53 EST/09:53 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    Notebook PCs will get more power and improved power management in January with the release of a mobile Pentium III processor from Intel Corp. But Intel's chief rival, Advanced Micro Devices Inc., will not be far behind in offering similar technology. The new technology will allow Intel to increase chip speed without compromising battery life.

    The new mobile Pentium III, a 600MHz chip to be announced Jan. 18, according to sources, will give users a 100MHz jump in clock speed from the current top mobile Pentium III chip and at the same time deliver the first implementation of Intel's (Nasdaq: INTC) SpeedStep Technology. SpeedStep, formerly known by the code-name Geyserville, will lower power consumption while the notebook is running on battery power, according to Intel.

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  • Digital certificates set to expire
    Time: 04:46 EST/09:46 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Prepare for another Y2K hiccup. And this one could affect your browsers. Users of Netscape Communications Corp.'s Navigator and Communicator browsers 4.06 and older, as well as users of Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer 4.5 for Macintosh and older, could have problems buying goods online after the clock strikes midnight at the new year.

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  • Year 2000
    Time: 04:29 EST/09:29 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Well now, I assume most of you are prepared for the Year 2000 bug, right? If you have kept everything to the last minute then this is basically your last chance to check out all your software, BIOS and RTC to make sure you won't have any problems come 11:59 tomorrow night. Most recent PC's will be fine as long as they are switched off in between 11:59 and 12:01 (Most Intel boards) but others won't be so lucky. Here are a few site suggestions.

    http://www.microsoft.com/y2k
    http://www.mcafee.com/centers/clinic/
    http://support.intel.com/support/year2000/index.htm
    http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1009.html
    http://home.netscape.com/products/year2000/index.html
    Test Your Software's Y2K Compliance

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News Date: Wednesday 29th December 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
Neptune - MS Passport Cockup
  • Early Neptune Testing Begins
    Time: 17:57 EST/22:57 GMT News Source: Various Posted By: Alex Harris

    We mentioned a few weeks ago that NDA's for Neptune had been sent out to a select few testers (And we mean few). Lots of sites said we were wrong but now we have the confirmation that early testing begun yesterday with the testers receiving one of the early builds on CD. There are currently NO significant changes over Windows 2000 (It is classed as Microsoft Windows 2000 5.00.5111 NTC in system properties), no new UI is present as yet and no new features have cropped up so far either - the only main changes are a few Mars Core files (Expected to be the main UI change - Activity centers) but they are currently inoperable and PC Health is now included (From Millennium). There is also a welcome screen with a listing of users, when you switch from user to user, it doesn't close applications or the net connection, very handy, you can also change identity "Pictures" from this new area too.

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  • Y2K Advice for the Last Days
    Time: 17:38 EST/22:38 GMT News Source: PC World Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Computer vendors offer online resources, fixes, and reassurance in the waning days of 1999. In just a matter of days, the world will learn if computer problems caused by the date rollover to the year 2000 will bring society to its knees or cause only minor inconveniences. But consumers still have plenty of time left to perform checks on home software and hardware, with numerous resources available on the Internet.

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  • MP3 Players Update
    Time: 15:24 EST/20:24 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have updated the MP3 Players page in our MP3 Section; the new page has a full update on computer players, portable players, car players, and also a new section on home players. Be sure to check it out! There should be a few more MP3 updates throughout this week.

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  • MSDN Windows 2000 News
    Time: 13:51 EST/18:51 GMT News Source: Windows 98 Central Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Win98Central has posted a bit more info on the MSDN version of Windows 2000 that we mentioned last week. Here is a snippet:

    Wooohoooo... "We have received official word that the MSDN versions of Windows 2000 will not be time limited as some other news sites have stated. The Windows 2000 MSDN version will have the hologram technology built into it and will be separate from the regular MSDN subscription CDs in order to lessen the chance of it being pirated. The MSDN version of Windows 2000 will be the full retail product, and falls under the MSDN software licensing and usage agreement.

    We are making this information available as there has been concerns of the MSDN version of Windows 2000 being crippled by a time usage limitation of 120 or 444 days."

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  • Linux community scores coup in Hotmail outage
    Time: 13:49 EST/18:49 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft owes a small debt of gratitude to a lone Linux programmer. The software giant confirmed today that its popular Hotmail email network was partially paralyzed over the Christmas holiday when it failed to pay a $35 registration fee for the domain name Passport.com.

    As previously reported, the oversight was remedied by Linux programmer Michael Chaney, who covered the payment with his personal credit card. Within hours, Hotmail was back online.

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  • Macromedia Flash 4 Review
    Time: 11:54 EST/16:54 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have posted our review of Macromedia Flash 4: With Macromedia Flash 4 you can "easily design and reliably deliver high-impact, low-bandwidth Web sites to all browsers.  Flash is the only solution that lets you produce sites with vector and bitmap graphics, motion, MP3 audio, form input, and interactivity." So what exactly does that mean to both webmasters and web surfers alike...

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  • Latest Apple operating system vulnerable to attacks
    Time: 11:28 EST/16:28 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Robert Stein

    Customers who have installed Mac OS 9 are susceptible to "denial of service" attacks from malicious programmers if their computer is hooked up to the Internet via "always on" DSL (digital subscriber line) or cable modem connections.

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  • $9 Billion spent online over holidays
    Time: 11:28 EST/16:28 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Robert Stein

    Shop.org and the Boston Consulting Group released a study Wednesday claiming that during the two-month period order growth increased by 270 percent and revenues rose 300 percent, compared with the previous year.

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  • Virus 2000: Nasty and Network-aware
    Time: 11:28 EST/16:28 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Robert Stein

    Be prepared: next year's viruses will spread fast and use more tricks than a Trojan horse to lure in users. Virus writers are finally catching on to something that tech companies have known for a while: If your applications don't use the Internet, you're behind the times.

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  • The biggest computer bugs of 1999!
    Time: 08:31 EST/13:31 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The year 1999 may forever be known as the Year of Melissa. The e-mail macro virus caused a week of havoc and overtime at major companies across the United States after it struck in late March. But that very visible virus ranked only second on ZDNN's list of worst computer glitches for 1999.

    At No. 1? Two security holes that have drawn relatively little media attention, but have let Internet intruders into military systems and onto the Nasdaq Web site.

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  • Oops, Y2K: MS Press plans new pubs Jan 1900?
    Time: 08:28 EST/13:28 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Byron Hinson

    As the witching hour approaches we must remember that Microsoft is going to be the victim of many a Y2K hoax or joke --but this one looks plausible. According to a Register tipster, earlier this week Microsoft Press Online's "Coming Soon" section was advertising several titles due to be published in, er, January 1900.

    The page doesn't show any 1900 titles now, but our informant sent us a copy of what he claims to have seen. Suspiciously, the three 1900 titles simply don't appear on the current version of the page. They are the MSCE Online Training Kits for Win2k Active Directory, Win2k Professional and Win2k Server, and their ISBN numbers are respectively 0-7356-1008-8, 0-7356-0953-5 and 0-7356-0954-3.

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News Date: Tuesday 28th December 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
Stuff
  • Microsoft buys into Internet Gold
    Time: 16:47 EST/21:47 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Israel's leading Internet service provider Internet Gold (Nasdaq:Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) to jointly establish a Hebrew language Web portal called MSN Israel.

    The news sparked a sharp rise in Internet Gold's stock traded on the Nasdaq.

    The Israeli company's stock was up 10-9/16, or nearly 75 percent, at 24-13/16 in afternoon trading after earlier rising as high as 26-7/8. MSN Israel, which is scheduled to be up and running by January, will offer Hebrew-reading users such features of Microsoft's MSN Web services as news, Hotmail free e-mail, instant messaging, an Internet search engine, business services, and e-Commerce services, Internet Gold said. Internet Gold will hold 50.1 percent of the new company, and Microsoft will hold 49.9 percent. Microsoft will provide the technology and distribution rights to the MSN brand

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  • Linux community scores coup in Hotmail outage retakes top spot from Microsoft
    Time: 16:39 EST/21:39 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft owes a small debt of gratitude to a lone Linux programmer.

    The software giant confirmed today that its popular Hotmail email network was partially paralyzed over the Christmas holiday when it failed to pay a $35 registration fee for the domain name Passport.com.

    As previously reported, the oversight was remedied by Linux programmer Michael Chaney, who covered the payment with his personal credit card. Within hours, Hotmail was back online.

    Deanna Sanford, lead product manager for Microsoft's online service, MSN, said that the company is "profusely grateful" to Chaney. She said the company has offered to repay the $35.

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  • Microsoft Rediscovers, Retools MSN
    Time: 09:02 EST/14:02 GMT News Source: Techweb Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft's MSN-branded Web properties may have sputtered and stalled while the company recruited a division chief, but a new focus and new top brass have breathed life into the combination Internet access service, content provider, and portal.

    In four months since hiring a consumer-focused executive at MSN, a firestorm of activity, underscored by unprecedented partnerships with consumer-friendly retailers, has vividly marked the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant's renewed emphasis on MSN.

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  • The Linux monkey on Microsoft's back
    Time: 08:58 EST/13:58 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft continues to find itself caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to the-little-operating-system-that-could.

    While Microsoft execs seem to have been hoping that if they ignored Linux it would just go away, that's not going to happen. Not when Microsoft's other/better half, Intel, continues to throw investment money at just about every Linux distribution company. Nor when any white-box vendor that attaches its star to Linux sees its valuation rise nearly 800 percent on its IPO day.

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  • Readers Sound Off on the Microsoft Case
    Time: 08:57 EST/13:57 GMT News Source: PC World Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Do not pass Go. Do not collect $2 billion. Do not charge different PC vendors different prices for Windows. As the antitrust case against Microsoft nears its end, we recognize that Microsoft and the Justice Department aren't the only players in this grown-up Monopoly game: Every Windows user has a stake in it.

    If you could decide Microsoft's fate, what would you do? We surveyed PC World readers to learn their views. Despite all the media saber rattling, fewer than a third of the people who responded to our poll favor breaking up the company. And 29 percent would give Bill Gates a get-out-of-jail-free card.

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News Date: Monday 27th December 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
PC Sales
  • Irimajiri & The X-Box
    Time: 16:45 EST/21:45 GMT News Source: Sega Otaku Posted By: Byron Hinson

    According to news reports from Japan, Sega's President, Mr. Irimajiri actually inspected a demonstration of Microsoft's X-Box system. Considering Microsoft's ties with Sega and the role they played with the Windows CE inclusion into Dreamcast software, it is possible that Sega might play some sort of future role with the X-Box.

    There have been rumors stating that the X-Box will be marketed more as a cheaper PC unit instead of a true gaming console. If this is the case, than could Sega possibly be supporting it with software down the road? This certainly provides quite a bit of interesting speculation. It should be very interesting to see what happens with the X-Box.

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  • Site News: Final One Of The Year
    Time: 15:08 EST/20:08 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Byron Hinson

    We hope that your Christmas celebrations are still continuing, just like ours are (Although some of us are back to work as of today). With the Millennium on the horizon we will be having some time off for a few days around the 31st/3rd Jan just like most of you guy/girls will be too.

    We have decided to delay the launch of our news engine indefinitely - we expect it early next year if all goes to plan, this is due to a slight redesign of all our sites expected to come online January/February 2000 along with a few new sites early in the year.

    As most of you already know, we plan to launch http://www.activelinux.net at some point next month. My plan is to switch the front-page of that domain to a Linux news page sometime early next month instead of the template that is up now. The site will contain all of the news, reviews and tips that you expect from us.

    We have begun our regular daily updates of ActiveSci-Fi, so those of you who are interested in science fiction - check it out. As you know we take your feedback seriously here - so if you have any comments on the Sci-Fi site just let me know.

    As usual it is also time to mention our MSN Community, we are currently still the leading Operating System community on MSN and we are yet again the main site featured in the Windows 95/98/NT/2000 area, so make sure you check us out - our next chat will be early next year. Here is a list of our upcoming reviews:

    Hardware: Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer, SoundBlaster Live! Platinum, Microsoft Force Feedback Steering Wheel, Microsoft Force Feedback Joystick
    Software: Tomb Raider 4, Quake 3, Gabriel Knight 3, SWAT 3, Interstate 82, Star Trek: Hidden Evil, Ultima 9, Asheron's Call (Ongoing Monthly), Unreal Tournament, Wheel Of Time (Sometime this week), Delta Force 2, Flight Simulator 2000 (Next week), Driver (Sometime this week), Encarta Africana
    Applications: Corel Suite 9, Vizact 2000
    DVD's: Inspector Gadget, The Last Broadcast, The Iron Giant, Wild Wild West, The Haunting, The Thin Red Line

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  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Section Updated
    Time: 14:37 EST/19:37 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have just released the massive update of our new Windows 2000 Section. The new section is updated for the final RTM release of Win 2000; the new section includes full pricing, system requirements, upgrade information, performance data, installation problems, build history, hardware and software compatibility, server and professional list of features and much more! Be sure to check it out!

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  • Microsoft Windows 2000 FAQ Updated
    Time: 14:37 EST/19:37 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have also just released the latest update of our Microsoft Windows 2000 FAQ. This provides quick and easy to read answers for simple questions without browsing tons of different information about Windows 2000.

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  • Merchants Affiliated With MSN eShop Record E-Commerce Growth And Traffic Gains During 1999 Holiday Shopping Season
    Time: 14:37 EST/19:37 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Robert Stein

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that MSN™ eShop (http://www.eshop.msn.com/) paid off for merchant members during the 1999 holiday season by delivering Web-savvy consumers who embrace e-commerce. According to traffic numbers compiled for the first week of December, MSN eShop recorded a 474 percent increase in shopping page views over last year's MSN Shopping traffic. In addition, MSN eShop merchants, including wine.com, eBags, ephones, 800.COM and TooHome, reported attracting significant percentages of new customers via their eShop affiliations.

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  • PC Prices Rise As Sales Slow
    Time: 12:25 EST/17:25 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Cliff Palmer, Jr.

    The monthly growth of retail desktop sales nose-dived to 11 percent, down from a 21.5 percent growth rate in October, according to researcher PC Data. Similarly, notebook computer sales only grew by 18.2 percent in November, down from 43 percent the previous month, PC Data said.

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  • The PC has come a long way in 20 Years
    Time: 12:20 EST/17:20 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Cliff Palmer, Jr.

    On Dec. 2, 1980, a small team of engineers from IBM's Boca Raton, Fla., laboratory made a trip to Microsoft Corp., then based in Bellevue, Wash., to deliver a prototype of the first PC. They had no idea what they were about to begin.

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News Date: Sunday 26th December 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
Happy Holidays
  • Gates named century's top exec in CBS poll
    Time: 08:18 EST/13:18 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft chairman Bill Gates was chosen the "most important" U.S. business leader of the 20th century, according to a CBS News Poll of Americans.

    Gates was selected top executive by 34 percent of the respondents--garnering almost four times the support of the second choice, Henry Ford, who received 9 percent. Yet, 85 percent of the respondents said the company Ford founded, Ford Motor, was likely to still be around by the end of the next century, compared with only 79 percent who said Microsoft would survive.

    About 4 percent of those polled chose American presidents as important business leaders, while John D. Rockefeller, Donald Trump and Lee Iacocca received 2 percent each, and Malcolm Forbes, Ross Perot and Alan Greenspan each got 1 percent of the votes.

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  • Find a New Home for Your Old PC
    Time: 08:13 EST/13:13 GMT News Source: PC World Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    You've unwrapped that brand new 750-MHz desktop system you were hoping for. But don't 86 that 486; charities want the PC you just replaced. Consider it the next step in the giving chain.

    Two prominent organizations are the National Cristina Foundation and the Detwiler Foundation. Both groups will work with you to find a comfortable new home for your old PC.

    Since 1984 the National Cristina Foundation has provided computer technology to various disadvantaged recipients. Under its charter, the organization "provides computer technology and solutions to give people with disabilities, students at risk, and the economically disadvantaged the opportunity, through training, to lead more independent and productive lives." NCF is active in all 50 U.S. states and will "only donate to organizations or public agencies," says Yvette Marrin, the organization's president.

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News Date: Saturday 25th December 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
Merry Christmas
  • Seasons Greetings
    Time: 00:01 EST/05:01 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    As this Holiday season  is upon us all and a new millennium is about to begin we all here at ActiveWindows would like to take the time to thank all our readers from across the globe for their continued support.

    We look forward to continuing our commitment in providing our readers with the most up to date news, reviews, and site content.  Stay tuned for even more site enhancements that will be coming soon.

    So on behalf of all of us here at ActiveWindows: Have a most joyous, safe, and happy holiday season.

    Merry Christmas

  • Afrikaans: Gesëende Kersfees

  • African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats

  • Albanian:Gezur Krislinjden

  • Arabic: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah

  • Argentine: Feliz Navidad

  • Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand

  • Azeri: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun

  • Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal

  • Basque: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!

  • Bengali: Shuvo Naba Barsha

  • Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce

  • Bosnian: Sretan vam Bozic

  • Brazilian: Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo

  • Breton: Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat

  • Bulgarian: Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo

  • Catalan: Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou!

  • Chile: Feliz Navidad

  • Chinese: (Cantonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun

  • Chinese: (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan

  • Choctaw: Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito

  • Columbia: Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo

  • Cornish: Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth

  • Corsian: Pace e salute

  • Crazanian: Rot Yikji Dol La Roo

  • Cree: Mitho Makosi Kesikansi

  • Croatian: Sretan Bozic

  • Czech: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok

  • Danish: Glædelig Jul

  • Duri: Christmas-e- Shoma Mobarak

  • Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast

  • English: Merry Christmas

  • Eskimo: (inupik) Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!

  • Esperanto: Gajan Kristnaskon

  • Estonian: Ruumsaid juulup|hi

  • Faeroese: Gledhilig jol og eydnurikt nyggjar!

  • Farsi: Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad

  • Finnish: Hyvaa joulua

  • Flemish: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar

  • French: Joyeux Noel

  • Frisian: Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!

  • Galician: Bo Nada

  • Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!

  • German: Froehliche Weihnachten

  • Greek: Kala Christouyenna!

  • Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!

  • Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka

  • Hebrew: Mo'adim Lesimkha. Chena tova

  • Hindi: Shub Naya Baras

  • Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!

  • Hawaian: Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou!

  • Hungarian: Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket

  • Icelandic: Gledileg Jol

  • Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal

  • Iraqi: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah

  • Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit, or Nodlaig mhaith chugnat

  • Iroquois: Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson honungradon nagwutut. Ojenyunyat osrasay.

  • Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie

  • Japanese: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto

  • Jiberish: Mithag Crithagsigathmithags

  • Korean: Sung Tan Chuk Ha

  • Latin: Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!

  • Latvian: Prieci'gus Ziemsve'tkus un Laimi'gu Jauno Gadu!

  • Lausitzian:Wjesole hody a strowe nowe leto

  • Lettish: Priecigus Ziemassvetkus

  • Lithuanian: Linksmu Kaledu

  • Low Saxon: Heughliche Winachten un 'n moi Nijaar

  • Macedonian: Sreken Bozhik

  • Maltese: LL Milied Lt-tajjeb

  • Manx: Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa

  • Maori: Meri Kirihimete

  • Marathi: Shub Naya Varsh

  • Navajo: Merry Keshmish

  • Norwegian: God Jul, or Gledelig Jul

  • Occitan: Pulit nadal e bona annado

  • Papiamento: Bon Pasco

  • Papua New Guinea: Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu

  • Pennsylvania German: En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!

  • Peru: Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Año Nuevo

  • Philipines: Maligayan Pasko!

  • Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie

  • Portuguese:Feliz Natal

  • Pushto: Christmas Aao Ne-way Kaal Mo Mobarak Sha

  • Rapa-Nui (Easter Island): Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua

  • Rhetian: Bellas festas da nadal e bun onn

  • Romanche: (sursilvan dialect): Legreivlas fiastas da Nadal e bien niev onn!

  • Rumanian: Sarbatori vesele

  • Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom

  • Sami: Buorrit Juovllat

  • Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou

  • Sardinian: Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou

  • Serbian: Hristos se rodi

  • Slovakian: Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce

  • Sami: Buorrit Juovllat

  • Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou

  • Scots Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil huibh

  • Serbian: Hristos se rodi.

  • Singhalese: Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa

  • Slovak: Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok

  • Slovene: Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto

  • Spanish: Feliz Navidad

  • Swedish: God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År Tagalog: Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon

  • Tami: Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal

  • Trukeese: (Micronesian) Neekiriisimas annim oo iyer seefe feyiyeech!

  • Thai: Sawadee Pee Mai

  • Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun

  • Ukrainian: Srozhdestvom Kristovym

  • Urdu: Naya Saal Mubarak Ho

  • Vietnamese: Chung Mung Giang Sinh

  • Welsh: Nadolig Llawen

  • Yoruba: E ku odun, e ku iye'dun!

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News Date: Thursday 23rd December 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
Re-release of Microsoft Security Bulletin MS99-046

News Date: Wednesday 22nd December 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
ICQ 2000a Alpha Released - Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS99-058) - (MS99-060) - (MS99-061)
  • Microsoft market cap tops $600 billion
    Time: 20:32 EST/01:32 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft's market value rose above $600 billion amid investor optimism that its new operating system for businesses will boost sales next year.

    Microsoft shares rose 1.25 to 117.125 in late U.S. trading, giving the software giant a market value of more than $600 billion for the first time. Microsoft is the most valuable U.S. company, worth almost $100 billion more than the second-largest U.S. company, General Electric.

    Microsoft shares have risen more than 29 percent this month as investors snapped up the Redmond, Wash.-based company's shares amid optimism that the kick-off in February of its most ambitious software upgrade, Windows 2000, will boost sales and increase revenue growth.

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  • ICQ 2000a Alpha Page Opens Download Page - For Real
    Time: 19:18 EST/00:18 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    In a story we first reported on Monday, ICQ is proud to present this new alpha version of the ICQ program. They have redesigned the user interface, added many exciting new features and kept the goodies that you already know !

    Only advanced ICQ users i.e. users who have installed and used previous versions of ICQ will be able to use ICQ 2000a Alpha. It is recommended to remember your ICQ# and password for use of later versions of ICQ 2000a Alpha.

    If you wish to change the secondary and old Email addresses entered for this ICQ account or view such addresses for other users, please do so before installing this ICQ 2000a alpha version. An attempt to change, add, delete or view secondary and old Email addresses on this ICQ 2000a alpha build 3060 ver. 4.18 is restricted.

    Download ICQ 2000a Alpha - build 3060 ver. 4.18

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  • Crazed Microsoft antagonist runs for president
    Time: 19:05 EST/00:05 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Andy Martin, who first came to some modest attention in IT circles when he founded a pressure group five years ago called the Committee to Fight Microsoft Corporation, is campaigning in New Hampshire to become the Republican party candidate for US President next year. He's a Florida-based public interest lawyer, legal activist and the self-dubbed "first consumer activist of cyberspace".

    Yesterday he released a proposed statute to protect privacy, which he claimed was in response to a Washington Post article drawing attention to how telemarketers could obtain telephone information from blocked and unlisted telephone numbers. Martin favours the breakup of Microsoft and the banning of contracts between the divested enterprises. Despite Martin's frequent press releases, his CTFM has been shunned. Martin announced that he had mailed consumer fraud charges against Microsoft to all 50 state attorney generals, because Windows 95 did not work with 4Mb of RAM, as Microsoft had claimed, but it is unlikely that this affected the decision of 20 of them to join the DoJ in its action against Microsoft.

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  • Top MS exec charged over in-vehicle firearm innovation
    Time: 19:00 EST/00:00 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    It's Christmas in Seattle, and the good folks of Washington State are engaging in traditional festive activities. Like blazing away at wildlife from the comfort of your own four wheel drive, apparently.

    Hello Microsoft OEM chief, star of subpoenaed emails and antitrust trials Joachim Kempin. Also now, it would seem, a noted gunslinger who is helping local Redmond police with their enquiries. In Texas we believe good old boys grab a six pack, a flatbed truck and quantities of hardware and blaze away at road signs as they go by. In Redmond even the software guys have hardware, and shoot at... Well, we're not sure about this, yet.

    A story involving somebody called Kempin was published on MSNBC (relation) on 17th December. It now seems to have gone away, but it's left trace at the MSNBC database here, which is the most recent MSNBC story covering somebody called Kempin.

    The search result summary tantalisingly reveals "MS exec cited for hunting from car." Some other Kempin who works for Microsoft, perchance? We think not: "December 17 - A top Microsoft executive who figured prominently in the government's antitrust case against the software company has been charged with..."

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  • Microsoft CFO leaves for start-up
    Time: 18:45 EST/23:45 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft said today that chief financial officer Greg Maffei will resign, effective Jan. 7, to accept a position with Worldwide Fiber, a privately held firm that specializes in building fiber optic networks.

    The software giant said Maffei will be replaced by John Connors, who has been with Microsoft for nearly 11 years. His most recent position was vice president of the worldwide enterprise group. Connors previously was vice president and chief information officer at Microsoft.

    "Greg's contributions have been outstanding," said Microsoft chief operating officer Bob Herbold in a statement. "His strong financial management abilities have helped Microsoft's finance organization to be recognized as world-class."

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS99-060) - Patch Available for "HTML Mail Attachment" Vulnerability for Macintosh systems
    Time: 17:12 EDT/22:12 GMT News Source: E-mail Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has released a patch that addresses two issues:

    - It eliminates a security vulnerability in the Microsoft(r) Outlook Express mail client for Macintosh systems. The vulnerability could allow attachments to HTML mails to be automatically downloaded onto the user's computer.

    - It provides replacements for several digital certificates that are included in Internet Explorer for Macintosh, and will expire on December 31, 1999.

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  • Site News: Final One Of The Year
    Time: 17:08 EST/22:08 GMT News Source: ActiveWindows Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Well now, Christmas is almost upon us so this will be our final Site News of the year, so this will go on quite a bit. As you would expect, we will all be taking some time off from around the 23rd of December till the 27/28th so don't expect many/any updates during that time and with the Millennium on the horizon we will also have time off for a good few days around the 31st/3rd Jan just like most of you guy/girls will too.

    We have decided to delay the launch of our news engine indefinitely - we expect it early next year if all goes to plan, this is due to a slight redesign of all our sites expected to come online January/February 2000 along with a few new sites early in the year.

    As most of you already know, we plan to launch http://www.activelinux.net at some point next month. My plan is to switch the front-page of that domain to a Linux news page sometime early next month instead of the template that is up now. The site will contain all of the news, reviews and tips that you expect from us.

    We have begun our regular daily updates of ActiveSci-Fi, so those of you who are interested in science fiction - check it out. As you know we take your feedback seriously here - so if you have any comments on the Sci-Fi site just let me know.

    As usual it is also time to mention our MSN Community, we are currently still the leading Operating System community on MSN and we are yet again the main site featured in the Windows 95/98/NT/2000 area, so make sure you check us out - our next chat is on December 17th Here is a list of our upcoming reviews:

    Hardware: Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer, SoundBlaster Live! Platinum, Microsoft Force Feedback Steering Wheel, Microsoft Force Feedback Joystick
    Software: Tomb Raider 4, Quake 3, Gabriel Knight 3, SWAT 3, Interstate 82, Star Trek: Hidden Evil, Ultima 9, Asheron's Call (Ongoing Monthly), Unreal Tournament, Wheel Of Time (Sometime this week), Delta Force 2, Flight Simulator 2000 (Next week), Driver (Sometime this week), Encarta Africana
    Applications: Corel Suite 9, Vizact 2000
    DVD's: Inspector Gadget, The Last Broadcast, The Iron Giant, Wild Wild West, The Haunting, The Thin Red Line

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  • Microsoft Raises Linux Enthusiasts' Ire -- Again
    Time: 16:35 EST/21:35 GMT News Source: TechWeb Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    An article on Microsoft's personal online support page discussing how to remove the Linux operating system and install Windows NT or 2000 has Linux users talking. About 500 comments about the guidelines poured into a Linux discussion site. Some were flattered by the attention. Many were not amused.

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  • Lessig moves reveal MS fears over IE-Win98 tying
    Time: 11:15 EST/16:15 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft quietly filed a brief on 9 December asking Judge Jackson to fire Lawrence Lessig as an amicus curiae (friend of the court), following his invitation on 19 November. On Monday, the judge ordered that the objection be overruled. Close examination shows that Microsoft is evidently rattled by the Lessig re-appointment, despite being allowed to produce its own amicus curiae brief. The DoJ and the States are also allowed to nominate one amicus to act for them both.

    Microsoft did not post the text of its brief on its Web site until after it had become known that it had objected, and there appears to be a special reason for this. Its main argument cites an opinion in another case by Judge Posner, the mediator, in which an amicus did not satisfy three conditions specified. Judge Jackson said in his memorandum that Lessig's CV showed he was "uniquely qualified to offer advice on a subject few other academics in the country are sufficiently knowledgeable to address at all..." Moreover he had "no financial or professional interest in the outcome", and although he had been invited by the Court to address issues of his choice, "he has advised the court (as Microsoft has been informed) he will submit his views exclusively on the issue of technical tying". So there we have it: Judge Posner's Opinion in another case did not help, and Microsoft's concern is that it will take the fall for technological tying of Windows and IE.

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  • MS moves for dismissal of Priceline's shakey patent suit
    Time: 11:00 EST/16:00 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Expedia, the Microsoft travel subsidiary, has asked a federal judge to dismiss the patent suit brought by Priceline.com in October. Earlier this month, Expedia added a name-your-price feature for airline tickets similar to the disputed hotel room service that Priceline wants shut down. The basis for Microsoft's request is that it says the ownership of the patent is disputed, and that Priceline has "failed to include a necessary party [Marketel International] to the case".

    Bill Gates is personally involved, since he is claimed to have told Priceline CEO Jay Walker that "he would not allow patents to stand in the way of his business objectives" and that many companies were suing Microsoft for patent infringement, so "Priceline could get in line with the others". William Perell of Marketel challenged the August 1998 Priceline patent in January this year, before Priceline's action against Microsoft, and says that he came up with the idea and showed it under NDA to Walker in 1988.

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  • Microsoft Offers Award-Winning MSN Internet Access Service To Consumers Via Significant Promotions
    Time: 10:42 EST/15:42 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    New Agreements With Office Depot and OfficeMax Designed to Increase Internet Adoption And Further the MSN Everyday Web Experience for Consumers.

    Microsoft Corp. today announced agreements with Office Depot Inc. and OfficeMax Inc. to deliver major rebates on personal computers when combined with a subscription to MSN™ Internet Access. Consumers who sign up for a 36-month contract with MSN Internet Access may receive a $400 rebate to apply toward the purchase of a personal computer system or other merchandise. This is the latest in a series of alliances between Microsoft and leading PC retailers and OEMs designed to further the MSN vision of the Everyday Web, which provides consumers with easy access to the information and services they want any time, anywhere and on any device.

    "This is an extremely affordable way for families and small businesses to purchase a new PC through trusted hardware retailers and get online through our award-winning MSN Internet Access service," said Deanna Sanford, lead product manager for MSN Marketing in Microsoft's Consumer Group. "A key to achieving our Everyday Web vision is to bring the benefits of the Internet to everyone. The Office Depot and OfficeMax offers provide the perfect means for consumers to get connected to the best of the Web."

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  • Microsoft Product Support Resources Help Keep the Spirit Bright
    Time: 10:33 EST/15:33 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    While Santa Claus may be generous with gift giving, he doesn't stick around to handle the nitty-gritty technical support questions that may arise on Christmas Day. Luckily, Microsoft has a number of resources designed to help customers resolve their support issues throughout the holiday season. The expanded support resources are all part of Microsoft’s commitment to complete customer satisfaction, according to Denise Rundle, director of Online Support at Microsoft. "No one wants to struggle with technical support issues over the holidays," said Rundle. "Our resources are designed to help customers get the answers they need quickly and easily."

    A special holiday Web site located at http://support.microsoft.com/support/holiday/ provides home users with an easy and convenient starting point for resolving their product-specific technical questions. The site features troubleshooters, answers to frequently asked questions, links to the latest downloadable updates, as well as live and on-demand webcasts hosted by Microsoft support professionals. Customers seeking assisted support from Microsoft can submit incidents via the Web at http://support.microsoft.com/support/webresponse.asp.

    For additional support information and phone numbers, please visit the Support Options page.

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  • Exchange 2000 To Lag Behind Windows 2000
    Time: 04:52 EST/09:52 GMT News Source: TechWeb Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft is telling customers and system integrators that Exchange 2000 Server won't be generally available until the second half of next year, though the vendor says it's on track to sign off on the product's final code by the end of June.

    The upgrade to Exchange Server 5.5 could vault Microsoft's groupware platform into the same league as Lotus Notes for companies building collaborative applications for delivery over the Web, according to users who've tested the product.

    Microsoft has promised to release Exchange 2000 to manufacturing during the first half of next year, but customers and developers say the software won't be available for rollout until August or September, six to seven months after the Feb. 17 release date of Windows 2000. Exchange 2000, running on the Windows 2000 operating system and used in conjunction with Office 2000, constitutes a key piece of Microsoft's emerging knowledge-management strategy.

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  • Microsoft to Introduce Hindi in Windows 2000
    Time: 04:49 EST/09:49 GMT News Source: Yahoo Daily News Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft Corp's Windows 2000 software platform, due to be launched in February, will be able to carry programming applications in Hindi and eventually in other Indian languages, company officials said.

    They told a news conference late on Tuesday that the operating systems software, representing the next version of the company's NT series of network computing platforms, would be ''completely Hindi and Tamil enabled.''

    Though the platform will not immediately match all the features offered in the Japanese and Chinese versions of Windows, the software will offer APIs, or application programming interfaces, which serve as hooks or roadmaps for developers making end-use software.

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS99-058) - (MS99-061)
    Time: 03:37 EDT/08:37 GMT News Source: E-mail Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has released 2 new security patches

    Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS99-058) : Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a vulnerability in Microsoft(r) Internet Information Server and other products that run atop it. Under certain conditions, the vulnerability could cause a web server to send the source code of .ASP and other files to a visiting user.

    Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS99-061) :  Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a vulnerability in Microsoft(r) Internet Information Server and products that run atop it. The vulnerability could allow files on a web server to be specified using an alternate representation, in order to bypass access controls of some third-party applications.

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News Date: Tuesday 21st December 1999
Today's Top Headlines:
 Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS99-059)
  • MS loses Lessig challenge
    Time: 14:38 EST/19:38 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron Hinson

    For the second time, U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson has rejected Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) requests to remove Lawrence Lessig as a "friend of the court" expert in the antitrust case. Microsoft argued unsuccessfully that the Harvard computer science professor was biased against the company and therefore unfit to provide expert advice to Jackson. Lessig is on the advisory board of Red Hat, a Microsoft competitor, and has been quoted in the past as saying Microsoft poses a threat to innovation on the Internet. Jackson disagreed. "The court is confident of its ability to assess Professor Lessig's submission critically without being affected by any occult bias of which he might be possessed," the judge said.

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  • Win2000 to fuel Taiwan memory growth
    Time: 14:36 EST/19:36 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Byron Hinson

    A bright future is being predicted for Taiwan's DRAM makers as the industry emerges from a three year slump. "Next year will be very good for the DRAM business, simply because demand will be much higher than supply," said Hander Chang, assistant vice president and spokesman for Winbond Electronics. Winbond, Taiwan's largest DRAM maker, holds roughly 5 per cent of the global market.

    DRAM memory chips are used in all personal computers, and in many other electronic devices. Taiwan currently holds around 12 per cent of the worldwide market, which was worth over US$16 billion this year. In 2000, with global market value expected to exceed US$20 billion, Taiwan's share will rise above 20 per cent, analysts say.

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  • Report: Judge rejects Microsoft's objection to Lessig  
    Time: 13:11 EST/18:11 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft's latest objection to a Harvard Law School professor's testimony in its antitrust case was rejected by U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, who said he can find no evidence that the Internet expert is biased against the software maker, according to reports.

    The company excerpted a brief radio interview in which Lawrence Lessig is quoted as saying Microsoft's control of the "architecture of cyberspace" is a "threat to innovation," in its second filing protesting Lessig's participation in the case.

    Microsoft also complained that Lessig was associated with an advisory group connected to Red Hat, which promotes the Linux operating system, a competitor to Microsoft's dominant Windows software in some markets, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    Microsoft and its Expedia online travel service yesterday filed to dismiss a patent infringement lawsuit filed by rival Priceline.com, arguing that an earlier suit against Priceline.com must be settled before the newer suit can.

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  • Nader slams MS pricing, licences, demands Office ports
    Time: 07:58 EST/12:58 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate who brought General Motors to its knees over car safety failures ("Unsafe at any speed"), has been talking and writing about Microsoft's "poorly designed products" that were "prone to crash" at the Bazaar, an open source software event in New York. He drew attention to the narrowness of the DoJ case, which ignored "a plethora of issues" relating to the desktop monopoly, MS Office, and licensing issues. Nader has previously arranged two conferences on Microsoft which focussed public attention on the company. Nader is much admired by Microsoft president Steve Ballmer's mother, who was concerned that her son was doing something that was criticised by her hero.

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  • Athlon performance on scientific code
    Time: 05:44 EST/10:44 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Alex Harris

    CPU Review have posted some more benchmarks for the PIII 500, Athlon 600 and an older SGI system on some scientific code. Here is a snippet:

    You can never have too many benchmark results. That's why I was interested when I got an interesting e-mail this morning. The e-mail contained results for a 500Mhz P3, a 600Mhz K7 and an older SGI system for some scientific code - what better way to judge the relative performance of the P3 and K7 for computationally intensive tasks?

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  • Taiwan DRAM Makers Expect Harvest in 2000
    Time: 05:44 EST/10:44 GMT News Source: Asia Biz Tech Posted By: Alex Harris

    Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) companies have increased purchases from contract manufacturers, many of which are in Taiwan.

    Because local manufacturers have received handsome orders for next year, and bacause prices are sliding in a limited way, DRAM makers in Taiwan are expected to enjoy a booming business at the turn of the year.

    Most of the world's DRAM makers have formed strategic alliance with Taiwan manufacturers, under which the latter focus on research and development and release most of the manufacturing to the region.

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  • Red Hat posts loss, sets 2-for-1 split
    Time: 05:42 EST/10:42 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Red Hat today posted a wider-than-expected third-quarter loss and set a 2-for-1 stock split.

    Red Hat, the leading seller of Linux operating systems, said its third-quarter net loss was $3.6 million, or 5 cents a share, compared to net income of $100,000 in the same period a year ago. Analysts polled by First Call projected the company to post a net loss of 4 cents a share.

    Red Hat's stock closed up 15.06 to 267.94 today.

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  • Intel forms wireless group
    Time: 05:40 EST/10:40 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    With competition heating up in the PC processor world--and wireless all the rage on Wall Street--Intel today announced the formation of a group dedicated to wireless and cellular communications.

    The new group will manufacture and design flash memory, used extensively in cell phones; the StrongArm microprocessor; "embedded" microcontrollers and digital signal processors. Vice president and general manager Ron Smith will be charged with developing products for cell phones and related services, according to a company spokesman.

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  • Gates Foundation gives $30 million to Seattle United Way 
    Time: 05:19 EST/10:19 GMT News Source: Nando Times Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The foundation started by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates and his wife has donated $30 million to the United Way of Washington's King County, the charity announced Monday.

    In addition, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match up to $5 million a year over the next 11 years to build up the United Way chapter's endowment so that it can cover its operating costs.

    "This gift is a long-term investment in the financial integrity of United Way, and is designed to free up more of our annual campaign dollars to help people in need in our community," said Joanne Harrell, president and chief executive officer of the United Way chapter.

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  • Microsoft adds chat software to TV offerings 
    Time: 04:49 EST/09:49 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Last week at the Western Show in Los Angeles, the company unveiled one of the first chat applications for the television, developed by The Kiss Principle, a Silicon Valley interactive media firm. Designed as an application for Microsoft's TV suite of enhanced television services, TV chat allows viewers to carry on virtual discussions via the remote control or a wireless keyboard.

    Similar in concept to features already offered on Microsoft's WebTV, TV Chat will allow television viewers to create communities around their favorite programming, much like Web sites and Internet portals foster discussion groups according to popular topics, according to Microsoft.

    Microsoft TV is a client and server software suite that the company markets to cable and satellite providers, encompassing both the back-end nuts-and-bolts software residing with the television provider and the client-side software that operates a TV set-top box.

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS99-059) - Patch Available for "Malformed TDS Packet Header" Vulnerability
    Time: 00:00 EDT/05:00 GMT News Source: E-mail Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft(r) SQL Server(r) 7.0. The vulnerability could cause a SQL server to crash.

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