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News Date: Thursday 10th February 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
Pinnacle Studio PCTV USB Review
  • Microsoft Windows Updates
    Time: 20:14 EST/01:14 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has posted a new item on the Windows Update Page.

    Internet Explorer Security Update: Installing this security update will eliminate the "Image Source Redirect" vulnerability found in Internet Explorer. Without this update, a malicious Web site operator could read (but not add, change, or delete) certain types of files on your computer.

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  • ICQ 2000a Alpha
    Time: 19:26 EST/00:26 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Icq has once again opened its Alpha Site for you to download the new build 3086 ver. 4.22

    I would suggest that if anyone is interested that they download and install immediately as the previous build was limited to a certain amount of users and when that was reached the ability to download was shut down.

    Download Here

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  • New Beta G400 Drivers For Windows 9*/2000
    Time: 16:33 EST/21:33 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Matrox has released new beta Windows 9* and Windows 2000 drivers for their G200 and G400 line of 2D/3D cards.

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  • Hewlett-Packard products, services take advantage of Windows 2000 reliability features
    Time: 14:43 EST/19:43 GMT News Source: Microsoft Daily News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Reliable IT systems are a powerful business tool.

    And the combination of Hewlett-Packard products and Microsoft® Windows® 2000 can help companies get the high reliability they need to maximize productivity and customer service. Hewlett-Packard is offering a range of hardware products, software tools and support services that help customers optimize and take full advantage of the reliability features in Windows 2000. The HP offerings include desktop PCs with power protection and servers with hot-swappable components.

    With new corporate desktop PCs from HP and the reliability features in Windows 2000 Professional, workers can protect themselves against power losses and other system failures.

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  • End to the 800MHz PIII bottleneck?
    Time: 14:29 EST/19:29 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    Have you gotten your 800MHz Pentium III PC yet? Many consumers have been waiting, and then waiting some more, for PCs configured with Intel Corp.'s 800MHz Pentium III chip ever since its launch in late December. But the wait is apparently over, as PC makers say that Intel's (Nasdaq: INTC) processor has been in better supply recently.

    Supplies of the fastest Pentium III chip continue to be tight. But whereas manufacturing lead times were as long as 30 days for PCs using the chip, large direct-PC vendors are now asking customers to wait only one-third that time -- roughly eight to 10 days.

    PC makers attribute the faster time line to greater supplies of the 800MHz processor, introduced Dec. 20.

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  • MS moves to mandatory registration
    Time: 14:29 EST/19:29 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    New users of Office 2000 will get a taste of Microsoft Corp.’s latest anti-piracy measure: forced registration.

    The company is inserting a new feature into an upcoming release of its word processing software that will cause the product to malfunction if a person doesn’t register after launching it 50 times. Users of volume licenses, such as those working at big companies, won’t have to register.

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  • After Win2000, it's Whistler and Blackcomb
    Time: 14:27 EST/19:27 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft Corp. wants all eyes on Windows 2000 when it officially rolls out the product next week. But its Windows development team already has moved on to work on the next two versions of Windows.

    Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is targeting March 2001 to deliver the first full upgrade to Windows 2000, code-named Whistler, according to sources close to the company. The follow-on to Whistler, code-named Blackcomb, is a 2002 or later Windows release.

    Microsoft is looking to one of its executives' favorite retreat destinations, Whistler Resort in British Columbia, as the inspiration for its latest code name series. Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain are a few hours outside of Seattle.

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  • Firms fight for permanent Net tax ban
    Time: 14:25 EST/19:25 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Business members of a congressional Internet tax panel urged Congress to extend for five years the ban on taxes that single out the Internet and to permanently ban taxes on access to cyberspace.

    On the question of state sales taxes, the six business representatives of the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce said yesterday that Congress should establish a new definition for what constitutes "physical presence" in a state.

    The Supreme Court has ruled that states can only collect taxes on remote sales--catalog or Internet--if a company has such a presence within their borders.

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  • ActiveWin: Pinnacle Studio PCTV USB - Review
    Time: 12:16 EST/17:16 GMT News Source: Active Network Posted By: Robert Stein

    PCTV USB - ReviewJulien has posted his review of Studio PCTV USB by Pinnacle Systems. Here is a snippet:

    Pinnacle is a German manufacturer known for its great professional-capture video cards such as the Miro Video DC30 series. The corporate has just released a new general public device formerly named: ‘Studio PCTV USB’. This strange green box will allow you to watch TV on your computer and even to listen radio in some countries. It also offers basic video capture features. It is big red button is a ‘capture’ button: one click on it and the current displayed image is saved on your hard disk. As it’s USB it’s really easy to install.

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  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Section Updated
    Time: 13:08 EST/15:08 GMT News Source: Active Network Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have updated our Microsoft Windows 2000 Section; we have updated Microsoft's list of Windows 2000 Certified Programs, and added a few questions to our Windows 2000 Frequently Asked Questions Page. Be sure to check them out!

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  • Microsoft Incorporates New Anti-Piracy Technologies In Windows 2000, Office 2000
    Time: 09:18 EST/14:18 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has taken steps to make counterfeit software easier to identify and to assist honest resellers and OEM system builders in distributing genuine software by introducing new anti-piracy technologies as well as an Internet monitoring program. The new technologies, the most significant of which is an edge-to-edge hologram CD-ROM, will be included in retail and OEM System Builder versions of both the MicrosoftÒ WindowsÒ 2000 operating system and the next service release of Microsoft Office 2000.

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  • Microsoft Alleges That Four Massachusetts Businesses Distributed Counterfeit Software
    Time: 09:17 EST/14:17 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that the company has filed software piracy lawsuits against four Massachusetts companies. The lawsuits, alleging copyright violations and trademark infringements, were filed against software distributors for allegedly distributing counterfeit and/or infringing Microsoft® software.

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  • Bill Gates Speaks to Local Minority High-School Students
    Time: 09:16 EST/14:16 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Bill Gates, Microsoft Corp. chairman and chief software architect, today urged a group of about 100 students in Seattle public high schools to work hard in school so they are prepared to take advantage of the opportunities they have as members of "Generation I," the first generation raised on the Internet.

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  • Allegiance Chat Log
    Time: 09:11 EST/14:11 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Allegiance Vault has posted a log of last night's moderated Allegiance chat, giving a progress report on development of Microsoft's space combat game, currently in open beta.

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  • IBM gets prime seat on Windows 2000 bandwagon
    Time: 05:58 EST/10:58 GMT News Source: InfoWorld Posted By: Byron Hinson

    UNDERSCORING ITS commitment to Windows 2000 as a strategically important platform for the enterprise, IBM on Wednesday announced a new technical support initiative that helps users and developers to better scale and integrate the upcoming Microsoft operating system into multi-platform environments. 

    Over the next few weeks IBM also will roll out two new Netfinity 4-way symmetrical multiprocessing servers (SMP) servers, the models 7100 and 7600, that will run Windows 2000. The new systems both will feature several technical elements that are integral to the company's X-Architecture, including chip-kill correction, which supposedly provides memory capabilities that are up to 100 times more reliable than existing ECC (error-correcting code) memory.

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  • Microsoft's fortune rides on Windows 2000, analysts say
    Time: 05:57 EST/10:57 GMT News Source: InfoWorld Posted By: Byron Hinson

    WITH THE launch of its Windows 2000 operating system on Feb. 17, Microsoft will try to move up the software food chain by beginning its assault on the lucrative midrange server business. At stake for the company will be its ability to keep growing at the fairytale rate it has enjoyed for the past half decade, industry analysts said. 

    The new OS will also play a key role in determining whether Microsoft retains its dominant position in the computing industry in the years to come, analysts said. As the focus of IT computing shifts from local networks to the Internet, Microsoft will try to hawk Windows 2000 as a reliable platform on which companies can build e-commerce sites and other types of Web-based applications and services. 

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  • Windows 2000 Security: An Oxymoron?
    Time: 05:49 EST/10:49 GMT News Source: WinNT Mag Posted By: Byron Hinson

    If you’ve been reading some of the headlines lately, there was a small piece on Microsoft sandwiched in between all the "AOL and Time/Warner Buy Everything" articles. The source for such an article and others like it is at the Microsoft site, and is titled "Microsoft Unveils Security Commitment." That resounding thud you just heard is the sound of Microsoft’s words hitting the floor.

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  • EU antitrust probe into Win2k threatens MS core strategy
    Time: 05:48 EST/10:48 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today's announcement of an EU antitrust investigation into Windows 2000 presents Microsoft with a potential nightmare scenario, and ends Europe's policy of 'armed neutrality' when it comes to Redmond. Although sporadic complaints have emerged in individual European countries, the European Commission has for the past couple of years been determinedly sitting on its hands in accordance with its arrangement with the US antitrust authorities, who were until today lead member on Microsoft.

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  • Microsoft Outlines New Win2K Security Strategy
    Time: 05:47 EST/10:47 GMT News Source: Win NT Mag Posted By: Byron Hinson

    On January 18, Brian Valentine, Microsoft’s senior vice president in charge of Windows 2000 (Win2K) and Windows 98, outlined Microsoft’s new Win2K security strategy in an address at the RSA 2000 security conference. At one point, Valentine announced that Win2K will ship worldwide with 128-bit encryption. He explained that Microsoft saw Win2K as a chance to respond to the security crisis that the rise of the Internet has created. He claimed that Microsoft is trying to present an industry call to action and raise the bar with regard to security.

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  • Skinz Contest 2000
    Time: 05:47 EST/10:47 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Stardock and BetaNews have once again teamed up to offer skinnres from around the world to show off their skinning skills.

    Contest 2000, which is at http://www.efront.com/contest/ provides WindowBlinds skinners the chance to enter in up to 6 skins total in two categories (3 in each category). There are significant cash prizes being offered for those skins that are voted to be the best.

    The two categories are:

    * Best Universal Skin. This is the type of skin that you would imagine people running system wide. Good examples of these are WinAqua, Windows3000, Athenda, Elegant.

    * Best Creative Skin. This is a tougher type of skin and there are no good examples of this type. WindowBlinds supports plug-ins (i.e. you can actually integrate programs into your skin such as have a clock or a stock ticker or a mediaplayer control or something else in the GUI). There are no good examples of this type of skin because other than the clock plug-in, no one has used these powerful features. Other advanced features of WindowBlinds include translucent scrollbars, layers, conditional buttons (see C-net Extended), etc. These skins would probably not be used universally on a system but on a per application basis.

    Visit http://www.efront.com/contest/  to check out the contest so far or to enter your own skin. WindowBlinds itself can be downloaded from http://www.stardock.com

    If you like to create skins or customize your GUI with skins you create, here's a great chance to show off your skills. This contest will help decide who are some of the best skinners amongst the millions of WindowBlinds users!

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News Date: Wednesday 9th February 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
EU Vs Win2k
  • Microsoft Corp. Will Cooperate Fully with European Commission Request For Information on Windows 2000
    Time: 14:51 EST/19:51 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. confirmed today that it received from the European Commission a request for information relating to certain features in Microsoft® Windows® 2000 operating system. Microsoft officials said the company will cooperate fully with the Commission's request for information and that the investigation will in no way interfere with the commercial availability of Windows 2000, which was released to computer makers, retail software packagers and other manufacturers on Dec. 15 and will be officially launched Feb. 17.

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  • StarLancer Trailer Released
    Time: 11:09 EST/16:09 GMT News Source: E-Mail Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft today announced the availability of the first downloadable trailer for StarLancer, the highly anticipated new game being developed by Erin and Chris Roberts, creators of the popular Wing Commander and Privateer series. StarLancer is a futuristic space combat game that combines the action of a first-person space shooter with the drama and intrigue of a classic air combat movie. The downloadable trailer is available at: http://www.microsoft.com/games/da/starlancer/

    In StarLancer, countries from around the world, including the United States, Russia, and Great Britain, have formed strategic alliances and now battle for control of Earth, Venus and other planets across the solar system. As part of a newly formed, ragtag aviation unit, the 45th Volunteers Squadron, players must prove themselves in this struggle for freedom of the solar system.

    Read more in our StarLancer section.

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  • EU to investigate Windows 2000
    Time: 10:58 EST/15:58 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The European Union said today that it will investigate Microsoft over alleged market dominance from the launch of W2k. The investigation is on the basis that the launch of W2k will give Microsoft an unfair advantage in Europe, not only in the software market but in electronic commerce too. The software giant has four weeks to respond to enquiries that enforcement officials at the EU have instigated.

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  • New Windows Me expected in May
    Time: 10:57 EST/15:57 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft's next consumer operating system, dubbed Windows Me, could debut as early as May 26, according to a new report. Windows Me--short for Windows Millennium Edition--is the final Microsoft operating system based on the company's Windows 9x line designed for home users. The launch is set for late May, according to Paul Thurrott, publisher of the WinInfo, a Windows user newsletter. International versions will ship to a variety of countries by early July, according to the report.

    Previously referred to by its internal code-name Millennium, Microsoft announced last week that it would release the operating system under the new name. The software will be available at retail stores for PC users to purchase an upgrade and will be loaded on new consumer computers.

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  • Microsoft and ITRAN Communications Join to Create A No New Wires Solution in the Home
    Time: 10:44 EST/15:44 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced it has signed an agreement with ITRAN Communications Ltd., a leading developer of robust and low-cost hardware components and solutions for the growing power-line communications industry. The agreement will accelerate the uniform implementation and deployment of simple and dependable power line carrier (PLC) home networking technologies, enabling a wide variety of smart objects to be connected to each other easily.

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  • Microsoft Unveils Digital Broadcast Manager to Power Pay-Per-View Video And Audio on the Internet
    Time: 10:43 EST/15:43 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Digital Broadcast Manager (Developer Preview), software that makes it possible for companies to sell pay-per-view and pay-per-download content via the Internet. Digital Broadcast Manager rapidly transforms any Web site with digital media content into an e-commerce solution. It offers a secure, easy-to-manage system for distributing digital audio and video content in the MicrosoftÒ Windows MediaÔ Format and makes it easy to create digital media storefronts on the Web. This solution is the next step in the evolution of the pay-per-view industry.

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  • Windows 2000 Server Sees Rapid Internet Adoption
    Time: 10:42 EST/15:42 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server operating system has seen rapid adoption among Web sites. According to Netcraft's recent Web Server Survey, the Windows server platform is the leading platform for Web sites among Fortune 500 companies. The survey also revealed that the Windows server platform powers more secure e-commerce sites than any other operating system. In addition, the survey highlighted strong customer satisfaction in the Windows server platform, noting that customers of Windows are less likely to switch to other operating systems.

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  • Microsoft and RadioShack Offer Affordable, Award-Winning MSN Internet Access Service to Consumers
    Time: 10:41 EST/15:41 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. has begun to provide immediate consumer benefits resulting from its alliance with RadioShack by announcing compelling rebates on personal computers and other merchandise when those purchases are combined with a subscription to MSN™ Internet Access. In addition, MSN has announced a program with Compaq Computer Corp. to apply rebates toward Presario computers purchased in participating RadioShack stores and other retail outlets. Consumers who sign up for a 36-month contract with MSN Internet Access may receive a $400 rebate to apply toward the purchase of RadioShack products.* Consumers will be able to sign up for MSN Internet Access in up to 5,000 participating RadioShack locations across the nation. This offer helps propel the MSN vision of the Everyday Web by enabling millions of Americans who shop at RadioShack to get connected to the Internet.

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  • KPMG Consulting and Microsoft launch new "Dot.com" Program
    Time: 10:40 EST/15:40 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    KPMG Consulting LLC, a leading Internet integration services company, announced today that, together with Microsoft Corp., it is launching a new program for e-business driven customers. The program offers a streamlined approach to the development, integration and deployment of dot.com business solutions and provides support and development capabilities based on the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 operating system, the foundation for the Microsoft Business Internet initiative. The announcement comes as Microsoft gears up for its worldwide launch of Windows 2000 on February 17. KPMG Consulting will hire 500 professionals over the next 18 months who will be dedicated to a newly formed practice called the "Microsoft Dot.com practice."

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News Date: Tuesday 8th February 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
Reviews - Protest
  • The cross-site scripting scam
    Time: 15:14 EST/20:14 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Last week's sudden announcement of a security breach called cross-site scripting seemed oddly suspicious. I'm now convinced it's part of a not-so-subtle effort to scare people away from general Web browsing and to get them to lock into so-called safe places such as America Online or MSN.com. It's the odd timing of the announcement, along with certain proclamations made by Microsoft Corp., that makes me suspicious.

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  • Microsoft Accelerates Online Learning With Support for eLearning Specification
    Time: 15:12 EST/20:12 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. and leaders of the eLearning community today announced support for Learning Resource Interchange (LRN), the first commercial implementation of the Instructional Management Systems (IMS) Content and Management Systems Specification developed by the eLearning industry and the IMS Global Learning Consortium. LRN is an XML-based schema that defines course content, allowing organizations and eLearning providers to easily create and manage compatible online learning content. LRN helps customers maximize their investment in eLearning by enabling a wider range of interoperable content and applications than currently exists today.

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  • Windows 2000 Section Updated
    Time: 12:51 EST/17:51 GMT News Source: Active Network Posted By: Robert Stein

    We have made several updates to our Windows 2000 Section; We have posted Microsoft's latest Windows 2000 Hardware Compatability List (2 MB), updated the Windows 2000 History Page, and updated our Windows 2000 FAQ.

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  • ActiveWin: Delta Force 2 - Review
    Time: 11:02 EST/16:02 GMT News Source: Active Network Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Delta Force 2 - ReviewI have posted my review of Delta Force 2 by Novalogic. Here is a snippet:

    I'll begin with the single player game mode it is probably as straightforward as they come. You are a member of a small team usually you are joined by two or three other soldiers on each mission, but success is always dependant on you not the others, if you die that is it - you will have to start the mission again as you cannot take control of any of the soldiers on the team other than the one you begin with.

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  • Santana and Cheech Marin To Perform at Microsoft Windows 2000 Equal Access Concert Benefiting the Hispanic Scholarship Fund
    Time: 09:22 EST/14:22 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today, Microsoft Corporation announced that ten-time Grammy Award nominee, Carlos Santana, and legendary comedian and co-star of CBS' NASH BRIDGES, Cheech Marin, would cap off the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 launch-day activities in an Equal Access charity concert benefiting the Hispanic Scholarship Fund to help bridge the digital divide in under-represented communities. The Equal Access benefit concert, exclusively for attendees of the IDG Windows 2000 Conference and Expo, will be hosted by the Windows 2000 team and 17 of the largest technology companies in the world. The concert will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on February 17th in San Francisco, CA at 8:00pm PST in conjunction with the worldwide launch of Microsoft's next-generation operating system for businesses, Windows 2000.

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  • Atomic Pop and Microsoft Marketing Alliance Brings Entertainment Catalog to Windows Media
    Time: 09:21 EST/14:21 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. and Atomic Pop, a leading provider of online music, today announced the formation of a strategic relationship through which Atomic Pop will make its entire catalog of music, video, live broadcasts and original radio and television programming available in the Microsoft® Windows Media™ format. The Atomic Pop catalog includes thousands of tracks and full albums from such artists as Public Enemy, Ice T, the Breeders, the Pixies, Everclear and Built to Spill.

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  • Microsoft Announces New Service to Protect Children's Online Privacy
    Time: 09:20 EST/14:20 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Expanding its ongoing initiatives to provide children with a positive, safe, online experience, Microsoft Corp. today announced it will soon make available Microsoft® Kids Passport, a new service that helps parents protect their children's privacy online by deciding whether children may use participating online services that collect and/or disclose personal information. The service will give parents an easy way to determine whether their children should be permitted to disclose personally identifiable information to the online businesses that participate in the Kids Passport program. Kids Passport also offers e-businesses an easily implemented

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  • One arrested during Microsoft protest
    Time: 08:27 EST/13:27 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Police in riot gear arrested one man among a group of about 60 protesters marching to Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) headquarters Monday, a police spokeswoman said. The man, whose name has not been released, was booked for disorderly conduct after he stepped off the sidewalk and into the street during the march, Redmond police said. The protesters, led by the Direct Action Network (DAN), marched along city sidewalks that extend inside the sprawling Microsoft campus carrying signs protesting corporate greed and an effigy of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. Some 2 dozen heavily armed police arrived as the march began, but the protest was peaceful, aside from the lone arrest, eyewitnesses said.

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  • EMC offers 99.9 percent uptime guarantee for Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
    Time: 03:56 EST/08:56 GMT News Source: Microsoft Daily News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft and EMC have joined forces to build and deploy reliable, high-performance solutions based on the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 platform.

    EMC, a Fortune 500 company specializing in enterprise storage systems, and Microsoft last week announced an alliance to help companies deploy highly reliable and manageable business solutions with Windows 2000 Server. The companies aim to combine Windows 2000, storage solutions and services from EMC, and server solutions from EMC's Data General division to meet the needs of demanding environments and applications.

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  • Windows 2000 Professional speaks language of lower TCO with multilingual user interface
    Time: 03:54 EST/08:54 GMT News Source: Microsoft Daily News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Doing business in more than one language is difficult enough for most companies.

    They don't need the added complication of using multiple versions of an operating system. That's what Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional, MultiLanguage Version is designed to prevent. The operating system allows users to change the language of the user interface, choosing from any one of 24 languages. Menus, help files and dialog boxes can be switched to Japanese, for example, or Italian or Swedish. Plus, users can create, edit and print documents in hundreds of different languages. That can mean significant cost savings for companies that do work in more than one language. It also means easier system management: Instead of deploying and managing multiple language versions of an operating system, a company can use a single platform for the entire enterprise.

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  • LiveWare 3 Installation Instructions for Windows 2000
    Time: 03:45 EST/08:45 GMT News Source: NT Compatible Posted By: Alex Harris

    Anthony Toste has updated his Liveware 3 installation instructions for Windows 2000 which allow soundfonts, 4 speaker setup and EAX under Windows 2000. To download the installation instructions then click here

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  • IBM to launch Net-access PCs
    Time: 03:43 EST/08:43 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    Looking to put some meat around its new "EON" strategy, IBM Personal Systems Group (PSG) today previewed a handful of forthcoming products, including an all-in-one PC.

    The division's Edge of the Network (EON) strategy, which resembles a marketing philosophy more than an actual product strategy, calls for the creation of computing devices and services that link users to their networks, the Internet and all of their e-business applications.

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  • AMD fires up its 1.1GHz Athlon demo
    Time: 03:41 EST/08:41 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    Advanced Micro Devices Inc. on Wednesday one-upped rival Intel Corp. in the chip demo wars, showing off an upcoming 1GHz-plus Athlon processor.

    AMD (NYSE:AMD) pulled the wraps off a 1.1GHz version of the next-generation Athlon processor with its forthcoming Thunderbird processor core at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuit Conference in San Francisco. AMD showed the 1.1GHz Athlon chip in response to Intel's (Nasdaq:INTC) discussion of a forthcoming 1GHz Pentium III chip.

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  • How a basic attack crippled Yahoo
    Time: 03:39 EST/08:39 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Lesson of the day: If they can shut down Yahoo, they can shut down anybody. An apparently coordinated attack today overwhelmed one of the Web's most popular destinations, once again calling into question the vulnerability of Internet companies. (See related story.)

    "Our engineers had just not seen anything like this before," said Laurie Priddy, executive vice president of systems and applications for GlobalCenter, Yahoo's Web hosting service, which bore the brunt of the attack. "It would take a concerted effort, a group of people or some sophisticated software to generate that level of traffic."

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News Date: Monday 7th February 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
  • Microsoft E-mails Skin Artists For Help
    Time: 17:52 EST/22:52 GMT News Source: Beta News Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft e-mailed several WinAmp skin developers late last week for their help with a yet-to-be announced product involving bitmap based skinning. The message reveals Microsoft is looking for skin artists who want to work as contractors for a future project, which may be related to a previously reported project which involves an extensible window manager for future versions of Windows.

    The e-mail, from Microsoft Program Manager Steve Falcon, reads, "Microsoft is looking for skin artists to work on a contract basis on an unannounced product. The product is unrelated to WinAMP but supports bitmap-based skinning. Your name was selected at random from published WinAMP skin designers. If you are interested, please reply with your name, address, phone number, availability, and links to skins or your other graphic designportfolio. If all goes well, I will contact you to discuss the project, your interest it, logistics, terms, and compensation, etc. Since the product we are working on is unannounced, I can't tell more about it without a confidential disclosure agreement. But I can tell you it's very COOL! Please forward to other good skin designers you know."

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  • MS Wants Weaker Consumer Rights
    Time: 17:38 EST/22:38 GMT News Source: Computer Currents Posted By: Byron Hinson

    A number of software high-rollers, including Microsoft Corp, along with some industry associations, are reportedly promoting the passage of country-wide state legislation that would reduce consumer rights for users of purchased or leased software and database information.

    According to a report in today's Los Angeles Times, the drive comes as software companies are eyed as cash cows by local communities, which envision job creation and other economic advantages.

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  • Microsoft takes one on the chin
    Time: 15:14 EST/20:14 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Under the word "spin," my dictionary (Merriam-Webster, 1974) does not include the usage "to change or manipulate public opinion." If it did, however, the definition might use as an example Microsoft's official response to the long-awaited friend-of-the-court brief filed earlier this week by Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, in the Department of Justice's antitrust case against the software giant.

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  • Lottery team-up for Gates and Branson
    Time: 09:05 EST/14:05 GMT News Source: BBC Online Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson has recruited Microsoft chairman Bill Gates to help win the next licence for the National Lottery. Microsoft will provide the PC technology to sell lottery tickets, not only in shops but also over the internet and through interactive television and mobile phones.

    The deal will put Sir Richard's non-profit People's Lottery on a good footing with barely 12 months before Camelot's licence to run the National Lottery expires.

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  • MS pitches twin controller approach for mobile devices
    Time: 08:59 EST/13:59 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Byron Hinson

    One of the problems CE (and indeed, numerous other operating systems) faces in penetrating the mobile and appliance markets is that it's not fully real time, although the hardware generally doesn't take too kindly to software chiming in demanding CPU time when inappropriate. But Microsoft may have found an interesting workaround - one that also reduces the chances of your phone handset getting the Blue Screen of Death.

    According to Kevin Dallas, group product manager with Microsoft, at least two foundries are set to introduce silicon with dual on-board controllers aimed at mobile handset manufacturers. The pair are Philips and Wavecom.

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  • Microsoft Interix 2.2 Brings UNIX System Capabilities to Windows 2000
    Time: 08:53 EST/13:53 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced it has released to manufacturing Interix 2.2, a complete environment that enables customers to easily run UNIX applications and scripts on the Microsoft® Windows NT® and Windows® 2000 operating systems without rewriting code.

    Interix 2.2 is the first version available for Windows 2000 and a key component of Microsoft's interoperability and application migration strategy for providing interoperability between Windows-based and UNIX systems. Interix 2.2 allows users to take advantage of key benefits of the Windows NT platform, including lower total cost of ownership, easier manageability and access to the vast array of Windows-based applications while leveraging existing UNIX applications.

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  • Microsoft Receives Top Honor for Hiring, Accommodating and Creating Accessible Technologies for People With Disabilities
    Time: 08:53 EST/13:53 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that WE Magazine, a lifestyle publication for people with disabilities, has placed Microsoft at the top of its annual Golden Ladder list of companies who demonstrate leadership in hiring and accommodating people with disabilities on the job. Microsoft received this year's top honor not only for its workplace policies and accommodation strategies, but also for the company's efforts in creating accessible technologies and as a founding member of the Able to Work Consortium.

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  • Microsoft bCentral Launches Easy Web Site Creation And Hosting Service for Small Businesses
    Time: 08:52 EST/13:52 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    To make it easier for small businesses to establish a Web presence, Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Microsoft® bCentral™ Site Manager, an innovative service that gives small-business owners everything they need to build, host and maintain a successful Web site and to sell products via the Internet. The service will be offered through bCentral (http://www.bcentral.com/), the Web-based small-business portal that Microsoft launched in September. Site Manager is a core component of the comprehensive suite of services from bCentral, created specifically to help small and growing businesses leverage the Internet. The offering is the latest in a series of online services, dubbed "megaservices," that Microsoft is delivering for businesses of all sizes.

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News Date: Sunday 6th February 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
Encarta Africana 2000
  • ActiveWin: Encarta Africana 2000 Edition - Review
    Time: 15:43 EST/20:43 GMT News Source: Active Network Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Encarta Africana 2000 - ReviewI have just posted my review of Microsoft's recently released Encarta Africana 2000 Edition, here is a snippet from the review:

    I began my browsing via the "Find" icon at the top left of the Encarta browser, in my view this is the easiest and fastest way of finding out information, all you need to do is to enter a few words such as "Muhammad" and a number of articles relating to someone with that name will appear on the sidebar in a matter of seconds. Once I had found a name I was looking for "Muhammad Ali" for example, I would click on his name and a new contents area would load up in the Encarta Browsers main window, from here you can get to introductions about Ali, photos, web searches and Ali's great moments in sport.

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  • Ask AW - Updated
    Time: 14:04 EST/19:04 GMT News Source: Active Network Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Here's just a little note to tell you that the AskAW section has been updated with 9 brand new questions and answers. Remember, keep all the new questions coming!

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  • Online auto sales stuck in slow lane
    Time: 04:04 EST/09:04 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    New and used cars account for nearly $700 billion in annual sales nationwide, making the industry one of the economy's biggest drivers and dwarfing markets like books, music and travel that have dominated online consumer sales to date. But while a flurry of announcements have focused attention on the market's promise, it is proving a lot easier to sell a shirt or CD than a car over the Internet.

    In fact the automotive Web sites face a patchwork of regulations that ban online car sales in some states and make them tricky in others, a situation unlikely to change anytime soon given the political muscle of local dealers.

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  • Delta flies after Ford with employee PC program
    Time: 04:03 EST/09:03 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Following Ford's deal to offer PCs to its workers around the world, Delta Air Lines said today it would strike a similar partnership to provide its 75,000 employees with computers and Net access.

    Delta Air Lines said its new "Wired Workforce" program will provide a desktop computer complete with Net access to each employee for a maximum of $12 per month. Employees must sign a three-year Internet service provider (ISP) subscription contract to participate in the program.

    PeoplePC's deal with Delta and yesterday's pact with Ford could signal a change in how PCs are sold in the consumer market.

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  • Group planning $600 million offer for Iridium
    Time: 04:02 EST/09:02 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    An investment group led by cellular telephone pioneer Craig McCaw is preparing a $600 million offer for bankrupt satellite-telephone company Iridium, investors familiar with the proposal said.

    The offer will be made to Iridium's banks. Motorola, which owns about 18 percent of Iridium, plans to pay the lenders about $250 million in cash and $50 million of Iridium's 10 percent convertible notes as part of the proposal, investors said.

    Iridium's banks would also get 3 percent to 5 percent of the equity in the restructured company. The buyout would eliminate the interest of common shareholders.

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  • Epson unveils new photo printers
    Time: 04:00 EST/09:00 GMT News Source: MacWeek Posted By: Alex Harris

    Epson America Inc. on Thursday unveiled three new inkjet printers for consumers and users of digital cameras. The additions to Stylus Photo line will be available from retailers within two months, Epson said.

    The new printers include the $300 Epson's Stylus Photo 870 and the $500 Epson Stylus Photo 1270, which replace the 750 and 1200 models available now. The $400 875DC is a new addition to the product line.

    Set to ship by mid-March, the 870 and 875DC printers are aimed at home and business users, while the new 1270 model is targeted at professional photographers, Epson said.

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News Date: Saturday 5th February 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
ActiveDVD
  • DVD Tips & Easter Eggs
    Time: 14:12 EST/19:12 GMT News Source: Active Network Posted By: Byron Hinson

    We have posted a load of new Easter Eggs for various DVD releases including the following recent releases:

    Bowfinger
    American Pie
    John Carpenter's In The Mouth Of Madness

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  • Flink Ink: My FAVORITE Win2K Security Features
    Time: 12:58 EST/17:58 GMT News Source: Active Network Posted By: Byron Hinson

    When we have a chance to experiment with alternate ways of doing things, sometimes the best is the simple old solutions of the past.  Windows 2000 provides a wonderfully rich opportunity to re-explore the old and the new of OS technology.  Sometimes we're simply floored by the brilliance of something new.  Often we're floored by the rediscovery of how smart designers were in the Good Ole Days!  Here's my favorite security features new with Windows 2000, but somewhat old in the minds of the Linux and UNIX guru.

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  • ActiveDVD - Updates
    Time: 09:25 EST/14:25 GMT News Source: Active Network Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Just a quick note to say that ActiveDVD is now being update daily as we are moving to expand the site to contain far more news, information, articles and tips for both DVD and DVD-ROM hardware users. We are hoping to have some big competitions coming up on the ActiveDVD site quite soon.

    So if you haven't checked it out in a while why not take a look.

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  • ActiveDVD: The Thing: Collector's Edition: DVD - Re-Review
    Time: 09:20 EST/14:20 GMT News Source: Active Network Posted By: Byron Hinson

    I have posted my re-review of The Thing: Collector's Edition. Here is a snippet:

    There are a number of bonus extras packed onto this DVD, they include an great documentary "The Thing: Terror Takes Shape" which features Carpenter, Russell, Cundey and many other members of the cast, they go into great detail explaining film, special effects etc. The running commentary is also well made, with Carpenter and Russell discussing all aspects of the movie and for once on a DVD, never boring you to death with pointless dribble.

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  • Caldera-Microsoft: Not over till it's over
    Time: 09:15 EST/14:15 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    New documents reveal that a former Microsoft employee admits she destroyed potential evidence.

    Caldera and Microsoft may have ended up settling their 4-year-old antitrust suit before it went to trial, but the fireworks aren't over yet.

    The latest explosion: Former Microsoft Germany employee Stefanie Reichel admitted in a deposition that she destroyed files and other information that potentially could have been used as evidence against Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) in the Caldera case.

    Reichel also admitted in the newly public deposition excerpts that her supervisor discarded hard drives of computers in Microsoft's German office.

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  • Redmond plays underdog in wireless land
    Time: 09:10 EST/14:10 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Accustomed to its unrivaled status in the software industry, Microsoft is finding that its powerful brand does not translate easily to the booming wireless Web market.

    It's an unfamiliar and uncomfortable role for the company, which has used its dominance in the PC market as a foundation for success in other corners of the computing world. The software giant has been forced to scramble for partnerships with others that do wield real mobile power in one of the fastest-growing technology markets worldwide.

    This week, CNET News.com learned that the software giant was close to signing deals with Sprint PCS and AirTouch Communications to allow its MSN Mobile Web portal to be featured prominently on those company's services. The company is also in negotiations for a still-confidential "major deal" with British Telecom and AT&T, according to an internal email inadvertently sent to a CNET editor.

    "This might be one of the first times where they've come into an industry and they can't just throw their weight around," said Larry Swasey, vice president of Allied Business Intelligence, a communications consulting firm. "They're not the dominant player here. They're a new player."

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  • Microsoft Bad, Money Good
    Time: 09:05 EST/14:05 GMT News Source: Wired Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The folks milling around LinuxWorld may have expressed concern this week about the future commercialization of open source software, but they were also freely enjoying their success.

    Meanwhile, pro-Linux fundraising groups announced deals with credit card companies, free software advocates talked about their stock options, and everyone enjoyed poking fun at Microsoft.

    The most visible jab at Microsoft was flapping in the cold February air across the street from LinuxWorld's Jacob Javits Center home. The huge Linuxcare banner mocked the "Death Star's" logo: "Where I want to go today is Linux."

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  • PCs for Ford, Delta workers: Global trend?
    Time: 09:04 EST/14:04 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    The cost is high, but the benefits many, to giving employees free or low-cost PCs and Internet access, say analysts. Will the programs announced by Ford and Delta spread to other industries?

    New programs introduced this week by Ford Motor Co. and Delta Airlines giving employees heavily subsidized computers and Internet access could be the start of a global business trend, according to industry observers.

    On Thursday, Ford (NYSE: F) announced a partnership with PeoplePC, a provider of low-cost computers and Internet access, which will give Ford employees a free Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HWP) computer along with Internet access provided by UUNet for $5 a month. The program is available to all of Ford's 350,000 global employees and will be managed by PeoplePC of San Francisco.

    Delta Airlines (NYSE: DAL) announced a similar partnership with PeoplePC on Friday.

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  • Songwriter pokes fun at AOL Time Warner execs
    Time: 09:03 EST/14:03 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    An Atlanta entrepreneur is adding levity to the merger of America Online and Time Warner by registering the domain names of both companies' top brass and writing humorous songs about them that can be heard online.

    Chris Cook, 30, is boosting his budding musical career with songs such as "Steve Case lost his Cyber Parking Space" and "Amazon Dot Red."

    Cook said he has registered the names of AOL chairman Steve Case, Time Warner vice chairman Ted Turner, Warner Music Group chief executive Roger Ames, and Time chief executive Don Logan, among others. He has written songs dedicated to Time Warner top executives, as well as songs that poke fun at Internet companies. Then he links to the songs from the executives' URLs.

    For instance, PC users who log on to StephenCase.com are directed to Cook's music site at MP3.com. There they can hear "Steve Case lost his Cyber Parking Space."

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  • Microsoft hopes to entice town to file taxes electronically
    Time: 09:00 EST/14:13 GMT News Source: Nando Media Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Software giant Microsoft Corp. has "adopted" a small Texas town in hopes of getting the 1,900 or so citizens who are filing taxes to do their taxes electronically.

    With a high school band playing and former Gov. Ann Richards lending her support, Microsoft kicked off an effort to make the people of Comfort feel more comfortable - get it? - about filing their taxes online.

    Microsoft hopes to get all tax filers in Comfort to use its Microsoft TaxSaver tax-preparation software and at least 25 percent to file electronically.

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News Date: Friday 4th February 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
 
  • Windows 2000: Big Whoop
    Time: 21:21 EST/02:21 GMT News Source: PC World Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Do you remember Windows when Windows wasn't cool?

    Maybe not. Windows always created a buzz, even before it shipped. Way back at the Comdex Fall 1983 show, it appeared in beta form alongside many other strange windowing-for-DOS creatures, crashing just as enthusiastically as the rest of them. But it was always the point of reference--out-pointing technically better alternatives even when we in the press still thought that technical excellence was the key to success in operating systems.

    Read the article

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  • IBM to add thin-client Windows 2000 support
    Time: 16:05 EST/21:05 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Alex Harris

    IBM on Monday will add Windows 2000 support to its existing line of thin-client systems, hoping to satisfy customers looking for a simplified computing package.

    A thin-client computer is a stripped-down PC that runs programs off a powerful server computer instead of from a unit on the desk.

    The move is part of IBM's ongoing expansion of its thin-client strategy. Earlier this week, Big Blue started supporting Linux--the Unix variant developed by Linus Torvalds--on thin-client systems.

    IBM, like many other PC manufacturers, is also ramping up support for Windows 2000, Microsoft's corporate operating system that is scheduled to be formally released on Feb. 17.

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  • Palm slashes prices to make way for new models
    Time: 16:03 EST/21:03 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Alex Harris

    Palm Computing has cut prices on all of its handheld computers, ostensibly in preparation for the release of new models, including its long-awaited first device with a color display.

    As first reported by CNET News.com, Palm will release the Palm IIIc with color display on Feb. 20, along with the Palm IIIxe, which will expand the memory of the Palm IIIx device. As is typical practice for the company, it is now cutting prices across its line of products in preparation for the new releases.

    Although the introduction of the first color Palm is clearly a technical milestone for the company, analysts are unsure whether the fancy displays will offer much real value to users.

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  • Pending Microsoft wireless deals point to computing shift
    Time: 16:01 EST/21:01 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Alex Harris

    Used to being the unrivaled giant of the software industry, Microsoft is finding itself cut down to size in the wireless world.

    Microsoft is recognized as the dominant software provider for the PC industry. But the company is finding that its powerful brand doesn't translate easily in the exploding wireless Web, one of the fastest-growing technology markets worldwide. That's forcing the company to scramble for partnerships with the companies that do wield real mobile power.

    It's an unfamiliar and uncomfortable role for the software firm, which is used to having its massive control of the PC market to use as a foundation for success in other corners of the computing world.

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  • ActiveDVD - Updates
    Time: 15:31 EST/20:31 GMT News Source: Active Network Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Just a quick note to say that ActiveDVD is now being update daily as we are moving to expand the site to contain far more news, information, articles and tips for both DVD and DVD-ROM hardware users. We are hoping to have some big competitions coming up on the ActiveDVD site quite soon.

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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-004) - Patch Available for "RDISK Registry Enumeration File" Vulnerability
    Time: 14:31 EST/19:31 GMT News Source: Microsoft Product Security Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    On January 21, 2000, Microsoft released the original version of this bulletin, discussing a security vulnerability in a Microsoft(r) Windows NT(r) 4.0 administrative utility. The original version of the bulletin discussed the vulnerability within the context of Windows NT 4.0 Server, Terminal Server Edition. However, we have since learned of scenarios under which the vulnerability could also affect Windows NT 4.0 servers and workstations, and have revised the bulletin accordingly.

    The utility creates a temporary file during execution that can contain security-sensitive information, but does not appropriately restrict access to it. Under certain conditions, it could be possible for a malicious user to read the file as it was being created.

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  • Microsoft DirectX to Feature Real-Time Voice Technology
    Time: 13:30 EST/16:30 GMT News Source: Microsoft Daily News Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft Corp. today announced plans to incorporate real-time voice technology, called DirectPlay® Voice, into the next version of its popular Microsoft® DirectX® suite of multimedia application programming interfaces (APIs). The innovation was adapted from the Battlefield Communicator (BattleCom) application created by ShadowFactor Software Inc., a Canadian company acquired by Microsoft in June 1999. The new DirectPlay Voice technology will be integrated into the DirectPlay networking API in DirectX and optimized for use in multiplayer games.

    "With the addition of this technology to the DirectPlay API in DirectX, Microsoft will provide game developers with a powerful set of programming interfaces to cleanly integrate voice technology into their games," said Paul Donlan, program manager for DirectX at Microsoft. "Real-time voice communication between players will greatly enhance the gameplay experience. Imagine table talk during an online bridge game or squad collaboration during World War II-era flying games such as 'Combat Flight Simulator.' Once embedded into DirectX, voice technology will bring multiplayer gaming to a new level."

    In addition to enhancing PC games, the incorporation of voice technology into DirectX will enable computers based on the Microsoft Windows® operating system to be used for the development and operation of additional PC-to-PC voice solutions, including voice-rich Web pages, real-time document sharing with voice collaboration, and Web-based customer-service voice applications.

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  • Altec-Lansing's ACS54 Speaker System Review
    Time: 05:01 EST/10:01 GMT News Source: CPU Review Posted By: Alex Harris

    CPU Review have posted their review of Altec-Lansing's ACS54 Speaker System. Here is a snippet of it:

    Recently I reviewed the Sys Cold Fusion 1000 system (1GHz Athlon) - which was shipped with an OEM version of the Altec-Lansing ACS54 speaker system. I was quite pleased with their performance, so I purchased a retail boxed ACS-54 speaker system - after all, I needed a 4.1 speaker system for testing four channel capable sound cards!

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  • ANZ in IT alliance with Microsoft
    Time: 04:55 EST/09:55 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Alex Harris

    Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd said on Friday it would work with Microsoft Corp to improve the bank's worldwide web-based technology which would help cut costs and improve its customer service.

    ANZ declined to say how much it was spending on the project nor how much it expected to save by adopting a single worldwide data and communications network and Windows 2000 desktop system, except to say the expected savings were large.

    ``Clearly they're substantial numbers or we would not be putting so much effort into it,'' said ANZ's head of technology, David Boyles.

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  • Intel Forum To Map A Three-Front Battle
    Time: 04:47 EST/09:47 GMT News Source: Tech Web Posted By: Alex Harris

    Intel executives will create a product triangle of sorts when the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) opens Feb. 15 in Palm Springs, Calif. Some 3,000 participants are expected to hear Intel describe the Timna processor with integrated graphics; the next-generation 32-bit Willamette microarchitecture; and the Itanium 64-bit processor.

    The company expects this trio of products to be introduced to the market this year, and to position Intel in the value, performance, and high-end-server portions of the computer marketplace.

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  • Former Microsoft Board Member Quits Mattel
    Time: 04:46 EST/09:46 GMT News Source: Tech Web Posted By: Alex Harris

    Jill E. Barad on Thursday resigned as chairman and chief executive officer of toy-maker Mattel. Until she declined to seek re-appointment last November, Barad was the only female member of Microsoft's Board of Directors. Last week, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Ann McLaughlin was appointed to replace Barad at Microsoft.

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  • Dualing Modems Reach 112 K
    Time: 04:44 EST/09:44 GMT News Source: Wired News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Is it more annoying to wait for DSL to come to your area, or to wait for those MP3s to download?

    For those with no alternative to analog modems, modem maker Cambridge Computer is offering a way to get 112 kbps downloads using two 56 K modems in tandem. The DataBridge Elite 112 K includes two 56 K modems with special firmware and software that takes two connections to the same ISP and merges them into a fast connection.

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  • NORDSTROMshoes puts best foot forward with Windows DNA platform
    Time: 04:41 EST/09:41 GMT News Source: Microsoft Daily News Posted By: Alex Harris

    When "the world's biggest shoe store" stepped up to the Web, it needed a scalable, reliable e-commerce platform.

    NORDSTROMshoes.com needed an e-commerce system that could handle high traffic, go live quickly and make room for 20 million pairs of shoes. The Nordstrom department store's new online shoe store also had to deliver the company's traditionally superior customer service. Nordstrom chose the Microsoft® Windows® DNA platform—and opened the electronic doors at NORDSTROMshoes.com in only three months.

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  • Customers confirm greater reliability of Windows 2000 helps them achieve business goals
    Time: 04:39 EST/09:39 GMT News Source: Microsoft Daily News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Reliable IT systems are a must for business.

    Companies adopting Microsoft® Windows® 2000 say it provides greater reliability than previous versions of the operating system. CenterBeam, Panel Processing and Toshiba report higher system uptime, greater resilience in the face of application failures and decreased planned downtime. Meanwhile, solution providers such as Digex and Symix are recommending Windows 2000 to their customers because of its improved reliability.

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  • AOL software features sneak out
    Time: 04:35 EST/09:35 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    Want a sneak preview of what the new Buddy List and tool bar will look like on a forthcoming version of America Online software? America Online Inc. doesn't want you to see its early depiction of Version 6.0 software, due for release in August, but on several Web sites you can get an unauthorized look. A spokeswoman for the online service says the documents were obtained illegally, most likely by hacking into their system.

    Yet a high school student who will identify himself only as "RainMa" claims he got the information by randomly browsing public files on the site using a regular AOL account and an internal AOL tool he has from his days as a volunteer content developer at the service.

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  • Intel buys DSL firm in second acquisition of day
    Time: 04:35 EST/09:35 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Alex Harris

    Intel opened its wallet twice today as the chip giant said it will purchase Ambient Technologies for $150 million--hours after it agreed to pick up Indian chip designer Thinkit Technologies.

    Ambient specializes in processors for modems for digital subscriber lines (DSL), a high-speed form of Internet access that rivals many of the features of cable Internet access. Thinkit, meanwhile, specializes in chips for communications infrastructure equipment such as routers.

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  • Russia, Latin America installing fiber-optic networks
    Time: 04:33 EST/09:33 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Alex Harris

    While the United States struggles to keep up with demand for higher-speed data connections, communications carriers are getting an early jump on the international market.

    A handful of network operators have begun deploying high-speed fiber-optic and cable networks in areas where Internet religion has yet to explode.

    Two recent examples include Impsat Fiber Networks, a communications carrier building a series of fiber-optic networks across Latin America, and a joint venture between Andersen Group and Comcor to build a fiber-optic Internet and cable TV network in Russia.

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  • Microsoft battles pair of security bugs
    Time: 04:29 EST/09:29 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft bug exterminators are at work on two security flaws that could expose users' information to the prying eyes of online attackers.

    Microsoft has acknowledged that bugs in its Java virtual machine for the Internet Explorer browser and its Outlook Express mail reader for IE enable malicious hackers to look at more than they ought to be able to see on targets' computers.

    Microsoft said it was devising patches for both holes.

    With Outlook Express, a malicious user can embed a script within a message that will let him or her read the mail of the targeted user while the initial message window remains open. The bug does not affect the standard version of Outlook.

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News Date: Thursday 3rd February 2000
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  • Virgin Atlantic limits auction to Windows users
    Time: 15:54 EST/20:54 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Virgin Atlantic is offering tickets for some of its flights to Europe and other destinations via a new online auction site. But if you're a Macintosh or Linux user, don't bother visiting. To access the ticket auction, consumers need to first download a program from Voyager Technologies. That program only works on Windows-based PCs.

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  • Microsoft Announces Alliance With Fujifilm and Inclusion Of Picture It! Express 2000 in New Fujicolor CD
    Time: 15:50 EST/20:50 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced it has formed an alliance with Fuji Photo Film USA Inc. to make digital imaging even more accessible for consumers. As part of the alliance, Fujifilm will incorporate Microsoft® Picture It!® Express 2000 photo-editing software into every new Fujicolor CD.

    Jon Schwarz, worldwide product manager for Consumer Publishing and Imaging at Microsoft, stated that the digital imaging industry has experienced great success because early adopters embraced digital imaging technologies, but the consumer portion of the market has been growing at a slower pace. "Consumers are interested in digital imaging, but they still think it is hard to do or that it requires expensive equipment," Schwarz said. "That's why we are excited to be working with Fujifilm on its new Fujicolor CD."

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  • VA Linux buys Slashdot.org
    Time: 15:49 EST/20:49 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Byron Hinson

    VA Linux is to buy Andover.net, owner of Slashdot.org, Freshmeat.net and a clutch of disparate Linux web sites, for $1 billion in shares and some cash. Speaking at LinuxWorld Expo, Larry Augustin, VA Linux CEO, said the company would pull the Andover sites into a "great developer community and resource online to drive Open Source".

    Well it’s certainly a way of building bulk rapidly -- so far as Linux-friendly eyeballs are concerned. The combined web sites will account for "two thirds of the total traffic of major Open Source sites, putting the combined network in the top 100 web destinations world wide". Andover.net brings 50 million page impressions per month to the party.

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  • Customers, Market Watchers and Application Service Providers Confirm Reliability of Windows 2000
    Time: 09:46 EST/14:46 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced an independent survey conducted by Sunbelt Software Inc., which concluded that on average the Windows® 2000 Professional operating system is twice as reliable as the Windows NT® Workstation 4.0 operating system and three times more reliable than either Windows 98 or Windows 95. Application service providers such as DIGEX Inc. and solution providers such as Symix Systems Inc. are seeing increased plans for adoption of Microsoft® Windows 2000 because of the enhanced reliability of the platform. Customers such as CenterBeam Inc., Panel Processing Inc. and Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. are deploying Windows 2000 Professional and Server and are experiencing tremendous reliability improvements, including higher system uptime, application failure resiliency and decreased planned system downtime.

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  • States MS brief: Bork aims to undermine appeal court ruling
    Time: 09:46 EST/14:46 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Judge Robert Bork has been prominent on the sidelines of the Microsoft case. He's a former US solicitor general, federal appeals judge, a believer in "constitutional originalism", and the author of a much-cited antitrust tome.

    He's also a pal of Judge Posner, the Chicago-based mediator. Microsoft tried to recruit him to advise on its defence but he decided to accept an invitation to do this for Netscape instead, as well as to be an adviser to the anti-Microsoft ACT analogue, the Project to Promote Competition and Innovation (Procomp). Bork ended up with the consolation prize of writing the Amicus brief for the Plaintiff States. His workmanlike brief does not regurgitate the Finding of Fact, or the Joint Proposed Conclusions of Law. He decided that his job was to address three legal principles: that Microsoft has monopolised and violated section two of the Sherman Act; that Microsoft's antitrust violations have harmed consumers; and, most importantly, that "the Court of Appeals consent decree decision provides no shelter for Microsoft's illegal conduct".

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  • Gateway Stores Preview Win2000
    Time: 05:23 EST/10:23 GMT News Source: PC World Posted By: Alex Harris

    Dying to see Windows 2000 in action? You don't have to wait until Microsoft's official launch on February 17 if you have a local Gateway Country showroom with a Business Solution center inside it. The company announced Tuesday that owners of small and medium-size businesses who want a sneak peak of the new operating system can stop by for a test drive.

    Gateway has Business Solution centers in about 95 percent of its 232 Gateway Country showrooms (click here to go to the Web site locator ). By offering small-business owners a chance to see a prerelease demonstration of Windows 2000, it lets them plan ahead in the same way that IT departments in larger companies can, says a Gateway spokesperson.

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  • AOL sued over 5.0 install
    Time: 05:17 EST/10:17 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    A suburban Washington, D.C., law firm sued America Online Inc., alleging Wednesday that AOL's new Version 5.0 Web browser puts rival Internet service providers at a disadvantage.

    A spokesman for AOL (NYSE: AOL) flatly denied the charges, saying the suit has no basis in law or in fact and that consumers who choose AOL as their default browser can easily switch back to another.

    Fritz Schneider of Yates & Schneider in Gaithersburg, Md., said that when AOL's new browser is installed it "has the effect of disabling or interrupting the user's access to the Internet through any other Internet service provider."

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  • Bug found in MS Java machine
    Time: 05:16 EST/10:16 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    As it continues its battle with Sun Microsystems Inc. over the future of Java, Microsoft Corp. is finding itself facing an entirely different type of obstacle: a newly uncovered security glitch in its Java virtual machine.

    According to a report by Dr. Hiromitsu Takagi of the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry, the bug might allow an attacker to steal files from Web surfers who are using versions 4, 5 or 5.01 of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser that include Microsoft's Java virtual machine. (Microsoft makes the Java virtual machine an optional, user-selectable component of IE.)

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  • Intel's 'Willamette' heats up GHz race
    Time: 05:14 EST/10:14 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    The race to -- and past -- 1 gig heats up in two weeks.

    That's when Intel Corp. will lure developers to Palm Springs, Calif., for some winter golf and the semiannual Intel Developer Forum, where the company will unveil the latest in its processor technology.

    The highlights will include two new processor architectures along with a new -- yet familiar -- one, Itanium.

    "Willamette," the code name for Intel's (Nasdaq: INTC) next-generation desktop processor, will headline the show and will offer clock speeds of "well in excess of 1GHz," says Pat Gelsinger, vice president and general manager of Intel's Desktop Products Group.

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  • Coalition says Linux ready for Intel's upcoming chips
    Time: 05:12 EST/10:12 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    A Linux coalition called the Trillian project has publicly released a version of the operating system that works on Intel's next-generation microprocessors.

    The software now is available to anyone, not just the select few from a handful of companies that currently have worked on the Trillian project, executives at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo said here today.

    The Trillian effort began two years ago with David Mosberger's work at HP, the company that developed the architecture used in the upcoming 64-bit Itanium chip. Now the effort has expanded to include IBM, SGI, VA Linux Systems, Intel, Red Hat, Caldera Systems, SuSE, TurboLinux, CERN and Cygnus Solutions, a company acquired by Red Hat.

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  • XML software firm latest to tap IPO craze
    Time: 05:10 EST/10:10 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Amid growing investor interest, e-commerce software maker WebMethods next week will become one of the first Extensible Markup Language software companies to go public.

    WebMethods, which builds software that allows companies to do business with each other online, hopes to raise $45 million in its public offering. From an investor's point of view, the company is doubly blessed: It markets XML-based software in the business-to-business e-commerce market, a red-hot sector that is growing exponentially as more companies tap the Web to expand their businesses.

    XML is a Web standard for exchanging data that proponents say will allow companies to easily and cheaply conduct online transactions with customers and partners.

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  • Time Warner execs can cash out on AOL merger
    Time: 05:08 EST/10:08 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Time Warner may be facing an early exodus of top executives who instantly became eligible to cash in all their stock options under an unusual company provision that took effect upon last month's takeover announcement by America Online.

    The long-standing provision, which applies to a takeover by any company, was triggered Jan. 10, when Time Warner signed off on America Online's historic $160 billion merger bid, according to Time Warner spokesman Ed Adler. That means Time Warner employees with previously unvested options won't have to wait for the merger to officially close before exercising them. They can do so now.

    "There are many folks here measuring their lives now. Should they continue working at this pace or retire?" said a Time Warner executive who requested anonymity. "I know there is a lot of chat about farms and islands."

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News Date: Wednesday 2nd February 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
Windows Me
  • Windows 2000 Computer Systems Currently Available
    Time: 16:09 EST/21:09 GMT News Source: Active Network Posted By: Robert Stein

    As of last week, computer manufacturers have been distributing factory computers preinstalled with the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system; we have posted a list of Windows 2000 computer systems currently available on the market. This is a handy reference to consumers who are about to buy a computer with the new operating system - check it out! 

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  • Microsoft, Matsushita (Panasonic), SanDisk and Toshiba Announce Support for Windows Media Format in New SD Memory Card
    Time: 15:12 EST/20:12 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq "MFST"), Matsushita Electric Industrial Company Ltd. (Panasonic, NYSE "MC"), SanDisk Corp. (Nasdaq "SNDK") and Toshiba Corp. today announced that the new SD Memory Card specification includes support for the Microsoft® Windows Media™ Format. This new memory card, the size of a postage stamp, is designed to store secure digital media content, including digital music, on portable music devices.

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  • Split decision in latest Microsoft filings
    Time: 11:27 EST/16:27 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Take a heavyweight Harvard antitrust law professor hand-picked by the judge in the Microsoft antitrust case, have him write a deliciously malleable legal brief about one of the most contentious aspects of the trial and what do you get? A true testimony to ambiguity: both Microsoft and the government, reading the same document, proclaim it supports their case.

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  • Microsoft Conquest Developers Journal
    Time: 08:47 EST/13:47 GMT News Source: VE3D Posted By: Byron Hinson

    ATFW posted word that Digital Anvil's site has been updated with a new Conquest developer's journal and a new Conquest team bio, which focuses on artist Steven Stahlberg.  This new installment to the dev. journal was done-up by Art Director Sergio Rosas.  Sergio talks nasty about various members of the Conquest art team, and on deadlines.  Finally, there are four new concept art pieces from Conquest as well.  Here's a little FYI on Conquest, taken from Microsoft's Conquest page:

    Currently being developed by Digital Anvil, Conquest: Frontier Wars is the visually stunning, 3D space real-time strategy game that combines ease of play with unique strategic depth.

    Build massive fleets to explore, colonize and exploit far-flung worlds. All this while governing your home population, overseeing scientific research, and interacting with galactic neighbors as you move ever closer to your goal - Galactic Domination!

    Conquest: Frontier Wars is scheduled for a early 2000 release.

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  • Microsoft reports drop in Baltic software piracy
    Time: 07:52 EST/12:52 GMT News Source: Reuters Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Software giant Microsoft said on Wednesday that piracy level of business software in the Baltics has started to fall but remains high. Microsoft's Baltic and Nordic anti-piracy head, Norvald Heidel, told a news conference the piracy rate among Estonian businesses had fallen to 72 percent of all software used at the end of last year from 86 percent in 1998. Pirated software among Latvian firms dropped to 85 percent from 90 percent and among Lithuanian companies to 81 percent from 92 percent. But, he said, there is a long way to go before average Nordic piracy levels of 35 percent are met

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  • Friends of MS flounder in court brief
    Time: 05:24 EST/10:24 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The first surprise in the Association for Competitive Technology's amicus brief supporting Microsoft against the DoJ and the States is that the ACT appears to be claiming 9,000 company members. A very careful reading shows that it counts the corporate members of other industry associations that have joined ACT, which is rather presumptious since it assumes that each of these members supports the ACT when they may not be aware that they are numbered amongst Microsoft supporters.

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  • Microsoft plans to Windows You in Y2K
    Time: 03:54 EST/08:54 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Alex Harris

    The final (maybe, we reckon) Microsoft retread of the old Dos-Windows 9x code will ship this year under the tag Windows Millennium Edition, according to the usually reliable Paul Thurrock. We say usually reliable because, love him as we do, we can't help recalling he was assuring the world earlier this month that the blessed thing would be called Windows 98 Third Edition.

    But if you play games with the mercurial and eminently changeable minds of Microsoft marketing spin doctors, you're going to get burned, so we don't hold it against him. From the look of the explanation the spinmeisters probably only thought of how they were going to market the blessed thing the other morning, after a seriously damaging session at TGI Friday's the previous night.

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  • Unsealed Caldera files detail MS evidence-shredding claims
    Time: 03:54 EST/08:54 GMT News Source: The Register Posted By: Alex Harris

    Evidence given under oath that Microsoft deliberately destroyed evidence that could be used in pending or forthcoming antitrust actions has finally come to light. Although its existence had been generally known, Microsoft has succeeded keeping it secret until now.

    But following an application by the Salt Lake Tribune, the San Jose Mercury and Bloomberg to unseal documents in the now-settled Caldera case, Judge Ronald Boyce released some of the sealed filings. Amongst the sealed pages were some extraordinary things: the lengths of golf course holes in China, photographs of a woman and an insect, published articles, and many blank pages. Caldera argued that the designations were "done by monkeys", but Microsoft protested that the purpose of these was to discourage other potential plaintiffs rather than the media.

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  • Another Microsoft Executive To Leave
    Time: 03:48 EST/08:48 GMT News Source: Tech Web Posted By: Alex Harris

    Rich Tong, a longtime Microsoft executive who worked on Excel and most recently BackOffice, is leaving the company. Tong is vice president of marketing for the business productivity application group. He is one in a long line of top executives to leave the company, including chief financial officer Greg Maffei, chief technical officer Nathan Myhrvold, senior vice president Brad Silverberg, channel vice president Sam Jadallah, and Web TV guru Steve Perlman.

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  • Bouygues Telecom Launches Wireless Internet Services Portal Based on Microsoft Software Platforms
    Time: 03:46 EST/08:46 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Alex Harris

    Today at the GSM World Congress, Bouygues Telecom, one of France's major wireless carriers, and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - news) demonstrated Bouygues Telecom's new wireless portal, http://www.bouygtel.com, which is based on Microsoft's standards-based, flexible, end-to-end mobile Internet solution. One more way that Microsoft is working with the wireless industry to enable information access any time, anywhere and from any device, the new mobile portal is available immediately to Bouygues Telecom's subscribers, at no additional charge.

    Bouygues Telecom has worked closely with Microsoft to develop a standards-based Internet solution based entirely on Microsoft® products including Windows NT® Server with Microsoft Message Queue Server (MSMQ), Microsoft Commercial Internet System (MCIS), Microsoft SQL Server(TM) and the Microsoft Internet Cellular Smart Access (ICSA) e-mail server. In addition to providing the technology, Microsoft was able to share with Bouygues Telecom its extensive experience in developing consumer Web portals.

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  • Unilever , Microsoft extend online deal
    Time: 03:44 EST/08:44 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Alex Harris

    Unilever NV/Plc said on Wednesday it had signed a three-year deal with Microsoft(NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) for the development of interactive and on-line marketing strategies for its key brands in France, Germany and Britain.

    The agreement, of which no financial details were disclosed, is an extension of the cooperation between the two firms started in the United States in 1998 to promote Unilever brands, the Anglo-Dutch food-to-detergents group said in a statement.

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  • TheStreet.com and Microsoft MSN MoneyCentral Announce Syndication Alliance
    Time: 03:42 EST/08:42 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Alex Harris

    TheStreet.com Inc., a leading Web-based financial news provider, and Microsoft Corp. today announced a content syndication alliance. Through the agreement, selected commentary from the award-winning MSN™ MoneyCentral™ online personal finance service will be provided on the main TheStreet.com site, which will become free during the second quarter of 2000. The deal, the first under which MSN MoneyCentral will syndicate content to an outside site, expands a previous content syndication agreement between the two companies.

    Under the terms of the one-year agreement, TheStreet.com will publish two commentaries each week from influential MSN MoneyCentral columnists including Jim Jubak, Jon Markman and Mary Rowland.

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  • Microsoft bCentral Launches Business-to-Business-Focused Auction Site With FairMarket
    Time: 03:40 EST/08:40 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft® bCentral™ small-business portal, a new Web-based business portal created to meet the needs of small and growing companies, and FairMarket SM, Inc., a leading provider of private-label, outsourced, networked auction services, today announced bCentral auctions. The site, http://auctions.bcentral.com/, provides a dynamic trading place for small businesses to buy and sell everything from Web site domain names to travel accessories.

    Powered by FairMarket, bCentral auctions is connected to the FairMarket NetworkSM, a consortium of auction sites that includes the MSN™ network of Internet services, Lycos Inc., Excite@Home, Xoom.com, CompUSA Inc., Dell Computer Corp., Outpost.com and many others. As a member of the FairMarket Network, users of bCentral have access to high-quality items from these vendors as well as listings from other participants in the bCentral community.

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  • Aetna creates virtual company meeting for 35,000 employees using Windows Media
    Time: 03:38 EST/08:38 GMT News Source: Microsoft Daily News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Even with a workforce dispersed across the globe, Aetna Inc. easily keeps its employees informed about what's going on at the company through the use of streaming media on its intranet.

    Using Microsoft® Windows Media™, the health insurance provider streams company meetings live to 35,000 employees' desktop PCs. Impressed by the quality and effectiveness of this streaming solution, Aetna plans to expand its use of Windows Media to employee training, knowledge management, media relations and customer education. Aetna also plans to deploy Windows Media capabilities to another 15,000 desktops in the next year.

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  • The Sony Emotion Engine: We're Talking Gigaflops
    Time: 03:36 EST/08:36 GMT News Source: PC World Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microprocessor engineers, analysts, and journalists gathered for an industry dinner here Thursday night to talk about recent triumphs and future milestones. They discussed the highly regarded Athlon chip from Advanced Micro Devices, Intel's groundbreaking new Itanium processor, and the impending release of 1-GHz chips. But the real buzz was about something completely different: a game machine.

    Specifically, the story of the day was Sony's upcoming PlayStation 2, and the Emotion Engine processor that will run it. Developed by Sony and Toshiba, experts predict the high-tech processor will offer unprecedented gaming power. More importantly, it could provide the processing power for the PlayStation 2 to challenge cheap PCs as the entry-level device of choice for home access to the Web.

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  • $499 PC Offers Linux/Windows Dual Boot
    Time: 03:34 EST/08:34 GMT News Source: PC World Posted By: Alex Harris

    Can't make up your mind whether to stick with Windows or try out Linux? Internet retailer PC Shopping Planet is offering a $499 computer that allows you to boot up in either the Windows or the Linux operating systems.

    Offered through the retailer's Bay Micro Computers wholly owned subsidiary, the computers are available at the PC Shopping Planet Web site or through the Bay Micro reseller network, the company said in a statement Tuesday. PC Shopping Planet is the Web retail presence of iChargeit Inc., based in Torrance, California.

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  • Clinton anti-hack plan attacked
    Time: 03:32 EST/08:32 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    A White House plan to protect telecommunications, energy and other key systems from cyberattacks relies too much on detecting intrusions and not enough on improving security, a report by Congress' investigative arm said Tuesday.

    President Clinton last month proposed spending $2 billion to eliminate computers' vulnerability to hackers and terrorists in key parts of government and private infrastructure.

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  • Microsoft files response to government rebuttal
    Time: 03:30 EST/08:30 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Additional briefs filed today in the Microsoft antitrust trial case cast the software maker's behavior in strikingly different lights.

    Microsoft filed a brief that amounts to a rebuttal to the government's rebuttal brief submitted last week, arguing that the document lacked substance. Also today, onetime Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork filed a "friend of the court" brief on behalf of 19 states, along with the Justice Department (DOJ), which alleges Microsoft violated antitrust law. Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig filed another brief at the request of presiding U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson. 

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  • Internal email discloses Microsoft's wireless plans
    Time: 03:28 EST/08:28 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft is negotiating distribution deals with Sprint PCS, AirTouch and others to boost its technology in the rapidly expanding market for wireless devices, according to an email received by CNET News.com.

    A "major deal" with British Telecom and AT&T also is in the works, according to the email, which was inadvertently sent to a CNET editor late today. "We're in discussions for a major deal with these companies," the email said, referring to British Telecom and AT&T. "This is still highly confidential." The email did not provide details, but investments were not mentioned.

    The internal correspondence discusses the company's possible announcements at the upcoming Wireless 2000 industry trade show that begins Feb. 28. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is scheduled to speak at the event. Microsoft executives declined to comment on the email.

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News Date: Tuesday 1st February 2000
Today's Top Headlines:
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  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-007) - Patch Available for "Recycle Bin Creation" Vulnerability
    Time: 18:09 EST/23:09 GMT News Source: Microsoft Product Security Posted By: Matthew Sabean

    Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft(r) Windows NT 4.0. Under a very daunting set of conditions, a malicious user could create, delete or modify files in the Recycle Bin of another user who shared the machine. In most cases, the vulnerability would not allow the malicious user to read the files unless they already had read permission to do so.

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  • Microsoft gets personal with Windows Me
    Time: 16:44 EST/21441 GMT News Source: CNN Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft announced Tuesday that the new consumer version of their Windows operating system will be called the Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, also known as Windows Me.

    Windows Me is so dubbed to alleviate what it terms "customer confusion" between the consumer and business editions of Windows. Windows 2000 is actually the successor to the enterprise OS Windows NT, rather than the consumer OS Windows 98, despite what the title implies.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions - Windows Millennium Edition - Updated
    Time: 16:11 EST/21:11 GMT News Source: Active Network Posted By: Byron Hinson

    We have updated the Windows Millennium Edition frequently asked questions section now that the operating system has an official name. If I hear people going round calling it Windows Me I'll probably be forced to kill them.

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  • IE 5.5 and Windows Update
    Time: 15:37 EST/20:37 GMT News Source: Active Network Posted By: Alex Harris

    Windows Update ImageWe have been receiving a few emails about how people who have Internet Explorer 5.5 installed cannot connect to Windows Update. The screenshot they get is show here. Microsoft is aware of the problem as it only started yesterday. We will keep you posted about the situation when we get some more news about it.

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  • Windows Enters the Millennium
    Time: 15:37 EST/20:37 GMT News Source: PC World Posted By: Alex Harris

    It may be a third version of Windows 98, or its successor (as Microsoft calls it). But whatever it is, Microsoft's next consumer operating system finally has a name. From this day forth, it will be known as Windows Millennium edition. But please, call it WMe for short, says a Microsoft spokesperson (although she doesn't know exactly why the "e" in WMe is lowercase).

    The new name is not so surprising, since the operating system's code name was also Millennium. Analysts say that Millennium is not a new operating system, but a third edition of Windows 98 dressed up with new features for remarketing purposes.

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  • Sun-Netscape Alliance targets wireless Net niche
    Time: 15:35 EST/20:35 GMT News Source: CNet News Posted By: Alex Harris

    The Sun-Netscape Alliance wants a piece of the emerging wireless Internet market.

    The Alliance, a partnership between Sun Microsystems and America Online subsidiary Netscape, will soon ship wireless software that will let people access their email, calendars and address books from their cell phones and other handheld devices, such as Palm VIIs.

    The product, called iPlanet Wireless Server, is aimed at telecommunications companies, Web portal sites and businesses that offer wireless Internet services to people.

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  • EMC and Microsoft Form Strategic Global Alliance
    Time: 15:27 EST/20:27 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    EMC Corp. and Microsoft Corp. today announced a strategic alliance designed to help organizations worldwide more effectively build and deploy highly reliable, available and manageable business solutions using the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server network operating system. The companies will combine Windows 2000, leading storage solutions and services from EMC, along with end-to-end solutions and services from EMC's Data General division to address the computing requirements of customers with the most demanding information technology environments.

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  • Microsoft: DOJ trying to rewrite the law
    Time: 15:25 EST/20:25 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Byron Hinson

    As friends and foes of Microsoft Corp. line up to submit legal briefs in its antitrust case, the company filed documents Tuesday rebutting charges against it. In two documents filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Microsoft argued that the DOJ and 19 state attorneys general are trying to rewrite antitrust law and force the courts to implement unprecedented restrictions on technology products.

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  • Friends, foes file comments in Microsoft antitrust case
    Time: 15:20 EST/20:20 GMT News Source: News.com Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The landmark Microsoft antitrust case will heat up again today as lawyers descend on Washington to file a slew of "friend of the court" briefs. Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig is expected to file his amicus, or "friend of the court," brief sometime today and post it on the Berkman Center for Internet & Society page.

    The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), the largest software trade association, will also file an amicus brief on behalf of the Justice Department (DOJ) sometime before 1 p.m. PST. In addition, antitrust expert and onetime Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork is expected to file another brief on behalf of the 19 states involved in the trial.

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  • MSN HomeAdvisor Introduces New Credit Center
    Time: 11:12 EST/16:12 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    The MSN™ HomeAdvisor™ online real estate service, the award-winning guide to finding homes and loans on the Web, today announced it has signed an exclusive, multiyear agreement with QSpace Inc., the Web's largest provider of online credit reports. Now, consumers looking to buy, sell, rent or refinance a home can access detailed and instantaneous credit information. Complete credit reports can be requested online in the new Credit Center on HomeAdvisor, and, for only $4, consumers can know their entire credit history in seconds.

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  • Microsoft Donates More Than $3 Million in Software to Aid Low-Income Students Seeking Post-Secondary Education
    Time: 11:12 EST/16:12 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced its latest grant of more than $3 million in software* to TRIO programs in 49 colleges and universities across the United States, providing greater technology access to low-income and first-generation students seeking post-secondary educations. Microsoft's donations to TRIO programs now total more than $24 million in software since 1996. Federally funded, TRIO programs currently help more than 700,000 low-income Americans between the ages of 11 and 27 enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life.

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  • Windows for Smart Cards Gaining Broad Industry Acceptance
    Time: 11:11 EST/16:11 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Today at the GSM World Congress, Microsoft Corp. announced that within three months of the launch of Microsoft® Windows® for Smart Cards at Cartes 99, it has received orders for over 15 million Windows Powered Smart Cards solutions from card manufacturers. The first companies to use the Windows for Smart Cards operating system include British Telecommunications PLC, which is taking part in a pilot program aimed at bringing one-touch remote network access to mobile workers, and BRED Banque Populaire in France, which will offer a full authentication and security solution for business-to-business Internet commerce. At the conference, Microsoft will demonstrate phone calls on GSM cards using Windows for Smart Cards with customized services for carriers such as e-mail, calendar, stock quotes and other Internet applications.

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  • Microsoft Announces Windows Telecommunications Alliance
    Time: 11:10 EST/16:10 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Microsoft Corp. today announced the Windows® Telecommunications Alliance, a new industry program designed to support the more than 1,700 network equipment providers (NEPs) and independent software vendors (ISVs) currently engaged in developing Microsoft® Windows operating system-based telecommunications solutions for the corporate and service provider markets. The Windows Telecommunications Alliance is designed to provide its members with information and resources that will help them successfully build business-engineering, marketing, sales and support infrastructures for telecommunications products based on the Windows platform. The Alliance is also designed to provide members with a forum for sharing technology and selling insights with Microsoft and each other, exchange best practices, and pass along business-to-business referrals.

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  • ActiveDVD: Wild Wild West: DVD - Review
    Time: 10:56 EST/15:56 GMT News Source: ActiveDVD Posted By: Byron Hinson

    Wild Wild West - ReviewI have posted my review of Will Smith's recently released box office flop, Wild Wild West. Here is a snippet:

    Most people in Hollywood believed that Will Smith could do no wrong, no matter what type of film he was starring, but when Wild Wild West was in production there were rumors afoot that the movie had a poor script and very few ideas but it was a script that Smith and his Director from Men In Black, Barry Sonnenfeld both read through and accepted as a good one.

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  • Microsoft Demonstrates Mobile Internet Solutions at GSM World Congress Show
    Time: 04:37 EST/09:37 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Alex Harris

    This week at the GSM World Congress, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - news) will demonstrate its position as a key driver of the mobile Internet by showcasing solutions that enable operators of global system for mobile communication (GSM) and other networks to deliver secure, next-generation network services for their consumer and business customers. Through the consumer and corporate user scenarios on display, Microsoft will show how it is working with the GSM industry to deliver on its promise to provide information access any time, anywhere, and from any device.

    Microsoft's flexible and scalable solutions span a range of standards-based software products and services including Microsoft® Mobile Explorer, Windows® for Smart Cards, the Internet Cellular Smart Access (ICSA) e-mail server, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft BackOffice® family products and MSN(TM) Mobile Services. With these solutions, GSM operators and their partners can take advantage of the benefits of using industry-standard technologies to deploy mobile data services on today's networks as well as on the higher-bandwidth networks to come in the near future.

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  • Windows for Smart Cards Gaining Broad Industry Acceptance
    Time: 04:35 EST/09:35 GMT News Source: Press Release Posted By: Alex Harris

    Today at the GSM World Congress, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - news) announced that within three months of the launch of Microsoft® Windows® for Smart Cards at Cartes 99, it has received orders for over 15 million Windows Powered Smart Cards solutions from card manufacturers. The first companies to use the Windows for Smart Cards operating system include British Telecommunications PLC, which is taking part in a pilot program aimed at bringing one-touch remote network access to mobile workers, and BRED Banque Populaire in France, which will offer a full authentication and security solution for business-to-business Internet commerce. At the conference, Microsoft will demonstrate phone calls on GSM cards using Windows for Smart Cards with customized services for carriers such as e-mail, calendar, stock quotes and other Internet applications.

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  • Top Lawyers to Aid Microsoft
    Time: 04:34 EST/09:34 GMT News Source: Washington Post Posted By: Alex Harris

    Two former attorneys general and two former White House lawyers are part of a high-powered team recruited by a group with close ties to Microsoft Corp. to take the software giant's side in its antitrust battle with the federal government.

    The Association for Competitive Technology, a trade group backed by Microsoft, has hired the Washington law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and recruited prominent lawyers to join in a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that Microsoft did not break federal antitrust laws, said Jonathan Zuck, the group's president.

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  • Windows 2K security hole 'a major threat'
    Time: 04:33 EST/09:33 GMT News Source: USA Today Posted By: Alex Harris

    It's not scheduled for release until Feb. 17, but Microsoft has already released the first patch affecting Windows 2000.

    The patch, released by Microsoft on Wednesday, repairs two different security bugs in Microsoft Index Server, the more egregious of which allows hackers to view files stored on a target Web server. Index Server is an add-on to Windows NT 4.0 and is built into Windows 2000 (in the form of Indexing Services). Index Server provides developers with Active Scripting and query management capabilities.

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  • Bill G. or Baywatch? No Contest
    Time: 04:31 EST/09:31 GMT News Source: Wired News Posted By: Alex Harris

    Local tabloids had a tough call to make over the weekend when the world's richest man and the world's most recognizable lifeguard arrived in the German capital.

    Pamela Anderson Lee, in town for a talk-show appearance, may have won the contest of cover stories. But Bill Gates still attracted a respectable 2,000 guests to Saturday's preview of the new exhibit of Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester.

    "Since the age of 10, I have thought that Leonardo is the most amazing person in history," Gates told the invitation-only crowd, which included German president Johannes Rau, Berlin mayor Eberhard Diepgen, and Richard Roy, chairman of Microsoft Germany.

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  • Microsoft, Data General Form Win 2000 Pact
    Time: 04:28 EST/09:28 GMT News Source: Tech Web Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft, cranking up the marketing buzz leading up to the Feb. 17 launch of Windows 2000, plans to detail yet another enterprise customer partnership. Microsoft and EMC's Data General division on Tuesday will discuss a global Win 2000 alliance. Deborah Willingham, vice president of Windows marketing, will host a press and analyst teleconference.

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  • PeopleSoft deploying Windows 2000 on Toshiba portables for "fantastic mobile solution"
    Time: 04:26 EST/09:26 GMT News Source: Microsoft Daily News Posted By: Alex Harris

    To do their jobs well, mobile workers need flexible software and powerful PCs.

    PeopleSoft, a world leader in enterprise software, expects to make work easier for its 10,000 mobile employees by deploying Toshiba notebooks running Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional. PeopleSoft says the manageability and mobile features of Windows 2000 and the performance of the Toshiba portables make a powerful solution for workers on the road.

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  • Watch Out Microsoft, Here Comes Corel
    Time: 04:26 EST/09:26 GMT News Source: PC World Posted By: Alex Harris

    If you're looking to kiss Microsoft Office 2000 good-bye, Corel's new WordPerfect Office 2000 Small Business Edition might be your opportunity.

    Scheduled to hit store shelves during February, WordPerfect Office promises a little something for everyone--myriad tools to create charts, documents, spreadsheets, and Web pages--for $449 new or $159 for an upgrade.

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  • Joshua Processor May Come Early
    Time: 04:25 EST/09:25 GMT News Source: PC World Posted By: Alex Harris

    Intel has faced fierce competition from archrival AMD in the race to produce the fastest processor. Soon, Intel may also be facing some serious competition at the low end of the chip market. A new PC processor is looming nearer that will compete at the slower end of the performance spectrum.

    The long-awaited Joshua processor from Taiwanese chip set maker Via Technologies may have its launch details announced as early as this week, according to Kevin Krewell, a senior analyst with the research firm MicroDesign Resources, publisher of Microprocessor Report.

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  • Why Microsoft Wants Your Money
    Time: 04:23 EST/09:23 GMT News Source: PC World Posted By: Alex Harris

    Microsoft wants your money, or at least wants to help you manage it. No, the world's richest man isn't going to come over and balance your checkbook. Instead, Microsoft's MSN MoneyCentral site offers several tools to help you manage your funds, file and prepare your taxes, track investments, and pay bills. Now you also can access a personal financial control center and an IPO Center.

    In mid-February, My MoneyCentral plans to offer what the company calls your "financial control center." The center is really a personalized finance page (on MSN's portal site) you set up with your own portfolio data, bank balances, charts of your holdings, bills, and member pages. You can also set up a stock ticker, but you'll have to add the ticker symbol of each of the stocks you want to scroll across the page.

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  • Intel's Grove to sell $50M in shares
    Time: 04:21 EST/09:21 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) Chairman Andrew Grove plans to sell $50 million in shares of the semiconductor maker, according to a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Grove filed to sell 484,208 class A common shares that he acquired after exercising a stock option, the Jan. 18 filing stated. He has not sold any Intel shares in the past three months, the regulatory document showed.

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  • Expedia buys two travel sites, tops estimates
    Time: 04:20 EST/09:20 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    Expedia Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPE), the online travel site of Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), said Monday it would buy two online travel companies, VacationSpot.com and Travelscape.com for $177 million in stock. Expedia also posted a smaller-than-expected loss in its first quarter as a public company.

    Under the terms of the deals, Expedia would issue about 2.6 million shares and options, valued at about $82 million, for VacationSpot.com, an online lodging reservation service. Expedia, which went public in November, also said it would issue about 3 million shares, options and warrants, valued at about $95 million, for Internet hotel consolidator Travelscape.com.

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  • Industry group files pro-Microsoft court brief
    Time: 04:18 EST/09:18 GMT News Source: ZDNet Posted By: Alex Harris

    A pro-Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) industry group filed court papers Monday arguing that Microsoft Corp. engaged in the kind of vigorous competition envisioned in the nation's antitrust laws, rather than violating those laws. In a 46-page "friend of the court" brief, the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT) laid out its views of the antitrust case for U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson. The brief is one of four Jackson will get as he ponders whether Microsoft broke the law in charges brought against the company by the Justice Department and 19 states. The briefs are due Tuesday, but ACT released its paper on Monday.

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