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June 1999 Archive


Barnes & Noble went after Ingram Book Group for its LightningPrint technology for printing books on demand. Now, with that deal in jeopardy, Borders makes its move into the same territory. [6.1.99]

Under pressure from traditional pen-and-ink animators, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has banned motion-capture computer animation from consideration for the Emmy awards. [6.1.99]

The latest calculations indicate that there really is a giant black hole in the center of our galaxy. [6.1.99]

The latest scheme to come out of Idealab will provide a personal home page for every phone number in America. [6.2.99]

Scientists at Georgia Tech have cobbled together a "biological computer" from leech neurons. Right now it's limited to simple math; the next step is teaching it to multiply. [6.2.99]

Corporations seeking Web development consultants are finding that small firms work better, faster, and cheaper than their larger competitors. [6.2.99]

The real revelation in this BBC News story is not that technology is making people miserable (tell us something we don't already know) but that British Mac users exist in some strange alternate universe where the Trash is called the Wastebasket. [6.2.99]

Apparently, if you think a doctor can't help you, then you really need a doctor. [6.2.99]

As the post-Columbine hysteria rolls on, legislators are now scrutinizing advertising for video games. [6.3.99]

For Sale: pre-owned breast implants. Yecch. [6.3.99]

People tend to think of fractal geometry as the realm of high-powered computer rendering engines, but the same principles and patterns have been found at work in traditional African arts and crafts. [6.4.99]

So you thought Silicon Valley was the place to be for tech workers in search of big money? Nope -- try Washington state. [6.4.99]

Am I the only one getting annoyed with News.com's ongoing policy of pretending their editorial errors (in this case, mistaking an Apple monitor for a "new" iMac model) never happened? (Oh wait, here it is.) [6.4.99]

The University of Florida's new Digital Arts and Sciences program aims to create a new breed of techno-savvy artists -- and art-minded coders. (But what about that calculus requirement?) [6.7.99]

The cable industry's bid to extend its television service monopolies into the digital broadband market has been shot down by an Oregon judge. [6.7.99]

Hey Kids! Let's play a fun little game called Count the Fact Errors with the NY Review of Books' take on Star Wars. [6.7.99]

As the Net begins to pervade every aspect of modern life, the once-hip cybercafe passes into obscurity. (Then again, it could be worse.) [6.8.99]

The International Lyrics Server is back online after having been shut down by The Man. (Update: It looks like the server is back up in name only -- there's no actual content there.) [6.8.99]

If your lemonade stand is in need of an e-commerce angle, but you can't find development consultants, it's time to dig into Webmonkey for Kids. [6.8.99]

Ad gurus say Internet companies are behind some of the most creative television advertising to come along in a long time. [6.9.99]

Listserv and mindshare are just two of the recent coinages to find their way into the OED. [6.9.99]

Are stodgy old corporate sites soon to be portalized? [6.10.99]

It never made sense to me that cell phone users had to pay for incoming calls. Now the FCC plans to change all that by making the caller pay, not the callee. [6.10.99]

What happens when you try to use one portal to find another? [6.10.99]

Porsche's attempt to tackle in one fell swoop 138 holders of domains that allegedly infringe the company's trademarks has been thrown out of court, forcing Porsche to take on the cybersquatters one case at a time. [6.11.99]

It used to be that anyone beating a path from Corporate America to the Net biz was a visionary; now, they're just as likely to be money-grubbing suits. Scott Rosenberg of Salon has some tips on how to tell the difference. [6.11.99]

He's dead, Jim. [6.11.99]

Windows 2000 is coming along Real Soon Now, but so far, the grand total number of applications that will support the operating system's new features is (drumroll please) ten. [6.14.99]

The bigwigs at innovative Net search startup Google say they're not going to compete with the portals. So how are they going to make any money? Their investors say they've got more than clever technology up their sleeves. [6.14.99]

Lucasfilm beat out CNET for the rights to a prime parcel of Presidio property. [6.14.99]

ICANN head Esther Dyson says the budding monopolists at Network Solutions are out to sabotage her group's efforts to create a more equitable domain name registration system. [6.16.99]

I have to add my voice to the chorus celebrating the death of Divx, a truly Evil Technology if ever there was one. I don't know if I can go back to shopping at Circuit City, though. [6.16.99]

The more I read about it, the less I like the International Lyrics Server's new bait-and-switch business model. It doesn't serve lyrics at all any more -- it just drives traffic to its e-commerce partners. [6.16.99]

The very first Apple computer ever sold is being put up for auction. Unfortunately, the stylish wooden case is not included. [6.17.99]

Microsoft's enemies list may prove to be the smoking gun the DOJ needs to seal the company's fate. [6.17.99]

Sure, everybody's worried about bank failures and plane crashes come Y2K. But what about four million gallons of raw sewage in your neighborhood? [6.17.99]

A Presidential commission is expected to recommend a ban on Internet gambling in the United States. (Some forms of gambling, however, will remain unaffected.) [6.18.99]

Einstein's brain, which spent much of the last 40 years in a jar behind a beer cooler, is now helping neuroscientists unlock the secrets of his genius. [6.18.99]

Bad Religion, the most scholarly band in punk rock, is bankrolling the next generation of intrepid intellectual explorers. (By way of Bring the Rock.) [6.18.99]

Even the industry-sponsored studies are now indicating that there may be some truth to the long-rumored link between cell phones and brain cancer. [6.21.99]

The creators of USC's groundbreaking Telegarden bring you Jester, the joke server that knows your sense of humor. [6.21.99]

Those free PCs are finally hitting the streets. [6.21.99]

Who needs hypnosis? Research shows that, even when fully lucid, one in four can be persuaded to remember something that didn't actually happen to them. [6.21.99]

The cops have descended upon Stonehenge after some partying pagans got out of hand at the annual summer solstice ceremonies. [6.21.99]

Apple's highly anticipated (by me, anyway) Consumer Portable may be in danger of getting the axe before it ever reaches the market. [6.22.99]

Louisiana's effort to become the first state to institute voting over the Internet has met its demise due to unrelated political infighting. [6.22.99]

With the help of newly proposed Federal legislation aimed at squelching cybersquatters, I may soon be able to collect up to $300,000 from this guy. [6.22.99]

Dotbroker applies the eBay model to domain name speculation. [6.23.99]

Live from the Texas Book Depository in Dallas, it's the Dealey Plaza Cam! (Plans for a University of Texas Clock Tower Cam could not be confirmed.) [6.23.99]

The Usenet old school is having a hard time adjusting to the new environment wrought by Web-based services like Deja and Talkway as they try to bring newsgroups to the masses. [6.24.99]

Does Volkswagen have a case against vw.net? Or is this another example of a witless corporate behemoth trying to strongarm the little guy? [6.24.99]

Cell-phone scanner + Shoutcast = Big trouble for AOL. [6.24.99]

Convergence goes both ways: While Dell and Gateway take their first steps into the ISP business, AOL looks into making its own hardware. [6.24.99]

In the postapocalyptic future that awaits us, natural selection will favor coffee drinkers. [6.25.99]

The Russians were just about ready to drop-kick Mir into the Earth's atmosphere, but now it looks like the aging space station may stay in orbit long enough to be used as a zero-g movie set. [6.25.99]

Whether it's live customer service reps or chat room monitors, good old-fashioned human resources are proving to be key contributors to the success of e-commerce sites. [6.28.99]

France is trying to wrest the Prime Meridian away from Greenwich. (I just love the first sentence of this story. The question is, when haven't the French been revolting?) [6.28.99]

Xerox and 3M are teaming up to turn the long-promised e-paper display technology into an actual commercial product. [6.29.99]

Some things just make me reflexively shudder with revulsion. [6.29.99]

Apparently it took months of wrangling with the MPAA to keep the new South Park movie from getting the kiss-of-death NC-17 rating. Valenti's minions say it's because of the film's content; the creators say it's because the film satirizes the ratings system itself. [6.29.99]

I have to wonder who the target market for this banner ad from ZDNet is. [6.29.99]

Have you seen that TV commercial where the guy takes a picture of his bank balance just before Y2K? Well, the banks are none too pleased, and they're demanding that Polaroid yank the ad from the airwaves. [6.29.99]

Gotta love this exchange between Slashdot honcho Rob Malda and a tenacious Wired News correspondent who tries to uncover the financial terms of the site's acquisition (scroll down a bit). [6.29.99]

Cybersitter, the filtering software best known for blocking sites that don't match the software developer's political agenda, now includes the option to block MP3s. [6.30.99]

Apple's efforts to get P1 out before the new school year have forced them to put their Palm-Newton convergence project on hold. [6.30.99]

One of Britain's new "free ISPs" is trying a unique approach to building its subscriber base -- they're giving stock in the company to everyone who signs up. [6.30.99]