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November 1999 Archive


Economists are predicting that after Y2K, all that cash people are stuffing under their mattresses in case the banks fail will be delivered promptly into the hands of retailers. [11.01.99]

The key to breeding compliant consumers is to indoctrinate them early. [11.01.99]

"No, I said suture, not sever!" [11.03.99]

What's your definition of Y2K-ready? [11.03.99]

You just knew this was coming, didn't you? Game Boy Camera is the new PXL-2000. [11.04.99]

The road to hell is paved with uranium. [11.04.99]

As if the real viruses weren't bad enough, now we have to worry about the fake ones too. [11.04.99]

A federal judge has given legal force to the concept of Internet time in a case involving one Web company's non-compete clause in employment contracts. [11.05.99]

Just how hard did Thomas Penfield Jackson slam Microsoft today? Read all the sordid details for yourself. [11.05.99]

Well, he's nothing if not versatile. British director Michael Apted has two movies coming to U.S. theaters this fall: one is the human-interest documentary 42 Up and the other is the stunt-and-babe-filled James Bond extravaganza The World Is Not Enough. [11.08.99]

An ISP that directly delivers up-to-the-minute political propaganda and blocks opposing viewpoints? Where do I sign up? [11.08.99]

RSI got you down? Get vertical. [11.08.99]

Providian, the credit card company recently accused of ripping off an upstart competitor's banner ad design, now faces multiple investigations and lawsuits regarding its business practices. [11.09.99]

For years, businesses and pranksters alike have been registering domain names similar to those of desirable targets in order to entrap unwitting Web surfers. Now, an unexpected consequence is coming to light as these bogus sites start receiving e-mail intended for other eyes. [11.09.99]

What if they gave a browser war and nobody came? One market research firm has decided browser market-share statistics aren't worth covering anymore. [11.09.99]

Watchdog or lapdog? TRUSTe's handling of the RealJukebox debacle brings them in for scathing criticism from both Salon and Wired for being more concerned with protecting corporate images than consumer privacy. [11.09.99]

The dam breaks: Lawyers across the country are now seizing upon the findings of fact in the Microsoft anti-trust case as ammunition to use in lawsuits against the company on behalf of both consumers and competitors. [11.09.99]

Inspired by Bruce Epstein's analysis, I've put together Findings of Fact: The 'Good Parts' Version, Abridged. [11.09.99]

Call it GLAAD-handing: Gay rights groups have a lot of nice things to say about AOL despite the fact that nothing substantive seems to have been discussed in their secret meeting to address the online service's sometimes stormy relationship with the gay community. [11.10.99]

Farewell, 'Wastebasket': With the advent of Mac OS 9, Apple is dumping the UK-specific version of the operating system in favor of something called "International-English". [11.10.99]

In response to recent bans on ATM fees in Santa Monica and San Francisco, two major banks are taking their toys and going home. [11.10.99]

As public perception of Internet startups shifts from "revolutionary innovators" to "self-important opportunists", having a dot-com in your company's name is being seen less as an asset and more as a liability. [11.11.99]

Struggling startups take note: When launching a new product, it always helps to have naked chicks on hand. [11.11.99]

Apple has confirmed that it has hired away the mastermind behind Sony's flashy temple of entertainment and commerce, the Metreon, in a possible bid to get into the retail business. [11.12.99]

Sure, the credibility of any MSNBC poll about the Microsoft anti-trust case is automatically suspect, but locking out Mac and Netscape users sure doesn't help matters. [11.12.99]

Fortune magazine marshals an impressive array of evidence that this holiday season's frantic ad spending on the part of Internet startups will be bad for almost everyone -- media companies, ad agencies, the startups themselves, and, oh yeah, consumers too. [11.16.99]

Who gets the blame when your computer crashes? [11.16.99]

Go logo a no-go. [11.16.99]

FAA director Jane Garvey really, really wants to demonstrate that it's safe to fly during Y2K by doing so herself. The trouble is that every flight she books gets canceled due to lack of demand. [11.17.99]

According to AltaVista, good decisively triumphs over evil. [11.17.99]

The electronic commerce boom may be the best thing that ever happened to manufacturers of delivery vans. [11.18.99]

If you want to get your hands on DeCSS, the software tool that cracks DVD encryption, better do it quick -- the MPAA is shutting down sites that distribute the program. [11.18.99]