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Thursday, November 18, 1999

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

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

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]

Go logo a no-go. [11.16.99]

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


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]

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]

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]

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

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]


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]

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]

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]

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


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]

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]

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]

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]

RSI got you down? Get vertical. [11.08.99]


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