BORDERS HANDS ONLINE OPERATIONS TO AMAZON

Did you see that Borders is handing its web site to Amazon? Borders will close its own site, and Amazon will open a new site that features both logos, with Amazon essentially taking all responsibility for inventory and order fulfillment. At one time it was thought that the bricks-and-mortar retailers could leverage their stores by tying them to their web sites. […] continued

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LINKS TO PUNDITS

A new addition to the Favorites page (under News / Links): Slate links, a collection of links to hundreds of political columnists, editorial pages, movie critics, book reviewers, gossip writers, and others.

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GATEWAY PULLING OUT OF OFFICEMAX

Tough year! Gateway is struggling with slumping sales and a fuzzy business plan. It’s closing a bunch of its own Gateway Country stores, and it just announced that it’s going to withdraw from 1000 OfficeMax stores.

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MICROSOFT CORDLESS MOUSE

I should have expected that Microsoft would release its own cordless mouse, to counter the recent successful releases from Logitech. Here’s an early review of the Microsoft cordless mouse.

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CHEAP COMPUTERS

Prices are nosediving again. Want a cheap computer? There’s only a few left, but how about an E-Machine E-Monster 1000 – a Pentium III 1GHz processor, 20Gb hard drive, 64Mb of RAM, and a CD recorder – for $775. Remarkable stuff, and prices are only going to be going further down in the next few months. […] continued

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DEATH TO MP3’s

A fascinating article in today’s Wall Street Journal discusses some of the ways that software manufacturers are going to cooperate with the recording industry and attempt to kill the .mp3 format. The competing formats – Microsoft’s Windows Media Audio, Real Networks’ Real Audio, and others – all have more or less effective ways to lock up the files and prevent you from burning CDs, sharing the files, or loading them onto portable devices. […] continued

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SATELLITE STORY, PART 3

More about Pegasus Communications. Pegasus turns out to be a big company, but relatively new to the broadband world. In addition to their consumer service described below, they have two business-class satellite services. Pegasus Express Plus allows up to twenty computers to share the signal and removes some of the bandwidth restrictions that work behind the scenes in the consumer service. […] continued

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SATELLITE STORY, PART 2

Pegasus Communications gave me a call this morning. They’re going to start taking orders in a couple of days, and promise to have equipment delivered and installation scheduled within a week after that. Pricing is the same as the Orbitsat.com offer – $499 for equipment, $199 for installation, $69.95 for monthly service. […] continued

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JURORS MISCALCULATE MP3.COM DAMAGES

My lawyer friends will appreciate this story. Last week jurors in a federal court trial in New York awarded $300,000 to an independent record label for copyright violations – delivered as 145 individual awards, one for each infringed song. The defendant, MP3.com, was ecstatic, since it’s already been stung with multimillion dollar verdicts in other cases, and the plaintiff in this case was seeking $8.5 million. […] continued

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THE SATELLITE STORY

How about if I use this page to share my experience with satellite Internet access? Okay with everybody?

When we last checked, Starband was the only company offering two-way satellite service. During the first couple of months of 2001, there were lots of problems (read the messages at DSLReports.com about Starband’s apologies and refunds and discounts). […] continued

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NO SUPPORT FOR BLUETOOTH OR USB 2.0 IN WINDOWS XP

Last week Microsoft announced that Windows XP won’t support Bluetooth. Today Microsoft turned its back on another emerging technology when it announced that Windows XP won’t support USB 2.0.

Bluetooth and USB 2.0 have both received lots of publicity, but the reality is that neither one is ready to be rolled out to a mass market yet. […] continued

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DSL LOSING MOMENTUM

There’s no good news about DSL any more. Prices are going up, availability is going down, the horror stories about installations keep multiplying, and Northpoint’s demise has everyone scared about relying on any provider besides Pacific Bell. And Pacific Bell’s motivation to support DSL is unclear. Here’s one article among many bemoaning the sorry state of the industry. […] continued

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INTEL TO INTRODUCE 1.7GHz PENTIUM 4

Keeping up? In a couple of weeks Intel will roll out a 1.7GHz Pentium 4 processor, and slash prices yet again on most of the rest of its processors. Dell has been doing a lot of price-cutting lately too. Buy a computer or two for yourself, okay?

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INSTANT MESSAGING

Two years ago America Online decided to block outside access to its instant messaging system, in a heavyhanded tactic that made their boo-hoo complaints about Microsoft look very hollow.

It may have backfired. A new study shows Microsoft Messenger has taken the lead in worldwide and US usage. And MS Messenger is even more deeply embedded in upcoming Microsoft releases of operating systems and net services. […] continued

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MUSIC INDUSTRY FOLLOWUP

Here’s a good article that explains all the issues about file formats and pricing for downloadable music from the record labels – and concludes that they stand a good chance of getting it completely wrong.

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