|volume 1, issue 23
October 16, 2000
By Robert A. Laszlo
PRINT PUBLISHING NEWS
GRAPHICS PROS LOOK TO CROSS-MEDIA PUBLISHING
A recent study from TrendWatch indicates that increasing numbers of ad agencies and corporate design departments see new opportunities in producing simultaneously for multiple media.
A FASTER NET WILL SAVE OLD MEDIA
Digital technology's unintended side effect: Nostalgia for the good old ways.
INTERNET PUBLISHING NEWS
FIFTY NIFTY BUSINESSES "GET" THE NET
Last year, thousands of companies tried to make sense of the Internet; 50 got it right. Ziff Davis Smart Business shows you which ones succeeded and which ones to watch.
SWEEPSTAKES SITES TOP LIST
Cash prize and sweepstakes-style Web sites are heavily represented on the Media Metrix list of top-10 newcomer Web sites in August, released Tuesday. Excite's Fastfreefun.com topped the list, with 1.96 million unique visitors. Two other promotional sites on the list are UproarLotto.com, with 1.26 million unique visitors and Microsoft's Winmesweeps.com, with 882,000 visitors.
A NARROW VICTORY?
Two trends seem to dominate web advertising. First, the growth in the sector, while slowing some, is still on a great trajectory. Second, the sites that are really benefiting from this growth are members of an elite club.
ONLINE PROFILING NEWS
E-BUSINESSES ARE GETTING PERSONAL
Armed with more sophisticated personalization tools and a better understanding of how to use them, leading e-businesses are attempting to make personalization pay off.
ONLINE PROFILING GETTING SMARTER
There are an increasing number of methods and technologies being employed to track your behavior online, whether you are visiting web sites or not. According to one expert: "You give all these applications a key to your computer. It's equivalent to giving out the key to your house."
PERSONALIZATION ON ANOTHER LEVEL
A new crop of sites enable users to to piece together their favorite parts of other sites in order to create a completely personalized view. Do these screen scraping services pose a threat to Yahoo! and other portals?
E-MAIL MARKETING NEWS
OUBLECLICK BUYS E-MAIL MARKETER
E-mail marketing is proving to be a key driver of internet transactions and relationships. DoubleClick looks to add to their arsenal with a $191 million purchase of Netcreations, an opt-in e-mail marketer with a database of more than 15 million email addresses.
ENGAGE AND YESMAIL.COM SIGN E-MAIL MARKETING AGREEMENT
Engage, the interactive ad/marketing company, announced a deal with e-mail marketer Yesmail.com that will enable Engage to offer its customers the opportunity to deliver targeted double-opt-in e-mail marketing campaigns to more than 13 million individuals who have opted in to receive marketing messages via the Yesmail Network.
ENTERPRISE COMPUTING NEWS
STAROFFICE OPEN-SOURCE CODE RELEASED TO ROCKY START
The release of the source code for Sun Microsystems' StarOffice productivity suite Friday was a bit too much of a crashing success. By 8:45 a.m., just 45 minutes after going online, the servers used to host the long-awaited open-source code Web site were overloaded by download requests, causing a crash that was not fully repaired until 3 p.m.
EXCHANGE 2000 NEWS
EXCHANGE 2000 FINALLY RELEASED
Microsoft on Tuesday launched its long-awaited messaging and collaboration platform, introducing a host of features that won't be available until next year.
GET READY FOR THE NEW FACE OF MESSAGING
The launch of Microsoft's Exchange 2000 platform may best be remembered as the beginning of the end of traditional client/server messaging architecture.
KEY LOTUS PARTNER BACKS EXCHANGE 2000
IT Factory, one of Lotus' largest business partners, will announce next week it is developing a suite of office applications for the Microsoft platform.
MICROSOFT .NET IN THE WORKS FOR LINUX?
According to an SEC filing, Corel could port .Net to Linux. And -- surprise, surprise -- Microsoft was threatening to sue Corel, not vice versa.
TORVALDS: MORE DELAYS FOR MUCH-ANTICIPATED LINUX KERNEL
The much-anticipated 2.4 version of the Linux kernel will take at least another two months to complete, Linus Torvalds, creator of the open-source operating system, said here Friday. "It's been a slower process than many people would like," he said, remarking that developers are no longer adding new features, only fixing bugs.
MICROSOFT OFFICE 2001 FOR MAC RELEASED
Microsoft began shipping Office 2001 today, which features new versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as a new application -- Entourage -- designed to handle e-mail, addresses, and other personal information. Here are the details about what's new and improved in Office 2001 and its component applications.
LITTLE DETAILS SIGNAL BIG CHANGES
As Brett settles into his brand-new OS, he begins to notice the small details that change the entire Mac user experience in OS X.
MISC ENTERPRISE NEWS
ORACLES TALKS ABOUT UPCOMING PRODUCTS
At OpenWorld in San Francisco, Oracle officials touted new features due in the forthcoming Oracle 9i database and Oracle 9i Application Server.
A VENDOR'S AGENDA OR YOURS?
One-stop vendors serve their own agenda; best-of-breed serves yours, says Eric Lundquist.
NETSCAPE 6: BAD MESSAGE FOR CORPORATIONS
Most corporate users will be very disappointed with the new Netscape browser, given the general weakening of the Netscape Mail client, says eWEEK Labs.
ASP SHAKEOUT ANTICIPATED
The ASP (application service provider) market will undergo a painful shakeout in the next year, industry observers said at the ASPWorld Conference & Expo. More than half of the 500-plus ASPs currently doing business will not survive.
MICROSOFT INVESTS IN COREL
In the not too distant past when Apple Computer was on the ropes and fighting for their survival, help came from an unexpected source. That source is back at it again as Microsoft comes to the rescue of Corel with a $135 million investment that sends Corel's stock up 80%.
MOBILE COMPUTING NEWS
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Mobile service companies are quickly adding location software to devices.
The government wants to be able to find you when you dial 911. Advertisers want to target you when you shop. And when you have that sudden and immediate need for Chinese food, you'll want to know which restaurant is closest.
SONY HANDHELD PUTS STYLE AHEAD OF FUNCTION
Review: Sony's Palm OS-based Clie scores points as a slick and solid handheld, but its high price and proprietary expansion technology limit its appeal for most users, says eWEEK Labs.
MICROSOFT GOES CELLULAR
The software giant's new phone will be about the size of a Palm and, instead of using WAP, will run Internet Explorer. ZDNet Equip takes a look at the wireless Stinger.
START-UP WILL INTEGRATE PALM IN CAR
Palm envisions its popular handheld computer taking a prominent place in your car. To advance the idea, the company announced a new venture on Wednesday along with Delphi Automotive Systems and the Mayfield Fund to develop a voice-activated platform for accessing the Web, making phone calls, and interacting with Palm's applications from a car.
|volume 1, issue 21
Sept. 22, 2000
By Robert A. Laszlo
LOCAL FLAVOR PROVING SWEET FOR PAPERS
In the market for online local news and information, newspapers are more
than holding their own in terms of brand awareness and site visitors.
IN A BINDING
It is pretty clear that the predictions suggesting that the web would
quickly conquer all media were a bit off the mark. But it is still rather
surprising that some major publications have avoided the internet
altogether. Finding an archived article in "Vanity Fair" or the "New Yorker"
is still most efficiently accomplished by flipping pages.
CENSORED ARTICLES GO ONLINE
Thousands of high school students across the country have discovered way
around school censorship: Just post the stories on the Web and spread the
CRM MARKET TO GROW QUICKLY
The market for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) technologies may grow twice as fast as the increase for other IT related services.
GROWTH OF INTERNET USE SLOWS
The rapid growth of Internet usage has hit a wall, according to a new study
by Pew Research. Of those not currently not online, 57 percent have no
intention of doing so. But within a generation, Internet penetration could
rival that of TV, the survey says.
CERT ISSUES WARNING
According to the CERT Coordination Center, computer intruders have been
slowly taking control of hundreds of computers around the world. The tools
being deposited onto computer hard drives are similar to those used in the
"denial of service" attacks that recently hampered several major sites.
According to CERT, the impending potential for a massive attack. "poses a
significant threat to Internet sites and the Internet."
LOCAL ISPs HOLDING THEIR OWN
The smaller, local internet service providers are continuing to hold their
own in the markets they serve by offering more high-speed services. The six
largest ISPs accounted for less than half of all new sign-ups in the past
INKTOMI TO BUY LIVE NET BROADCAST COMPANY
Internet software company Inktomi announced Wednesday that it will purchase
FastForward Networks, an online broadcasting software development company,
in a stock deal. Inktomi said it would buy all shares and options of
privately held FastForward, in San Francisco, with 11.9 million shares of
stock -- a little more than 10 percent of Inktomi's total outstanding
shares. At Inktomi's Tuesday closing share price of $111, Inktomi values the
deal at about $1.3 billion.
WHAT'S YOUR DATA WORTH?
Consumer data draws big money, and if a company called Zimtu has its way,
consumers could soon get a cut of the spoils. The company is developing
software that uses proxy servers and cookie-monitoring apps to foil
data-collection systems. Although that's nothing new, the twist is that
consumers can select which personal information they want released to
marketers, and Zimtu will sell that information on their behalf - giving the
consumer 50 percent of the deal.
STARTUP GETS GEOGRAPHIC WITH ONLINE ADS
A Silicon Valley startup that debuted Monday is hoping to provide e-tailers
the user information they need to strategically target ads and content
without trampling on users' privacy rights. Quova will release its GeoPoint
technology before the end of 2000, said Rajat Bhargava, chairman and
co-founder of the Redwood City, Calif., company.
ENTERPRISE COMPUTING NEWS
LOTUS CEO: ASP PLAY IS ALL ABOUT SPEED
What does Lotus hope to accomplish with its new hosting strategy, announced
last week? President and CEO Al Zollar details the initiative to eWEEK.
SUN BETS ON 'CHEETAH' IN 'NET RACE
The company next week will launch its long-delayed (and much-anticipated)
UltraSPARC III processor along with a range of systems sporting the new
CLUSTERING SYSTEM KEEPS APPS HUMMING
eWEEK Labs looks at Marathon's Endurance 6200 clustering system and finds it
ups NT's availability and reliability, but Unix is still tops in these areas.
NOVELL SAYS GOOD-BYE TO PROPRIETARY POST
The curtain is finally falling on Novell's aging NetWare 3.x and 4.x
platforms as the company says goodbye to its proprietary networking roots
and sets its sights on the future.
MACWORLD LAB TESTS OS X
Mac OS X Lab Notebook: The head of Macworld Lab spent time with the Mac OS X beta. Her report: the new beta is actually pretty slow. But let's keep in
mind -- it's only a beta, not the finished product.
MOBILE COMPUTING NEWS
GATES CASTS DOUBT ON WAP FUTURE
WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) is splintered and should have followedInternet protocols more closely, but XML (Extensible Markup Language) will
cover a multitude of sins as the Internet extends to mobile phones, said
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.
VIDEO FOR PALM HANDHELDS READIED
Digital Media Software companies Loudeye Technologies and Firepad announced
Thursday that they are working on technology to deliver streaming video and
animation to handheld devices. The companies hope the technology will
eventually allow consumers to access streaming video on Palm devices using
Firepad's software, which can display video at 25 frames per second, Loudeye
said in a statement.