Monthly Archives: March 2000

Chickens Coming Home to Roost

The stunning rise of Internet company stocks is sometimes followed by equally stunning drops. That’s the case with the formerly high-flying DrKoop.com, which went public with such hype and is, according to auditors, in danger of running out of money … Continue reading

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SEC and Public Postings

I have to say there’s something moderately creepy about the Security and Exchange Commission’s plan to monitor Internet postings (Wired News) in stock chat rooms and bulletin boards. But I also have to note that these are public postings, not … Continue reading

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Deep-Links are OK, Judge Says

If the World Wide Web has any major theme, it’s linking. People use hypertext to point from one page to another, one site to another, and from one page inside a site to a page inside another site. This is … Continue reading

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Privacy Legislation in California

Not all politicians are blind to the need for laws protecting people’s privacy, or at least putting some brakes on the wholesale violations we’re seeing every day by an assortment of Big and Little Brothers. One of the consequences of … Continue reading

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Is Microsoft Really Changing Its Tune?

Or are Justice Department and states prosecuting the antitrust case losing their nerve? The latter is a lot more likely, based on history. A report in this morning’s Wall Street Journal (ZDNet) suggests that Microsoft is backing away from its … Continue reading

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Microsoft Settlement Leaks, Part 112,948

Give Microsoft credit for brazenness. It has lost on the facts at the antitrust trial and is about to lose on the law. Its stock price has been flat while the rest of the tech industry is soaring. Suddenly the … Continue reading

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Cisco’s Ascendancy — Almost Number One

At the close of business one of these days, Cisco Systems is likely to have become the most valuable company on Earth, moving ahead Microsoft Corp. in market capitalization. Assuming that happens, we’ll all note what a watershed it represents … Continue reading

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Sales Taxes on Internet Purchases

The corporate representatives on the Internet Tax Commission, which met in Dallas this week, gave a classic demonstration of how self-interest trumps good policy. They gave all appearances of trading their votes (AP) to the anti-tax crowd in return for … Continue reading

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Economists Storm Washington

Well, not exactly. But Bay Area universities — Berkeley and Stanford in particular — have a habit of giving leaves of absence to faculty members who become chief economists at the government agencies that have the most impact on the … Continue reading

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