close this bookVolume 10: No. 23
View the document1) Technology news
View the document2) Industry news
View the document3) Internet news
View the document4) Internet help resources
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View the document6) Library services
View the document7) Information retrieval
View the document8) Linguistics
View the document9) Intellectual property
View the document10) Games

Be Inc. has launched a tiny new BeIA operating system for use in Internet appliances. [SJM, 07Feb00.NewsScan.]

Microsoft increased its R&D by $100M this past quarter, to about $5B per year. Intel remains one of the most exciting tech companies as it continues its plans for global computing and communications domination. Oracle also has momentum, but may be a different company now that Larry Ellison is no longer balanced by departing COO Ray Lane. [SNS, 19Jul00.]

Microsoft is developing an "Attentional User Interface" that will try to guess what information streams - email, phone calls, news feeds -- you want to see. It will be based on Bayesian statistical techniques. [NY Times , 17Jul00. NewsScan.] (Is this a help, or a living hell? Why are we driving ourselves so hard?)

Google, the search engine company, has hired New York head chef Pasquale Passaro to cook for its 50 programmers and staff. Google is in an ageing industrial estate, and the diners are dressed-down geeks who sit on bright plastic balloons and typically prefer donuts to quail and rabbit. However, Passaro seems happy with the stock options that he gets for this work. He beat out seven other chefs for the job, after preparing a demo lunch. Google is supported by $25M in VC funding from Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia Capital. Attracting skilled staff has been a problem, with an average of 3.7 months to fill open positions. Google may try a company masseuse next, to deal with problems from 16-hour days of typing. [John Fairfax, Australian Financial Review, 13Nov99.]

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