Microsoft Breakup Reversed!
Associated Press just put this on the wires. It's important enough to have a (rare) W2KnewsFlash dedicated to it. (I quoted a full Associated Press report on this spot before, but they called me that this was their copyright. So here is the matter in a nutshell:
The federal appeals court did not approve the breakup of MS, and said that Judge Jackson had been engaged in ''serious judicial misconduct'' by slamming MS in private interviews during the trial. A new judge will be assigned by random do decide a more appropriate penalty. MS shares were up, but is not out of the woods. They still have monopoly power (which in itself is not illegal)and exactly how the future goes is not entirely clear. Gates asked for a settlement. He's able to write a billion dollar check, as they have 30B in cash.
Here is a link to the actual PDF with the full Court Ruling. (125 pages!)
Microsoft cutting Smart Tags from new Windows
Remember the Smart Tags I told you a about a few issues back? And suggested they would take them out? Microsoft just announced that they will not make it in XP. Smart Tags is a technology that allows words to be made into hyperlinks
without the knowledge of the creator of the page. Quite a few people said that these smart tags would give MS way too much control over the way eyeballs would travel over the Net.
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