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Tuesday, February 11, 2003

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New Mac Tool Is Kon-Fabulous
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
Konfabulator, released on Monday, is a JavaScript runtime application for Mac OS X that runs little custom programs called Widgets. Widgets can be almost anything, from games to system monitors, stock tickers, utilities or Web services.

Microsoft To Tweak Office For Macs
by Ian Fried, CNET
Microsoft is set to offer this summer a long-awaited upgrade to the Macintosh version of its Office suite. The update will give Mac customers access to corporate calendar and contact information stored on a server running the software giant's Exchange software.

Apple Outlines Job Cuts
by Ian Fried, CNET
Apple Computer eliminated 260 positions in the last three months of last year as it closed manufacturing operations in Singapore and shifted strategy in its PowerSchool education unit, the company disclosed in a regulatory filing Monday.


Google Tops Branding Poll
by Reuters
Search engine beats out Apple and Coke In Web survey as brand with the most impact.

Apple Pays Jobs For Use Of Jet The Company Bought Him
by Jon Fortt, San Jose Mercury News
Apple has paid Steve Jobs more than $1.2 million for the use of a Gulfstream V jet it bought for him two years ago. Apple paid nearly $90 million for the jet, taxes and its delivery.

Apple Extends Enterprise Reach
by Mark Jones, Paul Krill, InfoWorld
XserveRAID signal new market opportunities.

IMG Celebrates Its 10 Birthday
by Inside Mac Games

Peachpit Press Releases "Mac OS X For Windows Users: A Switchers' Guide"
by MacMinute

Apple Announces WWDC Dates, Tracks
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
At WWDC, developers find out the direction Apple will be taking in the next 12 months with Mac OS X and other technologies the company has developed. The conference also gives developers a chance to meet with Apple engineers and fellow developers.


Apple, Sun Embrace Openness
by Tom Yager, InfoWorld
In important ways, Apple and Sun are leading a charge toward inexpensive, scalable, and easily managed enterprise computing.


Virtual PC V 6.0.1
by Gary Coyne,
It is actually a pleasure to use. At least as far as running a PC in emulation mode on your Mac. As far as running Windows, well, that's another story...

Wacom Graphire2 Graphics Tablet
by Charles W. Moore, Low End Mac


Tuesday, February 11, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

GO AFTER THE MONEY : Andrew Orlowski asked why Microsoft would want to concentrate on MSN for OS X over IE 6.0 for OS X, when the potential audience for IE is so much greater than for MSN.

My response: the audience for MSN are potentially paying audience — even if the pay is through advertisement. (Even though, as we all know, the ad industry isn't exactly a happy one nowadays.) The audience for IE? Will never pay a cent.

GROVER IS BITTER : The true story. :-)


New Complaint To EU On Microsoft Windows
by David Lawsky, Reuters
A computer trade group has filed a fresh complaint against Microsoft to the European Commission, alleging the latest XP version of Windows gives the software giant an illegal advantage that kills competition, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Microsoft Renames XDocs App
by Peter Galli, eWeek
Microsoft Corp. on Monday renamed its XDocs application to InfoPath, but declined to say whether this information-gathering tool would ship as part of Office 11, the code name for the next version of Office, or if it would be sold as a stand-alone product.

.Net Patent Could Stifle Standards Effort
by Lisa M. Bowman, CNET
Microsoft is in the process of applying for a wide-ranging patent that covers a variety of functions related to its .Net initiative. If approved as is, the patent would cover application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow actions related to accessing the network, handling Extensible Markup Language (XML), and managing data from multiple sources.

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