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Week in review: Feb. 17-21

For those who were unable to keep up with technology news during the week and would like to get caught up, we offer a roundup of the week's highlights.

For those who were unable to keep up with technology news during the week and would like to get caught up, we offer a roundup of the week's highlights:

 In The Net 

Java makes for interesting bedfellows. Though they're often intense rivals in the intranet software market, IBM, Netscape, Sun Microsystems and Novell are joining forces in an attempt to chip away at Microsoft. Sun and its partners hope to stamp out what they see as Microsoft's attempt to hijack Java and turn it into a Windows-only technology. Meanwhile, Microsoft was busy defending its ActiveX, including setting up a Web site to spread word of the power and pitfalls of other Internet programming technologies, such as Java.
MS rivals unified on Java
MS, Sun go at it again
MS actively defends ActiveX
Intuit warns against ActiveX
Secret weapon for Java speed

 In The Net 

If the allegations are proven to be true, Internet scams don't get more pernicious than this. The Federal Trade Commission won a court order to shut down "free adult entertainment" Internet sites that it alleges illegally billed Net surfers hundreds of thousands of dollars. The action followed a Canadian investigation of a site that employed a special program to secretly disconnect Canadian users from their Internet service providers and reroute their calls through Moldova, a republic in the former Soviet Union.
FTC shuts down alleged Net scam
CDA opponents file their side
In brief, ACLU decries CDA
CDA opponents file their side
Washington safeguards digital privacy
Pentagon plays down hacking
Court punishes software pirate
Malaysian hackers strike twice

 In Computing 

Apple's long-delayed cloning effort is finally bearing some fruit as competitors adopt faster chips and different operating systems. Motorola has already signed up to adopt the BeOS and cloner Umax is in discussions to do the same. Exponential Technology is preparing to ship its superfast processor for Macintosh-compatibles. The Exponential X704 processor is a 533-MHz, PowerPC-compatible microprocessor designed for high-end Mac-compatible systems.
Umax negotiating BeOS
BeOS wins over Motorola
Apple energized Power lines
Mac clone laptop packs in features
Exponential vets Mac superchip

 In Computing 

Compaq joined the fight for a share of the dirt-cheap PC market with its Presario 2100, which has a 133-MHz Cyrix processor. The home market isn't the only place where a price war is being waged; Dell Computer cut prices up to 14 percent on its high-end corporate line, joining a growing list of PC companies that have reduced prices in the last few weeks.
56-kbps delay for U.S. Robotics
Modem makers plug 56-kbps upgrades
Compaq deal boon for Cyrix
Compaq validates dirt-cheap PCs
Dell cuts corporate PC prices
Mac clone cuts: no news to Apple
 In Intranets 

Struggling FTP Software laid out a road map to regain momentum. Formerly a giant in offering a TCP/IP communications software stack for Microsoft operating systems, FTP Software was left out in the cold when the software giant decided it made a lot of sense to include the stack in Windows 95 and Windows NT.
FTP Software fighting irrelevancy
Windows NT comes of age

 In Business 

The Walt Disney Company continues to work toward a spring launch of its online family and children's service, but key portions of the media giant's strategy may still be an open debate. Meanwhile, Microsoft?s sales in Latin America are surging and could reach $300 million this year. Another software maker was also throwing around the numbers three and zero: Borland said it will cut 300 jobs, or 30 percent of its workforce, as part of a global restructuring program. In the latest quarter, revenues fell 33 percent.
Disney moves ahead--slowly
Latin sales surge, Ballmer says
Borland lays off 300