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Week in review: Feb. 3-7

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 

It was another week of woes for America Online. AOL said it will begin charging companies $55,000 per year for a previously free service that allows computer companies to provide technical support and software updates to AOL customers. AOL says the area has become a source of free advertising for the companies; one user calls AOL's plan "ransom." And we almost forgot: AOL was again hit by a blackout and threats from hackers.
AOL alienates corporate clients
Software blamed for AOL blackout
Hackers threaten AOL
Spam king, AOL disagree

 In The Net 

Planned Parenthood won the right to block a Web site that falsely claimed to be the pro-choice organization's home page. Trademark squabbles over domain names have been abundant among commercial sites. In his State Of the Union address President Clinton promised that the Internet and technology will play major roles in improving education and economic growth in America.
Clinton reaches to netizens
OECD dodges US crypto policy
State senator wants tax-free net
Telecom law protested

Bureaucratic bypass proposed
Court bars site from infringing on domain

 In Computing 

Another week, another series of advances in hardware. Two new fast processors that use Intel's MMX technology were proposed at a trade conference. Meanwhile, Advanced Micro Devices is expected to introduce its next-generation K6 processor very early in the second quarter, beating Intel's next-generation P6 to market. Not to be forgotten, Motorola revealed more about the first of its next-generation PowerPC processors, called G3, capable of eventually running at speeds of up to 400 MHz.
MMX takes center stage
K6 will beat Klamath to market
Motorola provides peek at G3 chip
NEC's 4 gigabit DRAMs due in 2000
Users lose in 56-kbps standards war
Hayes offers 56-kbps for free
New chip for RAID controllers

 In Intranets 

Microsoft dropped the other shoe when it announced it is killing NT development for the PowerPC platform. But for once, instead of initiating the move, the software giant was just finishing up what IBM and Motorola--the two biggest supporters of the PowerPC chip--had started. Both companies announced late last year that they would not be bundling NT with their PowerPC-based machines. In other corporate enterprise news, Oracle reached out to Visigenic and Borland to fill software holes and Novell jumped on the Java bandwagon for its groupware application.
MS halts NT for PowerPC
VB 5.0 set to ship
NCs take Orient Express
Visigenic object of Oracle's desire
Oracle sharpens video image
Sun serves up Java to corporate developers
GroupWise gets Java jolt

 In Business 

Apple has received heaps of press attention in the past several months, most of it negative. So Apple CEO Gil Amelio has charged his advertising people to develop a series that touts the Macintosh's famed ease-of-use and multimedia capabilities. "Warning. Don't try any of these things on a Windows PC," is the headline of one ad to appear soon in newspapers. Meanwhile, Amelio received generally good marks for pacifying Apple investors at the company's annual shareholder meeting with promises to develop a product "hit list and hot list." It's doubtful, however, that investors were pleased enough to forget that Apple's stock is bouncing along at the bottom of a 10-year low.
Apple ads go on the attack
Confusion reigns on Apple OS
Apple to zoom past Intel notebooks
Amelio survives lion's den
Apple reshuffles but is mum on layoffs