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Week in review: Jan. 27-31

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 

America Online's attempts to improve its image by offering refunds and strengthening its network may not completely wash the bad taste out of customers' mouths. One reason the company draws so much wrath whenever it falters is because people expect it to be as reliable as a public utility. But even if AOL was a utility, that would not guarantee an end to the woes -- just ask Pacific Bell. The telephone company's email service was disrupted for two days this week.
AOL's week from hell
Java's math in question
40-bit crypto proves no problem
Pac Bell email out 2 days
NBA fouls out in court

 In Computing 

Say bye-bye to the BeBox. In a move reminiscent of Next's failed entry into the hardware business, Be has decided to focus solely on software development. Meanwhile, a recent round of Intel price cuts will create a new class of haves and have-nots: high-end PC systems with MMX technology will cost about $400 more than "classic" Pentium systems.
Be goes soft, gets out of the box biz
Apple cuts prices in 4 lines
Classic Pentiums take lowend
NT catches up to Unix

 In Intranets 

The big news at Lotus Development's annual Lotusphere trade show was proof that Lou Gerstner understands what makes the groupware king tick. Lotus and IBM executives publicly declared their cozy relationship and gave the world notice that Lotus is a strong force in the software market. Lotus also said it will integrate its Domino Web server with Marimba technology, allowing developers to upgrade software throughout a company without ever touching a PC.
Lotus sends mixed messages
Lotus's goal: To serve and support
Marimba to dance with Lotus
Borland won't give up on Delphi
Microsoft dusts off SMS

 In Business 

Next, layoffs, price cuts, slipping market share. Apple Computer board members will have a lot of explaining to do when they hold their annual shareholders' meeting Wednesday. Egghead Software, which recently said it will stop stocking its shelved with Mac software, announced this week its chief executive is resigning and that it will close half its stores.
Apple's clouded agenda
Egghead closing 77 stores
AST weighs Samsung offer
Report tracks high-tech workforce
New analyst buys Netscape