Fad or future? 1998's top tech stories
The tech world churned through a busy year in 1998, even by its own fast-paced, headline-grabbing standards.
Public signs on to e-commerce in '98
Business-to-business e-commerce is still ahead in sales, but consumer-oriented services are getting all the attention.
Civil liberties online--the year that was
While major online companies relished their Wall Street wins this year, free speech advocates were busy fighting for the little guys on the Net.
Small firms shake up services industry
The once-sleepy industry got a makeover in 1998 and 1999 will likely bring more shake-ups, as big firms have to compete with smaller, more nimble companies.
Congress spends the year online
Within its critical agenda, which included impeaching President Clinton, Congress still made time this year for its blooming love affair with Net policy.
New-age carriers take to the stage
As Qwest, Level 3, and others edge closer to completing their expensive network construction projects, they'll need to switch gears quick to get digital services on those networks rolling.
Portal envy hits the scene
Everyone that wanted to be anyone on the Web tried to become a Web-based property that looks like Yahoo and acts like AOL.
NT earns attention for its absence
One of the software industry's biggest stories in 1998 involved a product noteworthy because of its absence--the next release of Microsoft's Windows NT.
FCC not yet off the political hook
With a stack of decisions that could reshape the telecommunications industry still on its plate, the FCC heads toward one of its stormiest political years in recent memory.
PalmPilot dominance may slip in 1999
This year, the PalmPilot won most of its battles against Windows CE devices, but industry watchers predict that the handheld computing war is far from over.
Baby Bells ready to ring in the new year
The face of the U.S. telecommunications industry changed more dramatically in 1998 than in any year since the breakup of Ma Bell.