Darl McBride, the CEO of the most hated company that most people never heard of, considers himself simply a guy trying to save a struggling business. It just so happens that doing so could stifle software competition and reap rewards for a business model based on a legal form of extortion.
Bill Joy is one of the top minds in computing, a technologist with a sweeping vision of the world. A cofounder of Sun Microsystems in 1982, he has accomplishments that range from working on the Java computing language to writing a jeremiad in Wired magazine about nanotechnology, genetic engineering and self-replicating robots.
In the latest skirmish in Microsoft's epic online war with AOL, broadband services take center stage. MSN Premium, $10 a month to customers already paying for high-speed connections, gives you up to 11 accounts (which can be bequeathed even to distant friends and relatives), pop-up guards and ongoing virus protection. (Disclosure: NEWSWEEK has a strategic alliance with MSN.) The souped-up browser--with big fat icons on top--has a slick "dashboard" that you can configure to add stuff like...
Last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was all about crowing that the long-promised "digital convergence" was finally underway. Typical breakthrough product: Sony's not-yet-shipping LocationFree portable-TV system, a wireless 12-inch touchscreen LCD monitor with a Wi-Fi base station.
October was a busy news month. Iraq smoldered. California elected Arnold, then burned. Kobe hit the docket. But my bet is that in a hundred years, people, if there are any, will agree that the biggest story was the one that appeared on the computer screens of millions who made routine visits to the online superstore Amazon.com.
It's official: the Pentagon's Terrorism (formerly total) Information Awareness program has been a Total Institutional Disaster. Last month Congress pulled the plug on the Department of Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) high-tech initiative to identify terrorist threats.
Larry Ellison has never been shy of publicity. The richest man in Silicon Valley and the relentlessly aggressive founder of the relentlessly aggressive Oracle software company has cultivated an image as a computer-industry leader more like a James Bond villain (building a $100 million 16th-century Japanese-style estate, sailing world-class vessels, flying jet-fighter planes and squiring beautiful women) than a numbers-obsessed geek.