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Europe Remains Behind in Broadband Game The installed base of worldwide broadband subscribers will exceed 21 million by the end of 2001, and ultimately reach almost 84 million by the end of 2005, according to research from Cahners In-Stat Group. The research found broadband’s phenomenal growth is a direct result of increasing reliance on the Internet as an information, communications, business and entertainment tool. At the same time, new bandwidth-intensive applications are being introduced that make

Is Microsoft Smart – Or Just Successful?

Microsoft will spend $250 million on basic research this year, but it can’t shake its copycat reputation. Gates & Company say, “Just wait and see.” Out In front: Research sociologist Marc Smith (left) and Microsoft Research VP Rick Rashid use a 9-foot map to track Internet discussion groups. Under the bright, hot stage lights of Las Vegas in November 1996, Bill Gates faced a difficult job: How was Microsoft’s then-CEO going to rev up a jaded,
Consumer Privacy: Personalized or Private?

Consumer Privacy: Personalized or Private?

Sharing information online doesn’t necessarily endanger one’s privacy — it all depends on what kind of information and how it’s being used. A federal judge on Tuesday provided a major victory for consumer privacy. After July 1, credit report companies will no longer be allowed to sell your Social Security number or other data in the “credit header” of your report without your consent. This is exactly how privacy should be regulated. The trafficking of sensitive
European Union Deal With U.S. Mega-Mergers

European Union Deal With U.S. Mega-Mergers

How the European Union plays Let’s Remake a Deal with U.S. mega-mergers Mario Monti, the European Union’s Competition Commissioner, is making Jack Welch look bad. Last October, Welch tried to cap one of the great management careers of the Industrial Age by announcing General Electric (GE, info) was acquiring Honeywell (HON, info) for over $50 billion. He extended his stay as CEO and confidently predicted a closing in the first quarter of 2001. In late February,

A Quick Glance Shows Business Challenges for Dell

In Dell’s case, unlike many others today, layoffs could be a sign that troubled times are ahead for its competitors. If you take a quick glance at what’s been going on at Dell Computer lately, you might get the impression that it has succumbed to the woes facing just about every other high-tech firm: profit warnings, cost-cutting measures, layoffs, and diminishing gross margins. However, take a closer look, and you’ll see that in many ways, Dell
The Network: Broadband Needs A Push

The Network: Broadband Needs A Push

Considering the riches to be gained, it’s surprising that so few industries are evangelizing broadband. It’s scary when you realize that one of the Internet’s “next big things” depends on the Baby Bells, the cable companies, and Congress to push it forward. Let’s face it: When you think of legislators, telcos, and the cable industry–marketing prowess, entrepreneurial instincts, and speedy execution aren’t the first images to spring to mind. And yet that’s the trio leading the
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