Newstand – April 1999

(Archived May 17, 1999)


Copyright Ruling Suffers Setback, April 30, 1999. This article discusses the vulnerability of software copyright as employees may be free to re-deploy software and code created for previous employers.

Digital Modems to Overtake Analog by 2002, April 30, 1999. Analog modems are rapidly being replaced by digital/cable models.

New York Times CyberTimes

Newspapers Urged to Transform, April 29, 1999. Experts are encouraging newspapers to invest more in research and innovative joint ventures in light of competition from the Web.

Ruling Raises Free Speech Issues, April 28, 1999. A California state decision on bulk e-mail messages sent to corporate employees challenges free speech arguments.

Wired News

Y2K Liability Bill May be DOA, April 28, 1999.
A bill to limit Y2K related law suits will be vetoed by the White House, as it sides with Trial Lawyers.

PC Magazine

Is the Internet Guilty? April 28, 1999.
The Web is being implicated as a contributing factor to the recent horrific incident of school violence in Colorado.

IBM Announces XML Specific Search Engine, April 28, 1999.
The new search engine, called xCentral, may be accessed at IBM’s XML Web site.

San Jose Mercury News

Barksdale Steps Down from Net Taxation Panel, April 28, 1999.
The Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce has a new member, much to the satisfaction of many Senators, mayors and county executives.

U.S. Panel Urges Wariness on Internet Health Sites, April 29, 1999.
Health information available on free Web sites has raised considerable concern over its reliability and potential to harm unsuspecting consumers.

PC World

The Truth About Cable Modems, June, 1999.
The pros and cons of cable modem usage are discussed, including issues of pricing, reliability, service, speed and availability.


First Look: Microsoft Office 2000, April 9, 1999.
New features and capabilities, as well as a sizable price tag.


The Electronic Freedom of Information Act – The Promise Remains Unfulfilled, April 1999.
How accessible is electronic government information? Laura Gordon-Nurnane uses the 10 recommendations for FOIA Web sites made by the Office of Information and Policy to evaluate how well 15 federal departments and two selected component agencies fulfill the 1996 amendments to the Freedom of Information Act.

The SideBar – Terms and Conditions and Permissions by Jove! I Think they’ve Got it -Not!, April 1999.
Are publishers responsive when asked for permission to copy, link or post from their site?

New York Times CyberTimes

Beyond Campaign Sites: Politicians Seek Support for Legislation Online, April 18, 1999. Members of Congress are increasingly using Web sites to build public support for legislation.

New Bill Keeps Online Privacy at Center Stage
April 17, 1999. The Online Privacy Protection Act seeks to provide consumers with control over how their personal information is collected and used by Web sites.

Accessible Via Modem, the Library of Congress, April 8, 1999.
The Library of Congress has a goal of making 80 million electronic items available via the Web.

PC World Online

Internet Explorer 5 Search and Explore, April 1999.
To upgrade, or not to upgrade?

PC Magazine

XML Spreads Out, April 17, 1999.
XML promises better information retrieval because of better information about Web page content. Support of this new standard is finally becoming significant.

Copernic 99, March 4, 1999.
The newest entry in the Web search engine market is available in a free version as well as an expanded one that sells for $29.95.

Law News Network Legal News

Librarians Warn of Fines as Firms Shelve Books, April 12, 1999.
Is it really wise to reduce collections in favor of online resources? Several prominent law librarians comment on this hot topic.

Research Law Fight: Right to Know, or to Squelch?, April 5, 1999.
Should taxpayers have direct access to billions of dollars of scientific research they pay for, or should they file FOIA requests?

New York Times CyberTimes

Behind Closed E-Mail, April 1, 1999.
Does the public’s “right to know” require that politicians disclose the content of their e-mail communications on issues of public interest?

92% of Federal Computers Ready for 2000, April 1, 1999.
The Administration had imposed an March 31, 1999 deadline on agencies to repair bugs.

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