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Friday October 17, 1997
 
Rejected titles for the new Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan film, You've Got Mail:

  • Seven Years in the "Hot Tub" Chat Room
  • The Devil's Forum Leader
  • Spam the Girls
  • I Know What You Did Last Session

In Slate: "How I'll know when to sell my Microsoft stock."

Director Ang Lee on the making of The Ice Storm.

Esther Dyson's new book, Release 2.0, has a very cool site -- except for all the dead links. Maybe Release 2.1 will be better...

Thursday October 16, 1997
 
You heard it here first! Drudge doesn't think he's guilty of anything.

Arundhati Roy wins the Booker.

Why it's a bad idea for me to put the words "Playboy" or "Penthouse" in this feature for absolutely no reason whatsoever.

More Ellen Ullman.

New Motley.

Wednesday October 15, 1997
 
AOL shows its "smartest" users how much fun it is to whitewash the fence.

Sidewalk hits Denver. (And Houston.)

Stating the Obvious goes on hiatus. "I need a rest," says creator Michael Sippey.

Knowledge management is going to be big. If you read only a single article on this page, make this the one. Highly recommended.

Scientific American has an in-depth report on a really great idea: easing off the nuclear trigger.

Tuesday October 14, 1997
 
What do you want to wear today?

"He's going back, back, back, back...to get me more french fries." ESPN is tackling the restaurant biz.

Take this simulation for a spin, if your heart can take it...

Slate reviews Coetzee's Boyhood.

Monday October 13, 1997
 
Chairs are cool.

A new series on genetic ethics from The Washington Post.

From Amy Harmon's article on MSN's latest paradigm shift:

"I can show you Mint, the dead project," Sam Reich-Dagnen, an online producer, offers with more than a trace of bright sarcasm when a visitor steps through the crystal beads that serve as her office door. Reich-Dagnen said the underground Web magazine she created -- a critical success with a core of devoted 20-something readers -- has been put "on hiatus."

It occurs to me that the web has turned the phrase "critical success" into a full-blown oxymoron...

The GMAT gets wired.

Margaret Atwood reviews Updike's foray into sci-fi.

Friday October 10, 1997
 
More on Ralph Nader's new crusade.

Joey Anuff looks into the covergence of cartoons and web sites. We happen to think Joey would make one helluva cartoon character... If you agree, mail us with an appropriate name for his animated alter ego. We'll post the best next week.

Biggs on Sidewalk's secret shame in HotWired.

Is $25 million anything to get excited about?

Get the low-down on the high court.

Thursday October 9, 1997
 
Nets, Lies, and Videotape. (Okay. No videotape.)

From the maker of LOG, it's The Goddamn George Liquor Program.

Surowiecki on disasters.

Ellen Ullman's new book, Close to the Machine: Technophilia and its Discontents, is excerpted in Salon.

AOL in Wired News: "We're not about people who are connected to TCP/IP connections and surf the Web all day long. Our new consumers are less likely to be the early adopter tech weenies..." Really? Wow, who would've figured...

Wednesday October 8, 1997
 
The pause that refreshes: Salon's J.B. Miller may be on to something.

The NY Times syndicate has a good recap of recent developments in the Apple "soap opera."

"Mommy, what's penmanship?"

Yahoo! knows the 411.

Scientific American looks back (and up) at Sputnik.

Tuesday October 7, 1997
 
New stuff is coming from the Internet navigators...

Snap! goes the earnings...

Microsoft isn't buying enough shares of MSFT.

New local info for SF.

Ralph Nader writes: "Dear Mr. Gates...would you be interested in attending my conference 'Appraising Microsoft and Its Global Strategy?'"

Girls just want to have fun.

Monday October 6, 1997
 
Moody muses on recent NY Times Magazine coverage of technology.

In WebWeek: How do you manage 1.4 terabytes of data? Ask GeoCities.

Steve Case gets a 36% raise, but the shareholders haven't done too badly themselves: "According to an AOL chart, a $100 investment in AOL stock in 1992 would have grown to $3,296.30 by June 30 this year. On the Nasdaq it would have grown to $264.60, and on the C&DP, it would have increased to $349.40. AOL's stock has risen 27 percent from June 1996 to June of this year. "

Malone on Gates and "the end of the technology industry."

This year's Nobel Prizes have begun to be awarded. First up is medicine.

Rem Reider in American Journalsim Review with post-game analysis of the Diana coverage.

San Francisco gets a new sidewalk tomorrow.

Joey Anuff is ready for the "Web lifestyle."

The robots are coming to clean your office!

Martin Amis on DeLillo's Underworld.

CyberTimes reports that AOL wants to be more like the boob tube. 500 channels of "Loading New Art..." We can't wait.

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