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Newstand - June 1999

By Sabrina I. Pacifici, Published on June 29, 1999

(Archived July 15, 1999)


Washington Post.com

Deal Reached on Bill to Limit Y2K Liability, June 30, 1999.  In a deal between the White House and Congress, companies would have a 90 day period within which to fix alleged product problems before triggering a law suit.


Mercurynews.com

Study:   Giving Bad News Easier, More Accurate, By E-mail, June 29, 1999.   For better or worse, it seems that e-mail is the now construed as the best way convey information directly and with the least additional emotional distortion.


Information Today

Two Centuries of Newspapers Covered in Chadwyck-Healey's  Historical Newspapers, June 28, 1999. Two centuries of articles from the London Times and New York Times are now available over the Web and on CD.


Searcher, June 1999

MindMaps: Hot New Tools Proposed for Cyberspace Librarians.  Future online tools to mine the vast information resources of the Web will result from the ingenious creations of human minds. This article proposes ideas for new systems and services that we will likely see in the near future.


Wired.com

Liddy Dole:  Put a Lid on Libraries, June 29, 1999.  The Presidential aspirant demands that the federal government deny funding to public libraries that do not impose restrictions on Internet access to patrons.


Mercury Center.com

Major Newspaper Publishers Revamp Web Sites, June 23, 1999.  The leaders in newspaper publishing, the New York Times, Washington Post and Knight Ridder, are planning to significantly expand their presence on the Web.


New York Times.com (registration required)

To Protest Unwanted E-Mail, Spam Cop Goes to the Source, June 24, 1999.  Spamcop.net allows you to take the adage, 'don't get mad, get even,' to a logical conclusion. 

As E-Commerce Surges, So Do Technical Problems, June 21, 1999.  Rush hour on the Web is leaving many current and potential buyers of merchandise on services very dissatisfied. Traffic to online brokerages alone has doubled in the past six months.

On the Web, As Elsewhere, Popularity is Self Reinforcing, June 21, 1999.   Not surprisingly, the most popular sites on the Web generate the vast majority of all Web traffic, according to a report from two Xerox researchers to be released later this month.


Information Today

West Loses Copyright Claim Over Page Numbers, June 21, 1999.  The Supreme Court denied review of lower court decisions on West's use of star pagination and copyright on textual enhancements.  This opens the door to Matthew Bender, HyperLaw and other competitors to use their content.


Washington Post.com

Government Panel to Weigh Internet Tax Options, June 20, 1999.  A 19 member Congressional panel will begin work on a Web tax policy, with their eyes toward October 21, 2001.  This is expiration date for the moratorium on such taxes.


Database, June 1999

On the Net: Searching for Current News.  Greg Notis provides an excellent overview of free news services offering features such as a searchable database, archived materials, reliability and comprehensive content.


New York Times.com (registration required)

Government Pulls Out of Search Venture, June 15, 1999.  The brief partnership between Northern Light Technology and the Department of Commerce regarding the joint venture, govsearch.com, is over.  This weekly Capital Dispatch column also highlights over technology related stories

Critics See Internet Board Overstepping Its Authority, June 7, 1999.  The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers may be wielding too much power over the future of Web commerce and content.

Microsoft Binds Office Software More Tightly to Internet, June 7, 1999.  With Office 2000 will Microsoft seal their dominant status as desktop kingpin, or will the antitrust trial have an impact?

Library Conference Examines Preservation of Digital Works, June 5, 1999.   Librarians from around the world are struggling with preserving valuable information and materials in the midst of the tidal wave of digital content.


Database, June/July 1999

On the Net: Searching for Current News.  Greg Notis provides an excellent overview of free news services offering features such as a searchable database, archived materials, reliability and comprehensive content.


Computers in Libraries, June 1999

Surviving the Storm: Using Metasearch Engines Effectively.  This is a very detailed article on engines, with comparisons, performance ratings, top five rated sites, accompanied by lots of useful charts and thorough research.


Victoria Law Reform Committee

Technology and the Law Report 1999.  "A cutting-edge study into the opportunities available in the use of new technologies to streamline the administration of courts and tribunals and to improve access to courts and tribunals by members of the public."


InternetNews.com

Google Gets Backing, June 4, 1999.  The search engine has hit the big time, with $25 million in venture capital backing.


WiredNews.com

Borders to Print Books on Demand, June 1, 1999.  There are some mighty angry hackers out there who are forcing several high profile federal Web sites to shut down.  

Crackers Target Federal Sites, June 1, 1999.  There are some mighty angry hackers out there who have forced several high profile federal Web sites to shut down.  


Scientific American

Hypersearching the Web, June 1999.  This is not your typical search engine piece.


PC Computing, June 1999

Undocumented Internet Secrets. Winner of the 1999 National Magazine Award, this magazine consistently presents articles for Web aficionados that are useful and current.  This article is replete with information on how to search faster, buy more efficiently, beating those pesky spammers, increasing e-commerce business.

Perfect Browser. For those who have held back on upgrading to IE5, this article may change your mind.


PC World Online, June 1999

Find it on the Web. This is a well written article, with current information about the major search engines features, along with search tips and tricks, and the best sites for Web shopping.