Newstand – October 1999


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Open Access Appeal Showdown Set, October 10, 1999. AT&T is appealing a federal ruling that would force it to open its Portland area network to rival Internet service providers.


MS Waits With Bated Breathe, October 31, 1999. Still no decision from Judge Jackson on this case. The Government Printing Office (GPO) has established a special a Web site for the brief (, but do not be surprised that it is currently nothing more than a blank page.

New Medical Privacy Mandate, October 29, 1999. President Clinton is proposing new regulations to protect the privacy of patients concerning the collection and distribution of their electronic medical records.

House Passes Domain Bill, October 26, 1999. House Bill 3028, passed on October 26, bars the purchase of domain names for resale to companies with similar names.

ZDNet PC Magazine

The Name Game, October 29, 1999. There are changes afoot in the assignment of domain names. In order to ensure that domain names are equitably distributed throughout the world, a new organization has emerged, ICANN.

Storage Space on the Web, October 29, 1999. Storing files on the Web can be useful for many reasons; for off-site backup of important files or to store files you may need while on the road. This articles reviews four free services.

Information Today

Webforia Targets Infoglut, October 1999. Webforia president, Brian Cassidy, talks about his vision of Webforia products as a “virtual workplace.”

Database Review: Something for Nothing from Dow Jones, October 1999. An overview of two free business research Web sites from Dow Jones.

USA Today

AMA Plans Online Health Info, October 29, 1999. The AMA has belatedly thrown their Web site hat in the ring with their new site,, to be introduced in early 2000.


Web Privacy Standard Clears Legal Obstacle, October 28, 1999. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has been laboring to create a Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) for over two years.

New York Times, CyberTimes (registration required)

Election Regulators Clear the Way for Online Debates, October 29, 1999. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is moving toward expanding the role of the Web as a non-partisan host for online debates by political candidates.

Web Reviews of Professors Prompt a Lawsuit, October 27, 1999. In a suit filed in California State Superior Court, a tenured Professor at San Francisco City College seeks to put an end to online criticisms of faculty members, by students.


House Speaker Quits Sitting on COPA, October 27, 1999. House Speaker Hastert has finally named five members to the Children’s Online Protection Act Commission.

Illinois Attorney General Sues to Block Internet Pharmacies, October 23, 1999. The state, with the support of the AMA and state doctor and pharmacist groups, filed suit in circuit court on the grounds of danger to consumers from these Web based services.

Lawmakers resurrect Net gambling bill, October 21, 1999. The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act lives on in a new version introduced by a bipartisan group of House members.

FTC releases child privacy protection rules, October 20, 1999. New rules go into effect April 21, 2000 mandating parental permission for Web site usage by preteens.

Congressional spam bill due today, October 19, 1999. Consumer protection from spam is the intent of the Unsolicited Electronic Mail Act of 1999.

Federal Panel Calls for Net Tax Plans, October 13, 1999. The Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce will submit its report next April. The ramifications for the increasingly visible and powerful e-commerce industry will be significant.


MS judge to issue opinion on ‘a’ Friday, October 19, 1999. Judge Jackson’s findings in this high profile case will be issued sometime soon, but no actual date was given other than a Friday evening at 6:30 pm.

Information Today

Reuters Launches New Internet-Based News and Information Service, October 18, 1999. Reuters Inform is a new fee-based service targeting users who require comprehensive real-time news and market data.

Seattle Times

More Firms Use Software to Spy on Workers, October 12, 1999. Ever feel as if someone inside your organization is reading your email? Well, chances are that you are not paranoid. Employees at AT&T, Pacific Bell, and the FCC are just the tip of the iceberg, as companies intensify their monitoring of computer usage on the job.

New Technology Makes Searching Easier, October 12, 1999. Five companies exhibiting at Internet World last week demonstrated new search tools that attempt to determine the meaning of the search terms in order to provide relevant search results.

New York Times, CyberTimes (registration required)

To Cover Electronic Tracks, E-Mail that Self-Destructs October 12, 1999. Email issues are increasingly becoming the focus of new software development. Although these new tools, available next year, are not completely effective, they will offer viable alternatives for organizations determined not to leave a trail.

Privacy Group Files Suit Against FTC, October 12, 1999. The Electronic Privacy Information Center will file suit in District Court to obtain access to FTC documents on privacy issues.

Online Industry Seizes the Initiative on Privacy, October 11, 1999. Although the FTC mandated consumer privacy protections in 1998, it is the private Online Privacy Alliance that is spearheading industry self-regulation.

Easing on Software Exports Has Limits, October 11, 1999. The fine print which many readers missed regarding the new White House policy on encryption indicates that restrictions remain for source code.

Traditional Barriers Fall as British Papers Put News Online, October 11, 1999. The well respected Financial Times is in the vanguard of UK newspapers as it makes the big leap into cyberspace publishing.

As Internet Turns 30, the Sequel is Still in Previews, October 7, 1999. Internet2, the next generation high speed Web backbone currently being tested at universities, may or may not bring the next major series of advances for the Internet.

Skepticism About Online Law Degrees From a Supreme Court Justice, October 1, 1999. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg added her voice to the growing debate concerning legal education on the Web.

Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition

Ask Jeeves to Help Answer Microsoft Customer Queries, October 11, 1999. The popular Ask Jeeves natural language query search engine will be deployed by MSN to provide technical support.


Net Helps Fight Fen-Phen Case, October 8, 1999. This case united 30 plaintiff’s lawyers via daily email updates concerning court proceedings, creating a virtual group of lawyers working for their clients against American Home.

Next Wave of Attacks Against Spammers Underway, October 11, 1999. The Mail Abuse Prevention System provides 180 ISPs with free access to a list of spammers and networks that service them.

San Francisco Chronicle

Disappearing Inc. Keeps E-mail Messages Private, October 8, 1999. A San Francisco company has created a nifty new software product that destroys your e-mail after a specified period.

Russians Seem to be Hacking into the Pentagon, October 7, 1999. This article maintains that for over a year Russian hackers have been systematically stealing sensitive data from the defense department as well as other government agencies.

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