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"Is the top priority in computing shifting from speed to
how easily you can interact? How fast will the
Microsoft-Intel duopoly fade?" Denise Caruso's column
When the Internet's original creators decided to publish
their networking standards so that any computer could
connect to the network, they certainly had no idea that
almost 30 years later, their decision would provide the
first real lever to pry the Microsoft-Intel duopoly from
its leadership role. But this very prospect is why one
well-known technology investor made a speech last week
called, "Why Microsoft and Intel Don't Matter Anymore."
"Haves and Have-Nots Revisited. Rich Nations Talk
High-Tech, but the Poor Live No-Tech."
Digital technology is revolutionizing telecommunications
and erasing the boundaries that separate the telephone,
computer and media industries. But the revolution's
inequality takes the shine off a business that has
celebrated itself as both a one-stop shop for the
Information Age and a force for positive political
change in the world. "The present reality is that the
technology gap between developed and developing nations
is actually widening," said Nelson Mandela, who spoke at
Telecomm 95's opening.
"A software gift service, by lawsuit and negotiation, tries
to demonstrate that it takes its claim seriously." Sandra
Chartrand's Patents column.
One controversy is a patent issued in 1985 for selling
software to individuals through the Internet and some
CD-ROM's. Its owner, Interactive Gift Express Inc. says
the patent covers the selling and downloading of digital
information. There are those who disagree. "I've read
the patent and can actually say that there is no
invention there at all," said Richard Stallman at MIT.
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