Tuesday, December 30, 2003
From Scott Shuda's Radio Weblog:
FedEx looks to e-deliveries with Kinko's buyout. The air and ground transport service is acquiring business services company Kinko's in a $2.4 billion cash deal. Kinko's will provide a leg up in electronic document delivery, FedEx says.
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From lawrence's notebook:
FedEx looks to e-deliveries with Kinko's buyout. The air and ground transport service is acquiring business services company Kinko's in a $2.4 billion cash deal. Kinko's will provide a leg up in electronic document delivery, FedEx says. [CNET News.com - Front Door]
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From Scripting News:
Jay Rosen: "Ordinarily we make New Year's Resolutions for ourselves, not for other people."
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From Scott Shuda's Radio Weblog:
Victor Davis Hanson on the War and Its Critics.

In 24 months the United States defeated two of the most hideous regimes in modern memory. For all the sorrow involved, it has already made progress in the unthinkable: bringing consensual government into the heart of Middle Eastern autocracy, where there has been no political heritage other than tyranny, theocracy, and dictatorship.

In liberating 50 million people from both the Taliban and Saddam Hussein it has lost so far less than 500 soldiers ÷ some of whom were killed precisely because they waged a war that sought to minimalize not just civilian casualties but even the killing of their enemies. Contrary to the invective of Western intellectuals, the American militaryâs sins until recently have been of omission ÷ preferring not to shoot looters or hunt down and kill insurgents ÷ rather than brutal commission. While the United States has conducted these successive wars some 7,000 miles beyond its borders, it also avoided another terrorist attack of the scale of September 11 ÷ and all the while crafting a policy of containment of North Korea and soon-to-be nuclear Iran.

Thus by any comparative standard of military history, the last two difficult years, despite setbacks and disappointments, represent a remarkable military achievement.  Yet no one would ever gather even the slightest acknowledgment of such success from our Democratic grandees. Al Gore dubbed the Iraqi liberation a quagmire and, absurdly, the worst mistake in the history of American foreign policy. Howard Dean, more absurdly, suggested that the president of the United States might have had foreknowledge of September 11. Most Americans now shudder at the thought that the former might have been president in this time of crisis ÷ and that the latter still could be.


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From Scott Shuda's Radio Weblog:
New Microsoft Office Stresses Collaboration (Investor's Business Daily). Investor's Business Daily - Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - News) is battling two forces as it tries to get businesses and other organizations to upgrade to its newest Office software products. The first is cheap alternatives, like the freely distributed Open Office or Sun Microsystems Inc.'s StarOffice. The second is the perception that older versions of Microsoft's Office are good enough.
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From Scott Shuda's Radio Weblog:
FedEx to Buy Kinko's for $2.4 Bln Cash (Reuters). Reuters - Shipping giant FedEx Corp. (FDX.N) on Tuesday said it agreed to buy copy center operator Kinko's for $2.4 billion in cash to win more small-business customers as the overnight express delivery market matures.
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From Scott Shuda's Radio Weblog:
Lieberman: Dean Will 'Melt' Under GOP Attacks.

Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) charged yesterday that former Vermont governor Howard Dean will "melt in a minute" under Republican attacks if he becomes the Democratic presidential nominee and said it was "outrageous" of Dean to suggest that Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe step in and shield him from growing criticism by his rivals.

Rep. Richard A. Gephardt (Mo.) yesterday echoed Lieberman, as did Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.). "Howard Dean has spent the last year criticizing me and other candidates at every opportunity," Gephardt said. "Now, as he makes a series of embarrassing gaffes that underscore the fact he is not well equipped to challenge George Bush, he suddenly wants to change the rules of the game."

Over the past few weeks, Dean's rivals have grown more pointed in their attacks, and Dean has been forced to explain or clarify several controversial remarks.

Lieberman said he believes the attacks are prompting many Democrats to rethink their support of Dean.


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From Scripting News:
A picture named parkingMeterSmall.gifLast year on this day was my first trip to Harvard. It was cold and snowy. Harvard Square was empty, I got lost, but found my way to Berkman, had a great meeting with John Palfrey, and that led to me becoming part of the team there. Today it's warm and spring-like, the square is empty, the campus quiet. It's been a wonderful year. Thanks to everyone who made 2003 so productive, fun, so unusual.
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From Scripting News:
BBC: "More people looked for information about the file-swapping program Kazaa than anything else on the net in 2003."
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From Scripting News:
Wired: "Gibson's maverick CEO wants to shove Ethernet up your ax and rock the music world."
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From Scripting News:
InfoWorld: "Phil Goldman, the founder and chief executive officer of Mailblocks and one of the founders of WebTV Networks has died at age 39, according to a statement released by the company on Sunday."
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From Scripting News:
SF Chronicle: "A fitness nut, Mr Goldman seemed in excellent health, said those who knew him. After a long night of programming, Mr Goldman often headed over to Gold's Gym to lift weights, Perlman recalled. He was also notoriously careful about his diet."
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