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Who’s the Fairest

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What’s more insulting than overhearing a co-worker gloating that she’s the prettiest one in the office? How about finding out that she was the “other woman” in your one true romance? This week, “Ally McBeal” examines one of life’s bigger torture chambers: the breakup. (more…)

Future Think

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Housed in an I.M. Pei building that looks more like a tiled bathroom floor than a high-level think tank, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Laboratory shares its space with two museums and a basement hall that frequently sports a student and visitor crowd hungry for the cheap cheese and even cheaper wine at lecture receptions. Despite its well-pedigreed environs, the Media Lab is bent on serving the everyday Internet Joe by continuing what it pioneered: the collaboration of academia and industry. Formed in 1985 by Nicholas Negroponte and Jerome Wiesner, the lab’s first decade was spent helping to create little things we take for granted now, such as digital video and multimedia. (more…)

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8. 3Com

3Com today is best known for its ubiquitous PalmPilot and for its eponymous San Francisco Giants baseball park. But the company, with more than 200 million customers worldwide, is making its greatest strides in business-to-business commerce….BtoB transactions make up 30 percent of total revenue, or $2 billion, and 3Com projects that 80 percent of total revenue will be derived from BtoB transactions by the end of 1999…

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4. Intel

Intel’s accomplishments in ebusiness read like a fairy tale in return on investment….Fifteen days after its 1998 launch, Intel’s Web ebusiness had already booked $1 billion in orders….Unlike other rollouts that start small and initially target a specific customer or geography segment, Intel took a broad approach reaching small, medium, and large U.S. and international customers from day one….Intel made a special effort to wire previously unwired emerging market customers to give them a better chance to compete globally….Wiring the unwired enables the $26 billion chip giant to replace phone and fax with the Internet, increasing efficiency for both Intel and its customers….Says Sean Maloney, senior vice president and director of worldwide sales and marketing, “I don’t see any reason why we can’t do 100 percent of our business this way in two years.”

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Today, 7 out of 10 requests for technical support from Cisco customers are handled electronically. Nearly 75 percent of customer orders are handled via the Net. Of those, more than 80 percent are booked, credit checked, scheduled for manufacturing, and sent to the factory without human interface.

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And the winner is…
1. Cisco Systems

Cisco not only creates the network tools that others use to excel, but has built the most intelligently Net-savvy company going.

Cisco Systems’ CEO John Chambers may be a soft-spoken Southern gent, but he’s firm when he asserts, “The Internet is changing the way people work, live, play, and learn.” When he champions the Net, is he guilty of simplistic hyperbole? Hardly. Those familiar with how the 49-year-old runs his $10 billion plus data networking empire know he practices what he preaches. Cisco- leading maker of routers, switches, software, and other gear that keeps the Internet running is using the Net to change the way it works. Says Dataquest analyst Ellen Carney: “Cisco is a company that eats its own dog food.”

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Field Trips Unlimited

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Looking for ways to keep your children entertained at the museum, art gallery and beach? Here are some tried-and-true tips from parents who’ve been there and lived to tell:

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Utilizing a Travel Agent

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Should we use a travel agent to help us plan our honeymoon?

The benefits of working with a travel agent to plan your honeymoon are manifold. An agent can offer you the benefit of his or her knowledge and experience, as well as access to such things as computerized reservation systems — all for free.

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Plunge Into a Game

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Memories of playing games together can last a lifetime. Children relish the individual attention and delight in figuring out solutions to the natural dilemmas posed in games. Most of all, games are fun!

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Bridesmaid Dresses

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Can I wear a bridesmaid dress again?

I thought you meant to ask, “Why would I ever want to wear a bridesmaid dress again?” If you like florals or sickly pink or even teal taffeta, then by all means, feel free to show up at the office Christmas party looking like a country tablecloth. You’ll have to forgive my cynicism. You see, I’m in a wedding in October and I’m still reeling from what happens to a woman with seemingly good taste (the bride) when it comes to picking out the bridesmaids’ dresses. (She’s wearing Vera Wang. We’re not.) And although there are lots of designers currently promoting their “unbridesmaidsy” bridesmaid dresses (Nicole Miller has a line of cocktail-cum-bridesmaid dresses that you wouldn’t die if you had to wear), it seems that brides still like the thought of getting back at their friends by making them wear things they look bad in.

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