Microsoft Sets XP Update Rele

Microsoft sets XP update release date. The Windows XP Service Pack 1 is officially released, but will be available to the public on Sept. 9, the company says. [CNET News.com]

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Microsoft Adds Notification S

Microsoft adds notification services to database
Microsoft Corp. today is releasing SQL Server Notification Services, a platform for developing and deploying database applications that enable users to subscribe to informational updates. Information can be pulled from the database and forwarded to subscribers via e-mail, mobile phones or devices, instant messages or fax, according to Microsoft. [IDG: ComputerWorld]

Platforms If You Want A Platform To Be Successful Y

Platforms: If you want a platform to be successful, you need massive adoption, and that means you need developers to develop for it. The best way to kill a platform is to make it hard for developers to build on it. Most of the time, this happens because platform companies either don’t know that they have a platform (they think it’s an application) or they get greedy (they want all the revenue for themselves.) [Joel on Software]

IT Outlook Darkens Suns Revenue View Weve Not S

IT outlook darkens Sun’s revenue view
“We’ve not seen any improvement in the current IT spending environment. In fact, some would say it might actually be worsening,” Chief Financial Officer Steve McGowan said during a conference call with financial analysts. Sun says revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2003 will fall around the same level as in the first quarter of fiscal 2002, or $2.86 billion.[CNET]

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U.S. Backs Increase in Peacekeepers for Afghanistan. U.S. officials say enlarging the international force and placing its troops outside Kabul may help secure the country. By Michael R. Gordon. [New York Times: Politics]

MP3 Codecs No Longer Free For GPL Use Or Were They Ever A Hr

MP3 codecs no longer free for GPL use. Or were they ever? [The Register]

They never were because the GPL would be incompatiable with the restriction of the commercial use.