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Karen Heyman

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HollyWebland

The latest thing in Hollywood, apparently, is to leave Hollywood. Paramount, Warners, ICM, MTV -- name a place people used to kill to work, and executives are fleeing it for the greatest immunity challenge of all: founding an Internet start-up that will live longer than six months. Internet entertainment is......
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Napster, Round 2

There is technology out there that is being developed as we speak that is going to make Napster look obsolete any minute. —Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, to ABC News Lars, it’s already here. It’s called Freenet. Created by Ian Clarke, a 23-year-old Irish programmer, Freenet lets users trade files directly, without......
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Who’s Your Daddy?

Photo by Anne Fishbein I’m holding a doctoral dissertation titled “Message Delay In Communications Nets with Storage.” The original, not a photocopy, and even though I’ve just been handed it by its author, UCLA Professor of Computer Science Dr. Leonard Kleinrock, I still feel as if I should be wearing......
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Pandora’s Box

Napster. Napster. Napster. You‘re probably sick of hearing about the latest hot software and how much easier it makes it to share MP3 online music files. And about how that’s why the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is suing the San Mateo, California, company. And about how the software......
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Pandora’s Box

Napster. Napster. Napster. You‘re probably sick of hearing about the latest hot software and how much easier it makes it to share MP3 online music files. And about how that’s why the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is suing the San Mateo, California, company. And about how the software......
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Techno Time Travel

It was going to be a simple write-up on Nova’s special series “Secrets of Lost Empires.” Why, then, am I up at 6 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday to drive down to Long Beach and paddle a canoe? Inspired by a successful earlier episode on pyramid building, “Secrets,” which runs......
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Was It Good for You Too?

It is 1994. AOL’s Greenhouse has just licensed a multimedia project from Beth Kennedy, a former senior executive at MCAUniversal. Kennedy and I (then a publicist for Greenhouse) are having one of those impassioned, speculative arguments we techies love to start. Kennedy says her studio background tells her that there......
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Computer Mouse

Your average neuroscientist‘s world-view is relentlessly mechanistic -- from love to God to Pokemon, it’s the neurons, babe. But even mechanists get the mind-body duality blues. Neuroscientists may consider “mind” nothing more than a romantic conception of how the brain works. But at least “mind” takes into account the interconnections......
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