Saturday, August 27, 2005

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As Threats Loom, Online Audio Book Leader Keeps Building

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Mary Lou Kalbow started listening to books while driving a five-hour rural postal route in Minnesota about five years ago. Now she downloads titles by Janet Evanovich, Jonathan Kellerman and James Patterson to her portable MP3 player and listens all day while she works as a massage therapist. "I like to be entertained. Mystery, action, a love story. Something that keeps me on the edge of my seat," said Kalbow, 52. Kalbow is one of the thousands of devotees of Audible, a pioneer in the listenable literature business that remains the Internet's top provider of audio books.
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Java Turns Ten as Sun Ushers in New Platforms

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Following Sun Microsystems' recent launch of the GlassFish project, the company used its annual JavaOne developer conference as a platform to usher in the project, which lets developers see the application server source code. As anticipated, Sun announced it is releasing code for the Java System Server Platform Edition 9.0 and Java System Enterprise Server Bus (Java ESB) under the same license used for Sun's OpenSolaris project, announced at last year's conference.
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The Apple Store's Super Style

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Like Apple's products themselves, CEO Steve Jobs was convinced that Apple Stores could reflect a more design-conscious retail ideal, as seen with the company's trademark iMac, and most recently, the buzz-worthy iPod. The subsequent mission of these boutique stores has gone on to merchandise gear to a niche-driven customer base, while also reaching out to reluctant Mac enthusiasts (i.e., Microsoft users).
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