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STORY Move Over, Bill!
Meet the software class of 2000, a scrappy lot that were the first to spy out the potential of Web software and are now cashing in. With kooky little names like BEA, i2, Kana, and E.piphany, these upstarts are shaking up the computer landscape, snaring big customers, and leaving industry stalwarts shaking their heads. But life isn't going to be all peaches and cream for these upstarts, because the big boys aren't going to give up without a fight--and they still have a lot of firepower
EUROPE COVER: Web Smart Companies
Nestlé: An Elephant Dances
Europe's New Economy litmus test will come from slow,
old-line multinationals striving to transform themselves into e-businesses--and Nestlé is a perfect example. The Web promises to make this giant more agile and put a serious dent in the cash it lays out for everything from supplies to marketing. It's e-commerce efforts and other restructuring have paid off so far, with the stock up nicely this year. But there's a long way to go, and plenty of pitfalls on the way
SPECIAL REPORT: HEALTHCARE Curing an Industry's Ills
The whole health-care sector is in dire need of a high-tech overhaul, but the first wave of e-health companies took the wrong tack. Now, investors and entrepreneurs are starting to get it
No Sex Scandals, Please
Mike McCurry just wants to support political activists at Grassroots.com.
by Margaret Young
At Microsoft, Tod Nielsen was in charge of relations with outside developers who wrote companion software. As CEO of Crossgain, he's trying to lure developers away to his company.
by Jay Greene
Let's Talk Money
If there is money in talking computers, SpeechWorks and Nuance may be the first to prove it.
by Amey Stone
Avoid Writer's Cramp
Web site Shutterfly.com serves up digital photography most of the year. For Christmas they'll create your cards and mail them out, too.
Clicks & Misses
by Larry Armstrong
Click in for diverse takes on the Net era of software from the brash upstarts trying to reshape the industry.
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Now Here's an Idea: GE*Trade
Online brokers have touched off a revolution, all right. But it's time for them to wave the white flag. That means finding acquirers. There's no shortage of companies that might find them attractive. Start with General Electric.
Perspective, Oct. 23