Briefs: ELSA and 3dfx Announce New Graphics Cards

SAN FRANCISCO (05/01/2000) - New 3D Graphics: Gamers take note--both ELSA AG and 3dfx have announced their latest graphics cards, featuring new functions to enrich 3D gaming and design. Both should be available in May. 3dfx will have its new Voodoo5 5500 AGP ($299) with 64MB of RAM. ELSA's new Gladiac board, sporting NVidia's latest graphics chip set, the GeForce2 GTS, will come in two varieties: a $350 version with 32MB of RAM, and a $449 version with 64MB.


EBay Inc. Cracks Down on Fraud:

Last March, news broke that scam artists operating on EBay, the major auction site, artificially pumped up their user feedback ratings in order to defraud buyers. EBay subsequently launched an investigation. Despite customers' financial losses, Gomez Advisors analyst Marty DeBono says the biggest loser was EBay itself because of the doubt cast on the site's user rating system.

Download Sony's Hits:

Sony Music Entertainment Inc. has joined its industry cohorts' plans to sell digital music downloads. Sony will offer over 50 songs for $3.59 each ($2.49 introductory price). Songs can be obtained at Sony's site (in late April) and such retail Web sites as Tower Records (in May), but initially in Sony's proprietary secured format only.

Site to See:

If your boss won't toss you the bones you want, perhaps it's time to serve a new master. Visit, which boasts more than 500,000 open jobs from almost 50,000 employers. uses a proprietary search technology to sniff out job postings from employer Web sites. Job listings are housed in a huge, easy-to-search database, and the site provides personalized automated JobHunters. One caution: All that info can be overwhelming.

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