Stories by Lee Copeland

Fish

Fish is a management philosophy that originated at the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, where fishmongers playfully toss around trout and salmon. The idea is to transfer that enthusiasm to the business world by encouraging employees to adopt a playful attitude about work and to go to extra lengths to make a customer's or a colleague's day special.

Sun Releases Java Tools Updates

New updates to Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Forte for Java development tools offer developers quick access to online Java plug-ins, a move that users and analysts said should make it easier to find code components.

Barriers Put Brakes on Global E-Sales

A French court this week ordered Yahoo Inc. to prohibit the sale of Nazi artifacts - items such as daggers, uniforms and badges - from its auction site to users in France. While the court said Santa Clara, Calif.-based Yahoo will face daily fines if it fails to comply, the enforceability of that ruling and Yahoo's response to it are both in question.

MS Releases Public Beta of Tools for Web Services

Beating the drum for its new Web development initiative, Microsoft Corp. made the first public beta of its .Net Framework and Visual Studio.Net tool set available to developers at Comdex/Fall 2000 this week.

Microsoft Launches Car .Net Dashboard OS

At the Convergence 2000 automotive show in Detroit last week, Microsoft launched Car .Net, a retooled version of its Windows CE operating system for automobiles.

Lexus Licenses GM's OnStar GPS Service

After years of quiet talks with General Motors Corp., Toyota Motor Corp. next week will unveil its 2001 Lexus luxury sedans equipped with its rival's OnStar in-vehicle communications service.

Merant Opens Online Development Service

Unlike the typical application service provider (ASP), U.K.-based Merant PLC not only wants to host applications, but it also wants to allow developers to create them.

Sun Introduces Fee Cap for Java 2 EE

Sun Microsystems Inc. this week introduced a new licensing and royalty plan for its Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.3 specification. The new plan is aimed at eliminating some of the public squabbling that has erupted in the past over fees.

Big Three Clear Major Hurdle with FTC

After two rounds of inquiries by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Big Three's online auto industry exchange this week won tentative approval to open its virtual doors. Gaining that green light will allow the Southfield, Mich., exchange, called Covisint, to seek a permanent location, hire a CEO and gear up to launch by year's end.

Sun Offers New J2EE Licensing Plan

Earlier this week, Sun Microsystems introduced a new licensing and royalty plan for its Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.3 specification aimed at eliminating some of the public squabbling that has erupted in the past over fees.