Speaking of former superstars, WorldCom said last week that it's selling the ranch owned by ex-CEO Bernie Ebbers. The Douglas Lake Ranch--"the largest working cattle ranch in Canada," according to a statement by the company--is being jointly marketed by Hilco Real Estate and Colliers International. WorldCom last month took control of the ranch, which also features world-class fly-fishing and recreational activities, "through the exercise of certain rights arising under financing agreements" between the telecom vendor and Ebbers.
The Recording Industry Association of America's Web site (http://www.riaa.org) spent most of last week under siege from a denial-of-service attack that began Jan. 24 and left the site largely unavailable for days. "It's pathetic [that] those who want free music don't believe in free speech," says an RIAA spokesperson, who adds that the FBI and the Secret Service are investigating the source of the attack. Since July, the site has been hit by multiple defacements and denial-of-service attacks.
Oracle execs were demonstrating Oracle's Collaboration Suite last week at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. They discovered that Microsoft reps had booked a nearby room to promote the company's competing Exchange software. Microsoft even offered free lattés to entice prospective buyers to its presentation. Quips Mark Jarvis, Oracle chief marketing officer: "That's the closest they'll come to getting Java from Microsoft."
Tom Sibley, IT director for the city of Cape Coral, Fla., is hosting a monthly, hour-long show on a local cable-TV outlet. The aim of Tech Talk, he says, is to educate the citizenry on how technology makes living in Cape Coral--geographically Florida's second-largest city--exciting, rewarding, and fun. Tech Talk, says Sibley, with tongue-in-cheek modesty, will be "more fun than watching that fresh coat of paint dry in the living room."
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