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After a weekend that saw the beginning of spring weather and the end of the U.S. tax season, we bring you news on IBM possibly licensing the Mac OS, an intriguing report on the Pippin (which is shipping in Japan), information about the Macintosh version of WebLint, and the results of our reviews survey. The issue continues with an essay about Internet chain mail and the second part of Adam’s article on Internet bookmark managers.

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TidBITS 6.0

We're a little too tired to make much of this fact, but this issue of TidBITS marks our sixth anniversary of publication. We started publishing TidBITS each week in April of 1990, which makes us one of the longest running solely electronic publications

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TidBITS in Dutch

TidBITS in Dutch -- Check out the TidBITS home page for a link to the first translation of TidBITS (issue #322) into Dutch. However, Jan Vanderwegen , the coordinator of the Dutch translation team, tells me that they could use additional help

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FreePPP 2.5 Beta Available

FreePPP 2.5 Beta Available -- The FreePPP Group has released FreePPP 2.5b4, the first public beta of FreePPP 2.5. As usual, if your PPP connection works well, we don't recommend upgrading yet (why fix what isn't broken, especially with beta software?)

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New QTVR Tools and Developer Info

New QTVR Tools and Developer Info -- Finally showing motion with its much-touted QuickTime VR technology, Apple is distributing pre-release versions two new QTVR tools to assist authors with making QuickTime VR panoramas and objects from photographs or computer-generated images

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AIMED Developers Consortium

AIMED Developers Consortium -- A group of third party developers have formed the Association of Independent Macintosh Engineers and Developers (AIMED), a non-profit group dedicated to Macintosh software and hardware development

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IBM Close to Licensing Mac OS?

Last week, reports began circulating that IBM's Microelectronics Division was close to an agreement with Apple to license the Mac OS. The agreement would reportedly allow IBM (in its role as one of the primary manufacturers of the PowerPC chip) to sublicense the Mac OS to PowerPC chip buyers

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Pippin Appears

The Pippin-platform "Atmark" developed by Apple and Bandai is now on display and for sale in Japan. But you can't just drop into your local computer store and pick one up; you'll have to either place an order at a designated dealer or call a toll-free number (something Bandai inexplicably calls a "Digital Distribution System")

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Back on the Chain Gang

I've had it. I'm sick of receiving chain mail. I'm sure many of you have received these bits of oozing Internet abuse as well, ranging from the Good Times Virus hoax (it is a complete hoax, folks, and the damage it causes stems purely from being redistributed in email) to the latest petition for a worthy cause