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News abounds this week, with stories ranging from Microsoft’s acquisition of AOL to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security standardizing on Macs, with Hormel’s anti-spam campaign providing a brief diversion. In the product world, Geoff Duncan reports on CountDown G5, which lets G5s run Mac OS 9 software, Jeff Carlson examines the iChat 2.2 public beta, Glenn Fleishman passes on news of a wire-free laptop charging technology, and Adam looks at a SubEthaEdit-enabled conferencing service. Lastly, Apple announces a GarageBand add-on and we release our first business ebook in the Take Control series.

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<Bleep>ing GarageBand!

ing GarageBand! Apple Computer today announced the availability of Bleeper, a free innovative Audio Units plug-in for use with Apple's entry-level digital music program, GarageBand

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"Take Control of Your Island Nation" Released

"Take Control of Your Island Nation" Released -- Needless to say, few of us actually have our own island nations, but with this latest installment in our Take Control series of electronic books, we're branching out into the rough-and-tumble world of business self-help books like "First, Break All The Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently." Written by legendary business consultant Michael Milkem, the hidden force behind NeXT's acquisition of Apple Computer and the AOL/Time Warner merger, "Take Control of Your Island Nation" draws comparisons between orchestrating an overthrow of a corrupt banana republic government and regaining authority in an out-of-control business

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iChat AV 2.2 Public Beta Adds MSN Support

Apple today released a public beta of iChat AV 2.2, the company's popular instant-messaging and audio/video conferencing application. In addition to providing a handful of bug fixes, the update incorporates support for Microsoft's MSN text messaging network. Previously, the MSN network was unavailable to iChat users because iChat uses the AIM (AOL Instant Messaging) network, and the two protocols are incompatible

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CountDown G5 Enables Mac OS 9 Booting for Power Mac G5s

The French start-up software company Freedom Technologies today announced the immediate availability of CountDown G5, a controversial firmware update which enables users to start up Apple's Power Mac G5 systems using either Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X. As shipped by Apple, Power Mac G5 systems can start up using only Mac OS X (although they can run older software in the Classic environment)

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Please Take Your SEETS

If you've ever been a part of a decentralized working group, you're undoubtedly aware of the utility of shared conference calls; I've spent many an hour on conference calls for a variety of projects

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Tes-La Charges Laptops Wirelessly

Building on the success of short-range induction charging, such as is used in the MobileWise wire-free electric power technology, Posicharge, Inc. has introduced the latest advance to wireless networking technology: the Tes-La passive energy charging system