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November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

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Tech News in Brief

Internet stock mania continues to gather steam in Asia., a Hong Kong-based operator of four Chinese-language Web portals, is planning an initial public offering in hopes of raising more than $60 million. Shares will be issued not in Asia but on the technology-heavy Nasdaq market, home of trading for Microsoft,, Cisco Systems and Yahoo stock. will become the third Asian tech company to list on Nasdaq this year, preceded by India's Infosys and Pacific Internet of Singapore.'s owners include New World Infrastructure Ltd., a Hong Kong property firm, America Online, Sun Microsystems, and Xinhua, China's official news agency.

People are less likely to sugar-coat the truth when they say it with e-mail, according to a new study by Case Western Reserve University in the U.S. Researchers asked 117 university students to give positive and negative feedback to a group posing as fellow students through three methods - in person, over the phone, and online. Responses indicated co-workers were most likely to deliver constructive criticism via the keyboard. Stephanie Watts Sussman, lead author of the study, concluded that inhibitions are lower when awkward messages are delivered indirectly, leading to greater honesty - a conclusion that anyone who has ever received toxic flame-mail could arrive at on their own.

Propeller-heads are taking over. The U.S. Department of Commerce projects that by 2006, nearly half of the American workforce will be employed by information-technology-related companies. That's partly due to the high productivity of so-called "knowledge workers." Although the digital economy represented only 8% of U.S. GDP between 1995 and 1998, it contributed 35% of the economy's real growth. Relax, it's not so bad to be assimilated. I.T. workers earn more than non-tech workers, says the Commerce department.

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