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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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SEPTEMBER 24, 1999 VOL. 25 NO. 38

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Illustration by Emilio Rivera III
Gender Studies
If you and your other half find that a quiet night in front of the TV regularly turns into a wrestling match for control of the remote, then you had better get two computers before you start getting catty over the mouse, too. A recent survey by PC Data Online confirms that, as with most things in life, men and women approach the Net from thoroughly different perspectives. Men take their channel-hopping telly attitude online with them, happy to surf with little rhyme or reason - as long as they get their regular fix of sports scores and stock quotes. And boys love their toys. They download more than twice as many software files to play with as the fairer sex. Women tend to turn on the television for a favorite program and they log on for similarly specific reasons, such as checking e-mail or finding information. Both sexes shop. But while the ladies buy greetings cards and music, gentlemen, PC Data reports, prefer pornography.

Hotmail on Report
Microsoft is taking seriously the recent security breach in Hotmail, its free, Web-based e-mail service. The software giant has hired an outside auditor to put security to the test - and set the minds of Hotmail's 40 million customers at ease. Microsoft suspended service for several hours on Aug. 30 after hackers made it possible for anyone to access Hotmail accounts without needing to enter the account holder's password. Although the hole was swiftly fixed, the incident was a PR debacle. Microsoft quickly agreed to call in the third party as recommended by TRUSTe, a non-profit organization dedicated toWeb privacy issues. The audit should last a month and its results will be made public.

English Lessens
It may be a World Wide Web, but things are pretty monolingual out in cyberspace. Online, those who speak English as a first language outnumber the rest of the world 92 million to 79 million. But by 2002 all that will change and Anglophones will be the minority, says U.S. research outfit Computer Economics. The gap will grow - challenging the concept of English as the Web lingua franca. By 2002 Asia will double its share of the world's online population to 22%, with 61 million surfers.

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