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Headlines Newspapers Could Be Publishing This Year

Michael Schrage is a writer, consultant and research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Even with the relentless rise of on-line services, Internet’s World Wide Web and newsgroups, as well as the digital multimedia “convergence,” the well-crafted headline remains the clearest indicator of the media Zeitgeist. Torn from the pages of tomorrow, here are a few of the more innovative headlines that newspapers--both paper and electronic--could be publishing this year:

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Patent Office Declares Moratorium

on Software Patents

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Agency to ‘Fundamentally Re-Evaluate’

Program Protection

PTO Nullifies 5 More Software Patents

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Murdoch and Baby Bell Bid

for Satellite Broadcaster

DirecTV Unit of

Hughes in Negotiations

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Bold Alliance to Build New National Telecommunications Network to Bypass Terrestrial Broadcasters and Phone Links

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Bill Gates to Endow $5-Billion

Medical Foundation

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Software Entrepreneur Promises ‘Bold Breakthroughs in Biotechnology’ From Nation’s Third-Largest Philanthropy

Particular Interest in Immortality Research

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Artificial Life Activists

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Break into Los Alamos

Supercomputer Installation

PETVA Claims to ‘Liberate’ Computer Software With Lifelike Qualities

‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Virtual Animals’

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Labor Department Suppresses

Productivity Study

Participatory Workplaces No More Productive Than Traditional Management, Quashed Survey Asserts

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‘Serious Methodological Flaws,’ Secretary Insists

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Europeans Have No More Esprit

EU Pulls Plug on Funding for Programs to Boost Continent’s Computer Competitiveness

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France Announces Immediate

Surtax on U.S. Software

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‘Violent Crime’ Gene Identified

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Statistical Genomic Analysis of White-Collar Criminals vs. Violent Felons Establishes Strong Link, NIMH Says

Civil Libertarians Fear Implications

Suit to Bring Computers to Poor Schools

Multimillion-Dollar California Class Action to Mandate Personal Computer Parity Between Wealthy and Poor School Districts

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‘Children without classroom computers today are like children without textbooks in the 1950s,’ advocates maintain

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No More Networks!

California College Declares ‘Internet-Free Zone’

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‘We need to spend more time with the people here,’ explains student leader

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‘For Whom the Bells Toll’

Software Bug Causes Nation’s Phones to Ring Randomly

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No Link to Los Alamos Event, Investigators Insist

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Microsoft Announces Windows Delay

Software Giant Maintains Operating System Will Ship Before Year’s End

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Windows 9?

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Michael Schrage is a writer, consultant and research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He writes this column independently for The Times. He can be reached at schrage@latimes.com by electronic mail via the Internet.


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