• Do you like your wireless phone better than your microwave? Now, what kind of question is that? Turns out Verizon Wireless of Bedminster, N.J., wants to hear from wireless phone users about their habits. 'Visitors to www.verizonwireless.com/news can shed some light on just how deep their wireless relationships go,' Verizon's flack said. Our favorite question: 'When would you be most likely to leave your phone on? Choose one: 1. Religious services. 2. Romantic moments. 3. Sleep.'

  • Here's proof that proofreading is a dead art. It was found last week in the fourth paragraph of a press release from Accenture LLP of Chicago, announcing the acquisition of Epylon Corp. of San Francisco. We quote, word for word and with punctuation exactly as it appeared, a statement attributed to Jay Mohr, who will become acting chief executive of Epylon: ' 'Through Accenture Technology Ventures, we were early investors in Epylon. We saw great potential for the company. {Its business model and its management gave it an advantage in a very difficult market segment? BS. The company was on its deathbed. Cut the past crap},' said Mohr.'

  • Hey, join a 12-step program. 'Most computer users touch their keyboards more than their partners or spouses each day.' That's what Christy Hughes, Microsoft Corp.'s product marketing manager for keyboards, said in discussing the design of the new Microsoft Office keyboard. It has ergonomic curves, hot keys and all those other loving touches a PC addict craves. What we crave here is news. Send some to [email protected].
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