Search inside a book

Imaging being able to find obscure citations by searching the entire contents of a library (all those books!) … from a computer terminal. Now imagine doing it from your home, when the library is “online” at Amazon.com. That’s the idea behind Amazon’s latest project, launched last week. This tool allows you to search 33 million

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Wal-mart leading economic indicator

The old saying was “as goes Detroit, so goes the nation.” Today, we should substitute “Wal-Mart” for Detroit. The ubiquitous retailer is the nation’s largest private employer (1.1 million); it accounts for 9 percent of US retail sales. Its annual US sales of $203.7 billion dwarf the combined sales of the next four largest US

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Office upgrade touts collaboration

Reuters reports that Microsoft unveiled the latest version of Office today. The application suite is designed to allow people to collaborate on documents using the Web. Another reported feature is “self-destructing” documents. The Globe & Mail focuses on Outlook’s spam filtering and Microsoft’s positioning of Office for enterprise (group) use, versus “individual” purchase.