"a fish, a barrel, and a smoking gun"
for 11 August 2000. Updated every WEEKDAY.

The revelation that Oracle hired a group of bungling private dicks to dig into the finances (and through the trash) of trade groups that support Microsoft surprised exactly no one. Such penny-ante spy-game theatrics are only the tip of the iceberg in the increasingly brutal world of software development. These two giants, along with every other software company of note, are engaged in constant, covert warfare, using every means available to them to topple their enemies: bribes, threats, surveillance, assassination and magazine ads. There's a new Cold War raging, and the stakes are higher than that silly political water- balloon fight that everybody lost interest in a decade ago. Gates, Case, McNealy, Ellison: These are the Angletons and Philbys of our age. Money, power, ego and the fate of the world hang in the balance, and the chilling behind-the scenes details can only be revealed... now!

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