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VOL. 116 | NO. 225 | Wednesday, November 20, 2002

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Sharp Electronics introduced two new Linux-based personal digital assistants (PDAs), the SL-5600 for the U

Sharp Electronics introduced two new Linux-based personal digital assistants the SL-5600 for the U.S. market and the B500 in Japan targeted to business and professional markets. The PDAs enable users to create documents while downloading e-mails or Web pages, company officials said.

 

EmergeMemphis and Foley Management Partners LLCs next seminar, Building a Business Plan, is at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at EmergeMemphis, 516 Tennessee St. The four-hour session will cover writing a plan for raising capital or for using as a strategy document. The fee is $250. Call 683-6065 for information.

 

The Memphis Area Technology Council presents Positioning and Preparing for the Future from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Cook Convention Center. Fees are $80 for MATC members, $125 for non-members and $50 for students. Event speakers are Dr. Shirley Raines, University of Memphis president; Rob Carter, FedEx chief information officer; and Jim Phillips, FedEx Technology Institute chairman. For information, visit www.memphistech.com.

 

A one-day Microsoft Excel workshop is scheduled for Jan. 8 at a location to be announced. The seminar is designed for people who know Excel fundamentals and are ready to become advanced users. The cost is $139 per person. Visit www.natsem.com for information.

 

At the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates unveiled the Smart Personal Objects concept. Microsoft plans to market products from alarm clocks to wristwatches that can receive text messages, as well as flat panel monitors that communicate with home PCs over wireless networks. Gates said the computer industrys focus is shifting from personal computers to personal computing over different devices often connected wirelessly to the Internet.

 

Leap Wireless said its Cricket Communications unit is in default of a credit facility and the two companies are in discussions with creditors. If the creditors accelerate the loans or foreclose on Leap's assets, Leap likely will seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Leap reported a net loss for the third quarter of $143 million, or $3.18 a share, compared with a loss of $160.7 million, or $4.43 a share, for the same period last year. Leap reported net customer additions of about 45,000, ending the quarter with about 1.5 million Cricket customers.

RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 73 147 18,012
MORTGAGES 89 184 20,749
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 8 2,701
BUILDING PERMITS 117 258 37,094
BANKRUPTCIES 55 114 11,540
BUSINESS LICENSES 42 59 5,907
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 21 48 6,878
MARRIAGE LICENSES 27 68 4,117