This week on the InternetAMAZON.COM's newest acquisition, Apple's new entry-level iMac and Armadillo's award-winning Durban "Time Traveller" web site (www.armadillo.co.za/TimeTraveller/) made news this week. But if that sounds exciting, watch out for the coming week when there will be talk about rumours of a problem that rivals the Year 2000 bug (Y2K) and an online auction of international airtickets starting at R50!
Amazon (www.amazon.com) took over South African online bookstore Telebook (www.telebook.co.za). The Internet giant is taking serious strides to entrench its position as "earth's biggest bookstore". The takeover means the addition of 25 000 SA titles (in all 11 official languages) to Amazon's catalogue of 1.2-million. Users in Europe and Africa will now also benefit from Amazon's superior back-end systems and its sales services.
Rumour and CNet (www.cnet.com) have it that the Dow share-trading system is about to face a problem of Y2K proportions. It seems that some Wall Street computers only have a four-digit capability, as no one foresaw the Dow exceeding the 10 000 mark. If the Dow tops 10 000, some systems will reflect this as 1 000 instead, potentially causing complete trading chaos.
Lufthansa and M-Web will run a live air-ticket auction on Wednesday and Thursday (www.lufthansa. co.za). Live bidding on 80 return tickets to Europe, the Far East and the United States starts at a minimum of R50. . Top of page