The Buzz: April 16, 2001
NBA Nets the Internet
Last Friday, NBA fans were set to get the chance to do what no other sports fans have ever done: watch a live broadcast of a professional game on their computers.
The game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Sacramento Kings was scheduled to be aired over the Internet, with announcers and without commercials.
The broadcast was an extension of the two-year agreement between RealNetworks and the NBA that was signed earlier this year.
Viewers needed the companys RealPlayer product to see the game.
NBA executives said they wanted to use the game to test how interested fans would be in watching games on their computers.
Moore to Leave Intel
Intel, the worlds largest chip maker, is seeing a changing of the guard on its board of directors.
Next month, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore will retire from the board after 32 years with the company.
Moore will continue on as director emeritus.
Replacing him will be Reed Hundt, a senior adviser on information industries at McKinsey & Co. Inc. and former FCC chairman.
Hundts nomination will be voted on at the companys annual stockholder meeting May 24.
During his three-plus decades with Intel, Moore has served as CEO and chairman.
One of his many legacies may be what has become widely known as Moores Law. Moores Law was his prediction that the performance of microprocessors would double every 18 months.
Borders Joins Amazon
You want books? We got books.
Amazon.com last week said it was taking over the Web site of brick-and-mortar bookselling giant Borders.
The e-tailer will relaunch Borders.com as a co-branded site, with Amazon handling inventory, customer service and fulfillment.
The co-branded site, to run separately from Amazons own site, will launch in August. Future customer benefits may include the ability to reserve books over the Web and later pick them up at a neighborhood Borders.
The agreement follows a similar one announced last year between Amazon and Toys "R" Us.