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Judge Grants Justice More Time to Answer New Microsoft Concerns

LOS ANGELES TIMES -- WASHINGTON

In a surprise move, the judge in the Microsoft Corporation case Thursday ordered more filings from the government and the software giant before he issues a final ruling on how Microsoft should be punished for antitrust violations.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson granted an additional week of proceedings after government lawyers told the jurist in a conference call Thursday that Microsoft’s lawyers raised some legitimate questions about the government’s proposed plan to break up the company for violating state and federal antitrust laws.

“From a quick review, some number of those (issues raised by Microsoft) seem to make some sense to us, and we would like the opportunity to go through those in detail and to give the court our view on that,” said David Boies, the New York trial attorney hired by the Justice Department to lead case against Microsoft.

Jackson gave the government until Monday to file additional comments and told Microsoft’s legal team that it could have until Wednesday to respond.

Arms Control Treaty Expectations Low at Clinton-Putin Summit

THE WASHINGTON POST -- MOSCOW

With little hope of sealing a grand bargain on arms control, President Clinton and Russian President Vladimir Putin plan to highlight other accords on early warning systems and the safeguarding of nuclear materials to salvage their Moscow summit meeting this weekend.

The two leaders are expected to dust off and complete earlier U.S.-Russian agreements that would establish a joint early warning center to guard against false reports of a nuclear missile launch; set a timetable for each side to dispose of 34 tons of excess weapons-grade plutonium; provide U.S. funds to refurbish two warehouses at Russia’s huge Sarov nuclear complex; and give Department of Energy assistance for safeguarding nuclear materials at Russian navy facilities.

These accords represent considerably smaller steps than the Clinton administration hoped for just a few weeks ago, when it thought that it might persuade Russia to accept changes in the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty that would permit the United States to deploy a limited version of a national missile defense system in return for deeper cuts in strategic nuclear arsenals.

Internet Riches Await Teenagers

LOS ANGELES TIMES -- ENCINITAS, CALIFORNIA

Three years ago, Brian Pink made $20,000 a year designing concert posters and business cards for a small graphics shop. Today, the self-taught programmer earns five times that as technology chief of an Internet start-up in Encinitas, Calif.

Forget picking Internet stocks. If you want to make money in the new economy, pick up the computer languages that make the World Wide Web go.

“Dot-coms” are dangling Fortune 500-level salaries and generous perks in a tug-of-war for technical talent. Brainy teen-agers who know software codes are landing $40,000-a-year jobs straight from high school at start-ups desperate to get their Web sites running.

A headhunter at Remington International in West Los Angeles said he places two or three teen-agers in dot-com jobs every week who have taught themselves basic programming. Office manager Michael Burns said he turned away a 16-year-old looking for work. “We don’t handle them under 17,” he said.