In Brief: Aug. 21, 2000

SAYONARA, VCR Another death knell chimes for the venerable VCR as Panasonic unveils the first-ever home DVD video recorder. That's right, it doesn't just read DVDs, it makes them too. But don't junk your old VCR quite yet. At $3,999.95, the DMR-E10, above, isn't cheap, and it uses a controversial format called DVD-RAM, which means that the discs it records aren't compatible with most other players.

EASY READER Speaking of obsolete formats, last week Microsoft offered up further competition to the old-fashioned paper book with a new version of its Microsoft Reader software for the PC. Microsoft Reader is a free...

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