In Brief: Oct. 16, 2000

PLAYSTATION NATION There'll be some unhappy kids--and more than a few grumpy grownups--when Sony releases the much ballyhooed PlayStation2 on Oct. 26. Sony expects that only 500,000 units will be available, which sounds like a lot, but demand is expected to run into the millions. Retailers may have trouble filling even their preorders, so don't wait. Reserve yours now. Or buy a Dreamcast.

DOTCOM DOLDRUMS How many times can one industry boom, then bust? September saw yet another round of layoffs, bankruptcies and general gloom for the Internet industry. Analysts say there were more dotcom layoffs last month than in any...

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