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Cover C O V E R   S T O R Y
THE WIRED WIZARDS Even in the amorphous, egalitarian world of cyberspace, a new oligarchy has begun to emerge. We profile--and place bets on--the top 50 members of the ruling digerati


C O V E R   S T O R Y
TAIPAN
The jazz-lover who lives "convergence"

GENERASIAN X
A 20-something who made cool profitable

THE EX-JOCK
Making millions without the middleman

THE HOMESTEADER
Pioneering user-created content

MR. MONEY
Japan's homegrown Bill Gates

THE ROAD RACER
A speed demon at Sega

THE GATEKEEPER
Casting a Net in China

TOYS-R-HER
The brains behind Tamagotchi

THE CRITIC
His pen makes computer companies quake





A S I A
BLACK EYE
Malaysia: The image of a beaten and bruised Anwar Ibrahim brings expressions of concern from abroad and adds momentum to the reform movement at home

HER TURN
Indonesia: Raised to icon status by her persecution under Suharto, Megawati Sukarnoputri is now poised to take his place

FORGOTTEN VICTIMS
South Korea: A lost tribe of Korean wartime laborers finally comes home--with demands for due recompense

E N D   P A G E S
SPOTLIGHT

MILESTONES

TRAVEL WATCH
Hop 'til you drop in Hong Kong

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COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

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PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state



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COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness


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