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COMPANY

<b><u>Sylvan Goes Dutch</u></b><@SM><@SM><i>Baltimore-Based Firm Begins Auction For as Many as 6M Common Shares</i><@SM><@SM><TAB><b>Sylvan Learning Systems Inc.</b> began a Dutch auction for up to 6 million common shares, about 14.3 percent of its outstanding stock.

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Small Business

<TAB>Your company is looking for a financial officer, or maybe someone to upgrade and run your computer system. Do you go low-tech, and place an ad in a newspaper or call a recruiting firm&ne; Or do you join the growing number of companies that do their employee searching online&ne;

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INTERACTIVE

<b><u>Aether Buys Competitor, Looks for More</u></b><@SM><@SM><i>Owings Mills Wireless Firm Launches Investment Arm to Promote Industry</i><@SM><@SM><b>Aether Systems Inc.</b> this week agreed to buy fellow wireless technology company <b>Cerulean Technology Inc.</b> for $150 million in cash and stock to expand into the public sector.

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Mutual Perspectives

Mozart’s music may be priceless now, but in his day, the brash young composer had to negotiate commissions for his works with prices often based on the state of his notoriously mismanaged finances at the given moment.<@SM><@SM><TAB>Amad&eacute; — which he preferred to Amadeus — did so only after breaking from the nobility’s long-established patronage system.

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