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Be, symbol for the element beryllium.
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(physical chemistry)


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The country code for Belgium.
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(1) (Be, Inc., Menlo Park, CA) A software company founded in 1990 by Jean Louise Gassee, former head of R&D at Apple, that specialized in the BeOS operating system. BeOS was originally developed for Be's own PowerPC-based machine known as the BeBox. An advanced object-oriented operating system that supports multiprocessing and multithreading, BeOS was designed for multimedia applications, including 3D graphics.

The BeBox hardware was later dropped, and BeOS was made available for the Mac and x86 machines. An Internet appliance version (BeIA) was developed that lived a short time in a Sony handheld. Throughout 2001, BeOS was distributed by Gobe Software, which was the developer of an office suite for that environment (see gobeProductive). In late 2001, the technology assets and intellectual property of Be were acquired by Palm.

(2) (Big Endian) See byte order.
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Whether it is the stellar list of sponsors headlined by NationsBank, the many companies who participate in The Exchange: Business-to-Business Expo, the CEOs of the B.E. 100s companies, or the small business owners in attendance, the opportunities to conduct business at the Entrepreneurs Conference are truly unparalleled.
Each year B.E. recognizes the Small Businesses of the Year.
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By incorporating portions of EDTEC's New Youth Entrepreneur training curricula in[o its program, B.E. was able to provide the attendees of the Kidpreneurs Konference with a well-rounded introduction into the world of business ownership.
Beyond the Kidpreneurs Konference, B.E. has a number of new educational products on the drawing board for children.
As a part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the B.E. 100s in June 1997, BLACK ENTERPRISE Magazine announced the formation of the B.E.