According to Robot Wisdom, this forthcoming internet appliance from Sony is BeOS-based. "eVilla" is an unfortunate name, though - I reckon it would better serve as a dotcom parody name.
I just checked out Scott McCloud's 'Hearts and Minds'. Good stuff.
I forgot to mention last week's issue of the Argosy.
Plastic uses the Slashdot model for non-geek subject matter.