News & Commentary
posted in August 2003
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Outsmarting Spam
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
Junk E-mail is a frustrating fact of life. For business-technology execs, fighting it is, too
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  8/29/2003  | 
IT Confidential: Privacy Is Overrated; So Is The Job Market
Commentary  |  8/29/2003  | 
Forty-two percent don't expect to do any hiring next year.
Spectel Takes Web Conferencing Mobile
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
Telecom-services equipment provider predicts mobile conferencing will catch on with enterprise customers.
TECH STOCKS: Another 52-Week High
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
Wall Street closed for the holiday weekend with solid gains across our indexes, and with the Nasdaq index chalking up its highest finish in a year.
Accused Web Attacker Is Under House Arrest
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
Jeffrey Lee Parson was arrested and charged with developing a variant of the Blaster worm that snarled computer networks; he was released after being placed on electronic monitoring and ordered not to access the Internet.
Virus Defense For Handheld Computers
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
Security vendors face a tough sell since attacks haven't targeted PDAs
Best Of Listening Post
Commentary  |  8/29/2003  | 
Fear, uncertainty, and doubt reign in the career corners of our online Listening Post. But while there is some scapegoating, there are attempts at problem solving, too.
PeopleSoft Completes J.D. Edwards Deal
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
It finished the acquisition by buying the remaining shares it didn't own.
Brunswick Integrates Code Expertise
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
SEC is an early adopter of sports-gear maker's open-source integration engine
Teen Arrested For Launching Virus Was A Loner, Locals Say
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
The Minnesota high school senior arrested for launching a version of Blaster has few friends, according to neighbors.
Getting Data In Synch
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
BMC will resell GoldenGate's data-synchronization software, improving data availability for users.
Trading Floors Now Sharing Office Spaces
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
Board of Trade and the Mercantile Exchange share leased space in Lower Manhattan
How To Get Serious About Fighting Spam
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
Here are some tips and tricks to make your efforts pay off.
Economist: Offshore IT Outsourcing Should Boost U.S. Economy
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
Deloitte Consulting's Carl Steidtmann says shipping IT work overseas will ultimately lead to more higher-paying jobs in the United States.
Taking Stock: Genesis Faces Plague Of Bad News
Commentary  |  8/29/2003  | 
Senior management is in disarray, and revenue is expected to decline.
Switch To Management
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
Dell's OpenManage software won't steal Cisco's thunder but will add to competitive strength
Business-Intelligence Market Forges Ahead
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
Vendors roll out hefty upgrades and new reporting software
Indian Services Firms Bounce Back Quickly After Bombings
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
The Aug. 25 attacks in Mumbai don't appear to have had any long-term effects on the companies or their stock prices.
Oracle Pushes Its App Server Toward Grid
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
Application Server 10G will deviate from the academic approach to grid computing, where a central server "scavenges for unused processing cycles" from computers on the network.
Lost In Cyberspace: Containing Spam
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
Some companies are doing better than average in their battle to thwart spam. Here's what products and techniques they use
IBM Inks Services Deal With Boeing, In Talks With P&G
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
The vendor says it has won a $160 million contract to handle Boeing's voice networks and is close to a deal to provide HR services to Procter & Gamble.
VC Firm Bans University Of California From Investing In Its Latest Fund
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
Sequoia Capital is seeking to guard its closely held books from public scrutiny, and has asked the university to sell its holdings in other Sequoia funds.
Authorities Arrest Teen In Internet Attack
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
Cyber investigators have arrested an 18-year-old who the FBI says has admitted unleashing a version of the Blaster computer infection.
IBM Squashes Worms
News  |  8/29/2003  | 
Innovative security software is being tested in Europe.
IBM Enlarges Monitor Recall
News  |  8/28/2003  | 
The vendor epxanded an earlier recall of 56,000 15-inch PC monitors after 63,000 more were found to be a fire hazard.
TECH STOCKS: The Nasdaq Crosses 1,800
News  |  8/28/2003  | 
Buoyed by signs of continued economic growth, tech stocks neared or exceeded record highs for the year Thursday.
Customer Service Counts In Cell Phones
News  |  8/28/2003  | 
A J.D. Power survey shows customers are much more inclined to switch service providers if they're not happy with the customer service.
FBI Nets Teen Accused Of Writing Blaster Variant
News  |  8/28/2003  | 
Jeffrey Lee Parson will be charged with modifying the original Blaster worm and re-releasing it.
No Boom In IT Hiring Coming Anytime Soon
News  |  8/28/2003  | 
A new Christian & Timbers survey of senior executives shows that though many companies need people, there's little IT hiring going on.
New Face For Java Apps On The Client
News  |  8/28/2003  | 
Two emerging Web-services standards are expected to improve users' online experiences.
CSC Wins Malaysian Bank Deal
News  |  8/28/2003  | 
Nation's fourth-largest IT outsourcing company will manage computers and provide help-desk support.
Online Music Broadcasters Sue Recording Industry
News  |  8/28/2003  | 
The Webcaster Alliance alleges that major recording labels have unlawfully inflated Webcasting royalty rates to keep independent operators out of the market.
EarthLink Files Suit Against 100 E-Mailers Accused Of Spamming
News  |  8/28/2003  | 
The carrier blames them for sending millions of pieces of junk E-mail and using tricks to cover their tracks.
Silicon Graphics Cuts More Jobs In Restructuring
News  |  8/28/2003  | 
The troubled computer maker is axing nearly 17% of its workforce as it tries to keep costs in line with revenue.
Lockheed Martin Wins Five-Year FBI Deal
News  |  8/28/2003  | 
Under terms of the $140 million pact, the company's IT unit will develop a security architecture for the agency's computers and networks.
Pending FCC Rule Expected To Have Major Impact On Telecom Market
News  |  8/27/2003  | 
A rule that would allow customers to transfer numbers from wireline to wireless should result in more consolidation of services, Gartner says.
TECH STOCKS: A Mixed Bag
News  |  8/27/2003  | 
Strength in chip stocks pushed tech-heavy indexes upward, counteracting a slip in blue chips.
Not Much Change Expected In 4Q IT Hiring
News  |  8/27/2003  | 
Most CIOs surveyed by Robert Half Technology say they expect no change to their staff size; the Mid-Atlantiic states and the Alabama-Kentucky-Mississippi-Tennessee region are the hottest areas for growth.
Intel Commits $375 Million To New Packaging Plant In China
News  |  8/27/2003  | 
Construction on the plant will start next year as CEO Craig Barrett continues leaving a trail of tech investments behind during his trip to Asia.
Langa Letter: Three Technologies Worth Watching
Commentary  |  8/27/2003  | 
After months of hands-on use, Fred Langa updates his experiences with powerline networking, GPS, and white-box PCs.
Macromedia Tools Move Beyond Animation
News  |  8/27/2003  | 
New forms environment turns Flash from animation engine to business building block.
Tool Integration On Track At IBM/Rational
News  |  8/27/2003  | 
Rational's ex-CEO says tools such as XDE Developer, Purify, and ClearCase are already integrated into Eclipse, a universal open-source tool platform.
Sprint To Expand Local Service
News  |  8/27/2003  | 
The carrier says it will immediately begin offering bundled plans in parts of 36 states and Washington, D.C.
Oklahoma Charges Ebbers And Other Former WorldCom Executives
News  |  8/27/2003  | 
The complaint alleges that the former CEO, other executives, and the company violated state securities laws by giving investors false information.
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