News & Commentary
posted in February 2004
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Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  2/28/2004  | 
Server Market Posts Growth Again
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
Revenue grew more than 11% in the fourth quarter of 2003, according to IDC--the third consecutive quarter of growth.
Driving Standards
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
The auto industry is moving to a new standard for dataexchange in an effort to cut costs and simplify processes
What's Behind Electronic Business XML
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
The United Nations continues work with a standards body on a set of specifications designed to make electronic document exchange affordable for all companies.
TECH STOCKS: A Whole Lot Of Very Little Happening
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
The Nasdaq finished lower for the month, the first time it's done so since September.
Microsoft Pushes Anti-Spam Scheme Using Authentication
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
It published the addresses of its Hotmail E-mail servers and got Amazon.com to do the same as part of a plan to check users' incoming E-mail to make sure senders are who they say they are.
Windows XP Reloaded May Debut Before Longhorn
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
Microsoft confirms that the package of enhancements is being worked on, but says its top priority is releasing Service Pack 2.
Salesforce Scores
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
Bank to use Salesforce.com system to improve its sales-management efforts
HP Adds Opteron-Based Servers To Its Lineup
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
Vendor responds to market pressure to get 32/64-bit machines out quickly
Hosted Services Help Lenders Compete
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
Fidelity upgrades IT to provide automation and efficiency that mortgage lenders need
Can Tokens And Smart Cards Boost Security?
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
Vendors promote new approaches, but it's unclear whether users will adopt them
Customers Pave The Way For IP Storage
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
Vendors are finding innovative approaches from customers and using them to develop the technology.
E-Retail Sales Up 25%
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
Wanted: Improved Security
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
Companies and ISPs were urged by government and private-sector security experts at the RSA Conference to get tougher on network security, while software makers were advised to make security features easier to use.
Oracle Won't Give Up On PeopleSoft Bid
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
The company says it plans to contest the Justice Department's lawsuit to block its effort to acquire PeopleSoft, and will meet with the business software vendor's largest user group.
Wells Fargo Blazes A Path To IP Storage
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
Customer's innovative approach inspires vendor partnership and a new product
Taking Stock: UTStarcom's Growth In Emerging Markets
Commentary  |  2/27/2004  | 
Phone company isn't content with growing only in China
ROI Comparison Report: Portals
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
How are the customers of major portal vendors faring?
Gates Takes Case For Computer Science To Campuses
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
He's touring a number of colleges, trying to get students excited about the field.
VeriSign Sues Internet Oversight Group
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
The suit says decisions by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers have impeded the company's efforts to offer new, moneymaking services.
IBM Wins One Illness Lawsuit, Prepares For Next
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
Jurors in New York are scheduled Tuesday to hear the case of Heather Curtis, who says harsh chemicals and noxious fumes caused her daughter's defects.
DOJ Moves to Block Oracle's Bid for PeopleSoft
News  |  2/27/2004  | 
The Department of Justice, joined by seven states, said it would file a civil antitrust lawsuit against Oracle Corp. to block its attempt to acquire PeopleSoft Inc.
Japan Trade Commission Raids Microsoft's Tokyo Office
News  |  2/26/2004  | 
Officials from Japan's fair trade watchdog raided the Japanese unit of Microsoft Corp. on Thursday on suspicion of anti-monopoly law violations, the authorities said.
Sun Remains Quiet on IBM Pitch for Open-Source Java
News  |  2/26/2004  | 
The invitation to collaborate with Sun in making Java technology open source remains unanswered, and places Sun in a delicate position due to IBM's close ties with Java in the software industry.
TECH STOCKS: Markets Ignore Reasons For Sell-Off
News  |  2/26/2004  | 
Tech issues led the way as most major indexes ignored the news and posted gains anyway.
Xerox Unveils New Document-Management Technology
News  |  2/26/2004  | 
The software can "read" an electronic document, decide how it should be classified, then automatically route it correctly.
App Maker Ditches Legacies To Keep Up With Customers
News  |  2/26/2004  | 
Fidelity is spending tens of millions of dollars to stay relevant for its financial-services customers.
Justice Department To Contest Oracle's Bid For PeopleSoft
News  |  2/26/2004  | 
The agency is filing a civil antitrust case to block the move in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
European Regulators Said To Limit Microsoft Order To Europe
News  |  2/26/2004  | 
Sources says the European Union considered ordering global changes to Windows but backed down to avoid complications
Gates Is Still World's Richest
News  |  2/26/2004  | 
The Microsoft chairman and co-founder is No. 1 on Forbes magazine's list of the world's richest people for the 10th consecutive year.
Study Says U.S. Is Biggest Source Of Spam
News  |  2/26/2004  | 
Sophos says two days of tracking spam worldwide showed well over half originated in the United States.
Cray To Buy Supercomputer Startup
News  |  2/26/2004  | 
The $115 million deal to acquire OctigaBay Systems is designed to accelerate Cray's drive into commercial markets.
Japanese Anti-Monopoly Authorities Raid Japan Unit Of Microsoft
News  |  2/26/2004  | 
A Microsoft spokeswoman confirms the inspection by Japan's Fair Trade Commission but denies any wrongdoing.
Rules For Electronic Trading Debated
News  |  2/26/2004  | 
Electronic communications networks and Nasdaq demand rule changed that they say favors the New York Stock Exchange.
WebSideStory Launches Web Analytics Platform
News  |  2/26/2004  | 
WebSideStory introduced a Web site analytics service that replaces its HitBox products, introducing dashboard and reporting improvements.
Oracle-PeopleSoft Battle Widens
News  |  2/26/2004  | 
The case spills over into the political arena with word that Oracle lobbyists have met with Senate Judiciary Committee staff members to discuss the case.
AT&T Sees Better Times Ahead
News  |  2/25/2004  | 
The company says it expects the slide in revenue from consumer telephone and Internet services to reverse course in 2006, and will likely relaunch another wireless service after it sells AT&T Wireless to Cingular.
Life After Running A Porn Site
Commentary  |  2/25/2004  | 
The operator of an adult-content site is hanging it up as his son enters school, Parry Aftab says.
TECH STOCKS: Traders See Some Bargains
News  |  2/25/2004  | 
At the bell, our InformationWeek 100 index was up a full percent.
Microsoft Details Security Upgrade For Exchange
News  |  2/25/2004  | 
The enchancements are designed to improve protection for mail servers at the front lines of businesses from spam and viruses.
Cybersecurity Alliance Aims To Lobby Government And Increase Security
News  |  2/25/2004  | 
The Cyber Security Industry Alliance numbers most of the top names among security vendors--but doesn't include Microsoft.
MyDoom.f Spreads, Deletes Files
News  |  2/25/2004  | 
Unlike other variants of the worm, this one randomly eliminates files, including doucments created by Word and Excel.
Salesforce.com Partners With IBM For Customization
News  |  2/25/2004  | 
Under the agreement, customers who run IBM's WebSphere application-integration server will be able to use WebSphere Studio Application Developer to customize their hosted Salesforce software.
Microsoft Vs. Linux: The Best Outcome Is No Winner
News  |  2/25/2004  | 
Microsoft has faced some tough competition before, but what's particularly challenging about Linux and open source is that, this time, Microsoft isn't just competing with another product and company - it's competing against a whole different business model. The competition is exciting, and can only benefit users of both Microsoft and open source.
The Password Is: Liability
News  |  2/25/2004  | 
A new report says passwords are the weakest link in business IT; a Microsoft-RSA partnership aims to offer help.
EU Delays Hearings In Microsoft Case
News  |  2/25/2004  | 
Regulators moved the final hearings back until mid-March; sources say a settlement in the antitrust case is still possible.
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