News & Commentary
posted in June 2004
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Sun Tosses Open-Source Challenge Back To IBM
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
CEO and chairman Scott McNealy says IBM has yet to match his company's intellectual-property contributions to the Java platform.
10 Good Reasons You Can't Have That Data
Commentary  |  6/30/2004  | 
The Justice Department has rejected a request to view a database of foreign lobbyists, saying the file is so big that copying it could cause the computer on which it resides to crash and irretrievably destroy data.
Mostly Modest Index Gains After Rate Hike
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
In case you've been living in a spider hole for the last several weeks, you expected the Fed to increase short-term interest rates a quarter-percent. Well, so did the markets.
FedEx Achieves Fusion
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
The goal is to install the next-generation business infrastructure and lay a technical foundation for business units to collectively compete.
From Word Processing To Processor Intensive
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
Microsoft aims for high-performance computing
Appeals Court OK's Microsoft Antitrust Settlement
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled 6-0 that the settlement was "in its entirety" in the public's interest.
Security Group Warns Of Newly Discovered IE Flaw
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
Malicious Web sites can use the flaw to spoof content from a trusted Web site.
The Privacy Lawyer: In Search Of The Perfect Gadget
Commentary  |  6/30/2004  | 
There are PDAs, cell phones, and all sorts of other gadgets out there--is it too much to ask for something that could combine the best of them into one manageable device?
Sun Tosses Open-Source Challenge Back To IBM
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
CEO and chairman Scott McNealy says IBM has yet to match his company's intellectual-property contributions to the Java platform.
Survey: Productivity Gains Spur Mobilization
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
An IDC study shows increased productivity was more important to businesses than benefits such as reducing field-service time or costs.
Canada: ISPs Don't Have To Pay Royalties On Music Downloads
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
The Canadian Supreme Court ruled unamimously that companies providing Web access are merely "intermediaries" and aren't bound by Canadian copyright laws.
RulesPower Launches Rules-Driven BPM Software Suite
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
RulesPower announced Tuesday the latest version of its flagship RulesPower BPM software suite.
Washington State Court Upholds Anti-Spam Law
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
It rejected a claim by an Oregon spammer who said he didn't know some of his E-mail was going to Washington state residents.
IT Vendors Push For Quick Extension Of Expiring R&D Tax Credit
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
Both houses of Congress have OK'd legislation to extend the credit, but a conference committee has yet to iron out the differences in the bills.
Open Source, Proprietary Vendors Force Change On Each Other
Commentary  |  6/30/2004  | 
This week finds open source and proprietary vendors making maneuvers in response to competitive threats they pose to each other. Mostly, these maneuvers involve Microsoft. Sun Microsystems said it plans to work with Microsoft to develop single sign-on technology for networks. Then, the two companies will work together to unify Java and Microsoft .Net.
SmartAdvice: Are Blogs The Next Internet Marketing Phenomenon?
Commentary  |  6/30/2004  | 
Here are some factors to consider when your company ponders whether to blog or not, The Advisory Council says. Also, expand outsourcing's value by building ongoing relationships; and match your telecom requirements to your providers' products for savings and best performance.
Process Management Software Released For Lotus Notes
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
Tracker Suite 6.0 enables group collaboration and resource sharing time in addition to expense tracking and deliverables management.
Northrop Grumman's IT Arm Wins Homeland Security Contract
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
Contract includes development of pay and performance-management systems.
TechXNY Becoming Many Shows In One
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
The New York-based trade show is reaching beyond its PC roots and could get a boost from the cancellation of Comdex.
Oracle Buys Collaxa, Offers BPM Software As Its Own
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
Collaxa's Business Process Execution Language Server will be sold as Oracle's BPEL Process Manager.
Sources: Sun Plans To Open Nearly All Solaris Source Code
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
The project is likely to be called OpenSolaris.org and to be released in the fall.
Ellison To Discuss Microsoft Concerns During Testimony
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
The Oracle CEO will testify about his growing concern about Microsoft on Wednesday at the antitrust trial over his company's efforts to acquire PeopleSoft.
Sources: Sun Plans To Open Nearly All Solaris Source Code
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
"OpenSolaris.org" will include nearly all Solaris code, including "all the rocket science."
Microsoft Settles With Massachusetts And North Dakota
News  |  6/30/2004  | 
They are the 11th and 12th states to settle suits that charged Microsoft with violating state antitrust laws.
Ellison To Discuss Microsoft Concerns During Testimony
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
The Oracle CEO will testify about his growing concern about Microsoft on Wednesday at the antitrust trial over his company's efforts to acquire PeopleSoft
Northrop Grumman's IT Arm Wins Homeland Security Contract
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
The pact to help the department build and maintain a human-resources system could be worth as much as $175 million over three years.
Consumer Confidence Lifts All Markets
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
The Conference Board's consumer confidence index rose much more than expected in June, sending stocks higher as investors await Wednesday's Fed meeting.
Gates: Microsoft To Explore Cheap Software With Asian Governments
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
He said Microsoft will hold talks to offer cheaper versions of Windows designed to bring computer skills to millions of poor people.
Sun, Microsoft To Cooperate On Single Sign-On
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
After that: interoperability between Sun Java and Microsoft .Net.
Why Amazon Is Suing Toys 'R' Us
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
Once a dream team, the two retailers suddenly have a lot to say at each other in court.
Cognos Adds Excel Interface To Planning App
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
The BI vendor hopes the add-in will let users integrate data from spreadsheets into their planning package, and carry out planning within an Excel-based environment.
SEC Charges Siebel With Violating Fair Disclosure Rule--Again
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
Regulators charged the company with violating a rule that bars companies from revealing information to Wall Street before the general public.
Nortel To Sell Manufacturing Operations To Flextronics
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
The move could raise about $500 million and create long-term savings for the troubled company.
Study Asserts That Three Vendors Own High-End HR Apps Market
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
Forrester Research also puts PeopleSoft's offering at the top of the pack in functionality.
Cisco Reels In Actona Technologies
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
It will use Actona's file-services software to augment its own branch-office networking and storage products.
Big Banks Face Costly Preparation For Risk-Management System
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
The system, known as Basel II, will run in parallel with current systems in 2007 and will take over in 2008.
Historic Hospital Aims To Go Paperless
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
Touro Infirmary, a 152-year-old teaching hospital in New Orleans, is adding an IBM z890 server to store and process clinical data and business records.
Juniper Adds Security Standard To VPN Gear
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
Implementing SAML lets users employ a single sign-on to access business networks.
Novell ZENworks 6.5 Adds Linux, Patch Management
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
The Linux management software is formerly Ximian Red Carpet Enterprise, purchased by Novell last summer.
Sun Sheds Light on Plans to Open Source Solaris
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
Sun Microsystems Executive Vice President of Software John Loiacono revealed new details to CRN about how Sun might open source its Solaris operating system.
Andreessen Steps In For Conway At FedEx Conference
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
After PeopleSoft president and CEO cancels speaking engagement, Opsware chairman talks up expanding power of the Net.
Product Review: BizTalk Server 2004
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
A look at the development capability and management tool improvements made to Microsoft's business process management server.
Study Confirms Assertion That Three Vendors Own High-End HR Apps Market
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
Forrester Research also puts PeopleSoft's offering at the top of the pack in functionality.
Ariba, FreeMarkets Merger Gets Stockholders' OK
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
The combined companies aim to provide sourcing tools and consulting services to automate processes, offering a global reach that gives customers access to more than 400 commodity and sourcing experts.
Sun Open Sources 'Looking Glass' Desktop
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
The company is also open-sourcing the Java 3D API, JDesktop Integration Components, and JDesktop Network Components.
Plus Three Launches Upgrade Of Fund-Raising Software
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
Firm adds business intelligence features designed to enable more direct marketing.
Sun Unveils Tiger, But It's Still A Youngster
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
Sun execs debuted the upcoming version 5.0 of Java 2 Standard Edition, known as Project Tiger, at the company's annual JavaOne Conference--though general release isn't expected before fall.
Cisco Launches Storage Networking Specialization
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
Cisco formally launches storage networking specialization program to channel.
Oracle Raises Ante In ISV Wars
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
Oracle, IBM Vie For ISV hearts and minds.
Justice Department Attacks Lawson's Stature As Software Player
News  |  6/29/2004  | 
Testifying for Oracle at its antitrust trial, Lawson CEO John Coughlan tried to show his company was more than a middle-market player, but was confronted with several cases in which its customers complained that the software vendor wasn't up to the job.
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