News & Commentary
posted in October 2003
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Banks Set Merger Plan
News  |  10/31/2003  | 
Bank of America and FleetBoston decide how best to assimilate their IT systems
Letters
Commentary  |  10/31/2003  | 
Editor's Note: A Closer Look At Gartner
Commentary  |  10/31/2003  | 
Security Firms Raise Threat Assessment Of New Worm
News  |  10/31/2003  | 
The worm, known as Mimail.C, is a variation of similar malicious code that was launched in August.
EDS Records 3Q Loss
News  |  10/31/2003  | 
TECH STOCKS: Slow Finish For Big Week
News  |  10/31/2003  | 
Technology issues slid slightly on Friday, but the markets ended the week with solid gains.
Fires Threaten California Businesses
News  |  10/31/2003  | 
Some rethink the role of generators in business-continuity planning
Study: Outsourcing's Benefits Too Much To Ignore
News  |  10/31/2003  | 
AMR Research says the number of IT companies that outsource will jump from 20% to 50% in three years.
A Platform Switch In Search Of A Killer App
News  |  10/31/2003  | 
Microsoft paves the way for more connections between PCs and the Web
Tech Buying Fuels Strong GDP Growth
News  |  10/31/2003  | 
Third-quarter technology investments skyrocketed at 18% annual pace
IBM Lotus Readies New Workspace Software
News  |  10/31/2003  | 
Its Team Collaboration product combines elements of instant messaging, online meeting software, and virtual workspaces.
Taking Stock: Tech Sector Shows Mixed Signs Of Uptick
Commentary  |  10/31/2003  | 
'It is too early to say that a rebound is at hand,' Palmisano says.
Sun And Texas Instruments Ink Licensing Deal
News  |  10/31/2003  | 
Texas Instruments will integrate Sun's Java technology into its chipsets for mobile phones.
Microsoft Tweaks Pair Of Recent Patches
News  |  10/31/2003  | 
The updates are meant to fix Oct. 15 patches that didn't work in for certain users.
Volvo Gets Proactive About Logistics
News  |  10/31/2003  | 
A new system will help the company optimize its transportation network and find the best shipping routes at the best prices.
IT Vendor's Staff Battles To Save Headquarters From California Fires
News  |  10/31/2003  | 
ADCS personnel kept their building in Poway, Calif., from going up in smoke, although flames got as close as 100 feet away.
Anti-Spam Law Goes Into Force In Europe
News  |  10/31/2003  | 
EU rules that went into effect on Friday require companies to get consent before sending E-mail and tracking personal data on Web sites.
Temporary Ban On Internet Tax Ends Saturday
News  |  10/31/2003  | 
An extension is bogged down by concerns that making the ban permanent would curb the ability of state and local governments to collect telecom taxes.
Langa Letter: Time To Check Your CDRs
Commentary  |  10/30/2003  | 
Fred Langa explains how to ensure that your recordable CDs remain archived for a decade or longer.
New Rules Could Send Millions Of Cell Phones To The Garbage
News  |  10/30/2003  | 
The new rule allowing users to change wireless companies without changing phone numbers is expected to motivate as many as 30 million people to switch carriers; many will need to buy new phones and dispose of millions of old ones.
Tech Stocks: GDP Jumps, But Stocks Lay Down
News  |  10/30/2003  | 
Our indexes closed little changed Thursday despite some great economic news.
Marriott To Consolidate Group Sales Efforts
News  |  10/30/2003  | 
The hospitality company is deploying software from Siebel with IBM's WebSphere and DB2 to tie together its event-reservation systems worldwide.
SmartAdvice: Strategic Value, Employee Retention
Commentary  |  10/30/2003  | 
Here's what The Advisory Council recommends you look at in three key areas of business technology: proving IT's strategic value; what to do about SCO's lawsuit involving Linux; and IT employee retention
Bank Merger Faces IT Obstacles On Way To Savings
News  |  10/30/2003  | 
Bank of America must assimilate FleetBoston's technology and systems while not inconveniencing customers if the companies hope to realize a planned $1.1 billion in savings.
IT Spending Fuels Economic Growth
News  |  10/30/2003  | 
Increased IT spending by businesses and consumers helped the economy grow at a 7.2% annual rate in the third quarter, its strongest pace in 19 years.
EU Antitrust Officials Probe Microsoft's Licensing Policies
News  |  10/30/2003  | 
The European Union wants to "assess the conditions offered by Microsoft:" for its licensing policies.
Ericsson Posts Narrower 3Q Loss
News  |  10/30/2003  | 
Company officials say the two-year slump that has affected makers of wireless phone networks appears to be ending.
California Firefighters Battle Blazes Using Aging Computer Infrastructure
News  |  10/30/2003  | 
The California Department of Forestry is relying on some systems that go back to the 1980s, along with more modern technology, to battle the most expensive fires in state history.
Spammers Steal E-mail Addresses From Orbitz
News  |  10/29/2003  | 
The online travel agency says it has notified the FBI that a security breach allowed spammers to obtain the addresses, but that there's no evidence customer information was stolen.
Security Flaws Make Macs Vulnerable To Attacks
News  |  10/29/2003  | 
Security firm @stake warns of serious Mac OS X vulnerabilities.
EDS Reports Sales Increase, Says Cash Position Improved
News  |  10/29/2003  | 
New contract signings were up, driven by what EDS said was increased activity in the government and manufacturing sectors.
TECH STOCKS: Markets Coast To More Gains
News  |  10/29/2003  | 
Key indexes rose slightly as the markets glided along after Tuesday's rally.
Bausch & Lomb Well On Its Way To Supply-Chain Transformation
News  |  10/29/2003  | 
Company is using Manugistics software to automate replenishment.
W3C Sides With Microsoft In Patent Fight
News  |  10/29/2003  | 
It's asking the U.S. Patent Office to revoke a patent that it says threatens economic and technical damage to the Web.
IBM Launches Compliance Push
News  |  10/29/2003  | 
It debuted new services, tweaked some software, and disclosed impending enhancements to help businesses comply with federal regulations.
New Lab Will Let Researchers Conduct Virtual Attacks
News  |  10/29/2003  | 
Iowa State University is building a center that will let researchers conduct computer attacks and see how well security tools work in thwarting those attacks.
Microsoft Ditches Its Messenger
News  |  10/29/2003  | 
It will turn off Windows Messenger Service in the next update of Windows XP, due next year.
Amazon Expands Book Search To More Than Titles
News  |  10/29/2003  | 
Its Search Inside The Book service is designed to get readers interested in a particular topic to increase their use of the site.
Supercomputers Can't Keep Pace With California Wildfires
News  |  10/29/2003  | 
Even the largest supercomputers can't predict where or how long fires will burn--or suggest how crews can contain them.
An Arsenal For Remote Backup
News  |  10/29/2003  | 
Arsenal Digital Solutions' remote-backup product covers the key activities of archiving and data movement.
Pharmaceutical Makers Turn To CRM
News  |  10/29/2003  | 
Many drugmakers are turning to the software to generate more revenue from existing products and prime the market for upcoming offerings.
Homeland Security Unveils US-Visit Details
News  |  10/28/2003  | 
The United States Visitors and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program will require the fingerprinting and photographing of visa holders entering the country beginning Dec. 31.
Sybase Sees Database Rebound, But Overall Sales Are Down
News  |  10/28/2003  | 
Application-integration products are drag on an otherwise improving picture for the software company.
TECH STOCKS: Markets Soar After Fed's Decision
News  |  10/28/2003  | 
Tech stocks led the way as the markets soared after the Federal Reserve Board opted to keep interest rates steady.
Palm Shareholders Approve Split
News  |  10/28/2003  | 
They voted to let the company separate its hardware and software operations and acquire rival handheld maker Handspring.
Agere Reports First Quarterly Profit
News  |  10/28/2003  | 
The Lucent spin-off earned $11 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, but warned of a loss in the upcoming quarter.
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