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posted in December 2004
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Third-Party Support An Option For PeopleSoft Customers
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
Some companies report big savings, and peace of mind, by turning to service providers such as TomorrowNow.
Amadeus Takes Full Ownership Of French Distribution Company
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
Amadeus Global has purchased Air France's 66% stake in the company for about $116 million.
Sarbanes-Oxley Work Slowed IT Spending For Some
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
A new report says Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts in the second half of 2004 had managers rethinking IT priorities.
Forrester Names George Orlov CIO
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
Orlov, whose extensive resume includes CIO stints at Pacific Gas & Electric and ComEd, replaces Richard Belanger.
Microsoft Shows Its IBMness
Commentary  |  12/31/2004  | 
Firefox could rekindle genuine competition in the desktop software market--if enterprise IT organizations are willing to do their part.
Campbell Soup Cooks Up New Product-Life-Cycle Management System
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
The company is replacing a 10-year-old homegrown system with software from Formation Systems to help it manage ingredients, recipes, and new product development.
Mixed Year For Radio-Frequency Tag Maker
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
Versus, which makes equipment and personnel tags, saw prospects rise for fiscal '04, but soften in the last quarter.
Netcraft Debuts Anti-Phishing Toolbar For IE
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
British Web monitoring and metrics firm Netcraft has released a toolbar for Internet Explorer that can help people sidestep phishing scams.
Red Cross Tsunami Victim Search Site Goes Down
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
Red Cross Web site to help relatives locate survivors of the Indian Ocean tsunami crashed under heavy loads, but is now back up and running.
Antivirus Vendor Ranks Downloader.GK Trojan As Worst Of 2004
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
The Downloader.GK Trojan infects Web surfers who unknowingly visit Web sites that were maliciously designed to spread the application.
IBM Reveals PC Operation Was Unprofitable For Three Years
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
A Securities and Exchange Commission regulatory filing by IBM revealed that the firm continued to lose money in its PC operation in the past three years.
Microsoft Gives $3.5 Million To Tsunami Relief
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
Microsoft joined other big names in the IT industry to pledge $3.5 towards the relief work in Southeast Asia assisting victims of Sunday's earthquake and tsunami.
Storage Proves A Seasonal Gift To Overstock.com
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
Overstock.com credits a changeout to EMC gear with pages that load 77 percent faster, a boon to customers and retailer alike during the busiest shopping season of the year.
CES 2005 Kicks Off A New Year Filled With High Tech
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
The annual convention, held in Las Vegas Jan. 6-9, will showcase new gaming and telematics products, mobile and wireless technologies, home networking, innovative electronics, and more.
Home Depot Adds Appliances To Online Sales
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
Beginning this week, consumers can purchase 1,800 appliances directly from the retailer's Web site.
Samsung Sets Aside $100 Million In DRAM Investigation
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
Samsung Electronics Co. said it would set aside $100 million for costs in connection with a U.S. Justice Department investigation into alleged DRAM memory-chip price-fixing.
Oracle Replaces Top Executives At PeopleSoft
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
Oracle Corp. wasted little time cleaning house in its takeover of PeopleSoft Inc., removing four top executives from the latter's ranks and replacing them with Oracle executives.
Calif. PUC Files Appeal To FCC's Vonage Decision -- Maybe
News  |  12/31/2004  | 
Setting itself up for a potential regulatory flip-flop, the California Public Utilities Commission has filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit challenging the FCC's recent decision to exempt Voice over IP provider Vonage Holdings from state-by-state regulations -- a petition that the CPUC itself may seek to overturn when new commissioners come on board Jan. 11.
New Regulations Increase Reliance On Database Audit Trail Tools
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
Imperva, IPLocks, and Lumigent offer software for monitoring who is accessing sensitive data.
Tech Vendors Get Creative With Tsunami-Victim Aid
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
The slow holiday week hasn't stopped more than a dozen technology companies from stepping forward to help.
Online Shopping Spree
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
The holiday season saw Internet retailers ring up their best sales summaries ever
Tsunami Relief Efforts Get Record Online Donations
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
Major relief organizations have received a record amount of money from online donors, helping the nonprofits in getting emergency supplies to victims of the South Asia tsunami disaster.
Sprint's Wholesale Cell Phone Business Gets Popular
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
The missing piece in the bundles that telecommunications companies offer consumers is typically cell phone service, which may explain why Sprint Corp. is becoming popular as a reseller of its cell phone service.
Gartner-Meta Merger Typifies Tight Market
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
Clients with close ties to particular analysts may find relationships hard to maintain
Tech Heavyweights Raise Millions For Tsunami Relief
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
As the earthquake and tsunami death toll climbs, the technology industry stepped up its donations and its efforts to help individuals pledge money to victim relief organizations.
PC Priority: Security Drives Move To Thin Clients And Macs
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
IT security is ranked as a top priority by 82% of the business-technology managers InformationWeek Research surveyed, more than any other key business concern.
Supermarket Chain Answers IT Service Calls With Peregrine Systems
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
Hannaford Bros. uses systems-management software from Peregrine Systems and IBM to pinpoint and solve IT problems that occur in its chain of 300 supermarkets.
Commodore Brand Comes Home
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
The venerable and once-proud Commodore computer brand has been sold by its Dutch owners to a Beverly Hills, Calif.-based digital content distributor.
Changes Coming For Homeland Security IT
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
CIO Cooper unsure he'll stay, and recent report calls for more-centralized controls
Top Five BI Trends
Commentary  |  12/30/2004  | 
The waning year saw major business intelligence trends on the user side that testify to the dynamism of BI as a technology. Here's a summary.
eBay Dumps Passport, Microsoft Calls It Quits
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
eBay says it will soon drop support for Microsoft's Passport for log-in to the site and discontinuing alerts sent via Microsoft's .Net alerts.
Report: Apple To Launch $499 Mac
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
Apple enthusiasts say that in January Apple will unveil a sub-$500 Mac designed to entice Windows users who own iPods to make the computer switch.
Letters To The Editor
Commentary  |  12/30/2004  | 
SmartVideo to Launch Mobile Video Service at CES
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
SmartVideo today announced that it will launch its premier streaming video service Jan. 6 at CES in Las Vegas. The company will also demonstrate its mobile video application and streaming content lineup.
Remember Memory Sticks? They're Suddenly Low Cost Media
Commentary  |  12/30/2004  | 
While no one was looking, Sony leaked the news that it would release tomorrow a black 1 GB Memory Stick PRO card for about $150.
Experts: Gateway Is Ideal Takeover Target
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
Gateway Inc. has the look of prey in the consolidating personal computer industry. Industry experts think the three most likely bidders are Taiwan's Acer Inc., Lenovo and South Korea's Samsung Corp.
LCD Sales Rise, Custom Units Fade As Prices Fall
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
The continuing fall of LCD monitor prices has been good news for custom-system builders as they watch customers flock to the technology and away from CRT monitors. But the price drop is causing some builders to stop production of custom monitors.
Secret CIO: Business Savvy Is Key To IT Success
Commentary  |  12/30/2004  | 
We need to stop seeking the impossible dream of business alignment.
Taiwanese Vendor Unveils Windows Phone-PDA
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
GSM device based on Windows Mobile will be available in the first quarter of 2005.
Samsung Starts Shipping 3G Phones To Verizon
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
First phone for Verizon's 3G network will sport a clamshell design and a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera.
PlanView Links Up With BMC
News  |  12/30/2004  | 
Connections between the vendors' software will give managers improved visibility into IT operational data.
Wal-Mart's Linux Gambit
Commentary  |  12/30/2004  | 
I'm no friend of Wal-Mart. During my college years back in North Carolina and Georgia, I watched as Sam Walton's "big box" retail outlets spread across the countryside like a bad rash, leaving one bombed-out small-town business district after another in their wake.
China Devises First Core Router For IPv6 Networks
News  |  12/29/2004  | 
China has developed and demonstrated its first high-performance network core router based on the next-generation Internet standard known as IPv6, which the country officially inaugurated earlier this week.
Online Sales Rise Dramatically For 2004 Holiday Season
News  |  12/29/2004  | 
Consumers are becoming more comfortable with making last-minute purchases online, and vendors are getting better at fulfilling late orders.
Microsoft's Feature-Cutting Strategy For R2, Longhorn Raises Concern
News  |  12/29/2004  | 
Even as Microsoft works to avoid product delays for its Software Assurance customers in 2005, more planned features in future products may end up on cutting floor, some worry.
SEA-EAT Blog Mobilizes Fast For Tsunami Relief
News  |  12/29/2004  | 
Three bloggers in Bombay set up tsunamihelp.blogspot.com soon after the tsunami hit on Sunday, to form a clearinghouse for disaster relief. Three days later, the blog has 50 contributors and 100,000 visitors. The organizers are struggling to keep up with growth and demand.
Airport Biometrics Preparing To Take Flight In France
News  |  12/29/2004  | 
The French Civil Aviation Authority is beginning a six-month analysis of fingerprint, iris, and facial-recognition data; the objective: decide which biometric technology is most reliable.
Major Shopping Sites Performed Well In Holiday Season
News  |  12/29/2004  | 
Major holiday shopping sites performed "extraordinarily high" this year, with computer makers accounting for two of the top three performers, a Web tracking company says.
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