News & Commentary
posted in April 2002
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Judge Finds For HP
News  |  4/30/2002  | 
Ruling says opponents to the Compaq merger failed to prove HP bullied a major shareholder or misled investors in the nasty proxy fight over the fate of the largest merger ever in the tech industry.
WorldCom CEO Quits
News  |  4/30/2002  | 
John Sidgmore, the company's previous chairman, will replace Bernard Ebbers.
GE Unit Adds Web Services
News  |  4/30/2002  | 
GE Global Exchange Services hopes to make its E-commerce network more affordable for smaller companies.
Online News Subscriptions Make A Comeback
News  |  4/30/2002  | 
The Financial Times becomes the latest news site to adopt a partial subscription model.
Merging Credit-Analysis Technologies
News  |  4/30/2002  | 
Fair, Isaac & Co. plans to acquire HNC Software Inc. in a deal valued at $810 million.
GAO Urges Closer Look At Desktop Outsourcing
News  |  4/30/2002  | 
Federal agencies aren't carefully analyzing the costs, benefits, and risks, according to a new report.
Ruling Allows Employer To Revoke E-Mail Access
News  |  4/30/2002  | 
The New York State Education Department said employee Michael Darcy had ignored warnings about unauthorized use of E-mail.
IT Guru To Advise NASA Administrator
News  |  4/30/2002  | 
Paul Strassmann to analyze the space agency's IT management operations, including its SAP-based Integrated Financial Management Program.
Microsoft Looks To Denmark For Growth
News  |  4/30/2002  | 
Microsoft is in talks to buy Navision, according to a report.
Verity Empowers Manufacturers With Integration Kit
News  |  4/30/2002  | 
Knowledge-management vendor infuses manufacturers' apps with full breadth of its K2 platform.
Macromedia Reveals Upgrade, Deal With IBM
News  |  4/29/2002  | 
The company expects the upgrade to its Web-development product line to reverse its falling revenue.
A Sliver Of Black For MicroStrategy's First Quarter
News  |  4/29/2002  | 
The business-intelligence software maker comes back from a loss a year ago, but sales are down.
Dot-Com Job Cuts Level Off
News  |  4/29/2002  | 
Half as many dot-com jobs were cut in April compared with March, according to a recent report.
Sprint Rolls Out Its IM For Businesses
News  |  4/29/2002  | 
The telco says its service is secure and doesn't require new hardware.
Don't Hold Your Breath For Mobile Web Services
Commentary  |  4/29/2002  | 
The idea might sound compelling, Carl Zetie says, but there are significant technical barriers.
Ready! Aim! Hack!
News  |  4/29/2002  | 
U.S. military cadets compete in the second-annual Cyber Defense Exercise.
IT Confidential
Commentary  |  4/28/2002  | 
Adding Soap To Optimization Software
News  |  4/26/2002  | 
Chutney Technologies' new application-optimization software will include support for the Web-services standard.
Look Out, Monster And HotJobs
News  |  4/26/2002  | 
New online recruiting site says it has doubled its membership.
Gates: Don't Go Breaking My Operating System
News  |  4/26/2002  | 
Microsoft's chairman testified that Netscape's Web browser and Sun Microsystems' Java programming language threatened Windows' market share.
ProClarity Adds Collaboration Capabilities
News  |  4/26/2002  | 
The new software will include tools and features for capturing best analytic practices in the form of database-independent business logic.
Microsoft Patches Outlook Flaw
News  |  4/26/2002  | 
The vulnerability exists because of potential conflicting security settings in Word and Internet Explorer, Microsoft says.
Digital Evolution Returns As Web-Services Startup
News  |  4/26/2002  | 
CEO Eric Pulier says the startup recently received $15 million in funding to expand the business into new markets.
Taking Stock: Altera's Bouncing Back, But Its Stock Is Still Overvalued
Commentary  |  4/26/2002  | 
Company's quarter reflects signs of life in semiconductors
Hackers 'On A Mission'
News  |  4/25/2002  | 
Two hackers say they're defacing airline and government sites to point out security problems.
WebMethods Breaks Even
News  |  4/25/2002  | 
The application-integration software vendor leads competitors in earnings results.
Decision Support: It's Time For Web Services
Commentary  |  4/25/2002  | 
Standards and technology must mature for Web services to have real business value
What's Next? Blue Screen Of Death, The Movie?
News  |  4/25/2002  | 
A cable-TV channel launches--devoted to video games.
Mountains Of Data: 500 Terabytes And Counting
News  |  4/25/2002  | 
The database at the Stanford Linear Accelerator has reached the 500 terabyte mark, roughly equivalent to a billion books.
Balancing Security With Customer Service
News  |  4/25/2002  | 
IBM, which is working with Schiphol Group to extend iris-scanning technology, is also testing wearable kiosks to expedite the airport check-in process.
IBM Pulls Out Its Blade Strategy
News  |  4/25/2002  | 
The eServer BladeCenter systems will include servers, storage, and networking blades.
WRQ Adds Web-Services Support
News  |  4/25/2002  | 
Add-on would be useful in connecting modern company portal software to legacy systems.
BroadVision Adds To Flow Of Red Ink In Software Market
News  |  4/24/2002  | 
With license revenue down substantially, the company unveils a restructuring as it prepares to launch a new product strategy.
It's The Problem Solving, Silly!
News  |  4/24/2002  | 
Fat paychecks and the usual wide availability of IT jobs are not key factors in drawing women into IT careers, according to a survey.
Think They'll Start Spelling It Supply 'ChAIn'?
News  |  4/24/2002  | 
Software makers are rushing to imbue supply-chain-management tools with artificial intelligence.
AT&T Posts 1Q Loss As Revenue Falls
News  |  4/24/2002  | 
The telco reported a loss of $975 million, more than four times the $192 million loss it reported for the same period last year.
Ariba Narrows Loss In 2Q
News  |  4/24/2002  | 
The company's financial report indicates it's making a recovery after the crash of the once-booming E-marketplace software market.
Celling Out
News  |  4/24/2002  | 
One ring to bind them all: Serious musicians are using cell phones as instruments. (Honey, they're playing our cell-phone song.)
The Observer: Welcome To The Age Of Absurdity
Commentary  |  4/24/2002  | 
Sometimes, muses Lou Bertin, facts don't clarify the situation. Too often, the facts just highlight how bizarre the world has become.
More Companies Must Comply With Patriot Act
News  |  4/24/2002  | 
The update requires additional financial-services companies to develop programs to detect money laundering and financing of terrorism.
It Just Got Harder To Trust Online News
News  |  4/23/2002  | 
A pair of Russian students creates a Web site that makes it easier to post spooked news stories.
Vignette Results Reflect Software Struggles
News  |  4/23/2002  | 
The content-management vendor has countered slumping revenue with cost-cutting and product options that give customers choice.
Amazon Is Back In The Red Despite Sales Increase
News  |  4/23/2002  | 
The Web's largest retailer had eked out its first profit in the fourth quarter of 2001.
Microsoft To Focus On Online Support For Xbox
News  |  4/23/2002  | 
The company plans to be on the forefront in building games with online support and selling services for those games, as well as helping third-party game developers add similar capabilities.
RealNetworks Shifts Focus To Enterprise
News  |  4/23/2002  | 
By creating a more tightly integrated enterprise offering, it hopes to establish itself as the predominant provider of video-delivery infrastructure and tools to large companies.
Pivotal Beats Expectations Despite Slower Sales
News  |  4/23/2002  | 
Net losses for the third quarter totaled $3.4 million, compared with a net loss of $5.7 million, or 24 cents a share, last year.
Interwoven Announces New Content-Management Apps
News  |  4/23/2002  | 
The new software targets enterprise portals, collaborative document management, and Web applications.
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