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posted in November 2001
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IT Confidential
Commentary  |  11/30/2001  | 
Business Technology: HP + Compaq = ?
Commentary  |  11/30/2001  | 
InformationWeek's Editor-in-Chief Bob Evans ponders the question of whether the HP-Compaq merger is a good thing for customers.
New Battle Begins Over File-Sharing Programs
News  |  11/30/2001  | 
A Dutch court orders Amsterdam-based KaZaA to block users from swapping copyrighted music files. But KaZaA says it can't comply.
Will Oracle And Its User Group Kiss And Make Up?
News  |  11/30/2001  | 
The first signs of a possible end to the family feud between the vendor and its user group are seen at Oracle Applications User Group meeting.
Get The Bugs In
News  |  11/30/2001  | 
Futuristic efforts under way at MIT and UC Berkeley are using microscopic circuitry to take us into a world we've only imagined.
Videoconferencing Gets Eyeballed
News  |  11/30/2001  | 
Digital Video Enterprises, along with Microsoft and a handful of startups, is working on systems that allow conference participants to look each other in the eye.
Java Programming Game Is Latest Craze
News  |  11/30/2001  | 
Robocode, downloaded 80,000 times so far, is proving to be a popular method for sharpening Java programming skills.
Novell Reports Loss In 4Q
News  |  11/30/2001  | 
For the year, Novell earned revenue of $1.04 billion, down from $1.16 billion last year, and a loss of $272.9 million, down from a profit of $49.5 million the previous year.
Nokia Banks On Cellular Transactions
News  |  11/29/2001  | 
Financial-services joint venture that includes the mobile-phone maker unveils its first product, but is anyone buying?
States, Municipalities Desperate For IT Workers
News  |  11/29/2001  | 
A Gartner survey indicates that state and local governments face a critical IT staffing shortage, mostly because of pay discrepancy and lack of specific in-demand skills.
Bowstreet CEO Resigns
News  |  11/29/2001  | 
Bob Crowley will be replaced on an interim basis by CFO Gary Haroian while the company searches for a permanent replacement.
Taming Intranet Proliferation
News  |  11/29/2001  | 
A joint venture of Accenture and Microsoft is pushing a software/service combo as a way of turning multiple intranets into one portal.
Saks' E-Billing Gets A Boost
News  |  11/29/2001  | 
Anthrax scare may have caused online payments at the department-store operator to grow 150% from August to October.
Kana Secures $55 Million For The Heck Of It
News  |  11/29/2001  | 
It doesn't need the cash, but E-CRM vendor Kana has secured up to $55 million in equity funding "because we could."
Amazon Selling Gift Certificates For Active U.S. Troops
News  |  11/29/2001  | 
Visitors to the Salute Our Troops page can send a gift to active service personnel.
A Terabyte Saved Is A Terabyte Earned
News  |  11/29/2001  | 
Aircraft parts maker Goodrich Corp. is rolling out Connect Corp.'s TLM desktop backup software. The company expects to save thousands of dollars by avoiding extra hardware purchases.
Desperately Seeking Bin Laden
News  |  11/29/2001  | 
The notorious terrorist has occupied the top spot on the Lycos 50 list of the popular search terms for four weeks running, but Christmas should unseat bin Laden soon.
Taking Stock: Security Company VeriSign Must Resolve Revenue Problems
Commentary  |  11/29/2001  | 
Analysts' confidence in VeriSign's forecasts varies greatly.
Tibco To Ship Application Integration Tool
News  |  11/29/2001  | 
The "rapid deployment integration tool" works on top of Tibco's Rendezvous message bus and also supports Java Messaging Service and Soap standards for integration.
Matter Of Fact: Here Comes the Come On!
Commentary  |  11/29/2001  | 
The author bravely scans one junk E-mail each day for a week to see if random offers can teach us something valuable about life and commerce.
Microsoft Releases Windows XP Embedded
News  |  11/28/2001  | 
Windows XP Embedded replaces Windows NT 4 Embedded as Microsoft's operating system for the dedicated-function computers in cash registers and other devices that run Intel chips and plug into a wall.
Xerox, EDS Kiss And Make Up
News  |  11/28/2001  | 
EDS drops a contract-dispute lawsuit, and Xerox extends a lucrative contract with EDS.
Federal Government Proposes National Health Data Network
News  |  11/28/2001  | 
The proposed network would let federal, state, and local public health officials more quickly identify bioterrorism attacks and better coordinate defense and treatment.
Ascential Buys Torrent Systems
News  |  11/28/2001  | 
Torrent's technology adds parallel-processing capabilities to Ascential's data integration software.
Online Sales Inch Forward
News  |  11/28/2001  | 
A Commerce Department report released Wednesday showed online sales rising .2% from July to September.
Centralized Site For Anti-Terrorism Information Proposed
News  |  11/28/2001  | 
The proposed 911.gov site would act as a central repository for all tips related to potential terrorist activity and as a window into public information about the nation's anti-terrorism campaign.
Siebel Boosts Scalability Of PRM Software
News  |  11/28/2001  | 
The new version includes Partner Manager, a suite of applications that helps businesses drill down to view the activity of each sales representative at partner companies.
Cox Cuts A Deal With Riverstone
News  |  11/28/2001  | 
Cox makes inroads on high-speed data network as Excite threatens to end service.
Take A New Look At Business-Continuity Plans, Analyst Firm Advises
News  |  11/28/2001  | 
At its Disaster Recovery, Crisis Management, and Business Continuity Planning conference, Gartner emphasized the need for better continuity and recovery planning and execution as companies prepare for the unknown.
HP Struts Its Research Stuff
News  |  11/27/2001  | 
To celebrate the 35th birthday of Hewlett-Packard Labs, CEO Carly Fiorina showed off some of the company's recent research accomplishments, including nanotechnology, E-paper, and a real Shock.
WorldCom, Hughes To Offer Internet Satellite Service
News  |  11/27/2001  | 
WorldCom's new two-way Internet access service for businesses will feature download speeds as fast as 1 Mbps.
IBM Establishes VPN For Software Developers
News  |  11/27/2001  | 
Said to be the first of its kind, the VPN should open up development resources to a larger community of vendors.
Palm To Discard Information Management Service
News  |  11/27/2001  | 
The end will come about a year after Palm first introduced the MyPalm Web portal, which let users store notes and contacts and provided users with a palm.com E-mail address.
IBM Adds Data Mining To DB2 OLAP Server
News  |  11/27/2001  | 
The combination relies on Hyperion's Essbase OLAP, not IBM's Intelligent Miner.
High-Speed Internet Added To Child-Support Payments
News  |  11/27/2001  | 
A judge in Canada tells a father that he has to pay for high-speed Internet access because the Web is an important learning tool.
Dangerous New Virus, Same Old Hole
News  |  11/26/2001  | 
The worm, which takes advantage of an Internet Explorer flaw, is spreading rapidly.
Three Words: Negotiate, Negotiate, And Renegotiate
News  |  11/26/2001  | 
Many IT managers now enjoy extra leverage with vendors--leverage that they haven't seen for more than a decade.
Bank One Hiring 600
News  |  11/26/2001  | 
The bank holding company needs help with new customer-service initiatives and maintaining systems.
Moratorium Sought For Online Access To Florida Court Documents
News  |  11/26/2001  | 
A committee of lawyers, judges, and court officials has recommended that the Florida Supreme Court place a moratorium on public Internet access to certain court documents "until policies are developed that appropriately balance privacy with access."
BrokerageAmerica Acquires One Financial Network
News  |  11/26/2001  | 
With the deal, the online discount broker will gain 10,000 individual investors as well as new services.
Heavy Investment In CRM Predicted From Financial Institutions
News  |  11/26/2001  | 
Retail financial institutions will spend about $4.3 billion on CRM globally in 2001, with $2.2 billion of that coming from North American businesses, according to research from the TowerGroup.
IT Confidential
Commentary  |  11/21/2001  | 
"Why don't we replace corporate CEOs with [foreigners] on the H-1B visa program? Hey, they'd save millions of dollars!"
Study Says Security Expertise In Short Supply
News  |  11/21/2001  | 
According to a recent report from online certification company Brainbench, disaster-recovery and network-security skills are scarce within the IT workforce.
Demand For Logistics Systems Brings $10M To Open Harbor
News  |  11/21/2001  | 
German logistics network provider Deutsche Post Ventures led this second round of funding, which also included Japan's Mitsubishi International and previous investors Alloy Ventures and New Enterprise Associates.
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