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Content posted in October 2001
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Collaboration In The Federal Government: Helping The Worker-Bees To 'Get It'
News  |  10/31/2001
Internet technologies are expected to streamline service delivery to citizens, reduce paperwork, and improve management of joint intragovernmental programs.
Has RIAA Blown Royalties Issue Out Of Proportion?
News  |  10/31/2001
An attorney suggests during a Webnoize panel discussion that sampling techniques used in the broadcast world could provide a temporary fix for online music services, if only the recording industry would let it.
Wearable Technology: A New Layer Of Security?
News  |  10/31/2001
Wearable technology may play a big role in security and disaster-relief operations in the future, speakers at the Tech-U-Wear said.
National Security Council Contemplates Computer Security Issues
News  |  10/31/2001
In a Web conference, the director of critical infrastructure for the National Security Council and six panelists from security companies emphasized the key issues of U.S. vulnerability to computer attacks.
New BlackBerry Counterproductivity Tool
News  |  10/31/2001
Sure, you rely on your BlackBerry for serious work-related tasks. But who'll know if you sneak in just a couple of minutes with this new--dare we say it--game?
Hackers Attacking Routers In Greater Numbers
News  |  10/31/2001
Hacking routers isn't as widespread as hacking servers, but poor security practices with routers could change that.
Amazon Says It's Spending Less On IT
News  |  10/31/2001
Part of the savings is attributed to the use of cheaper Linux systems.
IBM Offers New Tools For IT Automation, Business Continuity
News  |  10/31/2001
The vendor rolled out updates to its Tivoli software, revealed partnerships designed to bolster eLiza activities, and formally introduced its E-Business Management Services.
MicroStrategy's 3Q Loss Beats Expectations
News  |  10/31/2001
Executives say the company's core operations are on track to return to profitability in the current quarter.
IBM Buys CrossWorlds For $129M
News  |  10/30/2001
The acquisition is expected to ease any worries CrossWorlds customers may have had about the long-term direction of the company's software integration technology.
Web-Services Patent Could Trip Up IBM, Microsoft
News  |  10/30/2001
A New Jersey entrepreneur says his patent covers at least some of the technology behind Web services.
UPS Launches Consulting Subsidiary
News  |  10/30/2001
The new subsidiary, UPS Consulting, will be led by Gene Long, a former Ernst & Young exec.
Major-Label Uncertainty Holding Up Online Music Services
News  |  10/30/2001
A panel of independent service providers made it abundantly clear that major-label content is key to building robust businesses, but the labels remain reluctant to relinquish control of their product.
Hotel Chain Chooses Unica Analytics For Marketing Campaign
News  |  10/30/2001
Using Unica's Affinium applications, Choice Hotels hopes to send targeted marketing literature to guests.
Schwab's New CIO
News  |  10/30/2001
Geoff Penney, who will replace Dawn Lepore as CIO next month, sums up his feelings about the new job: "I'm very excited, very honored--and a little nervous."
IBM Unveils Midrange Storage Products
News  |  10/30/2001
To help set itself apart from rivals Dell and EMC, IBM will include Global Services that cover disaster tolerance, storage consolidation, and support for data protection.
Langa Letter: The End Of Anonymous Surfing?
Commentary  |  10/30/2001
Microsoft's Passport and its competitors are making it harder than ever for computer users to keep a low profile, Fred Langa says.
Passel Of New IP Telephony Products From Cisco
News  |  10/29/2001
New products are aimed at cost-conscious alternative to separate data and voice networks.
CSC To Reissue Employee Stock Options
News  |  10/29/2001
For workers, it makes the options meaningful again: Like many technology companies, CSC has seen its stock prices plummet in the last year. Its stock closed at $37.70 Monday, down from a 52-week high of $74.93.
Accenture Opens Offshore Facilities
News  |  10/29/2001
To cope with a growing demand for application development and business process outsourcing, the online service provider is expanding in India and the Czech Republic.
Napster CEO Targets Q1 2002 Relaunch
News  |  10/29/2001
More than six months after the popular file-swapping community voluntarily shut down to develop a commercial service, Napster's new CEO tells a digital entertainment gathering that music fans may have to wait a few months longer for its return.
Bush Signs Surveillance Law
News  |  10/26/2001
The USA Patriot Act gives the federal government sweeping new powers to track electronic communications.
Business Technology: A New Definition Of Privacy
Commentary  |  10/26/2001
There's lots of talk these days about privacy--what is it; what does it mean; what is it worth
Digging Deep Digitally
News  |  10/26/2001
Researchers at Columbia University are building digital tools to dig up facts about our past.
There's Money In The Air
News  |  10/26/2001
ATMs near you may soon accept cash-withdrawal requests via wireless devices.
IT Confidential
Commentary  |  10/26/2001
"Microsoft's ability to track, profile, and monitor 165 million Passport users has far-reaching and profound implications for privacy protection."
Taking Stock: When Bankruptcies Are Good For A Company's Bottom Line
Commentary  |  10/26/2001
Epiq's software helps bankruptcy trustees administer cases.
Can IT Bring Some Certainty Back To This Quirky World?
Commentary  |  10/26/2001
With the ongoing sluggish economy, there are few certainties in business. The attacks of Sept. 11 have raised awareness about other types of uncertainties.
AFTERMATH: Attacks Set IT Back Even Further
News  |  10/25/2001
Analysts see the slump continuing for another year.
Stores Reporting Bugs In Microsoft's Xbox
News  |  10/25/2001
Microsoft says that with more than 10,000 demo machines in retail stores, there are bound to be a couple of problems.
I2 Returns To Supply-Chain Roots
News  |  10/25/2001
I2 hopes its new upgrade will appeal to current customers in manufacturing and attract new customers in the retail and financial-services industries.
Digital River Adopts A Risky Strategy
News  |  10/25/2001
Digital River may be the largest E-outsourcing company in the world. But can the electronic software-distribution service successfully remake itself into a leading E-commerce software and services firm?
Windows XP Road Show Opens In New York
News  |  10/25/2001
Microsoft opens its main marketing event for the new operating system.
Mobile App Management Added To Oracle9i
News  |  10/25/2001
Users can centrally manage mobile applications running either in a connected mode on the server or in a disconnected mode on Oracle9i Lite.
Ariba CEO Optimistic Even After A Harsh 4Q
News  |  10/25/2001
CEO Bob Calderoni says the company's latest product strategy will pull the business-to-business software maker out of its doldrums.
IBM Introduces New Unix Server
News  |  10/24/2001
The fastest entry-level Unix server on the planet? Well, maybe. The new hardware does promise low power consumption, self-healing technologies to maximize up-time, wireless system administration, and expanded internal storage.
EDS Posts Another Stellar Quarter
News  |  10/24/2001
The IT services bellwether showcases the advantages it enjoys in a slumping, fear-driven economy, reporting growing revenue and record contract signings.
Organizing Volunteers At WTC
News  |  10/24/2001
A firefighter organization uses donated workforce-management software to schedule volunteers.
The Write Stuff: Q&A With The Resum? Expert
Commentary  |  10/24/2001
It's not always easy to figure out what prospective employers are asking for. But sometimes they do provide understandable clues.
Nortel, IBM Team Up To Tackle Voice Over IP
News  |  10/24/2001
Just a day after a similar announcement from Avaya and Accenture, Nortel and IBM join forces to help call centers converge their voice and data on a single, IP-based network.
Xchange Adds Real-Time Analytics To Marketing Software
News  |  10/24/2001
Other enhancements include support for more platforms and better integration with internal CRM applications, Web sites, and partner-relationship management applications.
Debunking Web Consulting Myths
News  |  10/24/2001
A Forrester brief.
Gates' Moonlighting Gig: Frasier Sidekick
News  |  10/23/2001
Two days before the launch of Windows XP, Bill Gates finds time to film a guest appearance on the 200th episode of the hit TV sitcom.
Amazon Inching Toward Profitability
News  |  10/23/2001
The online retailer looks good on a pro-forma basis, but it's still posting substantial losses when one-time expenses are included.
Compaq Posts Third-Quarter Loss
News  |  10/23/2001
The company reports its second consecutive quarterly loss and sees revenue decline by one-third from the previous year.
Apple Starts Delivering On Digital Hub Strategy
News  |  10/23/2001
More devices are likely to follow as computer maker seeks to grow its user base.
Gates Outlines .Net Technology
News  |  10/23/2001
Two days before he kicks off Windows XP in New York, Microsoft's chairman outlined for software developers a technology roadmap that could be even more important to them than the new operating system.
Ask The Secret CIO: Attention Spans, Metrics, And School Daze
Commentary  |  10/23/2001
Herb responds to reader mail: how to get the attention of a CIO, the importance of performance metrics, which company he does not work for, and whether it's better to get a technical or liberal arts degree.
Quantum Spookiness
Commentary  |  10/22/2001
Scientists have demonstrated that teleportation is possible, at least with a photon or two. Wendy Wolfson spoke with noted physicists about teleporting something a little larger, using quantum computing techniques. Say, an iguana.
Online Sales Surge Forecast For Holiday Season
News  |  10/22/2001
Gartner projects fourth-quarter online sales will reach nearly $11.9 billion in North America--a 30% increase over last year. Forrester is forecasting $11 billion in sales.
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