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  • MS preps security features for next version of IE

    The next version of the Internet Explorer Web browser will integrate new privacy protocols, giving Web surfers more control over what kinds of cookies to accept, according to a Microsoft Corp. release on Wednesday.

  • Changes afoot at the IETF

    The Internet Engineering Task Force enters the post-Internet-bubble era with a new leader, an evolving set of protocol development projects and a shrinking pool of attendees. These shifts in the Internet's premier standards-setting body are evident at a meeting this week.

  • 3Com posts third-quarter loss, will drop Net appliances

    3Com Corp. Wednesday announced its third quarter financials, revealing revenue and income numbers that are down for the second consecutive quarter. Partly as a result, the company says it will dump its consumer Internet appliance business in order to cut costs.

  • Telica softswitch supports IP, ATM

    Telica Inc. has added support for IP and ATM voice calls to its flagship Plexus 9000 softswitch, giving service providers the ability to use packet networks to carry traditional telephone calls.

  • Intraspect adds offline support to collaboration server

    Intraspect Software Inc. this week released the next version of its Web-based workgroup collaboration server, which provides the offline features IT executives crave for support of mobile users.

  • Crossroads attendees trade tips, concerns

    Some 400 business and IT executives converged on The Wigwam Resort here this week for Open Systems Advisors Inc.'s annual Crossroads Conference, which ended last night. Here's a sampling of what the attendees talked about during the event.

  • Novell parades loyal customers at BrainShare conference

    Several of Novell Inc.'s marquee customers, including Campbell Soup Co., 20th Century Fox, and Freddie Mac, were on hand at the company's BrainShare user conference here this week to offer feedback about the real-world deployments of Novell products.

  • WorldCom readies GPRS, Web Center services

    WorldCom Inc. attempted to deflect concerns about lagging voice revenue Wednesday, as company executives laid out plans for new revenue streams from managed networks services and offerings based on IP (Internet Protocol) and 3G mobile services.

  • Citrix buys Sequoia for US$184 million

    Citrix Systems Inc. will buy Sequoia Software Corp. for US$184.6 million in cash, paying $5.64 per Sequoia share, the two companies announced Wednesday. Sequoia makes XML-based software for building Web portals.

  • Nokia unveils GPRS handsets

    Nokia chose the press-day preview of the CeBIT technology show to announce what its Executive Vice President Anssi Vanjoki [CQ] claimed on Wednesday will be the "biggest selling phone of 2001," the Nokia 3330, and two other new handsets with support for GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) packet data that will ship in the third and fourth quarters of this year.

  • Fujitsu, Sony unveil 2.3G MO drives, discs

    Fujitsu and Sony unveiled the latest upgrade to the Magneto Optical (MO) rewritable optical disc here Wednesday, a day before the CeBIT trade show starts. The two companies are showing prototypes of new drives and discs that can hold up to 2.3G bytes of data -- almost double the current highest capacity disk.

  • Toshiba eyes IT, mobile in mid term plans

    In sharp contrast to its short-term business outlook, electronics giant Toshiba Corp. said Tuesday its mid-term business outlook is bright and raised its forecasts for its 2002 and 2003 financial years.

  • Ericsson, Microsoft team up for audio, video

    Microsoft and Ericsson today announced a device that will play Windows Media Audio (WMA) files over Ericsson's R520 handset.

  • Sharp to target Europe, U.S. with Linux Zaurus

    Sharp gave Europe its first look at the company's sleek new Zaurus MI-E1 PDA (personal digital assistant) when it unveiled the machine here Wednesday, a day before the CeBIT trade show officially starts.

  • Sun begins shipping Sun Fire servers

    Sun Microsystems on Wednesday announced that it has begun shipping four models of its new Unix midrange Sun Fire servers. The servers are powered by Sun's UltraSPARC III processor 64-bit chip and start at US$73,195, Sun said in a statement.

  • Philips targets the enterprise with DVD+RW

    After a general mass adaptation of CD writers by home-users, Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV is pushing its CD writers onto the corporate PC market.

  • Seagate announces new 15K rpm disk drives

    Seagate Technology announced two new hard disk drives aimed at the enterprise and entry-level server markets here, a day before the CeBIT trade show starts. The storage technology vendor also unveiled a new back-up tape autoloader called Viper 2000.

  • Curtains for Intel's Pentium III Xeon line

    Intel Corp. will retire its Pentium III Xeon line of server chips on Tuesday with the introduction of the last and fastest member of the CPU (central processing unit) family, a 900MHz Pentium III Xeon processor.

  • IBM brings high-end AIX clustering software to Linux

    Adding higher caliber bullets to its server gun pointed at Sun Microsystems Inc., IBM on Tuesday announced it is bringing its high-end AIX clustering software, referred to as Blue Hammer, over to work under Linux.

  • Blinded With Science

    After an awful nine-month stretch in which almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong, there's finally some good news at Lucent Technologies Inc. The one-time king of the telecom equipment business last week confirmed plans to spin off its fiber-optic division in what promises to be a bonanza payday. Next week the public offering of Agere, its microelectronics group, is expected to bring in US$6.5 billion, making it the second-largest IPO (initial public offering) in history.