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  • Local B2B boom to peak in 2005

    Australian B2B e-commerce will increase in value from $US3 billion in 2000 to a massive $66 billion by 2005.

  • EMC cuts business outlook for a second time

    Storage market leader EMC Corp. today reduced its business outlook for the second time in two months, warning that financial results for the first quarter and the year as a whole will likely be below expectations.

  • Aust Post extends processing agreement with Unisys subsidiary

    Unisys Payment Systems Limited (UPSL) renewed its business process outsourcing (BPO) contract with Australia Post for another seven years, a deal which will generate $40 million for the Unisys subsidiary. UPSL was formed in February after Unisys acquired Austrapay (a 50/50 Australia Post and Chase Ord Minett joint venture).

  • Competitors seek to split Verizon units - again

    A group of competitive service providers, headed by AT&T Corp., this week filed a petition with the Virginia State Corporation Commission in an attempt to have the commission order the state's incumbent carrier, Verizon Communications Inc., to separate its wholesale and retail units.

  • Optus outsources $20m Web support to CSC

    Optus has outsourced its Web sites to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), in a deal worth $20 million. The five-year contract will cover the support and maintenance of various Optus Web sites, as well as the development of applications and infrastructure.

  • XYZed completes national network

    Optus offshoot and digital subscriber line (DSL) provider XYZed has completed its national network which now covers Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide and key metropolitan areas of these centres.

  • Ask Dr. Intranet

    At our ISP, part of our network has a firewall with three Ethernet cards connected to separate networks: the internal network, the DMZ (demilitarized zone) and the outside network. The primary DNS server and mail server are in the DMZ. The secondary DNS server is connected to the outside network. We have a client who wants to set up Internet mail. We gave him a local IP address and put all the entries in our DNS server, but we can only ping the mail server on the inside network and can't do it on the outside.

  • Yahoo announces Q1 income decline, staff cutbacks

    After twice lowering the bar on its first-quarter earnings and revenue targets, Yahoo finally hit its mark, posting slightly more than break-even results Wednesday for the quarter ending March 31.

  • Convergent defaults on financing agreement

    Convergent Communications Services Inc., an Englewood, Colorado, service provider, was this week notified by Cisco Systems Inc. that the company is in default of a vendor financing agreement.

  • Xerox warns workers against unauthorized software use

    Xerox Corp. last week warned its employees not to install unauthorized software on their computers, after incompatibilities between unspecified hardware and the beta-test version of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP operating system caused network problems at some of its California facilities.

  • Microsoft updates SOAP toolkit

    Microsoft on Wednesday announced a new version of its SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) toolkit and said that the forthcoming version of Windows will natively support SOAP.

  • Microsoft plans security boost for Windows

    Microsoft Corp. wants to make Windows a much safer operating environment.

  • Vendors unveil prototype chip technology

    The EUV Industry Consortium LLC unveiled a prototype machine Wednesday which by 2006 could make chips smaller and nearly 10 times faster than they are today.

  • Consumer groups urge US government to block Orbitz

    Fifteen consumer groups led by the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) have sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta urging him to block Orbitz, the joint venture of the country's top airlines, from offering their lowest fares only through the Orbitz Web site.

  • DiMA addresses Webcasting royalties

    The Digital Media Association (DiMA) will file documents with the US Copyright Office, asking the government to set the rate at which Webcasters will pay copyright owners for songs broadcast, members of the group said on a conference call Wednesday.

  • Amazon.com heads for the Borders

    In its second alliance with an offline chain, Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday that it would run the online operations for rival Borders Group Inc.

  • Microsoft again goes on the security offensive

    Microsoft Corp. is adding security features to the next version of Windows 2000 Server that will control the execution of mobile code on the platform and ease the rollout of an enterprise public-key infrastructure, according to company officials.

  • Autobytel to drive off with Autoweb

    The consolidation of auto-buying sites continues, with Autobytel.com announcing Wednesday that it would buy rival Autoweb.com for US$15.6 million in stock.

  • EPeople unveils service network for corporate IT

    Online support provider ePeople Inc. this week rolled out its service network for corporate IT departments, aiming to give these organizations a better way to manage all aspects of their support business.

  • Palm cuts prices

    A month after introducing new handhelds with expansion slots, Palm told analysts Wednesday that it would cut prices on some older models.