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  • Sun Grabs Server Appliance Firm for $2 Billion

    Looking to add a server appliance offering to its server portfolio, Sun Microsystems Inc. announced this week that it will acquire Cobalt Networks Inc. in a stock-for-stock merger valued at US$2 billion.

  • Quova Eyes Better Internet Ad Delivery

    A Silicon Valley startup that debuted this week is hoping to provide e-tailers with the user information they need to strategically target ads and content without trampling on users' privacy rights.

  • CA Sells Sterling's Federal Unit

    FRAMINGHAM (09/22/2000) - Los Angeles-based defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. said it has agreed to purchase the federal systems group of Islandia, N.Y.-based Computer Associates International Inc.'s Sterling Software Inc. subsidiary for US$150 million. Northrop Grumman said the Sterling unit will be incorporated into its Logicon Inc. unit in Herndon, Va., which had revenue of about $1.5 billion last year..

  • Strategy Shift Has Next Level in Limbo

    The future is now, but is anyone really interested in paying for it? The Phoenix rollout of Very high bit-rate Digital Subscriber Line (VDSL) was supposed to boost not only the speed of users' Internet connections but also the fortunes of Rohnert Park, Calif.-based Next Level Communications Inc. [Nasdaq:NXTV].

  • Managed Services Lure Corporations

    No longer able to resist the lure of the managed service provider model, which promises efficiencies and now more performance guarantees, little by little major corporations are shedding some of the networking functions long done in-house.

  • Green Light for Italy's Seven 3G Contestants

    ROME (09/22/2000) - The Italian government Friday gave the green light to all seven contestants still in the race to obtain a 3G (third-generation) mobile phone license, after examining their technical and business plans.

  • BroadVision App Targets 'Net Relationship Building

    BroadVision Inc. this week announced an application that it said would help automate and personalize the creation of business-to-business marketplaces on the Internet.

  • Don't Like Carnivore? How About Altivore?

    Internet service providers may soon get an open-source alternative to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's controversial Carnivore computer surveillance system, which delivers court-ordered information on criminal suspects.

  • McAfee Ships Cookie Cleaner

    SAN MATEO (09/22/2000) - Network Associates Inc. has released McAfee QuickClean, software that the company claims assists users in deleting cookies, thereby helping maintain their confidentiality on the Web. According to the company, the software is intelligent enough not to delete cookies attached to Net bookmarks, or "favorites," as bookmarks on Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer Web browser are known. Not restricted to cookies alone, QuickClean promises "once-click" deletion of other Internet clutter. QuickClean deletes Internet cache, downloaded files, ActiveX plug-ins, and temporary files, according to the company. QuickClean also deletes whole software programs residing on a hard disk, without troubling shared or critical files. The package costs US$29 and runs on Windows platforms..

  • Lernout & Hauspie Confirms SEC Investigation

    TOKYO (09/22/2000) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has begun an investigation of accounting practices at Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products NV, the Belgian and U.S.-based voice-recognition and language-translation software producer announced early Thursday. L&H held a brief press conference Friday in relation to the SEC investigation. [Note to editors: New information is in bold.]"The company is cooperating fully in the investigation," L&H said in a Thursday statement. Further details of the probe and the reasons it was launched were not offered, and a company representative could not immediately be reached for comment. However, the news comes just weeks after L&H initiated a special companywide audit to confirm previously reported sales in South Korea.

  • Dell Ventures Expands into Europe

    Build-to-order computer maker and recent venture capitalist Dell Computer Corp. will extend its financing reach into Europe next month when the Round Rock, Texas-based company opens the U.K. offices of Dell Ventures.

  • Ford, In Crisis, Turns to IT Team

    Faced with mounting consumer complaints and intense media coverage of a series of accidents and deaths caused by rollovers of its Explorer sport utility vehicles, Ford Motor Co. established a high-tech "war room" at its headquarters in a matter of hours. The proprietors: the company's five-person quick-response executive IT support team.

  • Informix Splits Operations

    Amid negative third-quarter results and the resignation of its chairman, Informix Corp. this week split into two independent companies.

  • Genuity's 'Black Rocket' Debuts

    SAN MATEO (09/22/2000) - Genuity Inc. has launched Black Rocket, a new service that wraps in access, hosting, security, and transport for corporate Internet services. Genuity claims that the enterprise market has needed a single point of contact to find a platform on which to build e-business initiatives. By preconfiguring the service, Genuity says it will deliver Black Rocket services within 10 days, or forfeit installation fees. Specific features of the service, called a Network Services Platform, include both Web and application services and software, as well as Web development tools, managed Web hosting, and security. Internet access services include dedicated and broadband options; transport services include ATM, private line, and network collocation services, officials said..

  • Group Pushes for B2B Security Standards

    A six-member group that includes Visa International Inc., AT&T Corp., the SANS Institute and NASA is banding together to promote common, auditable security standards for companies doing business with one another over the Internet.

  • AT&T to Close San Jose Facility

    FRAMINGHAM (09/22/2000) - AT&T Labs will close its San Jose facility and lay off the approximately 40 employees there, the company said this week. Spokesman Mike Dickman said the operation involves a single development team, whose members have the option to transfer. The company decided to close the site because it isn't focused on an area of current interest, he said..

  • Lockheed Locks Up US$1.5B Deal

    A team led by Lockheed Martin Corp. has won a highly coveted US$1.5 billion Air Force contract to modernize and integrate 40 air, missile and space command and control systems.

  • Digital Island, Akamai Square Off over Net Patents

    In response to a patent infringement suit filed by Akamai Technologies Inc., Digital Island Inc. officials said this week that the company would lodge its own complaint with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, asserting that its content distribution process predates patents held by Akamai and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

  • Net Provides Income Opportunities

    AUSTIN, TEXAS (09/22/2000) - Business opportunities abound on the Internet both for expanding revenue and improving a company, said Ellen Hancock, chairwoman and chief executive offer of Exodus Communications Inc., on Friday.

  • Dell Adding Wireless LAN Technology to Laptops

    The evolution of wireless LAN technology from niche to mainstream products took another step forward this week with the planned introduction by Dell Computer Corp. of two notebook PC models that will have antennae, and eventually, built-in wireless modem connections.