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  • 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.

  • 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..

  • Drive IT with Dollars, Not Dictates

    The nation needs an information technology chief to oversee federal IT projects, a presidential advisory committee has concluded. But instead of a controlling "czar," the committee has called for a beneficent banker.

  • Informix Splits Operations

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

  • Microsoft Makes Bid for Enterprise

    Microsoft Corp. next week will stage its Enterprise 2000 Launch, laying the final colossal bricks for the Windows 2000 foundation that it has been building to challenge high-end Unix systems.

  • 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..

  • Dell Moves with the Times

    An old economy acronym got a new spin this week when Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Computer Corp., said he believes companies should begin thinking of ROIC as "return on infrastructure computing" instead of "return on investment capital."

  • ICANN Preps for Online Elections

    FRAMINGHAM (09/22/2000) - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which oversees the Internet domain-name system, is in the final stages of preparation for a worldwide election of five new at-large members of its board of directors. ICANN's 76,000-plus registered at-large members are scheduled to cast their votes online during a 10-day period, starting Oct. 1. One director will be elected from each of five regions: Africa, Asia/Australia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America/Caribbean and North America. The election will be conducted by Inc., a Garden City, N.J., company that plans to provide secure log-in, voting response and tabulation functions..

  • UPS Service Aims to Ease Online Returns

    United Parcel Service of America Inc. this week unveiled an online returns policy, called UPS Returns on the Web, to help consumers - and merchants - deal with goods purchased on the Web that buyers don't want to keep.

  • White House Launches Federal Gov't. Web Site

    The White House Friday launched a federal government Internet portal,, to provide a single point of access to some 27 million government Web pages for business users and consumers. But analysts said the success of the portal is by no means certain.

  • Heavy-Hitters Add Weight to infrastructure firm

    The US$100 million investment made this week by the troika of IBM Corp., Microsoft Corp., and Arthur Andersen LLP in a small startup called Enfrastructure underscores the growing trend of high-tech companies partnering with professional-services companies in bids to be more well-rounded solutions providers.

  • Bluetooth Debuts in Bits and Pieces

    Get ready folks! The Bluetooth rush is on!

  • Palm Virus Detected

    SAN MATEO (09/22/2000) - Although not considered an imminent threat, a virus affecting devices deploying the Palm Inc. operating system was found this week, prompting various security vendors to offer patches and protection. PalmOS/Phage is capable of spreading from one Palm application or device to another if infected files are shared via infrared beaming or installed via a docking station, according to security reports. If a Palm file is infected, the screen will briefly appear blank once it is run and then appear to leave without harm. By that point, the virus will seek to infect all other programs in the system. To restore infected devices, users are urged to set all HotSync conduits to "Desktop overwrites Handheld" and synchronize with the Palm desktop..

  • 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.

  • Merant Opens Online Development Service

    Unlike the typical application service provider (ASP), U.K.-based Merant PLC not only wants to host applications, but it also wants to allow developers to create them.

  • 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.

  • Stackable Web Switch Offered

    SAN MATEO (09/22/2000) - Foundry Networks Inc. at N+I plans to roll out several networking devices for enterprises and service providers. The company will announce a stackable Web switch, called the ServerIron 4802, which provides Internet content management and switching through a new ASIC technology. In addition, Foundry will take the wraps off the FastIron III, a Layer 3 LAN switch for enterprises and service providers that supports as many as 336 10/100Mbps ports with eight Gigabit Ethernet ports..

  • Power Struggle: IT Shops Battle Costs

    With the deregulation of the power industry under way, IT managers are facing another enterprisewide challenge: how to get a better grip on electrical energy usage in light of an inadequate number of power plants and their capacity, price spikes, and service interruptions, and an inconsistent deregulation landscape across the United States.

  • 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.

  • 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].