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  • LEGAL CLINIC: Design ramifications

    The recent decision by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) in the case of Maguire v SOCOG will have significant consequences for the development of e-commerce.

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    Compaq embraces franchise model

    Compaq has announced the trial period for its controversial Compaq Connect direct stores is officially over and it's on the hunt to recruit up to 100 franchisee resellers nationwide.

  • Cisco Affirms its Taste for Small Companies

    Despite decreasing share prices that may make a large acquisition more appealing, Cisco Systems Inc. will likely stick to its pattern of buying smaller, more focused niche companies.

  • Free Opera Browser Takes on Explorer, Netscape

    Opera Software A/S, the third-largest Web browser maker, released the latest version of its Windows browser software for free download Wednesday, hoping to challenge the dominance of its rivals.

  • Nokia awards eSec gold

    Security services provider eSec has been appointed as the first 'Gold Reseller' of Nokia security products in Asia-Pacific.

  • NOTES FROM THE FIELD: No shoes ain't so bad

    After reading some of my e-mail about Verizon, Randi finally stopped complaining about AT&T Digital Cable. "It's like that expression, ‘I was sad that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet'," she told me.

  • Cop Shop: Federal Police Trial E-procurement

    The Australian Federal Police will pilot a B2B e-procurement hub over the next two months, the second federal government e-trading feasability trial under the Commonwealth Electronic Procurement Implementation Strategy.

  • Microsoft clouts Millennium

    Microsoft secured an out-of-court settlement last week in its unlicensed software infringement proceedings against Perth-based switch manufacturer Millennium Solutions, but the defendant is crying foul.

  • LibertyOne Under Administration as Confusion Mounts

    LibertyOne has appointed John Gibbons of Ernst and Young as voluntary administrator after making an announcement to the Australian Stock Exchange that Hong-Kong based iReality group had reconsidered its financial rescue package for the struggling Internet firm. Shares in LibertyOne were suspended from trading after the statement claimed iReality's representatives on the LibertyOne board decided to discontinue its financing of the company. This leaves the group without the necessary cashflow to continue operations.

  • IDC: Global PC Sales Up, US Weakens

    Strong sales of portable PCs and demand in regions outside the U.S. will spur global personal computer shipments to 40.15 million units in the fourth quarter of this year, according to a revised forecast from market researcher International Data Corp (IDC).

  • Is Too Much Access Dangerous?

    YES, according to Jeremy Rifkin.

    The Internet, e-commerce and globalization are making a new economic era possible. In the coming century, markets will slowly give way to networked methods of conducting business, with profound implications for the future of society. By the middle of the 21st century, capitalist markets will largely be replaced by a new kind of economic system based on networked relationships, 24/7 contractual arrangements and access rights.

    NO, according to Ray Kurzweil

    Technology has always been a double-edged sword. Reflecting the duality of human nature, it is power that amplifies both our creative and destructive aspirations. Imagine describing the dangers that exist today (enough nuclear explosive power to destroy all mammalian life, just for starters) to people who lived a couple of hundred years ago; they would think it mad to take such risks. On the other hand, how many people in the year 2000 would really want to go back to the short, brutish, labor-intensive, disease-filled, poverty-stricken, disaster-prone lives that 99 percent of the human race struggled through only a couple of centuries ago?

  • Scholars: E-Mail Reveals 'Language of Love'

    Graduate students at a German university have found that e-mail "love letters" are an ideal way of studying the way lovers communicate with each other.

  • Intermedia picks up Retravision deal

    Queensland distributor Intermedia has convinced retail giant Retravision to continue to market white box PCs.

  • Exit Interviews: tell 'em when you're going

    Exit interviews are becoming popular with large companies for the information they contribute to retaining staff, according to an international recruitment consultancy.

  • Lionel Singer: larger than life no longer

    Lionel Singer was always larger than life, yet it seemed that he never bit off more than he could chew, was always in control. His presence energised the IT scene of the ‘70s and ‘80s and his influence has remained in the marketplace thanks the host of people who had came in one way or another under his spell. Now Lionel Singer has died in the US and the Australian IT scene has lost a legendary figure

  • R&D Making Waves at Telstra

    Telstra set up three New Wave research labs this week as part of an overhaul of its R&D division, the first in 77 years, the national carrier said.

  • French Wanadoo Confirms Takeover of Freeserve

    France Télécom SA's ISP subsidiary, Wanadoo SA, confirmed on Wednesday that it has made a public offer to buy the U.K.'s largest ISP (Internet service provider), Freeserve PLC in an all-stock deal it values at 157 pence per share, or approximately 1.65 billion Pounds (US$2.37 billion).

  • EMC Moves Into the Midrange NAS Market

    In what could be dubbed Goliath's incursion into David's territory, EMC Corp. yesterday announced the release of a network-attached storage (NAS) device that analysts said directly challenges the only other major competitor in the midrange part of the NAS market.

  • Northern Light Delivers Enterprise Search Engine

    Studies have shown that some workers spend at least half their time foraging for information - which leaves less time to put that information to work. With internal documents and databases, subscription-based online resources and the myriad of other data sources available these days, making the search for information more effective isn't a simple task.

  • Macquarie Opens $35m 'intellicentre'

    Macquarie Corporate Telecommunications has opened it flagship $35 million 'intellicentre' in Sydney; a cornerstone of its next generation integrated carrier (NGIC) strategy.