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  • Nortel revamps VoIP package

    Nortel Networks Corp. may be a latecomer to the IP PBX market, but the company could be getting in the game quickly with new technology designed to help traditional PBX customers painlessly migrate to IP.

  • Broadband bill causes concern in VoIP community

    Controversial telecommunications legislation that won the approval last week of a U.S. House of Representatives committee has raised a red flag among companies and organizations active in the development of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

  • Vodafone NZ not affected by layoffs

    Vodafone New Zealand says it won't be affected by layoffs striking its Australian counterpart.

  • Cisco, Nortel, others form Tahoe Networks

    Some of the industry's top networking and mobile telecommunication companies are throwing their weight behind the creation of Tahoe Networks Inc., a new company focused on developing a bridge between wireless networks and existing data networks and the Internet.

  • HP hit hard by slowed consumer spending

    Hewlett-Packard met its own lowered expectations for its second quarter in what continues to be a tough economic climate for the company, HP announced Wednesday.

  • RealNetworks, Microsoft announce media player plans

    The media player war between Microsoft and RealNetworks heated up Wednesday, with RealNetworks announcing new battlefronts on non-PC devices, and Microsoft releasing updates for both its media player and its media software developers kit.

  • IBM chooses Opera browser for Net appliance

    Opera Software AS has delivered its newly developed Opera Internet browser for the QNX operating system to IBM, for use in IBM's NetVista Internet appliances, Opera announced Wednesday. The Norwegian browser maker developed the QNX version especially for IBM, but will make it available for download by the general public in coming weeks.

  • Intel strikes up largest ad blitz ever

    Timed with the long-awaited arrival of its Itanium chip, Intel next Monday will announce its "Macroprocessing" advertising campaign, its largest business advertising venture ever, according to Intel officials.

  • Oracle, Novell, Microsoft enhance mobile e-mail access

    This week, three major high tech companies announced technology to give workers the ability to access corporate e-mail from a wireless device.

  • Motorola to upgrade telecom server

    Motorola will release a telecommunication server and related software for high-availability voice and multimedia applications based on the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system sometime in the second quarter, the company announced Wednesday.

  • Compaq to kill Armada and Deskpro brands

    In an effort to streamline its product portfolio Compaq is dropping its well-known Armada and Deskpro product names, as well as several other brands. The company will unveil a new name on Monday for all its products targeted at business users.

  • Two companies look to provide Web services interfaces

    With all the attention being paid to Web services primarily focused on back-end infrastructure, very little attention has been paid thus far to the user interfaces that will be required to support next-generation applications based on these services. With that issue in mind, two companies, ComplementSoft and Droplets, are seeking to provide more robust browserlike user interfaces than today's Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.

  • IBM to support Linux in set-top box controllers

    IBM's microelectronics division said Wednesday it is working with MontaVista Software Inc. to make MontaVista's Hard Hat Linux operating system available for IBM's PowerPC-based set-top box (STB) controller. The deal follows IBM's recent embrace of the Linux operating system, and continues Linux's steady expansion into the consumer realm.

  • Microsoft set to launch Xbox on Nov. 8

    Microsoft's Xbox video game console will be available on Nov. 8 at a price of US$299, the company announced Wednesday at the E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) gaming show in Los Angeles.

  • Financial services giants seeding IT services

    In an effort to broaden the services they offer customers, financial services companies such as Merrill Lynch & Co. and Citigroup are embracing strategic partnerships with technology and service providers to create expanded online offerings for investors, traders and others.

  • Linux desktop software vendor closes shop

    Eazel Inc. folded yesterday, two months after the launch of its first product, a user-friendly, open-source desktop software for Linux systems.

  • Data analysis vendor Hyperion moves to cut jobs

    Less than a month after reporting its second loss in the past three quarters, data analysis software vendor Hyperion Solutions today announced plans to cut up to 15 percent of its 2,600-plus workers by the end of June and said it's also taking other steps to reduce spending.

  • Sony announces new Crusoe-based Vaio

    Sony Electronics announced on Wednesday it will use Transmeta's Crusoe processor in its new Vaio notebook, which will be available in the U.S. next month.

  • Microsoft to update Windows Update with server patches

    In a move to better assist system administrators, Microsoft Corp. is working on an update to its Windows Update service that will include software patches to fix security holes in its server products.

  • Online retail sales down sequentially

    For the first time since the U.S. Census Bureau began monitoring online retail sales in the last quarter of 1999, Internet commerce in the first three months of the year tumbled, both in terms of its overall numbers and as a percentage of the economy as a whole.