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  • Microsoft Wants to Hold Your Hand

    Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) announced details Thursday on a beta version of the latest rendition of its MSN service, which on final release this fall would be distributed via Internet downloads and free CD-ROMs. Driven by a renewed push to win customers from AOL, the new service is expressly targeted at beginning Internet users. An MSN Internet access subscription will not be a prerequisite for the service - it will be available to anyone.

  • Acer Names New MD

    Charles Chung now heads Acer Australia as managing director, Filling the VACANCY left by Patrick Lin. Patrick Lin headed off to the US last week after being promoted to president of Acer America Corporation, where he will replace Max Wu.

  • NZ Users VAX Lyrical About Digital's Mini Legend

    Nostalgic users are mourning the passing of the Digital Equipment Corp. VAX, whose production has been terminated by Compaq Computer Corp. The company will cease taking orders for the midrange family at the end of September and the last VAX machines will ship on December 30.

  • Privacy Group: Web Bugs Can Track MS Documents

    Some Microsoft software has the potential to track documents sent through the Internet, providing information to the sender that identifies the recipient, according to a Denver-based privacy research organization.

  • Treaty Portal to Get Power Search

    Members of the U.S. arms control community will soon be able to go online to find treaty information, regardless of where it resides, with an intelligent search function being built into the State Department's new Treaty Information portal.

  • Weak NZ Dollar Hikes IT Prices

    Users face networking and PC price hikes following the slump in the New Zealand dollar.

  • More CEOs Saying Buh-Bye

    If you think you've seen more than the average number of headlines about executives vacating their posts, you're right.

  • Asian PC Vendors Dominate Local Markets Says IDC

    Regional PC vendors are successfully warding off foreign competition in Asia's largest markets, according to an International Data Corp. (IDC) Asia-Pacific update report.

  • U.S. Online Sales Hit $US5.5 Billion in Q2

    The U.S. Census Bureau's most recent quarterly survey of online retail sales in the U.S. showed a 5.3 percent increase over the estimate for the previous quarter, the agency said Thursday.

  • DOE Awards Compaq a Supercomputer Contract

    The U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently awarded a $200 million contract to Compaq Computer to build a 30-teraFLOPS supercomputer. The computer, which will be housed at the NNSA's facilities in Los Alamos, N.M., will be used for simulating nuclear tests. The supercomputer, code-named Q, will consist initially of 375 Compaq AlphaServer GS320 systems with nearly 12,000 Alpha processors running on the vendor's Tru64 Unix operating system. It will occupy an area the size of five basketball courts and support nearly 600 terabytes of storage capacity. Initial deliveries will begin next month, and the complete system is expected to be operational by 2002, according to Compaq..

  • Virtual Communities launches laptop bundle

    PC reseller Virtual Communities is pursuing the first time PC-buyer market with a laptop and Internet access bundle.

  • NTT Finally Completes Verio Acquisition for $5.5B

    Capping a tender offer that's lasted almost four months and been put under the microscope by the U.S. government because of national security concerns, NTT Communications announced Thursday that its acquisition of U.S. Internet backbone operator and Web hosting provider Verio is complete.

  • Intel Files Motion in Remainder of Via Case

    SAN FRANCISCO (08/31/2000) - Intel Corp. Wednesday filed a motion in the remaining piece of its patent infringement case against Taiwanese chipset vendor Via Technologies Inc. Although the two parties settled the majority of their legal dispute last month, both companies agreed to keep this particular litigation ongoing, according to an Intel spokesman.

  • WebEx heralds Web meeting future

    If WebEx has its way, Australian businesses could be meeting on the Web instead of travelling across town or interstate for meetings.

  • Companies Fail to Find Right IT, Business Mix

    The challenge that CIOs face in mixing the technology and business aspects of their jobs was illustrated last weekend at a retreat for Computer Associates International users here, as two CEOs said they've redefined the roles of their CIOs and another added that his had just been given the boot.

  • Some SMS Messages Can Freeze Nokia Phones

    The Norwegian mobile Internet technology company Web2Wap AS inadvertently discovered that some SMS (short message service) text messages can cause a line of mobile telephones made by Nokia Corp. to temporarily freeze, the company said Thursday.

  • HomeRF to Speed Up

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday took action that will permit future generations of HomeRF wireless networks to move data at up to 10 megabits per second, or more than five times the speed of current versions.

  • Coast Guard Updating Search and Rescue

    Three contractors have been chosen to design a modernized system to fulfill the U.S. Coast Guard's oldest and most critical mission: search and rescue.

  • Online Investing Goes Offshore

    The battle for the wallets of Europe's online private investors has shifted up a gear with the emergence of brokers based in countries with favorable tax regimes. Offering the privacy and discretion usually found in long-established "blue chip" private banks, these operations are targeting a lucrative niche in the online investment world.

  • Gill steps into Zivo CEO shoes

    Ian Gill has been appointed CEO of Zivo, wholly-owned web integration business of LibertyOne.