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  • Oracle Goes on Pricing Defensive

    Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison this week disputed reports that users are unhappy with his company's new capacity-based pricing scheme for its flagship database product.

  • Former Informix VP Indicted on Fraud Charges

    A former European sales executive at Informix Software has been indicted by a federal grand jury in California on fraud charges after he allegedly inflated his division's income and revenue figures from 1994 to 1996.

  • Internet Requires Better Architecture to Grow

    The Internet is in need of an architecture that handles more addresses, increased reliability and quality of service (QoS) standards that Internet service providers can agree on, according to a report about to be released by the National Academy of Sciences in Washington.

  • Napster Case Heard

    FRAMINGHAM (10/06/2000) - A U.S. federal appeals court this week heard arguments from both sides in the Napster Inc. copyright-infringement case but didn't rule on the injunction barring the file-sharing music Web site from operating. The three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco could take months to rule on whether San Mateo, Calif.-based Napster will have to shut down..

  • Marimba to Post Third-Quarter Loss

    Software maker Marimba Inc. in Mountain View, Calif., said it expects revenue for the third quarter ended Sept. 30 to be in the range of US$10 million to $10.2 million, with a net loss of 13 cents to 17 cents per share.

  • Law Raises H1-B Visa Quota for Tech Workers

    In one of its last moves before adjourning until 2001, Congress voted overwhelmingly last week to soothe the employee-strapped technology industry by boosting the number of H1-B visas issued in the next three years by nearly 300,000.

  • Legato Shuffles Execs

    FRAMINGHAM (10/06/2000) - Mountain View, Calif.-based Legato Systems Inc. took the first steps this week to rebuild its credibility, naming David Wright as president and CEO and Andrew Brown as chief financial officer, analysts said. Wright, president and CEO of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Amdahl Corp., replaces Lou Cole as president and CEO, but Cole will remain Legato's chairman of the board. Brown, former CFO at Milpitas, Calif.-based Adaptec Inc., replaces Stephen Wise, who resigned in July..

  • Microsoft to Hold Exchange 2000's Coming-Out Party

    Microsoft Corp.'s worldwide launch of Exchange 2000 next week will feature a host of partners pledging support for the messaging and collaboration platform.

  •'s WebHouse Club Shuts Down Inc.'s grocery and gasoline selling licensee Priceline WebHouse Club, will wind down its operations in the next 90 days, citing funding difficulties, the company announced Thursday.

  • Big Guns Rattle ASP Battlefield

    In a development that could add viability to a fledgling ASP (application service provider) market, major IT platform vendors are muscling into application hosting.

  • Short Takes

    FRAMINGHAM (10/06/2000) - Compaq Computer Corp. has named Shane Robison senior vice president and chief technology officer. Prior to joining Compaq, Robison was president of Internet technology and development at AT&T Labs. . . . The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners has requested that federal and state attorneys shut down Inc., a Web site that offers votes to the highest bidder in this year's presidential election. The site is an Internet marketplace for the wholesale purchase of votes. It recruits voters, auctions their votes off in state groups and ensures that absentee ballots are accurate..

  • The Bug Report

    SAN MATEO (10/06/2000) - Microsoft Corp.: Windows users are advised not to install Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 immediately after installing Windows 2000 High Encryption Pack. Doing so may cause Windows 2000 to hang at the "Preparing Network Connections" message the next time users restart their computers. In order to prevent this from happening, computers should be restarted between the two installations. If it is too late and the computer is hung up, the problem can be fixed by following the steps outlined at

  • Oracle Trims Line in Increasing Performance

    In a feat of marketing reductivism attributed partly to quality-control concerns, Oracle Corp. has boiled down its product line from 75 to two: the Oracle9i database and Oracle9i Application Server (AS), both of which the software giant is aiming at the hosting arena.

  • Airlines Compete in Wireless LAN Space

    Three of the top U.S. airlines have taken their competition to the airwaves with a race to provide high-speed (11M bit/sec.) wireless LAN access to their customers in lounges and at gates within airport terminals.

  • WebCatalog enables quick site setup

    Developing dynamic e-commerce sites can prove to be a daunting task, so the job is often delegated to high-cost, hard-to-find Web development specialists and can take weeks to complete.

  • Imation Considers Restructuring

    FRAMINGHAM (10/06/2000) - Data-storage systems maker Imation Corp. said it will miss analysts' expectations for earnings for the quarter ended Sept. 30. It also said it's exploring alternatives that include financial restructuring, stock repurchases and potential mergers. The Oakdale, Minn.-based company warned that operating income, excluding restructuring charges and write-offs, will be 16% below the $346 million in sales it registered during the same period last year..

  • Microsoft Cozies Up with Rival Corel

    In a case of strange bedfellows, Microsoft Corp. made a US$135 million investment in applications rival Corel Corp. this week, creating a partnership the two companies said would focus on Microsoft's .NET initiative.

  • Europe Lets Bears out on Wall Street

    The bears growled throughout the tech sector this week on Wall Street.

  • Online Merchants Gird for Credit Card Fraud

    Fraud-prevention measures for online payment systems could become more than an afterthought to many e-tailers when the Web holiday sales surge hits full stride and transaction volume levels rise.

  • Priceline's Gas, Grocery Licensee to Shut Down

    WebHouse Club, a licensee of Inc. offering name-your-price service for gasoline and groceries, said this week it will go out of business in 90 days.