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  • Gartner scales back B2B projections

    A year ago Gartner Group Inc. put out bullish numbers for the growth of business-to-business Internet commerce, but today, in the midst of a bear market, the research firm dramatically scaled back its estimates.

  • Novell to buy consulting firm, get new CEO

    n a bid to reposition itself, struggling software vendor Novell Inc. yesterday announced an acquisition of IT services and consulting firm Cambridge Technology Partners Inc. that includes Novell CEO Eric Schmidt giving up his position as the company's top executive.

  • News Briefs

    MySAP fails in NZ, Wireless not dead: Gartner, Computer crime losses, Motorola job cuts

  • QLD IT chief waits for go-ahead

    The 38-year-old politician about to take charge of Queensland's information economy has first-hand experience with the Internet's limitations.

  • DoubleClick to Close Australian Media Arm

    DoubleClick Australia will close its local media operations this week.

  • New Laws to Tackle Cyber Crime

    New laws to tackle cyber crime, and tougher penalties for computer offences will be in force later this year.

  • P.R. agents to startups: Keep quiet!

    Public relations pros aren't exactly known for keeping quiet. But with dot-coms folding and the Nasdaq crashing, the P.R. machines that helped inflate the tech bubble have gone silent. The byword these days in new-economy P.R.: Shhhh!

  • Bluetooth and wireless Ethernet in a collision

    After two years of being told time and again by various members of the Bluetooth consortium that collisions between Bluetooth (the local wireless peer-to-peer technology) and 802.11b (wireless Ethernet) transmissions are negligible -- despite the fact that they share the same 2.4GHz frequency band -- this week somebody told me something different. And what I've just heard makes more sense.

  • Pioneers push app distribution alternatives

    The demands for improving the speed, performance, and availability of e-business transactions on the Web often run in direct opposition to the Internet's heavy-footed application distribution limitations.

  • IBM backs emerging chip making technology

    IBM Corp. on Monday announced that it will join with other leading chip makers to develop a new manufacturing technology viewed by many as critical for the continued advancement of microprocessors and other types of silicon chips.

  • Using vendor nondisclosures

    Once information is leaked, it is impossible to control, says Jay Hollander, principal of Hollander and Company, a New York law firm specializing in Internet and computer law. The answer, says Hollander, is to protect disclosure of the information before hiring the vendor by creating an effective and legally binding NDA (nondisclosure agreement).

  • Microsoft gets tough with independent testers

    Randy Kennedy thinks he knows something about the performance of Windows 2000 vs. NT that might be of interest to IT executives.

  • Boeing Shows How XML Can Help Business

    Several years ago, Philip Condit, chairman and CEO of The Boeing Co., asked how much business the company did with major suppliers.

  • Webwasher filters out new big Web ads

    German net filtering company AG has released a new version of its software for the Linux and Windows operating systems that can filter out all of the new, larger Web site ads that were launched last month.

  • Promise of disaster

    It shouldn't really surprise anyone that Microsoft Corp.'s grand architectural scheme to pull together all of the Internet and enterprise applications under its .Net umbrella is gaining adherents - even among users who are normally skeptical of grand schemes.

  • Start-ups turn up the volume in optical networks

    New optical amplifier technology promises to drop the costs of setting up and managing optical networks, savings that could translate into lower service costs for customers.

  • You want to change what?

    Steve Etzell saw for himself how quickly a minor unauthorized change can foul up a Web site. Etzell, director of Web technology at Select Comfort Corp. in Minneapolis, was on vacation when he got a call telling him the bed maker and retailer's Web site performance had gone "into the tank." The reason: A developer had let a business group user "twist his arm" into dynamically generating user-specific price quotes on a Web page that showed an entire category of Select Comfort's products. The site had previously sent users to a cached page that showed the same prices to everyone.

  • SMS show unveils future Microsoft management offerings

    Microsoft Corp. gave Systems Management Server (SMS) users a good look at the product's forthcoming features last week and led developers through an in-depth tutorial on a new operations management application due out in beta within weeks.

  • Manage your invoices over the Internet

    EIPP systems promise to reduce the payment cycle from 55 to 25 days. But there are some huge hurdles to jump beforethat happens, including a lack of a common format for invoices.

  • Amazon/Wal-Mart pact may show road to success

    During the past few months, the retail industry has come to realize that those businesses that offer multiple channels -- physical stores, Web sites, and catalogs -- have significant advantages over single-channel businesses.