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  • Intel's Itanium finally arrives

    The announcement last week that systems based on Intel's long-delayed Itanium processor should start shipping this month was welcome news to users hoping to run large enterprise applications on commodity hardware, users and analysts said.

  • Cisco sells off optical manufacturing unit

    Cisco Systems in cost-cutting mode after reporting a US$2.7 billion net loss for its last quarter, has sold off some optical networking production operations in South Carolina to a contract manufacturing firm. Milpitas, Calif.-based Solectron.

  • Microsoft officially launches Office XP

    Goodbye, Clippy. Hello, smart tags. With much fanfare, including rock music and flashing lights, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates last week officially launched the latest version of his company's ubiquitous Office software, now known as Office XP.

  • Yahoo: Auction site improves with listing fee

    Despite tacking on a fee for each auction transaction done on its Web site in January, Yahoo Inc. on Friday said its sales, bidding prices and the quality merchandise for sale on its Yahoo Auction site have all increased.

  • Web services, J2EE to lead charge at JavaOne

    At its JavaOne conference that kicks off here next week, Sun Microsystems is expected to talk more about the role it hopes to play in the emerging market for building Web services and detail advancements related to its Java software for businesses.

  • First glitch hits DoCoMo's 3G network

    NTT DoCoMo suffered its first problem Thursday on its 3G (third-generation) mobile network, just one day after launching trial services.

  • Acer to develop Chinese version of Palm OS

    Acer will develop a long-awaited Chinese-language version of the Palm OS as part of an agreement to license the handheld operating system from Palm, according to Alan Kessler, general manager of Palm's platform solutions group.

  • Hardware industry converges on Taipei

    Wireless devices, a high-powered graphics chip set and the debut of the next generation of microprocessor manufacturing are expected to share the spotlight next week at Computex Taipei 2001, the annual convergence in Taiwan's capital of IT hardware vendors and buyers from around the world.

  • CIO Poll: Tech spending drops for sixth straight month

    Technology spending growth declined for the sixth straight month, according to a new poll of chief information officers (CIOs) and other professionals by CIO magazine and

  • Three indicted in Lucent/China trade secrets case

    A U.S. federal grand jury on Thursday indicted three men for conspiring to steal Lucent Technologies Inc. trade secrets and sell them to a Chinese government-owned company, prosecutors said.

  • June 1 virus hoax damage can be repaired

    If you fell for the June 1 virus hoax and dutifully deleted the SULFNBK.EXE file from your Windows 98 operating system, don't panic. Chances are good that you won't notice that the file has been removed, its loss won't harm Windows 98, and the file can be easily replaced.

  • ICANN, under fire, targets alternate top-level domains

    Facing increased pressure from upstart companies that are contesting its authority over the designation of Internet top-level domains, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) plans to directly tackle the issue of so-called "alternate roots" at its regular quarterly meeting that starts Friday in Stockholm.

  • Alcatel shuts three U.S. facilities, cuts 900 jobs

    Three days after scrapping its merger talks with Lucent Technologies, French telecommunication equipment maker Alcatel SA said it plans to shut three facilities in the U.S. and lay off 900 employees, or about 6 percent of its U.S. workforce.

  • Dataquest: IBM tops Sun in U.S. server market

    IBM tossed Sun Microsystems aside as market-share leader in U.S. server sales for the first quarter of 2001, according to research firm Dataquest, a division of Gartner.

  • OpenBSD drops firewall program in licensing dispute

    When an Australian software developer tightened licensing restrictions on his firewall program last month, he set off a chain of events that has caused a big controversy among the open-source developers who work on the OpenBSD operating system.

  • Union Pacific to provide voice-activated technology

    Beginning in August, Union Pacific Railroad Co. plans to broaden its e-commerce offerings by providing its customers with voice-activated technology that will make it easier and faster to return a rail car after it's been unloaded.

  • RealNames hopes to ease surfing in Chinese

    A deal between RealNames Corp. and a Chinese Internet services firm could eliminate the need for Internet surfers using the Chinese character set to remember long and cumbersome Web addresses.

  • Palm sets plans for more layoffs

    Handheld computer maker Palm Inc. plans to lay off an undisclosed number of workers later this month, its second cutback in recent weeks, due partly to an earlier delay in the release of its latest personal digital assistants.

  • Office 97 users must pay for support

    Users of Microsoft's Office 97 products can no longer take advantage of the company's free customer support service as of Friday, a result of a policy shift that analysts say was implemented to tap customers for more revenue and encourage upgrades to newly released versions of its software.

  • Sharp's Linux handheld to have Intel inside

    Sharp Corp.'s upcoming Linux handheld will have Intel inside.