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  • Asia-Pacific server market healthy: IDC

    The Asia-Pacific server market, excluding Japan, experienced a 32 percent year-on-year growth rate for the fourth quarter of 2000, according to preliminary results for that quarter released on Monday by International Data Corp. (IDC).

  • Bells are failing to compete as they promised

    Call it the "quid" without the "pro quo." In a grand bargain over the past few years, the government has allowed the eight dominant local carriers - the seven original Bells plus GTE Corp. - to shrink to four in exchange for written promises to begin competing with one another.

  • gen-i wins Ansett contract

    New Zealand-based integrator gen-i will ramp up substantially in Australia after winning a contract with Air New Zealand Ansett to install and manage around 11,500 desktops as the airline prepares to totally overhaul its IT services.

  • Council stirs union ire with e-procurement job ad

    The Municipal Employees Union (MEU) has threatened to go to the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) if an e-procurement coordinator is appointed at a Sydney metropolitan council.

  • US$100 million Asian Web bank plan collapses

    ANZ Bank and Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation have withdrawn from their joint venture to develop a Web-led bank in Asia, after investing $US10 million each and six months of detailed work developing the business model.

  • RAMS and Solace approach $150m outsource deal

    Mortgage provider RAMS is negotiating an outsourcing deal with Solace, potentially handing its core banking systems management to Solace to the tune of $150 million.

  • NSW Emergency Services network contract open

    New South Wales' emergency services communication network is up for contract renewal with plans for an expansion to the network and a possible move to wireless IP (Internet protocol) technology.

  • MS India migrating Java to .NET

    Microsoft's software development subsidiary in Hyderabad, South India, has announced it is developing JUMP to .NET, the company's Java User Migration Path (JUMP) for Microsoft .NET, consisting of a set of tools and technologies that will enable Java programmers to migrate projects to the Microsoft .NET platform.

  • VeriSign may sidestep split

    VeriSign Inc. apparently won't have to split its domain name registration business this spring as anticipated, thanks to a tentative agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

  • RSA touts new smart card system

    RSA Security Inc. has made available a PC-based cryptographic smart card personalization system that lets one smart card be programmed for public-key-based network access from the desktop, magnetic-stripe-based physical building access, plus the user's photo for corporate identification.

  • First P2P virus strikes Gnutella

    File-swapping on the Internet hit a sour note last week with the appearance of a virus that attacks users of the Gnutella file-sharing service. Security software vendors say it is the first virus to affect peer-to-peer communications.

  • Software giant looks to bury test results

    Microsoft recently threw around its weight -- and its fat wallet -- to squash an independent testing lab from publishing benchmark results that the lab ran for Computerworld's sister publication NetworkWorld. The test demonstrated that SQL Server 7 runs nearly twice as fast on Windows NT 4.0 than it does on Windows 2000.

  • Microsoft wraps up Office XP

    Microsoft Corp. announced Monday that it has released the final code of Office XP, the successor to Office 2000, to manufacturing.

  • Cisco unveils new channel partners program

    Looking to provide "a balanced approach to technical staffing," networking company Cisco Inc. Monday revealed a new channel partner program meant to encourage greater technical specialization among its partners.

  • Cisco releases security, VPN software

    Cisco Systems Inc. on Monday announced new software to help network administrators deploy, monitor and troubleshoot security services and large-scale VPNs (virtual private networks).

  • Study: Companies will be slow to adopt B2B

    A new study by market research firm Jupiter Media Metrix Inc. released Monday found that managers in charge of purchasing for their companies plan to make only 20 percent of their purchases online by 2002.

  • Large ads attract more site traffic, trade group says

    Size really does matter, at least for the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB). The New York-based trade group last month issued new guidelines for larger online ads, giving electronic retailers more space to market their products on the Internet.

  • New name registry offers 20 TLDs

    In a direct challenge to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a new domain name registry on Monday announced that it has begun selling an additional 20 top-level domains (TLDs), including .kids, .travel and .xxx, for US$25 per year.

  • Wireless vendors partner to tackle enterprise

    Two wireless technology specialists forged deals Monday, attempting to push access to some core business applications closer to mobile workers.iAnywhere Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of database vendor Sybase Inc., announced a partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLP to jointly develop and market wireless applications built around software from Germany's SAP AG.

  • Maxtor dumps FreeBSD for Windows

    Maxtor Corp. will drop the operating system FreeBSD in Maxtor's new MaxAttach 4100 storage system and use Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 instead, according to a joint company announcement Monday.