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  • Japanese museum hires robot for US$151K per year

    Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (NMESI), which was opened in July last year in Tokyo, has a new employee -- a humanoid robot developed by Honda Motor Co. Ltd.'s named Asimo, which will earn a ¥20 million [m] (US$151,412) annual salary. The director of the museum issued an official announcement of orders to Asimo -- at the entrance ceremony on Sunday.

  • Alcatel sells distribution unit to private US firm

    French telecommunication equipment maker Alcatel SA will sell its European enterprise distribution and services business to Los Angeles-based Platinum Equity, a venture capital firm that focuses on buyouts of technology companies, the two companies announced Wednesday.

  • Old ICQ version has same security hole as AIM

    Users of the instant messaging application ICQ are urged to upgrade to the latest version of the software because of a potentially damaging bug in older versions, according to a notice on the ICQ Web site.

  • China Motion gets rolling with Ericsson

    China Motion Telecom International Ltd. (China Motion), a Hong Kong telecommunication company, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ericsson Inc. to develop systems to run China Motion's mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) business in Hong Kong, a company statement said on Monday.

  • Adobe says it's committed to China despite piracy

    A spokeswoman for Adobe Systems Inc. said Monday that the company remains committed to developing Chinese-language versions of its products, despite comments reportedly made by its chief executive officer last week that Adobe could abandon the market because of software piracy in the region.

  • Japan ends 2001 with 73M wireless users

    Japan saw the number of wireless telephone subscriptions jump 13.9 percent in 2001 to end the year at 72.8 million users, according to data from an industry group, the Telecommunication Carrier's Association (TCA).

  • Survey: IT budgets to increase in 2002

    Despite the current global economic climate, more companies plan to boost rather than cut IT spending this year, according to results of a survey by market researcher Gartner Inc. and investment banking firm Soundview Technology Group Inc.

  • IDC : Early adopters try wireless Web in A-P

    The mobile Internet market will be limited to early adopters this year in Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), according to a recent survey of Internet subscribers carried out by market analyst International Data Corp. (IDC). Those early adopters represent about 5 percent of mobile phone subscribers surveyed, IDC said.

  • Italian police track down hacker group

    Italian police have identified six members of a hacker group charged with attacking thousands of Web sites in 62 countries, replacing official home pages with anti-globalization slogans, finance police officials said Tuesday. The group is one of the most important to be discovered in terms of the number and significance of its targets, officials said.

  • FreeBSD back in familiar hands

    The popular FreeBSD open-source version of the Unix operating system is back under the control of one of its original developers after long-time sponsor Wind River Systems Inc. announced Monday that it will divest of all its assets related to the freely distributed code.

  • Brocade switch added to HP storage offering

    Storage area networks (SANs) infrastructure provider Brocade Communications Systems has expanded its relationship with Hewlett-Packard, making its latest enterprise fabric switch available for HP SAN customers.
    The Brocade SilkWorm 3800 switch lets companies connect servers with storage devices through a SAN, to create a scalable environment for storage applications.

  • Dimension Data lands NSW govt contract win

    Dimension Data has won a contract worth more than $300,000 with the NSW Attorney General's department to e-enable the Land and Environment Court.

  • SANs win fans in buoyant storage market

    With the storage industry set to reach $40 billion by 2005, a survey has found that 70 per cent of CIOs in the Asia-Pacific region plan to implement a SAN (storage area network) in the near future.

  • Research firm Forrester to cut 126 jobs

    Research firm Forrester Research said it's slashing 126 jobs, or about 22 per cent of its workforce worldwide.

  • Lindows asks court to dismiss Microsoft claim

    Lindows.com Inc., a software startup sued by Microsoft Corp. last month for alleged trademark infringement, is hoping to have the case thrown out of court on a technicality, its chief executive said Friday.

  • Adobe says it's committed to China despite piracy

    A spokeswoman for Adobe Systems Inc. said Monday that the company remains committed to developing Chinese-language versions of its products, despite comments reportedly made by its chief executive officer last week that Adobe could abandon the market because of software piracy in the region.

  • Service providers push value envelope

    The MSP (managed services provider) market was buzzing with activity on Monday as Loudcloud Inc., Cervalis, and Inforonics Inc. introduced new services designed to complement growing customer satisfaction demands.

  • Study: IT spending at banks to increase in 2002

    Despite the economic downturn and industry consolidation, competition is forcing banks to increase IT spending this year by an average of 4 percent, according to a report released today. Overall IT spending within the U.S. banking industry this year is forecast to total US$32 billion.

  • Poll: Win 2000 still a tough sell

    Microsoft customers are still scratching their heads over the complexities of Active Directory, which are keeping upgrades to Windows 2000 from reaching critical mass almost two years after the release of the operating system, according to new survey data from International Data Corp.

  • Security delves deeper

    Security systems are spreading roots deeper into network processes, leveraging directory and policy control to halt a growing breed of internal computer threats. Novell Inc., NetIQ Corp., and NetScreen Technologies Inc. are weighing in with products that integrate with these internal assets.

  • CIOs are finding agility through cloud-based communications

    Companies grappling with new customer expectations turn to Communication-as-a-Service model (CaaS) for a more agile, cloud-based omnichannel experience.

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