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  • IBM to drop direct PC sales in four European countries

    IBM is phasing out direct phone sales of PCs in France, Germany, Sweden and the U.K., although customers will still be able to order machines online.

  • New Napster plays for beta audience

    After months of silence, Napster Inc. is set to play its new digital music subscription service to a limited audience of beta testers Thursday, as the previously free peer-to-peer file-swapping service readies itself for its legal launch.

  • SuSE Linux shipment ban lifted

    A court order banning shipments of the open-source operating system software SuSE Linux 7.3 in Germany has been lifted, after its maker reached an out-of-court agreement with a plaintiff.

  • Z-Force gives skinny on futuristic 'file switch'

    NAS (network attached storage) startup Z-Force on Thursday emerged from its stealth mode to unveil the company's plans to develop what it calls a "file switch."

  • BCB pioneers bank IT outsourcing in Malaysia

    Malaysia's Bumiputra-Commerce Bank (BCB) has become the first bank in Malaysia to outsource its IT functions, with a US$250 million 10-year contract with Electronic Data Systems (EDS). The contract is also the largest outsourcing deal yet signed in Malaysia, the partners said in a joint statement Wednesday.

  • IDT to close California chip plant

    Communications chip maker Integrated Device Technology (IDT) has announced plans to close down its chip fabrication plant in California, one of two the company owns, it said late Wednesday.

  • IDC: ASPs find viable niches in Asia

    Markets which have good infrastructure and an educated user base are giving enough business to ASPs (application service providers) to make the market sector viable in the Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) region, according to market analyst International Data Corp. (IDC).

  • Vodafone, HP buy into China Mobile subsidiary

    Vodafone Group and Hewlett-Packard (HP) have announced plans to invest in a subsidiary of China Mobile (Hong Kong) Ltd., the publicly-listed arm of China's biggest mobile operator, China Mobile Communications Corp.

  • B-to-B titans Chemconnect, CheMatch to merge

    Two B-to-B exchange leaders for the chemical industry, Chemconnect and, will be joining forces as a result of Chemconnect's plan, announced Thursday, to acquire bulk commodity chemical exchange CheMatch.

  • IT recruitment dies down

    Once touted as a 'hot spot' the IT industry is no longer the place to be in 2002.

  • Donut virus set to poke holes in .NET

    A new virus emerged Wednesday that is the first to target Microsoft Corp.'s .NET platform for building and deploying Web services, posing a early risk for the build-out of the next-generation Internet, according to an anti-virus vendor.

  • Hospital to research the health effects caused by mobile phones

    A Sydney hospital will begin researching the long term effects of prolonged mobile phone use although overseas governments have been issuing health warnings with the sale of new handsets for more than a year.

  • Australia a global IT powerhouse, index reveals

    Australia lags behind New Zealand in the annual AT Kearney Globalisation Index and didn't even rank in the global top 20, however when it came to IT Australia outstripped most nations and was placed second in the world beaten only by the United States.

  • Update: HP/Compaq customers grapple with product support

    Concerns about ongoing product support are on the minds of many Hewlett-Packard (HP) customers in Australia as they await the results of an upcoming vote on the pending merger between HP and Compaq Computer.

  • U.S. businesses are unprepared for cyberattacks

    U.S. companies aren't doing enough to protect their IT systems from cyberattacks, according to a report released yesterday by the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB), part of the Washington-based National Academy of Sciences.

  • EDS sues Ariba over contract dispute

    Computer services provider Electronic Data Systems Corp. slapped a lawsuit on Ariba Inc., seeking to end its US$20 million sales and marketing contract that was allegedly breached by the procurement software maker.

  • SAP makes official its SRM stand

    SAP AG markets on Wednesday officially announced its new SRM (supplier relationship management) product, designed to manage supplier interactions to boost enterprise competitiveness and profitability.

  • Vendors eye VoIP security

    Network vendors will release a flurry of VoIP (voice over IP) security products in 2002, sparking IP telephony adoption by easing fears of malicious intrusions or DoS (denial of service) attacks, according to a recent study by The Yankee Group Inc. research firm.

  • Liquid Audio spins out new music player line

    Liquid Audio Inc. unleashed its new line of music player software this week, rolling out two direct-to-consumer versions, including a Plus version for "music enthusiasts," and one tailored for electronic equipment manufacturers.

  • HP must keep moving forward, Fiorina says

    Carly Fiorina has not softened her position on the proposed merger between Hewlett-Packard Co. and Compaq Computer Corp. If anything, HP's chief executive officer has become even more combative in the face of criticism from opponents of the merger.

  • 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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