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  • Solution 6 tries a bit of acquisition therapy

    Despite being bathed in red ink, Solution 6 has followed the acquisition trail to Kiwi company exo-net International. Other big players have blazed their own trails overseas, and some of the financial results announced during the week raised eyebrows

  • Vic government pilots PKI

    A number of Victorian government agencies are piloting public key infrastructure (PKI) technology following the introduction of the Electronic Transaction Act 2000 last week. Recognising that PKI will enable B2B transactions including e-procurement, the Victorian government introduced the new act as part of its online strategy.

  • Struggling SCO gets $13.1 million cash infusion

    The Santa Cruz Operation (SCO), which has been buffeted by two straight quarters of losses and last week announced a 19 per cent workforce reduction, today said it has received a much-needed cash infusion amounting to $13.1 million.

  • Perry delivers dope on viruses

    If your mental picture of the typical virus writer is of a fat white male aged 15 to 25 with bad skin, it's not far from the truth, according to someone who's made a study of the subject over the past decade. "From the ones I've met, that's about spot on," says David Perry. Among those he's made the acquaintance of is Robert Morris, whose worm virus brought the Internet to its knees in 1988. Perry believes Morris, who he says today has a job in information security, "was completely without evil intent".

  • Racing Yachts Bristle with High-Tech

    AUCKLAND (09/18/2000) - Competitive racing yachts are looking more and more like floating advertisements and showrooms as communications technology and the practice of business sponsorship advances.

  • CEO, Analysts Herald AltaVista's Refocus on Search

    Both AltaVista Co.'s chief and analysts Friday welcomed the company's decision to refocus its energies on its core Net search business as a way to increase its profitability. The vendor announced earlier Friday that it had laid off one quarter of its staff and was stepping down its efforts to establish a media portal business.

  • CoShopper turns to us before the US

    CoShopper, a business-to-consumer (B2C) group-buying Web portal launched this week, with offers of up to 30 per cent discount off typical offline purchase prices to lure customers. The Scandinavia-based company, which already runs CoShopper sites in nine countries, waits for consumers to pool together via the Internet, then negotiates with suppliers for bulk-purchase discounts on products those consumers elect to purchase en masse. The size of the discount depends on the number of purchasers, CoShopper officials said.

  • Thin team to work with Oracle and Sun

    ASX-listed Thin Technologies, a retail industry-based B2B ASP, is nearing the release of a range of point of sale (POS) software developed in conjunction with Sun Microsystems and Oracle.

  • Local Novell operations continue to grow

    Novell in Australia and New Zealand has escaped relatively unscathed from the recent US-based staff retrenchments and company-wide cost savings. In an effort to bring the cost base in line with current revenues, Novell head office in the US announced a reduction in its worldwide workforce by 16 per cent (about 900 positions) and the write-off of certain assets. Globally the transition from a packaged service to a Net services business has taken longer than expected, reducing revenues.

  • Privacy group calls for disclosure of 'Web bugs'

    Companies and online advertisers that use information-gathering "Web bugs" on their Web sites should plainly disclose the presence of the technology to users, according to a US-based privacy group that proposed a set of standards on that topic this week.

  • Tycoons make the Olympics their business

    Outside of the main sporting events taking place at the Sydney Olympic Games, Australia's business community is going for gold, striving to leverage $1 billion in global investment opportunities.

  • NZ Software Exporters Prefer Strong Economy

    Software exporters are benefiting from the depressed New Zealand dollar but they'd rather have a strong economy.

  • Intel Invests in Linux Company MontaVista

    MontaVista Software -- developer of the Hard Hat Linux operating system -- said Wednesday that it received an undisclosed equity investment from Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of Intel. Then Thursday, MontaVista announced receipt of over $US23 million in investments from a variety of venture capital groups.

  • Scanning for trouble

    E-mail-borne viruses have reached something of a watershed in their potential to wreak economic damage on hapless organisations throughout the world. Witness the ILoveYou worm, which spiralled out of the Philippines in May, ultimately delivering an astronomical repair bill (in fixes and lost productivity) estimated in the tens of billions.

  • Big Blue's Site Is Bigger, Faster, Better

    SYDNEY (09/18/2000) - An estimated 1 billion page views are expected to be generated on the official Olympic Web site leading up to and during the Sydney 2000 Games.

  • E-Comm Executives to Attend Commerce One Show

    Commerce One has lined up several business and industry luminaries to headline its eLink 2000 conference for e-commerce executives next week in Las Vegas.

  • Sun Executive Airs Support for Linux

    A key software executive at Sun Microsystems says the Palo Alto, California-based maker of Unix systems has been portrayed wrongly as being opposed to Linux.

  • Warranty Works takes the Edge off worried customers

    Warranty Works has struck a deal with liquidator of failed PC distributor Edge, Armstrong Wiley and Co., to "bail out" channel - players who feared they would be gypped by dishonoured warranty agreements after Edge's demise.

  • Telstra directory sell-off wouldn't make sense: Atug

    At least one commentator is surprised by reports that Telstra might partially sell off a part of its White and Yellow pages directory business. However another sees it as a good move. Allan Horsley, managing director of Australian Telecommunication Users Group (Atug) said: "I don't understand why Telstra would sell its White and Yellow Pages directories, when they could be a strategic resource for its developing e-commerce business, the direction it wants to be heading in."

  • ABA hears of 200 offensive Web sites

    The Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) has received more than 200 complaints against offensive Internet sites since the Online Content Regulatory Scheme was introduced six months ago. The ABA has completed investigations into 197 of the complaints, and 44 cases of seriously offensive Internet content hosted in, or uploaded in Australia, have been referred to state and territory Police.