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  • Business Briefs

    Internet services company Icon Medialab Asia has bought Sydney e-business and multimedia developer Vitascope. Goran Malm, CEO of Icon, said the acquisition will expand the range of services his company is able to offer.

  • Revolving Doors

    All change at Interpath after Caravias promotion, Musical chairs for Online Trading Systems, IT chief moves on from, Old favourites keep going around, Around the traps

  • Industry Research

    Finance and accounting outsourcing industry on fire. As enterprises become more comfortable contracting more of their finance and accounting duties, the worldwide finance and accounting outsourcing market is projected to grow from $US12 billion 1n 1999 to $US37.7 billion by 2004, according to Dataquest.

  • IT employees' work hours jump

    IT professionals have spent one-third more hours on the job this last year than they did the previous year, according to a report issued by Meta Group. Analysts and users attributed the rise to time spent learning new technologies and additional work from the increasing threat of new viruses.

  • Data#3 picks up Chubb's Microsoft licensing

    Chubb Security Holdings has selected Data#3 as its provider of Microsoft licensing services in Australia and New Zealand.

  • Earnings roundup: Tech industry results a mixed bag

    Despite all the uncertainty concerning the continued growth of the technology industry, the latest crop of financial results paints a cautiously encouraging picture. Led by Microsoft Corp., which posted good second quarter results, and IBM Corp., which was ahead of expectations for both its fourth quarter and the full year, most companies were at least in line with Wall Street estimates -- even if some of those estimates had previously been revised downwards. Most companies remain very cautious about their expectation for the rest of the year, however.

  • Telstra calling SecureNet

    Hoping to reap the benefits of growth in the B2G sector, Telstra has partnered with SecureNet to establish its second data centre specialising in trust and security solutions.

  • Solution 6 takes CABS to France

    Solution 6 has won a multi-million dollar contract to supply its CABS2000 practice management system and associated consulting and support services to KPMG's French operations.

  • Barcelona plans high-tech trash cans

    Barcelona is putting microprocessors in the trash. The Spanish city has announced a plan to outfit its public litter bins with memory chips designed to store data such as how full the containers are and when they were last emptied, according to a statement.

  • Update: Oftel speeds up local telephone line unbundling

    British Telecommunications PLC (BT) will begin construction of co-location facilities before April 15 to allow its competitors to install their broadband Internet access equipment in the most sought after of its local exchanges, according to a statement from the U.K. national telecommunications regulator released late Thursday evening

  • Chunk of Iridium falls into Aussie hands

    Western Australian minerals exploration and telecommunications investment company Quadrant Australia appears to have bought itself a chunk of the ill-fated Iridium satellite communications network after agreeing to acquire Bareena Holdings.

  • Philippines carrier looks for Clarity

    Recently listed Sydney software developer Clarity International has finalised funding that will lead to the completion of an $A18 million telecommunication contract for provision of operational support systems to the Philippines Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT).

  • CommSoft picks up Kiwi Brains

    Recently-listed developer CommSoft has agreed to buy Kiwi company Marketing Technologies, which has developed the Brains customer relationship management application.

  • Keycorp maintains IT export momentum

    Whether inspired by an invigorating intake of Christmas cheer, the give-away Aussie dollar, or sheer good technology, Australia's IT suppliers have kicked off the new year with a stack of solid export contracts. Included on the latest list of exporters are regulars like Keycorp and Objectif, plus a few others like Solution 6 to whom a bit of good news will be welcome tidings indeed.

  • Objectif wins Dutch extension

    Listed telecommunications software developer Objectif Telecommunications has won a contract extension with Dutch carrier KTN Telecom.

  • Hansen's call centre manager finds US user

    Software developer Hansen Technologies, which specialises in the development of billing systems for telcos and utilities, has won a contract to supply its ResourcePro call centre management system to Southwestern Bell in the US.

  • Telstra takes a Lotus position

    Telstra expects to extend its WAP offerings though an alliance it has negotiated with Lotus Development, which will allow the Aussie carrier to offer access from WAP devices to Domino servers for mail, calendaring and corporate directory.

  • New economy challenges old laws

    Increases in B2B exchanges in the "new economy" have created a number of legal challenges, especially in relation to the laws regarding competitive practices, according to law firm Baker & McKenzie.

  • New service providers challenge existing players

    The addition of an e-business model into the IT infrastructure has begun to transform the traditional network and desktop outsourcing services distributed management model to one that is centered on the Internet.

  • Asian Internet users approach 200 million

    The number of Internet users in Asia is expected to quadruple to 188 million by 2004, encouraged by decreasing access fees and the wider availability of local content.