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  • Napster Founder Forms New Company: AppleSoup

    BOSTON (07/17/2000) - AppleSoup Inc. could be described as akin to Napster Inc. sans the copyright legal issues.

  • Maxtor Rolls Out 80GB Hard Drive

    With hard drives getting bigger and bigger all the time, it's easy to get blasé about capacities. But this week, Maxtor Corp. introduced what Ed Sullivan might have called, "a really big drive." The DiamondMax 80 EIDE drive will hold 80GB of data, and is--for today at least--the world's largest-capacity, commercially available hard drive.

  • CIO Confidential: Dressing in the Dark

    Things never get simpler. Even the process of making something (anything) simpler inevitably makes that thing more complicated, less defined and more burdened with real and potential problems. The certain entropy of our business lives is not chaos by decay or disintegration, but chaos by layered ambiguity. A steady, inexorable decline marked not by a series of remarkable events but by a nearly frictionless downward spiral.

  • Former SAP America Chief Takes New Finance Job

    Kevin McKay, the top executive at SAP AG's U.S. subsidiary until he resigned from that job three months ago, today surfaced as the No. 2 guy at Mercator Software Inc., one of the many vendors jockeying for position in the market for integration tools that can be used to tie together different applications.

  • Time Piece: Let It Slide

    My father bought this Post VersaLog slide rule for US$22 back in 1959. At the time, his tuition at the City College of New York was $14.50 a semester, so the purchase was a significant one. To keep it in top condition, he would tune the instrument every few months, aligning the front and back hairlines with the top and bottom fixed rules, and cleaning the grooves to allow it to slide more easily.

  • Career Counsel

    DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL Q: I have been with my company for eight years, and I relocated a year-and-a-half ago to the corporate office when the local office was closed. I perform team leadership and contract management functions, I am MCP, and I will finish my MBA this summer.

  • Barshefsky Due in Japan as Telecom Talks Continue

    TOKYO (07/17/2000) - U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky is due to arrive in Japan later Tuesday as key trade talks between the two nations appear to be on the verge of conclusion.

  • U.S. Updates Encryption Export Policy

    WASHINGTON (07/17/2000) - The U.S. on Monday announced an update to its encryption export policy affecting companies that sell encryption software to users in the 15 European Union nations and in eight other countries that are U.S. allies.

  • Former SAP America CEO Takes New Finance Job

    Kevin McKay, who resigned as CEO of SAP AG's U.S. subsidiary three month ago, surfaced Monday in a finance job at Mercator Software Inc. in Wilton, Conn.

  • Maxtor Intros 80G-byte Hard Drive

    STOCKHOLM (07/17/2000) - Maxtor Corp. Monday introduced three new hard drives, including an 80G-byte addition to its DiamondMax series, billed by the storage vendor as the industry's highest-capacity hard drive to date.

  • GST delays hit reseller cashflow

    An alleged bottleneck at the GST Start-up Assistance Office has resellers fuming over lengthy delays in reimbursement of the Government's $200 certificates issued to nearly two million small businesses across the country.

  • Big brother is watching most of you: Symantec

    The cost of absolute network security is too great for most companies to foot and is often unnecessary, advises security executive Sharon Ruckman.

  • FreeDSL: Love the Speed, Ignore the Ads

    Suddenly, in the upper right corner of my monitor, a blue jean-covered butt appeared. No, I wasn't downloading risqué photos from the Web. In return for free high-speed Internet access through a digital subscriber line, I'd agreed to let a California company run ads on my desktop, and I was getting an eyeful.

  • Customer Focus: Window Seat

    Five years ago, American Airlines Inc. entered new territory by launching the industry's first website. In those early days of the Web, allowing customers to check logistical details such as baggage requirements, in-flight movie schedules and airport maps was big news. But the airline had even bigger plans: American hoped that opening up the online channel would not only streamline communication with customers but also cut costs of handling customer transactions and eventually generate additional revenue by allowing customers to book flights online. "At the time, paying commissions and booking fees to computerized systems [such as America Online and CompuServe] made it expensive to do business," says John Samuel, vice president of interactive marketing. "So saving distribution costs was a major driver."

  • Digital Marketplaces Enhanced

    Microsoft Corp. and KPMG Consulting LLC teamed up Monday to form Dot.Ramp, an offering that combines software and services to help enterprises connect to business-to-business digital marketplaces.

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  • K*Grind to cut costs with new partner

    Cash-strapped online entertainment network K*Grind has been rescued from the brink of bankruptcy by Asian investors in a deal which will see huge cost rationalisations at the company.

  • WorldCom expands corporate data services

    WorldCom plans to expand its corporate data services to 40 more countries by the end of this year, giving global companies more options for conducting business transactions.

  • Oracle Senior VP on Lane, Pricing, Support

    SAN FRANCISCO (07/17/2000) - If such a thing is possible, U.S. database, applications and tools vendor Oracle Corp. is currently even more in the spotlight than usual. The extra attention follows the recent departure of its number-two man and the company's moves in introducing new licensing and support arrangements.

  • Project Management: Stage Managers

    In 1995, Carlson Hospitality Worldwide was on a roll. The company had patented an incentive plan for travel agents, created a standard-setting, seamless interface between travel agents and the central reservation office and capped off a decade of adding a new hotel, mostly under the Radisson flag, every 10 days. The company's central reservation system (CRS), then bringing in 40 percent of the annual room revenues from those Radissons, was humming away at the heart of the business. "It was heresy inside our company to say that there was anything wrong with our reservation system," says Scott Heintzeman, then vice president of knowledge technologies, who was recently promoted to CIO of Carlson Hotels Worldwide.