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  • The Old New Thing

    At Pacific Bell Park, the gleaming, new home of the San Francisco Giants, you can slide down a gigantic Coke bottle, eat sushi and get your e-mail. At Boston's venerable Fenway Park, once you settle in with a couple of dogs and a cold one, it's all about baseball.

  • Planet 2000: HP CEO Pushes Planning for E-Businesses

    Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina urged e-business leaders to get used to partnering, to get good at managing risk, and to run fast during her keynote presentation at i2's Planet 2000 conference in San Diego.

  • Clinton Signs China Trade Bill

    U.S. President Bill Clinton signed into law on Tuesday a bill granting China permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with the United States, a measure hard fought over the current legislative session by technology companies eager to sell computer hardware, software, services and other information technology products to the people of the world's most populous country.

  • B2B potential unrealised

    With the proliferation of business-to-business (B2B) Web sites, we're witnessing the emergence of the phenomenon of oligopsony - what economists call a condition where many sellers encounter only a few buyers. For instance, US military weapons manufacturers have only a few customers (governments). So far, oligopsony transactions have been rare because of difficulties in coordinating purchasing decisions among competing sellers.

  • Infonet Unveils Cut-Rate Global Off-Net Plan

    Infonet Services has added an off-net component to its global packet telephony service to let multinational corporations pay low per-minute tolls when calling outside the company.

  • Evant Offers Hosted Merchandise Mgmt. App

    San Francisco startup Evant Solutions has begun offering a hosted application for merchandise management that lets retailers and their partners share supply-chain business data. Evant's President and CEO Rob Feuerman declined to state pricing for the application service provider, claiming it varies according to each customer. He says Disney and Hewlett-Packard are two of Evant's beta-test customers.

  • Cisco Content Net Plan has Some Holes

    Cisco Systems Inc. has spent close to $7 billion in the past year assembling a line of products aimed at speeding the delivery of Web content across private and public IP networks. The company considers content networking to be at or near the top of its priority list in the enterprise and service provider markets.

  • Introduce Your PDA to Monday Night Football

    Who would have thought convergence would lead to this? I'm sitting at home, PDA in hand, waiting breathlessly for the next Dennis Miller translation from his play-by-play on Monday Night Football.

  • Novell Turns to Sento for Help

    FRAMINGHAM (10/09/2000) - Novell Inc. is taking some of the same application service provider medicine it has prescribed to its customers, as the company will soon outsource all technical support to another firm. Novell last week announced that all support issues will be routed through Sento Corp. Sento has handled a portion of Novell's support but now will take on all Novell's per-incident support calls..

  • Cisco Spurns Channel to Bag $53M Telstra Contract

    SYDNEY (10/11/2000) - Networking vendor Cisco Systems Inc. is set to bring in over A$100 million (US$53.4 million) in additional revenues over three years, after the company announced it secured a contract to migrate Telstra Corp.'s high-speed cable modem services to the DOCSIS standard. But left out of the deal is the channel, which looks like it won't even pick up the scraps from Cisco's table.

  • The Disorganization Man

    The last decade has been one of incredible technical tumult. And like an earthquake centered in Silicon Valley, the hundreds of new companies spawned there have added hundreds of billions of dollars to today's thriving economy. Behind at least five of those startups stands Jim Clark, mastermind behind the Geometry Engine chip that brought 3-D graphics-and virtual reality-to the world.

  • Problem Solving for Technical Innovation

    For Tim Howes, problem-solving has always been the catalyst for technical innovation -- from the time he and a small group of Unix upstarts at the University of Michigan needed a better way to access the campus directory to tackling today's blurring of the line between business and technology decisions.

  • HP Launches Second Desktop in E-PC Line

    Hewlett-Packard Co. on Tuesday launched the SMB e-PC, the second in its "e-PC" line of smaller and more stylish desktop computers for businesses. [Note to editors: Updated information in this report appears in bold.]

  • Planet 2000: Barrett Urges Open Deployment for Exchanges

    Intel President and CEO Craig Barrett stressed at i2's Planet 2000 conference in San Diego that so-called open systems are needed for online exchanges to succeed and grow.

  • Who is that bearded man . . . ?

    Yet again the channel has excelled itself. The word is that last week's mystery man was in fact Path Communication's Brad Merrick. He was spotted by the ever-vigilant LAN Systems Cisco representative extraordinaire Rennee Owens who will duly receive ARNnet paraphanalia to adorn her desk (see we are learning something from vendors after all).

  • PFN Rolls Out Policy-Based Network Software

    PFN Inc., a developer of policy-based network software, rolled out a package designed to help companies conduct business with partners and supply chains over IP nets. Called FirmWare 2.0, the software sits on Solaris and Unix servers and lets users establish policies and use distributed directories for routing application traffic to partners and supply chains.

  • Siemens Invests $US868 Million in E-Business Centers

    Siemens AG is planning an initial investment of 1 billion euros (US$868 million) in transforming itself into an electronically-driven company, Siemens announced Tuesday.

  • IBM Research Envisions Pervasive Computing

    An IBM official at the Microprocessor Forum 2000 conference inn San Jose, California Tuesday presented a vision of "pervasive computing" that could entail computerising everything from refrigerators to earrings, and may require application of quantum mechanics and atomic physics to develop the storage and processing technology needed in tiny devices.

  • I-Commerce Aims for the Personal Touch

    As competition intensifies in the world of business-to-consumer Internet commerce, the focus has narrowed down to twin goals: attracting business and retaining customers. Executives in charge of I-commerce sites are under pressure to attract, retain, and increase the number of loyal customers to ensure consistent and robust revenue streams.

  • Wasted Days and Wasted Bandwidth

    I recently received e-mail from a new software company inviting me to visit them at NetWorld+Interop 2000 in Atlanta to see a demonstration of its new product, described as "a first-of-its kind software that combines Internet filtering and ad blocking to save an additional 10 percent of network bandwidth."