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  • United Puts Flight Info into Hands of Palm

    The Web site for United Air Lines Inc. went airborne this week for users of wireless-ready Palm personal digital assistants (PDA). User services at the world's largest airline sidestepped the middleman as part of its overall e-commerce initiative.

  • Cost, Reliability Impede Wireless Device Adoption

    Even though mobile computing announcements took center stage at PC Expo here this week, attendees voiced their displeasure with the speed and reliability of wireless devices - problems that continue to impede the expansion of corporate applications.

  • Bus-Tech Rolling Out Linux Controller

    Host controller manufacturer Bus-Tech Inc. is branching out from its traditional mainframe access roots.

  • C# Could Be Major; MS Sings an Ambitious Tune

    Microsoft Corp.'s recently announced C# development language, although still a sketchy product blueprint, could help the company gain credibility in the market for enterprise and Web development, according to observers.

  • Novell Aims at Content-Delivery Market Space

    Novell Inc. has taken its Internet services vision into the content-delivery and acceleration area, launching Novell Content Exchange, a service that accelerates content moving between the origin server and CDNs (content delivery networks).

  • Briefs

    Dell Computer Corp. this week became the latest major computer vendor to announce the establishment of a wireless business unit, aimed at tapping into the emerging global market for wireless network access. The Dell unit will be headed by 46-year-old Moe Grzelakowski, a former executive at Schaumburg, Illinois-based Motorola Inc. He will join Dell as a senior vice president, the Round Rock, Texas-based direct PC vendor said.

  • Briefs

    EMC Levels Charges at StorageNetworks

  • Disconnected WorldCom Deal Hangs Up Users

    For corporate customers caught in the middle of the rocky, short-lived union between WorldCom Inc. and Sprint Corp. -- a merger that appeared all but dead last week -- life can be filled with uncertainty and the unsettling feeling that suppliers are becoming too distracted by the flurry of merger activity.

  • Briefs

    Online grocery vendor Webvan Group Inc., in Foster City, California, this week announced a deal to acquire rival, in Kirkland, Washington, in a stock transaction valued at approximately US$1.2 billion. The combined company will operate under the Webvan name, and is expected to extend Webvan's market reach to 13 metropolitan areas in the United States by year-end, according to the two companies. Those areas include Atlanta; Baltimore; Bergen County, New Jersey; Chicago; Dallas; Los Angeles; Orange County, California; Portland, Oregon; Sacramento, California; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; and Washington.

  • Hitachi Bolts into Enterprise Storage Field

    If Hitachi Data Systems Inc. has its way, Lightning will strike enterprise storage rival EMC Corp.

  • Software Pokes Fun at Kohl's Data Woes

    BERLIN (06/30/2000) - Helmut Kohl's political problems are proving a boon to a Bavarian software maker. The tiny company, Alpenland Handelsgesellschaft mbH, renamed its data-destruction software after the former German chancellor Wednesday. Since then, the program, rechristened "Helmut Kohl Data Killer," has become a smash success.

  • Allstate Kicks Off Rollout of Web Sales

    Allstate Insurance Co. will begin a massive restructuring next month, rolling out a national program to sell insurance directly to customers on the Web. In the process, it's eliminating all of its 6,000 employee agent positions and making them independent contractors.

  • Lucent Spinoff Avaya Plays to Its Strengths

    Lucent Technologies Inc.'s enterprise spinoff company last week gave itself a new name and a product direction for its core call center and unified-messaging products, but conceded it is still working out details for its LAN/WAN data product strategy.

  • PC Expo Picks and Pans

    If you want to live life on the go, try the Big Apple. And if you want to check out the gadgets built for life on the go, there was no better place than this year's PC Expo. Wireless and handheld products drove desktop PCs almost completely off the stage. Amidst the sauna-like show floor, we checked out the countless personal digital assistants, Internet appliances, and sleek long-lasting notebooks designed to keep you connected and productive anywhere. Here are the hits and misses we found in the New York haze.

  • Airlines to Fight for Cheap Seats Online

    Thursday's announcement that six major U.S. airlines are forming an online cut-price ticket selling venture was quickly interpreted as a shot across the bow of, the company that enables customers to name their own price for airline tickets and often fly at deep discounts.

  • Pottermania Strains the Supply Chain

    It's another seven days before the latest Harry Potter book is due to hit store shelves. Yet for weeks, the fictional orphan-turned-wizard-in-training has been causing a frenzy for Web developers, logistics planners and distribution groups at big real-world companies such as Inc., Borders Group Inc. and Federal Express Corp.

  • FCC to Examine Cable Broadband

    U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman William Kennard said Friday that his agency will take a formal look at the high-speed cable Internet access market in a move to eliminate uncertainty caused by an appeals court ruling last week.

  • Challenges Ahead for Microsoft Support

    Just when Microsoft Corp. customers thought it was safe to call on the company for enterprise-level technical support, the vendor is facing a double challenge: support for newly sophisticated electronic-business applications and the court-ordered split. That situation has customers who are satisfied wondering if they will stay satisfied for long.

  • Citibank Shuts Online-Only Bank Service

    Citibank confirmed this week that it has decided to close its online-only bank, Citi f/i, and to fold some of its features into the online arm of its regular banking service.

  • Forecasting the Perfect Storm

    Radar, satellites and computers played a role in helping U.S. National Weather Service forecasters predict "the perfect storm" days in advance. The October 1991 storm - one of the worst in 50 years - pummeled the east coast from Maine to Florida and served as the basis for the book and movie "The Perfect Storm."