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  • Interview: Andreessen targets 'fundamental breakdown'

    Loudcloud Inc, the latest venture of Netscape Communications co-founder Marc Andreessen, marks its first anniversary as a company this month. Thus far, Loudcloud has signed up 30 users of the Web infrastructure technology that it develops and then runs on an outsourced basis for large companies, e-commerce businesses and application service providers. Andreessen, who is Loudcloud's chairman, spoke recently to Carol Sliwa about his new company - which has 250 employees and more than $US188 million in venture capital financing - and about the software business in general.

  • Oracle plays visionary

    Oracle last week redefined itself as a provider of application services based on its 9i database, which the company previewed at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. An integrated database and application server, 9i has features designed for hosted environments, notably Oracle's AppsNet program. According to Mark Jarvis, Oracle's vice president of worldwide marketing, the company's shift in strategy is focused on three things: providing customers with an e-business infrastructure, offering a complete suite of e-business applications, and offering hosted versions of its entire product suite.

  • Technology buyers guide

    Technology buyers guide: Details as supplied by monitor vendors by deadline

  • IBM's Rebranding Reflects E-Business Strategy

    IBM formally announced last week the rebranding of its entire server line in hopes of positioning itself to take better advantage of opportunities in the mushrooming e-business world.

  • Net escapes broadcasting tag

    Clarification that Internet audio and video streaming are not broadcasting services, is just "one little victory for the Internet industry out of the digital industry licensing disaster", according to telecommunications analyst Paul Budde. In a determination issued by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, a service that provides television programs or radio programs through the Internet - other than a service that delivers television programs and radio programs using the broadcasting services band - will not fall within the definition of a broadcasting service.

  • Editorial: Agents of ex-change?

    From the 'Death of IT' to 'Agents of ex-change' in seven months? Forrester Research created a stir early this year when it forecast that IT departments had roughly three years to live until they were buried by e-commerce models that put technology management directly into the hands of business managers and outside service providers, (Computerworld, February 21, p14).

  • Olympic Cheaters - Cyberpolice to the Rescue

    The Olympic flame had scarcely been lit last month when the cyberpolice of the Sydney Games leaped into action. Patrolling the Internet for unauthorized use of Olympic symbols like the interlocking rings, technicians at Copyright Control Services, an independent company hired by the International Olympic Committee, found a Web site that was illegally posting shots of the Opening Ceremonies. The offender was a site belonging to a TV station in Moscow.

  • Intel says security software gaining adoption: 32-bit version led first wave of strong usage

    A number of the world's largest Linux vendors have decided to adopt Intel's Common Data Security Architecture (CDSA) software infrastructure for security services, according to the chip giant. Asian, European and US Linux players said they plan to use the security software - which should be available in a 64-bit version for the upcoming Itanium processor family in October - in their operating systems.

  • Cost cutting to hit $2b

    Eighteen months after Oracle CEO Larry Ellison pledged to transform the company into a truly Web-enabled business and reduce expenses by $US1 billion, Oracle announced plans to shock sceptics on Wall Street again by doubling those savings. Gary Bloom, Oracle's executive vice president, made the announcement during his opening keynote speech at the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco last month. Bloom's remarks coincide with a multitude of product announcements by the company.

  • gets au-ginised

    AltaVista has launched its Australian Web search site, but will run its local operation entirely on servers housed in the UK for the first month of operation. According to international business development director Martin Keogh, networking connectivity problems between the UK and Australia caused the search engine company to postpone its foray onto local shores.

  • Hacker puts Nasdaq on warning

    Web sites with financial news have become vital for investors. Imagine the disarray that could occur if a hacker took over such a site. A Dutch hacker claims he could have altered and three sites run by He didn't, however. Instead he warned the administrators at,, and Now the security holes have been patched up, and the hacker is disclosing his discoveries.

  • Microsoft to Hold Exchange 2000's Coming-Out Party

    Microsoft Corp.'s worldwide launch of Exchange 2000 next week will feature a host of partners pledging support for the messaging and collaboration platform.

  • Red Hat, SuSE Chiefs: We're for Linux Open Source

    For-profit companies in the Linux business see an opportunity to make money, but they aren't interested in monopolizing the market, said the heads of two major distributors of the open source operating system.

  • Oracle Goes on Pricing Defensive

    Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison this week disputed reports that users are unhappy with his company's new capacity-based pricing scheme for its flagship database product.

  • Shuts Down at Top of Retail Season

    Analysts this week questioned's decision to close down for renovations just as the busy holiday shopping season starts.

  • Embattled Ex-Lotus CEO Papows Lands at Maptuit

    SAN MATEO (10/06/2000) - Jeff Papows, former head of Lotus Development Corp., who left that organization in January under a cloud of allegations of a doctored resume, military-career fabrications, and sexual discrimination, has resurfaced as the CEO of Maptuit. Maptuit is a Toronto-based company that offers routing and mapping for wired and wireless devices. Papows, 46, is expected to craft a number of Maptuit's collaborative strategies to best fit with end-users' e-business initiatives, company officials said. Papows is also serving as a member of IT Factory's board of directors and pilots that concern's acquisition strategy. In April 1999, The Wall Street Journal reported that Papows repeatedly lied about his personal history. Papows denied the allegations..

  • Retail Exchanges Forge Ahead Amid Doubts

    The retail industry's two most prominent electronic marketplaces are readying plans to go beyond the auction stage to the sort of hard-core business-to-business transactions they hope will lead to significant cost reductions in their supply chains.

  • WebCatalog enables quick site setup

    Developing dynamic e-commerce sites can prove to be a daunting task, so the job is often delegated to high-cost, hard-to-find Web development specialists and can take weeks to complete.

  •'s WebHouse Club Shuts Down Inc.'s grocery and gasoline selling licensee Priceline WebHouse Club, will wind down its operations in the next 90 days, citing funding difficulties, the company announced Thursday.

  • Nordstrom Picks New CIO

    Nordstrom Inc. has plucked an internal candidate for the CIO position vacated last month when the Seattle-based retailer made sweeping top-level management changes in response to slumping sales growth.