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  • Indiana AG Joins Tech Lobby

    The attorney general of Indiana announced Wednesday that he is resigning to lead the Democratic political arm of the Technology Network, or TechNet, a prominent Silicon Valley high-tech lobby group.

  • The Bug Report

    Microsoft: If you are running Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4 or Service Pack 5 on a multiple processor computer, you may not switch over smoothly to daylight saving time. Microsoft officials say a lag of three hours or so may occur. The problem has been fixed in Service Pack 6, although if you don't want to install the whole service pack, Microsoft has made the solution available as part of the BIOSfix hot-fix. You can get this for Intel machines at For Alpha computers, go to

  • Japan's DDI, IDO Launch 64K Cellular Data Service

    Japanese cellular operators DDI Cellular Group and Nippon Ido Tsushin Inc. have launched a new packet data service on their CDMA networks that enables users to transmit data at 64K bits per second (bps).

  • Internet Tax Software Systems Being Readied

    THE ONGOING political battle over whether and how to tax the Internet is fueling a cottage industry: Internet-based software that calculates and attaches to electronic orders all applicable sales tax.

  • Group Attacks Planned Software Licensing Law

    AN ALLIANCE of businesses, trade coalitions, and other organizations mobilized last week to fight the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA), a proposed law that the group says will give software vendors many powerful -- and alarming -- licensing rights.

  • Nortel to Buy DSL Developer for US$778M

    Nortel Networks Corp. intends to purchase Promatory Communications Inc., a California-based developer of DSL (digital subscriber line) platforms, for an estimated US$778 million in Nortel common stock, the Canadian company announced yesterday.

  • Pundits Say The Darndest Things

    Geoffrey Smith, Business Week ebiz

  • IRS: You Might as Well Swap

    In a boon for online advertising, the Internal Revenue Service will allow Web sites to swap banner ads without reporting them to the federal tax-collection agency.

  • HK Firm To Map Out China Internet Plan

    Cheuk Nang Properties (Holdings) Ltd., dwarfed by other Hong Kong property development companies that have launched Internet businesses recently, plans to kick off its high-tech strategy on Monday with its own edge: a U.S. partner.

  • SD Memory Card Format Gets Boost from Industry

    Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., Toshiba Corp. and SanDisk Corp. today announced a large vote of support from the electronics industry for their new SD (Secure Digital) memory card format.

  • out of Gear?

    The Federal Trade Commission today announced that, an Internet auction house, has settled FTC charges that it illegally harvested data from eBay, the leading online auction site, in an attempt to siphon eBay's customers. Meanwhile, eBay says it has filed a lawsuit against ReverseAuction in federal court in San Jose, Calif., seeking unspecified monetary damages for "misleading and deceptive practices causing harm to eBay's reputation."

  • Frankly Speaking: Feeling Cheated?

    Are you feeling cheated by the Y2K bug yet? Don't worry - if you're an information technology professional, you will. After all that Y2K work, all the late nights and bleary eyes, the repairing and replacing and testing of things that could have broken when 1999 turned into 2000 - after all that, what you're getting at the end of the road is ... nothing.

  • Have We Learned Nothing from the Y2K Episode?

    Peter de Jager, who wrote one of the first warnings about Y2K in Computerworld [Sept. 6, 1993], was confident enough that nothing would go wrong, that he spent New Year's Eve on a plane. Yet he laments that few companies learned the lessons Y2K had to teach about project development, documentation and when to toss systems rather than modify them. He spoke to reporter Dominique Deckmyn on New Year's Day.

  • J.D. Edwards Gears Up Online Business Efforts

    J.D. EDWARDS & CO. is widening its embrace of electronic business with a reselling agreement with Tradex Technologies and the unveiling of the next generation of its application hosting service, dubbed JDe.sourcing.

  • Media Unfazed by Sell-off

    Though news of's stock slump is all over the business press, most analysts remain sanguine about the company despite its red ink. As the New York Times reported, the company announced a 157 percent sales increase to $650 billion in its fourth quarter yesterday, but that wasn't enough for many investors, especially since the company also reported increasing losses. Investors responded by driving the stock down nearly 14 percent.

  • Notes from the field

    Bobby's sorry that Y2K wasn't as exciting as he was expecting it to be

  • FAA Lax in Y2K Fixes

    The nation's air traffic control system may be susceptible to intrusion and malicious attacks because the Federal Aviation Administration didn't investigate dozens of foreign nationals hired to fix year 2000 computer problems. That's a violation of its own security policies, according to congressional investigators.

  • NRMA takes first step in e-comm strategy

    After committing $100 million to e-commerce projects last year, NSW road service and insurance giant NRMA has announced a major Web site redesign.

  • Y2K Efforts Have Long-Term Benefits

    Were Y2K remediation efforts a big waste of time and money for corporate America? The answer looks to be a resounding no.

  • J.D. Edwards To Host Apps

    J.D. Edwards & Co. last week launched an Internet-based application hosting service for its enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply-chain management software.

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