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Dun & Bradstreet sets up free B2B hub

Dun & Bradstreet Australia has launched a free B2B hub called B2NB (business to any business). The hub comprises a free listing and catalogue service for buyers and suppliers. Businesses which become subscribers will have access to advanced features of the Mosaic Reverse Auction platform and Marketboomer procurement engine. B2NB is linked to the company's Business Who's Who of Australia (BWW) and Products and Tradenames (PTG) databases, which are linked to Dun & Bradstreet's global databases of more than 60 million businesses worldwide.

New Tel readies for China

Australian telecommunications group New Tel has aligned with Web development company Nihao.net to extend its reach into China's Internet industry. New Tel has acquired the domain names www.nihao.com and www.nihao.com.cn and will be using these for its own Chinese language portal from January 1, 2001. The company has also purchased a mainland online book shop and health and drug care Web site.

NetComm selects Cisco

NetComm has selected Cisco Systems as its key technology partner for the rollout of its national broadband network. Cisco will provide a full suite of Internet protocol (IP), digital subscriber line (DSL), network management technologies and vendor financing to support the rollout of the network in early 2001. The network will deliver a range of voice, video and data service over IP, with initial service offerings using IP and DSL-based technologies.

IBM wins Q3 PC sales race

IBM has topped third-quarter PC sales figures, according to latest research from industry analyst IDC. It is the first time since the analyst began collecting data in 1994 that Big Blue has topped the vendor list on IDC's quarterly desktop, notebook and server PC sales figures, recording 14 per cent market share, ahead of Compaq and HP. According to IDC figures, the PC market grew 7.3 per cent on the last quarter and 25.4 per cent year on year, with 627,000 units shipped. - ARN Staff

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