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NDC up for grabs

Former Telstra division Network Design and Construction (NDC) is up for grabs after the division was spun off earlier this year as its own business entity.

NDC is reportedly in negotiations with a number of potential buyers but a likely purchaser is not known at this stage.

The business took over its own books in April this year and NDC CEO Bob Pentecost is optimistic about its future out from under the Telstra banner.

Prior to this year, NDC worked exclusively for Telstra but now has the opportunity to find new revenue streams. While its core competencies remain laying cable and engineering large-scale network deployment, the company is expanding its horizons, according to Pentecost.

IntraNet Solutions upgrades Xpedio serverUS-based IntraNet Solutions has upgraded its Xpedio content server with new personalisation features and support for the Wireless Markup Language (WML) format used on wireless phones. Xpedio 4.0 converts most major document types into Web-readable formats such as XML, HTML, Portable Definition Format and WML, letting corporations distribute content more easily. Version 4.0 includes user-definable pages that let each person tailor the information he or she wants to see. Prices range from $40,000 to $180,000.

3Com serves Xircom with patent lawsuit

3Com has served Xircom with a patent infringement lawsuit, accusing the rival networking vendor of illegally using patented 3Com technology to make PC Cards.

3Com filed the lawsuit against Xircom on May 31 in the US District Court for the Northern District of Utah, but held off on serving Xircom with the suit in the hopes of negotiating a settlement.

Parties occasionally engage in the process of filing a lawsuit without actually serving it as a way of prompting the other side into discussions. When it became apparent that talks between the companies weren't going anywhere, 3Com served Xircom with the lawsuit, a 3Com spokesman said. Xircom denied any wrongdoing and said it will fight the lawsuit vigorously.

The suit alleges that Xircom infringed on two sets of 3Com patents, both of which relate to fairly arcane technologies used to make computer modems and other types of PC Cards.

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