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Corel CEO Cowpland resigns

Michael Cowpland has resigned as president, CEO and chairman of embattled Corel to spend his time on "new start-up opportunities", according to a statement from Corel. The news had been expected, according to analysts, who pointed to the company's ongoing financial struggles as evidence that a change was needed at Corel's helm. Derek Burney, the company's executiveVP of engineering and CTO, was appointed interim CEO and president. Cowpland, Corel's founder, will continue to serve as a director on the board and as a technology adviser but will not be involved in the company's operations, the Corel statement said.

High Court gets DoJ/Microsoft brief

The US Department of Justice, as expected, has asked the Supreme Court to decide on a trial judge's order to break Microsoft into two companies without the case first being heard in a lower appeals court. The Justice Department said in a brief that the case's "immense importance to our national economy" means the Supreme Court should take the case immediately. The government told the court that the length of the trial could be reduced by one year if the court agreed to take the case now. Last month, Microsoft submitted a brief recommending that the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia hear the case first.

CRM revenue skyrocket

Revenue in the customer relationship management (CRM) market grew at a feverish 71 per cent rate and reached $US3.3 billion in 1999, a new study released last week concludes. Companies are focused on winning and retaining customers, and that emphasis contributed to the CRM market's growth, according to the report from IDC. Revenue is expected to hit $12.1 billion market by 2004.

Three Dub Dick

Dick Jarvis, of New South Wales, rang the Computerworld hotline to say he is really getting annoyed by radio ads mindlessly repeating double-you-double-you-double-you. "It's so ugly, and a waste of precious time. Every second saved is money saved in a radio or TV commercial," contends Jarvis. He's not just grizzling either. Jarvis has come up with a nifty solution. He proposes the phrase "three dub" which cuts the number of syllables from nine to two. If it takes off, he's not looking for royalties, he'll be happy to be known as Three Dub Dick!

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