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Sausage consults Oracle, denies pending allianceSausage Software has denied speculation of a product-based pact with Oracle, but has confirmed that the two companies are in the early stages of discussion regarding their respective products and services and the scope for an alliance.

"These discussions are continuing and are not of an equity nature," Sausage said in a release to the Australian Stock Exchange.www.sausage.com.auElection.com heads for landslideOnline voting company Election.com has landed in Australia and is already believed to be in discussions with the Australian Electoral Commission.

However, according to a spokeswoman from the Commission, "there is absolutely no way" any form of Internet voting will be used at Australia's next Federal Election.

Security, technical, financial and access issues still need to be resolved in Australia for online voting to be feasible, she said.

On the other hand Election.com, with its history of conducting more than 600 online elections in the US, believes it has what it takes to service the AEC.

"We believe we have the technology and security to make it possible," Frank Nesci, Election.com's Australian managing director, said.

Election.com launched in Australia last Wednesday, announcing it has acquired Canberra-based technology company Know1 and Brisbane election services company Ballot and Election Solutions.www.election.comLocal team triumphs at IT OlympicsThe Australian team has been selected as a winner at The Global Entrepreneurs Challenge 2000, an international event that has been described as the "Olympics" of IT startup companies.

Australia's team, comprising the three young directors of up-and-coming Internet company Sydney Worldwide, competed against 19 other countries from five continents recently at Stanford University.

Sydney Worldwide won the Stanford Global E-Challenge, with its Internet-based Biz Plan, beating the likes of Cambridge University to get to the finals, where they went on to beat IT entrants from Princeton.

The prize is the HP E-Scholarship, which equates to $US150,000 worth of products, services and consulting from Hewlett-Packard and its partners such as Microsoft and Redhat.

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