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FRAMINGHAM (06/30/2000) - Clinton Signs Digital Signature BillSaying it would "open up new frontiers of economic opportunity while protecting the rights of American consumers," President Clinton on Friday signed the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, or E-Sign. The bill, passed definitively through Congress a week ago, puts the force of national law behind electronic-signature transactions.

5,400 Jobs Lost

As the body count of failed dot-com companies continues to rise this year, so does the number of job cuts made by Internet ventures that have gone out of business or laid off workers. A survey released this week put the number of eliminated dot-com jobs at more than 5,000 since December. The survey, by Chicago-based outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., found that nearly 5,400 employees had lost their jobs at 59 companies.

IBM Soups Up Supercomputer

Users wondering about the scalability of their RS/6000 SP server architectures might want to take a look at this week's ASCI White supercomputer announcement from IBM. Featuring 512 server nodes, 6 terabytes (TB) of memory and more than 120TB of storage, the system is the most powerful supercomputer in the world and draws many of its technologies from commercially available RS/6000 systems.

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