Briefs: Luminairies Push for IT Green Cards

FRAMINGHAM (04/28/2000) - Computer industry luminaries, including Linus Torvalds, Steve Wozniak and Esther Dyson, will release an open letter to the U.S. Congress today on immigration reform. The letter urges lawmakers to help foreign technology workers become permanent legal residents rather than increase the number of H-1B guest-worker visas.

Boeing Signs Support Deal With Dell

Round Rock, Texas-based Dell Computer Corp. last week announced it has signed a multimillion-dollar service contract with The Boeing Co. that calls for it to support PCs and other devices used by more than 85,000 Boeing workers. Dell said it will support its own desktop and notebook PCs, plus other PC brands and peripherals such as scanners and printers. The contract covers Boeing locations in Seattle, Philadelphia and Wichita, Kansas.

Intel Surprised by High PC Demand

Intel Corp. executives last week said they were surprised by higher-than-expected consumer demand for PCs at the end of last year and that they expect the demand to remain high for the rest of this year. At a meeting with financial analysts in New York, Intel CEO Craig R. Barrett said the high demand was driven by factors such as economic recoveries in Latin America and Japan and sustained growth in North America and Europe.

Intel to Discontinue Chip Serial NumbersIntel plans to stop stamping serial numbers in its processors, starting with its Willamette chip, due later this year, the company said last week. Privacy groups protested last year after Intel announced that it planned to release Pentium III chips with the so-called processor serial number. The groups said the numbers could be used to track people's habits as they surf the Web.

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