Briefs: Security Hole in Netscape 4.x Browser

FRAMINGHAM (04/21/2000) - Security Hole in Netscape, an online civil liberties organization in Seattle, last week revealed a security hole in the Netscape Communicator 4.x browser that allows malicious Web sites to gain access to files on users' hard drives. The problem affects users running the browser for Windows, with cookies and JavaScript turned on.

SQL Server 2000 Beta For Windows CE

Microsoft Corp. has announced that a beta version of SQL Server 2000 Windows CE Edition is scheduled to be available June 30. The product supports Windows CE platforms, including Pocket PC, Handheld PC and embedded systems running the Windows CE 2.11 operating system or later versions.

Keane Wins Contracts From J. P. Morgan

Keane Inc., a Boston-based systems integrator, said it has made a deal with J.

P. Morgan & Co., a New York-based global investment bank, for two separate information technology projects. The first involves building a data repository for the bank's fixed-income instruments information. Keane said it also will support and enhance a reference data services operation for the bank.

Manufacturers Keep Customers With Web

Keeping current customers happy -rather than finding new ones - is the chief reason manufacturers are moving into e-commerce, according to a survey of 60 senior manufacturing executives conducted by the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington.

The survey, released last week, showed that 89% of respondents said that customer satisfaction was their top e-commerce driver.

Creating new sales channels was cited by 70% of respondents, and reducing order processing and transaction costs was cited by 68% of respondents.

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