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FRAMINGHAM (04/14/2000) - Motorola Inc., LM Ericsson Telephone Co. and Nokia Corp. last week announced a joint project to create an open industry framework for secure, mobile electronic transactions. The companies said the Mobile Electronics Transactions framework, which is based on existing and emerging global technologies, will be to commerce security what the Wireless Application Protocol is to the Internet.

Organizations that use - or might use - tools and services from Computer Associates International Inc. should be hearing from fewer CA representatives because of a reorganized sales and customer service department. The reorganization of Islandia, New York-based CA is only a first step, according to Sanjay Kumar, CA's president and chief operating officer. "We're embarking on an initiative to re-engineer our business to more aggressively support e-business," he said.

Intel Corp. last week said it plans to offer an open-source version of its software based on the Common Data Security Architecture as a free download. The move is intended to encourage use of the software by letting software developers review the code for possible flaws and to provide Linux users with a common security architecture.

CMGI Inc. in Andover, Massachusetts, last week announced a collaborative venture with Novell Inc. and Sun Microsystems Inc. to create and deploy technology to improve the flow of Internet traffic by optimally profiling content. The venture, called CMGion, will use directory and caching technologies to direct Internet traffic at the network level, augmenting server- and user-level anonymous profiling, company officials said. Novell and Sun are each investing $20 million in the venture, which is majority-owned by CMGI.

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