Stories by Geneva Sapp

B2C sites wreak havoc, leave clues

The carnage among business-to-consumer e-commerce ventures, erstwhile darlings of investors everywhere, signals a pendulum swing back toward traditional retailing dynamics and suggests strength in a diversified channels strategy.

ESprocket Brings the Bazaar to a Site Near You

Later this month, eSprocket Corp. will look to distinguish itself in the crowded e-marketplace arena by offering a negotiation table for its newly announced online used capital-equipment market.

B-to-C Wrecks Leave Clues

The carnage among business-to-consumer e-commerce ventures, erstwhile darlings of investors everywhere, signals a pendulum swing back toward traditional retailing dynamics and suggests strength in a diversified channels strategy.

Macromedia Announces Mobile Web Authoring

Macromedia Inc. and Nokia Corp. on Thursday announced public beta availability of the Nokia WML Studio for Macromedia Dreamweaver, making visual Web authoring available to developers building applications for Nokia wireless devices via Wireless Application protocol.

MS Partnering to Offer E-Gov't Business Apps

As if Microsoft Corp. hasn't had enough of government involvement in technology, the company has partnered with e-government systems provider Carta Inc. to build, market, and distribute e-government applications for cities, states, and municipalities across the country at Monday's Government Technology West conference in Sacramento, California.

Meeting the Surging Demand for Broadband

The emergence of broadband technology, with its promise to reach an even greater number of Internet users, is forcing many digital-media companies to rethink their business strategies. Specifically, companies such as Miramax , Sony Corp., Time Warner Inc., and Universal Studios Inc. try to take advantage of a channel that unites sales and delivery.

Blue Martini Targets Customer Prefs

At its annual user conference here this week, software developer Blue Martini launched Version 3.1 of its Customer Interaction System, an enterprise-scale application for live interaction with customers, and detailed partnerships with two system integrators.

The Wireless Advantage

Sony Corp.'s investment into ArrayComm Inc.'s new wireless technology may herald the explosion of wireless initiatives in the U.S. ArrayComm's iBurst -- called the DSL of wireless by some observers -- offers alternatives to the expensive proposition of building third-generation wireless networks. Marty Cooper, CEO and co-founder of ArrayComm, and inventor of the cellular phone, spoke about his vision for a wireless world with InfoWorld reporter Geneva Sapp.

Major Players Eye Online Billing Business

The potential for EBPP electronic bill presentment and payment) to streamline business transactions lured several powerhouses last week, all of which partnered with EBPP providers.

Bristol Looks to Streamline IBM MQSeries Apps

Bristol Technology Inc. intends to make application integration less complex with the release today of eSleuth, designed to analyze bottlenecks and system failures in IBM Corp. MQSeries transactional middleware systems.

Uniscape, Doubleclick Team on Site Globalization

The promise of e-business globalization received a jump-start Tuesday, when ASP (application service provider) Uniscape Inc. partnered with Internet ad giant Doubleclick Inc. to enable Doubleclick to localize ad campaigns in French and German.

High-Speed Wireless Networks to Proliferate

The promise of mobile wireless broadband to create more e-commerce sales channels and decrease connectivity costs may soon be fulfilled, as major network carriers advance 3G (third generation) wireless technologies in the United States.

Motive Gets Support of HP, Dell, and Compaq

E-Support Provider Motive Communications targeted corporate IT departments with its MotiveNet Server Tuesday, expanding alliances with Dell Computer Corp., Compaq Computer Corp., and Hewlett-Packard Co., which plan to use the newly launched MotiveNet Server to create business-to-business e-service networks.

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