Stories by Geneva Sapp and Ephraim Schwartz

The Open Group Will Boost Wireless Standards

The plan announced last week by Ericsson Inc., Motorola Inc., and Nokia Corp. to jointly develop an open framework for secure mobile electronic transactions may not only boost the wireless e-commerce market but also increase access providers' clout in the e-commerce space.

Power Exchange; New Breed of Broker Drives E-biz

As e-business models begin to mature on the Internet, the locus of power is beginning to move away from buyers and sellers as a new breed of brokers begins to emerge as the dominant force on the Web. Business heavyweights are frantically seeking partners to extend the reach of their electronic-commerce initiatives and, in the process, are redefining e-commerce distribution channels.