Stories by Mary Lisbeth D'Amico

Companies join Sun's dot-com initiative

Three more companies have announced that they will take part in Sun Microsystems' new initiative to help companies transform themselves into "dot.com" businesses.

SAP Plans 3:1 Stock Split, Capital Increase

SAP AG plans to undertake a three-for-one stock split, a move which it said today will make its shares available to a wider audience in the capital markets. The Walldorf, Germany-based software vendor's top management also plans to ask its shareholders at its upcoming shareholders meeting to authorize SAP to raise capital of up to 25 million euros (US$24.2 million), SAP said in a statement today.

T-Online Sets IPO Date for April 17

T-Online International AG plans to issue its first shares on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange on April 17, Deutsche Telekom AG said yesterday.

Reports Differ on Outcome of DT-Qwest Talks

Deutsche Telekom AG shares fell slightly in early afternoon trading here today, following continued media speculation on whether a reported bid for U.S. carriers Qwest Communications International Inc. and US West Inc. would succeed. The reports, meanwhile, pushed Qwest and US West stock upward in the U.S.

Cisco, Cap Gemini Team on Corporate Networks

French management consultant and IT services provider Cap Gemini SA and networking giant Cisco Systems Inc. today said they will form a joint venture designed to help telecommunications carriers, service providers and cable companies put corporate networks in place.

Qwest confirms talks with 'major' telco

Qwest Communications International late on Sunday confirmed that it has held discussions with "a major telecommunications company," about a possible acquisition of Qwest and US West.

Transmeta, Infomatec Team on Internet Appliances

Infomatec AG, an Augsburg, Germany-based software vendor, today said it has entered into a global partnership with Transmeta Corp., the creator of the Crusoe chip line designed for mobile computing, and Crosstainment AG, a German developer of multimedia hardware products. The three companies plan to develop reference models for Internet-capable appliances. In particular, the products will draw on Infomatec's Java Network Technology (JNT), an operating system designed for Internet appliances, and Transmeta's Crusoe chips, Infomatec said in a statement. A reference model is a specification for developing a new product that can be produced by manufacturers.

Siemens Creates New Mobile Communications Group

In a push to become one of the top three mobile telephone suppliers worldwide, Siemens AG today said it plans to pool all of its mobile communications activities into a new unit called Information and Communication Mobile (ICM).

SAP Launches ASP Hosting Subsidiary

Signaling a greater emphasis on acting as an ASP (application service provider), SAP AG today said it will launch a new application hosting company for mySAP.com, the vendor's Internet-based product line.