Stories by Carol Sliwa

Amazon.com's President Resigns

Joseph Galli Jr., Amazon.com's president and chief operating officer, is leaving after just 13 months at the online retailer to become CEO of VerticalNet which operates Web sites that provide information and business-to-business e-commerce capabilities for various vertical industries.

Intranet Users Tackle Chaos

Merrill Lynch & Co. has about 200 registered intranet sites. That's 40% more than it had a year ago, and that's a source of growing frustration for the users trying to navigate them.

Wells Fargo's IT Arm Blazes Java, XML Trail

Wells Fargo & Co. has laid the groundwork for one of its most ambitious XML initiatives to date, taking a pioneering approach to the common problem of making legacy data available for new uses.

Multiple XML Repositories Raise Standards Concerns

The multiple repositories being set up to store the XML schema that businesses will need to exchange data with one another left some end users confused and concerned last week at the XML DevCon show here.

OASIS Moves Forward with XML Repository Plans

At the XML DevCon 2000 conference here yesterday, developers got an update on the progress of a repository that's being built to house business-to-business XML schema, along with some news about tools that are supposed to help them build XML-based applications.

Users Welcome Tools to Build Voice-Enabled Apps

FindGoodHelp Inc. aims to help consumers secure a handyman's or house painter's services through its Web site. But for the Boca Raton, Florida, company, those workers are often hard to track down.

Toysrus.com Hires Four Execs, Including IT Chief

Continuing with its long-term expansion plans, Toysrus.com this week announced the recent hiring of new executives to help beef up its information technology infrastructure, customer service and fulfillment operations.

Client-side Java Gets Jolt From Sun

Sun Microsystems Inc. sought to revive interest in client-side Java last week, unveiling a product called WebStart that will let users download a Java application and the necessary runtime environment with one click in their browsers. The application will be stored in a cache on their PCs, so they will need to download it just once.

Sun Revises Community Process

Responding to concerns from key Java stakeholders, Sun Microsystems plans to announce revisions to its community process for developing new Java technology.

W3C Updates Online Privacy Proposal

With a key proof-of-concept event looming in June, the leaders of a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) working group yesterday outlined changes that have been made to an Internet privacy proposal they expect to finalize later this year.