Stories by Matt Berger

Piracy crackdown in Asia helps Microsoft, others

Efforts to curb software piracy in Asia are beginning to pay off, according to software industry associations battling the problem. For software vendors like Microsoft, that pay off comes in the form of revenue.

Commerce One, Microsoft to link global marketplaces

Business-to-business software vendor Commerce One Inc. plans to announce a partnership next week with Microsoft Corp. that includes joint development of Commerce One's online exchange software and a US$25 million loan from the Redmond, Washington-based software giant.

Microsoft beats Wall Street estimates

Software giant Microsoft Corp. released earnings Thursday for the fiscal third quarter, beating Wall Street estimates by US$0.02. The company reported earnings of US$0.44 per share on revenue of $6.46 billion for the third quarter ended March 31.

PowerBook brimming with memory on chip release

Memory and storage maker Transintl LLC released a 512M-byte SDRAM (synchronous dynamic random access memory) module for Apple's new PowerBook G4 Titanium laptop Thursday, offering the first chip that will allow users to upgrade the machine to its full memory capacity.

VA Linux launches NAS appliance

VA Linux Systems began shipping on Tuesday its latest network-attached storage (NAS) appliance, aimed at customers bogged down by increasingly large amounts of data such as digital media companies and storage service providers.

MS, HP team to help new businesses

Microsoft on Tuesday extended its relationship with Hewlett-Packard's new business accelerator, making a number of its servers available to start-ups for testing free of charge.

Compaq settles suit with server maker

Compaq Computer Corp. said Monday it has settled a lawsuit against RLX Technologies Inc., a server maker run by former Compaq executive Gary Stimac.

Microsoft offers commerce tools to FrontPage users

Microsoft Corp. continued its effort Monday to recruit new small business partners to use its Web software and services, unveiling a tool for its FrontPage software which the software maker said will enable developers to add simple and low cost e-commerce functions to a Web site.

Motorola denies it has liquidity problems

Responding to a brutal day on Wall Street and a published report questioning the company's cash position, Motorola Inc. Friday issued a wordy statement denying that it was facing a liquidity problem. The vendor is set to announce its first-quarter financial results on Tuesday.

NEC trims operations at U.S. fab, lays off 700

The semiconductor arm of Japanese electronics manufacturer NEC Corp. announced Friday it would reduce operations at one of its U.S. fabrication facilities and lay off 700 employees from a number of its business units.

VeriSign invests in online payment firm

Internet infrastructure developer VeriSign Inc. inked a deal Thursday with electronic-payment developer eONE Global LP to co-market online payment systems for business-to-business marketplaces and to develop new technologies that enable corporate customers to buy and sell online.