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CONTENT - ECMGT.COM E-COMMERCE NEWS

  • STRATEGIES & TRENDS
  • E-PRODUCTS
  • E-SERVICES
  • E-MARKETING 
  • SUPPLY CHAIN 
  • CONTENT, PORTALS & COMMUNITY 
  • GOVERNANCE & GOING GLOBAL 
  • PARTNERS & DEALS 
  • MOVERS & SHAKERS

 




STRATEGIES & TRENDS

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  • Most Nations Lack Cyber Crime Laws
  • Women Top Men as Net Buyers
  • Viant layoffs the latest amid consulting crunch
  • Signs of Life on the Horizon
  • Amazon Tops November Net Sales
  • China's Telecom Catch-Up
  • Healthy Worldwide PC Market Despite Lowering Expectations for the U.S. and Europe
  • Twelve IT innovations to watch in 2001
  • The Great Online Purchasing Migration
  • Newbies Make E-Holiday Splash
  • The Current Face of US eRetail
  • Online Privacy in Japan
  • Employees' new Coffee Break: E-shopping
  • Asian-Pacific Region To Comprise Half Of Telecom Market By 2010
  • DSL Growth Slows, Cable Modems Get Help from Standards
  • Study Finds DB2 Customers Plan to Migrate to Oracle
  • New PC Data Study Shows That Women are New Majority in Online Gaming
  • Youth Vote Influenced By Online Information
  • One Year Ago: Trends and Predictions for 2000
  • Online ad spending drops 6.5 percent in third quarter
  • Stealth Plan Puts Copy Protection Into Every Hard Drive

Most Nations Lack Cyber Crime Laws
International cyber crimes may be impossible to prosecute, as most countries have yet to update their laws to deal with computer-related offenses.

Women Top Men as Net Buyers
Women have made a higher percentage of online purchases than men for two quarters running, according to a survey released Thursday by Greenfield Online.

Viant layoffs the latest amid consulting crunch
And the piles of pink slips are growing by the week. Internet consulting companies were hit particularly hard this week, with some of the leading companies shedding workers.

Signs of Life on the Horizon
With telecom stocks suffering, analysts say the entire industry is headed for a prolonged slump. Here's why they're wrong.

Amazon Tops November Net Sales
E-tail giant Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) won top sales honors for November, when 3 million buyers passed through its virtual doors, according to figures released by PC Data Online...

China's Telecom Catch-Up
Hong Kong is doing great when it comes to telecom and IT infrastructure, and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region is not far behind.

Healthy Worldwide PC Market Despite Lowering Expectations for the U.S. and Europe
Worldwide PC shipments are expected to reach 40.15 million units in the fourth quarter, according to recently released forecasts from IDC.

Twelve IT innovations to watch in 2001
eWEEK Labs directs IT's attention to 12 technologies and standards that will be worth watching in the coming year.

The Great Online Purchasing Migration
Online shopping projections for the six strongest European Internet markets. Also, Americans spent 1.7 million minutes online making long distance phone calls last year, and online sales for the B-to-C market are expected to reach $1.1 trillion by 2010.

Newbies Make E-Holiday Splash
Forty-five percent of this holiday season's online shoppers are making their first purchases ever over the Internet, according to a survey released by Active Research...

The Current Face of US eRetail
According to Greenfield Online, more than 80% of wired Americans made an online purchase in Q3 2000.

Online Privacy in Japan
Sixty-seven percent of Japanese consumers reportedly believe they have lost control over how their personal information is collected and used by companies.

Employees' new Coffee Break: E-shopping
Nearly half of 46% of online holiday shopping occurs in the office, reports an Internet usage study by Nielsen Media Research and NetRatings.

Asian-Pacific Region To Comprise Half Of Telecom Market By 2010
By the year 2010, nations in the Asian-Pacific region will drive nearly half of the world market for telecommunications services and products, according to the latest report from the International Telecommunications Union

DSL Growth Slows, Cable Modems Get Help from Standards
Deployment issues hindered the growth in shipments of ADSL modems in Q3 2000, while growth in shipments of cable modems, aided by the move towards DOCSIS-certified modems, increased, according to Cahners In-Stat Group.

Study Finds DB2 Customers Plan to Migrate to Oracle
With the pending release of Oracle9i(TM) Database, IT departments that have traditionally turned to IBM plan to turn to Oracle to provide the highest levels of reliability, scalability and security.

New PC Data Study Shows That Women are New Majority in Online Gaming
PC and console gaming is no longer just a man's folly, according to a new report available through PC Data.

Youth Vote Influenced By Online Information
Campaign 2000 firmly established the Internet as a major source of election news and information. But as the audience for online campaign news has expanded - increasing fourfold over the past four years - it has gone more mainstream in its preferences and pursuits.

One Year Ago: Trends and Predictions for 2000
With less than two weeks left until the next century, it seems like a good time to speculate about some e-commerce trends and offer some predictions.

Online ad spending drops 6.5 percent in third quarter
Internet ad spending softened in the last three months, marking the first time Web ad sales fell quarter to quarter, according to a new study.

Stealth Plan Puts Copy Protection Into Every Hard Drive
Hastening a rapid demise for the free copying of digital media, the next generation of hard disks is likely to come with copyright protection countermeasures built in.

  • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/2/15620.html

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E-PRODUCTS NEWS

  • Computer Associates Intros Palm PDA Antivirus Software
  • Palm to Support Bluetooth, USB and Voice
  • Ericsson Unveils First Embedded WAP Bluetooth Technology
  • Intel Plans 1.3-GHz Pentium 4 for 2001
  • Multiprotocol Wireless PC Modem Cards Expected
  • Web Standards Advocates Praise New Netscape Browser
  • IBM adds Linux-ready database and Web server packages
  • Dell Launches Server Initiative
  • Making Mainframe Time Machines
  • IBM Brings Magnetic Memory to Market
  • Web Development Tools
  • Microsoft Tahoe Server beta 2
  • Sun Scales Servers
  • Windows developers weigh Java's worthiness
  • Linux Cluster Used In Genome Project
  • Prism Brightens Handheld Market
  • VelociRaptor: A simple but tough network security guard
  • Sun's Forte for Java delivers solid tools
  • Instant online backup
  • Security Patch Released for Windows Media Server
  • Cytura brings 'extreme personalization' to content
  • Storage standard shakeout shaping up
  • App server players ending year with a bang

     

Computer Associates Intros Palm PDA Antivirus Software
Computer Associates claims to be the first antivirus developer to deliver a working antivirus package for the Palm series of personal digital assistants (PDAs).

Palm to Support Blue Tooth, USB and Voice
Palm demonstrated the next release of PalmOS at the opening of its developers' conference in California. Version 4.0 is expected to support 16bit color, Blue Tooth wireless local area networks and the universal serial bus standard.

Ericsson Unveils First Embedded WAP Blue Tooth Technology
Ericsson has taken the wraps off an embedded Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) server that has Blue Tooth personal area network (PAN) technology featured as standard.

Intel Plans 1.3-GHz Pentium 4 for 2001
Intel plans to ring in the new year with a variety of new chips, including a more budget-minded version of the Pentium 4.

Multiprotocol Wireless PC Modem Cards Expected
Sierra Wireless Of Richmond, British Columbia, a provider of wireless data communications hardware and software products, has licensed wireless protocol stacks from Bangalore, India-based Sasken Communication Technologies.

Web Standards Advocates Praise New Netscape Browser
A bevy of Web developers behind an organization known as the Web Standards Project (WSP) -- a group best known for its criticism of browser software makers -- has offered an enthusiastic thumbs-up for the latest release from Netscape.

IBM adds Linux-ready database and Web server packages
IBM today announced Linux DB2 database and WebSphere server applications to run on Linux mainframes.

Dell Launches Server Initiative
America's largest PC vendor aims toward the enterprise market with new servers and server services

Making Mainframe Time Machines
Colleges, with IBM, use Linux to lure students back to the future

IBM Brings Magnetic Memory to Market
IBM and German chipmaker Infineon Technologies plan to start selling by 2004 a new memory system for laptop computers that uses magnetism to store data.

Web Development Tools
The pressure is on for Web developers to create flexible, secure, data-driven sites that respond instantly to visitors' changing needs.

Microsoft Tahoe Server beta 2
Harnessing the information important to your company and making it centrally available is the idea behind Microsoft's newest server, code-named Tahoe. PC Magazine takes a look.

Sun Scales Servers
Sun last week introduced software designed to make it easier to reassign server resources to different tasks on the fly.

Windows developers weigh Java's worthiness
As the legal battle between Microsoft and Sun Microsystems over Java drags into a third year, Windows developers are wondering: Who needs Java anyway?

Linux Cluster Used In Genome Project
The Berkeley National Laboratory is implementing a 40-node Linux cluster to pursue its Drosophila Genome Project.

Prism Brightens Handheld Market
In many ways, reading on the Prism's bright and shiny color screen is easier on your eyes and RSI-prone wrists than reading on a computer monitor.

VelociRaptor: A simple but tough network security guard
eWEEK Labs believes VelociRaptor is best suited for small and midsize businesses, branch offices, and ISPs that require strong network security and desire the easy setup and manageability of an appliance.

Sun's Forte for Java delivers solid tools
Organizations developing Java-based Web applications will find Sun's Forte for Java an effective programming tool.

Instant online backup
Low-cost online services make keeping an emergency copy of mission-critical company data quick and easy. Smart Business walks you through the process.

Security Patch Released for Windows Media Server
Microsoft has released a patch for a particular Denial of Service attack that could cripple servers running Windows Media Server.

Cytura brings 'extreme personalization' to content
Cytura has launched a new version of its content management platform that allows personalization of content down to the word without requiring users to have knowledge of HTML.

Storage standard shakeout shaping up
With more than a half dozen storage standards in the works, a February Tape-over-IP forum will be held to bring together leaders of the various protocol standards.

App server players ending year with a bang
BEA Systems, Inprise, and IBM all end 2000 with new releases of their respective application servers.

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E-SERVICES

  • Personalization: Is it worth it?
  • Sprint Hoping Customers Will Pocket Net Access
  • Microsoft roils waters with license changes
  • Airfare search race shifts into overdrive
  • Putting the Web on the map
  • E-Banking, Where Art Thou?
  • Sitel's CRM Compass Shifts North
  • Priceline Gives Up Down Under
  • Microsoft supports Windows Media services on Linux
  • Personal Firewalls Fail the Leak Test
  • Race to Put Web in the cars
  • Record company prepares to sell copy-protected CDs
  • The Battle for Instant Messaging
  • Verizon Battles Backlog Of Spam
  • Japanese Govt Begins Tests On IPv6 Network
  • Solution Integrators Muddy the Waters by Referring to them selves as eBusiness Solutions Providers
  • Real Networks Unveils New Streaming-Media Technology
  • This Is Not My Father's Internet
  • Nordstrom.com Tops Forrester Power Rankings
  • What will Cisco Turn To Gold in 2001?
  • Wireless Web Security: Enter Data at Your Own Risk

     

Personalization: Is it worth it?
Right now, probably not -- unless you're really serious about it and willing to spend the money on the technology to prove that you are. Web sites that have jumped in say that quantifying ROI is difficult.

Sprint Hoping Customers Will Pocket Net Access
The company unveils a prepaid Internet access card that will allow people to buy a set amount of minutes and use them from any computer.

Microsoft roils waters with license changes
The software giant has angered some clients by abolishing volume licensing agreements next year for the consumer versions of its Windows software.

Airfare search race shifts into overdrive
The two largest travel Web sites recently made significant changes to their fare search engines, prompting many industry watchers to conclude they are reacting to the threat posed by the expected debut this summer of airline-owned Orbitz.

Putting the Web on the map
Antarcti.ca Systems is offering a new visual way to navigate the Web with two- and three-dimensional maps of Web sites.

E-Banking, Where Art Thou?
Weren't we all supposed to be paying our bills with a simple point and click by now? Weren't the bricks and mortar of the traditional banking world supposed to fade away, like the rotary phone and the television knob?

Sitel's CRM Compass Shifts North
Baltimore, Maryland-based Sitel Corporation announced that it intends to open 600-seat contact centers in Montreal, Quebec and St. Catharine's, Ontario by the beginning of the new year, bringing to 76 the total of contact centers it operates around the world.

Priceline Gives Up Down Under
Struggling online discounter Priceline.com said a venture set up earlier this year to launch a version of its name-your-own-price Web site in Australia and New Zealand is dropping those plans.

Microsoft supports Windows Media services on Linux
A new licensing deal with StarBak heralds the first time Microsoft officially gives its blessing to Windows server functionality delivered from a Linux platform.

Personal Firewalls Fail the Leak Test
In an attempt to show that personal firewalls may afford their users little protection against serious threats, a respected PC security expert has released a new software tool that pokes holes in many of the leading desktop security packages

Race to Put Web in the cars
Palm, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems are all pushing their own visions for Web services delivered to your car's dashboard. Why the rush to this competition? The emerging field promises $5 billion in revenues by 2005.

Record company prepares to sell copy-protected CDs
Country music record company Fahrenheit Entertainment said it will begin selling copy-protected CDs by early next year using encryption technology from SunnComm, a little-known company based in Phoenix.

The Battle for Instant Messaging
Instant messages don't take up much virtual real estate, just a few square inches of screen space when they pop up. But size can be deceiving.

Verizon Battles Backlog Of Spam
Verizon Communications worked to clear a backlog of millions of junk messages that slowed email for as many as 200,000 of its Internet customers on the East Coast.

Japanese Govt Begins Tests On IPv6 Network
Japan's Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has finished building a next-generation Internet protocol (IP) network that it will this week begin using to test high-speed multimedia data transfer applications.

Solution Integrators Muddy the Waters by Referring to Them selves as eBusiness Solutions Providers
IDC's New Report Analyzes 35 Companies to Keep an Eye on in the Dynamic Solutions Integration Market

Real Networks Unveils New Streaming-Media Technology
Streaming-media technology company Real Networks Inc. has unwrapped what it says is technology that will improve the reliability of Internet audio and video broadcasts.

This Is Not My Father's Internet
Note to e-tailers: Many seniors have sizeable incomes or nest eggs and like to travel, buy clothes, exercise, dine out, connect with other seniors who have similar interests, and even date...

Nordstrom.com Tops Forrester Power Rankings
Clothing retailer Nordstrom.com won the top customer experience ranking in a review of online apparel companies by Forrester Research, Inc.

What will Cisco Turn To Gold in 2001?
If you follow the bread crumbs laid by Cisco's venture investments, which have increased 45 percent to $256 million as of September 30, 2000, from $176.8 million last year, according to Venture Economics

Wireless Web Security: Enter Data at Your Own Risk
Word has it that wholesale wireless Internet access is a potential silver lining in the flagging New Economy, but is it secure?

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E-MARKETING NEWS

Dell cuts prices on corporate notebooks
Dell Computer said it's cutting prices by up to 20% on most of its Latitude notebook PCs for corporate users, a move it attributed to lower costs for components used in the machines.

Straight From The Showroom
Faced with an industry-wide slump in PC sales, Gateway announced that it will carry some inventory in its 320 showrooms, temporarily altering its build-to-order business model.

Bell South To Block More Telemarketers
BellSouth received regulatory approval Wednesday from the North Carolina Utilities Regulatory Commission to offer telephone screening services that can block telemarketing calls in that state.

PC Industry's Holiday Fears Confirmed
Personal computer makers and retailers worrying that a weaker-than-expected holiday response to their products would not be enough to pull PC sales out of the doldrums had their fears confirmed by the numbers.

Time Warner Wins Potter Domains
A total of 107 dot-coms related to Harry Potter - many of them already registered to another company - are awarded to Time Warner, which already owns the series' marketing rights.

Amazon getting into outlet biz -- online
The e-tailing giant is testing an online outlet store, betting that it will be as popular as bricks-and-mortar, bargain-basement counterparts.

Reports Show E-Holiday Peaked Early
Two new studies indicate that consumers remain wary of making last-minute holiday purchases online, although the reports disagree about exactly when this year's holiday shopping reached its zenith.

What is AMD's Marketing Strategy?
Is it a coincidence that Intel is executing poorly just as AMD seems to have hit its stride... ?

Microsoft CEO Sets Business Priorities, Details Plans To Cut Costs
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer held a virtual company meeting today after issuing a memo that outlined the software vendor's business priorities and detailed plans to "eliminate unnecessary expenses."

AMD, Intel: Full speed ahead in 2001
Coming off its best year ever, AMD will be going after the big-money corporate market. Meanwhile, Intel sees its future largely in the Internet.

Telecoms Facing Bumpy Road
Successful applications for long-distance authority by Verizon Communications in New York, and SBC Communications in Texas, may have created a regulatory roadmap for other regional Bells, but a roadside warning is still in order.

IBM Set To Market Sedona's Intarsia
Sedona Corporation, a CRM provider to community banks and credit unions, said that IT giant IBM has agreed to market its product to its community financial services customers as an affordable customer retention tool.

Net Pharmacy Race Remains Tight
Online pharmacy Drugstore.com continues to narrowly outpace niche competitor PlanetRX.com and retains the No.1 spot among Internet health retailers, according to new rankings released by Forrester Research.

Small Firms use Web for Promotion, not Ecommerce
Small businesses are setting up websites primarily to advertise and promote their business

Profitable Websites Invest in Infrastructure & Promotion
ActivMedia's research shows that companies online for three or more years are far more likely to have become profitable than companies in the early stages of website development.

Attention on the Appliance Server Market Mounts
Intel Gathers Momentum for Appliance Servers and Then Changes Gears

Careful Marketers Can Benefit from Online Promotions
Consumers are willing to participate in online promotional programs even it means giving up some personal information

Online 'Window Shoppers' to Boost Offline Sales
Traditional high street stores in Europe will benefit this holiday season from Internet 'window shopping'

Free-ISP closures stranding millions
With the erosion of online ad spending and growing concerns about just how many people notice banner ads anyway, free ISPs are fading fast.

E-Holiday Bells Ring : Cha-Ching
Holiday shoppers reportedly expect to spend 38 percent of their holiday budget online this year. Also, online advertising in France, and the No. 1 myth in online marketing.

Oracle Aims to be the Microsoft of e-biz
Larry Ellison built Oracle Corp. into the world's No. 2 software maker by dominating the database business. Now, he wants to own the e-business market -- all of it.

Napster, Click Rates Rising
Click rates for top banner ads jumped in October, and, despite its legal difficulties, Napster rose to 22nd in terms of unique visitors for the month

At Least Online Campaign News Stats Are Official
Eighteen percent of Americans went online for election information during the 2000 campaign. Also, increasing the banner ad response rate, and the use of online banking by U.S. households grew by 60 percent in 2000.

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SUPPLY CHAIN NEWS
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  • Auto Parts Portal War Heats Up
  • DSL Carriers To Take Over For Failing ISPs
  • Innotrac Makes CRM Inroads in Western U.S.
  • Qwest Asks for Access to AT&T's Network
  • Sun, PwC Launch Online CRM Community
  • McAfee Virus Update Damages NT 4.0 Files
  • Symbol To Provide Handheld Devices to Wal-Mart
  • Eazel's Linux software shines on Solaris
  • Microsoft Buys Into ERP Space
  • Intel Licenses Internet Gear To HP
  • Invensys moves to reassure users of Baan CRM software
  • J.D. Edwards fights back with supply-chain management suite
  • Optical Networking Offers Bright Spot In Dotcom Darkness
  • Daimler Chrysler Bids Online To Cut Supply Costs
  • B2B: Silver lining amid the clouds?
  • Commerce One Suffers a Loss
  • Bank of Montreal to host B-to-B app
  • Alltel Connects with ATMs
  • Networking Remains Hot Spot For Integrators
  • Commerce One, Covisint sign tech, equity deal
  • Haht B-to-B suite gains ERP connectivity, customer support

 

Auto Parts Portal War Heats Up
The Big Three U.S. automakers announced detailed developments of their much anticipated supply chain portal, only to have competitor Parts.com which recently lost the contract bidding to the Big Three's current partner Bell & Howell -- launch its own dealer-based parts portal.

DSL Carriers To Take Over For Failing ISPs
Covad Communications, a competitive data services carrier, will announce plans next week to begin calming the commotion that has enveloped the digital subscriber line community in the last few months

Innotrac Makes CRM Inroads in Western U.S.
Atlanta, Georgia-based Innotrac Corporation has announced it is acquiring order fulfillment services company Universal Distribution Services

Qwest Asks for Access to AT&T's Network
QWest Communications International Inc. said it had asked AT&T Corp. to let it connect to AT&T's cable networks in Colorado and Washington as it readies to launch high-speed internet access cable modem services in those areas.

Sun, PwC Launch Online CRM Community
Price Waterhouse Coopers, Sun Microsystems, Inc. and BMC Software, Inc. have joined forces to establish a new Web site designed to aid businesses in improving customer loyalty...

McAfee Virus Update Damages NT 4.0 Files
An update to Network Associates' McAfee Virus Scan anti-virus software has been found to damage the master boot record of Windows NT 4.0 computers, forcing customers to reinstall their operating systems

Symbol To Provide Handheld Devices to Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has selected Symbol Technologies, Inc. to provide employees of its stores and clubs worldwide with wireless handheld computers and accessories. The agreement includes support and maintenance services.

Eazel's Linux software shines on Solaris
Sun Micro will use new software that lets Linux users manage computer files, view documents, browse the Web and tap into Eazel's online services.

Microsoft Buys Into ERP Space
Microsoft Corp. entered the enterprise resource planning (ERP) arena with the announcement that it will acquire ERP systems provider Great Plains Software, Inc. in a stock swap valued at approximately US$1.1 billion.

Intel Licenses Internet Gear To HP
Marking the end of one of Intel's most ambitious efforts to sell systems to service providers, Intel and Hewlett-Packard said they will work together to sell and support products based on Intel's NetStructure network appliances.

Invensys moves to reassure users of Baan CRM software
The London-based vendor next year plans to add Web support and other new features to the customer relationship management software it bought as part of an acquisition of Baan - development plans that were greeted with sighs of relief by some users.

J.D. Edwards fights back with supply-chain management suite
In a do-or-die comeback bid, J.D. Edwards & Sons Inc. released Web-based, supply-chain collaboration software called OneWorld Xe for online purchasing and data sharing between trading partners.

Optical Networking Offers Bright Spot In Dotcom Darkness
Despite the recent dotcom doldrums, there's been no let-up in the rush of blueprints coming from prospective suppliers of optical networking equipment.

Daimler Chrysler Bids Online To Cut Supply Costs
The seven-month Daimler Chrysler experiment with online bidding to procure parts seems to be paying dividends in the form of significantly lowered procurement costs and improved supply chain management.

B2B: Silver lining amid the clouds?
Stocks may be tanking, but the market's leading players and analysts say there's still lots of life left in the B2B space.

Commerce One Suffers a Loss
The ecommerce solution provider was dealt a devastating blow when Vertical Net Solutions and Converge formed a trading operations alliance.

Bank of Montreal to host B-to-B app
The Bank of Montreal next month will launch a hosted b2b application that will let its North American corporate customers purchase goods from suppliers and pay for them online using the MasterCard International Inc. procurement card.

Alltel Connects with ATMs
An innovative banking software application that allows consumers with wireless access to view their accounts through automated teller machine (ATM) networks is under development by Alltell Communications and Euronet Worldwide.

Networking Remains Hot Spot For Integrators
While networking equipment vendors sweat the possibility of a slowing economy and an industry-wide slowdown in service provider spending, 2001 is ripe with opportunities for network integrators focusing on enterprise clients, industry observers say.

Commerce One, Covisint sign tech, equity deal
Commerce One will provide the core infrastructure for automotive online marketplace Covisint.

Haht B-to-B suite gains ERP connectivity, customer support
Haht Commerce Inc. this week will debut the latest version of its business-to-business application for selling on the Web, adding service-management features such as returns authorizations and order tracking.

CONTENT, PORTALS & COMMUNITY

  • Dot-commers going from laid off to lounge lizard
  • Cannes suffers a sea of dot-commers
  • Neglected Corporate Employment Web Sites Create Opportunities for eRecruiting and Hosting Service Providers
  • The sorry state of digital Hollywood
  • It's An E-Date
  • Authors Seek Control of Their Names
  • Tracking the Internet Union Movement
  • ICC Unit Warns Web Firms Over 'Page-Jackers'
  • Outbreak Of Viruses Disguised As Vaccines
  • Take a Walk on the Wyeth Side
  • Techs Can't Mess With Texas
  • Seti: Is Anybody Out There?
  • Employers OK With E-surfing
  • Startup Leftovers Piling Up
  • Hackers caught in security 'honeypot'
  • Health Care Industry Grapples With Security
  • New Tools Confront Shifting Challenges
  • Banner Views Boost Conversions More than Clicks
  • B2B needs to score a goal
  • Insurance agents seek bright online future
  • HP delays raises, cuts temp workers

     

Dot-commers going from laid off to lounge lizard
The latest high-tech schmooze fest to hit San Francisco and New York showed how the dot-com economy can have fun even when it's showered in pink slips.

Cannes suffers a sea of dot-commers
Along the glitzy docks in the shadow of the Grand Palais, a luxury yacht rented by business-to-business film exchange Internetstudios floats quietly apart from the chaos of the 53rd annual Cannes Film Festival

Neglected Corporate Employment Web Sites Create Opportunities for eRecruiting and Hosting Service Providers
Aiming to take advantage of many companies' urgent need to post job openings on their own Web sites, erecruiting vendors are now offering Web hosting services

The sorry state of digital Hollywood
After years of promise, technology is finally transforming show business

It's An E-Date
The overarching strategy of Internet dating services is so simple, it's scary: Provide compelling content--almost all from end-users--and require those clients to respond with an e-mail.

Authors Seek Control of Their Names
R.L. Stine has told some scary stories over the years, but this one is a little odd: The author who has sold millions of children's books does not entirely possess his own name.

Tracking the Internet Union Movement
While Internet managers should pay close to attention to the unionization efforts at Amazon and Etown.com, they are not necessarily a sign of sweeping changes to come.

ICC Unit Warns Web Firms Over 'Page-Jackers'
The International Chamber of Commerce's Cybercrime Unit has warned Internet businesses to check that their sites are not being exploited by the growing number of so-called page-jackers, who redirect their Web users to other sites

Outbreak Of Viruses Disguised As Vaccines
Computer virus writers are disguising viruses as anti-virus updates in an attempt to trick users into running malicious code.

Take a Walk on the Wyeth Side
MuseumShop.com launches its Print Gallery, which enables visitors to 'walk' through a virtual museum using RichFX technology. It's the latest way for museums to market goods from their stores.

Techs Can't Mess With Texas
Software company Vignette wanted to expand its operations in Austin, but officials in the Texas state capital came up with a few environmental conditions first.

Seti: Is Anybody Out There?
The Seti@Home project, which harnesses the spare computing cycles of millions of PCs, has clocked an astonishing 500,000 years in computing time. Now it's time to start looking at what they've got so far.

Employers OK With E-surfing
Companies surveyed and interviewed by Computer world said they aren't too concerned about lost productivity from employees surfing the Net for personal reasons.

Startup Leftovers Piling Up
The dot-com downturn has had some positive repercussions for charities, which are often the recipients of the slightly used office furniture and computer equipment burned-out startups leave behind.

Hackers caught in security 'honeypot'
Security pros use HoneyNet Project to learn tricks of the hacking trade and raise corporate awareness: '95 percent of a security practitioner's job is convincing people to take seriously.'

Virtual Home For the Holidays
SpotLife has announced the launch of an exclusive partnership with the USO (United Service Organizations) and Logitech entitled Operation Deliver America.

Health Care Industry Grapples With Security
Many hospitals are researching new uses for information technology, such as smart cards and public-key infrastructure security devices, to build a chain of trust into the entire health care process, experts say.

New Tools Confront Shifting Challenges
Evolving technologies will help IT managers cope with rapid change in and beyond the enterprise

Banner Views Boost Conversions More than Clicks
In another study in favor of CPM-based online advertising, Seattle-based Avenue A said Monday that it has concluded that banner ads increase conversions, even when users don't click on them

B2B needs to score a goal
VCs are still bullish on the future of B2B -- just not on exchanges. Scot Petersen tells where some investors are now focusing their attention.

Insurance agents seek bright online future
Brokers and agents find they must move toward the Web or risk becoming irrelevant

HP delays raises, cuts temp workers
In an effort to cut costs and meet earnings estimates, Hewlett-Packard is asking managers to delay salary increases, cut back on using temporary workers, and encourage employees to take vacation time, sources close to the company said.

  • CNET

http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-4237790.html?tag=st.ne.1430735..ni

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GOVERNANCE & GOING GLOBAL

  • States seek sales-tax simplification
  • Privacy policies, tools fluster gathering of info-sec specialists
  • Pentagon seeks IT reservists for new tech centers
  • German Landmark Nazi Ruling
  • Cyber crime Pact Steps On Privacy, Groups Say
  • U.S. Official Warns of Cyber Catastrophe
  • Malaysia Takes Action On Anti-Islam Internet Surfers
  • FCC Vote Looms on Lifting Wireless Ownership Cap
  • Disclosure Revisited
  • Yahoo! Rejects French Authority in Nazi Dispute
  • FBI Looking Into Questionable Credit Card Charges
  • Feds Publish Web Access Rules
  • Netscape Arrives in India
  • Time Wireless First in the Race for GPRS
  • Bush Eyes Overhaul Of E-security
  • Germany Moves To Squelch Racism on Napster
  • EasyJet Gets Tough On Domain-Name Rivals
  • Prepaid Patent Portends Wireless Battle
  • Microsoft invests $50M in ASP to push .Net
  • Intel acquires India consulting group
  • U.S. Court Rules Port Scans Are Legal
  • World Bank Alliance Goes Live

 

States seek sales-tax simplification
The Streamlined Sales Tax Project may OK 'model' legislation this month that, if adopted by states around the U.S., could be a key step in the fight by states and major retailers to tax Internet purchases.

Privacy policies, tools fluster gathering of info-sec specialists
Microsoft-sponsored gathering yields little agreement, but two new privacy product announcements.

Pentagon seeks IT reservists for new tech centers

The Pentagon will soon start staffing five new technology centers with IT specialists willing to spend a weekend each month helping boost the U.S. military's cyber defense.

German Landmark Nazi Ruling

A complex court case involving an Australian Holocaust revisionist has resulted in the German Supreme Court ruling that any Web publisher, no matter what his or her country of origin, is liable for any pro-Nazi or Holocaust denial information on their pages.

Cyber crime Pact Steps On Privacy, Groups Say
Civil-liberties groups blasted a proposed treaty designed to build an international framework for fighting computer crime, saying it favored law enforcement at the expense of individual privacy.

U.S. Official Warns of Cyber Catastrophe
National Security Council top cyber-official Richard Clarke said that the next president of the US has to make Internet security a top priority if the country is to avoid potentially catastrophic events.

Malaysia Takes Action On Anti-Islam Internet Surfers
Insulting Islam on the Internet in Malaysia could prove costly from now on, as the government has warned that offenders face fines of up to $1,300 and/or three years in prison.

FCC Vote Looms on Lifting Wireless Ownership Cap
The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote any day on a proceeding that could lift a cap that limits the amount of airwaves any one wireless provider is allowed to own in a given market.

Disclosure Revisited
Over the past six months, Marcus Ranum, a well-respected player in the security field and CTO of Network Flight Recorder Inc., has become a focal point in one of the most heated debates in the security community.

Yahoo! Rejects French Authority in Nazi Dispute
Yahoo! Inc. filed documents in U.S. federal court declaring that the French government has no right to make the company bar French residents from seeing auctions of Nazi paraphernalia over its U.S.-based Web site...

FBI Looking Into Questionable Credit Card Charges
Mysterious charges to the credit card accounts of dozens of online shoppers may be linked to the online theft of more than 55,000 credit card numbers

Feds Publish Web Access Rules
The government has issued standards for making the Web and other information technologies accessible to the disabled.

Netscape Arrives in India
U.S.-based Netscape Communications, best known for its Netscape Navigator Web browser, announced the launch of its India operations with an initial investment of $10 million.

Time Wireless First in the Race for GPRS
Time Wireless Sdn Bhd, a unit of Time dotCom Bhd became the first local operator in Malaysia to offer commercial GPRS service this week.

Bush Eyes Overhaul Of E-security
The next president is likely to change the policy detailing how the federal government and the private sector should organize to defend the nation's critical infrastructure against cyberattacks, according to Clinton administration officials and other sources.

Germany Moves To Squelch Racism on Napster
Germany's Verfassungsschutz, the agency responsible for enforcing the country's strict anti-racism laws, has urged German media giant Bertelsmann A.G. to use its influence with ally Napster to prevent neo-Nazi and other hate-filled MP3s from being traded over its network...

EasyJet Gets Tough On Domain-Name Rivals
British airline easyJet is making life difficult for Web businesses with similar monikers.

Prepaid Patent Portends Wireless Battle
A new wireless technology patent could set the stage for a battle over low-income subscribers, teenagers and other prepaid cellular customers.

Microsoft invests $50M in ASP to push .Net
Looking to plant the first seeds of its .Net initiative in the ASP (application service provider) market, Microsoft Corp. announced a strategic alliance with US Internetworking Inc. and disclosed plans to invest $50 million in the hosting services company.

Intel acquires India consulting group
Intel added some extra consulting muscle to its operations in India

U.S. Court Rules Port Scans Are Legal
A United States Federal Court has ruled that port scanning computer networks does not damage or threaten systems, and is therefore legal.

World Bank Alliance Goes Live
A group of four major banks based in Europe and the U.S. said they've gone live with a system that will guarantee identity of the players making large electronic payments on business-to-business exchanges.

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PARTNERS & DEALS NEWS

  • MP3.com tunes Tower Records customers into its service
  • Dell sets up SAN testing lab with storage vendor
  • RCG and Gazelle Team for Data Warehousing
  • Carnegie Mellon, NASA, IT Companies To Form Software Research Consortium
  • Cisco to Buy ExiO Communications
  • AT&T, Wireless/DOCOMO Deal Bodes Well For U.S. Consumers
  • PwC and Better Business Bureaus Forge CRM Pact
  • AOL-Time Warner Merger May Set Rules
  • Macromedia To Fold Atom Films Into Shockwave.com
  • Qantas outsources IT to Amadeus
  • Ciena to buy Cyras for $2.6 billion in stock
  • Nortel Signs Deals For High-Speed Wireless Modems
  • UPS, eBay team to create online shipping center
  • M2M Hosts Hardware Exchange
  • RIM to license Qualcomm's digital wireless technology
  • TeleTech Nails Newgen Acquisition
  • IBM announces partnerships for fulfillment
  • IBM, Seismic Data Provider Building Petabyte-plus SAN
  • About Gets Human Voice with Keen.com's Technology

     

MP3.com tunes Tower Records customers into its service
Customers who order a CD through TowerRecords.com will be able to immediately listen to their purchases online using a password account via the My.MP3.com service.

Dell sets up SAN testing lab with storage vendor
Dell Computer said it's teaming up with storage systems vendor Imation to set up a performance and interoperability testing lab for use by Dell customers who are installing storage-area networks.

RCG and Gazelle Team for Data Warehousing
With the goal of helping businesses transform data into value-based knowledge, RCG Information Technology and Gazelle Consulting have teamed up to offer expanded applications for data warehousing.

Carnegie Mellon, NASA, IT Companies To Form Software Research Consortium
Carnegie Mellon University, NASA and 12 IT companies plan to announce Monday the formation of a computing consortium to promote and conduct research into the development of highly dependable software systems.

Cisco to Buy ExiO Communications
Cisco Systems Inc. said it would buy ExiO Communications for $155 million in stock, expanding the Internet equipment leader's position in the wireless technology market.

AT&T, Wireless/DOCOMO Deal Bodes Well For U.S. Consumers
Behind all the financial hoopla surrounding this telecom announcement, there's good news for everyday mobile phone users.

PwC and Better Business Bureaus Forge CRM Pact
Professional services firm Price waterhouse Coopers and the Council of Better Business Bureaus announced that they have formed a partnership to help businesses improve relationships with their online customers.

AOL-Time Warner Merger May Set Rules
For years, the government has taken a hands-off approach to emerging technologies that promise a new world of Internet services for consumers.

Macromedia To Fold Atom Films Into Shockwave.com
Macromedia Inc. has said it would acquire online video distribution outfit Atom Films through its Shockwave.com operation and bundle the two together to create a new entertainment company.

Qantas outsources IT to Amadeus
Amadeus Global Travel has signed a 10-year deal to operate the reservations, inventory and departure control systems for Qantas Airways.

Ciena to buy Cyras for $2.6 billion in stock
Telecom equipment maker Ciena said it was buying Cyras Systems, extending Ciena's optical networking portfolio capabilities.

Nortel Signs Deals For High-Speed Wireless Modems
The company signs separate deals with Sierra Wireless and Xircom to develop high-speed modems for future third-generation wireless networks.

UPS, eBay team to create online shipping center
UPS and eBay have signed an agreement to integrate UPS's online shipping services into eBay's Internet marketplace.

M2M Hosts Hardware Exchange
M2M Corporation and e-commerce market provider Omnemart have joined forces to create an online market for large suppliers within the hardware industry.

RIM to license Qualcomm's digital wireless technology
Research In Motion, which makes BlackBerry two-way email pagers, said Wednesday it will license Qualcomm's digital wireless technology to make it easier for its customers to access the Web on the go.

TeleTech Nails Newgen Acquisition
eCRM provider TeleTech Holdings, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Newgen Results Corporation, which specializes in business-to-business management services.

IBM announces partnerships for fulfillment
The four partnerships cover all IBM server lines, the company's WebSphere application server, and more.

IBM, Seismic Data Provider Building Petabyte-plus SAN
IBM and Seitel, which sells seismic data to oil companies for use in exploration activities, are developing a storage-area network that's supposed to make more than a petabyte of the information available via the Web.

About Gets Human Voice with Keen.com's Technology
The live answer site will now be able to take an even more personal approach with users.

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MOVERS & SHAKERS NEWS

  • BlueLight.com rescues failing ISP Spinway
  • IBM Pulls Off Linux Coup with Telia
  • Iridium Signs $72 Million Contract With Defense Department
  • Talk of Nokia bid for Lucent Rubbished
  • Troubled Lucent Loses Another Exec
  • N.Y. Times Wins Rights to Web Name
  • The Net's Free Ride Is Ending
  • Napster Hires Orrin Hatch Advisor As D.C. Operative
  • British Telecom Taking Prodigy To Court Over Hyperlinks
  • Japan May Break Up NTT
  • Microsoft Joins Others in Warnings Season
  • Gateway Sued Over "Misleading" Financial Results
  • Tech Investors Feel the Pain
  • Egghead Hacked and Cracked
  • Pega Systems Settles Class-Action Lawsuits
  • An Extreme Year for New Stocks
  • Belgian court to investigate alleged fraud at L&H
  • VeriSign Error Releases Customer E-Mail Addresses
  • Hospital Hack Points to Need for Standards
  • Ballmer: Let's Cut Costs, Raise Salaries
  • EMC Challenges Rival With Midrange NAS Device
  • Ailing Dotcoms Try Peddling Data
  • Vodafone in Bidding for Australian Mobile Operator

 

BlueLight.com rescues failing ISP Spinway
BlueLight's acquisition of troubled Internet service provider Spinway as it was about to go out of business signals a bumpy road ahead for the free Internet provider market.

IBM Pulls Off Linux Coup with Telia
Scandinavia's largest telecom and ISP replaces 70 Sun servers with a single S/390 G6 running Linux

Iridium Signs $72 Million Contract With Defense Department
The Defense Department has reached a $72 million, two-year deal with the Iridium Satellite LLC to provide secure wireless communications for approximately 20,000 government workers.

Talk of Nokia bid for Lucent Rubbished
European telecoms equipment analysts are dismissing speculation in the U.S. of a possible takeover bid by Nokia, the world's biggest mobile phone maker, for the U.S. telecoms equipment group Lucent Technologies, but some suggest France's Alcatel could be interested

Troubled Lucent Loses Another Exec
John Hughes, a senior executive of the wireless networks unit of Lucent Technologies Inc, is leaving "to pursue new career opportunities" a Lucent spokesperson has confirmed.

N.Y. Times Wins Rights to Web Name
The publisher of the New York Times has been awarded the right to the internet domain name www.newyorktimes.com by a United Nations arbitrator.

The Net's Free Ride Is Ending
A slew of companies that bet that free Internet access was the wave of the future are disappearing faster than users can push their delete buttons.

Napster Hires Orrin Hatch Advisor As D.C. Operative
Litigation-mired Napster Inc. said that it has hired the chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee as an advisor on legal issues and as a point man for legislative maneuvering in Washington.

British Telecom Taking Prodigy To Court Over Hyperlinks
Six months after the story first broke, British Telecom has finally started legal action for the recovery of licence fees it says are due under a patent relating to hyperlink technology.

Japan May Break Up NTT
A government advisory panel said that telecom giant NTT may need to be broken up if it fails to promote greater competition within the Japanese market by late 2003.

Microsoft Joins Others in Warnings Season
Microsoft became the latest victim of the PC industry slowdown, as the company issued a revenue and earnings warning for its second fiscal quarter.

Gateway Sued Over "Misleading" Financial Results
A class action lawsuit has been filed against computer maker Gateway Inc., alleging that the company issued a "false and misleading" third quarter financial report that led thousands of investors to buy stock at inflated prices.

Tech Investors Feel the Pain
Tech stocks are getting clobbered after several prominent Wall Street analysts lower their ratings on Cisco, IBM and other big-name firms.

Egghead Hacked and Cracked
Computer products e-tailer Egghead.com said that a hacker has breached its computer systems and may have gained access to its customer database...

Pegasystems Settles Class-Action Lawsuits
Pegasystems announced this week that it has settled two class-action lawsuits stemming from its restatement of revenues in 1997 and 1998.

An Extreme Year for New Stocks
The Year 2000 was a time of crazy contrasts for companies that tried their luck on the public market. Companies raised more money than ever before in initial stock offerings.

Belgian court to investigate alleged fraud at L&H
In a further blow to Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products, a court in Belgium ordered an investigation into alleged fraudulent business practices at the embattled software vendor.

VeriSign Error Releases Customer E-Mail Addresses
In what it called an "administrative error," one of the Internet's best-known security and identity companies, VeriSign, released a list of e-mail addresses of more than 5,000 customers.

Hospital Hack Points to Need for Standards
The recent hacking of 5,000 administrative patient files from one of the country's top hospitals underscores the lack of firm, clear, universal standards to ensure the security of online medical records.

Ballmer: Let's Cut Costs, Raise Salaries
A company-wide memo from Steve Ballmer asks Microsoft employees to cut costs while raising salaries, according to the Wall Street Journal.

EMC Challenges Rival With Midrange NAS Device
EMC has introduced a new midrange network-attached storage product to challenge those produced by Network Appliance.

Ailing Dotcoms Try Peddling Data
Teetering on the brink of destitution, many Internet startups are turning to their last saving grace: consumer data.

Vodafone in Bidding for Australian Mobile Operator
Having spent US $2.19 billion on Japan Telecom and US $4 billion on Eircell already this week, U.K. mobile operator Vodafone Group has reportedly bid over US $10 billion for Australian mobile operator C&W Optus.

 

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