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Intel prepares for Centrino launch

ComputerWire logo Intel Corp cut prices across its mobile processor line at the weekend as it paved the way for the launch of its Centrino wireless notebook technology in March. Intel's 2.2 GHz Pentium 4 M dropped by 38% to $348. Other cuts ranged from 31% to 10%. While Intel's desktop division used the launch of its 3GHz …
ComputerWire, 27 Feb 2003
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UK IT firms make fewer profit warnings

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence UK Software and computer service companies made far fewer profit warnings in the last three months of 2002, according to a study by accountants Ernst & Young. It said this suggests that companies' forecasting may increasingly be coming into line with "the external reality rather than …
ComputerWire, 07 Feb 2003
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Mitsubishi mulls outsourcing PC Servers to NEC

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Japanese electronics conglomerate Mitsubishi Electric Corp is in talks with NEC Corp about outsourcing the manufacture of its PC server line, according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun. The Japanese newspaper reports that Tokyo, Japan-based Mitsubishi will outsource the production of its PC …
ComputerWire, 29 Jan 2003

Siebel climbs into bed with IBM

Just three months after it announced a "dramatic expansion" of its relationship with Microsoft Corp in which it tied its eBusiness application suite to .NET, Siebel Systems Inc has revealed a parallel alliance with IBM Corp and its WebSphere application server platform. The next version of its suite, Siebel eBusiness …
ComputerWire, 29 Jan 2003
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WS-I members take stand against ‘big-name bias’

Small and medium sized ISVs are vying to lead an IBM and Microsoft Corp-backed web services organization, amid sentiment the group’s direction is being misdirected by big-name vendors, Gavin Clarke writes webMethods Inc and Cape Clear Software Inc told ComputerWire yesterday they will stand for election to the board of the Web …
ComputerWire, 29 Jan 2003

JD Edwards gets to grips with CRM

JD Edwards & Co is making up for its late arrival at the CRM party with an expanded offering that features integration with its Demand Consensus application, a move that provides a task-specific link between CRM and SCM systems. With this release, the Denver, Colorado-based company has concentrated on improving front-to-back- …
ComputerWire, 29 Jan 2003
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ARM expects flat revenue to continue

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence RISC chip designer ARM Holdings Plc expects revenue to stay flat "for the foreseeable future" and has warned that the closure of licensing deals remains unpredictable. However, the Cambridge, UK-based company believes that as 2003 progresses, momentum will be provided by the licensing of …
ComputerWire, 29 Jan 2003
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Akamai banks on Edge Computing

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Akamai Technologies Inc, which has never been profitable, is banking on its forthcoming edge computing services as a growth opportunity, as its cash reserves continue to dwindle and profitability is at least over a year away, writes Kevin Murphy. During a conference call yesterday to …
ComputerWire, 29 Jan 2003
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.org handover ‘successful’

The handover of the management of the .org top-level internet domain from VeriSign Inc to the Public Internet Registry, an affiliate of the Internet Society, was successfully completed over the weekend, PIR said yesterday. Afilias Ltd, which has the contract to provide back-end systems for PIR, said the cutover left .org domain …
ComputerWire, 28 Jan 2003
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VeriSign ‘violates DNS’ – IAB

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence The Internet Architecture Board, which oversees the internet's standard-setting bodies, this weekend criticized as "a violation of the DNS protocol" a service VeriSign Inc recently introduced to help web users use non-English letters in domain names, writes Kevin Murphy. In a letter to …
ComputerWire, 28 Jan 2003

IBM gets down to business with Grids

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence IBM Corp yesterday announced ten new grid computing initiatives that are the culmination of six months of marketing and partnering work after the establishment of a cross-divisional organization last June that handles all development, alliances, marketing, strategy, and sales for grid …
ComputerWire, 28 Jan 2003
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Sun pencils Feb 10 for server refresh

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Sun Microsystems Inc is getting ready to make announcements from its Volume Systems Products group on February 10, writes Timothy Prickett Morgan. The company was expected by many to announce the 12-way V1280 value-priced UltraSparc-III server, a kicker to the eight-way V880. Sun may …
ComputerWire, 28 Jan 2003
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i2 to re-cook books

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence The former high-flying i2 Technologies Inc is to re-audit its financial results for 2000 and 2001, and also faces the humiliation of being delisted from Nasdaq, writes Tom Jowitt. The move follows an internal investigation of allegations regarding the company's financial reporting. The …
ComputerWire, 28 Jan 2003
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Register.com rejects ‘inadequate’ hostile bid

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Register.com Inc yesterday rejected an unsolicited takeover bid that was launched on Wednesday by a group of investors as "financially and structurally inadequate", claiming the potential buyer was trying to pressure the company to sell cheap, writes Kevin Murphy. RCM Acquisition Co LLC' …
ComputerWire, 27 Jan 2003
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PKWare adds RSA crypto across Zip

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence PKWare Inc, the provider of Zip compression software, will today announce that it has added encryption functions, previously only available on its Windows product, to its entire line of PKZip applications in version 6.0. The company has licensed RSA Security Inc's BSAFE cryptography …
ComputerWire, 27 Jan 2003
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Orange pitches standards-based M2M

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Orange Business Solutions has launched a standards-based machine-to-machine (M2M) technology platform to the UK market in an effort to give it a foothold in the emerging mass market for wireless telemetry systems. The package, known as M2M Connect, is intended to supersede existing …
ComputerWire, 27 Jan 2003
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Microsoft preps Firewall upgrade

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Microsoft Corp is preparing a second version of its enterprise firewall Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server, focusing on application-level security and XML web services. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft said Friday it is finalizing plans for a second, full version of its …
ComputerWire, 27 Jan 2003

Novell slashes Directory prices

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Aggressive price discounts in Novell Inc's directory and identity management business have caused Sun Microsystems Inc an unexpected headache, placing the former network operating system giant on a par with mighty IBM, writes Gavin Clarke. Barbara Gordon, vice president of Sun's software …
ComputerWire, 27 Jan 2003
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SEC probes Ariba over restatement

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence E-procurement and spend management company Ariba Inc is now the subject of an informal investigation by the SEC following news that the Sunnyvale, California-based company will have to restate its fiscal 2000 figures and 10 quarters of results. Ariba hopes to complete its own inquiry …
ComputerWire, 27 Jan 2003
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Compuware sues Moody's over rating

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Compuware Corp has added weight to its argument that Moody's Investment Services in August 2002 unfairly downgraded its debt, by publishing figures for its third quarter 2003 that said cash flow from operations was almost $85m. The software development, testing and management vendor …
ComputerWire, 24 Jan 2003

Cisco sues Huawei over IP ‘theft’

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Cisco Systems Inc accused Chinese telecoms equipment vendor Huawei Technologies Co Ltd of unlawful copying of Cisco's intellectual property in a lawsuit filed in the Eastern District of Texas yesterday. The suit was filed against Huawei Technologies as well as its subsidiaries Huawei …
ComputerWire, 24 Jan 2003
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Cost of securing Windows Server 2003? Nearly $200m

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Microsoft Corp has spent the best part of $200m securing Windows Server 2003, its next major operating system, under the company's year-old Trustworthy Computing initiative, writes Gavin Clarke. Mike Nash, corporate vice president of Microsoft's security business unit, said yesterday the …
ComputerWire, 24 Jan 2003

AOL and HP Sign Instant Messaging partnership

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Hewlett-Packard Co this week became one of the first companies to announce the integration of America Online Inc's AOL Instant Messenger service into its enterprise messaging line of products. AOL's Enterprise AIM Services, announced late last year, allow enterprises to manage IM …
ComputerWire, 24 Jan 2003

Fujitsu, Intel to develop Itanium Servers

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence The Itanium platform gets a boost today as Intel Corp and Japanese server market Fujitsu Ltd announce a strategic alliance to develop "mainframe-class" servers based on Intel's 32-bit Xeon and 64-bit Itanium processors, writes Timothy Prickett Morgan The enterprise servers borrow …
ComputerWire, 24 Jan 2003

Linux Comes to Unisys Servers (via SCO)

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence SCO is to release versions of its Linux operating system for Unisys Corp’s ES7000 servers and ClearPath mainframes, confirming ComputerWire’s reports of late 2002 that Linux would soon be available for the machines. The development is significant due to Unisys’s tight relationship with …
ComputerWire, 23 Jan 2003
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WS-I second round spec homes in on security

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence A Microsoft Corp-backed industry group is preparing its second set of web services specifications to ensure interoperability of emerging XML security standards, writes Gavin Clarke. The Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) organization has created a working group whose task is to map out …
ComputerWire, 23 Jan 2003
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SBC enforcing all-encompassing Web patent

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence SBC Communications Inc is enforcing a patent it owns that, it claims, covers the use of frame-like user interfaces in web sites, it emerged this week Kevin Murphy writes. . If your web site uses a frames or a persistent user interface, then you could be in infringement. Using SBC’s …
ComputerWire, 23 Jan 2003
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Sun’s Linux Desktop expected this summer

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Sun Microsystems Inc's alternative to Windows-desktop PCs is scheduled for a summer launch, slipping from Q1, with the company also preparing to change the system’s proposed route to market. Santa Clara, California-based Sun said yesterday its Linux desktop, codenamed Mad Hatter, will …
ComputerWire, 23 Jan 2003
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Firewall/VPN vendors saw growth in 2002

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Check Point Software Technologies Ltd and NetScreen Technologies Inc, rival suppliers of firewall/VPN systems, yesterday both reported pleasing financials for calendar 2002, as demand grows for appliances that protect networks from attack, Kevin Murphy writes. Both companies beat …
ComputerWire, 23 Jan 2003
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PeopleSoft sales, profits slip

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence PeopleSoft Inc delivered profits well above its previous guidance when it announced its fourth quarter results yesterday. The Pleasanton, California-based developer turned in sales of $512.3m in the quarter ending December 31, down 5.1% on the previous year. Operating income was down 2.4 …
ComputerWire, 23 Jan 2003
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Siebel reports Q4 loss

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence CRM giant Siebel Systems Inc turned in a fourth quarter loss yesterday on the back of a sharp fall in software revenues. The San Mateo, California-based vendor reported revenues of $394.7m for the quarter ending December 31, down 19.1% on the year. While services, maintenance and other …
ComputerWire, 23 Jan 2003
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Microsoft launches CRM (in US)

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Microsoft Corp finally launched its delayed customer relationship management (CRM) software yesterday, the company's first foray into this area of e-business software. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft CRM for North America was delayed from its planned end-of-2002 launch at the last …
ComputerWire, 22 Jan 2003
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RealNetworks goes live with Helix DNA Server

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence RealNetworks Inc will today release the third and final piece of its Helix open-source streaming media system, with which it hopes to become the de facto standard streaming media software provider on the internet, Kevin Murphy writes. CEO Rob Glaser is set to make the announcement at the …
ComputerWire, 22 Jan 2003
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Search firms upgrade relevance, bells, whistles

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Fast Search & Transfer ASA and Ask Jeeves Inc both yesterday introduced upgrades to their web search engines, hoping to attract and retain more users as search becomes an increasingly lucrative web business. Jeeves said it has launched version 2.0 of the Teoma search engine it acquired …
ComputerWire, 22 Jan 2003
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C&W waves goodbye to Wallace

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Cable & Wireless Plc is parting company with chief executive Graham Wallace, a man held responsible by angry investors for bringing the company to its knees by burning its cash pile on a series of internet acquisitions that have left it nursing huge losses. The company said yesterday …
ComputerWire, 22 Jan 2003

HP rolls out Versastor, by way of Brocade

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Signaling the start of what is very likely to be the year that big suppliers begin shipping storage virtualization products, Hewlett Packard Co yesterday said that it is finally set to roll out its long-awaited Versastor technology, writes Tim Stammers. The announcement also gives …
ComputerWire, 22 Jan 2003

Oracle and customers still at odds over 10.7

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence First-day announcements from Oracle AppsWorld in San Diego, California were low key with Oracle Corp continuing with its long-held theme of customer take-up for 11i, and customer satisfaction, supplemented with the announcement of additional product and service bundles aimed at easing …
ComputerWire, 22 Jan 2003

HP launches 4-way ProLiant blade servers

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence As expected, Hewlett-Packard Co yesterday upgraded its ProLiant BL "QuickBlade" series of blade servers with the first four-way blade server, writes Timothy Prickett-Morgan. While HP is not the first vendor to offer a four-way blade (niche high-end blade vendor eGenera has been shipping …
ComputerWire, 21 Jan 2003
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Infineon makes money out of memory chips shock

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Heavy investment in 300mm wafer production capacity and R&D has started to pay off for Infineon Technologies AG, which has started the year with strong revenue growth and a belief that it faces "further stable development of demand in most market segments." It claims to be the among the …
ComputerWire, 21 Jan 2003
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EV7 AlphaServers unleashed as chip line heads into sunset

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Customers of Hewlett-Packard Co's AlphaServer RISC machines got a look at the probable future machines they will use over the next few years as HP rolled out the "Marvel" line of servers, writes Timothy Prickett-Morgan. The Marvels, which are based on the Alpha EV7 processor, are kickers …
ComputerWire, 21 Jan 2003
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US senate takes aim at spam, spectrum, broadband

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Returning to the chair of the US Senate Communications Subcommittee, Senator Conrad Burns last week outlined ten policy priorities for the 2003 legislative session. Themes of internet security, broadband adoption, spectrum management and spam are predominant. The three "centerpiece" …
ComputerWire, 20 Jan 2003
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MS bids to intercept Unix defectors at LinuxWorld

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Microsoft Corp is journeying deep into the enemy heartland this week, by opening a stand at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in an attempt to snag wavering Unix users, writes Gavin Clarke. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft will deploy 15 staff at the New York-based event in an …
ComputerWire, 20 Jan 2003
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Sex.com could cost VeriSign $100m, says suit

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Sex.Com, the disputed adult web portal currently owned by Grant Media LLC, said it is a step closer to a ruling on whether it can claim damages from VeriSign Inc for alleged negligence in the transfer of the domain name sex.com to another party. The company said in a statement Thursday …
ComputerWire, 20 Jan 2003
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Iomega cash pile looks tempting takeover target

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Iomega Corp now looks a sitting duck for a takeover as it sits on a $453.9m cash pile while its stock market value is a pitiful $483.4m. After hacking back costs, the San Diego, California-based company is milking increasing sums from its Zip drives but acknowledges that revenue will …
ComputerWire, 20 Jan 2003
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SEC investigation of EDS goes formal

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence The US Securities and Exchange Commission is now conducting a formal investigation into practices at Electronic Data Systems Corp, the company said late Friday. The news follows the revelation in early October that an "informal" SEC probe was underway. EDS said in October that the SEC …
ComputerWire, 20 Jan 2003
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Hutchinson 3G confirms March launch

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence The ambitious plans of Hutchison 3G UK Ltd to be the first operator to launch a commercial 3G service in Europe, received a further boost following the news it has 30,000 registrations for its video mobile service in the United Kingdom. The company is expected to spend tens of millions …
ComputerWire, 17 Jan 2003
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AMD makes massive Q4 loss

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Advanced Micro Devices Inc reported a massive loss for its fourth quarter yesterday and failed to meet the raised revenue forecast it set itself back in December. Although the Sunnyvale, California-based vendor saw increased shipments of its CPU and flash memory products, its already …
ComputerWire, 17 Jan 2003
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SAP positions to avoid IBM and Microsoft Web Services

SAP AG has announced products and strategy which it hopes will establish the company as a cross-platform web services player, while avoiding direct competition with IBM or Microsoft Corp, writes Gavin Clarke. Waldorf, Germany-based SAP yesterday announced a data management product under its newly named Enterprise Services …
ComputerWire, 17 Jan 2003
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Microsoft shells out first dividend

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence Just days into 2003, Microsoft has predicted 2004 will be "daunting". Faced with an uncertain economy and growing competition from Linux to Microsoft's server revenues, the company faces a tough time improving on this year's results. That's according to the company's chief financial …
ComputerWire, 17 Jan 2003
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IBM Q4 sales stable, profits hurting

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence IBM Corp might have an equally sized rival in Hewlett Packard Co, but Big Blue, more than HP, is still a bellwether for the IT industry because of the broad range of markets that it plays in, writes Timothy Prickett Morgan. And if IBM's fourth quarter 2002 financial results are any …
ComputerWire, 17 Jan 2003