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The antitrust authorities have failed to prove their case requesting that the US District Court should block - on antitrust grounds - Oracle's proposed $7.7 billion hostile takeover bid of PeopleSoft. Shares of both companies rose yesterday, PeopleSoft's climbing about 15 percent to $2...
Not having kept, or being able to access, the right information at the right time is now a serious offence that puts the CEO and/or the CFO in jail for perjury, regardless of who in the organization may or may not have been to blame. Capgemini Group's Global CTO Andy Millholland report...
'When we hear about short-term job losses that result from outsourcing to India and China, we also need to consider the long-term benefits of these nations developing into prime markets for U.S. exports,' says Dr. Adam Kolawa, the co-founder and CEO of Parasoft. Outsourcing actually of...
As US events such as COMDEX and CeBIT America get canceled, the equivalent IT mega-shows in Europe seem to be going from strength to strength, reports Fuat Kircaali directly from Istanbul, where CeBIT Eurasia opened earlier this week to more exhibitors, more attendees, and more foreign...
In what one savvy commentator noted as being 'another milestone towards world peace in the Web services industry,' the WS-Eventing specification was republished yesterday with the addition of some major new co-authors - IBM, Sun and Computer Associates.
There are some people who are passionate about the differences between 'free software' and 'open source.' I'm beginning to wonder if the difference matters. The term 'free software' came into use at about the same time that Richard Stallman quit his job at MIT, launched the GNU Project...
The Data Center Markup Language (DCML) Organization announced that it is moving its operations and technical committees under care of OASIS. Through the move, the OASIS DCML Member Section is created. Access to OASIS' global member database is a very valuable tool that is put into the ...
The record profit made in connection with an IPO, namely the 698% rise on the first day of trading for VA Linux in December 1999, is a record which will probably stand for some time, says the New York Times in its look at the Google IPO, which it calls 'messy' before concluding 'But it...
The question 'How will Sun ever make money off giving so much source-code to open source' - as it did in 2000 with OpenOffice.org, has most recently with Project Looking Glass and is about to again with Solaris - is the wrong one, argues Sun's Simon Phipps. 'It's a good question,' ...
'Flex' - Macromedia's code-based way of building applications that target the Flash run-time - is being extended from today in an attempt to woo Java developers into bringing the power of Java to the Flash Player. 'You can still edit and code as a Java developer, but as you're doing it...
Attention.XML - a specification for tracking, prioritizing and sharing what people are reading, looking at or listenting to in RSS - is still in its prototype stage. But it may soon have a role to play in searching weblogs, an activity known to some as 'blogrepping' (from blog and grep...
There's been no one to challenge IBM's unprecedented mainframe monopoly since Big Blue ran off the last of the PCMs years ago when it got light years ahead of them on the silicon front, forcing them to close up shop and slink away. Until Now. 1999 newcomer PSI is bent on making an indu...
Boston, MA-based Snapbridge Software has just released an XML-enabled platform it is calling FDX Cross Media Server.
The SEC, which could have hung Brin and Page by their thumbs in the closet for a while and delayed the IPO, decided to be indulgent and let it go through anyway. Despite its loss of luster and enthusiasm, yeterday was still the biggest IPO in the history of technology and the biggest I...
How is a company that sells classified ads around free Internet searches going to maintain a valuation higher than that of major automotive colossi like General Motors the Ford Motor Company? Industry veteran Roger Strukhoff hopes for the Googlebest...but fears the Googleworst.
Sometimes you need a SAX InputSource from a DOM Document object. For example, if you are using SAX parser to map XML to Java objects, but your source is a DOM Document object. Here is a solution found by software engineer Albert Yu, in which the only problem is that it throws a Runti...
IXIASOFT announced the release of TEXTML Server 3.1, the sole native XML database server available; along with a new feature called TEXTML FTS designed to provide uninterrupted operation.
If all goes according to plan with its innovative Dutch auction-style IPO, Google Inc. could shortly - under the symbol 'GOOG' - start trading on the Nasdaq. The search giant might price its shares within an hour of having its registration statement declared 'effective' by the NEC at 4...
'To me, HP's problems spawn from the death of...their operating system, HP/UX,' wrote Jonathan Schwartz yesterday in his industry-focused blog. 'Like IBM, they've elected to ask their customers and ISVs to move to Red Hat Linux or Microsoft Windows on x86 systems. And if you're an ISV,...
Every now and again, a customer exchange reveals hidden insights into the popularity of SYS-CON's LinuxWorld Magazine. We can't resist sharing this one, if only because of the curious running reference to a certain other technology magazine.
The producers of the XMLSPY development environment, Altova, today announced availability of its XMLSPY Certification Exam, an expert-level, 50 question exam designed to test developers' knowledge of important XML-related specifications as well as their proficiency with XMLSPY 2004.
In China, 700 pornographic Web sites have just been taken down in Beijing, Shanghai, and Chongqing municipalities and Liaoning and Guangdong provinces. The Chinese Ministry of IT wants to make the Internet 'green' - by which it means, simply, porn-free for its 87 million Internet users...
XP2, Microsoft's free service pack to deliver 'the latest security updates and innovations from Microsoft' and intended to establish strong default security settings - and add new proactive protection features that will help better safeguard computers from hackers, viruses, and other s...
What do a CNET technology columnist, 95.5 million telephone handsets, and Sun's president and COO all have in common? Answer: they all strongly favor Java. Is it a sign of better times ahead for the language once known as 'Oak'?
The US Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent covering DataPower's XML data interchange technology. The company filed for patent protection in 1999. The US Patent Office's decision has been lauded, by DataPower, as a victory for intellectual property rights.
Microsoft, with the release of Web Part and Web services toolkits for its SharePoint Products, continues to advance interoperability of enterprise applications.
Anne Thomas Manes, vice president and research director for the Burton Group and a former Sun software executive, has commented on the now-infamous comments by Sun president and COO Jonathan Schwartz last week: 'It's totally crazy for him to be making a comment like that,' she says, ad...
Stylus Studio has released a home version of Stylus Studio. The new Stylus Studio 5 Home Edition is a broad XML development tool used in web services and all related XML applications. The move by Stylus is designed to provide XML enthusiasts in-home training with XML, whether for busin...
In the interview, conducted by Ivan Pedruzzi, Stylus Studio Senior Product Architect, and editor The Stylus Scoop, Dr. Kay provides an update on the exciting work being undertaken at the W3C on emerging XML technologies including XSLT 2.0, XPath 2.0, XQuery 1.0, and he shares his insig...
'With the proliferation of viruses and other broad threats on business and consumer desktops, I can think of no higher priority than trying to ensure the security of personal computers,' said Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group, yesterday as Microsoft released Windows ...
Rawkee, an open source X3D plug-in, is to offer greater compatibility with Maya 6.0 The plug-in is used in Alias' 3D authoring tools.
How low does BEA have to go before Oracle or, for that matter, anyone makes an offer for BEA? The answer may be lower than you think. Someone, anyone buying BEA has been a perennial topic of conversation for the past couple of years.
The May issue of Java Developer's Journal (Vol. 9, issue 5), scooped the annual Gartner/Dataquest Report six weeks before it was published and asked the question, 'How Long Can BEA Survive Against IBM?' The day after the report came out, BEA announced its quarterly earnings and its sto...
The Web 3D Consortium along with Sun Microsystems announced the formation of a group to encode X3D into a binary file format.
OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) is forming a CGM Open Member Section. The primary focus will be to advance the vector-based graphics standard, WebCGM version 1.0.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and XBRL-US announced that it is considering using XML-tagged financial reporting data. If the proposal succeeds, the SEC would allow acceptance of voluntary, supplementary filing of business data using XML-based Extensible Business Repor...
'I think Sun's done a fantastic job of growing and protecting the Java platform,' says veteran enterprise software developer James Strachan. 'There's just one more step they need to take - to open source some Java source code - and we're all happy.' Strachan's describes how there are t...
IBM's 'Project Cinnamon,' still in beta but due to be released with IBM's next DB2 release, will put XML at the heart of DB2 Content Manager and allow customers to create automatically the data model of a database based on the document type definitions or XML schemas they choose.
The Associated Press is reporting today that Microsoft yesterday was 'investigating reports of a possible Internet attack that could slow or shut down the software company's Web site.' It appears that computers infected with the MyDoom.O virus which slowed down Google and other search ...
'The Google search engine experienced slowness for a short period of time earlier today because of the MyDoom virus, which flooded major search engines with automated searches,' said a Google, Inc. statement yesterday. 'A small number of users and networks that have the MyDoom virus ha...


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