Stories by Todd R. Weiss

Compaq Names Former AT&T Exec as New CTO

Shane Robison, former president of AT&T Lab's Internet technology and development division, has been hired as chief technology officer at Compaq Computer Corp. He will assume the posts of senior vice president of technology and chief technology officer, according to an announcement by the Houston-based company today.

Dell Warns of Lower-Than-Expected Revenue Growth

Dell Computer has announced that third-quarter revenue appears to be trailing expectations by about 3 percentage points, giving the company a revenue increase of about 7 per cent over the second quarter.

3Com CEO to step down

Six months after a company reorganisation aimed at reversing a recent string of financial losses, 3Com yesterday announced its CEO Eric Benhamou is leaving his post effective January 1.
Benhamou, who has led the networking company for 10 years, will remain as 3Com's chairman.

Amazon Apologizes for Price-Testing Program

Online retailer has issued an apology to customers for a recent price-testing program that charged some users of its Web site more than other shoppers had to pay for the same products.

Auto Industry Exchange Set to Open

Eight months after it was first detailed, the Covisint online exchange being developed by the Big Three automakers is set to open for business next week after announcing Tuesday that the German government had ended an antitrust review of the planned business-to-business marketplace.

Texas AG Reaches Deal with

In a pre-emptive move aimed at ensuring that defunct online home furnishings retailer Inc. doesn't try to sell all of its customer data as part of bankruptcy proceedings, the Texas attorney general's office yesterday filed both a lawsuit against the company and a proposed settlement that sets restrictions on such a sale.

BroadVision to Launch MarketMaker Software

E-commerce software vendor BroadVision Wednesday announced its new MarketMaker application to help automate and personalise the creation of business-to-business marketplaces on the Internet.

Bulletin: Dell to Announce Online Marketplace

Dell Computer has announced that it is going online next month with its first-ever marketplace to help link its customers and suppliers in a business-to-business e-commerce community.

GM to Begin Selling Oldsmobile Online in Pilot

For the first time since launching its Web site 18 months ago as a place where car shoppers could get information about its products, General Motors Corp. next month will give some of its customers the ability to buy new vehicles almost entirely via the Internet.

Red Hat Revenue Up 76 Percent in Q2

Linux software powerhouse Red Hat Inc. posted a 76 percent increase in revenue in its second quarter, ended Aug. 31, but losses also rose, led by acquisitions and infrastructure expansion costs.

Dow Chemical Fires 24 More for Porn E-Mail Use

For the second time since July, the Dow Chemical Co. has fired a group of workers and reprimanded others after the employees allegedly violated the company's policies against pornographic e-mails.

Privacy group calls for disclosure of 'Web bugs'

Companies and online advertisers that use information-gathering "Web bugs" on their Web sites should plainly disclose the presence of the technology to users, according to a US-based privacy group that proposed a set of standards on that topic this week.

US Group Decries Use of 'Web Bugs'

Companies and online advertisers that use information-gathering "Web bugs" on their Web sites should clearly disclose the presence of the technology to users, according to a Denver-based privacy group that proposed a set of standards to address the issue this Week.