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The White House came under scrutiny by the U.S. House Government Reform Committee last week after a disclosure that lost e-mails could have contained evidence relating to the travel office, campaign finance and Monica Lewinsky scandals, according to published reports.

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A global consortium of chemical and petroleum companies last week announced plans to launch a business-to-business electronic marketplace called Envera. By the third quarter, trading members will be able to buy and sell products and will have access to links to global financial institutions, shipping companies and other key service providers.

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Novell Inc. last week shipped an update to NetWare Cluster Services, adding support for NetWare 5.1 and for 32 nodes. The update costs $4,999 per node. More than 80 vendors will demonstrate directory-enabled applications at Brainshare in Salt Lake City this week.

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Computer Associates International Inc. last week said it was extending by one week - until today - its offer to buy Dallas-based Sterling Software Inc. for $4 billion. The delay was made to give the U.S. Department of Justice time to complete its regulatory review. Islandia, New York-based CA said the merger would create the largest supplier of storage and network management technology and products from distributed systems to desktops to laptops.

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RealNames Corp., a San Carlos, Calif.-based maker of technology that substitutes simple keywords for complex Web addresses, is making its service available worldwide. A new subsidiary, called RealNames International Corp., will operate in Europe, South and Central America, Africa, Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Singapore and Hong Kong, the company said.

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Microsoft Corp. is calling on Interliant Inc. in Purchase, N.Y., to prep its upcoming Exchange 2000 messaging server for the application service provider market. Interliant will help Microsoft develop extensions to Exchange 2000 that will make it easier for third-party software vendors to develop hosted applications that leverage the platform. As a part of the deal, Microsoft will invest $10 million, giving it a minority stake in Interliant.

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Northwest Airlines Inc. has taken to the air with a slimmed-down version of the Northwest Web page, offering travelers the ability to check flight arrival and departure information over Wireless Application Protocol phones. The service will also allow travelers to receive real-time departure and arrival information as well as check their frequent-flier mileage.

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The U.S. Army placed its cyberdefense teams on full alert after a known hacker group, called Hacking for Girliez, threatened to take down the Army's Web site last week. The group took down the The New York Times sites in September 1998. The Army said it was taking countermeasures, but those don't include disconnecting the site.

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Holcom Networks in Carlsbad, Calif., has introduced the Communications Gateway. Acting as an intermediate distribution frame, the Communications Gateway distributes copper and fiber-optic cabling to the work area and becomes a "virtual wiring closet," housing wireless hubs, servers and power equipment, workgroup switches and all major brands of media converters. The Communications Gateway can accommodate LAN speeds ranging from 10Base-T to Gigabit Ethernet and beyond, the company said. Pricing for the product has not yet been released.

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Information technology professionals had a chance to soak in the spotlight last week when Techies.com Inc., an Edina, Minn.-based online career resource, unveiled a national advertising campaign featuring IT workers who use the service. More than 200 people responded to the casting call, from which Techies.com chose six to feature in the TV, radio and Web advertisements.

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Intel Corp. last week announced that it will buy Denmark-based communications chip design company Giga AS in an all-cash transaction valued at $1.25 billion. Upon completion of the acquisition, Giga will become a subsidiary of Intel and will report within Level One Communications Inc., another subsidiary that's part of Intel's Network Communications Group.

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Banker Launches Online Finance Unit

E-Mail Scanners

Most offer similar core features, such as the ability to scan for content and attachments. Spending more gets you advanced features, such as context-sensitive scanning that helps avoid false alarms and the ability to scan for viruses.

This Week's Glossary

Layer 2 or 3 switches: Switches, or data transfer devices, operating at Level 2 (data link) on Level 3 (network) of the Open Systems Interconnection communications standard.

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