Stories by Computerworld Staff

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White House Issues Internet Crime Report

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VeriSign to Acquire Network Solutions

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DoubleClick Does About-face on Privacy

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ROAD RULES A big engineering firm is developing a vehicle detection system for futuristic highways - very Buck Rogers. Developers work night and day tuning communications between the on-the-street test site and the lab - very plain-vanilla IT. Beta goes in Friday. Works all weekend. Monday it stops communicating. Panic ensues. Bigwigs scream that the beta's a failure. Corporate presidents fume. All eyes turn to the developer, who finally figures out what's wrong. "Turns out the system was working fine," a pilot fish reports, "right up to the point when a car wiped out the communications cabinet on the side of the road."

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H-1B Visas Going Fast

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Solaris Less Than NT?

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Cisco Systems Inc. is buying Atlantech Technologies, a Glasgow-based company that makes software to help configure and monitor network hardware. San Jose-based Cisco said the stock deal, valued at about $180 million, will expand its offerings of network management products for integrated data, voice and video networks. Cisco held a 9.5 percent stake in the privately held Atlantech, which will become part of the Cisco Communications Software and Network Services Group.

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NASD Regulation Inc., the regulatory arm of the National Association of Securities Dealers Inc., has charged eight online day-trading companies and individuals with violations ranging from misuse of customer funds to improper lending and using misleading advertising.

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Encryption Program Ruled OK to Post

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LAW & ORDER A Southwestern city's police department contracts in 1989 for a records management system. Two years later it finally arrives - in perniciously nonrunning condition. Swat Team after Swat Team is sent in to debug the system and get it running. No joy. Finally it's "start over again," says a pilot fish who lasted 10 months on the project himself. And who's on the street after this fiasco? The longtime manager in charge "has been promoted to captain level, with back pay and a cell phone," says pilot fish. "I'm retiring."

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Sun Microsystems Inc. and Microsoft Corp., known to be fierce rivals, separately announced $25 million investments in BroadBand Office Inc., a Falls Church, Va.-based start-up that's rolling out Internet access, Web hosting and communications services. Sun said BroadBand plans to use Sun hardware and software for some services. Microsoft said in a separate statement that BroadBand intends to deliver messaging, e-commerce and other services using Microsoft software.

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BEA Systems Inc. in San Jose has unveiled WebLogic Commerce Server 2.0, a new component-based e-commerce transaction server and development environment. Based on the Java 2 Enterprise Edition standard, the server includes components for building online catalogs, shopping carts, order entry functions and inventory management services. WebLogic will be available in April for Windows NT and Solaris. Pricing starts at $40,000 per CPU.

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