Stories by Clare Haney

Novell CEO: Spin-offs Not on the Cards... Yet

SAN FRANCISCO (08/16/2000) - Novell Inc.'s chief Wednesday poured cold water on
rumors that the software vendor is looking to spin off some of its businesses.
However, he didn't rule out such a move in the future.

Novell Still Plagued by Poor Software Sales in Q3

Novell Wednesday announced third-quarter
fiscal 2000 results indicating that the software vendor still has problems with
the sales side of its global operations as it struggles to restructure its

Intel Seeks to Put Home Network Users at Ease

SAN FRANCISCO (08/15/2000) - What do most home network users want to make them
feel more secure about accessing the Internet? According to research by chip
maker Intel Corp., the top priorities for consumers are protection from hacker
attacks and a means to safeguard their children from chancing upon unsavory
content on the Net.

How the Net Can Help Place 700,000 Chicken Wings

You're a business with a major problem. You have
700,000 frozen teriyaki chicken wings already branded for a major food
distributor in the U.S., when the distributor suddenly announces that it
doesn't want the goods any more. What do you do?

Improved Product Mix Helps Dell to Strong Q2

Dell Computer Corp. Thursday announced strong second-quarter results for fiscal 2001, citing the company's enhanced range of product offerings and good deals on components as key contributory factors to its success.

Informix's Latest Revamp All About Simplicity

SAN FRANCISCO (08/10/2000) - This time, troubled U.S. database and tools vendor
Informix Corp. has got its turnaround strategy right, according to a senior
company executive. The contraction of Informix's operations into two units
instead of five, along with around 500 job cuts announced Thursday, could be
just what it takes to finally refocus the vendor and ensure its future
profitability, he believes.

Informix to Take Q3 Charge, Revamps Organization

SAN FRANCISCO (08/09/2000) - Informix Corp. announced Wednesday it is to take a
third-quarter restructuring charge of between US$75 million and $90 million.
The U.S. database and tools vendor also gave details of management and
organizational changes that it hopes will improve both the company's market
positioning and its relationship with its customers.

Oracle's Linuxization of Software Almost Complete

SAN FRANCISCO (08/09/2000) - Oracle Corp. is close to having its entire
software portfolio running on Linux, with Wednesday's announcement that the
company's Internet Application Server (iAS) 8i will support the open-source
operating system. The vendor also announced expanded partnerships with four
Linux distribution companies -- Caldera Systems Inc., SuSE Linux AG, TurboLinux
Inc. and VA Linux Systems Inc.

Compaq Pays Up for Digital's Defense Overcharge

SAN FRANCISCO (07/26/2000) - U.S. PC maker Compaq Computer Corp. Wednesday
announced it has agreed to pay the U.S. government US$4.5 million related to
overcharging on a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) incurred
by Digital Equipment Corp. Compaq acquired Digital in 1998.

Digital Rights Management, EBooks High on Agenda

SAN FRANCISCO (07/26/2000) - The major topics at next month's Seybold San
Francisco 2000 publishing show here will be digital rights management and
electronic books, event organizers said Wednesday. Microsoft Corp. is preparing
a raft of announcements both prior to and during the event, including
information about its own digital rights management product, according to a
company spokesman.

ScoreBoard Notches Up US$25M Funding

SAN FRANCISCO (07/20/2000) - Wireless network management company ScoreBoard
Inc. announced Thursday that it has raised US$25 million in its second round of
venture capital funding. The company claims the amount is the largest raised in
its particular market.

Sun's Q4 revenue tops $US5 billion

Sun Microsystems yesterday was in a jubilant mood, announcing that for the first time in its history revenue for the company's fourth-quarter of fiscal 2000 exceeded $US5 billion.

Sun's Q4 Revenue Tops US$5 Billion

SAN FRANCISCO (07/20/2000) - Sun Microsystems Inc. Thursday was in jubilant
mood, announcing that, for the first time in its history, revenue for the
company's fourth-quarter of fiscal 2000 exceeded US$5 billion.

Visa, Sun, Cisco team up on universal commerce

Visa USA, in partnership with Sun Microsystems and Cisco Systems, Wednesday unveiled a new payment processing system -- Visa DirectExchange. The US financial services company claims the system will be the largest private financial payment network in the world with access to Internet technologies.