Stories by Linda Rosencrance

GE to Invest in Railroad's Online Marketplace

General Electric Co. in Fairfield, Conn., has signed a letter of intent to become an investor in Fort Worth, Texas-based FreightWise Inc., the Internet freight transportation marketplace, created last October by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.

XML Solutions Snags GM Exec for Top Post

Ron Shelby, a former senior technology executive at General Motors, has been tapped as the new head of XMLSolutions, a business-to-business software company.

Amazon, agree to share their toys and - two of the big names of Internet-based retailing - have announced that they're teaming up to launch a new cobranded, online toy and video game store, as well as another Web site that will sell baby products.
According to the two companies, the toy and video game store is scheduled to be launched in the third quarter, with the baby products store due to follow in the first half of next year.

CA names new chief

In a major corporate realignment, Computer Associates International (CA) last week announced that founder Charles Wang is giving up his CEO job and that it plans to spin off some of its software and services businesses.

CA names new CEO, plans sale of some units

In a major corporate realignment, Computer Associates International has announced that founder Charles Wang is giving up his CEO job and that it plans to spin off some of its software and services businesses.
The first unit that's being spun off is one that provides infrastructure technologies for application service providers, CA executives said. The company added that it also plans to sell off its Accpac desktop accounting software division and unspecified other business units in the future.

Web Based Global Supply Chain Launched

Global Logistics Technologies and New Meadows Venture Partners have launched SupplyLinks, an Internet-based global supply chain network, to link customers to various transportation modes and service providers through a single platform.

Online retailers hit by pricing glitches

Pricing glitches at and within the past two weeks left some customers happy but others miffed, as the firms scrambled to recover from discounts unintentionally given to some customers.

Amazon, to Join Forces Inc. and Inc. this week announced that they're teaming up to launch a new co-branded online toy and video game store this fall and a baby products site in the first half of next year.

FreeIM Challenges AOL's Testimony

FreeIM, a national group of America Online Inc. competitors that includes Microsoft Corp., iCast and Tribal Voice, Tuesday challenged AOL's testimony about its instant messaging service at the July 27 hearing on the proposed merger of AOL and Time Warner Inc.

States Formally Object to Toysmart, FTC Settlement

The attorneys general of 44 states Thursday filed a legal brief in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Boston formally objecting to a proposed settlement between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and that would allow the defunct online toy retailer to sell its customer data to another company under some circumstances.

UPS Rolls out New Package Tracking Service

In a service that it hopes will save customers time and money, United Parcel Service of America Inc. rolled out an enhanced tracking service that lets customers digitally receive a recipient's signature and proof of delivery.

Freight Logistics Company Takes IM Route Inc., a privately held technology company in Dallas, last week unveiled instant messaging software that it claims will change the way the transportation industry does business. Hit with Pricing Glitch

Shoppers took advantage of a pricing glitch at and ordered toys at far lower prices, but the online retailer later informed the customers that they could pay the correct prices or cancel their orders.

Sharing of Personal Data Sparks Controversy

A fresh controversy over the contentious issue of online privacy broke out yesterday with allegations that four Internet retailers are sharing personal information submitted by consumers with a marketing company -- charges that a spokesman for the marketing company said "totally" misconstrue what it's doing with the data.

USPS Explores Delivering Residential Mail Online

In an attempt to further harness the power of the Internet to improve communication, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) said it's exploring the possibility of offering consumers the ability to have their mail delivered electronically.