Stories by Juan Carlos Perez

Microsoft Preps Security Server for Win2000

Microsoft Corp. is developing a security server that provides firewall and caching services for Windows 2000 users, a company official disclosed today at a briefing session during TechEd.

Gates Intros Products for Net Apps

In a city visited by most to escape reality, Bill Gates today smiled for two hours and detailed his dream for Microsoft Corp.'s future, a future in which Microsoft remains undivided and assumes a leadership position in Internet software.

IBM to Help ASPs Get Into E-Commerce in LatAm

IBM Corp. announced this week a program to help application service providers (ASPs) in Latin America provide electronic commerce services and software to small and medium-size companies.

IDC: LatAm PC Shipments Grow 50 Percent

PCs in Latin America flew off the shelves in the first quarter, thanks to rising Internet use, increased economic stability and attractive financing options, according to market researcher International Data Corp. (IDC).

StarMedia and Pepsi Launch Site for LatAm Teens

StarMedia Network Inc. and Pepsi-Cola International are launching a Web site in Spanish and Portuguese for teenagers in Latin America because almost 50 percent of the region's population is under 19 years of age, the companies announced today.

CMGI-Backed Free ISP Goes All Out in LatAm

Gratis1 Inc., a free ISP (Internet service provider) backed by CMGI Inc., plans to be up and running in 10 to 12 countries in Latin America in the next four or five months, and then it will set its sights on the U.S. and Europe, according to the company's top executive.

LatAm Net Companies Licking Their Wounds

Investor backlash against Internet companies is affecting online plays focused on Latin America, but this turbulence will eventually be good for the market, speakers said at an event last week.

StarMedia to Wire Public Schools in LatAm to Net

StarMedia Network Inc. and the Inter-American Development Bank are embarking on a US$1 billion project to wire all elementary public schools in Latin America to the Internet in the next two years, a StarMedia official said on Friday.

LatAm Auction Site Nets US$46.5M in Financing

It used to be that Latin American companies couldn't get the time of day from venture capitalists. But times have changed, thanks to the growth potential of the region's Internet market.

Free Net Access Rocking LatAm ISP Market

The spread of free Internet access is changing Latin America's Internet Service Provider (ISP) market by removing a significant barrier for getting online, said speakers at an event here yesterday.

PeopleSoft Acquires Advance Planning Solutions

Looking to strengthen its Enterprise Performance Management data analysis software suite, PeopleSoft Inc. has bought Advance Planning Solutions Inc. (APS), which makes software for business modeling, PeopleSoft announced today.

MasterCard Pushes Smart Cards in Brazil

MasterCard International Inc. plans to replace the magnetic-stripe cards of its subscribers in Brazil with chip-based smart cards, the company announced today.