Stories by IDG News Service staff

Ontario Securities Commission unveils its own scam

A phony website established by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) illustrates the pitfalls of making investment decisions based on unverifiable information provided over the Internet, said the OSC Thursday.

The Solar Solution

Like giant robotic sunflowers, the machines that The Boeing Co. engineer Kenneth Stone has tended for nearly 20 years awaken with the dawn. Planted in a sunny spot between a hangar and an office trailer on a Boeing compound in this Southern California beach town, these shimmering 50-foot-tall solar dishes tilt their mirrored petals to the morning glow. In his mind's eye Stone sees vast, beautiful fields of solar dishes sprouting in the deserts of the Southwest, converting sunlight into electricity to power cities - without producing pollution, without accelerating global warming.

CNET exec named Standard CEO

Richard J. Marino, chief operating officer of CNET Networks Inc., will become The Standard Media International Inc.'s chief executive officer, the company announced today, succeeding founding CEO John Battelle, who will remain as chairman of the board.

Gene whiz!

James Kent, a mature student at the University of California at Santa Cruz, took just four weeks to write a program that assembled the 400,000 fragments of decoded DNA in a coherent sequence. The work was done on a cluster of 100 Pentium III PCs running GNU/Linux, acquired by his professor, Dr David Haussler, for the task.

Watching over Linux

The growth of Linux in the corporate world has been hobbled by a lack of enterprise-quality network monitoring, management and software distribution tools. Enter Caldera System Inc.'s Volution 1.0, which is designed to make a Linux systems administrator's life much easier.

Net porn's in rude health

Research analysts are rather coy about the size of the online adult-content market. In fact, they have barely mentioned it for years. Adult content was the bread and butter of the Internet's early days and it brought about all sorts of technological advances, from shopping carts to streaming video.

Southern Cross reels in orders

The Southern Cross Cable Network company is just keeping up with customer demand, said the director for the Asia-Pacific market. "We're just keeping our head above water" in meeting requests for bandwidth and the equipment to shunt the traffic to and from users, Ross Pfeffer said.

Around the traps

Moves affecting OPSM, CBD Online, Solution 6 and the troubled regional telco Maxis

Sales Tax Program Seeks to Level Playing Field

BOSTON (10/11/2000) - Due to a reporting error in the story "Sales Tax Program Seeks to Level Playing Field," which appeared on the IDG News Service Wire on Sept. 29, Vertex Inc.'s work in the Streamlined Sales Tax Project was inaccurately characterized. Pitney Bowes Inc. is working with Vertex in the program. The correction has been made on the wire..

First Official Bluetooth Product Unveiled

Due to a reporting error, the story "First Official Bluetooth Product Unveiled," posted on Oct. 5, incorrectly reported that the GN 9000 is the first Bluetooth product. The story's headline and text have been corrected on the wire. The new headline is "New Bluetooth Headset Among First to Market.".

Arraycomm Secures US$34 Million in Funding

SAN FRANCISCO (09/07/2000) - Due to a reporting error, the story "Arraycomm Secures US$34 Million in Funding," which appeared on the wire Sept. 6, cited the wrong government agency that awarded Arraycomm Inc. its license to test its wireless network. The agency that awarded the license was the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The story on the wire has been corrected..

Cell Network to Acquire Germany's Aperto

BERLIN (08/23/2000) - The story "Cell Network to Acquire Germany's Aperto," posted on the wire Aug. 22, incorrectly spelt the name of Cell Network AB's chief executive officer and president. The CEO's correct name is Niklas Flyborg, not Slyborg as previously reported. The story has been corrected on the wire..

UPDATE: Intel Demos Pentium 4 at 2GHz

SAN FRANCISCO (08/22/2000) - Due to a reporting error, the story "UPDATE: Intel
Demos Pentium 4 at 2GHz" posted today on the wire incorrectly stated the type
of prototype PCs that Intel Corp. has shipped to developers. The PCs use the
Itanium processor, not the Pentium 4. The story has been corrected on the wire.