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Jade goes rental

New Zealand-based e-commerce software company Jade has announced the online rental of its Web development suite, following the success of its Net-based applications rental.

The first phase of the plan comes with the announcement of Jade 5.1, which offers a rental pricing option for the Jade Development Suite.

Jade management expects to be piloting the online version before the end of the year.

Oracle plays iHost with ASP strategy

Oracle has announced a significant broadening of its application service provider (ASP) strategy.

According to company media sources, the Oracle iHost initiative will see value-added service partners provide an array of hosting services to their customers using the Oracle E-Business Suite.

Oracle also announced that Oracle Business OnLine continues to show significant momentum, with over 100 customers signed to date.

The company predicts that Oracle Business OnLine and the expanded iHost partner initiative will position Oracle to maintain its leadership position in the ASP market, which market analyst Yankee Group estimates will reach $US11 billion by 2002.

I can't, says ICANN

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has conceded that its Web site is overrun and it is unable to process all the membership requests from Net users around the globe.

Reports from the US claim that many who have recently tried to sign up for ICANN membership either couldn't access the site or received an error message stating that the database was overloaded and that they should try again later.

ICANN board of directors member Vint Cerf said the at-large membership system was designed for 10,000 registrations but had received more than 145,000 to date.

Microsoft finally evicts pesky cybersquatters

Microsoft will be allowed to evict the holder of the Internet address microsoft.com after receiving a favourable ruling from the UN's anti-"cybersquatting" board.

Microsoft filed a complaint in June at the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) against Tarek Ahmed, of New York, who was the first to register the address as an Internet domain. Microsoft representatives argued that the Internet address had been registered in bad faith.


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