Stories by Clare Haney

  • Cisco to acquire companies worldwide

    Cisco Systems plans to buy between 20 and 25 companies over the next year, and potential acquisition targets are located around the world, not just in the US, the company's head has confirmed. The networking vendor is also likely to make further minority investments, he added.

  • Cisco's Chambers: It's all about survival

    Cisco Systems' head had a stark message for businesses -- embrace the Net economy as a means of survival. He also had harsh words about the US education system: Unless it improves, he said, the country may lose jobs to other nations.

  • Cisco to buy up 20 to 25 companies, not all in US

    Cisco Systems plans to buy between 20 and 25 companies over the next year, and potential acquisition targets are located around the world, not just in the US, the company's head confirmed last week. The networking vendor is also likely to make further minority investments, he added.

  • MS/DOJ: Talks due with mediator

    Microsoft and the US Department of Justice (DOJ), are reportedly to begin talks behind closed doors today with the recently appointed court mediator, concerning their ongoing antitrust lawsuit.

  • MS/DOJ: Talks due Tuesday with mediator

    Microsoft and the US Department of Justice (DOJ), are reportedly to begin talks behind closed doors Tuesday with the recently appointed court mediator concerning their ongoing antitrust lawsuit.

  • Unisys CEO declares W2K data centre ready

    Microsoft's upcoming Windows 2000 operating system is finally ready for prime time use in data centres, Unisys CEO Larry Weinbach claimed at Comdex last week. He also predicted that the next wave of data centre users will be `hybrids', companies that will combine tradit- ional bricks-and-mortar operations with becoming a `dot-com' firm.

  • Comdex: Gates stresses reliability

    Microsoft chairman and CEO Bill Gates again kicked off Fall Comdex with the opening keynote speech, this year trumpeting the reliability and scalability offered by the forthcoming Windows 2000 operating system, and emphasising the role that XML (extensible markup language) will play on the Web and in electronic commerce.

  • Sybase chief touts mobile push

    Sybase, despite its current dominance in the market for mobile databases, is readying itself for further competition in the mobile arena, according to John Chen, Sybase's chairman, CEO and president. The US company aims to keep ahead of the game by increasing its support for embedded applications, he added. In a recent interview with Clare Haney, Chen explained how he believes his company can maintain its competitive edge in the mobile world and touted the development of Sybase's EIP (enterprise information portal) products and services. He also tackled the thorny topic of lack of support for SAP AG's R/3 ERP (enterprise resource planning) applications in Sybase's high-end relational databases, as well as his company's own move into the applications business

  • MyWeb COO: PC, TV portals will diverge

    Coming up with ways to get a significantly greater proportion of China's 1.2 billion population online rapidly is likely to be highly lucrative, given that only a tiny fraction, some 4 million people, are currently using the Internet. Television-centric Net portals would seem to be one answer, since there are already around 350 million television sets in China. MyWeb Inc.com, a San Francisco-based company, is banking on such TV portals to make a big splash in the Chinese market. One of its core businesses is developing portals for TV set-top boxes. The company, originally known as Cybersource, was founded by three entrepreneurs in Singapore four years ago and first aimed at the market in Malaysia. MyWeb launched its software in China last July and already, the vendor estimates that up to 90 per cent of all set-top boxes sold in China today include its TV portal. The TV portal itself is averaging 1 million page views a day and has 150,000 registered users, according to MyWeb.

  • 3Com to become e-networks supplier

    January's planned spin-off of Palm Computing should not only enable 3Com to refocus its operations squarely on the networking technology arena, but also to evangelise the concept of intelligent networks, according to 3Com's chief executive. in an interview with Clare Haney, Eric Benhamou, chairman and chief executive officer of 3Com, talked about intelligent networks, Palm's expanding focus and one of his key concerns - the fall in research and development (R&D) investment in the US and worldwide. Benhamou also came up with a new tagline for 3Com's business going forward: 'We create e-networks for e-businesses'

  • CMGI, Pacific Century unit in stock swap deal

    US Net investment company CMGI and a unit of Hong Kong-based Pacific Century Group (PCG) have agreed to a stock swap deal, the two firms announced last week. The pair are additionally holding talks about a possible Asian Net joint venture, CMGI said.

  • Intel to take over Olicom's development group

    US chip giant Intel will absorb the development group of networking equipment maker Olicom A/S, Olicom announced yesterday. The move continues the planned sell-off of Olicom's assets amid deep financial losses at the Danish company.

  • Acer announces strong growth

    The end of August was a happy time, financially speaking, for Taiwan's Acer. The company announced after-tax profits of $NT2.7 billion ($135.2 million) for the six-month period ending in June, a 201 per cent rise over the first six months of last year.

  • Microsoft move could boost e-book sales

    Microsoft is to give product details of an application that should make it easier for users to read text on their computer screens. Readability has been one of the prime inhibitors to consumers embracing electronic books, or e-books, which can be read from computers or specialised devices.