Stories by John Blau

  • When a customer looks abroad, send in the CEO

    None other than Microsoft Chief Executive Officer, Steve Ballmer, paid a personal visit to Munich city mayor, Christian Ude, at the end of last month to drum up support for the company's operating system software, that faces growing competition from open-source Linux, according to a report in the German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, citing people familiar with the situation.

  • Alliance to certify Wi-Fi security specs by May

    The Wi-Fi Alliance expects to certify by May its WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) set of specifications in the first of several efforts to provide greater security to users of high-speed wireless networks, a technical expert with the alliance, Andrea Vocale, said.

  • WLAN smart card consortium launched

    A new industry consortium will develop standards for smart card technology to help corporate users gain secure, easy access to public high- speed wireless Internet networks sprouting up around the globe.

  • Logica, CMG in merger talks

    Logica and CMG are holding preliminary talks about merging their operations to save costs and remain competitive in the tough market for IT services.

  • Nokia, IBM sign deal on wireless services

    Nokia and IBM announced Tuesday a licensing deal and an agreement to collaborate in the development of software for the secure delivery of digital content over wireless networks.

  • Where is Siemens networking headed?

    Something had to go. Siemens AG agreed on Monday to abandon its loss-making edge router company Unisphere Networks in a bid to focus on its lucrative core voice business. The move was prompted in large part by a sharp decline in carrier and corporate spending on new equipment last year, with little hope of recovery before 2003. The question now is: Where is Siemens' networking strategy headed?