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  • Eclipse slated to become independent group early next month

    IBM To Relinquish Leadership Of Tools Consortium
    The IBM-led Eclipse open-source consortium plans to transition to an independent nonprofit organization, a move slated to be unveiled Feb. 3 at the first annual EclipseCon show in Anaheim, Calif.
  • Two Wireless Giants Bounce Back
    Motorola and Lucent Technologies, veteran wireless technology companies that had been staggering, this week reported signs that they have recovered.
  • Motorola CEO Eyes More Cost Cuts
    Motorola, already significantly smaller after an extended restructuring, faces the prospects of more cuts under new CEO Ed Zander.
  • IBM, HP Release Proposed Web Services Standard
    IBM, Hewlett-Packard Co and other high-tech companies on Tuesday released a web services specification for interoperability between systems within a supply chain, grid computing and an infrastructure management environment.
  • Inside the Three Toughest Jobs In Technology
    Gateway, Novell and Sun are irrelevant, critics say. But their ceos have made bold changes to ensure their companies can still compete. detractors wonder if these men are up for the challenge.
  • What Innovation Is All About
    What you hold in your hands is more than a lexicon of new products that were introduced last year: It is a document that proves innovation is not only alive and well but also flourishing in our industry.
  • HP Blends A New Unit
    You can fault Hewlett-Packard for many things--but not for standing still. In its latest bid to take on its two largest rivals, Dell and IBM, the world's second-largest computing giant is in the process once
  • Tornado and others meet a growing white-box demand

    Notebooks Take Market By Storm
    For tornado Computers, the emerging trend of custom-built notebook computers in the white-box channel has swept in much like the eponymous weather event. In the past, Ron Merts, a senior vice president at Tornado Computers, an Oklahoma City-based systems builder, had only flirted with the idea of building unbranded laptop and notebook computers. But for the longest time, he didn't see a reason to take the chance.
  • Apple’s Mac: 20 Years Later And Without A Channel
    Perhaps it is fitting that I arrived bleary-eyed at a San Francisco hotel the first week of January and casually glanced at a sign for a trade-show agenda. It seemed as obscure as the thousands of ubiquitous placards I have seen providing details of bus schedules or keynote addresses for a wide variety of conferences. That is until I looked more closely. The steel pedestal framed the agenda for Macworld. Macworld? Not one to blame others, I wondered how in the world I could find myself unaware that Macworld was scheduled for the next day. Did I miss the e-mail from Apple's PR department?
  • Can Synnex Continue On Its Path?
    It wasn't much of a surprise when Synnex announced its initial public offering just two days before Thanksgiving. The upstart distributor, led by founder, president and CEO Robert Huang, had been hoping for the right moment to launch an IPO for some time. But now that Synnex is public, many are beginning to wonder how it can meet all the expectations on it while retaining its low-profile, no-frills heritage.
  • Strategic Technologies: Growing Slow Gracefully
    When Strategic Technologies acquired Allied Group in 2002, management didn't expect the company to decrease in revenue by more than 40 percent in two years. But it's OK. In fact, Michael Shook, its president and CEO, couldn't be happier.
  • But are the SMB solutions living up to expectations?

    IBM Gets Serious About Express
    Just more than a year has passed since IBM cast its line downstream in hopes of reeling in a bounty of SMB customers. The Express portfolio, IBM's simpler, cheaper version of its flagship infrastructure products, has engendered a lot of buzz in that time, growing from a single portal product to 14 different pieces of IBM software. By all accounts, Express is helping IBM gain traction in a market it once ignored, one that AMI analysts value at a whopping $300 billion.