CRN Channel News


  • InfoSpace Taps Switchboard For Business Search Push
    With its $160 million acquisition of Switchboard, InfoSpace will position the merged company to grab a bigger piece of the business-directory pie, as the online component of business inquiries is growing at the expense of traditional business-print directories.
  • QandA: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer On Windows, Longhorn, And The EU's Ruling
    On March 22, four days after returning from negotiations with the European Union in Brussels, and two days before the EU's ruling against Microsoft, CEO Steve Ballmer sat down for an interview with InformationWeek editors at Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., campus. Following are some excerpts, which have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.
  • Wireless E-Mail Companies Settle Patent Lawsuits
    Research in Motion Ltd. and Good Technology Inc. have settled their messy patent fight with Good agreeing to pay RIM an undisclosed amount of quarterly royalties, the two companies announced Friday.
  • Management Shakeup Costs Gateway Attal, Formichelli
    Gateway has had ups and down in recent years, but it's never stood still. That continues to this day as the Poway, Calif.-based company has announced yet another management reorganization as it combines forces with the recently acquired eMachines and attempts to bounce back from recent losses stemming from its efforts to reinvent itself as an end-to-end consumer electronics and PC provider.
  • VARBusiness 500 Awards: Mark the Date!
    Get set for the 2004 VARBusiness 500 Awards. Tuesday, June 15, is the day the editors of VARBusiness will be hosting the most prestigious and talked-about channel event of the year in which we will honor the best and brightest solution providers. Our editors will be handing out awards to those that have posted industry-leading results in the past year.
  • HP Wants You At Its Service(s)
    Howard Cohen has attended HP's annual partner conference religiously for more than a dozen years. However, this year's conference, held in Los Angeles this week, turned out to be the best yet, said Cohen, who is executive vice president for business development at New York-based MTM Information Technologies. HP apparently achieved what it set out to do: to convince partners that the channel is going to be its key delivery mechanism of products and, more important, services.
  • SATA Hard Drives Pushing IDE, SCSI Aside
    The Serial ATA hard-drive format is quickly displacing IDE drives in entry-level servers and is starting to displace SCSI drives in higher-end models, white-box server makers report.
  • Apache J2EE-Certified App Server Due Soon
    The Apache Software Foundation plans to release a fully J2EE-compliant application server in August, a move industry observers say could exert pricing pressure on commercial Java app server vendors such as BEA Systems.
  • Now, The Hard Part
    I was slouching around the Los Angeles airport departure lounge last Wednesday morning when the traveler next to me asked eagerly what I did for a living. He had overheard me on my PDA/phone commiserating with fellow editors about how to play this week's cover story about Hewlett-Packard.
  • Brainless Branding
    Not a day goes by without some manufacturer reminding the channel about the need to add value. But the question many solution providers are raising is: What value do manufacturers add in a world dominated by commodity systems?
  • Executive Decision
    Solution providers were stunned by the sudden departure of Ingram Micro President and COO Mike Grainger last Tuesday, which came as the result of a succession plan implemented by the distributor's board.
  • Microsoft Partners React
    Channel partners had mixed reactions over the antitrust penalties leveled last week against Microsoft by the European Commission.
  • CTIA Delivers New Mobile Solutions
    This year's CTIA Wireless show in Atlanta turned up a menagerie of new capabilities and data applications for mobile devices, as well as partnerships to improve wireless networks and deliver mobile solutions.
  • <I>CRN</I> Interview: Carly Fiorina, Hewlett-Packard
    Hewlett-Packard Chairman and CEO Carly Fiorina last week addressed HP's Americas Partners, underscoring their $50 billion contribution to HP's $73 billion in annual revenue last year as a critical role in the success of its adaptive enterprise strategy. Afterward, Fiorina fielded questions in an exclusive interview with CMP Media Channel Group President Robert Faletra, VARBusiness Editorial Director Robert C. DeMarzo and CRN Editor Heather Clancy.

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