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E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

How Web Services Will Change E-Business

Web service1.A Web service is a software system identified by a URI [RFC 2396], whose public interfaces and bindings are defined and described using XML. Its definition can be discovered by other software systems. These systems may then interact with the Web service in a manner prescribed by its definition, using XML based messages conveyed by Internet protocols...

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The Big Business of Fighting Spam

What do Viagra, stock tips, personal ads and activities with farm animals have in common? They are all the subject lines of unwanted, unsolicited e-mail messages, not-so-affectionately known as spam. The sheer volume of electronic junk mail has overwhelmed users' inboxes and IT managers in the past few years, consuming valuable bandwidth and storage space while embarrassing and annoying its recipients...

IBM Wins Ford Motor Services Contract

IBM has achieved a major win in the automotive industry, inking a services contract with Ford Motor Company, along with a French software firm ...

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Data Storage Trends To Watch

The tale is familiar: Enterprises are generating massive amounts of data -- e-mail, Word documents, video, audio and databases -- and IT managers are scrambling to identify and purchase the most cost-effective, easy-to-manage storage solutions available. ...

AOL Books $99 Billion Loss; Turner To Step Down

After reporting that it ended its fiscal year an unprecedented US$99 billion in the red, AOL Time Warner said Wednesday that Ted Turner also will step down from his post as vice chairman in May. ...

Music Retailers Vie for Digital Download Market

In yet another effort by the recording industry to capture the elusive hearts of the music-swapping public, six brick-and-mortar record store chains have formed a consortium to provide consumers with online and in-store access to digital downloads. ...

U.S.: Identity Theft Complaints Skyrocket

Instances of identity theft nearly doubled in 2002, topping the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's list of consumer complaints and accounting for 43 percent of the agency's fraud reports. ...

Study: Consumers Plan More Online Spending in 2003

U.S. consumers' confidence in Internet products and services remains high, and they plan to spend US$4.8 billion online during the first quarter of 2003, up from $4.6 billion in the year-ago period, according to a survey released Friday. In addition, the number of consumers who said they plan to shop online in the first three months of this year increased 9 percent compared with last year, to 56 percent...

Case Steps Down as AOL Chairman

Steve Case has announced he will resign as AOL's chairman, following a lengthy battle to meld old and new media after the company's 2001 acquisition of Time Warner ...

Holiday Sales Strong in Game Console Market

In a holiday shopping season that was strong across the board for e-commerce but relatively weak for offline retailers, video gaming got a turbo-powered boost. Leading console maker Sony sold 8.5 million PlayStation2 units worldwide, up 24 percent compared with the 2001 holiday period. In North America, the surge was even more pronounced: Sony sold 4 million consoles in this region alone, 42 percent more than in 2001...

Investigative Report – Part I: Concerns Mount over Symantec

On paper, Symantec (Nasdaq: SYMC) appears to be one of the hottest tech companies around. Propelled in part by users' need to defend against a rash of destructive and well-publicized computer worms like Code Red, Nimda and SirCam, its stock price has jumped 70 percent in the past year. Nonetheless, leading industry experts seem to be far from enamored with the company. Some stock analysts have even responded by placing sell or hold ratings on Symantec, while others question the company's ability to compete successfully in some of its most important markets. Another leading analyst stated that Symantec may have recently squandered nearly a billion dollars on the acquisition of a related company whose technology is a "non-factor" in today's market. In Part I of this investigative report series, the E-Commerce Times goes beyond the headlines to find out what industry insiders really think of Symantec, and why so many are concerned about its future...

Ask Jeeves Revamps Web Ad Strategy

In a move to simplify its user interface, search engine Ask Jeeves has announced it will discontinue use of banner ads on all of its Web sites, instead focusing on sponsored searches, paid for by advertisers, to generate revenue ...

Reports: 2002 E-Commerce Spending Skyrocketed

Driven by convenience and efficiency, e-commerce spending most likely topped US$74 billion in 2002, a 39 percent jump from 2001, according to Web traffic measurement firm comScore Media Metrix ...

Report: Global Chip Sales Grow at Snail’s Pace

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), a trade group that counts Intel and AMD among its members, has announced that global sales of semiconductors increased just 1.9 percent to US$12.51 billion in November compared with October levels. The slow growth rate, which bucks the usual holiday spending trend, signals that the semiconductor industry is still struggling to overcome its worst-ever slump in 2001...

Books, Music, Video Top Holiday Online Shopping Lists

Hoping to avoid long lines at the register and searching for bargains, holiday e-shoppers turned to books, music, videos and DVDs as their top choices. Together, these items represented 17.8 percent of all holiday spending, accounting for nearly US$1.9 billion this season, according to a report issued by Goldman Sachs & Co., Harris Interactive and Nielsen//NetRatings.

Oracle Beats Estimates; Says Worst Is Over

The number two software supplier Oracle said Wednesday it had beaten its ownconservative quarterly estimates and indicated the company's financialdownturn may be coming to an end ...

Gateway Ups Holiday Ante with 2-for-1 PCs

In a first for the PC industry, Gateway has announced it will entice holiday shoppers with a "buy one, get one free" PC deal ...

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The E-Business of Homeland Security

When nearly 1,000 IT organizations descended on the Homeland Security TechExpo in Washington, D.C., this fall, all had the same goal: to garner a piece of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pie, worth a total US$38 billion ...

HP, NEC Ink Services Alliance

Technology giant Hewlett-Packard and Japanese telecommunications firm NEC have announced they will provide joint outsourcing services for organizations in China, Japan and the United States. The offering eventually may extend to other areas, including Southeast Asia and Europe ...

Yahoo! Branches into Small-Biz Web Hosting

The world's most-trafficked Web site said Monday that it willbegin offering Web hosting packages aimed at small businesses ...

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