Stories by Scarlet Pruitt

Gates warns against shutting out Asian rivals

LONDON (01/26/2004) - At a conference that began with widespread saber-rattling over the threat China and India pose in taking jobs away from more developed nations, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates encouraged attendees of the U.K. government's Advancing Enterprise Conference to take a more global view of these countries' growth.

Study: RIAA lawsuits curb music downloads

The number of U.S. Internet users downloading peer-to-peer (P-to-P) music files has significantly dropped in recent months, according to a new study proposing that recording industry lawsuits against individual downloaders could have contributed to the fall.

IDC: Wi-Fi hype contrasts with reality

Analyst firm IDC threw some cold water on the hotspot hype this week, predicting that although worldwide commercial Wi-Fi locations are set to grow 57 percent annually over the next five years, the market is still young and rife with uncertainty.

Survey: Startups may have trouble luring top execs

Technology startups may have a more difficult time luring seasoned executives to top posts, a new survey indicates, as candidates increasingly opt for stability and cash over the traditional dotcom trademarks of risky ventures and stock options.

AOLTW to report on another tumultuous quarter

Just one day before AOL Time Warner (AOLTW) is set to release its first quarter 2003 results, reports surfaced Tuesday that a government probe into the company's accounting practices has widened even further.

US government agencies hop aboard Liberty Alliance

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) have become some of the latest members to join the Liberty Alliance Project for implementing open standards for identity management on the Web.

Cautious IT spending predicted for 2003

IT spending is expected to grow slightly in 2003, according to two new reports, as technology buyers grapple with a continued economic downturn and the prospect of a US-led war with Iraq.

IETF creates anti-spam research group

Underscoring growing concern over spam, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has created a new Anti-Spam Research Group (ASRG) that aims to put unsolicited commercial e-mail in its crosshairs by setting standards for spam detection and potential legislation.

Watershed moment for enterprise IM, experts say

In recent months, instant messaging (IM) has marched right through companies' back doors and onto the center stage. Widespread use of consumer IM products in the office has led to a rash of enterprise IM offerings, and now that the technology has been upgraded to business class, many are left wondering what will come next.

Security tool offers to rein in at-work IM use

At-work instant messaging (IM) addicts beware: Web security firm Blue Coat Systems Inc. is planning to release an application that can monitor, log and manage employees' consumer IM use.