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BUSINESS
January 15, 1999 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Drawn by easier access and burgeoning opportunities for shopping and entertainment, a flood of mainstream Americans have become Internet users in the last year, with women leading the way, according to a new study. And these new users are more interested in utilitarian personal services such as weather reports and shopping than politics, news or random Web surfing--a shift in tastes that experts say could transform the nature of the Internet.
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BUSINESS
November 18, 1999 | From Dow Jones News Service
Shares of Alpha Microsystems rose more than 37% after news of a two-year licensing pact with a Danish portal company boosted wary investors' confidence in the company's plans to form an Internet unit. The contract announced by the Santa Ana Internet software and information technology company is the first for its recently formed NQL Solutions unit, said Peter Cardillo, director of research at Westfalia Investments. The company's stock rose $1.25 a share Wednesday to close at $3.
NEWS
November 9, 1999 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Microsoft Corp. may have been a ferocious competitor in the software industry, as U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson depicts in his antitrust ruling. But in many other businesses in which the software behemoth has expended billions of dollars to win market share for its products, it has been more of a paper tiger. Its Microsoft Network service remains a distant fourth among Internet service providers, about one-tenth the size of its most powerful rival, America Online Inc.
BUSINESS
September 30, 1999 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The board that controls Excite@Home Corp. is preparing to vote on whether to split the high-speed online service provider into two companies, according to sources close to the situation. Sources say AT&T, the largest shareholder of Excite@Home, with 58% of the votes, sent a formal proposal to the Excite@Home board this week that calls for separating the distribution from the content assets of the company, just months after the $7.
NEWS
August 7, 2001 | SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is volunteer night at the San Francisco Food Bank, and the dot-bombed have gathered to be reminded that somewhere, some people are even more miserable than they are. Wendy Wedlake, in capri pants, packs frozen snow peas into plastic baggies. She has been out of work for four months. Her compatriots eavesdrop sadly as she shares her story: "Laid off from an Internet market research company, third round, I was in sales, I knew it was coming. When they told me, at first I didn't even cry.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2001 | From Reuters
U.S. chip maker Analog Devices Inc. unveiled a new line of digital signal processors today that can enhance video and other functions on devices such as hand-held computers. The Blackfin chips, using an architecture developed jointly with Intel Corp., incorporate a programmer-friendly design to speed development of software and hardware, including applications that will be key to the success of next-generation wireless devices.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2001
Sales of powerful computers that are the backbone of the Web jumped to 1.1 million in the fourth quarter, up 21% from a year earlier, even as the tech sector slumped and many Internet companies collapsed, according to preliminary data from market research firm Dataquest. The growth pushed 2000 server shipments to 3.9 million units, an increase of 14% over 1999, said Dataquest, a unit of GartnerGroup.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2001 | JAMES FLANIGAN
The most devastating decline in technology stocks in decades isn't stopping tech companies from investing in the future. Intel is increasing expenditures for plants, equipment, research and development this year, despite a poor year for earnings. The big semiconductor company is following a dictum of its co-founder, Gordon Moore, that "you must spend your way out of an economic downturn because you don't get healthy on old products." JDS Uniphase--a much smaller company, but the world's No.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2001 | EDMUND SANDERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former regional Baby Bell phone companies got a cool reception Wednesday as they renewed their assault on a 1996 law they say makes it harder to compete with cable operators in offering high-speed Internet service. The telephone giants, such as SBC Communications Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2001 | LAWRENCE J. MAGID, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's easier to keep track of prospects, customers and vendors with customer relations management software and Internet services. Some are quite expensive and complicated. But modestly priced products are out there too, and some are actually easier to use. Maximizer 6.0 from Multiactive Software Inc., for example, costs $149 if you download it from the Web (http://www.maximizer.com) or $199 if you order it on CD-ROM. Competing products Act and Goldmine are similarly priced.
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