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Porn site reveals too much BMW, car maker says

BMW is trying to clean up its act on the Web. The German car maker sent a letter of complaint to an adult search engine based in the Netherlands, asking it to remove references to its cars that appear in search listings for adult content.

Sybase upgrades PowerBuilder, plots RFID move

Sybase released a new version of its application development tool on Monday, called PowerBuilder 10, and outlined plans for an upgrade to its database software, Adaptive Server Enterprise, which will go into beta at the end of this month and is due f...

Yahoo buys Oddpost e-mail company

Yahoo Inc. has acquired Oddpost Inc., a San Francisco startup that provides an innovative, Web-based e-mail service, and plans to use its technology to spruce up Yahoo Mail and other Yahoo services, the companies confirmed Friday.

Nokia sees progress next year for mobile apps

Nokia expects work to be wrapped up early next year on a new Java standard that should make it easier to manage business and consumer applications on mobile phones and other wireless devices, Nokia's chief technology officer said Wednesday.

BEA tries open-source tack with Workshop Java tool

BEA Systems plans to release the source code for part of its WebLogic Workshop Java development environment, a move that it hopes will spur wider use of the product and eventually steer more customers toward its WebLogic family of Java server softwar...

Adobe to add grid features to desktop app

Adobe Systems is preparing a version of its After Effects Professional software that will be able to run across a group of computers in order to boost performance, bringing the concept of grid computing to a commercial desktop application for perhaps...

Music stars join Fiorina in stand against piracy

Sheryl Crow, Dr. Dre and Alicia Keys were a few of the big-name artists who joined Carly Fiorina on stage at the Consumer Electronics Show Thursday, where the Hewlett-Packard (HP) chief executive took perhaps the toughest stand yet by a technology in...

HP to sell its own iPod in deal with Apple

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) plans to release a digital music player later this year based on Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod in a partnership between the companies announced Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) here in Las Vegas.

Panasonic chief says connectivity is key

Panasonic's top executive showed off a bag of technology tricks at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Thursday, including a new networking technology that could soon be used to shuttle data around the home or office at a nifty 170M bps (bits ...

Microsoft SPOT watches to see light in January

Microsoft will use January's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to announce wrist watches and wireless services based on its Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT), a Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

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