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All Ordinaries get a facelift

Dotcom startups Adultshop, InvestorWeb, Kidznet and Wine Planet were ranked among Australia's top 500 companies when the ASX kicked off its new All Ordinaries Index yesterday.

IBM steps closer to the edge

In what it described as a "major strategic initiative", IBM has launched locally a range of personal computing devices to form part of the technology giant's new NetVista brand. First mooted about a month ago, the range is now officially launched int...

Optus kicks off B2B sites

Cable & Wireless Optus (CWO) kicked off its business-to-business ecommerce platforms today with the launch of its CWO Marketsite and Enterprise BuySite.

Telcos rising -- but not enough

Local telcos outperformed the ASX All Ords by 11 per cent over the past six months; however, their results over the past year have been dismal in contrast to their US and Japanese counterparts, research by Deloitte has revealed.

Searching for Olympic gold online

Local search giant LookSmart will be going for gold this September after it signed a deal to become the official search engine and directory provider to olympics.com.

Companies bet on net gambling

Online gambling's popularity is such a sure bet, two players, Lasseters Casino and Gamble.com, are confident their respective floats will raise millions for product development and technology.

Yahoo in the Palm of your hand

Hot on the heels of its successful Nasdaq listing and the release of its new handheld units to the local market this week, Palm Computing has signed a deal with US-based Yahoo.

Time out for AOL and AAPT

Share trading in telecommunications giant AAPT was halted this morning after the company revealed it is in discussions with AOL "concerning AOL Australia".

Online Government: Act One

While the National Party continued to raise concerns over the quality and availability of communications technology in the bush this week, the Federal Government has said it is a step closer to putting most of its services online.

Solutions giant snags more deals

Ever-expanding IT solutions company Solution 6 is set to loosen its belt another notch after announcing it intends to swallow up Sausage Software in a billion-dollar takeover bid.

Paying for classifieds? Get stuffed

In a move it said would "challenge the traditional domain" of Australia's media giants, independent auction site Stuff.com.au has introduced free online classifieds.

Spend your last minutes online

Local online travel shop travel.com.au has signed a deal with London-based Net company Last Minute Network to establish lastminute.com in Australia and New Zealand.

ASX stocks up on IT

As part of its goal to be "the best" outsourcer in the Asia-Pacific, Kaz Computer Services listed on the ASX today opening at $3.20, up more than 200 per cent on its one dollar issue price.

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