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Authors spar over HP-Compaq merger

The tale of Hewlett-Packard Co.'s acquisition of Compaq Computer Corp. is one of intrigue, executive wrangling and even allusions to castration, according to two authors who penned books on the topic and discussed their viewpoints last recently.

RIAA raids alleged music pirates in New York

The Recording Industry Association of America Inc. (RIAA) and the U.S. Secret Service raided an alleged music piracy operation in New York on Monday, seizing what they say is the largest amount of recording equipment used for music piracy purposes in...

Microsoft forms committee to oversee its actions

Microsoft Corp. named three members of its antitrust compliance committee on Friday, an initial step in complying with court-ordered sanctions designed to keep the software maker's behavior in check.

Sun's Linux leader ready to use Linux

Those rare animals at Sun Microsystems Inc. using rival Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system have edged closer to extinction, as the company's head of operating systems has decided the time is right to live the lifestyle and move to Linux.

Sun yet to answer challenge from users

Sun Microsystems has yet to respond to a challenge from a group of its users made earlier this week, calling for an public debate about the future of the Solaris operating systems on Intel chips.

RIAA Web site hack allows music file downloads

The Recording Industry Association of America Inc.'s (RIAA) Web site apparently was hacked Wednesday, forcing the music industry backer into a most unnatural act -- providing free music for download.

HP Q3 revenue drops from a year ago

Hewlett-Packard Co. continued to suffer from a slow down in technology spending in its third fiscal quarter, as the company Tuesday posted a drop-off in revenue compared to last year. HP generated US$16.5 billion in revenue for the quarter ending Jul...

Dell shores up low end of server line

Dell Computer on Monday released a pair of servers with Intel chip technology that comparable servers from competitors don't yet feature, thus offering small-and medium-sized business customers more powerful systems.

Sun and Apple not working on StarOffice for Mac

Sun Microsystems Inc. and Apple Computer Inc. have no concrete plans to codevelop a version of Sun's StarOffice productivity suite for the Mac OS X operating system, two open-source developers and a Sun official said Monday.

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