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Week Commencing February 10th 2003

Finfacts selections of tech features from the web

Tech execs should eat their cooking

Insider buying in the tech sector recently hit a 5-1/2 year low -- here are some notable exceptions.

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - If a friend invited you over to dinner and served up a casserole made out of unidentifiable slop, would you eat it? Maybe -- if only to be polite.

Now what if this friend proceeded to order out for pizza instead of ingesting his creepy culinary concoction?

hese days, tech investors face the same dilemma. They're being tempted to gobble up beaten-down tech shares even though there is little hope of much earnings growth. Investors are being told that the capital spending outlook won't get worse (though it's not getting better) and that valuations are approaching sensible levels.

But technology executives aren't eating their own cooking. The amount of insider buying in the tech sector is woefully low. How low is it? Glad you asked. CNET

Moore predicts more computing advances

Moore's Law, the guiding principle that maps progress in electronics and computing, has another decade of unhindered success to look forward to. But Dr Gordon Moore, the creator of this legendary measurement, told a meeting of the world's top chip designers and engineers on Monday that its future will depend on their ability to innovate.

"It will be a real challenge," Dr Moore told the 50th anniversary meeting of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.

"No exponential is forever. Your job is to delay forever."

In 1965 Gordon Moore stated that the number of transistors on a semiconductor would double roughly every two years, as would overall chip performance. BBC Tech

MS Frets Not Over Slammer, Linux
Despite online flap over a line in Microsoft's latest SEC filing referencing open-source software's impact on sales of its own applications, as well as reports that a South Korean civic group may sue over Slammer damages, the tech giant isn't losing any sleep. By Michelle Delio. Wired

The Theory and Practice of the Internet

Feb. 4 —  Often when I’m giving a speech, someone in the audience asks what they can read to get a handle on the Internet. It’s always been tough to answer: I read constantly about the Internet, when I’m not actually on the Internet, and I always feel like the whole thing is still two steps ahead of me.-NEWSWEEK

Building a .NET Mobile Solution
This session focuses on exlpaining the differences between Web Form and Mobile Forms Development and how to build these types of applications. ZDNET

Internet B2B: Are these the good old days?

Electronic commerce, e-marketplaces, B2B integration. These words all hearken back to the glory days of the Internet. The world of business-to-business commerce was going to be completely transformed by the Internet.

E-market exchanges developed by start-ups like VerticalNet and Chemdex would radically change the way industries connect and trade with partners and suppliers. Dozens of e-commerce providers sprouted up--such as Commerce One, Ariba, and i2--promising friction-free e-commerce for businesses via the Internet. ZDNET

Building Up the 'Trust'

Microsoft Corp. is stepping up its Trustworthy Computing efforts as it readies the release of Windows Server 2003—a product viewed by company executives and customers alike as a crucial test of the security program's effectiveness. E-Week

Online ads pull in Fortune 500 fans
A new study shows that many of America's largest businesses are advertising on the Internet, a trend that could portend a rebound for the industry in 2003

Where B2B exchanges went wrong
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Google Turns Its Gaze to Online Shopping
Shoppers have a new Internet tool: Froogle, launched Thursday as part of the Google search service. -The Washington Post

A Non-Geek's Gift Guide To Tech Gear
From consumer electronics to computers, there's the holiday gadget list. -The Washington Post

No Big Pickup Seen in IT Spending

Nearly two years ago, many experts predicted that a rebound in\par information technology spending was just around the corner. But the technology business, including the dozens of local consultants and suppliers that thrived here in the late 1990s, is still waiting. With 2003 quickly approaching, industry analysts are now curtailing their optimism and forecasting that if a pickup does occur at all in the next 12 months, it will look more like a slow, sloping curve than a spike. Washington Post