Stories by Nancy Weil

OAUG: Ellison claims no Y2K worries, but ...

Larry Ellison isn't worried that the year 2000 computer problem will cause turmoil, really he isn't, he insisted on Tuesday. But, just in case, the Oracle chief executive officer and chairman has most of his engineering and support staffs on call for the end of this year and the beginning of next. offers online tech support

Computer users frustrated with fruitless searches for information to help them with software or hardware problems may find relief at a Web site launched today that includes resource directories for commonly used products.

Lotus halts eSuite development

Rumours of the death of Lotus Development's eSuite desktop software line proved not to have been exaggerated yesterday as the company confirmed it has pulled the plug on marketing and development.

Cisco, Apple invest in Akamai

Akamai Technologies has attracted a couple of big-name investors: Cisco Systems and Apple Computer both have bought into the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup that offers Internet content delivery services.
The Cisco deal was announced yesterday and the Apple investment, made in June, was revealed. As an indication of the fast track Akamai seems to be on, the Cisco investment of $US49 million amounts to a 4 per cent stake in the company, while Apple's $12.5 million June investment bought it about 5 per cent of Akamai, which is privately held.

ICANN controversy extends to White House

With the testing period for a new internet domain registration extended on Friday until September 10, the White House has been drawn into the ongoing battle of words between US lawmakers and those charged with overseeing the process of privatising the registration process.
Representative Tom Bliley, a Virginia Democrat and chairman of the House Commerce Committee, on Wednesday wrote to White House counsel Charles Ruff, seeking to "gain a better understanding" of whether a senior White House official helped the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) raise funds, and if he did whether those fund-raising activities were legal.

EMC to buy Data General for $US1.1B

Storage systems, software and services vendor EMC is to buy Data General for about $US1.1 billion in a deal aimed to give EMC a greater share of the midrange storage market.