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E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

Can Apple Break the 5 Percent Barrier?

Apple Computer has accomplished a raft of goals since Steve Jobs returned to its helm in 1997. It has revolutionized the consumer PC with two generations of iMacs; pioneered the so-called digital hub concept, which gives consumers the ability to assemble movies as well as catalog and manipulate digital photographs; introduced the iPod, considered by many Mac and Windows users to be the best digital music player ever developed; and recently launched the iTunes Music Store, which allows users to pay for and download songs without being tied to complicated subscription agreements or limitations on how purchased media can be played...

Inside Oracle’s High-Stakes PeopleSoft Grab

Oracle's high-stakes bid for PeopleSoft, announced Friday, seemed to come out of nowhere. ...

E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

Dell to HP: Catch Me If You Can

When Hewlett-Packard merged with Compaq just over a year ago, the combined company surpassed Dell in PC sales -- but with continued yearly growth rates of more than 20 percent, Dell had regained the top spot by the first quarter of this year. Moreover, just last week, Dell reported its worldwide shipments had increased by nearly 30 percent year over year and revenues had jumped 18 percent in the same time period...

E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

Secrets of Internet Sales Tax

In recent months, a few large e-tailers, including Target.com and Walmart.com (NYSE: WMT), started charging sales tax on purchases made through their sites. Although this event took place largely without fanfare, it marked a watershed moment in the history of online commerce. ...

E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

Is Apple the Next Music Titan?

Apple's new iTunes Music Store might be justifiably called Napster's legitimate heir. Unlike competing music services like PressPlay or Rhapsody, the iTunes Store does not entail complicated subscriptions, mandatory fees or inconsistent pricing schemes. Instead, users may choose from a catalog of more than 200,000 songs encompassing selections from all of the "Big 5" record labels -- and once a song is purchased for a flat 99-cent fee, it can be burned to a CD or copied to another computer or iPod device with few restrictions...

E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

The Business Case for Windows Server 2003, Part 2

As Microsoft ramps up its Windows Server 2003 launch, enterprises large and small are trying to decide whether to upgrade to the new platform. Analysts interviewed for part 1 of this article agreed that, on the whole, Microsoft's latest server OS is solid, stable and offers useful new features. ...

E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

The Business Case for Windows Server 2003, Part 1

After much waiting and ample fanfare, Microsoft finally is launching its Windows Server 2003 platform. Although the company declined to comment, its Web site bills the new operating system as "a highly productive infrastructure that helps make your network a strategic asset for your organization." ...

E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

Does Apple Still Need Microsoft?

Nearly six years have passed since Microsoft agreed to invest US$150 million in Apple Computer and continue developing Mac versions of its Office application suite for at least five years ...

I-Marketing Interview: Hewlett-Packard

Marius Haas, vice president of worldwide e-business mindshare at Hewlett-Packard, worked for Compaq for seven years before that company merged with HP. He also led efforts to integrate both companies' e-business groups during the nine months preceding the official merger. According to Haas, that integration has gone well ...

Nintendo Enters Price War with $50 GameCube Cut

Nintendo announced Monday that it is cutting the U.S. price of its GameCube gaming console to US$149.95, a 25 percent reduction from the original list price of $199. The reduced price will take effect Tuesday ...

Microsoft Judge Stakes Out Scope of Settlement

The U.S. District Court judge presiding over the Microsoft antitrust settlement posed several questions Wednesday about the extent of proposed penalties to be levied against the software giant ...

Microsoft Reportedly Buying Navision for $1.2B

According to reports, Microsoft is expected to purchase Danish enterprise software company Navision for about US$1.2 billion ...

Amazon Expects To Beat Q1 Forecast

Providing a welcome dose of good news amid a flurry of dire earnings forecasts, e-tail giant Amazon.com said Monday that it would post a narrower-than-expected loss for the first quarter due to surging electronic sales ...

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