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Information Overload Is a Growing Problem

Information overload is growing rapidly, according to two University of California at Berkeley researchers. There are now 2.5 billion documents on the Web, and that number is growing at the rate of 7.3 million pages per day. The world's yearly production of print, film, optical and magnetic content would take up 1.5 billion gigabytes of storage, or about 250MB per person for every person on the planet.

Tool Tracks Employees

U.K.-based MH Software has announced the release of iCU Version 3.5, a network utility that works like an in/out board to track the whereabouts of employees. From any computer, employees can view departmentwide or companywide lists of employees and learn whether they are at lunch, at their desks or on vacation.

HP, Cisco Integrate Net Management App

Hewlett-Packard Co. and San Jose-based Cisco Systems Inc. announced last month that they are enhancing integration of HP OpenView Network Node Manager network-management software with CiscoWorks2000 network device-management software. The tightened integration should let users of HP's Web application performance VantagePoint Internet Services enhance diagnosis and root-cause analysis due to Internet slowdowns.

Amazon Picks eXcelon's Tools

Seattle-based retailer Amazon.com Inc. selected eXcelon Corp.'s business-to-business infrastructure and data management software to build a partner trading network and enable faster updates of its Web site, the Burlington, Mass.-based eXcelon said.

Amazon will use eXcelon's B2B Integration Server and B2B Portal Server to create the network and eXcelon's ObjectStore object database software to boost its Web site performance.

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