Computer Industry Briefs

Adero Enters $23.5M Deal With Inktomi

Adero Inc. has sold some of its technology and licensing some intellectual property to Inktomi Inc. in Foster City, Calif., so Waltham, Mass.-based Adero can focus on its GlobalWise services for carriers. Adero said it will receive $23.5 million in cash for the billing, settlement and traffic-reporting assets of Content Bridge, which Inktomi will now operate. Content Bridge is a vendor alliance to speed content delivery to Internet users.

CA to Spend $100M To Tout E-Business

Islandia, N.Y.-based Computer Associates International Inc. last week launched a $100 million advertising campaign in an attempt to change the firm's image among IT managers from framework software company to e-business management vendor. Although the campaign, a pet project of CEO Sanjay Kumar, follows two quarters of disappointing sales, it has been in the works since last summer, when CA founder Charles B. Wang stepped down as CEO.

Oracle Adds Linux 2.4 Support to 9i Server

Oracle Corp. is adding support for the new Linux 2.4 open-source operating system kernel to its Oracle9i application server and Oracle8i database, the company said. Oracle said that it's the first software firm to offer support for the much-anticipated kernel. The company has been touting its efforts to make its entire software portfolio Linux-compatible, having decided as early as February 1999 to upgrade Linux to a "Tier 1" platform in its operating systems strategy.

Short Takes

Taking top honors for the eighth year in a row, IBM was granted the most U.S. patents last year and outdistanced the nearest competition by nearly 900 patents, a new study says. . . . Amazon.com Inc. in Seattle said last quarter's sales will be more than $960 million, a 40% increase over the same period in 1999.

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