Microsoft Names Head of .Net Group

Microsoft Corp. launched its .Net division last week and announced that Bob Muglia will head the .Net services unit as group vice president. Muglia will focus on the development of software, subscription services and interface design for the .Net division, Microsoft said in a statement. The .Net services division will be part of the new personal services and devices group headed by Rick Belluzzo, Microsoft said.

Bluefly May Sell

New York-based online retailer Bluefly Inc. last week posted substantial revenue increases but announced that it is low on cash and might look for buyers. Bluefly, which bills itself as "the outlet store in your home," posted a loss of $5.3 million for the second quarter. The company has engaged New York-based Credit Suisse First Boston Corp. as a financial adviser and has formed an internal committee to evaluate three options for its future: raising more money, fashioning new partnerships or selling out.

Convenient Connection

Leveraging the technical muscle of corporate parent Oracle Corp., e-Travel Inc. has released a slate of Web-enabled services that add travel management capabilities to purchasing, human resources and other back-office functions. While e-Travel doesn't have the market share of competitors such as Sabre BTS or GetThere Inc., its latest services are taking business-to-business travel technology to a new level, said Kate Rice, an analyst at Sherman, Conn.-based online travel research firm PhoCusWright Inc.

You Can Be a Registrar

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will start accepting applications for companies that want to become domain-name registries on Sept. 5. The registries will manage the new top-level domains that are under consideration, such as .biz, .firm, .ecom and .union. ICANN is charging a $50,000 application fee. The deadline is Oct. 2.

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