Latest financial news.Novell SuSE CTO to leave Novell, 03\/28\/06SuSE CTO Juergen Geck is planning to leave Novell at the end of the month.Weblog: Sprint's ambassadors of ill will, 03\/27\/06This week we have marketing, blogging, marketing through blogging, and questions about journalistic ethics all wrapped up in a messy little package. And at the end I get caught taking a freebie from Verizon.Nortel to simplify, expand services offerings, 03\/27\/06Nortel announced Monday that it will simplify its services offerings as well as provide integration of equipment from other vendors, in an effort to spur new revenue from the services it offers to large businesses and service providers.Cool Tools: Testing Cingular's 3G network, 03\/27\/06The scoop: Sierra Wireless AirCard 860 with Cingular Edge wireless service, about $100 (after $100 rebate and two-year agreement).BMC sets sights on Identify Software, 03\/27\/06BMC Monday announced its plans to acquire for $150 million in cash the shares of Identify Software, a maker of application problem resolution software.Regulatory relief for Verizon could mean price hikes, 03\/27\/06The FCC last week granted Verizon regulatory relief for a handful of high-speed data services, essentially giving the carrier the ability to charge whatever it wants for them.Network World's 20th Anniversary Issue: In networking, your money goes a lot further these days, 03\/27\/06Need a modem? Go down to CompUSA and for $20 ($19.99, actually), you can pick up a 56Kbps modem card that also can send and receive faxes. It's completely unremarkable (except perhaps for the question of why you'd even need a modem in this age of wirelesNetwork World's 20th Anniversary Issue: IT's big flops, 03\/27\/06ATM and OSI are two unsuccessful paths IT followed in the last two decades. For others, read on.Network World's 20th Anniversary Issue: Users take on role of prognosticator in looking at IT's history, future., 03\/27\/06It's hard to remember what life was like 20 years ago. And it's harder still to figure out how we got anything done back then.Alcatel-Lucent merger could boost enterprise profile, 03\/24\/06A merger between Lucent and Alcatel could boost the profile of products Alcatel sells to enterprises in the U.S., analysts said on Friday.Check Point, Sourcefire call off merger, 03\/24\/06Check Point is no longer planning to acquire Sourcefire. Both companies have opted to call off the merger that was announced last October.Eolas changes to go widespread with next IE update, 03\/24\/06Web surfers may start noticing some unusual behavior from their Internet Explorer browser after installing Microsoft's next round of security patches, expected April 11. That's because the software giant is planning to make changes to the way its ...Lucent and Alcatel in merger talks, 03\/24\/06Faced with a challenging industry environment, telecommunication equipment makers Lucent and Alcatel are discussing a possible merger, according to a statement released by the two companies.Microsoft security chief to step down, 03\/24\/06After four years at the helm of Microsoft's security group, Mike Nash is taking a break. This June he will go on sabbatical after handing over responsibilities to his replacement, Ben Fathi.Nanya has no plans to invest in Infineon DRAM, 03\/23\/06Nanya Technology Corp. has no plans to take a stake in the memory chip company Infineon Technologies AG will spin-off this year, an executive said Thursday.Q&A: Novell president vows to crank up its marketing, Linux strategy, 03\/23\/06Novell\u2019s second-in-command is Ron Hovsepian, who was promoted to president and COO in November 2005. Previously executive vice president and president of Novell's global field operations, Hovsepian filled the spot that Chris Stone, as vice-chairman, ...IT spending to increase 6.3% in 2006, IDC says, 03\/23\/06Global IT spending should grow by 6.3% in 2006, driven by software spending, but that growth would be smaller than the 6.9% in 2005, IDC said Thursday.Laptop theft at Fidelity exposes data on HP workers, 03\/23\/06Fidelity Investments Thursday confirmed that a laptop containing confidential information on more than 196,000 current and former employees at HP and its acquisitions was recently stolen from the company. The theft may have exposed information ...NEC says employee faked millions in sales, 03\/23\/06An NEC Engineering employee falsified sales over three years, which resulted in inflated sales of $36.3 billion yen, or about $309.5 million, for parent company NEC Corp., the company said.Polysilicon shortage to hurt solar cells, not chips, 03\/23\/06An acute shortage of the main raw material necessary to build chips won't hurt chip makers, but solar-cell producers will feel a pinch from the lack of polysilicon, a Merrill Lynch analyst said Thursday.Protegrity buys OmniSecure to enhance database security products, 03\/23\/06Database security vendor Protegrity has bought OmniSecure, a database security company that can add the ability to protect unstructured data to Protegrity's list of capabilities.Tech marketing budgets to rise this year, IDC says, 03\/23\/06IT vendors are expected to spend an average of 7% more on marketing this year, indicating that more money is needed to drive revenue, according to a study released Wednesday by analyst group IDC.It's official: China has 400 million mobile subscribers, 03\/23\/06The number of Chinese mobile subscriptions reached 404 million at the end of February, according to statistics released Wednesday by China's Ministry of Information Industry.Dell snaps up Alienware, 03\/23\/06Dell has agreed to purchase high-performance PC vendor Alienware, the two companies announced Wednesday.Sage makes offer for Norwegian software company, 03\/22\/06British software company Sage Group offered Wednesday to buy Visma ASA, a business-management software vendor, for \u00a3334 million ($585 million).Lucent buys Riverstone for $207 million, 03\/22\/06Lucent this week won the bidding to acquire Riverstone Networks after increasing its initial offer by $37 million.Microsoft, Brown team on pen-based computing, 03\/21\/06Brown University and Microsoft Monday announced plans for a research center dedicated to the pen-based operation of handheld devices, electronic whiteboards and even regular desktop PCs.Samsung sees Q1 chip revenue steady, profit down, 03\/21\/06Samsung Electronics, the world's second-largest chip maker and a key supplier of flash memory for digital music players such as the iPod, expects its chip revenue for the first three months of the year to match that of the fourth quarter last year, ...AT&T chairman: Merger not a referendum on net neutrality, 03\/21\/06AT&T pledged not to block access to any Internet content despite concerns that its impending merger with BellSouth might give it the power to do so.