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Power timeline

Dec 26, 20053 mins

Acquisition power moves
JanuaryCisco announces plans to buy wireless LAN vendor Airespace
JanuaryConcord buys out Aprisma
JanuaryAT&T agrees to $16 billion buyout by SBC
FebruaryVerizon announces $6.7 billion bid for MCI
FebruaryMicrosoft announces plans to buy  anti-virus, anti-spam company Sybari
MarchMicrosoft snaps up Groove founder Ray Ozzie
MarchAkamai buys Speedera, ending feud
AprilCA announces $330 million buyout of Concord
AprilJuniper buys Peribit, Redline to boost stake in enterprise market
MayVerizon wins MCI board approval with increased bid for carrier
MayQwest bails out of MCI bidding war
JuneSun nabs StorageTek in blockbuster deal
JuneCitrix buys NetScaler
JulySymantec completes Veritas buyout
SeptemberCheck Point buys IDS vendor Sourcefire
SeptemberOracle to buy Siebel for $3.6 billion
SeptembereBay to buy Skype for $2.6 billion
OctoberEricsson agrees to buy most of Marconi for $2.1 billion
OctoberThe FCC OKs SBC-AT&T, Verizon-MCI buyouts
OctoberLevel 3 announces plans to buy WilTel for about $700 million
NovemberCisco buys out Scientific-Atlanta in video push
DecemberIBM announces plans to buy managment software vendor Micromuse
General power moves
JanuaryNetwork World survey shows IT budgets on the rise
JanuaryFord says it will cut the cord on 8,000 phones by going wireless
JanuaryIBM unlocks access to 500 of its software patents
AprilBMC announces it is laying off 12% of its workforce
MayBlade server company Egenera withdraws IPO plan
MayIBM airs plan to ax 13,000 jobs
MayThe U.S. government seeks bids on a 10-year, $20 billion telecom services program
MayFCC issues order requiring VoIP service providers to offer E911
MayVerizon says it will decommission its 380 Wi-Fi hot spots in New York City
JuneVeriSign wins bid to retain operation of .net domain
JuneAMD launches anti-trust suit against Intel
JulyCA announces plans to lay off 5% of its workforce
AugustHurricane Katrina hits, putting networks to the test
AugustFCC nixes DSL line sharing rules
SeptemberMassachusetts mulls move to open source documents
SeptemberHP announces plans for 14,500 job cuts
OctoberEarthLink selected for Philadelphia Wi-Fi network
OctoberLevel 3, Cogent peering spat disrupts ‘Net
OctoberFederal regulators issue new Internet banking standards
NovemberNovell announces plans to lay off 10% of its workforce
NovemberCA spins off Ingres
DecemberThe standard for mobile WiMAX gets approved by IEEE
People power moves
JanuaryFCC Chairman Michael Powell announces he is stepping down
FebruaryHP dismisses Chairman and CEO Carly Fiorina
MarchIBM researcher Brian Carpenter takes over as new IETF chair
MarchFormer WorldCom CEO Bernie Ebbers is found guilty of fraud
MarchKevin Martin is named new FCC chairman 
MarchHP names former NCR exec Mark Hurd as its president and CEO
JuneEx-Cisco execs flee Nortel
SeptemberGoogle hires Internet pioneer Vint Cerf
OctoberNortel names ex-Motorola exec as new CEO
Product power moves
JanuaryGoogle airs plans for enterprise desktop search
FebruaryRed Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0 debuts
MarchNovell ships Linux-NetWare combo Open Enterprise Server
AprilAOL launches program to make its instant-messaging system work with other enterprise IM systems
AprilMicrosoft lays out management road map
MayHP makes its self-described biggest storage launch ever
SeptemberIBM/Lotus releases Notes/Domino 7.0
SeptemberMicrosoft says Longhorn software will be called Vista
OctoberMicrosoft adds licensing terms for its server operating systems that support virtual server technology
NovemberMicrosoft airs plan to offer software as a service
NovemberCA airs Unicenter 11, first major revision in four years
DecemberCingular rolls out 3G service
Security power moves
FebruaryVoIP Security Alliance debuts
FebruaryCisco enters the intrusion-prevention system market
FebruaryFirst known case of criminal action against an accused spimmer (instant-message spam)
MarchMicrosoft files suit against 117 operators of phishing Web sites
MayMicrosoft lays out identity management scheme
MayBank of America tightens online security after getting hit by identity thieves
JuneA German teenager is found guilty in Sasser worm case
SeptemberCisco router flaw sparks battle at Black Hat conference