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IBM Corp. recently announced a partnership with NOMADS Adventure & Education to foster collaboration between a team of Arctic explorers and a network of global K-12 classrooms.

Throughout the 2002, NOMADS will take classrooms from around the world on an expedition through online collaboration to document the sub-arctic region and the traditions of the Northern Ojibway and Cree (Oji-Cree) people. Throughout the journey, students and teachers will collaborate via IBM Lotus Sametime and IBM Lotus QuickPlace with Arctic explorers, Oji-Cree elders and other students to learn more about traditional culture, global watershed and the general importance of the region using moderated online chats, discussion boards and collaborative forums.

ICANN warns of domain dispute swindle

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) warns of a swindle by an organization claiming to be an approved domain-name dispute solver.

XChange Dispute Resolution states it received a domain dispute-resolution complaint and asks the domain name holder to mail a deposit of between US$250 and US$1250 to defend ownership of a domain. If the recipient takes no action, rights to the domain are forfeited, the mailing states, according to ICANN. Approved dispute-resolution service providers are listed on ICANN’s Web site. Domain name owners who receive the false notice should inform law enforcement or forward it to ICANN, which may pass it on to the appropriate authorities, ICANN said.

HP exec feels ‘violated’ by voice mail leak

Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Financial Officer Robert Wayman said he feels “personally violated” that a voice-mail message from company chairwoman and CEO Carly Fiorina was leaked to the press and he’s insulted and infuriated by charges that HP management bought votes in a shareholder election.

The statement comes after a voice mail from Fiorina to Wayman was leaked to the San Jose Mercury News and later disseminated around the Web. In the voice mail, Fiorina says she’s worried about the outcome of the shareholders’ vote on HP’s merger with Compaq Computer Corp. Wayman said the leak of the voice mail “represents the unauthorized distribution of confidential company information.”

Napster lays off 30 per cent of staff

Napster Inc., the online music exchange, already crippled by the recording industry’s legal action, has laid off 30 per cent of its staff in an effort to stay afloat, its part owner and potential white horse, German media conglomerate Bertelsmann AG, confirmed recently.

Napster, based in Redwood City, Calif., has laid off 30 employees out of a staff of about 100, as it struggles to complete its transition to a legal digital music subscription service. Representatives from Napster could not immediately be reached for comment.

Young people saying no to high-tech

Two-thirds of Silicon Valley students in grades 8 and 11 do not plan to pursue high-technology careers, according to a survey of 2,500 local students that is part of a study released by A.T. Kearney and Joint Venture.

Of students not planning on technology careers, a substantial number have negative perceptions of these professions: 39 per cent said that high-tech careers are uninteresting while 25 per cent said these jobs are intimidating. The student-survey conducted in late 2000 is part of the 2002 Workforce Study: Connecting Today’s Youth with Tomorrow’s Technology Careers, which calls for stronger linkages between students and high-tech career opportunities, especially among Hispanic students and female students.

More Canadians filing tax online

Newly released Government figures on tax return filings have shown a massive jump in the number of Canadians embracing the convenience of filing their tax returns online.

The Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) has released new figures showing a 45.2 per cent rise in the number of people using NETFILE to file their tax returns, compared to this time last year.

Shareholders approve Adobe acquisition

Accelio Corp. recently announced that shareholders have approved the Adobe Systems Inc. acquisition of Accelio through the taking over of certain of Accelio assets and all Accelio outstanding equity securities in exchange for common stock of Adobe valued at US$72 million.

The transaction is expected to close on or about April 12, 2002. Following the closing, Accelio will become wholly-owned by Adobe and Accelio shares will be delisted from The Toronto Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq.

Japan takes world’s fastest supercomputer title

A supercomputer used to analyze global climate change at a Japanese government research institute has stolen the title of fastest computer in the world from a machine at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in the U.S.

The vector supercomputer built by NEC Corp. has almost five times the performance of the LLNL machine, according to University of Tennessee computer scientist Jack Dongarra, who compiles an authoritative ranking of the top 500 supercomputers around the world. In a standard benchmark test, it achieved a rating of 35.6T flops (one trillion floating point operations per second).

Ex-Cisco exec is fugitive

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California has issued an arrest warrant for Robert Gordon, a former Cisco Systems Inc. vice president who is under indictment for wire fraud.

Authorities consider Gordon a fugitive from justice, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. Gordon, 42, was the former vice president and director of business development at Palo Alto, Calif.-based Cisco. On May 9, 2001, he was indicted by a grand jury in San Jose on two counts of wire fraud. Gordon was accused of transferring about US$11 million in stock and company funds to his personal accounts in the Bahamas.