Siebel Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:SEBL), a leading provider of multichannel eBusiness applications software, today announced that the Bank of Philippines Islands (BPI) has increased auto loan sales by 82 percent and housing loan sales by 35 percent in the 12 months following the first phase of its deployment of Siebel Finance -- a CRM solution designed specifically for the financial services sector. The ten branches involved in the initial implementation also raised credit card acceptance rates by 51 percent.

TOKYO (AP) -- The threat to Microsoft Corp. from the free Linux operating system could intensify with the help of a powerful Asian triumvirate: Japan and South Korea are prodding China to join an effort that promotes alternatives to Windows. Japan has earmarked $8.6 million for the project and will host a meeting in November for the three governments to boost research in Linux, including flavors that better handle Asian languages.

SEATTLE -- The problem has haunted data warehouse administrators for years: How do I make massive volumes of constantly changing corporate data available at a moment's notice without spending inordinate time implementing and supporting real-time integration technologies? The short answer is Web services, and an Ascential Software Corporation (NASDAQ:ASCL) executive elaborated on them yesterday at the 2003 Annual Teradata Partners User Group Conference and Expo in Seattle.

MIAMI -- Alienware(R), the leading manufacturer of high-performance computer desktop and mobile gaming systems, announced today the immediate availability of the AMD Athlon(TM) 64 FX processor in its Aurora systems. Aurora desktop gaming systems boast a long history of earning awards from industry leading publications such as CNet, Computer Shopper, PC Gamer, and many more.

Avaki Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise information integration (EII) software, today announced an expanded strategic and go-to-market relationship with IBM (NYSE:IBM), under which the company will more closely align its grid-based EII solutions with IBM offerings, and engage in a broad range of joint marketing activities to customers and prospects worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, IBM and Avaki will work together to build and co-market solutions incorporating Avaki Data Grid, the first data grid-based EII software for simplifying the provisioning, access and integration of distributed data across the extended enterprise. The terms of the agreement include plans to integrate Avaki Data Grid with IBM DB2, IBM WebSphere, and Tivoli management tools, as well as offer Avaki Data Grid for Linux.

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