WASHINGTON, DC -- Testimony was provided today at the House Committee on Science's hearing entitled, "Cyber Security- How Can We Protect American Computer Networks From Attack?," by Association for Computing Machinery Fellows Dr. William A Wulf and Dr. Eugene H. Spafford. Dr. Spafford is Co-Chair of the U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM and his testimony may be found at: http://www.acm.org/usacm.

WASHINGTON, DC -- The National Science Foundation is on a quest to build the ultimate Internet portal for science and technology students and educators-a digital library impressive not only for its size, but also its usefulness. A key component of this effort to build the National Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education Digital Library, or NSDL, will be the development of a system for cataloging terabytes of data to support sophisticated search capabilities.

SUNNYVALE, CA -- AMD (NYSE:AMD) today introduced its newest processors for multiprocessing servers and workstations, the high-performance AMD Athlon(TM) MP processors 1800+, 1600+ and 1500+. The new AMD Athlon MP processors, which feature patented QuantiSpeed(TM) architecture and AMD's Smart MP technology, deliver breakthrough application performance versus competitive processors on single and dual-processor platforms.

SAN JOSE, CA -- The Nios(TM) embedded processor, the programmable logic industry's first soft processor core, will be enhanced for high-bandwidth applications such as networking, telecommunications, and mass storage, Altera Corporation (Nasdaq:ALTR) announced today. Version 2.0 of the Nios embedded processor will include features such as customizable instruction sets and simultaneous support of multiple bus masters with arbitration for optimizing overall system performance.

By Steve Fisher, Editor In Chief -- First off, I’ll begin this story with a promise not to do this type of story very often. To be perfectly frank, at this moment I’m not really sure where I’ll be going with this. It may get a little strange. If it does, apologies. You start a new business, you lose sleep, things get a little weird. So it goes. You are all of course aware of this week’s news that Hewlett-Packard is acquiring/merging with Compaq. About this course of action the two companies have chosen I have heard both positive and negative things. The positives go something like this:

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