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The week ahead: It's an Internet World

Losses are mounting throughout the tech industry; communications infrastructure is so overbuilt we should be fine until sometime next century; but Internet World keeps on coming.

Following are some of the notable tech-related events scheduled for the week of Sept. 30 through Oct. 4.

Losses are mounting throughout the tech industry; communications infrastructure is so overbuilt we should be fine until sometime next century; and Warner Bros. is serious about making a movie based on the gruesome computer game "Doom."

But life goes on, as evidenced by this week's slew of forward-looking technology trade shows and conferences, including Fall Internet World in New York and other events devoted to Internet telephony, Web services and streaming media. No. 2 graphics chip maker ATI Technologies and BlackBerry e-mail device maker Research in Motion are the notable tech companies set to report earnings, but PC giant Dell Computer will draw some attention with its fall analyst meeting.

The information was gathered from First Call, Hoover's Online, CCBN's StreetEvents and CNET Investor.

Other events scheduled this week:

Tech Events
Monday, Sept. 30

  • President Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology holds an open meeting on topics such as federal investment in technology research and development of broadband infrastructure. The one-day event is at the State Department building in Washington.

  • O'Reilly, publisher of popular programming guides, hosts the Mac OS X Conference, covering all aspects of Apple's new operating system. It happens Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 in Santa Clara, Calif.

  • Hacking, peer-to-peer networking and e-business software are among the hot topics at Fall Internet World 2002, running Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 in New York. Keynote speakers include America Online CEO Jon Miller and Sprint CEO William Esrey.

Tuesday, Oct. 1
Wednesday, Oct. 2
Friday, Oct. 4
Saturday, Oct. 5
  • Academic and business leaders look at the future of everything from video games to health care at Leading Edge 2002, a one-day conference in Berkeley, Calif.

Earnings

Wednesday, Oct. 2

  • ATI Technologies makes PC graphics chips. It's expected to report a profit of 2 cents a share for its fourth quarter and a profit of 21 cents a share for the 2002 fiscal year.

Thursday, Oct. 3
  • ProSoft Training sells IT training services. It's expected to report a loss of 6 cents a share for its fourth quarter and a loss of 24 cents a share for the 2002 fiscal year.

  • Research in Motion sells mobile e-mail devices and services. It's expected to report a second-quarter loss of 18 cents a share.

Economic Reports
Monday, Sept. 30
  • Personal Income measures income from all sources. August growth is expected to come in at 0.5 percent, from flat the previous month.

Tuesday, Oct. 1
  • Auto and Truck Sales is the total of domestically produced vehicles sold. September auto sales are expected to decline to 5.9 million, from 6.6 million the previous months. Truck sales are expected to fall to 8 million, from 8.8 million the previous month.

Thursday, Oct. 3
  • Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. Estimates are unavailable for the week ended Sept. 28.

  • Factory Orders is the total of durable and nondurable goods orders. The August total is expected to drop 1.5 percent, compared with 4.7 growth the previous month.

Friday, Oct. 4
  • The Unemployment Rate is the percentage of American workers looking for jobs. The September rate is expected to grow to 5.9 percent, from 5.7 percent the previous month.