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Week ahead: Spain, Norway or Switzerland?

Plenty of scenic destinations for the week's tech conferences. Don't forget to bring chocolate back for your co-workers.

Following are some of the notable technology-related events scheduled for the week of Sept. 12. Viva la conference schedule.

The confab circuit is registering a pulse after the dog days of summer. The pickings are all over the world, and the locations make for hot vacation spots. Don't forget to bring chocolates back to shut up your co-workers.

In Barcelona, Spain, Novell BrainShare Europe 2004 promises to dish the dirt on what's happening in network computing and Web applications and services. Scheduled sessions address topics such as open source, Linux, Web services and identity integration.

In Lillestrom, Norway, IMTC SuperOp 2004 provides a showcase for makers of multimedia conferencing and telephony products. Industry folks will be testing the interoperability of current and future technologies across a mixture of Internet, intranet, telephone and 3G networks. The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium organizes the show, which started Friday.

For network security enthusiasts, there's a double dose of conferences. On Monday, the Network Security Conference will be starting its run in Las Vegas, where Howard Schmidt, eBay's chief information security officer, is set to deliver the keynote address. In addition, research company IDC's Security Konferenz 2004 will take place in Zurich, Switzerland, on Thursday.

And for those looking for another helping of chips after the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco last week, there's another event in the city by the bay. The Gartner Dataquest Semiconductor Summit is slated to kick off Monday, with Pat Gelsinger, Intel's chief technology officer, among the scheduled guests.

Tech earnings reports will be trickling in.

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

Events scheduled this week:

Tech Events

Friday, Sept. 10

  • IMTC SuperOp 2004 gets underway in Lillestrom, Norway, where it will run Sept. 10-14.

Sunday, Sept. 12

  • Novell BrainShare Europe 2004 promises to delve into upcoming network computing and Web applications and services, Sept. 12-16, in Barcelona, Spain.

Monday, Sept. 13

  • SpeechTEK will be the place to learn about technologies such as speaker verification, speech recognition, and text to speech, Sept. 13-16, in New York.

Thursday, Sept. 16


Tuesday, Sept. 14

  • Oracle is a database software company. It's expected to report first-quarter earnings. Earnings expectations were not available.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

  • Best Buy is a consumer electronics retail chain. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 51 cents a share.

Thursday, Sept. 16

  • 3Com is provider of voice and date networking products. It's expected to report a first-quarter loss of 7 cents a share.

Friday, Sept. 17

  • Circuit City is a consumer electronics retailer. It's expected to report a second-quarter loss of 11 cents a share.

Economic Reports

Thursday, Sept. 16

  • Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. expects a total of 335,000 for the week ended Sept. 11, up from 319,000 the previous week.