Three judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will determine the fate of the controversial file-swapping start-up Napster on Monday when they issue a long-awaited ruling.
The judges will either uphold a lower court's injunction and force the site to stop facilitating the trade of copyrighted materials, or they will overturn the injunction allowing Napster to continue until a full trial ensues.
Also, Hewlett-Packard will launch a new software initiative in San Francisco. Bill Russell, vice president of HP's Software Solutions Organization, will unveil a new family of software products Tuesday that HP boasts will be the largest portfolio around.
The move could help HP, which is trying to ramp up revenue from other areas of its business besides low-end hardware sales. In January, HP warned that its first quarter earnings would fall short of expectations. At that time, CEO Carly Fiorina said HP was "aggressively pursuing growth opportunities."
Other events scheduled this week:
Monday, Feb. 12
- The DEMO 2001conference
will take place at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix, Ariz., Feb.
10-13. The conference serves as a launch pad for new products Speakers will
include General Motors CEO Richard Wagoner.
- Goldman Sachs will host its annual Technology Symposium in La Quinta
Calif. Feb.12-15. Speakers will include Siebel Systems CEO Thomas Siebel and
Ray Lane, the former Oracle president who is now a partner at Kleiner
Perkins Caufield & Byers.
- The Applications of Software
Measurement Conference will take place at the San Diego Paradise Point
Resort in San Diego, Calif., Feb. 12-16. The conference will focus on using
measurement to control software projects.
- VoiceCon2001 will
take place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C., Feb. 12-15.
The conference will focus on moving telephone networks to the Internet, and
the transmission of voice, video and data over the Internet.
- Frost & Sullivan will host the Annual Next Generation Internet
Executive Summit, which will take place at the Marriott La Jolla in San
Diego, Calif., Feb. 11-14. Companies presenting include Digital Island, IBM
- The Mobile Commerce
Conference will take place at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, Calif.,
Feb. 12-13. Speakers will include Sridhar Ranganathan, the general manager
of Yahoo Everywhere.
- The Churchill Club will host the 2001
Entrepreneur of the Year Awards dinner Monday night at the Santa Clara
Marriott in Santa Clara, Calif. A panel on "Leading the Way to the Future:
Moving Forward in the Entrepreneurial Spirit" will take place in conjunction
with the program, which will feature discussions on what it takes to be a
successful entrepreneur today.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
ster Research's Automotive Summit will take place at the Fairmont
Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. Topics at the conference will include
the evolution toward built-to-order autos, online buying and inventory
matters. Speakers will include Elizabeth Frost, group manager of MSN
- The ASP Channel Conference & Biz Dev
World conference will take place at the South San Francisco Convention
Center Feb. 13-14. Speakers include IBM vice-president Terry Thomas and
Lindell Wilson, manager of SunTone for Sun Microsystems.
Wednesday, Feb 14
- The O'Reilly
Peer-to-Peer Conferencewill take place at the Westin St. Francis Hotel
in San Francisco Feb. 14-16. The conference will explore the technical,
legal, and business dimensions raised by peer-to-peer Internet
applications. Companies represented at the conference will include Napster,
Gnutella, Freenet and Infrasearch.
- The Black Hat Win2K Security
Briefings will take place at Caesar's Palace Hotel in Las Vegas Feb.
14-15. The conference will provide in-depth technical presentations with
specific solutions to security issues.
Thursday, Feb. 15
- The Commerce Chain
Conference and Exposition will take place at the Santa Clara Convention
Center Feb. 15-16. The conference will discuss how to maximize business
profitability in B2B Exchanges through partnering, marketing and sales.
- The Websourcing
2001 Conference & Exposition will take place at the Santa Clara
Convention Center, Feb. 15-16. Web-sourcing strategies and options will be
discussed as a way to drive profitability and increase market share.
Speakers include Mark Breier, who has held executive positions at Amazon.com
Monday, Feb. 12
- DrKoop.com operates a health information Web site. Per-share consensus estimate:
- Women.com operates a network of Web sites directed at women. Per-share consensus
estimate: loss of 35 cents.
- MarchFirst is an Internet consulting company that provides application hosting,
e-commerce computing design, software development, and network
infrastructure implementation. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 30
- ValueClick is an Internet advertising firm that operates on a cost-per-click basis.
Per-share consensus estimate: breakeven.
- HotJobs.com is an online recruiting site. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 20
makes software used by the field services personnel of telecommunications,
utilities and high-tech companies. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 9
Networks makes optical networking products that boost fiber-optic
network capacity for communications service providers. Per-share consensus
estimate: 5 cents.
Materials manufactures equipment used in semiconductor factories.
Per-share consensus estimate: 63 cents.
Internet operates Web sites that include NBC.com. Per-share consensus
estimate: loss of 81 cents.
Software companies organize information from disparate sources, publish
it online, and index it so people can search for specific information.
Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 17 cents.
Uniphase makes optical networking components for the telecommunication
industry. Per-share consensus estimate: 21 cents.
sells computers that can be upgraded every three years for a monthly fee.
Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 63 cents.
Technologies makes software to convert audio and video for Web
publishing, create streaming-media slide shows and syndicate streaming media
online. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 19 cents.
Communications sells software that lets companies orchestrate meetings
over the Internet. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 45 cents.
- Pricelineoperates a name-your-own price e-commerce site selling everything from
airline tickets to home mortgages. Per-share consensus estimate: loss of 7
Tuesday, Feb. 13
- Retail Sales for the month of January are expected to rose 0.4
percent compared with December's gain of 0.1 percent. Excluding automobile
sales, Wall Street expects retail sales to climb 0.4 vs. no gain the
- Business Inventories represents the percentage change in the
amount of goods in inventory in the United States as reported by the
Department of Commerce. Wall Street predicts that this number will rise 0.4
percent in December vs. a 0.5 percent jump in November.
- Initial Claimsrefers to the number of people who filed for
unemployment benefits each week as reported by the Department of Labor.
Claims will be reported for the week of Feb. 10.
- The Import and Export Price index from the Department of Commerce
indicates the percentage change in import and export prices for any given
- The Producer Price Index is expected to rise to 0.2 percent in
January. The core PPI, which excludes food and energy prices, is expected to
fall to 0.1 percent from 0.3 percent the previous month. This Labor
Department index tracks the cost of what manufacturers pay for raw goods to
- Housing Starts are expected to reach 1.55 million for January,
down from 1.575 million last month, as reported by the Department of