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Week ahead: Conferences aplenty

Don't forget to turn off your alarm and sleep in on Monday--it's Memorial Day. But the rest of the week promises a full schedule of conferences.

Following are some of the notable technology-related events scheduled for the week of May 30.

Memorial Day will start the week slowly, with financial markets closed Monday. But the rest of the week's activity will make up for lost time, if the conference schedule is any indication.

Among the more notable events are Sun Microsystems' SunNetwork 2004 Conference in Shanghai, China, and Enterprise Outlook 2004, which promises to measure the pulse of the software industry, in Redwood City, Calif. SunNetwork 2004 will offer a dose of Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's chief operating officer, and Java luminary James Gosling, among others scheduled to speak. Enterprise Outlook has booked Hewlett-Packard's Ann Livermore.

Meanwhile, the search engine bandwagon will be making a stop in London for a conference billed as "the premiere event for search engine marketing and optimization." Danny Sullivan, founder of Search Engine Watch, is the show's program director.

Tech earnings reports are light this week, with the SCO Group among the more notable.

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

Events scheduled this week:

Tech Events

Tuesday, June 1

  • Michael Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will speak at an event for the wireless and broadband markets. WCA 2004, June 1-4, Washington, D.C.

  • Billed as "one of the world's two largest venues for the IT industry," Computex Taipei 2004 expects more than 100,000 attendees. Computex Taipei 2004, Taipei World Trade Center, June 1-5, Taipei, Taiwan.

  • Satellite industry professionals will gather at an event tackling technology for the commercial and military sectors. ISCe 2004, June 1-3, Long Beach. Calif.

Wednesday, June 2

  • Speakers Jonathan Schwartz and James Gosling will be on tap at Sun's SunNetwork 2004 Conference, June 2-3, Shanghai, China.

  • Silicon Valley gives room to a conference that offers a glimpse of where the software industry is headed. Ann Livermore of HP's Technology Solutions Group is scheduled to speak. Enterprise Outlook 2004, June 2-3, Redwood City, Calif.

  • A search engine conference in London will hold discussions and other events for Internet marketers and search business professionals. Search Engine Strategies 2004, June 2-3, London.

  • This e-mail-focused event promises that all e-mail products and services will be represented, and it will address security issues such as antivirus and antispam. Inbox: The e-mail event, June 2-4, San Jose, Calif.


Wednesday, June 2

  • The SCO Group is a provider of the Unix operating system and associated products. It is expected to report a second-quarter loss of 33 cents a share.

Economic Reports

Tuesday, June 1

  • Auto and Truck Sales is the total of domestically produced vehicles sold. May auto sales are expected to increase to 5.4 million, from 5.2 million the previous month. Truck sales are expected to increase to 7.9 million, from 7.8 million.

Thursday, June 3

  • Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. expects the total to dip to 335,000 for the week ended May 29, from 344,000 the previous week.

Friday, June 4

  • The Unemployment Rate is the percentage of American workers looking for jobs. The May rate is expected to remain unchanged from the previous month, at 5.6 percent.