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Week ahead: Wrestling with tech confabs

A crowded schedule of technology industry events could have conference organizers fighting for attention.

Following are some of the notable technology-related events scheduled for the week of Sept. 19. It's an overwhelming tech events week.

And don't forget, it's also the last week to get your Tough Enough wrestling contest application in at World Wrestling Entertainment.

Fighting for attention, Sun Microsystems and Red Hat have a busy events week. Server maker Sun on Tuesday will be holding its quarterly Network Computing event. The New York show is expected to feature a variety of product announcements, including new networking equipment.

Linux company Red Hat is set to report second-quarter financial results Monday and hold its annual shareholder meeting Tuesday. The Linux news will continue on Wednesday, as LinuxWorld gets underway in Milan, Italy. Last month's LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco saw a lot of product announcements.

Fresh from a legal bruising, PeopleSoft will hold its Connect 2004 get-together in San Francisco, where CEO Craig Conway and Intel CEO Craig Barrett are scheduled to deliver keynote speeches. In his first public appearance since Oracle's legal victory, Conway will have to face thousands of anxious customers who will no doubt want to know whether Oracle will prevail. The show could be PeopleSoft's last independent show.

Gartner's IT Asset Management Summit 2004 has scheduled hostage negotiator Herb Cohen to speak. Cohen served as an adviser to former Presidents Carter and Reagan on combating terrorism and was involved in the Iranian hostage crisis.

Video game fanatics will likely be interested in the Tokyo Game Show that starts Friday. At the show, Sony is expected to spill a few more details--such as pricing--about its PlayStation Portable handheld game player and could unveil a new design for the PlayStation 2.

In other game news, LucasArts' Star Wars Battlefront goes on sale Tuesday for Xbox, PlayStation and PCs. It's priced at about $45.

On the earnings calendar, a handful of companies is scheduled to report this week.

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

Events scheduled this week:

Tech Events

Monday, Sept. 20

  • DiskCon USA 2004 will feature some of the biggest names in the industry at a conference in Santa Clara, Calif., Sept. 20-22.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

  • Network Computing, Sun Microsystems' quarterly event, has a variety of planned product announcements, including new networking equipment. New York.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

  • Penguinistas will be waddling over to LinuxWorld in Milan, Italy.

Thursday, Sept. 23

Friday, Sept. 24

Earnings

Monday, Sept. 20

  • Red Hat is a maker of Linux operating-system software. It's expected to report second-quarter earnings of 5 cents per share.

  • PalmOne makes handheld computing devices. It's expected to report first-quarter earnings of 20 cents per share.

  • Adobe Systems makes graphics software. It's expected to report third-quarter earnings of 39 cents per share.

Thursday, Sept. 23

  • PalmSource makes the Palm operating system. It's expected to report a first-quarter loss of 2 cents per share.

Economic Reports

Thursday, Sept. 23

  • Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. Briefing.com expects 335,000 for the week ended Sept. 18, from 333,000 the previous week.