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Tech companies strut their stuff at Chase H&Q conference

The resounding message coming from tech executives at the Chase H&Q Technology Conference in San Francisco: The "old economy" is not dead.


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Executives give Wall Street analysts the goods on the paths they predict their companies will take and the transformations to expect for the industry at large in coming years. The resounding message from companies old and new to the high-tech world: Don't count out the "old economy."

"The company is trying to broaden its reach, but it's tough. No one thinks of Microsoft as being in wireless."

- Ray Frankel, Glickenhouse & Co. analyst


The Chase H&Q Technology Conference started Monday and concluded today. These dispatches represent some of the highlights from the widely followed meeting of hundreds of technology executives and Wall Street analysts.

Microsoft touts wireless plans
An executive speaking for the software giant at the Chase H&Q Technology Conference skirts antitrust issues and instead launches into a speech detailing the company's wireless initiatives. see story: Chase H&Q Technology Conference schedule

Epiphany to get Octane boost
The e-commerce software firms will complete their deal by the end of May and will have fully integrated the new operations by the end of the quarter.

Ford crashes tech conference, to applause
The automaker's conference room--a fraction of the size of the giant ballrooms commanded by Oracle and Sun Microsystems--is packed with listeners at the Chase H&Q technology confab.

CMGI aims for fall spinoff of AltaVista
The Internet venture company will sell shares of the search company in the United States later this year, chief executive David Wetherell says.

MP3 chief shrugs off hype surrounding lawsuit
Embroiled in a nasty dispute with the recording industry, CEO Michael Robertson assures investors that the acrimony will blow over soon.

Yahoo: Net will rattle phone industry
Yahoo chief executive Tim Koogle predicts that most phone calls in five to 10 years will be local calls to Internet service providers.

Automakers expected FTC probe
Detroit automakers are not concerned that the Federal Trade Commission may break up a vast online trade exchange, a senior Ford Motor executive says.

EarthLink optimistic about customer retention
The Internet access provider has managed to stem the tide of customers leaving its service for faster broadband access, according to company president Mike McQuary.

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Gateway takes six-pronged approach
The company is expanding its array of products and services in hopes of making money long after consumers purchase computers.

Emachines' key(board) to growth
The company unveils a business strategy that executives say will take it beyond the realm of PC sales and broaden its audience to include more technologically astute computer users.

KLA-Tencor issues upbeat prognosis
KLA vice president of finance John Kispert says the company's business remains strong as the fourth quarter enters the home stretch.

Network Appliance forecasts growth
CEO Dan Warmenhoven says the company intends to capitalize on the increasing demand for storage by the Internet and corporations.

Exodus joins "old economy" suitors
Demand for high-end Web hosting services is expected to quadruple within three years as "old economy" companies embrace the Internet, says Exodus Communications' CFO.

Sun dismisses dot-coms at conference
update According to the advertisements, Sun Microsystems is "the dot in dot-com." But according to the balance sheets, Sun is beholden to the old economy.

Chase H&Q tech conference opens next week
Finding the next hot stock trend will require more than indiscriminate picking from the right technology niche, says Dan Case, chairman and CEO of Chase H&Q.