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Computer News - In Brief

- A total of 952 students graduated today from the Eritrean Institute of Technology in Mai-Nefhi. This first batch of graduates would play major role in the national development drive of Eritrea.

- Hewlett Packard (HP) has made Nairobi the regional hub for East and Southern Africa for its Personal Systems Group (PSG). With the cost of PCs a major determinant in market penetration, HP PSG is in the process of partnering with banks and ISP and software firms to target the mass market.

- The Information Technology (Industry) Association of Nigeria (ITAN) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with its Malaysian counterpart, the Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia (PIKOM). The two industry organisations shall organise the exchange of information for the benefit of the ICT communities in the two countries; facilitate contacts and cooperation between members of the two organisations and coordinate business meetings among the two groups.

- IBM and Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the launch of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) Toolkit Union, a new open-source software community project organised to make document software more innovative, versatile and useful for business. The ODF Toolkit will use an initial software code contribution from Sun to provide developers with an easy-to-use Application Programming Interface (API) for reading, writing and manipulating ODF documents while accelerating additional application development.

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