WCIT 2000The twelfth 2000 World Congress on Info Technology will officially open for business in one hour's time, with a cast of top luminaries preaching their views on IT, the internet and e-commerce.
WCIT 2000Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett Packard, today described changes caused by the Internet as creating a new renaissance, but said that world governments needed to change their policies to create "boundary-less and "border-less" states.
In spite of the recording-industry hype decrying the legions of spoilt college students rapaciously downloading MP3 content and thereby contriving to take food from the mouths of starving artists like Metallica and Dr. Dre, a recent survey funded by the Pew Charitable Trust finds that the majority of those illegally downloading music are actually males between the ages of thirty and forty-nine.
MS on TrialNetscape co-founder Jim Clark is at it again; in an interview with CNET over the weekend he said that Microsoft should be allowed to keep the browser with the operating system. This isn't the first time Clark has made what the government might describe as an unhelpful contribution to the trial - a begging "let's make a deal" email from him the Microsoft's Brad Silverberg was one of Microsoft's few near triumphs during legal proceedings.
IBM is due to put some muscle behind its oft-professed support for Linux and actually do something about it later today. The company is to announce that it will offer Caldera OpenLinux 2.4 on ThinkPads... from Q3.
WCIT 2000Although Kurt Stromhell's keynote speech wasn't exactly riveting here in Taipei this afternoon, things got a little racier during a Q&A session held soon afterwards.
Dear Bill, I'd like to explain why I think that the smartest thing you could do would be to settle the case with the government and resign from Microsoft. If you did that, it would be a win-win.
British Web outfit, 24/7 Freecall, has teamed up with Telia to offer unlimited flat-fee Net access in the UK.
Apple's success in the US is being replicated in the UK, according to the latest figures from IDC.
The US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA), which restricts some government surveillance related to terrorist investigations, was massaged during the Y2K Millennium rollover to enable quick wiretaps of US residents who would otherwise have been beyond the FBI's authority, National Commission on Terrorism Chairman Paul Bremer revealed during testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week.
Scoot.com said today it had agreed to buy Loot, the UK consumer ad newspaper. Oxford-based Scoot will pay £178 million cash and give five million shares to Loot, as well as taking over two million pounds of its debts. The Loot brand name will be kept, with Scoot saying it expected the newspaper and Loot's online service to add £20 million to sales by 2003.
Etailer Jungle.com has launched a sister site aimed at SME customers.
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