The Hewlett Foundation, which opposes the proposed Sircam merger with Compaq, has sold 5.5 million shares in HP and an undisclosed number in HP's Agilent division. It leaves the Foundation, controlled by leading merger dissident Walter Hewlett, holding 36.5 million shares. As these are voting shares, Hewlett has less clout than he did before the sale.
Update QA today issued a statement through the Regulatory News Service, denying that it was in talks to sell the company.
John Gantz, chief research officer at IDC, the IT analyst firm, presented these forecasts to customers in a telebriefing, entitled: "Predictions 2002: Will the Fog of War Lift?"
Rumour roundupSix months ago Apple castigated the rumor sites for raising expectations about new product launches. Back then it didn't - as widely expected - launch a flat-panel iMac.
USB 2.0 support for Windows XP may have escaped from Redmond slightly early, in accordance with a long tradition of such breakouts. A USB 2.0 patch is due out via Windows Update and hardware vendors later this month, but something that certainly looks like it is currently available for download at littlewhitedog.com.
Hynix creditors, mostly banks, want Micron to pay $7 billion for the Korean DRAM vendor. But Micron may offer only $5 billion for the company, Hynix says.
Research outfit Gartner has noted an ominous development for Microsoft and other non-indigenous firms operating in China. On 28th December 2001 the Beijing municipal government awarded contracts to six local software vendors, and rejected the seventh bidder - Microsoft. The contract covers office automation, antivirus and operating software, one of the winners being Linux OS vendor Red Flag.
Review The Samsung R210 is a good-looking budget WAP phone with picture messaging and downloadable ring tones. It's currently available on Vodafone and BT Cellnet at £9.99 with a contract, or £44.99 if you're looking to upgrade. Price includes a hands-free headset.
Nvidia has settled a lawsuit brought against two computer enthusiasts who published confidential information after allegedly hacking into the graphic chip firm's Web site. Terms are undisclosed.
A mock documentary which follows a conspiracy surrounding the fictional death of Bill Gates is scheduled for a January 13 World premiere at the Slamdance film festival.
BTopenworld's new CEO started work this week but is unlikely to make any immediate changes to the division's strategy.
The strange search results debenhams.com produced for the word "jugs" are no more. Mysteriously, the site went down for engineering last night, and on its reappearance "jugs" was just returning boring old coffee maker and kettle results. But the hilarity continues - try "cans" or "biscuit" or "espresso."
Bucks-based ISP Nildram is to continue offering half-price installation for its single user broadband service until the end of March.
Virgin Mobile is trilling louder than an annoying ringtone after notching up record Christmas sales.
Veteran bug hunter Georgi Guninski is recommending disabling Active Scripting - or ditching Internet Explorer entirely - after he discovered yet another vulnerability with the browser.
Crowd surveillance kit using face recognition technology by Visionics has been a comic failure in tests by the Tampa, Florida police, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has discovered.