There's a cheesy scam in the phone industry called 'slamming', wherein customers are tricked into switching their service provider. Double-talk and deceptive marketing materials figure large in this enterprise. Now Verisign (formerly Network Solutions) is taking heat for a practice which borders on registrar slamming.
TFT panel prices are marching upwards, translating into higher prices for LCD monitors for PCs. Asian producers in Taiwan and Korea are quoting higher contract prices for April, on the back of strong demand for notebook panels, and on supply shortages for 15in desktops versions.
Mobile Pentium 4 prices will come tumbling down in May, according to Digitimes.
Java creator James Gosling was wearing a custom-made T-shirt for the opening day of the JavaOne show in San Francisco, a blue number which features Duke the Java mascot surfing across a watchface, trailing behind him what appears to be a bunch of blue asparagus.
(Our thanks to Phil Payne, of Isham Research for alerting us to this.)
Red Hat CTO Michael Tiemann yesterday said that the availability of Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer would "open the door to a new range of potential customers" for Red Hat. Which we take as meaning that, if the States' version of the Microsoft antitrust remedies were accepted, Red Hat would be one of the companies bidding for an Office licence. Tiemann had earlier said he though Red Hat would be "fairly interested" in bidding.
France Telecom today said it has entered a conditional agreement with Gerhard Schmid, resolving its dispute with the founder and major shareholder of MobilCom, the German mobile network in which holds a minority stake.
A Federal Appeals Court has turned down an appeal that would have allowed Napster to resurrect its free online file-swapping service.
The WildList, a list of viruses currently at large which plays an important role in testing antivirus software, has been suspended indefinitely.
Travelocity is beefing up its last minute bargain basement travel capacity with the acquisition of Site59.com.
Afilias is taking operational control for the registration of .Info names by buying out the operations of current service provider Tucows.
Xbox may not be playing too well in Europe, according to a report at Heise News. Quoting figures from Markt für Computer- und Videospiele, the report suggests that only small quantities of the machines were actually sold in the immediate post-launch period in FRance and Germany.
Disney CEO Michael Eisner has recruited Abraham Lincoln, Vaclav Havel, Douglass North and Sigmund Eisner (relation) for his campaign against intellectual property pilfering on the Internet. And we want some of whatever his speech writers are smoking.
Telia, Sweden's biggest telco, is to buy Sonera, its counterpart in Finland, through a stock swap. The deal represents a premium of approx 16 per cent for Sonera shareholders, based on yesterday's closing prices of the two firms.
Network Associates has issued a statement confirming the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating its accounting practices.