LetterA letter from James Woodcock in the UK:
Microsoft's refusal to provide Hebrew support in its Macintosh Internet Explorer browser or Office suite has prompted a complaint to Israel's antitrust department.
Security is one of the highest profile issues in IT and there has been constant baiting between the Microsoft and Linux camps over who has the more secure operating system. At the start of the year we saw Bill Gates wake up to the fact that security is a good thing and now there is news that the US National Security Agency has been working on a security module that plugs straight into a Linux distribution.
The mayor of Beijing has ordered the closure of all Internet cafes in the city following a fire in which 24 people were killed and 13 injured.
dabs.com, the UK online IT reseller, posted record profits and sales for the year to 31 March, 2002.
A week ago Apple launched a new advertising campaign, and there's widespread relief in the Mac community that the pious and self-satisfied "Think Different" advertisements (beautifully parodied by Momus here*) have been put out to pasture. And replaced by successors which get low and dirty, and try to explain exactly why the Mac might be better than a PC.
There are concerns about the future of wireless broadband operator Tele2 following news that it has made "drastic" job cuts following restructuring at the company.
Telewest is to offer a 1Mb broadband service to its punters across the UK at a price that undercuts a similar product from cableco NTL.
What you might call a bijou class action lawsuitette is to go ahead in Iowa, following a ruling by the state Supreme Court that Microsoft could, after all, be sued for overcharging consumers in the state. The suit does not however amount to very many beans, judging by the plaintiff lawyers' estimate of the extent of devastation wreaked on Iowa by The Beast with Windows 98; this, they say, cost about $40 too much, and about 20,000 Iowans bought 98.
Server briefingWho'd be Scott McNealy, Sun's CEO? True, his company's fourth fiscal quarter, due to end on 30 June, is expected to show a return to profitability - a single cent per share, reckons Wall Street - but the collapse of all those server-hungry dotcoms and reduced spending by almost everyone else has taken a heavy toll.
The race to deliver SMS services over landlines is hotting up, with Logica throwing its hat into the ring.
The owners of bomb.com are selling their domain to save their family from financial ruin.
Proxim is to buy the ORiNOCO-branded WLAN equipment business from Agere Systems for $65m in cash. Following the acquisition, Proxim claims it will have market leadership in the 802.11 sector.
Over the past few days it has been reported in various places that the European Union is extending its privacy investigations to include music players, meaning that Microsoft is in the frame again, this time alongside Real. The reports, however, are not strictly true (we accept that headline-hungry sub-editors will have had something to do with them). The EU is indeed looking at media players, but it is doing so as part of a far wider-ranging effort to nail down privacy protection policy and its implementation.
EDS is buying the web services business of Loudcloud for $63.5m. It's also paying $52.5m in license fees in its data centres over three years for use of Loudcloud's Opsware. In return it gains maybe $75m in revenues and 50 clients, of which the most prominent, certainly on these shores, is the UK government.
Intel today launched a dozen new server boards, some server chassis, RAID controllers and server management software for system builders.