Lastminute buys Travelprice.com
In an all-share deal worth around £32 million, UK e-travel company Lastminute.com has purchased Travelprice.com, a rival in France and Italy.
Sega denies talks with Infogrames, Midway
Sega director, Hiroyuki Soga, has quashed rumours that suggested the games giant is looking to buy software houses Infogrames and Midway.
Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 released
Debian GNU/Linux has made made it to version 3.0, with the version codenamed woody being designated the current stable release over the weekend. The Debian Project doesn't involve in itself in the numbers wars, so woody succeeds potato/2.2, which succeeded slink/2.1. The current "testing" release is sarge, which has not had a release date set, but woody, Debian Planet tells us, took one year, 11 months and four days, so don't hold your breath.
Pluthero quits Freeserve for Energis
John Pluthero - the founder of Freeserve - has quit the UK's largest ISP to take the top job at struggling alternative telco Energis. He will join new chairman, Archie Norman, who led the successful refinancing of the Energis business last week.
Segway joins the Arms Race
Segway, the unfeasibly slow 'Human Transporter', is coming to the UK, courtesy of a distribution deal with BAE Systems.
John Bryce Training goes tits up
John Bryce Training UK Ltd (JBT), the company formerly known as Aris Education, has gone tits up, with debts estimated at £4.3m.
MSWord 2000 'offensive to lesbians,' says rock star
Disgruntled geologist Alan Vaughan writes complaining about the grammar checker in Microsoft Word 2000, which he says denigrates lesbians. Dykes, as all good geologists know, "are thin sheets of magma that has frozen in cracks on its way up from the hot interior of the Earth."
Customs arrest 22 in £50m VAT fraud probe
Customs and Excise officers investigating an alleged £50 million VAT fraud yesterday arrested 22 people in a series of raids throughout the UK.
Marconi debts up as sales halve
Marconi's first quarter sales have almost halved to £592 million from £1,134 million last year as it struggles to restructure its business amidst the continuing slump in telecoms spending.
ARM Q2s up on licensing, stock twitches briefly
Chip company ARM has reported record licensing revenues in its second quarter, resulting in income of £11.5 million ($18 million) on revenue of £43.2 million ($67.6 million). CFO Tim Score said the company expected to hit its targets of £180 million ($281 million) revenue and pre-tax profit of £65 million ($101.7 million) for the year, adding that the ARM 11 design was on-track, and getting good response from potential customers.
US e-porn industry gets trade organisation
The adult Web site industry in the US has set up a trade organisation to fight its corner.
Apple users demand higher prices, worse treatment
LettersNo sooner had we launched our campaign for Apple to raise its prices - last week's hikes being considered too puny - then a real-life petition has echoed our call.
Vmyths threatened for using mi2g press-kit photo
I can hear it now. "Damn that Rosenberger; I'm sick of him deviating from the press releases. Set the lawyers on him."
Lucent slashes 7,000 jobs
Lucent Technologies - the telecoms equipment outfit - is to axe 7,000 jobs in the face of a continued slump in the telecoms market.
UK unveils Open Source policy, may make it ‘default’ option
The UK government yesterday announced its policy on Open Source software, and as far as we can figure out, it seems to be cautiously pro. In answer to a parliamentary question (and we strongly suspect 'plant' here), Home Office minister Douglas Alexander said: "I am pleased to announce new policy on the use of Open Source Software within UK Government. It explains how we will consider Open Source Software solutions alongside proprietary ones in IT procurements and award contracts on a value for money basis, seeking to avoid lock-in to proprietary IT products and services."
No more JPEGs – ISO to withdraw image standard
The ISO standards body will take the unprecedented step of withdrawing the JPEG image format as a formal standard if Forgent Networks, a small Texan company, continues to demand royalties on a seventeen-year old patent.
NTL loses key email wiretap case on appeal
A Law Lord yesterday brushed aside concerns from NTL that it might breach the law in complying with an email wiretap request from the police.
BT duff DNS makes UK Web sites invisible
Surfers browsing the net using BT connections are having difficulties accessing Web sites because of problems with some of the telco giant’s Domain Name Servers.