Vodafone poised to buy Vivendi's Vizzavi stake – report
Vodafone is planning to buy partner Vivendi's stake in Vizzavi, their joint venture Web portal, according to a story in today's Wall Street Journal. Vivendi is currently financially challenged to the tune of €10 billion, and the two companies have allegedly already put €1 billion into the site (although it is not immediately clear where this went), but the sum being talked of for Vivendi's half is €150 million or thereabouts.
MS gives New Orleans ‘free’ systems for City Hall, PD
Microsoft is to update the computers of New Orleans' City Hall and Police Department for free, according to a report last week in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, saving the city $100 million, claims CTO Greg Meffert. Work will begin in the next two weeks, and the city's only obligations are that it will be used as a model for marketing the systems to other government bodies, and that it will at some point in the future have to pay a "miniscule" amount of money for the software.
NASA to fight terror with mental telepathy
No, we're not making this up; we can only hope that Moonie sheet the Washington Times is. But according to this WT story, NASA is attempting to develop some manner of remote stress detector along the lines of a polygraph machine which will monitor the brainwaves and heart rates of airline passengers as they pass blissfully through the gate to their waiting aeroplane.
Boffins invent grenade vaporising ‘electric force field’
Boffins at Britain's Ministry of Defence have invented an electric 'force field' designed to protect armoured vehicles against anti-tank grenades.
KDE fixes SSL hole as MS dithers
New KDE binary RPMs have been released, as promised, with a fix for the SSL certificate vulnerability affecting Windows and Konqueror which we reported last week.
Ex Grey Archers to picket Nomura
Former staff at pub trade dotcom Grey Archer, plan to demonstrate outside the offices of the company's backers in a bid to receive redundancy payments.
HP backs AMD Athlon with business PC
AMD gained an important breakthrough in the business market today with the news that HP is to use its flagship Athlon XP processors in its Compaq D315 Business PC.
China ‘huge potential’ for broadband
China is set to have more than 19m broadband users by 2006, according to a new report by the Yankee Group.
Vodafone and Vivendi confirm Vizzavi talks
Vodafone Group Plc and Vivendi Universal have confirmed that they are deep in discussion concerning the future of their Internet love child Vizzavi.
Marconi axes Irish jobs
With reports circulating that Marconi is preparing to go into voluntary liquidation, it has been revealed that the firm has cut over 140 jobs in Ireland.
AOL TW faces lawsuit over ‘unconventional’ deals
Lawyers in the US have launched a class action lawsuit against AOL Time Warner over allegations that the giant media company misrepresented advertising revenues to the tune of $270m (£177m) through what it describes as a "series of unconventional transactions".