Sage has tabled an offer for Softline, valuing the South African-owned accountancy software provider at £66m. Should it succeed, the cash offer will be financed from existing debt facilities, Sage says.
Specialist Computer Holdings has bought Hays Payroll Services for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition is to be transacted through SCS, the reseller's payroll bureau division which will combine with Hays.
SCO's latest act in the Linux lawsuit saga has been to implement a licensing scheme for Linux users, writes Robin Bloor of Bloor Research. In the words of SCO CEO Darl McBride, "SCO is prepared to offer a licence for SCO's UnixWare 7.1.3 product for use in conjunction with any Linux product. This licensing format will assure that Linux users will be able to run Linux in full compliance with SCO's underlying IP rights."
Intel's mysterious 'Yamhill' technology - the chip giant's answer to AMD's AMD64 architecture - is a runner, but won't appear before 2005, a report from investment research organisation American Technology Research (ATR) has claimed.
The EC Directive (2002/38/EC), concerning VAT levying arrangements, came into effect from 1st July 2003, writes John MacGowan of Bloor Research.
Reg Kit Watch
phones 4U is slashing handset prices in a bid to leapfrog Carphone Warehouse (CPW) into UK market leadership.
There's fresh speculation that Dixons is to ditch its long-standing relationship with Freeserve and cuddle up instead with AOL UK.
BT has distanced itself from weekend reports that it is planning to buy back MMO2 - the mobile business it spun off less than two years ago.
One of the sneakiest viruses to date began spreading rapidly across the Internet this weekend.
Orange has accused Three and its parent company, Hutchison, of bringing 3G technology into disrepute.
The microprocessor market appears to be picking up on the back of increasing demand for mobile products, according to the latest figures from market watcher Mercury Research.
ebookers blamed Iraq and SARS for falling demand in longhaul flights. But the UK's biggest online travel firm expects a bounce-back in the winter, on the basis of good forward bookings.
Newbury memory distributor Rombyte has been fined £16,000 for selling counterfeit memory.
Worldwide chips sales continue to show almost negligible growth in June, with sales rising from $12.49 billion to $12.54 billion, an increase of less than half a percentage point.
Did you know that Visual Basic 6.O is the preferred programming language of chimpanzees? No, what about "recent research in primate programming suggests computing is a task that most higher primates can easily perform"? Us neither.
IBM's Opteron-based supercomputing cluster, announced last week, has already been knocked out of third place in the world supercomputer chart, by another cluster that hasn't been installed yet.
Novell is beefing up its Linux play with the cash acquisition of Ximian. The company has confirmed that it will continue to support Ximian-sponsored Mono and GNOME open source projects.
DARPA's plan to create a futures market for terrorist activities is dead, but the concept is a natural for predicting viruses and worms, says SecurityFocus columnist George Smith.
Nvidia today said it will buy MediaQ, a developer of graphics and other ancillary chips for wireless PDAs and cellphones, for $70 million in cash and stock, mostly the former.
ID cards come in two quite distinct flavours - the nasty one, where they use the cards to police you, and the nice one, which you use to establish and protect your rights and identity. Simple? Actually, I lie when I say they're distinct flavours; in reality nice isn't absolutely nice, the two bleed most horribly into one another, and what we should really be busying ourselves with is establishing clear lines of distinction then defending them.
AOL is ditching Monster.com as its job board supplier. The new incumbent, CareerBuilder.com, is paying up to $115m over four years with a mixture of guaranteed and performance-related payments.
Sun Microsystems has added faster chips to one of its most popular servers, opening a door to take a shot at bitter rival Dell.
While one of the sneakiest viruses to date began spreading rapidly across the Internet at the weekend, antivirus software vendor Panda Software detected a Trojan that exploits, you guessed it, another Windows vulnerability. Its actions leave affected computers at the mercy of hackers, the company warns.
New research indicates that SCO's legal threat against Linux may go down as the "shot ignored around the world."
A US appeals court last week gave tacit approval to the use of Trojan horse viruses as a tool in investigating crimes on the Net.
Red Hat has filed a complaint against SCO, hoping to protect Linux's good name.