Rather than software becoming commoditized, hardware will be almost free in ten years, says Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.
Can small software developers who use Google's APIs avoid being crushed by the giant? It's become a familiar story elsewhere in the industry. If you create a popular utility for Windows, there's a strong likelihood that Microsoft will bundle a rival in with the operating system, removing your market. And Apple once told developers they should forget about making money, and that writing for the Mac was a higher calling.
Vonage is suing the phone giant AT&T because it says its new VoIP service launched this week confuses customers. Long distance carriers such as AT&T have the most to lose from Internet telephony, which is why they're offering similar services. AT&T has said it wants to sign a million subscribers to its $39 a month a service by the end of next year.
Virgin is teaming up with Bell Mobility for a joint venture in Canada.
The chief executive of Orange, Solomon Trujillo, is to leave the company after just one year. His replacement, Sanjiv Ahuja, joined Orange last April as COO.
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Microsoft has a new UK managing director, as exclusively revealed last week in The Register.
Europe in BriefThe Basque Country and Navarra in northern Spain are to host what is apparently the world's first Internet Traffic Observatory. It is a network made up of 50 nodes - or traffic-measurement computers - distributed throughout Europe. The PCs, fitted with traffic-generation cards and synchronised via satellite, send traffic between them with the aim of measuring features such as the time lag or the transfer speed of web pages.
Sony has updated the software on board its PSX PlayStation 2-based personal video recorder - the second network-borne upgrade the consumer electronics giant has released since the machine shipped last December.
British 'top five' music company EMI will rid itself of 1500 employees and 20 per cent of its artist roster - some 300-odd acts - it admitted today.
Cable & Wireless is launching legal action to recover £25m allegedly syphoned from its insurance unit. Five ex-employees are named in the action.
Increased Linux sales have enabled Mandrakesoft to emerge from bankruptcy protection.
The chaos caused by Monday's underground cable fire in Manchester appears to be easing, according to the latest update from BT.
IBM has asked the US courts to absolve it of any claims of copyright infringement made by SCO, a year into the court battle over the ownership of sections of UNIX code.
Firestorm, the Nintendo Game Boy emulator for Tapwave's Zodiac handheld games console, has gone on sale despite the threat of legal action from the Japanese video game company.
PeopleSoft is being sued for fraud and breach of contract over its agreement to provide software to Cleveland State University.
Last week the SUSE Penguin marched into Salt Lake City and announced significant extensions in its relationships with two of the organisations leading the promotion of Linux into the Enterprise - HP and IBM, writes Bloor Research analyst Tony Lock.
SAS Institute has set its sights on extending beyond its traditional marketplace with the release of SAS 9, writes Bloor Research analyst Philip Howard.
Telstra has buckled to industry and regulatory pressure and slashed the cost of its wholesale broadband service.
Microsoft seems to be planning an expanded, and perhaps more sophisticated, crack at open source models, following on from general and widescale disinterest in its Shared Source Initiative. According to a Computerwire report, Microsoft "is preparing to shift its stance by releasing code to the open source community".
Although a price cut in Australia has followed yesterday's cuts in North America for the Xbox console, Microsoft UK has no imminent plans to change its pricing here - with the company adopting a "wait and see approach" on future cuts.
Research among business Smartphone user focus groups has shown that many have concerns about quality, functionality and customer service.
If you ask the average Internet user about security for their computer, and they either look blankly at you, or mumble something about anti-virus and firewalls, most often without any real idea of what these things are or what they do.
Oracle will defend itself against European Commission claims that its takeover of PeopleSoft would damage competition - by pointing to smaller competitors.
In briefCircuit City, the US electronics superstore chain, is buying Canadian retailer InterTAN's for $284m cash.
Despite some evidence that magnetic fields may be linked to certain cancers in humans, scientists say that no causal link has been established.
More than 100 people were arrested yesterday in a massive crackdown on child porn in Denmark. Police seized 149 computers in 119 dawn raids across the country.
ATI boss K Y Ho is to relinquish his role as company CEO on 1 June, making way for president and COO Dave Orton to assume the position.
Hitachi is taking its foot off the capacity accelerator and instead coming up with hard drives that last longer and are cheaper to make.
After nearly ruining the usefulness of email with billions of spams, unscrupulous marketers are now turning their attention to instant messaging (IM).
BT is to face an "urgent" investigation into allegations that its new phone tariffs are anti-competitive.
A US scientist who collected $600,000 for SARS research in China from students, colleagues and friends, actually handed the money over to Nigerian 419ers, the Boston Herald reports.
This year's European Intel Solutions Summit is taking place on 17-20 May in Madrid.
German resellers are the least worried in Europe that large retailers could do them out of business and sales.
Unauthorised snooping on workers by their employers is to be banned in Australia's New South Wales.
Brocade Communications Systems has officially unveiled its first new SAN hardware since October 2002, in the form of 8-port and 16-port Fibre Channel switches. Their key qualities are likely to be their low prices, which Brocade says will start at just $5,000, heating up the competition between Brocade and its rival McData.
Freeserve is to ditch its name and rebrand under the livery of its parent Wanadoo, The Register has learned.
The UK must invest public money in exploiting science and engineering research if it is to remain competitive in a global economy, according to a study to be published this evening by the Engineering and Technology Board (ETB).
Sharing files is not an infringement of copyright under Canadian law, a judge has ruled.
Warner Music Germany will slash a hundred jobs - almost half of its work force of 223 people, in response to volatile sales and illegal downloading. Warner Germany told FT Deutschland it will hire a outplacement agency to help the axed staff.
People making mistakes are the major source of security breaches.
The US patent office has awarded Ideaflood a patent for managing sub-domain names.
LettersThis week, a BT exchange in Manchester caught fire, depriving millions (alright, hundreds of thousands) of our Friends in the North of modern telephonic communications, including access to the emergency services.
Brocade has joined the rush to sell storage networking to small and medium-sized businesses, adding two lower-cost Fibre Channel switches. The eight-port SilkWorm 3250 and 16-port SilkWorm 3850 will also be sold by HP, IBM, StorageTek, and Sun.
IT pros - not spotty teenagers - are now the most usual suspects in cybercrime investigations, a senior Metropolitan Police officer said today.