In a move likely to leave Scott McNealy choking on his cornflakes, Forbes.com has named Merrill Lynch analyst Steven Milunovich Wall St's number-one analyst.
A new UK service launches today which aims to make life easier for people offering IT services. The Resource Broker is an online business-to-business exchange: it is free to providers who can register their details, location and what their skills are. When another member creates a relevant new business opportunity they will be invited to tender for the business.
Iona Technologies has named a new vice president, someone versed in business process management (BPM), to drive partners around Iona's integration suite and Corba software.
A cross-industry, joint-customer effort at web services group OASIS designed to put some beef into the term Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) has hit an early snag.
Lenovo has appointed a chief executive as it completes the buyout of IBM's PC business.
Malaysia’s National Registration Department is doubtful that it would be useful to fingerprint all babies born in the country.
Ericsson is to axe 250 jobs in the US, the Swedish telecoms equipment giant announced today.
Apple has updated its iMac and eMac consumer and education-oriented desktops, improving specifications and bundling Mac OS X 10.4 'Tiger' too.
Mobile communications means different things to different people, but some common meaning is starting to gather momentum. It used to be the case that when you asked employees if they had mobile access to email they would say yes if they had a modem on their laptop and dialed in to a central server from a hotel room. Hardly immediate and continuous, but at least access from outside the office.
US Sirius Satellite Radio is latching onto the "podcasting" phenomenon, launching a daily four-hour show featuring podcast, self-published syndicated radio shows.
AT&T is offering a bunch of Voice over Internet Protocol services to business customers.
IBM has offered to settle a class action lawsuit brought against it by owners of Deskstar 75GXP hard drives. The suits against the company allege that Deskstar drive in question couldn't reliably store or retrieve data. They also accuse IBM of making "false and inaccurate statements and representations concerning the reliability of these hard disk drives".
RaboDirect, a subsidiary of the Dutch online bank Rabobank, launched Ireland's first completely online bank yesterday.
The US has published a blacklist of those of its trading partners that are most ineffective when it comes to protecting intellectual property rights (IPRs). The "Special 301" report from the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) fingers Ukraine as the worst offender.
Advanced Semiconductor Engineering's Chungli chip packaging and testing plant caught fire on Sunday, but most of the company's customers, including Intel, ATI and Nvidia appear to suffered more inconvenience than harm.
Spyware invasive programs that generate pop-ups, hijack home pages, redirect searches and poison DNS files generates an estimated $2bn in revenue a year1, according to a study by anti-spyware firm Webroot. It estimates the surreptitious spyware and adware market "may be approaching 25 per cent" of the already-established market of online advertising.
A Romanian-born man has pleaded guilty to sending threatening emails to top execs at eBay.
Software consultancy Edenbrook is getting a £1m investment from venture capitalists Elderstreet.
Comment IT systems have developed with nearly unbelievable speed over the last twenty years - at least at a technological level. However, some factors have not kept pace and need to change.
Letters This week you have mostly been getting upset about web designers and their occasional reluctance to design browser independent sites. The particular site that has you up in arms is a new IT brokerage site, which says it aims to put contractors in touch with contracts. All you need to do is register. Except that it turns out that you can't, unless you are using IE:
Analysis According to Alfred Chuang, chairman and CEO, BEA plans to triple in size over the next three or so years, going from a $1bn company to $3bn. For a well-established company this is an aggressive target; so why does he think it can be done?
Claranet has taken another step forward in its bid to acquire VIA NET.WORKS.
SCL, the Surbiton-based components distie, has added Silverstone cases to its vendor roster.
Sony's trading platform could change character of gaming
Review With hard drive capacities increasing at an exponential rate backing up your PC has become an increasingly difficult task. As far as capacities go, Hitachi is in the lead at the moment, thanks to its recently announced 500GB drive. The Seagate 400GB Pushbutton Backup external hard drive might not be able to back up the Hitachi monster drive, but it should be ample for most of us, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson.
Bulldog has blamed a "hiccup with its billing system" for a delay in collecting subscription fees.
BT has snapped up SkyNet Systems Limited (SkyNet), a leading Cisco-only dealer, to bolster its data networking services.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group - the body that controls the wireless connectivity standard - has formally chosen ultrawideband as the foundation for future versions of the technology.
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Computer scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have joined forces with animation specialists at Televirtual, and the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) to create a signing avatar capable of translating written web pages into British sign language.
A teenager who conned eBay customers out of £45,000 has been sentenced to one year's detention today.
Apple's iPod Shuffle took more than half of the US Flash-based music player market last month, retail market watcher NPD has said, by way of a report from Merrill Lynch.
Union officials held "frank and constructive" discussions with troubled telecoms equipment maker Marconi this morning over the future of 10,000 jobs at the company.
Relatively cheap but sophisticated storage management tools continue to make their way down market thanks, in part, to renewed interest in the iSCSI protocol. The latest company trying to push this trend is DataCore Software, which has this week released Version 2.0 of its SANmelody software.
Some things never change at HP, regardless of the highly-paid hood ornament listed as CEO. So we learned this week as word leaked out that close to 2,000 workers have taken voluntary severance packages and left the company.
IBM will carve up to 13,000 workers from its payrolls with European staffers taking the majority of the hit, the company announced today.