Tuesday 14 December: Roundup of the IT news from the national and international press.
The Guardian reports that Eidos has signed a deal with Walt Disney to develop games based on 102 Dalmatians, the sequel to the original film. Sci Entertainment has also revealed it is to move into the children's computer game market with the acquisition of global PC and video game rights to Thunderbirds.
The San Jose Mercury reports that search engine [email protected] is joining up with console maker Sega to allow surfers to access the Internet through their TV sets. Officials from the US company said the deal will enable more than one million people with Sega's Dreamcast to use the system to chat, email and browse the Web via the Excite search engine.
Andersen Consulting has announced plans to create a venture capital unit focused on Internet companies, writes The Financial Times. The consultancy aims to invest up to $1 billion in online startups over five years. $500 million will come from Andersen with the remainder provided by private investors and venture capital groups.
USA Today writes that many US banks will be open on New Year's Day in an attempt to avoid any last minute cash demands and other worries about Y2K computer glitches. An executive vice president at California Federal Bank said that although no problems are expected with systems up to speed and Y2K-ready, some people may have concerns.
Supermarket chain Asda said it plans to offer free home delivery for goods bought over the Internet, reports The Guardian. Rival Tesco, which claims to have more than 200,000 customers using its Internet shopping service, charges £5 for delivery.
UK cable company NTL is to buy Swiss cable firm Cablecom in a $3.7 million (£2.3 million) deal, writes The Daily Telegraph. The company, which is listed on Nasdaq and Easdaq, said it is also looking at a listing in London. NTL is also speculated to bid for Telewest.
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