Thursday 9 September: VNU Newswire's roundup of the IT news from the national and international press.
Stephen Byers, the trade and industry secretary, will warn today that many areas of Britain will fall behind if businesses do not utilise the Internet more by using email and advertising through Web sites writes The Guardian.
In a conference at the London School of Economics today, Byers will demand tough action from regional development agencies to do more to grasp the commercial opportunities afford by the Internet.
The Financial Times writes that companies selling goods and services over the Internet will face excessively high costs to collect taxes imposed by state and local governments, according to a report by Ernst and Young. State and local taxes are so costly to collect across the US that they would prevent Internet companies trading nationally, the report warned.
BT has unveiled a “walking mind” system to benefit people with mental illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, writes The Daily Telegraph. The Pentium III wearable computer will act as a remembrance aid to access and deliver information. Glasses and a mouse strapped to the hand allows information to be called up and read on a head display.
The Guardian reports that Martin Read, Logica chief executive, cashed in £3.8 million worth of shares yesterday after the computer support company’s share prices rose following positive results. (see Newswire 8 September) Read, whose share holding and options in Logica are worth almost £16 million, said his decision to sell now should not reflect negatively on the company and that, “the prospects for Logica remain very good indeed.”
Microsoft has firmly denied the existence of a console system code named X-Box writes Computer Trade Weekly (CTW). This is despite the fact that independent sources have acknowledged that development has been underway for the past several months.
CTW writes that it is understood the top secret console project involves a partnership with Dell and Gateway, which would manufacture the unit. The project could also involve graphics giant Nvidia.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Nigel Harris, Britain’s first Internet stalker, was told that he faced “almost inevitable prison” at Middlesex Guildhall Crown Court yesterday. Harris was convicted of harassment earlier this year after sending a former girlfriend threatening emails for five months.
The New York Times reports that corporate executives and experts in the fields of technology, law and government will meet in Munich on Thursday in discussions for an international system to rate and filter Internet content. The system will potentially allow parents to more effectively protect children from objectionable material online.
Yesterday we reported that Disney will launch a Safe Surfing Week later this month to encourage parents and children to use the Internet with appropriate caution.(see Newswire 8 September)
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