Monday 20 September: VNU Newswire's roundup of the IT news from the national and international press.
The Guardian writes today that Tesco will announce a major ecommerce initiative tomorrow. The supermarket already claims to be the world's biggest Internet grocery shopping organisation with 200,000 regular customers. Tesco will announce plans to offer books, CDs and electrical goods.
The Financial Times reports that Deutsche Telekom and a consortium of Telia and Telenor, the Swedish and Norwegian telecoms groups, are expected to bid later this week to become the strategic partner in Croatian Telecom (HT). The Croatian government will sell 35 per cent of HT in a deal that is expected to value the group at more than $2 billion.
Microsoft will announce an alliance between MSN Carpoint, its online car-shopping service, and Ford Motor, writes The New York Times. Further plans for the Microsoft's MSN Internet access service and for placing its popular Office productivity software on the Web may be detailed later this week when Microsoft executives are scheduled to meet with industry analysts and the news media in Seattle.
Patrick Naughton, executive vice president of products at Infoseek, was arrested for allegedly attempting to use the Web to arrange sexual encounters with a minor, reports the Wall Street Journal. Federal authorities said Naughton had solicited sex in Internet chats with an undercover agent, who posed as a 13-year-old girl. Infoseek is Disney's partner in the Go Network Internet portal. Disney will launch Safe Surfing Week today, a campaign for safety awareness on the Internet.
The Times writes that Anil Gupta, the 56-year-old computer games tycoon, is in talks with five Internet service providers to sell them an interactive football management game that he expects will earn more than £100 million worldwide. Player Manager Online, has been developed by Gupta's company, Anco Software and will attract between 100,000 and 160,000 UK subscribers playing on average two games a year, the company claims.
IBM and Technical University of Munich team demonstrate how Shor's algorithm, which can't be cracked by conventional computers, can be solved quickly with quantum computing
Hubble Space Telescope finds superflares from young red dwarfs could strip away planetary atmosphere
Younger stars are 100 to 1,000 times more energetic than when they're older
Two of the big four supermarkets will use the system to control sales of restricted products
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