Thursday 2 September: VNU Newswire's roundup of the IT news from the national and international press.
The Times writes that today is the 30th birthday of the Internet. It was in 1969 that two computers funded by America's Advanced Projects Research Agency managed to communicate with each other via a large "interphase message processor".
The Guardian reports that free domain names are now on offer from the Internet Technology Group (ITG). Internet users will now be able to have a name of their choice if it has not already been taken. Internet domain names usually cost from £40 to £100 but the organisation which registers .uk names, Nominet, has cut the price of domain names to members like ITG from £20 each to £5.
The Financial Times writes today that Nordic banks are getting more visits to their Web sites than to their branches. Many Nordic bank customers, mostly young ones, no longer visit branches and access their account on the Internet. The Nordic region has a high level of technological sophistication and leads Europe and the US in the development of Internet banking.
IBM is making a bid to become a leading supplier of technology to the communications industry, reports the Financial Times today. The company plans to introduce a new line of semiconductors for network equipment, create a communications research centre and create an alliance intended to encourage the spread of industry standard software in telecommunications.
The San Jose Mercury reports that Swedish music start up Boxman.com has 25 per cent to 30 per cent of Europe's online music market and plans to go public in late 1999 or in 2000. Online shoppers can log on to Boxman.com's Internet site, pick the music they want, pay by credit card or bank order and then have it delivered by mail to their home in two to three days. Consumers can also listen to music on the site to try it out.
The reactor topped out at 100 million° C
Cosmic event will not cause any disruption on Earth, say scientists
Heber Curtis was the first to observe a cosmic jet in 1918.
Climate change likely forced inhabitants of Indus Valley civilisation to resettle in the Himalayan foothills
Shift in weather patterns made agriculture almost impossible in the Indus Valley region