Wednesday 20 October: VNU Newswire's roundup of the IT news from the national and international press.
The Judge in Microsoft's antitrust trial is expected to make his ruling this Friday, reports USA Today. The US Justice Department has accused Microsoft of monopolising the market for PC operating software. The factual findings will be issued at 6.30pm (US time) and will be placed on the court's website. Analysts suggest the evening announcement will restrict the immediate impact on Microsoft shares.
Encyclopaedia Britannica is to make all its volumes freely available on the Internet, reports The Guardian. Following the launch of CD-Roms early this year, the company will launch www.britannica.com in the US followed by www.britannica.co.uk in February. The site will also offer news and a directory of informative sites.
Electronics Boutique has reported pre tax losses of £3.3 million, reports The Daily Telegraph. The computer software and video games retailer said it had been hurt by its acquisition of rival Game for £97 million in April and by the delay of new releases. Game also suffered a £1.2 million trading loss.
The Wall Street Journal writes that US online toy retailer eToys will launch its UK retail website today. The site will offer toys, videos, console games and computer software. The company, which had 1999 sales of $30 million (£18 million), then plans to expand across Europe.
Ebay yesterday launched its new online auction site, Great Collections, offering high end collectables and artwork, reports the Financial Times. The new site, which will feature paintings, antique furniture, and ancient and historic coins, offers items ranging from $250 to $10,000. Sotheby's is also launching two interactive sites which will go online in September.
Molybdenum ditelluride is a two-dimensional material that can be easily stacked into multiple layers to create a memory cell
New light-guiding nanoscale device can control and monitor a nanoparticle trapped in a laser beam with high sensitivity
Optical traps are scientific instruments in which a focused laser beam is used to exert an attractive or repulsive force on a microscopic object to hold it in place
Scientists estimate that the exoplanet has already lost up to 35 per cent of its mass over its lifetime
The observations were made using the Atacama Array in the Chilean desert