CompuServe is being sued by Time Warner. It is seeking $3.5 million in damages, accusing CompuServe of trying to drop Time magazine from its service and refusing to make payments due under its contract. @Home Network, which offers fast Net access through cable connections in the US, is to seek a public offering to develop its service. @Home was founded in 1995 and is backed by cable-TV operators, including TeleCommunications, Comcast Corp and Cox Communications.
Novell is to shed its "baggage" and will focus on intranet and Internet opportunities within a year, according to Novell CEO Eric Schmidt. Novell's share of the networking software market has dropped from 41 per cent in 1995 to 36 per cent last year, according to International Data Corp.
Oracle's Network Computer is said to look more like a conventional PC than previously expected. Insiders suggest it will come with either an Intel Pentium or ARM microprocessor from Acorn Computer. Oracle said prices will range from $300 to $800.
IBM and a consortium of banking partners have launched an online banking system to compete with two powerful rivals. Integrion Financial Network, which comprises a group of 16 banks plus IBM, has published what it calls a Gold Standard for Electronic Financial Services to ensure secure financial transactions. The main competitors are the Open Financial Exchange (OFX), a system created by Intuit, Microsoft and CheckFree; and Visa International's Access Device Messaging Specification (ADMS).
The International Standards Organisation (ISO) will decide in July whether Java should be a recognised open industry standard. The ISO's deliberations began this week after Sun Microsystems submitted its Java technology to the ISO.
MSN has launched Decision 97, a site aimed at those interested in the UK election. It's being run from MSN's Reading base by a staff of seven and includes comments from leading national newspaper journalists. News Editor Jeff Sutton said: "The Net is the ideal medium and we will give full coverage until just after the election. We have more pictures and graphics than other election sites and will offer minute-by-minute results on election day." (uk.msnbc.com/news).
Virgin Net of Notting Hill, London, is planning to launch a more "personalised" service in June. A key feature of the service will be the ability to gain online credits which can be used when buying online or in Virgin shops. Virgin Net MD Alex Dale said: "It's important that we create a sense of community and make the service attractive to our subscribers."
Some parts of Atacama have not received rainfall for 500 years - but a sudden deluge of water upset the Desert's delicate biological balance
Spitzer Space Telescope could not spot Oumuamua, suggesting that it is actually pretty small
Greenland crater one of the 25 largest impact craters on Earth
This long-sought progenitor star was identified in an image captured by Hubble in 2007