A US district judge has thrown out a claim by two Compaq customers that the PC vendor sold them sub-standard kit. In a 1999 lawsuit, the customers claimed that the floppy disk drives and controllers on their Compaq PCs had failed to detect data errors.
But Judge Thad Heartfield dismissed the lawsuit in a summary judgement last week. Attorney for the plaintiffs, Gilbert Low, said that a second lawsuit against Compaq was ongoing.
Chip vendors reduce forecasts
Two chip vendors have reduced their forecasts for the current quarter, claiming weak demand from communications and data storage customers. Vitesse, which makes embedded network and storage chips, and LSI Logic, which makes chips for communications vendors, both said that they were concerned about orders.
Vitesse chief executive Lou Tomasetta said that second-quarter revenue would drop to between $150m and $160m, down from projections of $180m to $190m. LSI said that it expected its first-quarter revenues to be down 30 per cent on the previous quarter.
Motorola cuts back mobile phone production
Lower than expected sales of mobile phones in the UK has led to Motorola suspending manufacture for two weeks at one of its Scottish plants. The Bathgate factory will shut down for two weeks from 9 April.
Motorola spokesman Derek Milne said that no staff would lose money, and that many would be grateful for the extended break. The plant, one of three Motorola facilities in Scotland, manufacturers the GSM V3688 and the GSM triband L7089.
Securicor promises to deliver
Securicor claims it is tackling online fraud with the launch of its secure web shopping portal. Users register their credit card details once at the securicor.com website, and can then buy safely from its partners' retail sites.
The company said that it has signed up 14 partners, including ThinkNatural and Kitbag. Analysts have claimed that customers' fears of online fraud are holding back the take-up of e-shopping, and that 71 per cent of UK surfers refuse to divulge credit card details over the web.
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