Wednesday 8 September: VNU Newswire's roundup of the IT news from the national and international press.
Nortel Networks and United Utilities have abandoned the joint venture company Nor.Web writes the Financial Times. The two companies had planned to exploit technology enabling electricity cables to carry data and provide high speed Internet access.
The Digital Powerline technology had been expected to revolutionise data access across the home, but the companies said the investment cost was too great and the market had changed becuase of the advent of high bandwidth technologies such as ADSL.
The Daily Telegraph reports today that London Electricity has continuing problems with the millennium bug. New meter power keys designed to be Year 2000 compliant have failed to work, leaving hundreds of householders without power or experiencing problems. Software problems have been blamed, although London Electricity has admitted there has also been problems with training agents to use the keys.
The Financial Times reports today that more than 600 car dealerships have signed up to a new business to business Web site set up by DCS Group. The service, called Autowired, was formed as part of a strategy of focusing on electronic business services and on three core areas of automotive dealerships, logistics and business software services.
Newsweek magazine writes that analysts have given Sega’s much hyped Dreamcast six to nine months to make an impact and allow the company to reestablish itself, otherwise it says analysts predict “it’s game over” for Sega. The company laid off 1,000 employees after posting a net loss of $400 million this April and the Dreamcast is its dreamed resurrection.
Microsoft is introducing an Internet service that lets consumers name their own prices for hotel rooms writes The New York Times. Last year a service called Priceline.com introduced a system that lets people enter the prices they would be willing to pay for airline tickets.
Now, via Microsoft's Expedia Web site, consumers can specify the city, dates, room rate and hotel rating they are seeking and the service picks the individual hotel, and automatically charges the amount to the buyer's credit card. No refunds or changes are allowed.
A landmark ruling on free speech on the Internet was handed down when a US District Court judge said she would not grant Ford Motor Company an injunction to stop a Web site publishing confidential internal documents, the Wall Street Journal reports today.
Federal judge Nancy Edmunds ruled that Robert Lane, the operator of blueovalnews.com, was protected by the free speech rights of the First Amendment to publish the documents he had received anonymously.
New regulation expected to cut greenhouse gas emissions by about 17 million metric tonnes between 2020 and 2050
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