Wednesday 10 November: Roundup of the IT news from the national and international press.
Microsoft president Steve Ballmer told Newsweek that the company has not made plans to break up following Judge Jackson's findings. Ballmer said there was an advantage in having Microsoft as a single, well-focused customer company and he wanted to highlight for people how much "great stuff the company has coming."
The Guardian reports that online auction house QXL has linked up with AOL Germany to promote QXL on its websites. The company aims to further the model in other major markets. QXL also revealed it increased its user numbers by 84 per cent to 246,000 between July and September.
The number of companies looking for openings to sue Microsoft could grow following Friday's anti-trust verdict, reports USA Today. Some market watchers suggest that the software firm's larger rivals as well as many smaller businesses may sue the software firm over its market practices. Two class action lawsuits were filed earlier this year accusing Microsoft of forcing PC users to buy Windows.
The Financial Times writes that Orange has been assured by US investment bank Goldman Sachs that it would not threaten the phone operator's takeover by Mannesmann. Orange was thought to have asked Goldman for a clarification of its position following the speculation that Vodafone is to bid for Mannesman. Goldman has a long relationship with Vodafone.
Privately owned telecoms company Airspan Communications, which plans a stock market listing next year, has received a $50 million (£30.8 million) venture capital injection, writes The Financial Times. The company, which provides wireless alternatives to local copper wire telephone networks, said the funding will help it meet growing demand.
The monthly survey of the world's fund managers by Merrill Lynch has found that Y2K computer failure fears are beginning to decrease, writes The Daily Telegraph. Less than a quarter of 260 managers believe the millennium bug is a significant issue for stock selection, compared to a third of managers in June 1998.
A new computer virus, the first of an easier spreading strain of Internet infection, has been identified, writes The Wall Street Journal. The virus, named Bubbleboy, can spread through email without the user opening a file. There have been no reports of corporate or consumer computers being infected as yet, but the virus has the potential to spread quickly, experts have warned.
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