Tuesday 21 September: VNU Newswire's roundup of the IT news from the national and international press.
Orange will launch a £500 video phone in March writes The Daily Telegraph. After deciding to design and build its own handsets, the telephone operator claims to have found a way to boost phone signals to offer speeds that can support near real time video pictures. The development of the phones is expected to cost around £10 million.
The Financial Times reports that the growth of the Internet is creating huge demand for staff and is driving up starting salaries for employees with networking skills. Research commissioned by Cisco and undertaken by IDC suggests the networking staff shortage will reach about 80,000 over the next three years. Across Europe the figure could reach 600,000.
The Guardian reports that Microsoft has been criticised for secretly paying for supposedly independent advertisements on the eve of an important day in its antitrust dispute. The company has admitted paying $150,000 (£92,500) for newspaper adverts which supported its legal fight against the US government. Anti Microsoft campaigners said that Microsoft should be made to disclose its payments to all lobby groups.
The San Jose Mercury reports that Irish president Mary McAleese has said Silicon Valley's investments in Ireland had contributed significantly to the island's rejuvenation. Intel, IBM, Apple, Dell, Compaq and Gateway have all made Ireland their European base. McAleese said Ireland's well-educated, but underemployed citizens helped attract Silicon Valley companies.
The New York Times reports that Patrick Naughton, the Infoseek executive vice president arrested for seeking sex with a minor, has left the company. Infoseek said Naughton was no longer an employee but declined to say whether he was dismissed or resigned as a result of the arrest.
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