Tuesday 23 November: Roundup of the IT news from the national and international press.
Online rare book seller Alibris has admitted intercepting emails between its clients and online retailer Amazon.com, writes The San Jose Mercury. The US Attorney's office in Boston said Alibris will pay $250,000 to settle criminal claims.
The Independent reports that Bank of Scotland has announced plans to offer its customers the ability to access accounts, transfer money or order foreign currency through its free ISP, BoS.Internet.com. BoS recently launched an Internet mortgage service in Holland.
Mannesmann has said it will continue to fight the takeover bid by Vodafone Airtouch, writes USA Today. Vodafone's chief executive, Chris Gent, visited Germany yesterday to promote the company's bid. He said the takeover bid for Mannesmann is not as hostile as it looks.
The Daily Telegraph reports that BT call centre staff plan to take further strike action on 10 December, according to the Communication Workers Union. Staff at the 37 call centres walked out in protest against oppressive working conditions and a bullying management style.
Search engine GoTo.com is to acquire Cadabra, the shopping comparison company, for $250 million in cash and stock, writes The Wall Street Journal. GoTo, which expects the deal to be closed in January, said Cadabra's comparison pricing technology will allow GoTo users to quickly find and buy items at good prices.
The Guardian writes that US online home delivery service Urbanfetch plans to launch in London at the start of next year. Urbanfetch, which was launched last month, intends to recruit about 100 people for its London service. Products on offer will include videos and Palm Pilots to be delivered at home.
The Financial Times reports that Dutch Internet access provider World Online is set for a public offering next year with a valuation of euro 4 billion to euro 5 billion (£3.18 billion). World Online, which recently purchased US company PolyGram Merchandising, expects to have more than 1.2 million active individual users by the end of next year.
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