Thursday 11 November: Roundup of the IT news from the national and international press.
Internet search engine Yahoo! has been accused of illegally using a company's patented technology, writes USA Today. SBH, a patent marketing firm, filed a suit claiming Yahoo! used its technology that allows customers to buy goods from several online merchants using a "universal shopping cart."
The Guardian reports that shares in Expedia, Microsoft's online travel firm, rose from an opening price of $14 to £53 on Nasdaq yesterday. Microsoft will keep 80 per cent of the $2 billion valued company.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Thus, formerly Scottish Telecom, has announced it will become the first new entrant to the London Stock Exchange's Techmark index. Shares in the company were issued at 310p yesterday but a strong demand pushed the price to 375p, valuing the company at £2.66 billion.
President Clinton has said he expects no major national breakdowns in the US to be caused by the Y2K computer problem, writes The Washington Post. A government report has said work has been completed on 99 per cent of its mission critical systems. The president also said he was still concerned over the Y2K preparations of some developing nations.
The San Jose Mercury reports that US Internet software maker Liberate Technologies has unveiled a two way television service with Cable & Wireless. The service will provide Cable & Wireless cable TV subscriber services such as home shopping, email, travel and financial information via the Internet and television. Content partners will include Barclay's bank and British Airways.
The Home Office has admitted that 13 of its 17 IT projects are either behind schedule or over budget, writes The Financial Times. Siemens is not expected to complete the Passport Agency's computer and printing system until 2001, nearly two years late. Other projects include IT for the prison service and the replacement of police radio systems.
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Saturn's rings only formed in the past 100 million years, suggests analysis of Cassini space probe data
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