Thursday 30 September: VNU Newswire's roundup of the IT news from the national and international press.
The Guardian writes that six to seven per cent of Internet users suffer from computer addiction. Internet addiction tends to affect users aged in their 40s and 50s and is an illness similar to other addictions such as gambling.
Addicts will often lie to their families, lose sleep and spend hours on the Internet searching for information, the paper reports. Psychologists believe people turn to the Internet to escape from emotional difficulties, stress or relationship problems.
Bank of Scotland has announced a number of Internet banking initiatives including a mortgage operation in the Netherlands, reports the Financial Times. Next month the bank will launch an Internet holiday service in the UK named Ossian.
The Daily Telegraph writes that Lastorders.com, Britain's first online off license, will open soon. The company plans to offer more than 60 beers at prices more than 20 per cent lower than high street off licenses. It hopes to get more than 100,000 customers in its first year. The company also plans to offer same day delivery in London by the end of the year.
The Washington Post reports that Hewlett Packard and Qwest Communications have joined forces to offer Web based software delivery services that store key business data for large corporate customers. Qwest expects the joint venture to provide it about $200 million in revenue during the first year and up to $1.5 billion over the three year term. HP will also integrate Qwest's storage services as part of its "e-service" portfolio.
The US Transport Department inspector has said that 1,900 smaller carriers out of 3,300 US air carriers had not responded to a Y2K Federal Aviation Administration survey, writes the San Jose Mercury. The survey reveals that although 95 per cent of passenger and cargo services have said that they will be Y2K ready, the smaller providers have not responded. The FAA added that vital airport systems were ready for the Year 2000 date rollover.
The Wall Street Journal reports that many French companies believe they are behind other countries when it comes to the Internet. Almost half of all French companies with 500 or more employees are concerned that they are lagging behind international rivals, according to a French report. It said 22 per cent of the French companies surveyed went online in 1995 or 1996, with 63 per cent of large companies getting on the Net in 1997 or 1998.
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