Microsoft is the subject of yet another anti-trust investigation.
This time, however, it's not a federal case but an inquiry instituted by the state of Texas. It is the first time an individual state has investigated the company, and reports have suggested several other states may follow suit. The case centres on the market for Internet software and Microsoft has received a civil investigative demand from the state - Netscape received a similar request last December. Microsoft is still under ongoing investigation by the US federal authorities following Netscape's allegations of anti-competitive practices last summer.
The Benetton Formula One Grand Prix team has chosen an Informix IS and logistical support system to help optimise the performance of the Benetton Formula One car, unveiled last month. Benetton, which chose Oracle for last year's car, will use the Informix database to hold information such as photography of car components and engineering data. Together with details such as mileage, race circuits, weather conditions and service intervals, the information will enable Benetton to predict when parts need replacing.
The European Parliament has awarded Surrey-based IT consultantcy Smith System Engineering a contract to investigate the possibility of jamming or censoring pornographic and racist material on the Internet. The firm will work with legal and social policy experts to produce a study which will be used as a briefing document and could form the basis of new legislation. The six-month study will examine the methods by which offensive material is put on the Web and look at technical methods of blocking its distribution.
Bull Information Systems and City College Norwich have launched a pilot IT training programme, creating 45 new jobs in the process. Falling under the government's Modern Apprentice Scheme, the programme is part of an initiative by Bull to combat the growing IT skills shortage in the services market. Apprentices who complete the course will be professionally qualified to certified systems engineer status for IT vendors such as Microsoft and Novell, and academically qualified to NVQ level 3 in IT.
Bull expects to generate a further 150 IT jobs nationally within a year under similar schemes.
Fujitsu has cut a further 20% off the price of its ErgoPro PC range following similar reductions in January. The company has also chopped 12% off the price of its LifeBook notebook range. Among the products affected is the ErgoPro e452/166 PC, which drops from #995 to #875 for a model equipped with a Pentium 166MHz processor, 1.6Gb hard drive and 16Mb of EDO memory. The LifeBook 555T with a Pentium 150MHz processor, six speed CD-ROM and 1.3Gb hard drive has been reduced from #3,210 to #2,815.
Novell will begin selling its software electronically later this month in a pilot program that could later be extended to include distributing product licences over the Internet. The program, codenamed Chips, enables Novell products distributed through OEM partners to be delivered on CD-ROMs that can be unlocked with "key" licences. A Chips pilot program will kick off in the US and Europe with IntranetWare for Small Business. IntranetWare will be added in the summer.
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