Friday 22 October: Daily roundup of the IT news from the national and international press.
Some Soviet nuclear reactors may be in danger of Y2K meltdown. according to the Central Intelligence Agency, USA Today reports. The plants lack containment systems and could be vulnerable, particularly in the event of power failures, the CIA believes.
The UK chief executive of mobile phone operator Orange, Hans Snook, is set to receive remuneration of more than £45 million, following the firm's takeover by German conglomerate Mannesmann, according to The Independent. The package would make Snook one of the country's highest paid executives.
High street bank Lloyds TSB has begun work on a separately branded Internet bank which it is expected to launch next year, The Telegraph reports. Lloyds TSB expects the venture to attract up to one million users, some from its existing customer base.
Two US universities have sent warning letters to online companies that employ students to attend lectures then post their notes on the Web, the New York Times reports. One company, Study 24-7 advertised payments of up to $1000 for students who allowed their notes to be posted online. The universities claim the notes may be deficient and provide students with a disservice.
Online auction house QXL, which floated on the Stock Market earlier this month, has won a contract to sell off parts of Wembley Stadium, the Financial Times reports. Parts of the 76 year old stadium, including seats, shower fittings from dressing rooms and original tickets, will be among the items up for grabs on the Internet.
Also in the FT, online sports service 365 Corporation is hoping to raise £50 million via a public listing which is expected to value the company at between £250 million to £300 million.
Freshly launched 11nm Qualcomm silicon will come with Adreno 612 GPU
Are pinning down the exact rate of expansion of the Hubble constant
RISC OS 5 to form the basis of RISC OS Open after Castle Technology sells to RISC OS Developments
A smartphone maker fiddling its benchmarking scores? That's unusual, isn't it?