Tuesday 2 November: Round-up of the IT news from the national and international press.
The UK government's plans to auction mobile phone licences were met with criticism yesterday, reports The Daily Telegraph. The government wants to auction five new licences in a bidding process between operators, but Orange has dismissed the exercise and said it could damage Britain's position in the telecoms market.
The Guardian writes that millennium bug fears may be capitalised on by criminals intent on sabotaging businesses. A consultant with Insight Consulting warned that malicious damage and fraud are a real threat for businesses as criminals could introduce computer viruses or attack a big business through the Internet.
USA Today reports that phone equipment maker Lucent Technologiesis to cut 1,680 jobs or about one per cent of its workforce to reduce costs. The company will make the cuts from the Business Communications Systems unit, which it said will save $300 million in costs a year.
The Daily Telegraph writes that Internet firm Netbenefit has joined up with the personal phone company PNCtele.com. The alliance will allow companies to buy Internet domain names based on their phone numbers and eventually it will enable mobile phone users to prioritise emails they receive on their phones.
The online gender gap is closing with women making up half of the US Internet population, writes The Washington Post. Analysts believe women will become the dominant force for the Internet as they increasingly use the Web for ecommerce. They predict companies will gear their sites towards women to capitalise on their desire to shop online.
Arm, the microchip designer, is to join up with Texas Instruments to develop next generation cellular wireless devices, writes The San Jose Mercury. The British company said the alliance will deliver the performance for running realtime audio and video applications on wireless devices.
Siemens has been backed by the government to computerise the MOT testing scheme, reports The Financial Times. Siemens, which were blamed earlier this year for the failures in the passport fiasco, will provide and operate a national MOT database and information network to support administration in a £100 million project.
Delays to the roll-out of age verification for adult websites hasn't stopped government from considering extending them to more websites
Bluehole confirms rumours that Playstation 4 port is coming on 7 December
Atmospheric iodine works as a significant sink of tropospheric ozone, nullifying the harmful pollutant
A temperature rise of just 1.8° C would melt major ice sheets