Stories by Laura Rohde

  • PC makers to promote 'XP-ready' PCs

    In anticipation of the Windows XP operating system's launch on October 25, Microsoft and a number of PC makers on Wednesday announced a program to designate PCs as "Windows XP Ready." PC vendors involved in the program include Compaq, Dell and Hewlett-Packard.

  • UK gets new e-minister

    The UK government on Tuesday named Douglas Alexander as its new e-minister, replacing Patricia Hewitt, who has been promoted to the position of Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

  • Alcatel restructures after sluggish Q1 report

    French telecommunication equipment maker Alcatel SA said on Thursday it will restructure the company in light of its sluggish first quarter financial report and expectations of slower sales in the telecommunication sector for the year.

  • Intel, Siemens in $US2B flash memory deal

    Intel will provide high-performance flash memory chips to German electronics and engineering conglomerate Siemens AG in a deal worth over $US2 billion, the chip maker announced Friday.

  • Lucent's Q1 loss brings 10,000 job cuts

    Lucent Technologies bundled its plan to restructure the company with its report of a $US1.02 billion first quarter loss. The restructuring will result in the loss of 10,000 jobs, the company announced Wednesday.

  • Amazon.com's losses expected to shrink

    Online retail giant Amazon.com on Monday forecast a pro-forma operating loss of less than $US67 million on pro-forma nets sales of over $960 million for the quarter ending December 31.

  • Motorola, Sega in deal

    Motorola and computer game software manufacturer Sega have agreed to a deal that will allow Java-based mobile phone users to play computer games on their mobile phones, the companies have announced.

  • Health debate over mobile phones heats up

    Two articles published in the UK medical journal The Lancet on Friday have reignited the debate over the dangers that mobile telephones may pose to children's health, yet the UK government has still not established a team to carry out research that it promised in May.

  • Lucent fires CEO over profit slump

    In the face of dire profit warnings, the board of directors of Lucent Technologies has replaced chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Richard McGinn with Henry Schacht, who had the top job at the company from 1995 to 1997.

  • ASPs, WIPO to set guidelines

    The ASP Industry Consortium (ASPIC), a nonprofit international advocacy group, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) will work together to establish guidelines designed to help application service provider (ASP) companies and their clients avoid and mediate disputes, the two organisations announced recently.

  • Palm reports robust Q3 results

    In its first quarterly financial report since going public, handheld device maker Palm reported strong revenue growth for its third quarter, ending February 25.