Stories by Rick Perera

Bertelsmann addresses Napster Nazi charges

Just weeks after forming an alliance with Napster, German media giant Bertelsmann on Tuesday found itself answering charges from German law-enforcement authorities that the online music exchange enables the spread of right-wing extremist music.

German village becomes model 'Internet community'

The inhabitants of the village of Oberhambach couldn't ask for a nicer Christmas present: almost all 279 of them are getting free computers and Internet access, thanks to an experimental program to create Germany's first "Internet community."

German officials warn of Net 'big brother'

German officials in charge of protecting personal data freedom are warning of a threat to Internet users' privacy rights if a proposal to require ISPs to track and store data on Net surfing is implemented. Germany's Conference of (state-level) Interi...

Study: mobile signals didn't harm German cows

The things European cows have to worry about these days. As if Mad Cow disease weren't enough, some people have been ruminating that mobile telephone signals could be driving cattle batty.

Combo DVD drives aim to bridge compatibility gap

A consortium of companies backing the new DVD+RW rewritable disc format is promoting the product's convergence between PC platforms and consumer electronics, and its "legacy" compatibility with existing DVD (digital versatile disc) formats.

Europe urged not to rush cyber crime pact

The Global Internet Project (GIP), a group of business executives dedicated to fostering the development of the Internet, called Monday for more dialogue on a proposed convention on crime in cyberspace.

Mobile phone users: big brother is tracking you

Jaan Jagomägi sends a brief SMS (short message service) on his mobile phone. A few seconds later, a map appears on the phone's display. It pinpoints his current location, in the centre of the Estonian capital city, Tallinn. It's hard to make out deta...

Germany drops plan to tax PC use

Germany's Finance Ministry has definitively ruled out taxing personal use of workplace computers and phones. The ministry is preparing a draft law that will create an income tax exemption for use of the devices, it said in a statement Wednesday.

Human rights groups slam cyber crime pact

Human rights and information freedom organisations from several countries are attacking a planned international convention on cyber crime. In an open letter Wednesday, the groups told the Council of Europe, which completed a draft text for the conven...

Companies unveil automotive software products

Microsoft Monday introduced version 3 of its Windows CE for Automotive operating system. The company rolled out the product at the Convergence 2000 automotive electronics conference in Detroit.

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