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Ask Jeeves shows staff the door

It doesn't sound like the Christmas party at Web information access provider Ask Jeeves is going to be very merry. The company announced on Tuesday that, as part of a restructure, it is laying off 25 per cent of its employees. returns for free or for a fee

Music storage and streaming service is running again, its operator announced on Tuesday. The service was suspended in April following legal challenges to its operation.

Motorola to offer Sega games on mobile phones

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 announced on Wednesday.

UK mobile phones to carry health warnings

The final wording is being worked out and by Christmas, all mobile telephone handsets sold in the UK will come with leaflets warning of the potential health risks the technology may pose to children.

EMusic launches anti-Napster software has launched software to prevent songs licensed by EMusic from being downloaded through the services offered by Napster, EMusic announced on Tuesday.

Microsoft throws its weight behind Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a hot topic at many discussions here at Comdex, and though the promise of the wireless technology has yet to pan out with actual products available on the market, Microsoft is confident in its decision to put its considerable weight behi...

Report: Microsoft talking investment in News Corp

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is in talks with Microsoft over a deal that could result in the software giant investing about $US1 billion in Global Networks, according to a report published Monday in the Wall Street Journal.

David Bowie corrects CD error via Internet

David Bowie has turned to the Internet as a way of correcting a mistake on his CD "Bowie at the Beeb." A free Bowie track is being made available online to those who have bought the 3-CD set, due to an error in the original printing of the CD.

S3's Rio division invests in ETC music player

S3, through its Rio Division, is investing in ETC Music to develop the company's MusicTeller digital music player, the companies announced on Monday. The music player, which ETC Music describes as similar to an ATM (automated teller machine), allows ...

UK Snoop Law Raises Union Hackles

Trade unions are concerned that portions of the new surveillance bill granting the UK government sweeping powers to access e-mail and other encrypted Internet communications may be in conflict with the Human Rights Act, both of which became UK law on...

Time Warner, EMI make concessions to EU

In the continuing effort to salvage its merger deal, EMI and Time Warner have submitted a written plan for concessions that they hope will allow the European Union (EU) to approve the merger between the two companies. The written proposal follows a m...

Some SMS messages can freeze Nokia phones

The Norwegian mobile Internet technology company Web2Wap inadvertently discovered that some SMS (short message service) text messages can cause a line of mobile telephones made by Nokia to temporarily freeze, the company said Thursday.

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