John BlauPCWorld

Blau is a reporter for the IDG News Service.

Sony Ericsson to unveil 9GB Walkman mobile phone

Sony Ericsson Mobile will launch late Thursday six new phones, including a high-end Walkman-branded handset with around 9GB of internal Flash memory.

iPhone users will need iTunes account, Apple says

Consumers planning to buy the iPhone at the end of the month in the US will need an iTunes Store account to activate the device.

Google offers mobile access to calendar service

Users of Google Calendar can now access their schedules from their mobile phones.

Software piracy hits $40B worldwide, says study

Globally, 35 percent of software installed on PCs in 2006 was obtained illegally, amounting to $40 billion in lost revenue, a study says.

Microsoft said to be in buyout talks with Yahoo

Microsoft has launched a new round of talks with Yahoo about buying the search-engine company, according to reports in both the New York Post and Wall Street Journal.

Analysis: Microsoft-Yahoo -- not if, but when, analysts say

Analysts say a possible acquisition or merger involving Microsoft and Yahoo is only a matter of time in the wake of Google's aggressive growth.

New scheme could boost online music services in Europe

Providers of online music services in Europe should benefit from a new one-stop-licensing service.

BlackBerry suffers widespread outage

The BlackBerry push e-mail service from RIM appears to have suffered a massive system failure starting on the West Coast of the U.S.

Norwegian party pushes for legal file sharing

A Norwegian political party has called on the government to ban DRM (digital rights management) technology and legalize file-sharing.

Google buys game advertising, statistics software

Google has acquired software teams to broaden its expertise in the areas of interactive video game advertising and statistics visualization.

Does Google have a mobile phone in the works?

Google could be working on designing its own mobile phone, according to a job posting on its Web site.

YouTube to offer BBC news and entertainment videos

YouTube users will soon be able to view news, TV series, documentaries and other programs from the BBC.

T-Mobile CEO: VoIP will have no major impact

The CEO of T-Mobile International doesn't expect mobile VOIP to have a significant impact on mobile telephony.

Mobile entertainment market to soar over next 5 years

Mobile entertainment services revenue could soar in the next five years, new market research says.

Norway toughens iTunes stance

The Norwegian government has given Apple until March 1 to agree to free its iTunes music store from its iPod media player or face legal consequences.