John BlauPCWorld

Blau is a reporter for the IDG News Service.

Germany joins calls to end Google's "free lunch"

Deutsche Telekom is the latest major telco to call for Web companies, such as Google, to help pay for new high-speed networks.

MP3 creators develop tool against online music piracy

Germany's Fraunhofer Institute has developed prototype technology designed to help curb online music piracy.

MP3 specification gets new surround-sound features

Fraunhofer and Thomson have announced two new enhancements to MP3 Surround software.

Analysis: Internet governance -- Will anything change?

Let’s call it a clash of cultures: engineers who know the Internet inside out on the one side and government policy makers grappling to understand it on the other.

Report: Microsoft, Real Networks close to settlement

Microsoft and RealNetworks are nearing settlement of a long-running antitrust lawsuit, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Industry coalition hopes to break 802.11n deadlock

Twenty seven groups have formed an industry coalition to help accelerate establishment of an 802.11n standard.

World soccer body warns of phishing scam

The world’s governing soccer body, FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), is warning fans and others that its name is being abused in a global phishing scam.

Internet governance remains sticking point

Internet governance was a contentious issue at the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in December 2003 and, judging by the preparatory talks currently under way in Geneva, the issue will remain red hot at the second phase of the summit in November.

eBay to acquire Skype for $2.6 billion

ebay agrees to buy Skype for $2.6 billion.

Report: EBay may buy Skype for $2 billion to $3 billion

EBay is in talks to acquire Internet telephony company Skype Technologies for between US$2 billion and $3 billion.

Digital dominates German consumer electronics show

Visitors attending the IFA consumer electronics show, which begins Friday in Berlin, will have a tough time finding anything analog. Digital technology will dominate nearly every gadget on display, from the latest generation of LCD (liquid crystal display) and plasma screens to new high-definition TV sets, mobile TV phones and super multiformat HD-DVD recorders.

Skype opens IM service to third parties

Skype extends its presence and IM technology to anyone who wants to integrate it into their Web sites or applications.

US makes about-turn on Internet directories

The U.S. government no longer plans to relinquish control of the root servers in the Internet DNS.

Bluetooth group offers security tips to avoid attacks

Bluetooth users are urged to follow several precautions to avoid hacker attacks.

AMD files broad antitrust suit against Intel

Semiconductor maker AMD has filed an antitrust suit against rival Intel, just as Apple has announced plans to switch its computers to an Intel-based architecture.