John BlauPCWorld

Blau is a reporter for the IDG News Service.

PalmOne acquires Palm brand name

PalmOne Inc. has agreed to pay PalmSource Inc. US$30 million for full rights to the Palm brand name.

Bertelsmann returns to P-to-P

German media giant Bertelsmann AG, a former investor in the Napster file-sharing network, is taking another stab at peer-to-peer (P-to-P) technology with a new service for downloading and sharing movies, games and other content over the Internet.

IBM's PC unit lost money from 2001 onwards

IBM Corp.'s personal computer business racked up US$965 million in losses between Jan. 1, 2001, and June 30, 2004, the company said last week in a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, detailing the planned sale of the business to China's Lenovo Group Ltd.

Netherlands issues first fines to spammers

Dutch authorities have issued their first fines for spam originating in the country.

UN creates Internet governance working group

Preparations are in full swing for the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) later next year. The United Nations (U.N.), which is hosting the follow-up event in Tunis, Tunisia in November 2005, has selected members of the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), the organization said Thursday.

WiMax wings into the wild world of wireless

Tired of new wireless technologies? Then stop reading. Because here's a story about a new wireless system that could someday eclipse the Wi-Fi service you've just begun to understand. The technology, called WiMax (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access), is winning over plenty of followers while quickly gaining momentum on the standards front -- despite high-profile skeptics such as Texas Instruments Inc. (TI). That was the general consensus of industry experts attending a crowded workshop earlier this week at the Broadband World Forum in Venice, Italy.

Philly plans world's largest mesh Wi-Fi net

The idea sounds good on paper: Build a mesh network of wireless Wi-Fi base stations and let users roam around an entire city instead of providing limited connectivity in a handful of hot spots. But will it work? The City of Philadelphia hopes so. "This is an interesting project because it entails building the world's largest mesh Wi-Fi network," said John Krzywicki, president of The Management Network Group Inc. (TMNG), speaking Monday in an interview at the Broadband World Forum in Venice. But the consultant warned of challenges facing the venture.

German teenager indicted over Sasser worm

Prosecutors in Verden, Germany, indicted an 18-year-old student on Wednesday for allegedly creating the Sasser worm that crashed hundreds of thousands of Windows-based computers worldwide after spreading at lighting speed over the Internet. In their 77-page indictment, prosecutors in the northern German town charged the suspect, Sven Jaschan, with computer sabotage, data manipulation and disruption of public systems.

IP opens door to digital home

The dream of the digital home -- highly hyped during the Net boom era -- is now becoming reality, thanks in large part to the growing popularity of the Internet and of relatively easy to install and affordable home communication and entertainment network systems, according to IT experts attending last week's e/home conference and exhibition in Berlin.