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.