Laura RohdePCWorld

Rohde is a reporter for the IDG News Service.

PalmSource CEO steps down

Following in the footsteps of its former parent company, PalmSource Inc. is parting ways with its first chief executive officer and will be headed by an executive within the company on an interim basis as it searches for a replacement, the handheld OS provider announced Monday.

PalmOne gives interim CEO full-time gig

PalmOne Inc. has taken the term 'interim' out of Ed Colligan's job title, making him the company's new chief executive officer (CEO) and president, the PDA (personal digital assistant) maker announced Monday. The move comes just days before PalmOne is expected to launch the first device in its new mobile manager range of handheld computing products.

LifeDrive on the horizon for PalmOne

PalmOne Inc. plans a new category of mobile computing products called mobile manager, and will unveil the first such device later this month, the company said in a statement Monday. But it appears Amazon.com Inc. has beaten PalmOne to the punch by offering details of the PalmOne LifeDrive Mobile Manager on its Web site.

Adobe aims at Microsoft

Adobe Systems Inc.’s agreement to acquire Macromedia for approximately US$3.4 billion will give the company a formidable collection of Web publishing and document management software—and will place it squarely in the path of tools rival Microsoft.

MusicNet sold by RealNetworks, other founders

Online music company MusicNet Inc. has been sold to the private equity company Baker Capital for an undisclosed amount, it said Wednesday.

More sophisticated cyber crime costs UK billions

As cybercriminals grow in sophistication and organized crime becomes increasingly involved in the mix, the cost of cyber crime to U.K. business continues to grow, resulting in billions lost in down time, systems damage and client loss, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU).

Bill Gates picks up honorary knighthood from Queen

Microsoft Corp. Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates will receive an honorary Knighthood from the U.K.'s Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. Gates has been awarded the title KBE, or Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for his contribution to enterprise, employment, education and the voluntary sector in the U.K., and for his efforts to reduce poverty in the developing world, including parts of the British Commonwealth.

HP board dismisses Fiorina

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) announced Wednesday that its board of directors has dismissed Carly Fiorina as the company's chairman and chief executive officer (CEO). Fiorina, who has been HP's CEO for the past six years, is to be replaced on an interim basis by HP's current chief financial officer, Robert P. Wayman, the company said in a statement. Wayman, who has been with HP for 36 years, will also continue to fill his role as CFO. HP has already begun its search for a new CEO, the Palo Alto, California, company said.

Napster counters iTunes with new To Go service

Digital music service Napster LLC on Thursday announced the release of Napster To Go, a new Windows-compatible portable digital music subscription service that lets user move an unlimited number of songs from Napster to compatible MP3 players for a US$14.95 monthly fee. A $30 million marketing campaign kicks off Sunday during this year's Super Bowl, and is aimed squarely at Apple's iTunes Music Store.

Time Warner/AOL cuts DOJ deal, SEC may follow

Time Warner Inc. has reached a settlement deal with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) concerning accounting issues with its America Online Inc. (AOL) Internet division, the parties announced Wednesday.

EU software patent vote appears delayed till 2005

The controversial European software patent directive will not make it to the next step on its long legislative process this year, as increasing political pressure has apparently caused the Council of the European Union to delay its vote on the matter until 2005.

Researchers warn laptop users of infertility risk

Laptops should be used as desktops if men want to protect their reproductive health, according to a new study published Thursday.

Mozilla gives sneak peek of Thunderbird e-mail app

The Mozilla Foundation has unveiled the most complete preview version yet of its stand-alone e-mail application. The release comes only weeks after the launch of its Firefox browser version 1.0, and is part of the open source software project's continuing efforts to chip away market share from Microsoft Corp.'s dominate Internet Explorer (IE).