Mobile phone sales hit a new high in the first three months of the year, while the top three manufacturers tightened their grip on the market, according to a study published Wednesday.
Five large technology companies have banded together to support the European Commission in its attempt to stop Microsoft Corp. using its PC operating systems monopoly to dominate the markets for workgroup server and media player software. IBM Corp., Nokia Corp., Oracle Corp., RealNetworks Inc. and Red Hat Inc. have applied as a group to intervene against Microsoft as the company appeals the Commission's antitrust ruling "because they are very concerned about Microsoft's anticompetitive conduct," according to their representative, Thomas Vinje, a partner with legal firm Clifford Chance LLP.
It can only be a matter of time before we talk of calling someone with our camera, as the resolution and capabilities of the imaging components in mobile phones continue to climb. At the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France, this week, manufacturers showed off a number of technologies that render the line between phones and cameras more blurry -- but make the pictures they produce ever sharper.
Wherever you turn at trade shows, there's always a stand with blaring music, and the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes was no exception this week. However, this time the music was not only accompanying the announcements: it was headlining.
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB will counter Motorola's introduction yesterday of its first iTunes-compatible cell phone when it unveils a mobile phone-cum-digital music player early next month, company President Miles Flint announced at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes on Monday.
The European Commission's requirement that Microsoft Corp. license certain of its communication protocols will do little for competition in the workgroup server market if a draft license proposed by Microsoft is accepted, open source software advocates say.
Google Inc. lowered the target price per share for its initial public offering (IPO) on Wednesday, and asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to give buyers additional time to reconsider their bids, according to a notice on the company's IPO Web site.
The gigabyte storage capacity and long memory of Google Inc.'s planned Web-based e-mail service are making it a big target for privacy campaigners -- and the name, Gmail, could soon be the subject of a trademark dispute, too.
The European Commission fined Microsoft Corp. €497 million (US$613 million) and ordered the U.S. software giant to offer a version of its Windows operating system without the Windows Media Player software within 90 days, at the close of a five-year investigation into the company's business practices in Europe, it announced Wednesday.
Articles by Peter Sayer