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Intel sets more aggressive goals than Microsoft

By : CIOL Bureau

Intel plans to supply the building blocks for mobile phones,
targeting the mobile phone industry as one of its next engines for growth. The
goal is even more aggressive than that of Microsoft, that has aimed to have its
software on 100 million cellular phones within three to five years, up from zero
today.

MSN offers $50 to new subscribers

By : CIOL Bureau

Microsoft is pushing ahead with a campaign to try to get Internet
users to switch to MSN service from industry leader AOL, offering $50 refund to
customers if they pay for at least three months of dial-up or high-speed Web
access. MSN’s Internet access service has ballooned over the last year, but
still lags behind AOL.

HP Labs, IIT Madras on a joint R&D

By : CIOL Bureau

HP Labs India and IIT Madras have agreed on a joint research and
development lab aimed at developing technologies for emerging economies. The
research conducted will also help HP’s world-inclusion efforts, a business
initiative with a social mission to bridge the digital divide.

Oops! Britney is here again

By : CIOL Bureau

Britney Spears is touring through cyber space this time. The bug,
labelled variously as "VBS/Britney-A" and "VBS_BRITNEYPIC.A",
is considered low risk because it has infected a small number of computer users
in Europe. The Britney bug spreads via the Microsoft Outlook email program as
well as Internet relay chat channels.

Microsoft changes antitrust settlement

By : CIOL Bureau

Microsoft has agreed to modify its antitrust settlement with the
Justice Department, to address criticism that it contained loopholes and would
allow the company to seize computer makers’ patented technologies. Microsoft
reached the deal, among other things, agreeing to give computer makers more
freedom to feature rival software on the machines they sell.

Nasscom: ‘Budget strong on basics; but disappointing’

By : CIOL Bureau

Nasscom has welcomed the Budget proposals as one that consolidates
the ongoing reform process, focuses hard on key infrastructure issues and
recognizes the need to strengthen agriculture and rural development. Nasscom is
also worried that inconsistencies in tax regime could hamper India’s
competitiveness in global markets.

US Senate mulls law to end tech-media piracy fight

By : CIOL Bureau

Media and technology companies said to the US Senate that they had
not yet settled on a method to stop digital piracy, prompting a key senator to
say he would go ahead with plans to impose a government solution. The bill would
require makers of personal computers, digital televisions, VCRs and other
consumer electronic devices to include copy-protection technology.

Nokia, TI, 15 others in China tie-up

By : CIOL Bureau

Nokia , Texas Instruments and 15 other Chinese and foreign firms
have formed a company, Commit Inc, to develop software, semiconductors and
multimedia electronics. Commit will would have an initial investment of $28
million.

Dell eyes takeovers but says inside growth is key

By : CIOL Bureau

Dell Computer’s Michael Dell said that the company is considering
acquisitions but said that organic growth would continue to be the majority of
the company’s growth. Dell has led a price war that has helped it win market
share and capture the top spot from rival Compaq.